A new Bramptonite (or is it Bramptonian?) so I'm not that knowledgeable in what my new city has to offer in entertainment, particularly the kind that surrounds books. So I was surprised and happy to hear that the city would be the last stop of the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour. It was also the only Canadian stop the tour made. So I headed down to my local chapters, where the event was hosted to join in the fun.
I've only read one book by Kelly Armstrong, but her book got me really interested in Paranormal Fiction, for both adults and young adults, so I figured, why not go to an event that has other authors who write similar books? I decided to restrain my self in the bookstore (and for once, was actually successful) and only purchased one other book by one other author there. I pretty much just looked over all the novel titles of the other authors, and picked one. I picked Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, I also picked up Stolen, the second book in the otherworld series by Kelly Armstrong. So two books in toe, surrounded by hundreds of young adults, and standing in line that wrapped around the entire store, waiting.
At this branch of the tour the following authors attended. Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Melissa de la Cruz, Jeri Smith-Ready, Jennifer Lynn Barnes & Margaret Stohl.
The discussion was good, although standing in the stacks, I missed out on a lot, sometimes hard to hear. But, it was nice to see (well hear) how enthusiastic the authors were. I can't tell you how awesome it is to see authors do this. I wish they had events like this when I was a young adult. It's also amazingng to see so many young adults reading. I may not agree with some of their opinions of the best book ever (Twilight? Blech), but they're reading, they're enjoying what they're reading and sharing this passion with others. Still, I felt a little old for the crowd, as I was a good ten years older then any of them. Luckily, I somehow, by some miracle found myself standing beside two other adults, who love YA Lit, so I had a good conversation, and they along with a few young adults, got talking and now have me interested in a whole hoard of books. I apologize to my bookshelves in advance. Some are by the authors there, and others like Hush, Hush, are being added to my TBR list. I'm sure I'll be checking out all the authors who attended the tour and their books too. My library card and bank account won't know what hit them. Again, sorry bookshelves.
So I managed to get two books signed and three book marks. The books that I got signed were
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, only Margaret was there to sign at this branch, but she was amazing, she ended up walking through the line, signing books and chatting with us all. I even managed to snag a picture with her. Which was fantastic. She was very friendly and I look forward to reading her (and Kami's) book.
I also meet Kelly Armstrong again, (I met her at Fan Expo in August) she remembered me and commented on how I wasn't in costume. (I was dressed in a Stargate Atlantis Costume for the sci-fi convention. What can I say, I'm a huge geek, and proud of it). But I did thank her, as her book got me into a genre I never really expected to like. I've always shied away from paranormal/paranormal romance, but I found I could really enjoy the genre. So really good job on her part.
I also got three bookmarks signed by Melissa Marr, Jeri Smith-Ready and Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I've been recommended Melissa's Marr's Wicked Lovely serious by a lot of friends. I've never heard of Jeri Smith-Ready or Jennifer Lynn Barnes, but both authors books sound interesting, I will be checking them out soon. (I do have a 24 hour read-a-thon coming up. I will need something to help me stay awake).
Overall a fantastic time at the tour. I'm glad I went and hope to see it again next year. I can't thank the authors enough for doing it for us, the fans. I hope more authors follow suit.
Take a look at the website for more information on the tour Smart Chicks Kick It!