I was all set to spend the weekend reading through my giant TBR Book Pile of Shame when Kat told me about a conversation on Twitter between It's A Hardcover Life and Reading Teen about a signing with Kami Garcia in Bethesda, Maryland.
I was so excited ! Reading Beautiful Creatures is what got me back into reading YA and what eventually led to starting this blog.
|This photo of Georgetown Cupcake is courtesy of TripAdvisor|
Even in the rain this area of Bethesda, known as Bethesda Row ,was so cute ! There were rows of shops and amazing restaurants. My personal favorite being Georgetown Cupcakes from the TLC show DC Cupcakes.
|via Bethesda 365|
The three of us arrived and hour early and took seats in the 2nd row. Also a little early was Amanda from Literati Literature Lovers , an open genre blog started by a group book lovers. I like their modge podge of genres and reviews !
As a reader I found myself nodding along to what Kami said about switching up the status quo of YA and how teens (and adult) can handle complex storytelling.
Kami was also full of great advice for writers, she doesn't sugar coat how important it is in fantasy to have a strong grasp of your world and how writing isn't all magic and fairydust.
I really enjoyed hearing her speak (I bet she's been making the circuit a lot lately) and she is one of my favorite authors now.
I've never been to a chained store event and I was afraid they were going to be strict and controlling. Over all it was a nice relaxed event and it made me appreciate Beautiful Creatures for how it stood out in the world of paranoraml YA, even with its faults.