Boston teen book festival September 23rd, 2017

This was my second year going and still it’s a blast. All the authors they had rivaled like yallfest for top names. Some examples are Victoria aveyard,Leigh bardugo, Susan dennard, Adam silvera and many more. But day or night starts practically at 11 Friday night leave my friends Jens house to start. The many many hours of driving. So go to philly pa to Long Island to get my friend Laura. It’s 1:15. This is point we left sorta to early as it’s middle of the night so we drive north to Boston. We end up getting near the fest at 5:30 am. Oops 🙊 my bad their. And plus we all know road trips equal edm x) I said have music prepared I’ll share their was none. So all get their sorta grumpy ish go to Starbucks and a hunt of a public bathroom 🚽. On our way we found Harvard the college so that was fun/ funny since jen and Laura were being tourist for the school I try not to be so I was playing with my first fidget spinner . Yup I did not take one photo. Finally that’s done and go to front of the Latin school 

And wait for all authors to sign in. So that’s fun since can say good morning yadda yadda. Susan dennard and Amanda foody chatted for extra 10 seconds to chat so anything like that even few seconds you’ll take. After just the waiting for all authors panel to start by 10 am. 

Fun way to kill time and learn everyone’s books. 

Up next was out of my control panel. Which I did since title sounded funny and it was Leigh bardugo, Ashley posten,jayson the guy who wrote miles morales spider man and Kerri M the one who wrote stalking Jack the Ripper. But yea the authors talked about what it was like writing in pre established worlds. With Leigh in wonder women, jayson in spider man, Ashley in Cinderella & new book is anstia, and kerri in Jack the Ripper & Dracula or vlad the impaler. And this was my fav panel and it was hilarious Ashley, leigh and jayson stole the show. And Leigh and jayson joked whose better marvel or Dc. 


Up next was the panel for multi points of view. This panel was ok in parts it was nice to know more about aveyards characters and Lisa maxwells but panel it’s self wasn’t to funny so was high on info and when only gotten 4 hours sleep by 1 your starting to feel it. Oh yea forgot to say the panelists were Victoria aveyard, Lisa maxwell, flame caster author & the timekeepers author. But over all tons of info so a fun panel. 

Last for panels I didn’t take any photo’s but it was about right about dark books. This panel was hard to grasps for me since I don’t fantasy much. But they tried to explain how to write dark aspects and how make writing better with out it going to far And decide when need to start going back to happy moments. The panelist were Amanda foody, the bone witch author, mask of shadows author which I think is Lindsay miller and traci chee author of the reader. 

After that panel day is almost over I always skip the last panel to go to author signing line so can get a head start. And boy can it get super decked out busy. I ended up doing aveyards line and should of done Leigh’s since figured both would be mobbed and of course Leigh’s did I expected, aveyard didn’t as bad. So missed on Leigh to do everyone else. I ended up doing Lisa maxwell, Amanda foody since that’s a must since aquinted friends with her how you know some authors since local. Hunting prince Dracula author and say some things about Audrey since her lust  laying on the line is killing me with her guy from the book. (As can see I’m bad with character names). Then did one of us is lieing author, traci Chee get my arc signed. Then one last long line for Susan dennard since Its her soo nice always and can just start talking from point last met up which was bookcon in june. Didn’t have a book to be signed but got a poster. Which I’ll be hanging up. Last at 5:05 they said closing shop for garages was Ashley poston which she was like i was expecting you to come up since met her a few times to gush about geekerella soooo bad. Sadly couldn’t stay long but nice chat with her. 

Before long ride home I went out to eat with Laura, jen and my friend Toronto aka Toronto or real name kellyanne. We were headIng to a place in Boston endEd up being on the road where Fenway park was. End result we went to brewery across the street to Fenway and since had to drive so couldn’t have much so instead of samples I just went for a desert beer 

And dam is this thing sooo good. Dark taste with the Choco and went down smooth as hell. I’m dieing for more!! Sadly day was done so got in was 8pm to pre pare for another 6-8 hour drive by this point I was up for 24 hours. And made it to Laura’s by 12. And just ended up crashing their thankfully and most part my trip of the fest. 

~~~JUSTIN 

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Haunting the deep Adriana Mather 

Ahh yes going back into this world woot woot last book was a very big time fall read. I remember day I started book one it was pouring out just like the cover of book one. But going in I was excited for this since its same cast again your big group of mis fits of the descendants. To start 6 months has past since Samantha Mather helped save Salem and the descendants from a hanging that there old family happened or caused it. Thing with this book that it has scenes to titanic not many authors will go for that but Adriana one day found a letter from her family that was right after that said they survived with the Harper’s which most know as one of people who started Harper Collins. But the story telling makes it feel like your on the ship pre days to its sinking and all the ghostly feels of in town. And Adriana makes story so livid. Unlike book 1 this book flows and it’s extremely mysterious unlike book one which unsure what was going on so made it very enjoyable. And wished this wasn’t last book in this series but hope she comes back one day. But def loved loved loved it and much better than book one. 

5/5 stars ~~~~~ JUSTIN 

Wonder Women by Leigh Bardugo

Ok I’ll get to this book in a second but as a FYI to all fans don’t murder me but the thing is wait for it….. Wait for it.. I have not once read any comics,books or movies with wonder women in it. I’m not a big super hero person. So coming in I don’t know much so I was learning the world and such as I went besides being the real world. Now onto the book it starts with Diana she is a Amazon as they are called in the book with super strength and all that show hero shibang. And starts off come on the island and a running race between all the top Amazon people as Diana is racing she finds a ship that is sinking from a bomb explosion. And Diana goes to see if can help even though that’s compleatly against there code and if get caught helping a Human she will forever be banned from living there. As you learn thru person Diana helps rescue is a war bringer. Which it lives past a age she will cause a war and destruction. They don’t know till odd things happen on island now it’s there quest for Diana to help save the world and alia’s life. That’s the story, my take now I was some what bored at the start since just seemed like circles and no plot but finally near 125 it picks up and gets good since add the action to a few jokes here and there since Diana is learning something new of the mortal world and all that. But the book from then on is how you expect them to add in a touch of mythology to the mix and seeing how that’s described was cool and who knows which one’s you’ll meet. Overall slow start to ok-pretty good coming from a person who doesn’t like super hero stuff. So worth a read and get better idea of the world wonder women and light read. 4/5 stars ~~~~ JUSTIN 

Windfall by Jennifer E smith

What would you buy if you won the lottery? If I won I would buy a small little house, I don’t need big places,season tickets to devils, and nicer sports car. I don’t need much to make me happy. And just buy books and sit and read all day.  But onto the story this book is about a girl named Alice short though Ali, she buys her best friend (teddy) for his 18 birthday a lottery ticket since come on what’s the odds and was meant to be really funny joke kind of thing since they don’t gamble. Well it wins. So they win 141 million dollars after taxes it’s 81 million dollars. That money has just changed teddy’s life since his mom does over nights at hospitial just cover costs when teddys dad leaves the family after gambled all of families wages away. Will teddy change from so broke can’t even do anything to a snobbish little kid? Plus Ali has a secret she has been keeping from Teddy. She just doesn’t have the guts to tell him that she loves him. 

So what I thought of the book is. Even before they win the lottery teddy can be good at times but I felt he is so self centered. Alice tries to get his attention on things and just ignores her and she is just way to good for him and it’s a dumb dumb for even liking him.  So I did not like this relationship much. Teddy is just to immature and felt Alice had mother him for every little thing. And always there for him and he never sees it. As can see just made me annoyed. But things I did enjoy my first novel from her but heard she really encorporates family issues and outside stuff besides the whole contempory romance part and seemed to write that better so maybe I’d try some of her passed writing but for now not impressed. 3/5 stars ~~~ JUSTIN 

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

This book. All I gotta say is wow!!! Stacy hinted and hinted not much but to try this book out so I finally did. And the book is amazing, I tend to stick to my fluffy reads but figured change of pace but you follow a girl named Charlie starts off as she is waking up in a hospitial she is in since trying  to commit Suicide. Thru her journey you learn you gotta take small steps, and just because people talk to you doesn’t mean there going to be your friend. And sometimes just need to learn just help your self not others. Plus this book not for me exactly i don’t cut but i dated someone who did and shows how maybe what’s going thru the mind of the cutter and try to give help and show them they can have support and help guide them away. But I suggest everyone Atleast to give this book a change and might change your mind on some aspects of people and such. I’ll remember this book for awhile. 5/5 stars ~~~~~JUSTIN 

Vampire Academy: 10th Anniversary Edition- Richelle Mead

“If you weren’t so psychotic, you’d be fun to hang around.”


My friend, Justin is in love with this series and this author. I think when I told him that I have never read anything by her, he had a crap attack. Mead, Mead, Mead, Mead, Mead is all I have heard and I finally cracked under the pressure.

Looking at the previous covers for this book, I was turned away. But with the rerelease for the anniversary, this cover is absolutely gorgeous. So, when I found this I had to buy it. Then if I didn’t read it soon enough that same friend would have fainted. 

No fainting and/or attacks need to happen. Seeeee!!!

When you start a book off with,“I felt her fear before I heard her screams” you know you’re in for quite the ride. You read alittle more and you get an entire range of sights and sounds. High school academy dramarama, cattiness, harsh rumors and even hot firey forbidden romance. Hehehe!

This anniversary edition includes the original novel and then bonus stories for some of your favorite characters. You feel that you’re let into a secret society, knighted by a sword and sworn to secrecy. 

Rose and Lissa are on the run. They ran away from the academy and it’s been two years. Going that long without being caught comes with over the shoulder consequences. Until you have a guardian who makes it his personal business to bring back the last remaining heir to the Dragomir name. 

Guardian Dimitri finds those two, taking all leads seriously and brings them back. 

Lissa is welcomed back while Rose faces the harsh punishment of taking Lissa away from safe shelter and school. Rose is on house arrest and only allowed to attend school and training with the long haired gorgeous one Dimitri. *sound the tension alarm*

Lissas popularity plummeted once she was gone. Mia, a nobody took her ex-bf and makes her life and Roses a living hell. Never double cross any petty girl named Mia. 

The more training that happens, the more Roses heart speeds up, words get caught in her throat and she gets sweaty. Do we detect reciprocal affection?

As forbiddeness blooms, evil and bloody things appear for Lissa to find and it sends her into shock mode. But a secret that no one should know about can damage peoples lives as we know it.

Will life ever get back to normal for these two?

This was surprisingly good. I’m shocked. I enjoyed the story and the tension. I even texted a friend to find out about two characters hooking up and he won’t spill. But you can’t write fantastic tension like that and let it go. 

What stopped this from being five stars was Mia. Her pettiness over a boy was too over the top and kind of annoying.

If you are apprehensive about this book, give it a try. I was and I’m glad I have a great friend lead me in the right direction. 

4/5

Illuminae by jay kristoff & Amie Kaufman 

I just finished so I will just do the good reads summary 

This book will put you thru all the emotions of to loving it, hating, wanting to murder things. If wasn’t for group chat might of Kelpt skipping this, glad I read it but also not since I’m one of rare people and this book freaked me out to much and might of done a dnf on it. I know Stacy loved both books.so I’m giving it 5 stars since was good but not my fortay since I count this like a sci fi horror book. 

5/5 stars ~~~~justin (who is green as can be)