Photos will have to wait because I forgot to charge the camera battery before today.
But (*squee!*) I got to meet Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia, the authors of the new YA fantasy novel Beautiful Creatures.
Their launch party was held in the teeny tiny Diesel Books (support thy independent bookstore! - my shopping list follows) at the Brentwood Country Mart.
First of all, thanks to Jane and Alfonso for giving us a ride to Santa Monica--it's not that I forgot about the signing, but that I had absolutely given up hope of doing anything other than working ridiculous holiday hours for the next month. Thanks for reminding me to have a life and eat some Popeye's fried chicken.
Next of all, thanks to Margaret and Kami for writing such a fantastic book!
Third of all, thanks to Kristen @ Bookworming in the 21st Century for the ARC. (Although I do also have a hardcover, and an audiobook version... hrm. I may have to splurge for the eBook too, so I can have it with me at all times without fear of scuffing up the jacket.)
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Beautiful Creatures is exactly what I aspire to be as a human being: pretty, funny, and smart all in one package. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl have written a seamless and utterly absorbing tale of a cursed romance: a Mortal boy who falls for a Caster girl in a small Southern town. Meaningful thoughts about love, loyalty, and prejudice unfold from this intricately parsed novel: those who love books will delight in the literary references, those who love love will swoon over the star-crossed couple, and those who love good writing will greedily devour every carefully chosen word.
Better yet, get the print version and the audio, both. The music and sound effects (particularly for the dream sequences) in the audiobook version add yet another dimension to the Gothic atmosphere the authors have built.
Another book for the loaner shelf*.
*You will need two copies of certain books--one to loan out to friends until they get hooked and become convinced that they also need to go out and buy a copy (or two) and one to have handy in the middle of the night so that when you get the hankering to pick up and read a certain passage (or 576 pages), it's there. Believe me, after the number of times (7) that the Poison Study and Twilight series caused me the distress of not having a copy to read when the book-hunger struck at 1 am (because some "friend" or other borrowed my book) taught me, there are books for which you need to keep a loaner copy. BCis one of them.
**I was asked recently why my reviews are so short. I have a long chain of reasons. 1) I'm very busy. 2) I'm very tired. 3) I'm kind of lazy. 4) I don't want to give anything away--if you asked me in person, I would probably tell you too much. With blogging I can edit myself and stop before I've told you who wins and whether the dog lives or dies. 5) You can find the synopsis anywhere, so why waste time copy-pasting it? (See #3, above.) 6) I'd rather be reading.
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Also at the launch party: Pseudonymous Bosch, suspiciously without any kind of disguise (I wish I'd known--years ago I had him sign my copy of The Name of This Book Is Secret, but my other two volumes are conspicuously missing signatures!)
and, freshly ordered from thebookstorethatshallnotbenamed.com, Katie Alender, author of Bad Girls Don't Die. (Quick! Add this to your TBR on GoodReads.) Hurry up, mailman! I need this book, stat!
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"Is Beautiful Creatures the Next Twilight?"
I agree with TeamBella76--it's not the next Twilight. It's the first Beautiful Creatures. According to the article, the first of five (*squee!* sorry...), and I hope no Patrick-Rothfuss-like delays result in the next four years. I just pray that unlike most book-to-film adaptations, no one screws it up. (Amen.)
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So, it's a year until the release of the as-yet-un-named sequel to BC. What to read in the meantime? And where to buy it?
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Missed Margaret and Kami at their launch party? It's all good! You have many more chances to meet them. They'll be at Borders in Northridge, CA at 7 pm on Thursday, Dec. 3. (Ooh! I'm off that night... wonder if they would take kindly to being gently stalked...)