ALA Vegas 2014: event recap + giveaway!

July 2, 2014 2014, bookish trips, event, giveaway, Wendy 232

ala vegas 2014

How was your weekend? Kate and I spent it at ALA 2014, which took place in Las Vegas this year. We thought we’d share some photos and memories from our trip with you.

las vegas desert

It’s an easy drive for us from Los Angeles, so we rounded up our respective tote-carriers husbands for a road trip and a whirlwind weekend filled with books, booze, and fun! We got stuck in traffic both ways and had to brave temperatures up to 111 degrees, but it was all totally worth it.

renaissance hotel vegas las vegas night

Check out my wall with the fancy showgirl wallpaper! I kind of love her. She makes me feel festive. Somehow we landed a suite at the hotel, and the dramatic view from our sitting room window was pretty awesome at night.

vine-divider-finalSome of the highlights from our trip:

The Little Brown Dance Party, where Kate and I chatted with A.S. King, Paolo Bacigalupi, Blake Nelson, Ryan Graudin, and debut author Kendall Kuper. Laini Taylor and Holly Black were also there, and it was cute to see everybody dancing and laid back and having such a good time. #lbyrdance

It was amazing to have the opportunity to talk with the authors about their upcoming books (we are excited for Salt and Storm and The Walled City in particular), as well as with the incredible editorial and publicity teams. Faye and Deirdre also have me pretty jazzed about a 2015 title entitled Court of Fives, which they said is basically “Little Women meets Game of Thrones.” I mean, come ON. Do you even need to hear any more than that?

judy blume

Seeing Judy Blume. Not much fazes me, but I couldn’t stop staring at her because this woman changed what books for children and young adults could be. Don’t you remember reading Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret and feeling slightly scandalized and super curious at the same time? No one had written about girls and their sexuality with that degree of honesty before that. And my favorite, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing! We had a pair of red slider turtles for a few years, and I named mine Peter after Peter Hatcher.

seafood

Much eating. Much drinking. Some gambling. Getting spotted in the wild by Ashley, who was rewarded with Midnight Garden swag.

My absolute favorite thing about these events is talking to the publishing peeps, though. We email with so many industry professionals throughout the year, but it’s so great to be able to spend some time talking with them about books we both love and are looking forward to. We asked a few of our favorite publicists to show us some of the books on their upcoming slate that they’re excited about:

erica

The lovely Erica  is a fan of There Will Be Lies and The Imaginary. There are some great Bloomsbury titles coming up.

ksenia winnicki

Ksenia from Macmillan Teen has been talking about The Kiss of Deception to us for months, and here is she is reaffirming her love for it again! We’re pretty stoked about reading Trial by Fire and The Vault of Dreamers soon, too.

faye bi

Faye from Little Brown adores Wildlife and The Truth About Twinkie Pie! I’m very excited that Fiona Woods’ book is coming to the U.S. Faye also made me cry on the convention floor over the lovely picture book Me…Jane, so of course I had to buy it immediately.

disney hyperion

Heather and LaToya from Disney Hyperion are excited about many of the books they have on their slate this year, as you can see from their smiling faces. They’re holding up Welcome to the Dark House, Killer Instinct, Stitching Snow, This Shattered World, and Invaded.

It’s just really wonderful to hear how passionate these ladies are about the books they’re working on, and I now have a much better sense of what books should be on my radar for the upcoming season. And I cannot tell you how happy it made me when Ksenia told me how much she liked our Classics Readalong series! She’s a fan of many of the books we’ve already read, and wants to join our July/August discussions since she loves both All of a Kind Family and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. JOIN US KSENIA, IT WILL BE AWESOME.

leigh bardugo

If you hadn’t heard, Leigh Bardugo had to go to the emergency room and had to miss her events. :( It was really lovely to see people signing a giant card for her, however, and we all wish her lots of rest and a speedy recovery.

Once again, I saw Maggie Stiefvater autographing and had to run away because I couldn’t bear it. I can count on one hand the number of authors who would make me nervous, but Shiver means so much to me that I am afraid I’ll burst into tears if I ever had to talk to her.

So, that was our Vegas trip. It was super fun, in no small part because Kate and I got to hang out on double dates with our indulgent husbands (man, conferences are tough after 3 am nights on the town) and talk about books all weekend long. The only thing that could have made it better was if Tonya and Kim had been with us.

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ALA Giveaways!

BUT WAIT. What about the books, you ask? We both left with tote bags filled with precious reading material that we’ll be reviewing and/or giving away throughout the next few months, but we also have a few titles we’d like to share with you now!

Heir of Throne tote bag

For international readers, we are offering up a coveted Throne of Glass tote filled with swag! Bookmarks, postcards, stickers, pens–lots of goodies here, plus a bag that Sarah J. Maas fans would probably kill for.

young elites this shattered world

For U.S. readers, we are offering up an ALA bundle of 5 hotly anticipated ARCs to one lucky winner, including:

The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
The Young World by Chris Weitz (director of About a Boy, Twilight, etc.)
The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

May I just say that the Marie Lu line was insanely long, so whoever wins this ARC pile had better appreciate our sacrifice!

All you have to do is:

1. fill out the Rafflecopter form and

2. leave a thoughtful comment below telling us what country you’re in and why you’d like to win the book bag or ARC pile!

Open to all readers aged 18 and older, or 13 and older with parental permission. See entry form for complete rules. Good luck!

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Review and giveaway copies and swag were provided by the publishers. Photographs by Wendy Darling…and Mr. Darling!

vine-divider-finalSo have you ever been to a book convention or author signing? They are so much fun, but I gotta tell you–I am wiped out, friends. Triumphant, but exhausted. If you did an ALA recap, please leave a link, we’d love to see it!

Oh, and incidentally–I am SO grateful for all the books I was able to take home, but but but. If anyone is finished with your copy of Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine, I would trade my cat for it. Well, just the disobedient one, so…I’m sure I could think of something better.

Edited to add: I’ve since binge-read the first 3 Throne of Glass books, and man–I loooved Crown of Midnight and The Assassin’s Blade. I NEED HEIR OF FIRE, peeps! Bloomsbury was all out by the time I asked for it, so if anyone has that to trade, I’d be interested in that, too. :) Okay, shameless wheelings and dealings are over. For this post.

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232 Responses to “ALA Vegas 2014: event recap + giveaway!”

  1. Kristy Petree

    I don’t have a blog, so I don’t know if a facebook post counts so I can get those extra points. I don’t even know how tumbler works, unfortunately. :'(

    Anyway, I’m in the U.S. and I love YA books (and there are so few giveaways for them; I mostly just find adult stuff, and mostly in the erotic genre) so that is why I hope to win the ARC pile. I looked up all five books and they all sound fantastic. Thanks! :)

  2. Xanetia

    I would kill for that tote bag, and since I’m from Spain I need to win :D Thanks for everything!

  3. Rasheed

    I’m in the US, and im specifically interested in The Young Elites and The Iron Trials cuz the authors are one of my favorite authors of all time !!! and i also am interested in the other books !!

  4. Sanja Stajdohar

    Greetings from Croatia once more! I love love love books and carrying around bookish things, so that the whole world can be aware of my love, and it leads to interesting conversations very often and promotes talks about books, which I enjoy. :)

  5. Miranda Lewis

    I’m in the US.
    Would love to win the ARCs Because I LOVED Marie Lu’s Legend series <3 Cassandra Claire is pretty spectacular and well the others are new to me but that's still a wonderful thing since finding new authors rocks my week! Reviewing them would also be fun as well. Thanks for the chance.

  6. Elke

    I love tote-bags! They are just so awesome :D and I love Sarah J. Maas’ books, so I really want the swag ^^ and I’m from The Netherlands!

  7. Kierra

    I’m very interested in The Young Elites!! And This Shattered World!! Aghfkkffkkfkjdskks I cannot wait for them. I need them ASAP.

  8. Hannah Garrett

    Hey! I’m from the US and I would adore winning that Throne of Glass tote and swag! Throne of Glass is probably one of my favorite series ever and I would literally sell my soul and first born for anything even remotely related to the series and maybe ease the pain of waiting, even though my copy of Heir of Fire will be delivered the day it’s released. Gawd, I just have a mighty need!

  9. Hannah Garrett

    Hey! I live in the US and honestly, winning any of these prizes would be amazing but good lord, that tote and swag, I have a mighty need!! Throne of Glass is definitely one of my favorite series and I absolutely adore it. I would literally sell my soul and my first born for Heir of Fire or anything remotely related to it, even though I’ve already pre-ordered it and it’s basically only a month away!

  10. Charlotte

    Wow, I wish I could have gone to the ALA but alas I couldn’t make it. I’m in the US and just dying to read all of the listed ARCs. I just can’t believe how many books you give away, I usually have to force my self to get rid of any of mine!
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  11. Samantha Wallace

    I live in the US and I would love to win the books is because I love to read and these books are all on my TBR list at the moment!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  12. Sanja Stajdohar

    It’s so nice of you to make other book people happy,we booklovers need so little to make us smile, be it a bookmark or a good book. Power to the Bookpeople! (some day, maybe, we will have our own state :). Love from Croatia.

  13. Kayla

    I’m in the US and I’d love to win this giveaway (either one!). I love book swag and Throne of Glass is one of my favorite series. I’m also really excited about all the ARCs listed, especially Ashes to Ashes and The Young Elites. Thanks so much for offering this giveaway!

  14. Wendy Hatton

    What an exciting time you have had. I’d love to give this bag to my daughter (birthday coming up. she’ll be the envy of all her friends not to mention super chuffed! (Australia)

  15. Sana // artsy musings of a bibliophile

    Gaaaah, it is my dream to own the Heir of Fire tote bag. I love this series so much and currently dying over Sam and Celaena in The Assassin’s Blade after which I plan to reread Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight because man, I want to read Heir of Fire so bad. Winning the tote bag will help me with the wait.

    P.S. I’m from Pakistan.
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  16. Melinda Christensen

    I’m from the USA. Winning the ARC books would be fantastic. The tote bag would be lovely also. I love book markers and all the other goodies. It is also cool seeing other peoples comments from all over the world.

  17. Gemma ibarra

    I’m from Argentina.
    I love bags *_*
    I want win it
    Thanks so much!!!!!

  18. Aishwarya Upadhyaya

    i’m in India…Tote is looking so awesome and I love swags :)

  19. Chakell Wardleigh

    I’m in the USA! I absolutely adore getting Arcs. It’s amazing to be able to read a book before it is even released yet. A lot of these are on my to read shelf on Goodreads, so I would be soooo pleased to have them. Especially The Young Elites. Marie Lu’s Legend series is one of my favorite series I’ve ever read. So unique and emotional. It would amazing to win it early!

  20. Keerthana A.K.

    Hey! I live in India. And I happen to be one of the 3 people I’ve met here who also loves YA. I started reading YA back in the 9th grade (I’m 18 now) and I fell in love irrevocably with the dark, alluring hotties in the novels. You can guess how many people here read YA and how many book-signings I get to attend. (Hint: Not a single one till date) :P
    It’s also very rare that I come across an author-signed copy of a book or find any goodies of YA novels at all. (Twilight does not count. You find those EVERYWHERE!) Many times I enter a contest like this, only to later realise that it’s open only in the US or UK. So you have no idea how psyched I am that I found this Throne of Glass giveaway!
    Not to mention how much I just adore the Throne of Glass series! Winning this would mean my dream finally come true. :)

  21. Sophia

    Hello, I’m from the USA, and I’d love to win the Young Elites by Marie Lu. I loved her Legend series. It was so refreshing and stood out from all the other ya dystopias, so when I hears she was writing a fantasy novel, which happens to be my favorite genre, I immediately added it to my TBR. I can’t wait to read this :)

  22. Kalyn

    I’m from Florida, and got to go to Bookcon in NYC (my first time ever there) in May. I can’t wait to read The Young Elites!

  23. nymeria

    I’m from italy :)
    i would love to win mainly because of The Iron Trial, i’m a big fan of the authors and i can’t wait to read it! Plus, i LOVE Throne of Glass and that tote bag is SO awesome :D

  24. Laura D

    I’m from the U.S., and I’d love to win the ARCs because I’ve finally gotten back into reading. After taking a (longer than anticipated) break from reading for pleasure, I finally am back in full force, and am itching with excitement over some of the new and yet-to-be released books from 2014.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  25. Ashley Jellison

    I’m from USA! And I want the ARC pack most because a) I always feel so special owning ARCs. b) I’VE BEEN DYING TO READ THE MAJORITY OF THEM AND WOW THE OTHER TWO LOOK FABULOUS! c) I’d like to review them for my blog and share the love. d) I’d like to get the books most because I can’t afford to buy myself new books each time one comes out. So I probably will not be getting any of these right away, perhaps not for many many months. I’d like the chance to read them without having to pay $100.

  26. Shannon

    I am from the US, and I would absolutely LOVE to win the ARCs because I am so, so excited to read these books! Also, this trip sounds AMAZING (and can I please mention that I LOVE that you called your husbands “tote carriers”? Best. Line. Ever.)Thanks so much for the giveaway :)
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  27. Kelly McKay

    From the US.. I would DIE for that Sarah J Maas bag, but I would KILL for a copy of The Young Elites!!
    (I guess I get murder-y when I’m excited.. lol)

  28. Mary H

    I live in the US, and thank you so much for this giveaway! I fell hard for the Starbound series last year when I read TBS so of course I’m excited about TSW. I’m also a huge fan of Cassie, Jenny, and Marie so I’m looking forward to their newest books as well, and I’m really excited because Chris is coming to Dallas in two weeks for a signing of The Young World.

    As for events, I’ve been attending signings for a long time, much longer than I’ve been blogging. I love to travel to meet authors I love ( I have twice driven from Dallas to Atlanta for events), and living in Dallas, it seems like there’s always something bookish going on (I’m going to a panel in about 4 hours) Conferences, however, are an entirely different beast altogether. I’ve attended TLA (Texas library association conference) twice, and it’s been the best experience both times, but yes, utterly exhausting! By the end, my feet, back, arms, and head are usually killing me, but it is so worth it to meet authors, publishers, and other bloggers from around the state. I am so grateful for those opportu ities not just to network professionally, but to make friends and hang out with fellow bookies!
    Mary H recently posted…Review: Boomerang by Noelle August

  29. Hugh Tully

    I’m from the US of A, and the moment I saw what books were being given away, I just couldn’t not enter. I hear Marie Lu and count me in, I’ve heard about The Young World and I’m interested, it’s impossible to pass up a Holly Black and Cassandra Clare collab, and why not take whatever else I can get, right? Really excited for this giveaway!!

  30. Roxanne

    I’m from Belgium
    and you’re right I would probably kill for the Throne of Glass tote. I L.O.V.E.D Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight and September feels like it’s eons away. So glad I get the opportunity to enter!! So thank you!!

  31. Supriya Savaram

    I absolutely love the Throne of Glass series!! I have read the Legend series and thoroughly enjoyed it. Both series are one of my favorite books!! I would love to win the tote and the ALA bundle!! Who wouldn’t?! I’m from the U.S. Thanks!

  32. Danielle B

    I’m so jelly! I really wish I could of gone, but there’s this thing called money, and I seem to not have any, like, ever. Thank you for the lovely recap. Looking at the pictures I feel like I went… well, almost. I’m definitely coveting all of those fabulous, shiny arcs. It’s impossible for me to decide which of the shiny books I’m most excited for, but it just might be The Young Elites or maybe The Iron Trial. Thank you for all of your hard work and for the hours of boredom you spent in line to get us these awesome arcs and nifty pictures.

  33. Stacee @ Adventures of a Book Junkie

    I’m in the US.

    Thankfully a friend surprised me with the ToG tote, otherwise, I’d be offering up some serious bribery to win. I’m dying to get my greedy hands on This Shattered World because I loved These Broken Stars and I really hope we get to see a snippet of Lilac and Tarver.

    Thank you for this amazing giveaway!
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  34. Sherry

    United States!

    I love books.. And I can live vicariously through you!

  35. Heather B

    Sounds like such a great event! I am in the US an love the opportunity to read new books!

  36. Jasprit

    This recap post is just amazing Wendy, you ladies are so lucky that you live near each other are able to attend events such as these! We have our first book convention coming up this weekend, and I am thoroughly excited about going! Thank you for sharing a brilliant recap post with us, you definitely have a good eye for photography too, these photos have come out looking gorgeous! I hope you’re able to get your hands on Heir of Fire and Of Metal and Wishes soon. I would totally lend you my copy of Heir of Fire if I lived nearer!
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  37. Nina

    I am from the Netherlands, also known as Holland, and if that doesn’t ring a bell the name of our capitol, Amsterdam, usually does. And I would LOVE to win the Throne of Glass totebag. I’m currently rereading Throne of Glass and falling in love with all of the character all over again. Celeana is one of my favorite heroines because she’s not really a hero or a nice person. To me these characters are way more interesting. So all the props to Sarah J. Maas for creating a character that although not necessarily good, I can still sympathize with.

  38. Amy

    US- I loved looking through the pictures Ala looked like it was so much fun. I’m looking forward to reading all of the books listed but especially Ashes to Ashes. I just read Burn for Burn and looking forward to finishing the series.

  39. mary ann

    HI! I’m from the Philippines and would LOVE to win Heir of Fire too soo much :) This is an awesome giveaway and looking at those pics? *drools*

  40. Katherine

    United States and seriously can’t wait to read The Iron Trial!

  41. BECCA

    I’m in the US! But I NEED This Shattered World, and The Young Elites, and and ALL OF THEM!! I’m anticipating these ARCs so much! I’m glad you had a blast at ALA! It sounds like so much fun!!!! Vegas is always an adventure! Thanks for the giveaway! :)
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  42. Karen

    I’m in the U.S.
    I would love to win because I’m a huge fan of Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. I saw them one time at a book signing and it was a highlight of my summer :D The Curse Worker Series by Holly Black is one of my favorite book series–I’m still devastated that it ended….

  43. Heidi D

    It looks like you ladies had fun. I’m a little jealous. I’ve never had the pleasure of attending a book signing/event. And to go to one in Vegas? That’s awesome.

    I’m from the US. I would love to win, mainly because ‘The Young World’ is one of my anticipated reads this year. I can’t even put into words how much I’m looking forward to reading it. And, well, because you can never have too many totes!

    Awesome giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity!

  44. Carissa Angelene

    Hi, I live in the Philippines, amd I am interested in winning the Heir of Fire goodies because 1) It would be great to have a copy of the book because it’s not yet for sale here in PH, and 2) I haven’t won in any giveaways yet so if I win, this would really mean a lot to me :D

  45. Sandy

    I live in the U.S. and I am interested in winning the set of arcs mainly because of The Young Elites by Marie Lu. I loved the Legend trilogy and I met her at the signing where she talked about her new book. It sounds really interesting!

  46. Michelle Lee

    I live in the U.S. and I’m interested in winning the ARCs because I am a bookworm and I love to read! The books you have listed are actually on my list to read. Thank you for this amazing giveaway! :)

  47. Shelley @ Gizmos Reviews

    I thank you for this recap and this giveaway. It would be absolutely STELLAR to win these books that are all on my TBR list. I live in the US.

  48. Mara

    I’m in Wisconsin. I’m SOOOO very interested in winning this because I recently read These Broken Stars and loved it and I LOOOVED Marie Lu’s trilogy and The Young Elites should be interesting. I like a good story with intersecting characters who are all very different. The rest of the ARCs look cool! The mortal instruments is always a YA favorite

  49. Samantha Stewart

    It sounds like you had a blast! ALA sounds like tons of fun!
    That’s a shame that Leigh had to get rushed to hospital. There are a few authors that I would probably burst into tears if I met them as well.
    I’m from the UK! I would looooove the Throne of Glass tote bag because I’m a huge Sarah J Maas fan and I just completely adore that tote! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  50. Ula @ Blog of Erised

    So many awesome events overseas! I just got over not going to BEA when ALA came around and I got all green with envy again! Hopefully, I can make it to one of these some time, too.
    Looks like you had a blast! Hotel looks totally awesome, the view as well. Food looks super fancy!
    And meeting all those awesome people, aaaah!
    At least I got my fill at London Book Fair. :D

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’d love to win the tote because I love Maas’ books so so much!
    I’m from Slovenia btw.

  51. Sarah J.

    That sounds like such a fun event! This actually one of the first ALA posts I’ve read and it sounds like a blast. I live in the U.S. and I would love the ARC pack because OMG I spot Ashes to Ashes and I can’t. I love those books and I basically want all of these books because I’m anticipating them. I anticipate a lot of books. I live a hard fangirl life. :D
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  52. Kalli

    I live in the USA. I’m interested in the ARCs for Ashes to Ashes (I really love the Burn for Burn trilogy and I’m incredibly excited for the last book!!). I’ve also been seeing good things about This Shattered World. One of the things happen to be that it’s much better than the first book so, um, yeah- of course I’m extra excited now! I’m also liking the fact that the authors who wrote The Iron Trial are my favorites when it comes to fae and the supernatural… it’s pretty exciting!

    Can’t I just say that this is just an awesome list of ARCs that I’d love to have??? :D
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  53. DavidW

    I am from the US and would like to win because it is hard to wait for This Shattered World to be published.

  54. Kerry

    USA – I need This Shattered World and Ashes to Ashes. Was at BEA and didn’t get TSW. Still crying over that. Met Jenny and Siobhan and talked ATA, which was fantastic.

  55. Hollie

    I’m from England and I’d LOVE to win that tote bag because I adore all of Sarah J. Maas’ books!

  56. Rachel

    What a great post here, Wendy! Looks like you and Kate had a lot of fun. Love your pictures! I’m surprised we didn’t run into each other. Someday, right? :)
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  57. Márcia Monteiro

    I’m from Portugal and winning a (totally cool!) Throne of Glass totebag with lots of swag would be heaven!
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :D

  58. Rebecca

    I’m in the U.S.A., and I would LOVE to win that ARC pile. I’m so beyond excited for The Young Elites and This Shattered World, so having the chance to read those early would be amazing!

    I’m also definitely keeping an eye out for Court of Fives now. That sounds awesome.

  59. Amber @ Cosying Up With Books

    I live in England! I’d love to win the tote bag because I’ve been meaning to get into the Throne Of Glass books so even if I don’t win I can’t wait to buy them:) Thanks for this giveaway, lovely.

  60. Michelle R

    I’m in the U.S. of A. I’m love to babe anything I win! I’m a school librarian, and I use anything I win as prizes for my book club.
    Also, you might consider going to an AALA conference some time. I went last year, and the only YA author there who had a significant line was Walter Dean Myers (and I’m so glad I stood in it!!

    • Michelle R

      And to finish my comment – silly submit comment button jumped under my hand!
      Anyway, many of the ALA attendees are elementary people, so the YA authors had short lines, and there were lots of ARCs and swag. Think about it :).

  61. Miss Wisp

    I need to do BEA someday. I just have to!

    I am in the US. Why do I want This Shattered World and The Young Elites? Because These Broken Stars was absolutely wonderful. And OH, MY STARS. THE YOUNG ELITES. It sounds AMAZING.

  62. Peyton

    I am in the U.S. and that ARC pile is basically everything I want in life! I have been so excited to read all of those books, particularly This Shattered World and The Iron Trial. I just recently read These Broken Stars and thought it was so unbelievably beautiful. I would love to be able to read the sequel!
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  63. Sophie

    I cannot believe that I was standing in Maggie’s line when you passed by! WHAT?!?!?! Why did the kismet-all-around-me fail me in that moment???? LOL! Glad you’re going to SF. We will meet up then for sure. I’ll have to carry pastries in hand! Wonderful summary and as usual, you brought out the excitement, sounds, tastes and most of all recs. Love that.

  64. Kayla DeGroote

    I’m from the US and I’m most excited for The Young Elites by Marie Lu because I simply adored her Legend trilogy, it’s my favorite dystopian for sure! It sounds so amazing and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!! Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  65. Jenelle Riane

    US! Ahh, ALA sounded like so much fun! And that ARC pile! *drools* Marie Lu, Cassie Clare, Holly Black… Damn, those books are on top of my I-need-this-NOW list!

  66. Donna

    USA! I would love to win these books for my love-to-read daughter! Thank you

  67. Nikki Robinson

    I’m in the US. THOSE BOOKS. Especially Ashes to Ashes! I can’t wait to get my hands on that one! I was skeptical about the Burn for Burn series when my SIL told me about them, but I ended up falling in love with them. It even prompted me to read other books by Jenny Han and Siobahn Vivian. I also love Clare and Black, so I’d be interested to read what they do together (even though I’ve seen some bad things on twitter :().

  68. abigail

    I’m in the U.S. and in a bit of a reading rut- I usually read 3-4 books a week but lately I’ve been disspointed with whatever I pick up- please save me with these ARCs!

  69. Crystal

    I’m in Singapore and would love to win the tote bag because it looks so awesome and we don’t get cool stuff and swag like this here.

  70. Yanqing

    I currently live in the US and would love to win those ARCs because I have at least a bit background with all those books.
    Winning this would make me euphoric beyond words.

    Thank you. :)

  71. Brittany T

    USA – I am dying to read every single beautiful book in that arc pile. This Shattered World is one of my most anticipateds of the year cause I adored these Broken Stars. Also Marie Lu, Cassie Clare and Holly Black can do absolutely no wrong in my eyes so I’m like convulsing over those titles!! Thanks again for being amazing. You girls share the bookish love like none other!
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  72. Crissie

    I live in the US. And 4 of the 5 books in the ARC pile are books I have been DYING for. I read each book in the Legend trilogy as soon as they came out after just stumbling upon Legend back before I’d even heard of it, so I can NOT wait until I get to read something different by Marie Lu. I have head The Young World on my TBR on goodreads for over a year, so yeah easy to say I REALLY want to read that. These Broken Stars is one of my favorite books this year at least, if not in the top period. The images in that book really stick with you. I did all the research on the second book, so I have been looking forward to This Shattered World FOREVER. And I have read every book that Cassandra Clare has ever written at this point, so I need to get my fix from The Iron Trial.

  73. Jen @Fefferbooks

    I’m in the US. Aaaah, Young Elites! I loved reading your post, mostly to put publicist faces to names! Such a nice treat. What a fun trip for you! Yay!

  74. Carina Olsen

    This post is AMAZING. And I am beyond jealous. <3 Vegas sounds like such an awesome place. Would love to visit sometime. So glad you both had an amazing time :D And ah. So many amazing books as well. <3 I.. did not like Kiss of Deception :( But I LOVED Trial by Fire. <3 Sigh. So happy for you both :D But yes, so jealous, lol. <3 And omg. That giveaway. It kills me that I cannot enter for the ARCs :( Want them so so so much. <3 Would pay, lol. But I live in Norway, so I'm entering for that GORGEOUS tote bag :D It looks so pretty. AND SWAG. Yes please! <3 I want the tote bag, despite not having read the books yet.. but I own all the books. And have pre-ordered Heir of Fire. And I will read them all once I get that one. So I want the bag, because I get the feeling I will need it after I read the books, lol :) Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway and post. <3
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  75. Aaliyah

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  76. Holly U

    I’m from the US, and I want to win because all 5 of those books are ones that I’m excited about! And it’s so awesome that you guys got to go and talk with people in the publishing industry, especially authors. I hope to one day be able to go to an event like this one, but I’m so far away from all of the biggest cities. It looks like so much fun! :)
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  77. Sarah O.

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’m in the US and I would love to win the ARCs because I already have most of them on my TBR list and I love YA books!
    I’m glad you enjoyed you time in Vegas! I was there over Memorial Day weekend. It’s such a cool place. =)
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  78. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    I’m from Puerto Rico (which I have no idea if it’s considered US shipping) and if I could, then I’d DIE for This Shattered World. If not, then that tote bag is adorable either way and I’d also die if I have it :P

    I love my little island, but I feel so sad every time I see posts like this because I can’t just get into a car and drive to a bookish event. I’m so glad you enjoyed yourselves. And LOL at your Maggie Stiefvater reaction. I’d be the same (she’s just so cool).
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  79. Kristy Petree

    I’m in the U.S. Nice giveaway! I would love to win because young adult is my favorite genre, these titles sound great, and there are so few contests out there to win YA books (I mostly find erotic romance giveaways, and that’s okay for the readers who like those, but it’s not my cup of tea). Thanks for the chance. :)

  80. Shannelle C.

    I really want to ask if you can throw an ARC into that toe bag now. My tears are just overflowing because I want to read The Young Elites. It sounds great but then I look at the cover and I can’t help but hope there will be a redesign. I can’t imagine how they could make a sequel cover out of that.

    But anyway, I live in the Philippines!
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  81. Jennifer Jones

    Thank you for the awesome giveaway!! I live in the California in the US I would be greatful to win either prize

  82. Lady Reader

    I live in the US. I really dig going to events and conventions, however I’ve never been to ALA or BEA. I’ve mostly just went to ones where I get to hang with the authors. I think it would be pretty cool to hang out with the pubs as well. The only one I’ve met and hung out with is Alison with Harper. I’ve done that twice and she’s way groovy.

    I’m really looking forward to Ashes to Ashes. I’m not familiar with a lot of the new books coming out because I’m super slammed with work but I am excited about that one.

    I’m really glad you had a great time in Vegas. It feels like an entire different planet there to me. :)

    Thanks again! xx

    Amy
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  83. Sarah Rimmer

    USA. I’m dying to read these books by each of these amazing authors!

  84. Kate I.

    I’m a U.S. resident and would love to get my mitts on the ARCs. I am having a tough time waiting for the follow-up to THESE BROKEN STARS and am dyyyyiiinnnnggg for the new Marie Lu title. The others would be delicious gravy!

  85. Amy

    I live in the US, and I am highly anticipating all of these titles!!! Specifically, Shattered Worlds and The Young Elites, but all of these titles are on my TBR list.

  86. Jennifer

    I’m from the U.S. and I’d love to read all the books on this list but ESPECIALLY Marie Lu’s newest book. Her Prodigy series is one of my favorite YA trilogies and Champion is one of my fave conclusions ever. It’s the ending that Allegiant could have been.

    I went to Maggie’s signing of The Dream Thieves and she is adorable! And full of so much energy. She asked what my fave book of hers is and I said The Scorpion Races. But like you, I have a lot of love for Shiver. I will never forget how I felt reading that book! (And then my slight disappointment with the rest of the series.) :(

  87. Jamie

    I’m from Belgium and I’d love to win the totebag. I’ve been dying to read the Throne Of Glass series. It’s already super difficult for me to get English books, getting a bag like this would be pretty much impossible (mainly because of shipping)
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  88. Samantha Wallace

    I am from the US and I am interested in winning the ARCs because I love to read and all the books that are in the giveaway are on my TBR. Also, thanks for the giveaway!! :)

  89. Jacquelyn

    Hello! Thanks for the giveaway! I live in the U.S. and would love to win because I love to read and write my reviews and spread the love of books and recommend awesome books to other book nerds! :)

  90. Taylor Atkinson

    Oh my goodness, thanks so much for the giveaway! I’m in the United States.

    I really would love to win this giveaway because of The Young Elites. I managed to read a preview of it and about died over excitement. Legend is one of my favorite series ever, and I would probably read Marie Lu’s grocery list if she ever posted it. I also love Sarah J. Maas’ series and would love the tote bag as well. Thanks again for the giveaway. I really appreciate it. Happy reading!

  91. Kayla Adams

    I am from the US and I would love the set of ARCs! I am so excited for each and every one of them! I would love to read them and then pass then on to someone else to do the same!

  92. Christine T

    I’m from the US and wow I love both prizes. That Throne of Glass tote is super cute but I also reallllly want to read The Young Elites!

  93. Rachel Sanford

    I’m in the US and I want to win the ARC set because I am dying to read Marie Lu’s book and I haven’t even heard of the other 3 books, which is just plain awful, but I’m adding them to my to-read list so that I can check them out when they’re available.

  94. Tânia

    I’m from Portugal, and I’d love to get some goodies. Maybe this means it’s time I finally pick up Throne of Glass and give it a try.

  95. Neil Klein

    I’m in the U.S. and would love to win the arcs. They all sound interesting, especially Marie Lu’s (I’m a fan). Additionally, always looking to add to my future classroom library (currently a Ph.D. student in education focusing in YA lit).

  96. Kat V

    I live in the US and I love Jenny Han and Marie Lu. Those to books are at the top of my most anticipated reads!

  97. Emma A

    I live in the US. And I LOVE book signings. Also, I have really enjoyed Marie Lu’s books and Chris Weitz’s movies. I am dying to get my hands on 4 out of 5 of these books, so I would REALLY love to win this!

  98. Robin

    Hi!! I’m in the U.S.! I would love to win the set of ARCs because Cassandra Clare and Marie Lu are two of my favorite authors! I have read all of the books they have written and I cannot wait for their next ones! :) Thank you for the giveaway!! <3

  99. Chantelle Walker

    From the USA here, and I want to win because I’m a loving of books :) I read constantly and would love to have some new ones from authors I haven’t read yet :)

  100. Rachel Patrick

    Oh, such a fun post! I went to ALA Midwinter in Seattle last year (I think?) and had a BLAST. It’s so great to be at a place that’s all about BOOKS. And Wendy, you really should say hi to Maggie Stiefvater; I’ve met her a few times and she’s so nice (also, you can FANGIRL)! To answer your questions: I’m from the US! And I’d love the books because THE YOUNG ELITES looks great and THIS SHATTERED WORLD will probably hurt, so. BUT. I want that Throne of Glass book bag sooo bad! Ah! Anyways, thanks for the giveaway, ladies!

  101. Sashana

    I’m in the U.S. and I would love to win this giveaway because these are some great authors and I trust that anything that they write will be great!

  102. Kiersti Torok

    I’m in the USA, and would love to win all of these lovely ARCs! I’m dying to read Marie Lu’s new book, and would totally appreciate your long line waiting sacrifice. :) I also loved your write up about ALA–wish I could have been there!

  103. Stephanie T.

    I’m from the United States, but I just really want that tote. I’m not sure if the tote is INT only, or US fans can win too. It might have been mentioned, but… I just stopped and stared (insert song) at that tote.

  104. Amanda White

    I am in the U.S I am wanting to win this for my teen daughter , she loves to read and has quite the collection of books it would make her so happy to get these . I myself am also a book lover and I guess I rubbed off on her.

  105. Kajol

    I am from India.
    And I’d love to win the tote bag because just looking at that picture makes me go crazy with excitement and the fangirl inside of me is screaming to get my hands on it! I follow Wendy’s reviews on Goodreads and am always amazed to find the similarity in our tastes, plus you guys make the best recommendations. Fingers crossed for this one! :D

    P.S: That showgirl wallpaper really IS pretty cool!

  106. Erika

    ALA is always amazing! Wish I had known y’all were there I would have loved to say hi! And I can see my signature on the get well poster for Leigh Bardugo! Now go rest up for next year! ;)

  107. Rachel Reeves

    In the US and would love to win! I’m a MLIS student and would have loved to attend ALA, but it wasn’t in the cards for me this year. Winning would help make it a little better that I had to miss out.

  108. Thomas

    I live in the US, and I’d like to win the ARC bundle to make your wait in line for The Young Elites worth it! (:

    But on a serious note, it’s great that you guys had a fun and multifaceted experience, and I love how you’re honest about your time there (for example, freaking out about Maggie Stiefvater = totally relatable). Looking forward to reading your thoughts on these great reads.
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  109. Danielle D

    1. What country are you in? USA
    2. Why are you specifically interested in winning the tote bag (international) OR set of ARCs (US)? I highly enjoy reading books from these authors and even reading books from authors I have yet to discover.

    I am so jealous that you got to attend ALA, it looks like you had such a blast!

  110. Jasmine Duong

    I live in the US (California) I really been wanting to read The Young Elites and The Iron Tail, mostly. I love reading and trying new books. I rarely get ARCS. >.< And OMG, I want the throne of glass tote bag, too. AHHH. The pain in picking one item.

  111. Olivia Lehman

    I’m in the United States! I’d be absolutely ecstatic if I won this bag, considering I love many of the authors whose books are being given away. I absolutely adore These Broken Stars, and would be thrilled to receive This Shattered World. I’m an avid reader, and these books would certainly brighten my day!

  112. A Canadian Girl

    I love your recaps. They make me super jealous that I can’t attend events like these but I’ll settle for at least getting to hear about them through you guys. I haven’t heard about a couple of the books you’ve linked, Wendy, so I’m off to check them out on Goodreads.
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  113. shay

    Aw, the get well card is so cute! I’d love to win these titles and swag since I couldn’t really go to ALA because it’s so far away from me :,( I’m also dying to read all of them, but especially Ashes to Ashes. After I finished that book I screamed about how amazing it was for the next couple weeks (I’m sure my family and boyfriend got tired of hearing about it haha)
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  114. Lina G

    I’m from Colombia, Hola *waves*!

    I’ve been following your adventures on the Midnight Garden for a whil and I love all the thoroughness and love for books youyou share with us! Thank you.

    That wallpaper of the fancy showgirl is beautiful! And I’m just drooling about all that tasty seafood mhhhh.
    Bookwise, I’ve never been lucky enough to attend such amazing conferences, but I was able to track down Deborah Harkness on a bookstore and fangirl like a madwoman when I was living in Toronto. Studdering, blushing, and findingfinding out I absolutely have zero comunicacion skills when I meet my favourite authors.

    I am excited about this INT giveaway because I am basically a tote-lady. I love them, take them for walks, hug them, sing to them…. Yeah, I’ll probably pet this beautiful tote and spoil it with only pretty things to carry.

    Thank you for this giveaway!
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  115. Chelsea B.

    I’m US.
    I want to win because OHMYGOSHTHOSEBOOKS! Ahem. ;-)

  116. Karin Shaim

    I am not from the USA(int) and I would love to win because this tote bag looks awesome

  117. Alison Callaghan

    I’m in Northern Ireland

    I would love to win the tote and swag because, well…. It’s bookish swag so who wouldn’t want to win it?!

  118. Sarah K.

    I’m from the US. I want to win because I have been dying to read The Young Elites and This Shattered World.

  119. Ann

    I’m in the US. I’m super excited for This Shattered World! =)

  120. Vivien

    US. I’m so glad you enjoyed yourself!! I absolutely love going to author signings. I haven’t gone to a convention but that is absolutely on my to do list. I would just love to meet Leigh Bardugo at a signing, I bet she is utterly fabulous. I couldn’t imagine meeting or even seeing one of my childhood idols. Something you’ll always remember!! I was able to meet Maggie once at a signing I drove across the state for. (I dragged my husband along :D) She is such a doll. I hope to attend another signing of hers! Her doodles are one of my favorite things and make her signed books that much more special.

    That tote is jealous making :p

  121. Shanty

    Country: Curacao

    Please click below if you have no clue what place on earth Curacao is:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curaçao

    Why I want to win this? Well because I’m from Curacao, I never get to participate or win anything!! And also I’m a fan!! I’m actually reading Crown of Midnight right about now!!! So I really want to win this!! Wait This Shattered World is only for US readers? Noooooooooo!!! See that’s exactly what I was saying. :'( But anyway I’m glad I have a chance at winning the Throne of Glass – Goodies. :D

  122. Rachel @ Paper Cuts

    Oh my, it looks like y’all had a great time! :) One day I’m going to get my tail to a conference, though I might pass out from excitement when I get there! I am absolutely dying to get my hands on This Shattered World most of all, since These Broken Stars was one of my favorites last year. I love Marie Lu, too, and The Young Elites sounds fantastic! :)

    And I live in the US! :D

  123. Janice

    I work in a library and being exposed to all of these books has left me YA obsessed. I needs new YA!

  124. Giselle

    OMg! Such an amazing event – and recap post! I don’t even know where to start! haha first – Las Vegas! JEALOUS!! And A.S. King is so sweet I met her at BEA! And wow Judy Blume that’s epic!! So sweet for the Leigh giant card – hopefully she’s feeling better (probably would know if I had been on twitter huh? >.< Kinda been living under a rock this past week). I can't wait to see what you think of The Walled City! I loved it and it was so different from what I expected (it's so not a dystopian! Oops! Lol). LOL@ the Maggie Stiefvater comment! :D

    Sorry if my comment sounds like blabbering, I was commenting as I was reading and going back to remember what I wanted to say about which parts baha!

    Oh and I want lobster now!! A good steak and lobster dinner! RIGHT??
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  125. Brenda

    ALA sounds like such fun, and it’s Vegas! Ahh but the heat sounds unbearable, did it cool off some at night? It sounds like fun seeing all the authors, Judy Blume would have been one that I especially would have loved to meet, but I would probably be totally unintelligible if speaking with her.

  126. bethany

    omg~~~ that giveaway is pretty stacked! (har har pun intended)

    and wendy! what about your avoiding lots of people thing?? :)

    can’t wait to TBR TBR TBR more books, thanks to your publishing friends and the titles they’re most excited about too. too bad publishing house jobs are all in NY…

  127. fishgirl182 @ nite lite

    I did not see any copies of Of Metal and Wishes or I would totally let you borrow it. Looks like you guys had a great time. I still need to write up my recap but I am wiped out as well. Seriously so glad that it’s in SF next year. I am a total wimp when it comes to hot weather. And you should totally come to the Maggie signing in Montrose at the end of the month. You should finally meet her. :)
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  128. Nicole Layug

    Im from the US and I’ve had my eye on pretty much all of those books in the ARC package! I’ve heard such great things from all those authors and I am looking forward to reading them all (especially the young elites, this shattered world, and the iron trial)! Also ALA seems like it was so awesome! I went to bookcon, which wasn’t as awesome as I would have hoped, and I complete know what you mean about Maggie Stiefvater! The Raven Cycle means everything to me, and it was so nerve racking meeting her (I couldn’t control my shaking)! But she was super awesome and I got a signed arc of Sinner (which was sooo good!). Also I am really quite jealous of that Throne of Glass tote!

  129. Moira

    Thank you for the giveaway! I am in the US and I am interested in the ARC package because I want to read Ashes to Ashes, This Shattered World, and The Young Elites. The first two because they are the next books in series that I have started and the third book because I absolutely adore Marie Lu’s Legend series.

  130. Skye @ Skye's Scribblings

    I’m in the US, and I’m interested in the ARCs because I’m super-excited for The Young Elites (it’s even my WoW pick today!) and This Shattered World (absolutely adored These Broken Stars)!

    Happy you guys had such a wonderful time, and I for one most definitely appreciate your sacrifice – thanks for the amazing giveaway! <3
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  131. Nereyda @Mostly YA Book Obsessed

    You were at ALA???? I was there and I didn’t recognize any bloggers :(
    My fault, I planned it so last minute so I didn’t have time to ask anyone if they were going or make plans to meet up. I decided to go Wednesday evening and left for the 8 hour drive that night. I had fun though, and it was nice to finally meet publicists
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  132. sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books

    What a great place for ALA! I would have loved to have enjoyed Vegas along with all the books and authors. I had no idea how important Shiver was to you but I am about to go check out that post. I hope I can go one day. I’m aiming for ALAMW 2016 in Boston. I hope at least!

    I am pretty sure Legend is one of my favorite all-time series. I cannot wait to see what she writes next and The Young Elites sounds amazing! And I definitely am looking forward to This Shattered World! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Oh I’m US. :)
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  133. Shae/Shelver @ Shae Has Left The Room

    Oh wow. ALA looks like so much fun! Maybe one year I’ll skip BEA and go there instead. So many people that I love on Twitter in one place!

    But to answer your questions…

    1. USA
    2. I want the ARCs because I am SALIVATING over them, especially This Shattered World, The Young Elites, and The Young World. Man oh man.
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  134. Ashley

    I understand I’ve told you this multiple times and you’re understandably sick of it, but it really was a pleasure to meet you! Even if I rambled and was like HELLO! *flails*
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  135. Betty

    Seems like you had a great time! Gosh, I’m so excited for This Shattered World and The Young Elites! The other books sound so good!

  136. starryeyedjen

    Your meet-ups and recaps are always so epic. You make it feel as if we all got to go on this grand adventure with you! :) So, thanks for that! And this epic giveaway. I’m dying to read the next installment from Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner…even if it doesn’t feature Tarver. :( And after the Legend series, I’ll read anything Marie Lu writes. That series was so strong from start to finish…it’s hard to imagine she can top that. :) So happy you ladies had such a lovely time and managed to coerce your hubbies to carry your books for you. ;0)
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  137. Tanja

    Oh ladies, I love you so much for sharing this recap with us! I didn’t have a chance to attend any bookish event so when I see your post I always feel like I experienced at least part of the atmosphere. So thank you! Also you met some amazing authors and now when I’m thinking about it I have no idea would I have courage to meet Maggie. She is one of my favorite authors and I admire her so much. Great post! :)
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  138. Andrea G

    From the US. New, pretty books are always amazing. But now you really got me interested in the Court of Fives. That sounds awesome. Another to read book on Goodreads.

  139. Elena NyBlom

    I live in California (USA).

    I am very interested in all of these books. Especially This Shattered World and The Iron Trial. I haven’t read any of Marie Lu’s books yet but I have heard great things about them and I do plan on reading the Legend series sometime soon. I ADORE the Throne of Glass series and it would be so amazing to have the bag! I also LOVE supporting authors because without them I don’t know what I do would do with my life.

  140. Kate P.

    I am from the US and I am SO EXCITED about this giveaway! It is truly amazing so thank you so much! I am interested in the ARCs because those are basically all of my most anticipated releases for this year. Seriously i am DYING to read every single one, especially Ashes to Ashes, The Iron Trial, and This Shattered World. I am crossing my fingers and hoping I have a good chance of winning! Thanks again. xx

  141. celes cao

    Thanks for the chance! I´m form Argentina. I´m interested in the international prize :)

  142. Tammy

    Vegas in June, hot!!! Good thing you guys were inside. I’m looking forward to all the great YA fantasy releasing this fall.

  143. Angela C.

    Ahh ALA sounds like so much fun!! I would love to meet all those people! :D And I’m dying to read Marie Lu’s newest book as well as the next book in the Burn for Burn series! The cover for This Shattered World is so pretty *-*

    Oh and I’m from the US.

  144. Bryce

    I live in the US, and AHHHHH THIS GIVEAWAY IS AMAZING. I would probably die if I won these ARCs! The Iron Trials, The Young Elites and This Shattered World; it’s too good to be true! I’ve never heard of Ashes to Ashes or The Young World, but they look really good… I’m so excited now!

  145. Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

    That’s so sweet to have a get well card for Leigh Bardugo! I wish I was there to sign it.

    I’m in the US and I would love to win the set of ARCs because These Broken Stars blew my mind and I can’t wait to spend some more time in that world. The Young Elites sounds AH-MAZING! Plus a book written by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare… NEED!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway ladies! Sounds like you had a great trip! Love the showgirl wallpaper, although I probably would have been worried that she would be staring at me while I slept!
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  146. Bryce

    I’m from the USA (California) and I think I would have a heart attack if I won this! I love the Throne of Glass series, and that bag is adorable! Also, I’ve been dying to get my hands on The Iron Trial and The Young Elites… Anything by Cassandra Clare and Marie Lu is worth reading! These Broken Stars was amazing, and I would love to get the second one early. I haven’t heard of The Young World or Ashes to Ashes, but they look really good. I’m so excited about this giveaway!!!

  147. Miranda Eduardo

    ALA looks like so much fun! I live in the US and I hope to win the set of ARCs because it would be a perfect belated birthday present to myself. And afterwards I would share them with my other book lover friends.

  148. Fry (Rachel C.)

    Do they move ALA all the time or was it just this time? I know it’s Chicago based and I was thinking I might go since it’s nearby, but then it was in VEGAS. Guess it wasn’t meant to be! (So, yeah, I’m in the US.)

    Super interested in This Shattered World and The Young Elites. Yes, please. Arcs for my brain candy.

  149. Sarah

    No cat trading allowed!!! ;-) I had the opportunity to attend ALA last year and loved the experience. I’m so envious that Laini Taylor was signing there–it’s my dream to one day meet her because her DoSaB series is my all-time favorite YA trilogy.

    Maggie Stiefvater is coming to my city next week for her Sinner tour, and I’m so excited and nervous. Her Shiver series also means a lot to me because it was one of the first YA books that got me hooked on YA. I’m afraid I will be so tongue tied that I won’t be able to say anything!

    I’m in the U.S. and am most excited about Marie Lu’s The Young Elites! Thank you so much for the generous giveaway.

  150. Kelley (Oh, the Books!)

    What a fantastic giveaway! Someday I hope I can make it to ALA too, because it looks like it would be a lot of fun; and I’m probably more likely to attend than some others, because at least I’m in the US. :)

    That tote bag is seriously awesome — Celaena and Chaol are especially two of my favorite characters! Congrats to whichever international entrant wins that one! As for the bundle of ARCs — I’m ridiculously excited to read This Shattered World, because I absolutely LOVED These Broken Stars!
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  151. Harlee

    I’m in the US :) Wow, I am jealous! ALA sounded awesome! I haven’t ever been to a book event but I an considering BEA next year! I love the giant card everyone signed for Leigh Bardugo, that’s so sweet! I’d love to win those ARCs because OMG The Young Elites, The Young World, and The Iron Trial all sound incredible! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  152. Crystal @Crystal in Bookland

    Thanks so much for the recap! I can not even imagine how much fun this event was, especially being in Vegas!! I’ve added several on my TBR now, There Will Be Lies looks amazing!! That was so sweet for people to go the get well card for Leigh, love seeing that! Oh and if you haven’t read Welcome to the Dark House and Midnight Thief I definitely recommend because they are awesome!!

    I am in US and I don’t know how I am even supposed to say which thing I prefer O.O LOL I definitely am eyeballing the tote, but then I REALLY want The Young Elites and The Iron Trial!!
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  153. Katie

    I live in the US. I’d love to win the ARCs because, I’ll admit, it’s exciting to win ARCs and read books before most other people can. Simply because then I can build excitement for the book.

  154. Emma

    I’m in the U.S., and I’m dying to read several of the books you’re including in the ARC pack. Thanks for the giveaway! I really hope to make it to ALA someday.
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  155. Taherah

    Ahhhhhh!! Such amazing ARCs but I’m especially excited for THE YOUNG ELITES and THE IRON TRIAL. Thanks for the giveaway :) ALA seems like a lot of fun! Hopefully I’ll be able to go one day *crosses fingers*
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  156. Nikki

    Gahhh, ALA sounds like it was AMAZING!! I totally relate to being tongue-tied around authors like Maggie – I *have* met Maggie… twice… I thought the second time would be easier but nope! I got completely wordless and flustered both times. Oh well! :P lol

    And as for the giveaways… holy crap I need THE YOUNG ELITES in my life like I need AIR. (It’s actually my WoW today, lol.) And an actual ARC of THIS SHATTERED WORLD!!! I have a bound manuscript but gahhhhh, need that actual ARC!! So flipping excited for both those books.
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  157. Kelly L.

    I live in the US!
    Eep, I LOVE that tote bag! I also can’t wait to read The Young Elites – ever since Marie showed us her drawings, I knew I had to get my hands on it asap. I am so excited to see how the Burn for Burn series will end too!
    Thanks for the lovely giveaway! (:
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  158. Ellie

    Aaaaaah omigosh. Those are basically ALL of the book I NEED to read this year; Especially The Young Elites and This Shattered World.
    Would LOVE the tote to replace my “Love YA” tote that I used so much it’s falling apart!
    I wish I could have gone to a book fest. Maybe next time.
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  159. Paige G

    I’m in the US, so that ARC pile is definitely appealing to me even if I wasn’t in the US. I would be utmost appreciative if I won because of the Marie Lu ARC. I loved the Legend series and I’m so intrigued by that summary! It sounds very science fiction meets fantasy and that’s like my ultimate dealmaker when it comes to books.

  160. Jen @ YA Romantics

    Glad you had such a good time! Not entering because I was able to go to BEA but I loved hearing about all your adventures. I love Las Vegas! So sorry about Leigh – hope she is all better now. And lol about the cat trade offer. There is always that one book at a conference or expo that eludes me no matter what I do and I guess this was yours..
    Jen @ YA Romantics
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  161. Danielle Nguyen

    I’m from the US. I was sad that they only had chapter samplers of The Young Elites at BEA, so I’d love to get my hands on an ARC!

  162. Jessica Cooley

    I am so jealous! Some of my co-workers got to go this year but I had a wedding to go to and couldn’t go. It sounds like it was amazing though!!! So glad you had a good time and got to see some amazing people!
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  163. Joy F

    I’m from the US. I love reading and they look like good reads.

  164. Amanda @ Book Badger

    I’m in the UK and I’m interested in the tote bag because OMG I JUST FINISHED THRONE OF GLASS LAST NIGHT AND GAH! Yes, my emotions. I plan to run to the library (soon) and get Crown of Midnight (somehow) and then cry because I can’t get Heir of Fire (damn NetGalley), so yes, I think I’m become a very quick fan of the series and would love to win the bag and swag that comes with it. This is a fantastic giveaway and I’m glad you girls had fun! :)
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  165. Faye D'Social Potato (@kawaiileena)

    Mabuhay! From the Philippines here! I want that tote bag because I don’t think I’ll have any other window of opportunity left to get one ;) And I’ve never received book swag before so if I win this would be my very first time! O_O I’m excited, and I wish I could win those ARCs, but alas ^^;; Geographical reasons continue to block my every path… in any case, it looks like you had a lot of fun, and it was awesome staring at those lovely pictures!
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  166. jpetroroy

    I’m from the US. You look like you had so much fun! And, man, would I love to read Marie Lu’s latest.

  167. Kristen@My Friends Are Fiction

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful recap! ALA looked like an amazing time. I especially love seeing which title the publicists are most excited for. And, as always, your photography is absolutely beautiful.
    Eeps! What a great giveaway too. I’m so eager for the Lu book so your long wait is very much appreciated. Like everyone I’d love to win :-)
    I met Maggie before I started to blog and I was SO nervous. I was a complete mess and could barely form words. I’m sure she thought I was very strange but seeing how she makes others fangirl/nervous/emotional leads me to think she’s probably used to it. I hope you love Sinner!
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  168. Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

    Whoaaaa! I would love to have been there! All those authors, publicists… AND FOOD OF COURSE. <3 Glad you ladies had a wonderful time.

    I'm from the Philippines and I would love a bookish tote to carry around school! I usually bring a boring, generic tote. ._.
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  169. Andrea @ Bookish

    I’m in the US, but I’m only interested in the tote bag :) Those sound like amazing ARCs, but I already have some of them, so I shouldn’t be too greedy! :)

    Sounds like ALA was a lot of fun – I’m always so bumped when I cannot make it to these amazing conferences! Maybe one day when I’m not saving up money for a wedding and honeymoon! Oh dare to dream, Andrea.
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  170. Pili

    OH MY GOODNESS!! I’M HYPERVENTILATING NOW!! I CAN ENTER TO WIN THAT DAMNED TOTE BAG I’VE BEEN COVETING SINCE I FIRST SAW IT!! *FLAILS*

    Okay, I’ll stop screaming now… So, yeah, since I’m in Spain and hence out of US, I’ll be entering for the tote bag and swag!

    And I know what you mean about Maggie Stiefvater… I rarely get authors to come to Spain and Maggie came over last year to Madrid and I MISSED IT CAUSE I COULDN’T EXCHANGE SHIFTS AT WORK! I’m sure I would have been awkward as hell, but I’m still banging my head about missing it…

    YAY for awesome bookish times and indulgence times with the respective hubbies! Thank you so much for making part of the giveaway international too!!
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  171. Lia

    I live in the U.S. and I’d love to win the ARCs because, I love Cassandra Clare’s writing, the Legend trilogy, and These Broken Stars. It would also be wonderful to help support these authors by writing a review, so they can write more books! Glad you had a great time at ALA!

  172. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    I’m in Australia :D

    And I totally would love and adore the Throne of Glass totebag because CHAOL and also Celaena is just so badass and I love her wildness and protectiveness of the people she loves. And I would look fabulous walking around with that bag, haha. I would constantly fill it with books :D

    I hope I get to make it to an amazing bookfest like this one, and be surrounded by other book loving people! I imagine it would be something like a con, but rather than TV shows/anime/comics, it would all be BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS.

    Who knows, maybe one day? And for now, I can live vicariously through bloggers!
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  173. Cait @ Notebook Sisters

    I can’t enter but OMG THAT BAG WITH THRONE OF GLASS OMG. MOST AWESOME THING EVER. *finishes fangirling* But I know what you mean about Sinner and Maggie Stiefvater. I probably will never meet her, but my fangirling heart? It’s having a minor attack. I just love all her books so much and I’m SO excited for Sinner. I’m just going to buy it. End of it all. I NEED THAT BOOK IN MY LIFE.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Wait, why can’t you enter, missy? The tote is our international giveaway! It’s the books I can’t ship overseas.

      I’m a few chapters into SINNER right now. I’m actually liking Cole and Isabel much better now that they’re not stuck in the middle of Sam and Grace’s story. I hope you love it when you get it!

  174. Irene

    I’m in Denmark. I’d be most interested in the Marie Lu ARC – I’m soooooo excited to read that book!! But since I can’t enter that one, I’d be more than happy to get the totebag! :D
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