Fierce Reads Summer Tour: Interview and Giveaway

August 5, 2014 2014, ann aguirre, author interview, events, giveaway, Kate, leigh bardugo, Uncategorized 124

The day before Comic-Con last month, Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer, Ann Aguirre, and Anna Banks went to the Barnes and Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles for a panel, and I got to interview them (in the employee break room) before the panel started. It had been a crazy week for me–I had a lot of work to get done for a project I’ve been working on for over a year, I was leaving the following morning for the convention, I had a bronchial infection (I wasn’t contagious, but I was taking antibiotics, steroids, and that awesome cough syrup with codeine in it)… and Obama was in town.

 

If you don’t live somewhere where presidents visit for fund raising, it’s hard to understand how badly having them in town can completely destroy the traffic system, but it’s really something. Major streets along his route are completely shut down, and it affects traffic in all the surrounding cities because people take crazy circuitous routes to avoid the worst areas. It is awful. I’m sad for the ladies who were here visiting, because this is not the best light to see our lovely city in.

 

I got to The Grove an hour and a half early and wandered around. When it was time for the interview, I made my way to the book store, and of course a few people were running late (I can’t say enough about how truly terrible the traffic was in the immediate vicinity of The Grove), and by the time the kind woman who works at Barnes and Noble had taken everyone’s coffee orders and we’d gotten settled in, our thirty-minute interview was cut down to ten. I got to most of the questions you guys sent me on Twitter, though.

 

A quick note: One of the questions you guys asked on Twitter was Shag/Marry/Kill with Harry, Ron, and Neville, and the ladies very responsibly asked me to specify ages and things, so for the record: The boys are all at least eighteen years old, and the ladies were allowed to take this and this and this into account when making their decisions.
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Leigh Bardugo
Leigh and Marissa sat huddled together on one side of the table, giggling at each other’s jokes and playing with the craft supplies laid out on the table for the store’s Batman Day celebration. By the end of it, each of the four ladies had a little foam star sticker on her face.

 

Leigh does a lot of her writing at home with her Schnoodle Bertie, but she really prefers writers’ retreats, where she can hang out with like-minded people and be forced to sit and write in a room with all of them all day, and then hang out and be social at night.

 

Out of all the characters she’s written, she most admires Sturmhond for his confidence, which allows him to accomplish a great deal that should be impossible.

 

When I asked the ladies the Screw/Marry Kill question, Leigh immediately asked if she was allowed to take Matthew Thewlis’s extreme real-life hotness into account, and when I said yes, she just as quickly said she’d shag Harry, marry Neville, and kill Ron. Which, I’ll be honest, was what I expected everyone to say.

 

Marissa Meyer
Marissa has three cats named Calexandria Josephine, Stormus Enormous, and Blackland Rockwell III. Her husband had traveled with her, and he is as good-looking as he is sweet. And he is an extremely sweet man.

She, like Leigh, really enjoys going on writing retreats with other authors, but she also writes in public spaces like cafes. Her husband (he’s pretty great, guys) is building her a studio outside her house so she can get out of the house to write without having to actually leave home.

 

Marissa really admires (and is envious of) Thorne’s luckiness. Shit just seems to work out for him.

 

If absolutely forced to choose, she would shag Ron, marry Neville, and kill Harry.

 

Ann Aguirre
Ann’s family is really important to her. She co-writes the Apparatus Infernum adult steampunk series with her husband, and she has three cats (Dominic Dredd, Darius Crooktail, and Dr. Christmas Jones Fluffypants III) and two dogs (Daisey and Dixie). She’s gotten several offers from people who want to adapt her YA series for tv/movies, but she didn’t trust the vision of the producers, and now that her seventeen-year-old daughter is all grown up and planning to attend film school, Ann wants to wait and let her daughter handle the film adaptation.

 

Ann has a great home office, but when she first moved into it, it was extremely infested with bees. She had to hire people to go in and remove the huge honeycombs from inside the ceiling, and by the end the floor was covered in tiny bee corpses. Isn’t that sad and also terrifying?

 

She really admires Deuce’s perseverance and refusal to give up, no matter how stacked against her the odds seem to be.

 

Ann, like Marissa, would shag Ron, marry Neville, and kill Harry.

Anna Banks
Anna writes in her home in the Florida Panhandle. She has a weiner dog named Puckledoo, and she spends so much time in her home office, she owns more pajamas than she does normal clothes.

 

The characteristic she most admires in a character she has written is Galen’s moral compass and sense of duty.

 

And this is where… You guys. I have a hard truth to lay down for you here. Anna Banks, when I gave her the Shag/Marry/Kill question about Harry, Ron, and Neville, replied, “I don’t understand the question.” So I thought she didn’t know what F/M/K was as a cultural phenomenon, and my brain went blank and needed to reboot because HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THAT. But then she added, “Is that a Harry Potter thing?”

Because Anna Banks has never read or seen Harry Potter. Anna Banks. Has never read. Harry Potter.

(Leigh and Marissa suggested that she listen to the wonderful audio books, btw, and I’d second that suggestion)

One more tidbit, for fans of Of Poseidon: When I met with her, Anna had just gotten some VERY good news from Mad Hatter Productions (they do the How to Train Your Dragon movies, among other genre stuff), who have the rights to the movie version of her Syrena Legacy, but she couldn’t announce anything yet. So keep your eyes open for future announcements from Anna on that front.

 

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Thanks to our wonderful friends at Macmillan, we have a Fierce Reads tote bag with Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo, Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, Of Neptune by Anna Banks, and Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre to give away to our readers. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a thoughtful comment below telling us why you’re excited for the books OR your answer to the Shag/Marry/Kill question. Open to U.S. and Canadian residents aged 18 and older, or 13 and older with parental permission. Please see entry form for complete details. Good luck!

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Our thanks to Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer, Anna Banks, and Ann Aguirre for graciously meeting with us for this interview, and to Macmillan for providing the giveaway copies.

 

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124 Responses to “Fierce Reads Summer Tour: Interview and Giveaway”

  1. Staci Pope

    I’d love to read all of these books. My motto is not enough time for ALL of the books I want to read. I’m am a public transportation rider so I get to read everyday for at least 3 hours. What better way to spend those hours than reading all of these authors books.

  2. Rachel

    Awesome giveaway :) i love reading any kind of books and these authors are part of my daily dose of reading joy

  3. Michelle Lee

    I read Of Neptune by Anna Banks, but I haven’t read the other books by the other authors. So I’m glad I have the opportunity. I read a bit of what the other stories was about and I thought they were very interesting. Also, I’m hearing from a lot of people that they are a great read! Thank you for this amazing giveaway! :)

  4. Thomas

    Ah ha ha, Anna Banks’s response to the Shag/Marry/Kill question actually made me smile. I’d like to win the books because of the diversity of authors included – I’ve read Cinder by Marissa Meyer and loved it, and I’ve heard so much hype about Leigh Bardugo that it almost seems like an injustice not to try and get a copy of her book. To be honest I’ve read some of Ann Aguirre’s writing before and was not a huge fan, so it’d be cool to give her another chance. Great interview and I’m glad you guys clarified the ages of Harry, Ron, and Neville!
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  5. Chelsea B.

    Kill Harry, shag Ron, and marry Neville… I mean, all three guys are completely gorgeous, so mix it any way and I’d be okay ;-)

  6. Hilary

    I’ve heard so many good things about Ruin and Rising that it’s piqued my interest and I want to read what it’s about. I’m also currently reading Cinder…and wow. Just…wow.
    I’m also very curious to know what happens in Mortal Danger. After reading the blurb, it’s really giving me the Kuroshitsuji (Japanese anime) vibe because in that anime, a boy makes a Faustian contract with the devil as well: his soul in exchange for power. What does Edie have to offer to Kian for him to willingly make such a contract with her? Is this a book where the one who wields all the power is suddenly found powerless?
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  7. KAYLA

    I would marry Neville, shag Harry and kill Ron. Sorry Ron.

    I am so excited for the books (especially for the Lunar Chronicles Series) because it is so well written and has wonderful characters and unique storyline <3

  8. Melissa

    I love the Grisha trilogy and the Lunar Chronicles (I absolutely CANNOT wait for Winter!). Unfortunately, I own neither… but I can’t resist zombies. Or mermaids. Or Mortal Dangers.

  9. Darith L.

    Wow, great event! I’d love to read Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre! It sounds really good! I would shag Harry, marry Neville, and kill Ron. lol

  10. Jenn Greiving

    To be totally honest, my one reason would be Sturmhond. But there are plenty of other reasons in that bundle. And also – marry Neville, kill Ron, and lie back and think of England with Harry.

  11. Joy F

    Love reading YA and these are on my list that I want to read. Thanks!!

  12. Devin

    Love the Lunar Chronicles and Syrena series. Based on the book characters I would say shag Ron, marry Harry and kill Neville.

  13. Nikki C.

    I absolutely love Marissa Meyer’s ability to create a world so vivid and unique. Not to mention, Kai and Cinder are just adorable – my OTP. I am looking forward to reading the next installment of the Lunar Chronicles series, Winter and the prequel, Fairest – I can’t wait to revisit a world I love so much :3

  14. Ashley C.

    I already love Leigh and Marissa’s books, (like you, Kate!) but I’m very new to the other authors! I’ve been wanting to read Of Poseidon for forever, but they always seem to creep off my to do list if I don’t keep an eye on them…

    Haha, I would shag Neville, marry Ron, and kill harry. The boy who lived is now dead.

    Thanks for this amazing giveaway, Kate!

  15. Kathy @ My Nook, Books & More

    You are so lucky to meet them!! I saw Marissa & Leigh at Comic Con. I loved Cinder and can’t wait to read more of the series. I haven’t read Leigh’s books yet but I got to talk to her and she was so nice and funny. And the other authors are on my TBR list. Thanks for this giveaway!!
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  16. Carina Olsen

    Omg, I LOVE THIS POST. <3 Thank you so much for sharing sweetie :) And aw. That picture of all of you together is adorable. <3 Ack. I love all of these authors. And I'm so jealous that you got to meet them. Sniffs. So happy for you :) I love the little details you shared about them all. <3 Thank you :)
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  17. S.L.

    I’ve only read Marissa Meyer’s books, but I will def. be on the lookout for works by these other authors! This book tour sounds like a blast.

  18. Brandi

    I can’t wait to read mortal danger. An I love scarlet… Probably my most favorite in the series so far!!

  19. Shoshana Smith

    I’ve read work by Bardugo and Meyer, and absolutely loved their stuff; I haven’t read the other two yet, but I’ve heard wonderful things and would very much like to!

    S/M/K: Ron/Neville/Harry. Tall boys always win with me.

  20. Louise

    Ohhhh, super excited about this book pack. What a great combo.

    As far as shag/marry/kill… shag Neville, marry Ron (BOOK Ron), and kill Harry. Sorry, Harry.

  21. Carley Davis

    Iwould love to read all of these books! I always love the chance to discover new authors, and some of these have been on my TBR pile for ages!

  22. Sarah Smith

    I love the Lunar Chronicles – Cinder is my role model, Scarlet is my doppelganger, Cress and Thorne are my OTP, and I can’t wait to read about Winter! I also loved the Grisha trilogy – Nikolai is one of my favorite YA characters. I also would like to read all of the other books listed here, but I haven’t read yet.

    This is a great time to love books; authors and readers can stay in contact with each other via social media, and I think that’s really important for both parties.

  23. Sarah Smith

    I love both the Lunar Chronicles and the Grisha trilogy! Cress and Thorne are my OTP, and Cinder is my role model. I also love how the best authors of YA are in contact with their readers, via social media. It’s a great time to love books!

    And Fierce Reads is just plain cool.

  24. Jocelyne

    I love The Lunar Chronicles so much and I’m sure the other series on the Fierce Reads summer tour are just good. Can’t wait to read them :)

    As for the other question: Shag Harry, marry Neville, and kill Ron (sorry Ron… I just like the other two better)

  25. Camille

    The Grisha Trilogy and the Lunar Chronicles are two of my FAVORITE series! I have the ebook versions of a couple of the books in those series, but I’m one of those people who is still in love with physical books. There’s just something about opening the book and cuddling into my sofa that can’t be replaced by sitting with my e-reader. Also, I had just been thinking about reading Mortal Danger when I stumbled upon this giveaway when I was checking this blog. I’d truly love to win these books!
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    • Kate Bond

      I agree about physical books. I love my kindle because I can travel anywhere with hundreds of books in it, but I love the experience of actually turning a physical page and catching the faint scent of paper. Sigh.

  26. Brie Wood

    I love the Leigh Bardugo and Marissa Meyer’s books. I just picked up Anna Banks and have added Ann Aguire to my ever growing TBR. Great interview :)

    • Kate Bond

      Leigh’s and Marissa’s are the only YA books I’ve read by these authors. I really enjoyed the five-ish adult novels of Ann’s I’ve read, though, and I’m moving Anna up my TBR pile because she was just such a delight to be around.

  27. Mary @ BookSwarm

    At first I read that you’d interviewed them in the employee bathroom and wondered…
    Stormus Enormus is a great name!
    And I don’t know if I’d ever be able to write in that room without hearing the haunting buzz of bees again.

    You really did good for a 4-person, 10-minute interview. Wow!
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    • Kate Bond

      Oh man, every time a piece of hair or something brushed my ear I’d be terrified it was a bee. That room would be completely dead to me.

  28. Emma

    I haven’t read the Harry Potter series or seen the movies either, so I’m with Anna. Meep. So I’m excited for the books because I love the Grisha trilogy and The Lunar Chronicles, and I’ve started the Syrena trilogy, so I’d love to own a copy of Of Neptune. Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. Linda

    I love the Lunar Chronicles, and I have heard so many awesome things about the Grisha series that it is on my To Be Read list.

  30. Kayla

    This was surprisingly hard, but I’d marry Ron, shag Harry, and kill Neville. (It just seems wrong to kill Harry!) I would love to win this contest, all the books are on my TBR list. Thanks for offering the chance!

    • Kate Bond

      Well, and Harry is a freaking bajillionaire. Not to be mercenary, but if you have to marry a dumb, boring dude, he may as well be loaded.

  31. Melissa

    Love the Lunar Chronicles!! No words can describe how much I enjoy the fairy tale retelling. I’ve read books on vampires, werewolves, faeries, wizards, demi gods and the like, but I have yet to tackle a mermaid series. Of Neptune has interested me for a while just never got around to reading it. I heard so many good things about the Grisha series from the Veronica Roth FOUR tour when she was in Wellesley and it’s always been on my list of books to read. Mortal Game also sounds interesting.

    • Kate Bond

      I’m the same with Of Neptune. I’m moving it up my list after having met Anna, though, because she was truly a delight.

  32. Cicely

    I really want to read Leigh Bardugo’s series because I hear so many good things about it. I have already read Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress by Marissa Meyer, and they are the best books ever! I so far don’t own any of them, but I really want them for my birthday. Marissa Meyer is an amazing aouthor with an awesome imagination! Btw I would answer the other question, but I have never read or watched Harry Potter. I know weird, Sorry!
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  33. Galena

    So it’s my understanding of the SMK game that you won’t be shagging whoever you marry. In that case, I would shag Neville (as his super-hot real-life counterpart, OMG that man is delicious!), marry Harry, and kill Ron. Sorry Ron!

    And really, Anna, NO EXPERIENCE WITH HP!? Not even the movies!? Does not compute.

    • Kate Bond

      I think your choices are smart. Shag the dumb hot one, marry the rich one, kill the dumb ugly.

      And the NOT EVEN THE MOVIES thing was part of what stunned me!

  34. Daphne

    These are such fantastic series. I just finished Rise and Ruin (city read all three books in just a few days) and I love the cinder series. The other two books O haven’t read yet, but I’ve heard great things about them.

  35. April Castillo

    Can’t wait to read Mortal Danger! I loved Scarlet and Ruin and Rising!

    • Kate Bond

      No, especially if you don’t get to F the person you M. We don’t want to waste Neville’s real-life hotness.

  36. Faiza

    I love all of these ladies, wish I would get to meet them one day. I still can’t believe Anna has never read Harry Potter??!!! What!?!!! She needs to asap!! I loved the Grisha trilogy was amazing, I couldn’t belive it’s over now :(. Also can not wait to get the next book in the Lunar Chronicle, they were she writes and the whole world building is just mind blowing.

    • Kate Bond

      I’m really impressed with Marissa’s world building, too–the way she continues to weave the characters from previous books into each subsequent one is just gorgeous.

  37. Aisa

    Fantastic interview! I love all the authors and their series! I can’t believe Anna Banks hasn’t read Harry Potter?! LOL Someone needs to remedy this quickly!

  38. Mel

    Oh boy, oh boy. I would *love* to win this contest, as I’ve only gotten my hands on The Lunar Chronicles series out of those listed! I adore a good book suggestion, and after having all of these marked “To Read” on my lists, it ‘twould be ‘tweriffic to own them all. Books need hugs, too!

  39. Rosemary A. Blodgett

    I’ve had to add some new books to my growing list – great interview. I’ve already read all of Marissa Meyer’s, eagerly awaiting the rest. Wondering if I can’t just shag & marry Neville? If it means I have to kill both Harry & Ron – I can live with that.

  40. Debbie

    I’ve already read Leigh’s Grisha trilogy and I absolutely loved it. The other 3 have been placed onto my ever growing to read list and I’m always tempted to buy them when I head to my local bookstore. I honestly can’t wait to get to them!

    • Kate Bond

      Ann and Anna’s books are on my TBR list, too.

      I think you’d really like Cinder–the whole series is a lot of fun.

    • Kate Bond

      Hooray for libraries! I need to head to my local one to scope out the audiobook offerings soon–I’m really running through my Audible credits.

  41. Natalie

    I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Ruin and Rising! I think it’s guaranteed there will be another swoon worthy manto capture my attention just as Mal, The Darkling, and Nikolai did. It’s like Leigh breeds them. XD

    • Kate Bond

      Yesssssssss. Leigh really kills it with the cute boys–although I, personally, am not such a fan of Mal.

  42. Amanda P.

    Honestly, I have not read ANY of these books! I know… completely unbelievable. There are just so many books to read and so little time! I would love to win this giveaway so I can finally start on a couple books that I’ve been putting off because I don’t own them. I loved reading your experience with the tour, thanks for sharing and the awesome giveaway!

    Amanda @ Of Spectacles and Books
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    • Kate Bond

      I have read precisely ONE of these four books. Insane. I need to read Anna’s series–I like mermaids.

  43. A Canadian Girl

    Ugh, I need to make the time to read Ruin and Rising soon! I have no idea what happened to my beloved Darkling and Sturmhond :(

    I’ve been lucky enough to meet Marissa – would love to have Leigh come to Toronto! – and she was just so lovely. And her husband seems awesome.

    Oh, and I can’t believe Anna hasn’t read HP!
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    • Kate Bond

      I need to make time for R&R, too. Spoilers don’t really bother me, but the ending was accidentally spoiled for me a while back, and now I don’t feel quite the urgency to move it to the top of my queue as I might have done.

  44. Pili

    Fantastic interview Kate! I’m so totally envious of you for attending this awesome event and meeting all the ladies!
    I’m quite shocked that Anna Banks had not read the HP books!! O_O And as I am right now re-listening to the HP books read by Stephen Fry , I very highly recommend them!
    And as for the shag/marry/kill, I’m so sorry for dear Ron… but I agree with Leigh Bardugo!
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    • Kate Bond

      FINALLY, someone else with some taste! You’ve GOTTA kill Ron! It’s the only scenario that makes any sense!

      I’m a big fan of audiobooks in general, and Stephen does SUCH a good job on HP.

      We have exactly the same taste in everything, apparently.

  45. Lia

    I would marry Ron, hug Neville (as we’re just friends), and kill The Boy Who Lived. I love The Lunar Chronicles, my favorite, of course, being Cress. The Grisha Series will always be one of my Favorite Series of All Time.

    • Wendy Darling

      Ugh. Lia, please do NOT use spoilers in comments on the blog, as some of us have not read the book yet. Deleting that part of your comment.

        • Lia

          My word-retrieval skills are quite awful during 24 hour fasts. I have yet to read Ruin and Rising, and by “spoiler” I really meant “crack pot theory.” Really, truly, and sincerely sorry.

          • Wendy Darling

            Lia–no worries. Thank you for coming back to address it, we’ll just pretend it never happened.

            One of these days, maybe our site will allow us to use spoiler tags in the comments like on GoodReads–that would be SO handy.

  46. Jasprit

    I’m glad that you were able to have such a fun time with these authors Kate! You were seriously such a trooper, to even attend this interview with all the stuff going on and with how you were feeling (I probably would have snuck in a duvet or hot bottle or two!). And I absolutely hate bees, so totally feel for Ann, I remember when we had a bees nest at our old house and had to stay indoors all day with the windows shut, so the guy could get rid of them! And I would totally shag Ron, marry Neville and kill Harry! I hope Anna gets onto the Harry potter series soon! :)
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    • Kate Bond

      OMG, the bee thing seems like an absolute nightmare. She said some of the hive pieces were so big it took multiple people to carry them. Yikes!

      I feel like I’m always sick lately–I’m in bed with the flu and a 102 degree fever today after spend in the weekend at a family reunion.

  47. fishgirl182 @ nite lite

    Ahh I was so sad that I was already in San Diego when this tour came around. And I totally understand your president pain. I work close to one of his routes now and before that, I worked next door to the Jay Leno show. It was always crazy when he would come on. But we did run out one day to the corner to see him leave, which was pretty cool.

    I can’t believe that Ann hasn’t read any Harry Potter yet. That is crazy. And I don’t have an answer to the S/M/K question. I still think of them as kids so it’s kind of weird to pick.
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    • Kate Bond

      Yeah, the thinking of them as kids thing is why I specified that they’re over the age of 18. Haha. It still feels creepy, though.

      I try so hard not to have anywhere to go on Obama days–The Grove area was especially bad this time because he had to drive past it to get to Shonda Rhimes’s house in Highland Park for a fundraiser

  48. Kris @Imaginary Reads

    Nice interview! I’m loving the answers on the HP F/M/K!!! I’m surprised that Anna never read the HP series. It’s such a big deal that it’s hard to imagine someone hasn’t tried them. At least she was spared having to decide what to do with each guy, lol. I’m sorry you weren’t able to get in the full 30 min. I’m sure the rest of the interview would have been just as fun. These authors have such wonderful personalities :)
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    • Kate Bond

      They have lovely personalities, and they’re so distinctly DIFFERENT.

      Anna in particular is really funny in this quiet, out-of-nowhere way, and being in her presence is calming. She really made me feel comfortable around her. Even though she has neglected Harry Potter.

  49. Katie F

    I just heard about Cinder from another blog today and I feel like I’d love the series!

  50. Ann

    I can’t wait to read Scarlet. I finished Cinder a few months back but haven’t gotten a hold of Scarlet yet! ;)

  51. Sophia D

    Can’t wait to read the third part of the Grisha trilogy …. I love the fantasy elements and how Russian culture and myths are woven in.

    • Kate Bond

      I know, I’m excited to read that one, too. I have the book, but not the TIME to read it. Sigh. Poor Kate.

  52. Rebecca

    What an awesome interview! These ladies seem like so much fun. I absolutely love Leigh Bardugo’s and Marissa Meyer’s books. I’ve yet to read anything by Anna Banks or Ann Aguirre, but Mortal Danger sounds really good so I definitely want to check that out soon.

    • Kate Bond

      I’ve read I think six of Ann’s adult books, but none of her YA. And Anna’s are on my Kindle waiting for me to have time to get to them.

      (As is the final book in the Grisha trilogy)

  53. Nikki

    I’ve been wanting to read Scarlet forever! And I LOVE Leigh Bardugo, she can do no wrong :)

    • Kate Bond

      Poor Anna has missed out! I could see how the first couple movies might be unappetizing, though, since they were a little more… I don’t know. Slavishly true to the books?

  54. STacy Renee

    I’ve yet to read any of these series although I recently bought Cinder but I’ve heard such great things about them all online and from my bookish friends. :)

    • Kate Bond

      Oh, you’re in for a pleasant surprise with Cinder! In my opinion, the series gets better and better with each book!

    • Kate Bond

      I agree about the Grisha books. So, so good.

      And I couldn’t believe Anna hadn’t read ho either! It’s madness!

  55. Andrea @ Bookish

    There aren’t enough good things I can say about Leigh Bardugo’s series and Marissa Meyer’s series. They built amazing worlds, swoon worthy characters, and such complex stories (but the good kind of complex) that I cannot imagine a world without these books in them.

    As for Shag/Marry/Kill: Kill Harry, Shag Ron, Marry Neville
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    • Kate Bond

      Hahaha! Another Ron fan… How interesting. He gets on my nerves like nobody’s business. I like him more in the books than the movies, though.

      • Andrea @ Bookish

        haha, I wouldn’t say I’m more of a Ron fan than a Harry fan, but here’s my reasoning (because it wasn’t an easy choice between the two):

        1) If I killed Harry I do what Voldemort could not. I killed the Boy Who Lived. That’s kind of impressive. Even if it is an accident.
        2) Hermione is slightly terrifying. Perhaps Ron and I got together when they were separated, nearing divorce, before they work on their differences and get back together. She can’t get too mad as she may have also visited Viktor Krum during said separation. However, regardless of their marital status, were I to kill Ron, I cannot see her making peace with that so easily. Then I’d really be in trouble.

        Yes, I put too much thought into this.
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    • Kate Bond

      I think if she saw a photo of the three of them standing next to each other, she’d marry Neville and let the other two duke it out to the death. Or maybe I’m projecting…