I always look forward to Book Expo America (BEA) and I usually attend all three days, but this year I could only go on Thursday, the last day. I know I missed a wonderful children’s book and author breakfast and a number of opportunities for autographs by some of my favorite authors. Luckily, some of the publishers had galleys left over from signings from previous days so I was still able to get some great ones.
Just as the exhibit area opened on Thursday I joined a line of other eager attendees that snaked though the Penguin booth and grabbed Marie Lu’s book Prodigy, the second book in her Legend dystopian series that continues the story of June and Day. I recently listened to Legend, the first book, on audio and loved it.
There have been a number of second or third books in series by authors I love that have already come out that I’ve missed, so I was thrilled to see Kristin Cashore autographing Bitterblue. More than an hour early, I joined the line waiting for her and got the scoop from the woman behind me in line on some of the other hot galleys she’d snagged over the previous days. She was excited about the galley she’d gotten called Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Luckily, that was a leftover one that I’d picked up that morning. The author first wrote it when she was 16 on an online writers’ forum and now, ten years later, it’s been refined and published by Bloomsbury. It features a notorious female assassin turned captive who must compete against thieves, killers, and warriors to win her freedom from prison to serve as the king’s champion, and it’s being marketed for fans of Games of Thrones. She also said that there was a long line to get a signed copy of Diana Peterfreund’s For Darkness Shows the Stars, a post-apocalyptic retelling of Jane Austen’s Persuasion–and who can resist anything Austen related?
Another galley and autograph I was very happy to get was that of David Levithan’s Every Day. I’d heard him read from the first chapter of his book in early May at a publisher’s presentation, but no galleys were available then. I can’t wait to read it because it sounds amazing! It’s a unique story about A, who wakes up every day in a someone else’s body–without any choice about who A will be. A has learned not to get attached, until as Justin, he falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend.