The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

IMG_5718Last week I had the pleasure of attending an awesome cocktail party on Capitol Hill to celebrate Erin Bow’s newest book The Scorpion Rules. After a long walk from the ferry terminal, we arrived at Tavern Law and picked up this super awesome telephone on the wall to be allowed entrance to Needle & Thread through this equally awesome door. IMG_5719 IMG_5720 Upstairs, Needle & Thread is a modern day speakeasy which instantly transports you back to the Prohibition era with low lighting and 1920’s style furniture. We were greeted with signature cocktails made specifically after the book’s main character, Princess Greta, made out of gin, St. Germain, lemon juice and rhubarb bitters and which Erin noted “Fittingly, is subtle, bittersweet, and hella strong.” IMG_5721Awesome party for a great book. The Scorpion Rules takes place in a future world that has been ravaged by war. Artificial Intelligence has gotten so smart that it has decided it could do a better job ruling the world than humans are currently doing and, to keep peace, demands that the child of each ruling power must be turned over to the Precepture to be kept as hostages and a deterrent to war. If one of the powers wishes to start a war, their child will be killed. Really exciting read that Sci-Fi fans will absolutely love. The Scorpion Rules  is out September 22nd, 2015. Thank you to Simon & Schuster for a wonderful event! You can also check out Erin’s blogpost about her time in Seattle here (she liked my picture of her book against the Seattle skyline so much that she used it on her blogpost!)

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An Ember in the Ashes

Well hello! It’s been a while…and that’s because I’ve been out of the country! (My next blog post will chronicle that amazing adventure). But once I got home, I had an amazing author dinner almost right away. Friday night was a dinner thanks to Penguin Teen/Razorbill for Sabaa Tahir’s debut novel An Ember in the Ashes.

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This was a really great YA, high fantasy read that takes place in a world where Scholars and Martials are always at odds and the current ruling group, the Martials, treat Scholars no better than animals. Laia is a Scholar girl who has found herself in a desperate situation and has become a spy. But to become a spy, she has to pose as the personal slave of the Commandant…the head of the Empire’s greatest military academy. While she’s there she meets the Commandant’s son, Elias, who thankfully doesn’t share any of the same views as his mother and may be just the thing their world needs to end all of the violence.

Ember is full of great fight scenes and takes place in a magical world of Sabaa’s creation. Teenage girls and boys will both love this exciting book that just might be the next big thing 🙂 Also, Sabaa was lovely and so much fun! So hoping for a book two!!!

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Dinner with Sabaa! Alison from Eagle Harbor Book Co covering her face, myself, Sabaa and Suzanne. Wearing masks of course! Thankfully ours were much less painful than the masks in the book!

Circus Mirandus

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Dinner last night was one for the ages! Seattle had major traffic accidents on pretty much every main thoroughfare during rush hour and right before the beginning of Sounders game…leaving the entire city at an almost stand still. Almost half of the people attending dinner, including the author, were stuck in traffic but once everyone arrived we had a wonderful time.

The Icon Grill has a very colorful room where we had dinner, very Circus Mirandus…especially when peanuts, cotton candy and animal crackers were added 🙂

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I loved Circus Mirandus (we all did) and author Cassie Beasley could not be a nicer person. In the book, Micah Tuttle finds himself under the care of his awful Aunt Gertrudis when his grandfather falls ill. He must find the famed Circus Mirandus that his grandfather Ephraim has been telling him about his whole life and cash in on a miracle that was promised to him years before. But Circus Mirandus doesn’t just appear for anyone, you must have an open mind to the possibility that magic just might be real.

This is a great read for middle grade boys and girls that will draw them into the very vivid and magical world of Circus Mirandus

Dinner with Teresa Toten

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Last Monday we had dinner at Maximilien in Pike Place Market with Teresa Toten the author of The Unlikely Hero of Room 13BIf you haven’t yet had the pleasure of picking this book up, add it to your To Be Read pile for sure. A lot of the popular YA books are discussing mental illness right now and it’s a very important conversation to be had. Unlikely Hero is about an OCD support group, focusing on Adam (Batman) and Robyn (Robin). I loved the characters, the humor and honesty found within these pages and I know you’ll love it to. Teresa Toten was a fascinating person to talk to and you could see how passionate she is about normalizing the discussion of mental illness in every day life.

And thank you to Random House Kids for a delicious dinner!

Once we get a little more up and running over here I have a signed galley of this great read to giveaway to one of you lucky people! 🙂 Details to come!