YA Event with Alwyn Hamilton, Marie Lu and the hilarious Ally Carter!

  • PictureFrom left to right: Marie Lu, Alwyn Hamilton and Ally Carter!
  • Well, heyyyy! 
    ​Today, Eason in Dublin hosted an amazing YA event with three amazing authors: Marie Lu, Ally Carter and Alwyn Hamilton.And I’ve been thinking of uploading blogs on this site aswell as reviews for a while, so this stirred something in me to start.

    I came to this event with my good friend Megan and another friend Sarah, who I both met back in October at Eason’s DeptCon 2.

    I went into this event blind regarding Ally Carter. Unfortunately I hadn’t even heard of her before she was announced to come so I didn’t have time to get any of her books. I’m glad she was there, though, because she is bloody hilarious and so lovely that I want to go buy all her books right now.

    When asked about her female badass heroines, she said something like “I always think Molly Weasley is just as powerful as someone like Katniss Everdeen. Like she’s feeding a family of nine on a goverment budget. You go, girl!

    Like she just came out with these witty lines that made the audience laugh a good few times. I’ll definitely be splashing out on her books soon 🙂

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     The calm before the storm…
    So I’m very disappointed that I went into this event without having read anything of Lu’s either. She was a delightful author to listen to tonight and she had some great advice on how to get over writer’s block, such as an old metaphor she’d found on the internet somewhere.“Writing your first draft is like shovelling sand into a sandbox. Revising and editing is like building the sandcastle, because you can’t build it without the sand, and hence you can’t revise the novel without a first draft.”

    As an aspiring writer myself, this advice was really reassuring to hear and will be great for me to take on board because, in the words of Ally Carter, I need to stop comparing my first drafts to finished drafts.

    At one point in the event, Marie joked “One of my titles for Legend at one point was Daylight and that was crap. It was like a Twilight….but in the day.”

    Now, not gonna lie, this was the reason I went to the event. When I found out Alwyn was coming to Ireland, I totally freaked. I was like,  I need to be there. Of course I did because Rebel and Traitor are two of my favourite YA novels because they’re so diverse and unique… and they hold Amani on their pages, a female badass epic gunslinger who has turned into one of my favourite characters of all time!!!

    Alwyn had incredible chemistry with the other two authors and at one point she ended up talking about druglords and cartels when asked about a potential movie/tv show adaptation. Then rather ominously announced that “In Alaska, no one can hear you scream.”

    She was really lovely when I went up to her at the signing too, telling me a story about how she accidentally signed the name of a book to a person instead of their name. A true conversationalist, hehe.

    Eason ended the event with giving the guests a goody bag at each…and the contents?
    * A copy of The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School
    An ARC of Optimists Die First by Susin Nielson, one that is on my most anticipated reads for 2017.
    *And most importantly, a freaking sampler for Lord of Shadows not coming out till May. I already devoured it earlier and loved it.

    Until next time, which will probably be my review of Unconventional (probably tomorrow)! Peace and love x

Review: Traitor to the Throne, by Alwyn Hamilton


Author: Alwyn Hamilton
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Release Date: 2nd February 2017
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Pages: 512
This is not about blood or love. This is about treason.

Nearly a year has passed since Amani and the rebels won their epic battle at Fahali. Amani has come into both her powers and her reputation as the Blue-Eyed Bandit, and the Rebel Prince’s message has spread across the desert – and some might say out of control. But when a surprise encounter turns into a brutal kidnapping, Amani finds herself betrayed in the cruellest manner possible.

Stripped of her powers and her identity, and torn from the man she loves, Amani must return to her desert-girl’s instinct for survival. For the Sultan’s palace is a dangerous one, and the harem is a viper’s nest of suspicion, fear and intrigue. Just the right place for a spy to thrive… But spying is a dangerous game, and when ghosts from Amani’s past emerge to haunt her, she begins to wonder if she can trust her own treacherous heart.
Well – simply, wow! God, I completely adored Rebel of the Sands when a friend recommended it to me last year and I’ve been wanting the sequel ever since. Now, of course, I want the epic conclusion of this fantastical, unique trilogy in my hands right now.

I had a lot of feels during this book and, to be fair, most of them were good. I think the plot of the first book was better – because it was new to me and I’d never read anything like it before. But because this is the second book in the series, I’d already known about the world so it didn’t have the impact on me that it did in Rebel.

HOWEVER… Traitor to the Throne was better than I could’ve hoped. Amani only climbs further up the ladder of my favourite characters –– and the fact that she’s a strong, badass female independent character makes her a VIP, indeed.
Also, Hamilton brings back some characters from REBEL who I was uncertain whether they’d be in TRAITOR or not. But they were. And they were fantastic.

I think it was the last 60 or so pages that really had me engaged and on the edge of my seat. It was plot twist after plot twist and this was so well-written by Hamilton that I was hungry AF for more and in dire need of finding out the resolution.

I can’t believe she ended on a line like that, too.
And to end this sweet review, here is a quote from one of my favs, Shazad, because I freaking adore her.

“I wouldn’t point fingers if I were you. You know what they say: those who point fingers wind up with them broken so badly they point straight back at them.”

Definitely 5 out of 5 stars!!