Friday 31 January 2014

Books With Bite - Blogger Event 2014


Hi Guys!  I just wanted to share with you my awesome fun filled day out in London at the Books With Bite Blogger event.

Now first off I will say how excited I was to be invited to this.  That excited I travelled across the country to attend.  After an hour and a half drive and then a two hour train ride I managed to meet up with two wonderful fellow bloggers, Dani @ Pen to Paper and Misty from Bookaholics Book Club.  It's so much more fun when you have company and company that can talk about books.

The three of us had a great time wandering round London before the event and we managed to visit Foyles and Watersone's Piccadilly.

After our gadabout round London it was time to attend the Books with Bite event. I had a lovely time meeting the team and also chatting with authors and fellow bloggers.  It was a great way to find out all about the newly revamped website, which if you haven't already checked it out you can find the link for it HERE.  The website is really good and showcases exciting YA books and so much much more.  I especially love the three apple design, you choose an apple based on whether you want to explore the Paranormal and Fantasy theme, Thriller and Sci-Fi theme or Contempory theme.

We also got to hear about the new and exciting titles that are coming up in 2014.  I really do want to read a lot of them, there are some that really shone out for me in the presentation and I am especially looking forward to Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly.  Just the book trailer alone makes me excited about this upcoming release.  I can see me being very busy reading this year.

After the presentation we got to mingle and speak to authors and chat about their books.

Me with Ruth Warburton and Laure from Book with Bite

I managed to chat with Ruth Warburton who I have previously met before.  Ruth is such a lovely person and if you haven't checked out her Winter trilogy I strongly urge you too.  I managed to snag a copy of Witchfinder which is the first book in her new series.  Again this is about witches, which I happen to love.  A little while on the blog I managed to get an author interview with Ruth, you can check it out HERE

I also talked to Catherine Fisher about her new book  The Box of Red Brocade, this is the 2nd book in the Chronoptika series.  I read and reviewed book one, The Obsidian Mirror last year here on Chocolate Chunky Munkie.  You can see the review Here .  I was really happy to hear that Catherine is pretty local to where I live.  We had a good chat about the surrounding area and of course about her books too.

I also chatted to Saci  Lloyd and asked her to sign her book Quantum Drop.  I am very excited about this book as it sounds excellent. 

Me with Teri Terry
I managed to have a chat with author Teri Terry about her Slated series.  I have to say that Slated was an amazing book, I cannot rave about it more.  You can check out my five star review for it HERE.  But last night I managed to get my hands on her new book Shattered, which is the third book in the Slated series.  I cannot wait to read this book!

The final author I chatted to was Robert Muchamore who is author to the Cherub series.  I managed to get his new book Rock War signed.  This sounds such a good book and I can't wait to get reading it.

I came away with a huge pile of books and a booklet with all the upcoming titles that are being released in 2014.

Here are the books I bagged for review:

 Witchfinder by Ruth Warburton
Quantum Drop by Saci Lloyd
The Moment Collector by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Tease by Amanda Maciel
Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington  
Shattered by Teri Terry
Dead Silent by Sharon Jones
The Box of Red Brocade by Catherine Fisher
Pegasus and Flame by Kate O'Hearn
Meta Wars by Jeff Norton
Rock War by Robert Muchamore
Riot by Sarah Mussi

After such an enjoyable evening time seemed to just fly by, so it was a bit of a shock when the three of us, Dani, Misty and I had to run to catch our train.  As I said to Dani before we left I am built for comfort and not speed.  I am a reader, not a runner!  We literally had ten minutes to get from the event, up the road to the nearest tube station, catch the tube one stop and then fly up three high escalators at Euston Train Station.  And this is carrying two bags containing 12 books!  Well lets just say if a kind man hadn't helped me with my books and got me to the ticket barrier,  I would have missed the train.  I can honestly say after nearly having a heart attack and getting onto the train with no breath left in my body I will sadly be withdrawing my entry from the next Olympic Games.  I am no sprinter, but if there was an event for reading...... well I think I would definitely come away with a gold medal :)


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