For many of my followers that have been with me for a while, you may remember when I went to Baltimore to speak at Kidlitcon two years ago. In fact, I have an entire blog post about the experience I had at Kidlitcon.

Kidlitcon is a personal conference where people in the publishing industry gather together to discuss various writing topics. Attendees use the conference to meet others and promote their works. It is a fun and informational event. It broadens your connections and allows you to be surrounded by book lovers.

This year, I have another panel at Kidlitcon in Hershey, Pennsylvania! My panel is at 10:30 on November 3rd. The premise of my discussion is about building relationships with authors and publishers as a blogger. Here is the blurb for my panel: “It’s possible to be a blogger in isolation, but it is much more rewarding to be a blogger connected to the world of authors and publishing!  Join three experienced bloggers in a discussion of how to make and maintain those connections, and how to use those relationships to keep your blog energized and rewarding to both you and your readers”. It is going to be a very fun and interactive experience.

If you are interested in attending Kidlitcon, the convention is November 3rd and 4th at the Hershey Lodge in Pennsylvania. Hershey is an interesting part of Pennsylvania because it is home to the Hershey Chocolate Factory and amusement park! There is books, chocolate, and rides- there is nothing else you could want! Also, the Hershey Lodge, where the conference is held, is gorgeous!

The price of attending both days is $130. However if you buy it before October 15th, you can save $5! The tickets also include breakfast on Saturday, the reception on Friday, and lunch on both days. You can buy tickets here.

I hope all of you can make it and that I can see all of you!!


ARC Review: They Both Die In the End by Adam Silvera

Title: They Both Die in the End

Author: Adam Silvera

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Date of Publication: September 5, 2017

Publisher: HarperTeen

Description: On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

I received They Both Die in the End at Bookcon after waiting over an hour at Adam Silvera’s book signing. Needless to say, it was worth the wait.

Adam is as great a writer as he is a person. Not only is he extremely talented, he makes his readers feel important to him. He is a high-quality writer AND person.

The story has a unique premise. It focuses on the “live as if you were dying” motto. The story begins with the characters receiving a call from a company called Deathcast. Ultimately, the company’s job is to inform ‘Deckers’, the stories term for people about to die, that their time on earth will be ending in less than a day. Because of this call, the characters are faced with an internal conflict: do they live out their final day or do they try to stay away from harm? Throughout the story, readers begin to reflect on this question as well. How would you live if you knew you were dying in less than twenty-four hours?

The world that Silvera builds is descriptive and thought out. Silvera explains Deathcast vividly to give readers an image of what it represents. Silvera, also, explains the world’s viewpoint on Deathcast and Deckers. He explains the perks that Deckers receive on their last day. These perks include simulators that give Deckers a safe alternative to experiencing life’s thrills and, more importantly, an app that allows you to find a friend who will help you live out your final day.

Not only does Silvera build the world in a flawless way, he creates the story effortlessly through characters. The story is told through more than just Mateo and Rufus’ point of view. It is also told by members of their families and other people they do not know that contribute to their story. Because of the various points of view, the story has more dimension.

My favorite character of the story was Mateo. Even though at times he was way too afraid of living out his final day (but, I mean, who wouldn’t be afraid when they are guaranteed death), he was the character who I felt more attached to. He truly cared for his dad and his friend. The story revolving around them was emotional and at times made me cry. He made the story has a deep impact on its readers.

My least favorite character was surprising Rufus. At first, I felt he was obsessive over his ex-girlfriend. He was too aggressive. In my opinion, he was not a great character. I did not feel any emotions toward that character.

Overall, it was an incredible story. It made me feel every emotion. I cried, I laughed, I just was an emotional mess. I highly recommend this story!