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!

 

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BookCon: Final Thoughts and Haul!

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I am finally home from the craziness that is BookCon. I am still suffering from exhaustion and back pain from carrying all the books that I got. Despite the fact that BookCon was extremely tiring and crazy, I did have an amazing time.

Day 1: Arriving in New York

The day I arrived in New York, I had to take the train in from New Jersey. On the train, I met a family that was attending BookCon. It was their first Bookcon and the mom asked me if I could give her son and his friend some advice on what to expect. After talking to and giving advice to them, it was time to leave the train. When I finally arrived in New York, I met up with Booktubers and Bloggers. We went out to eat and talked about what events we wanted to attend. Overall, day one of New York was so much fun. I met so many new amazing people, especially Justin and Laura! Not to mention, I finally went to the Shake Shack and it was amazing!

Day 2: BookCon!

The first day of Bookcon was amazing! I spent a majority of my day with Laura, Justin, Jennifer, and many other incredible people! The main signing that I wanted to attend was Adam Silvera. Luckily, I was within the first 25 attendees waiting and I received a copy of They Both Die in the End!

After that, I went to more in-booth signings and ARC drops. However, the highlight of my day was going to the Entangled Teen booth to meet one of the authors that I wrote a review for and also meeting the publicist that sends me books to review for the company. Also, the publicist published my aunt’s new young adult series, Proof of Lies! It was incredible to meet an author whose book I had reviewed and a publicist that lets me review their company’s books. Anyway, if you have never read True Born by L.E. Sterling, you definitely need to!

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Later on in the day, I met another awesome blogger, Dee from Nerd and Lace. Actually, I won a giveaway from her blog two years ago at BookCon but I never met her until now. She was very nice and hilarious! She is definitely one of my favorite people that I had met.

Day Two: Final Day of BookCon

Out of my three years of being a BookCon attendee, I have never seen something as chaotic as the Sunday of BookCon 2017. Penguin did a horrendous job at managing their booths. Because Penguin was placed directly in the middle of the show floor and it was a big mob, you could not go anywhere near their area. Not to mention, the staff around Penguin was extremely rude.

I was waiting for the E. Lockhart signing at BookCon. When I saw other people waiting for the signing, I believed it was in my best interest to do so as well. When the security told us to move at 10:29 (literally one minute before the line was supposed to form), we all tried to move out of the way of other attendees while waiting in the vicinity of the table where they would be giving out tickets. Out of spite, the line security members started the signing line on the opposite side of the Penguin booth so that many people who were not waiting got a place in line. As I walked to the end of the line, I walked across an area that was meant for lining up but was vacant at that time. When I did this, a member of the Bookcon staff pushed me away. There was no reason for a staff member to put their hands on me. I simply made the mistake of walking in an area that I was ill-informed that we couldn’t walk on. Many people saw her do this and brought it to her attention, she tried to lie even though it was evident that it was her fault. She only apologized when a fellow attendee mentioned to her that it was a violation of their no harassment policy and that I could sue her for touching me without my consent. Her actions were inappropriate and disgraceful.

Besides the unfortunate events at Penguin, I was extremely happy. I got (almost) all of the ARCs that I had wanted. Also, I spent the entire day with Laura, Justin, and Sarah. Honestly, without those people, BookCon wouldn’t have been as much fun. It was great meeting so many awesome people and getting to experience BookCon with them. I cannot wait to see them again. Also, I cannot wait to get to read the ARCs we received.

Books I Received that Were ARCs:

  1. Top Ten by Katie Cotugno
  2. Keep You Safe by Melissa Hill
  3. Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni
  4. Follow Me by Sara Shepard
  5. Suspect Red by L.M Elliott
  6. Natural Disasters
  7. The Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
  8. Odd and True by Cat Winter
  9. Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert
  10. She, Myself, and I by Emma Young
  11. A Short History of The Girl Next Door by Jared Reck
  12. Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock
  13. The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M. Valente
  14. Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne
  15. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  16. The Readymade Thief by Augustus Rose
  17. The Goblins of BellWater by Molly Ringle
  18. A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry
  19. The Audition by Maddy Ziegler

Signed Books that I Got:

  1. Mean Girls by Micol Ostow
  2. Red Dirt by Anna Jarzab
  3. At Home in the World
  4. The Rules of Love and Grammar by Mary Simses
  5. Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore
  6. Feed by M.T. Anderson
  7. Select by Marit Weisenberg
  8. The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera
  9. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
  10. All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis
  11. If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  12. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
  13. Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
  14. Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake
  15. The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
  16. Life is Like a Musical by Tim Federle

Other Books I Got:

  1. Aging Disgracefully by Danny Cahill
  2. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  3. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
  4. The books I got in the VIP bag…. I cannot remember the books.

IMPORTANT REMINDER:

DO NOT SELL ARCs!!! Just a friendly reminder since I know a few of you did not know what an ARC is. An ARC is an Advanced Reader Copy which means they are uncorrected proofs and have not been published yet. Publishers give out ARCs to create hype for the books. Often, they are given to reviewers to promote and review the book prior to its publication. With that being said, it is absolutely, 100% illegal to sell ARCs. You cannot give people your ARCs in exchange for money. You could face severe penalties. Also, DO NOT BUY ARCS!!! You are just as bad if you buy books. Authors work really hard on their books and you’re damaging their success.

To end this on a happy note: Thank you to everyone who is nice and welcoming to the blogging community. I loved meeting you all! Comment below your BEA/Bookcon experience.

BookCon and Book Expo Final Announcements

Hello lovely bookworms!!!!
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It’s here!!!!! It’s finally Book Expo and BookCon! To add to the excitemeny…….. I am out of my book/blogging slump!

Anyway, before we start the Book Expo and BookCon adventure, there are some final announcements that I have for you.

Don’t take more than one copy of an ARC!!

Advance reader copies are prized possessions in the book community. Because of this, we all go to these conventions in search of certain ARCs. Even though publishers know which ARCs will be in high demand, they cannot bring a copy for everyone attending. The copies are first to come, first serve. If you take more than one copy of an ARC, you will ruin another person’s chance of getting a copy. We all pay the same price to attend, you are not obligated to millions of copies of the same ARC. If your friend wants one, then please share.

Do not sell ARCs!!!!!!!!

Please, for the love of all things, please do not sell ARCs. Why? Because you are damaging an author’s success and it’s ILLEGAL!! It is not the finished product of a book. Because of this, it is not ready to be sold. You cannot use ignorance to validate your actions because it clearly states on the cover: NOT FOR SALE. If you do sell ARCs, you will ruin the chance of publishers giving them out at future conventions, and you could face penalties.

Socialize when on lines!

Half of your day will be spent waiting so make the most of it and talk to people around you. I met so many amazing people at BookCon because I made an effort to talk to people. Meeting new book friends will make your experience better!

Book Expo and BookCon aren’t the only bookish things happening in the city!

There are events happening all over the city. Also, there are many meetups occurring after the events. It’s fun to spend time with your new friends when you aren’t stressing over your convention schedule. If any of you are interested, I am having a meetup on Friday night. A few of us are going out to eat to prepare for BookCon. If you are interested, message me and I will gladly give you the information.

If you see me, please say hi!!

I love meeting new people, especially if you know me from my blog. It would make my day a million times better if you come up to me. Below, I will list the events that I am definitely attending so you can see if you will at the same things.

Have fun!

Keep in mind, BookCon is just an event. There will be positive parts of the day as well as negative. Hope for the best but expect the worse because no one is really certain how the event will turn out. If you prioritize, you will be able to get most of the stuff you want.

Things I am definitely going to!

  • Stephanie Perkins (in-booth)
  • Adam Silvera (in-booth)
  • Kate T Parker (in-booth)
  • L.E. Sterling (in-booth)
  • Micol Ostow (autographing area)
  • Sasha Alsberg (in-booth)
  • E Lockhart (in-booth)

Bookcon Wrap-Up, Haul, and Much More

This past weekend, my mom and I embarked on a journey to Chicago. After greatly enjoying Bookcon 2015, my mom had surprised me with tickets to this year’s event. Living on the East Coast, I was surprised that I was able to attend Bookcon 2016. However, since the price to stay in Chicago and attend the event was expensive, Book Expo America (BEA) was out of my price range. Thankfully, I will be attending BEA and Bookcon in 2017.

Because Bookcon was only one day, my mom told me that we would stay for a long weekend to sightsee. My mom and I arrived in Chicago around 7:00 in the morning on Friday and left Chicago at 10:15 on Monday night. If you were wondering why my Bookcon wrap-up took so long, it is because I barely had time to rest on the trip. I had an amazing time in Chicago! THANK YOU TO ALL THE PEOPLE WHO SAID HELLO TO ME AT BOOKCON! YOU ARE ALL INCREDIBLE! With that being said, here is the wrap-up for my trip to Chicago!

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

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On Friday, my mom and I woke up at 3:00 in the morning for our plane. The plane was expected to take off at 6:00 in the morning. Despite being sleep deprived and irritable, I was excited for Chicago! Knowing that packing extra books for Bookcon is not worth it, I decided to only pack two that I really wanted to be signed: Beginnings: Obsidian and Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (my favorite series ever!).

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Once I arrived in the Windy City, I went to my hotel, the Hyatt Regency at McCormick Place. Because it was Friday morning at 8:00, the BEA attendees were everywhere! I envied the BEA attendees to a crazy extent. I had to get out of the Hyatt because I was upset about missing BEA. When I left the Hyatt, my mom and I decided to walk to Millenium Park. Because I am a stereotypical tourist, I posted a picture of me with “the bean” and used a cute pun for the post. Despite me getting the pun, my friend had a little trouble. ***By the way, I learned how to make slideshows for my blog! The pictures above are in my first slideshow!***

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After being a huge tourist, I decided to keep the trend going as I went to 360 Chicago! My mom and I decided to do Tilt! Tilt is a part of 360 Chicago where you stand on a platform that tilts 30 degrees off the 94th floor of a building. It was not as scary as it seemed and I had a lot of fun.

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Finally, we decided to call it a day and head back to the hotel. Initially, I had a group of friends who wanted to hang out on Friday but a few of them had delayed flights. In the end, my friends Leslee and Elizabeth met up with me for dinner. We decided to go to a dinner for BEA bloggers. Despite, not attending BEA, they said it was okay if I attended. I had a lot of fun and met many bloggers! My favorite part was finally meeting Nori and Mish.

DAY 2: BOOKCON!!

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On Saturday, my friend, Stella, and I woke up at 4:30 to get ready for Bookcon. Being extremely tired, Stella and I stopped for coffee. I got a few confused looks when I order a chocolate frappuccino at 4:30 in the morning. We arrived at McCormick at 5 in the morning. We were around 40 people from the front of the line. Despite being excited, we were dreading waiting in line for the next five hours. However, we were entertained by the lovely book nerds around us!

Once we were allowed in the wristband lines, Stella and I grabbed all the wristbands we wanted. There were no lines for wristbands in the beginning so we got a wristband for Jennifer Niven and Lauren Oliver. After that, I went into the VIP line. I was the fifth in line for the VIP line. In fact, I am mentioned in an article on Publishers Weekly: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bea/article/70385-bookcon-2016-too-short-for-readers-just-right-for-publishers.html.

Once we were allowed on the show floor, Stella and I hustled to the First in Line event. We both received signed copies of Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven and The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon. Because we got Jennifer’s book signed, we decided to skip her signing later. After that, I rushed to Jennifer L. Armentrout’s signing and then Lauren Oliver’s. Finally, Stella and I reunited to go get some ARCs that we wanted. We attended a few signings, too.

Nearing the end of Bookcon, Stella and I realized that we had not sat, ate, or drank water for the entirety of the event. We were exhausted and in pain. We went to Tahereh’s signing and I started crying two people before I got to meet her. I admire Tahereh and her books. She is my favorite author and I was not prepared to face my bookish role model.

Afterward, Stella and I found some food that had been sitting at Penguin all day. Hungry, we asked a worker if it was okay to eat the now stale food because we refused to wait in line for food. With a disgusted look on her face, the girl said we could. Stella and I grabbed some of the food and continued on.

Finally, we could not stand any longer. We decided to sit for five minutes at Hachette while we waited for an ARC Drop. The girl who worked at Hachette probably thought we were crazy.

To my luck, Penguin was giving away one copy of Furthermore and I got it! I almost cried again. Then, I scared the girl because three seconds after she tweeted about it, I ran to her about A Touch Against the Night. While still at Penguin, I saw Nori again which made me very happy.

Finally, Bookcon was over and McCormick Place started demolishing the show floor at precisely 6:00. Stella and I barely made it home. I got a paper cut and her bag broke. We dragged forty books across McCormick Place. By the grace of God, we made it back in one piece. WE SURVIVED BOOKCON!!!

That night, my mom, Stella, and I went out to eat. We were too tired to walk somewhere so the hotel was where we ate. Halfway through my meal where I was sloppily eating pizza, Anna from Unquenchable Reads said hi! It was so nice to meet another person that I have been following on social media. We had a great time.

Thank you to everyone who said hi at Bookcon. I am a terrible observer so I was horrible at finding people. You all are so sweet!

DAY 3: DEAD AFTER BOOKCON!

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The day after Bookcon was brutal. Everything hurt and I was exhausted. We decided to keep it a small day and just go to Willis Tower and eat some deep dish pizza. Later on, I got to see Stella one more time before her train left.

DAY 4: BYE, CHICAGO!

On the final day, I went on a Chicago Food Tour. Afterward, we visited the Chicago Cultural Center and Willis Tower. We spent five hours in the airport and left at 10:15.

BOOK HAUL FROM BOOKCON!!!

Signed books:

  1. ARC: The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  2. ARC: Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
  3. Brought from home: Lux Beginnings by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  4. Brought from home: Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
  5. Girl Last Seen by Heather Anastasiu
  6. ARC: Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdom
  7. Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards
  8. Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato
  9. Replica by Lauren Oliver

ARCs (not including signed books)

  1. Way Down Dark by James Smyth
  2. The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles
  3. FURTHERMORE BY TAHEREH MAFI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. Girl In Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
  5. Beware That Girl by Teresa Toten
  6. One Paris Summer by Denise Swank
  7. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  8. Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amy Kaufman
  9. This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell
  10. The Next by  Stephanie Gangi
  11. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  12. The Reader Traci Chee
  13. The Hopefuls by Jennifer Close
  14. A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  15. Bertrand Court by
  16. Firewalk by
  17. A Shadow Bright and Burning by
  18. Our Chemical Hearts by
  19. The King Slayer
  20.  A Tragic Kind of Wonderful
  21. The Loose Ends List

Regular Books

  1. H2O by Virginia Bergin
  2. Jesse’s Girl by Miranda Kenneally
  3. The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey

NOW, A LITTLE RANT BY MARISSA

Okay, so I usually run away from blogger/twitter drama but this time, I can’t. The argument is mostly over but I want to add some final thoughts.

DO NOT SELL ARCs!!! Just a friendly reminder since I know a few of you did not know what an ARC is. An ARC is an Advanced Reader Copy which means they are uncorrected proofs and have not been published yet. Publishers give out ARCs to create hype for the books. Often, they are given to reviewers to promote and review the book prior to its publication. With that being said, it is absolutely, 100% illegal to sell ARCs. You cannot give people your ARCs in exchange for money. You could face severe penalties. Also, DO NOT BUY ARCS!!! You are just as bad if you buy books. Authors work really hard on their books and you’re damaging their success. I’m very disappointed in people who’ve been selling Gemina and Heartless on Ebay and if I find out any of them are you, I will call you out on it. I’m currently trying to find out how to report the people who are illegally selling ARCs. You are ruining it for everyone else and you’re a horrible person.

To end this on a happy note: Thank you to everyone who is nice and welcoming to the blogging community. I loved meeting you all! Comment below your BEA/Bookcon experience.

Bookcon Prep: FINAL. DAYS. BEFORE. BOOKCON!!!

WE HAVE FIVE DAYS UNTIL BOOKCON!!!!

In four days, I will be getting on a plane to travel to Chicago, a place that I have never been before, to go to Bookcon!! This is my second time going and I am so excited to meet you all. Let me know if you all want me to post my schedule on here!

Since it is the final days before Bookcon, I don’t expect you to have a lot to do. Here are the FINAL things you must do for BEA and Bookcon!!

  1. Print and laminate your schedule!!! Why laminate it? I am extremely sloppy and do not want to get my schedule dirty. Laminating it will make sure it won’t get ruined.
  2. Look for book events around Chicago to do after Bookcon. There are many cool signings after Chicago that many attendees are going to.
  3. Print out the Bookcon app badge. What’s the Bookcon App Badge? It allows people from the app to meet each other.
  4. Get all your questions answered. Need any Bookcon help? Ask me, Bookcon, McCormick Place, or the app. I wouldn’t suggest the app because the questions get repetitive on there and people get annoyed. Plus, Bookcon and McCormick Place are your better options because they know more than the attendees.
  5. If traveling from out of town, schedule tours and make restaurant reservations now!!! You want to get most out of your Chicago experience. Ask locals on the app what is good in Chicago and plan some stuff to do.
  6. Follow publishers and exhibitors on social media (preferably Twitter). Turn on notifications, too!  Exhibitors use social media to inform you of things they are giving away.
  7. Start packing. If you are from Chicago, start planning what to wear!

Now that I covered what you should do, I am going to help you know what to pack.

  • Clothes for your trip! You cannot do anything without clothes.
  • Comfortable shoes. You will do A LOT of walking.
  • Your schedule.
  • A FEW books from home that you want signed.
  • YOUR BADGE!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Money. Do not only rely on credit cards.
  • A lanyard.
  • Your phone and charger.
  • Make up (if you use it).
  • Hair products (if you use it).
  • A camera.
  • Business cards.
  • Plane/train ticket.
  • Bookcon app badge.
  • One tote bag or backpack. You will get plenty more.

So, that is all I have left to prepare you for Bookcon. I hope you all have an incredible time! If you see me, please say hi. I will be way more excited to meet you than you are to meet me. Let me know how you liked my Bookcon Prep posts on my blog.