Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Laini Taylor signing at the Redondo Mysterious Galaxy recap
Yes, you read right. The infamous independent bookstore in SoCal, Mysterious Galaxy, has a new location that opened up literally 13 days ago (October 12th) in Redondo Beach! It's a beautiful store (they had the two book trailers for the book going on in the background) and it still smells new. So kudos to them, and they've already had a bunch of great authors. One of them being Laini Taylor! Laini's book Daughter of Smoke and Bone is truly one of my favorites of this year and she is very sweet.
She talked about where her story came from, but it's really something only Laini herself can understand. She came up with the idea when she was "cheating" on one of her other books--a sci-fi. But she made herself finish the sci-fi that she didn't really like and then went back to the world of Karou and Akiva. She even talked about how some of the elements baffled even her at first! Who was this girl? What's the deal with the wishbone? What does teeth have to do with it? And from this confusion, Daughter of Smoke and Bone was born!
Speaking of a wishbone, Laini gave out some swag! Before she spoke and did a Q & A, she asked who was a book blogger. A few people raised their hands and we got a mask just like the one on the cover, which I'm posing with below:
I'm considering being Karou for Halloween. Now all I need is the blue hair... Everyone received some of the eye tattoos featured in the book as well as a teeny-tiny wishbone necklace, pictured below:
See, the wishbone is so tiny you can't even see it! And I love how she circles her own name with her signature. This was such a great signing and I can't wait to go back to Mysterious Galaxy! This place is so well done, and if you're anywhere in the vicinity, you should definitely check it out. And the people are awesome too and now officially know me by name (I came a bit early; who knew you could OVERestimate traffic in LA). Also, if Laini herself is coming to a town near you, you should definitely go. Even if you haven't read her book, you'll regret not going.
I just came back from a signing with Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, so I should be posting that recap as well as the Maggie Stiefvater one soon!
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