Along with mad dashes to the Marvel Booth, Hasbro, and The Star Wars Pavilion; the publishing section of the exhibit hall is one of my favorite places.
As the con evolves, the major publishers like Tor, Simon &, Schuster, Penguin, Dutton, Ace and Roc show up with bookish swag and lots of free books! Here are some:
Women authors continue to rule the Young Adult market and two of the biggest stars of the genre were signing this year at the con. Marissa Meyer, author of the bestselling The Lunar Chronicles was on hand to sign samplers and advanced reading copies of Wires and Nerve, a spin off from her recently completed series. There is wonderful diversity among the characters in the Lunar chronicles and this book is a great jumpstart for new readers.
The best selling author of the Shatter Me series was on hand to sign advance reading copies of her new middle grade book Furthermore.
Ahsoka Tano is one of the most popular female characters in the Star Wars universe and now she has her own novel titled simply Ahsoka. This book doesn’t officially release until October but observant followers of the official Star Wars twitter account got a special password to get a free advanced reading copy.
New interpretations of fairy tales and fantasy with female leads continues to be popular among fans. Spindle continues a retelling of a thousand and one nights. A Shadow Bright and Burning is a fantasy epic with a young protagonist who can control flames and The Bear and the Nightingale transports readers to the Russian wilderness. The story about the life of a young girl that must fight against a myth turned flesh is a page turner. There also has been tremendous positive buzz about Stalking Jack The Ripper, which is about a young Victorian woman who fights to be a forensic scientist, and to be a part of the hunt to find Jack The Ripper. The Language of Dying is a very different type of YA. It’s a fiction novella about a young woman sitting at the bedside of her dying father.
Adult coloring books continue to dominate the market and many of them were on display. From The Game of Thrones , Doctor Who, Star Wars, and even my recent purchase, The Pride and Prejudice coloring book. Finally there are some fun series in the field of superhero, science fiction and thriller categories: Peter Powers a book about a young boy with a very underwhelming super power, Curse of the Boggin a creepy new series and the new book, X-Files: The Devils Advocate about a young Fox Mulder.
I’m looking forward to diving into these reads and the many others that made it home with me from the con. I hope you guys give one or more of these books a try.
Kai Charles is a Medical Professional, Jedi Hopeful, and Independent Book Reviewer at Fiction State of Mind.
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