BookCon & More Events Happening This Week (YA Book Events NYC 5/28-6/3)

Happy Book Expo/Book Con week! All the authors are town this week for the big event, but there are also some other events happening around the city. Check out the full schedule below and make sure to follow YA Book Events NYC on Twitter to keep updated on all the bookish events happening around the city.

Tuesday, May 29

Blogbound Con at Jefferson Market Library (5-8 p.m.)

Join authors and bloggers as they come together to discuss issues relating to kidlit and YA blogging. Free event. Sign up here.

Launch Event for Front Desk by Kelly Yang at Books of Wonder (6-8 p.m.)

Come meet Kelly Yang as she introduces her novel, Front Desk, and answers questions from the audience. Free event.

Friday, June 1

Marie Lu & Friends Author Panel at B&N Union Square (6 p.m.)

Marie Lu will be on an amazing panel with Renee Ahdieh, Sabaa Tahir, Ransom Riggs, and Melissa de la Cruz, moderated by Mashable’s MJ Franklin. A limited number of wristbands for event access will be distributed with book purchase beginning at 9 a.m. the day of the event.

Saturday, June 2

BookCon at Javits Center (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)

The biggest book event of the year is here! Join authors Alexandra Bracken, Angie Thomas, Tomi Adeyemi, Adam Silvera, and so many more. Tickets are $35 online; $45 onsite.

David Arnold, Becky Albertalli, and Adam Silvera at B&N Union Square (6:30 p.m.)

Celebrate the release of David Arnold’s new novel, The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik, with Arnold, Adam Silvera, and Becky Albertalli. A limited number of wristbands for event access will be distributed with purchase of at least one of the featured titles beginning at 9 a.m. the day of the event.

Sunday, June 3

BookCon at Javits Center (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

The biggest book event of the year is here! Join authors Alexandra Bracken, Angie Thomas, Tomi Adeyemi, Adam Silvera, and so many more. Tickets are $30 online; $40 onsite.

'Kids of Appetite' Book Review

ARC Book Review: Kids of Appetite



Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell.
It begins with the death of Vic’s father.
It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle.
The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it.
But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between.

This is a story about:

1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey.
2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter.
3. One dormant submarine.
4. Two songs about flowers.
5. Being cool in the traditional sense.
6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards.
7. Simultaneous extreme opposites.
8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country.
9. A story collector.
10. How to listen to someone who does not talk.
11. Falling in love with a painting.
12. Falling in love with a song.
13. Falling in love.

Purchase From:

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository


*I received a free advanced reader’s copy of this book from First in Line and B-Fest. This did not influence my review of this book in anyway. This is an honest review of the novel as I saw it. This novel will be released on September 20, 2016.*

If Coco was here she would say, “Did you have any intention of reading this book? Tell the truth.” To which I would say, “No CoCo I actually didn’t plan on reading Kids of Appetite, it just fell in my lap.” Because that’s the truth. I won this book at B-Fest and although I was so happy to win an ARC I had never heard of David Arnold before and I had no idea what I was in for. But free books are free books so I happily took my winnings home, put it on a shelf, and then left it there for months on end.

Until a few days ago when something compelled me to take this book off my shelf just to see what it was all about. Intrigued by the synopsis you can read above I literally stood in front of my bookshelf (mind you it was at least after midnight at this point in time; I had just finished another book) and began to read and was immediately sucked in just with the cast of characters. How many books begin with a cast of characters? Not many. And I needed to know more about these interesting characters and why people were being referred to as chapters. So I dived in and couldn’t put this book down.

First of all, the characters in this book are so well done and I loved all the Kids of Appetite. There’s of course Vic and Mad who tell the story in alternating first person point of views. Then you have the brothers, Baz and Zuz, and then the youngest of the group, Coco. Also, can I get a nice slow clap for the diversity in this book? Arnold, I applaud you. I don’t want to give anything about anything so sorry if this is vague but just know that Arnold put together an amazing cast of characters and did so really well. He deals with two important subjects and handles them flawlessly. Honestly, reading his author’s note at the end made me cry because you can practically feel how much he cared about getting this story right.

Kids of Appetite was the perfect mix of tragedy and comedy (which is apparently called a tragicomedy). It was heartfelt, the romance was there but not in a cheesy way, and it was just the right amount funny that didn’t make it feel like it was trying to hard. I liked the running themes throughout the book, like Vic’s Super Racehorse idea and CoCo’s use of “frakking” as a substitute for the f-word. I also liked how the plot fit together and everything came together in the end. I was definitely surprised and I also appreciated the fact that this book wasn’t as predictable as I thought it would be. In summary I just really loved this book, okay?

Anyway, I’m going to go grab Mosquitoland because apparently someone forgot to tell me that David Arnold is an amazing writer. In the meantime everyone go pre-order this book.


5 stars

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