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.

Book Review: Warcross

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Synopsis:

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.

Purchase From:

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository

Review

I am a big fan of Marie Lu so it broke my heart that I missed the opportunity to get an ARC of her newest novel, Warcross, at BookCon. However, the wait was totally worth it and now I’m kind of glad I didn’t get to read it early because I NEED THE SEQUEL YESTERDAY!

Okay, so this is going to be a brief, vague review because I don’t want to spoil anything or give anything away. Here’s what you need to know, besides the fact that you absolutely must read this book immediately. The protagonist is Emika and the story is told solely from her point of view and this is the first story Lu has done in this style and I absolutely loved it.

At the start of the novel, Emika is struggling. She’s broker than broke and unfortunately her one shot at getting the money she needed to pay her rent slips right through her fingers. Because of this, she ends up attempting to do a very risky hack during the opening ceremony of the international Warcross championships. Warcross is this crazy virtual game that pretty much every one in the world plays using these glasses with what’s called Neurolink. Essentially, the glasses let you escape the real world and enter the world of Warcross.

Emika’s hack goes awry, however, and she ends up revealing herself to the world. But instead of getting arrested (again), Warcross creator Hideo decides to hire her to try to find Zero, a hacker that’s threatening the game. Next thing she knows she’s on one of the international teams competing in the Warcross games while on the hunt for Zero, who she soon realizes is more dangerous than she first thought.

Filled with action, romance, and twists that kept me up late reading because I COULDN’T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN, Warcross is one of my favorite books by Lu (The Midnight Star is still my all-time fave). I can’t wait to see what happens next in this incredible world she’s created and there’s so much more I want to know about these characters. If you haven’t picked up Warcross yet, I highly recommend you pick it up ASAP and then come back here so we can discuss that ending.

Borrow or Buy: Buy it immediately!

Stars:

5 stars

Favorite Line:

“Everything’s science fiction until someone makes it science fact.”

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