How do I even begin to describe Rachel Hawkins? Awesome, sweet, amazing, THE BEST. I’m sure you’ve heard me credit her time and time again for convincing me to give YA a chance after I read her books. (It’s true though!) I haven’t had a minute to sit down and process my feelings on meeting one of my absolute favorite authors (because of moving and packing and unpacking).
I went to see Rachel Hawkins early April and you can guess that it was AH-MAZING! It was the first event I’ve been to since last October (Yes, that’s a long time!). The event was pretty small (because there was another event the next day in the South Bay). There were about seven people (nine if you include the bookstore staff), which was a bit awkward but awesome at the same time! She gave each attendee (fake) pearls and it was fabulous.
Waiting On is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Harper Price, peerless Southern belle, was born ready for a Homecoming tiara. But after a strange run-in at the dance imbues her with incredible abilities, Harper’s destiny takes a turn for the seriously weird. She becomes a Paladin, one of an ancient line of guardians with agility, super strength and lethal fighting instincts.
Just when life can’t get any more disastrously crazy, Harper finds out who she’s charged to protect: David Stark, school reporter, subject of a mysterious prophecy and possibly Harper’s least favorite person. But things get complicated when Harper starts falling for him–and discovers that David’s own fate could very well be to destroy Earth.
With snappy banter, cotillion dresses, non-stop action and a touch of magic, this new young adult series from bestseller Rachel Hawkins is going to make y’all beg for more.
Why I’m waiting?
Ahhh, Rachel Hawkins is a favorite author of mine. I credit her for pulling me back into YA. So obviously I will be super pumped for any book she writes!
Plus, I’m excited to read about this world. An ancient line of guardians? That sounds so cool! I need to learn more about that! I am so prepared for the banter between Harper and David (if it’s anything like the bantering in Hex Hall). Also, I I love that David’s a school reporter. There will surely be some snooping and learning about this prophecy and whatnot.
Basically, I need Rebel Belle.
What books are you waiting on?
Everyone, today is Rachel Hawkins’s birthday! Go shower her with love @LadyHawkins!
(For those who unfortunately do not know who she is, to which I say, SHAME ON YOU, she wrote the Hex Hall series.)
Dear Rachel Hawkins (or for the better part of today, the fabulous birthday girl!),
I want to wish you a big happy birthday! <3
(I tried to find a Kit Harington gif that was close to excitement, but I couldn’t since Kit Harington always has that sad face. ;D)
I looooovvveeeee your Hex Hall series. Your books are actually what brought me back into reading Young Adult novels back in 2011. After I saw a few of my friends discussing and fangirling the hell out of Hex Hall, I thought to myself, “maybe I should read this series? Witches are always awesome and the main character’s love interest has an awesome name. Plus, I hear the friendships in this book is frickin’ amazing and it apparently has my type of humor? Why not give it a read?”
BEST DECISION I MADE.
I fell in love with everything about the first book. I wanted to devour more of your books, but the next one wasn’t due to come out until the next year. You know what I did? I started to look for other YA books. It was rather strange tbh. Prior to finding your books (which was in 2011), YA was a genre I tended to avoid because I was dissatisfied with most of the books I came across. But boom! Hex Hall appeared out of the mysterious mist, calling for me to read its pages. I found myself invested in Sophie Mercer and Archer Cross, the friendships they form, the mean girls who were more than what they appeared to be, and everybody and everything! I felt for these characters, which I never had been able to when I read. I wanted to clutch everybody to my chest. (I still do.)
Basically, I am crediting you as one of the main people who opened my eyes to Young Adult novels. It is a wonderful genre full of wonderful stories and people! For that, I want to give you all the hugs and Kit Haringtons in the world! You are awesome (because of your books and the things you stan) and I’m happy you exist! <3
You and Hex Hall have a special place in my heart forever.
I hope you have a fabulous birthday (and anniversary)!
(p.s. I am really excited about Rebel Belle! Need to get my hands on it. :D)
“Waiting On” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy’s older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy’s mom decides they need to take a break.
Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it’s not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to prove her worth and investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. For a tough girl who’s always been on her own, it’s strange to suddenly make friends and maybe even have a crush.
Can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt?
Rachel Hawkins’ delightful spin-off brings the same wit and charm as the New York Times best-selling Hex Hall series. Get ready for more magic, mystery and romance!
You do not know how excited I am about this new series from Rachel Hawkins. I’ve said this plenty of times, but Rachel Hawkins’ Hex Hall series is what brought me back into the young adult genre. The new spin-off series is focused on Izzy Brannick, Sophie Mercer’s cousin! She was such a spitfire in Spellbound. I am a big fan of awesome witty banters between the characters (ie. Sophie Mercer + Archer Cross), and I’m pretty sure there will be plenty of it in this new book. I cannot wait to get my hands on this series.
What books are you waiting for on this Wednesday?