A chorus of fangirls, squealing along with you at YA books. The sales counter filled with books being snapped up like Boxing Day bargains. One excitable Felicity, the person behind Penguin Teen Australia, leading the charge with her passion over the latest YA releases.
PTA Live was an amazing event. It was great finding out about the latest and upcoming YA releases and meeting other book bloggers, fans, and readers, including those who I chat to everyday on Twitter. It’s not often that I fangirl over books with others in person, so it was a really awesome experience! Last year Brisbane’s first PTALive was held in Black Cat books but we had outgrown our venue and this one moved to an auditorium in the State Library. I was so proud to see so many people there with a passion for books!
I particularly appreciated how PTA pointed out that whether you are 14 or 40, you can still enjoy YA books. Being labelled as young adult books, they often have a stigma attached to it but in reality, more than 50% of the attendees were over 18.
Felicity was an entertaining, funny and passionate presenter, she really hyped up the room as we squealed and screamed over the latest YA books. She even gave me a shout out and encouraged everyone to join the Australian YA Book Bloggers group which Kelly @ Divabooknerd, Brittany @ Nice Girls Read and I run. I had no idea how many of us were out there! Definitely join up if you’re an Aussie YA blogger, we’d love to meet you.
It was also exciting seeing our blog names displayed up on the screen!! My heart swelled with so much with pride! Check out these Brisbane based bloggers:
Here’s what was covered on the night:
PTA’s Top 5 Books – Side Effects May Vary, On the Jellicoe Road, Vampire Academy, The Fault in Our Stars, Anna and the French Kiss
Other Publishers Books We Love – Fangirl!! These Broken Stars!!
Other Books we want to Read
Upcoming Books for 2014
Penguin also announced the launch of Penguin Teen Australia TV which will be fortnightly vlogs! Can’t wait to see these. Other bits and pieces like the upcoming TFIOS and Divergent movies along with the latest obsession over the youtube remake, Emma Approved. I also enjoyed the Q&A at the end, so much excitement!
Upcoming releases I’m particularly excited for are Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield, Masquerade by Kylie Fornasier, Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead, and Popular by Maya Van Wagenen – I’m currently reading this, it was the free gift on the night and it’s excellent!
Here’s some photos from the night:
Felicity and I
If you’re on the fence about going to PTALive in your local city, I definitely recommend it! I wish there were more of these events on, especially in Brisbane.
Thank you to Penguin Teen Australia for holding such a fantastic event, bringing YA lovers together, and publishing such awesome titles in Australia.