Exclusive Comic-Con Interview with LEGEND Author Marie Lu


During my stay at Comic-Con, I opted not to go to Hall H on Sunday, which pretty much gave me more freedom with my schedule, and thus I was able to set up an interview with the wonderfully talented author (and artist) Marie Lu.  Despite not being able to sit down and find a quiet place to talk, and being pretty much forced to stand in the middle of a crowded hallway during the interview, she was super gracious to give me a few minutes of her time to answer some questions about the Legend series and even some questions about her next series after Legend.

But before we did, I also got to fangirl a bit with her, since she got to see uber handsome Henry Cavill in person as he made an appearance at the Hard Rock Hotel on Saturday night, which you can see below.

She had to one-up herself with the following photo with the lovely Tom Hiddleston –


So, really, I was honored to spend time with this person who got to be in the same room as Mr. Cavill and Mr. Hiddleston.

Now onto the interview.

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Marie Lu, Author of LEGEND Trilogy, To Be in Second Comic-Con Panel on Sunday

sdcc-marie-luIf you only have a pass for Sunday to this year’s Comic-Con, and were bummed that you weren’t going to be able to see Marie Lu, well, worry no more!  She will be in another panel on Sunday, July 21st, and it looks to be just as good as the Friday panel!

Safety Not Guaranteed

Dystopian societies, postapocalyptic scenarios, enhanced (and deadly) abilities, and mysterious government branches make the future a not-so-safe place to be. Moderator Anna Jarzab (Tandem) joins authors Marie Lu (the Legend series), Gen Albin (Crewel), Brandon Sanderson (Steelheart),Margaret Stohl (Icons), Amy Tintera (Reboot), and Michael Johnston (Frozen) as they discuss what it takes to survive in the future worlds they’ve created.

Sunday July 21, 2013 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Room 23ABC
So, get ready for more literary talk from these awesome authors!

LEGEND Author Marie Lu To Be Guest on Comic-Con Panel


For those who will be going to San Diego Comic-Con this year, we have good news!  Author Marie Lu will be there and she’ll be in a panel!

From Idea to Buzz: The Team Behind a Literary Blockbuster

Join author Marie Lu (Legend series, optioned by CBS Film), literary agent Sara Megibow (Nelson Literary Agency), and publicist Marisa Russell (Penguin Group) in a conversation moderated by literary agent Kate Schafer Testerman (kt literary) about the contribution of various members of a publishing team to the crafting, sale, and launch of a critically-acclaimed book series.

Friday July 19, 2013 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Room 23ABC
I got a chance to meet her at last year’s Comic-Con and she is such a joy.  Unfortunately, due to my inability to clone myself, I probably will not get to see her at this panel as I will be stuck in Hall H.  However, for you who would rather spend your time away from that massive venue, I definitely recommend seeing Marie here as they discuss book stuff.

LEGEND Author Marie Lu Participates in Power of Fandom Panel

Legend author Marie Lu was at the Barnes and Noble Bookstore at The Grove in Los Angeles to participate in what was called the Power of Fandom panel. In the video, she answers from fan questions, sitting alongside Shadow and Bone author Leigh Bardugo, co-creator of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra Mike DiMartino, and co-produce of The Walking Dead Seth Hoffman.

Check it out!

Random Fandom Book News: 13 YA Novels To Read In 2013


Considering that I’m still reading books that were released a few years ago, I’m not quite sure how much of this list I’ll be able to get to this year – although I did read the ARC of Prodigy (you can read my review here).

“Just One Day” by Gayle Forman (January 8)

“Just One Day” is all it takes for American good-girl Allyson to fall for Dutch actor Willem during a trip abroad. But when she awakes the next morning and finds him gone, Allyson embarks on a year of self-discovery to move past the lost love. “Just One Day” is the first of a duet of novels—with the second, “Just One Year,” set to publish later in 2013.

“Prodigy” by Marie Lu (January 29)

Marie Lu’s debut novel, “Legend,” a sort of teen take on the classic “Les Miserables” story, left us on tenterhooks for a follow-up…which we’ve patiently waited more than a year to read. And here it finally is in “Prodigy,” which follows one-time nemeses June and Day as they arrive in Las Vegas and join a group of Patriot rebels, who promise to help rescue Day’s brother…if only the duo assassinate the new Elector.

“Unravel Me” by Tahereh Mafi (February 5)

Juliette escaped The Reestablishment in “Shatter Me,” finding a home with equally gifted people at Omega Point. But with a touch that’s lethal, she’ll never truly be free. Especially to love Adam. This sequel finds our heroine struggling with a decision that could mean her soul mate’s life.

“The Indigo Spell” by Richelle Mead (February 12)

Remember how uptight Alchemist Sydney Sage and devilishly handsome Moroi Adrian Ivashkov finally shared the steamiest of smooches in “The Golden Lily”? Well, expect the sexual tension to reach a boiling point in this third installment of Richelle Mead’s “Bloodlines” series. Ensure your smelling salts and fainting couches are at the ready.

“Mind Games” by Kiersten White (February 19)

Two sisters, two extraordinary abilities. Fia has flawless instincts—every decision she makes is the correct one. Annie, though blind, has vivid visions of the future. Both attend a school for gifted pupils, where their talents are leveraged for nefarious gain. The sisters must work together to free themselves…but at what cost?

“Clockwork Princess” by Cassandra Clare (March 19)

Will Tessa choose kind-heart fiance Jem Carstairs or sarcastic bad-boy Will Herondale? One of our favorite (and most tortured) love triangles will (hopefully!) be resolved in the long-awaited conclusion to Cassandra Clare’s Victorian-set “Infernal Devices” series.

“17 & Gone” by Nova Ren Suma (March 21)

Lauren is having terrifying visions—visions of girls who have vanished without a trace. They’re all 17 years old, as is Lauren, which raises the troubling possibility that she could be next.

“The Elite” by Kiera Cass (April 23)

In Kiera Cass’ 2011 debut, “The Selection,” we met dystopian teen America Singer, one of 35 girls vying for the heart of Prince Maxon (and the position of Princess of Illea). And just as it seemed the two were falling head over heels for one another, America’s hometown heartthrob, Aspen, appearing at the palace, sending her heart into a major tumult. This is one royal love triangle, to be sure.

“Icons” by Margaret Stohl (May 7)

One half of the writing duo behind the Southern gothic series “Beautiful Creatures,” Margaret Stohl is going solo this spring with “Icons,” which follows teen Dol in the aftermath of an apocalyptic event that wiped out her entire family. She soon learns her uncontrollable emotions—long thought to be her greatest weakness—could, in fact, be the key to saving mankind’s future.

“Invisibility” by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan (May 7)

What’s better than a new novel from one of our favorite authors? How about a new novel from two of our favorite authors? Andrea Cremer and David Levithan have teamed up for “Invisibility,” the story of a cursed boy who no one—except new love Elizabeth—can see.

“Isla and the Happily Ever After” by Stephanie Perkins (May 7)

After falling in love with “Anna and the French Kiss” and swooning over “Lola and the Boy Next Door,” our bodies are ready for Stephanie Perkins’ third companion novel, “Isla and the Happily Ever After,” set once again at, arguably, the most romantic high school in France: the School of America in Paris. Now, where do we sign up for our own semester abroad?

“The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” by Holly Black (September 1)

With acclaimed “Curse Workers” series coming to an end, Holly Black is biting into a new genre: vampires! Inspired by the short story Holly penned for “The Eternal Kiss” anthology, “The Coldest Girl in Coldtown” is set in a not-so-distant future in which the bloodsucker population has surged, necessitating quarantine zones known as Coldtowns, where humans and vamps co-exist in a perpetual orgy of bloodlust—all streamed live via the internet. “Twilight,” this is not.

“Unbreakable” by Kami Garcia (Fall 2013)

Margaret’s “Beautiful Creatures” writing partner Kami Garcia also has a novel of her own coming out this year: “Unbreakable.” The story centers around teen Kennedy Waters, who following her mother’s death, discovers that she is a member of a centuries-old secret society tasked with protecting the world from demonic forces. We don’t recommend waiting too long to read this one—the film rights have already been scooped up.

There is one that I would also like to include in this list, and that’s the third and final book of the Delirium trilogy, Requiem, by Lauren Oliver.  This book features by #2 of my Top 5 Fictional Males, Alex Sheathes, and if you like dystopian and romance, you must read this!  Requiem is scheduled for release on March 5, 2013.


Of course, my #1 of my Top 5 Fictional Males would be in book listed above, and that book is Clockwork Princess, featuring the lovely Jem Carstairs, thank you very much.

Will you be reading any from this list?  Which ones?

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