Recap: Penguin Blogger Night & Contest Giveaway



Last month, I was cordially invited by Penguin Canada to their head office where they hosted their first Penguin Blogger Night. Canadian authors Adrienne Kress (The Friday Society) and Morgan Rhodes whose real name is Michelle Rowan (Falling Kingdoms) were our special guests!


BLOGGERS! Photography by Jackie from Penguin Canada

I had such a terrible memory that night because I was running on about three hours of sleep. Everything I did felt like I was trying to wade through mud, so please excuse me if I completely forget any details.

The night before I planned where to go, how to get there, how long it would take me..etc. (Thank you Google Maps!), so I wouldn’t get lost. I made plans to meet with Siobhan @ Conversations of a Reading Addict at the Indigo book store, and when I finally got in I also met Andrea @ Cozy Up with a Good Read and Christa @ More than Just Magic. They were off to BMV across the street, and I had to de-frost by getting my own Starbucks.

After getting my drink, Siobhan arrived. We were both checking out the teen section and noticed Michelle loitering around us. She introduced herself and we both had an inner book nerd freak out! It was quite random and also very cool to have run into an author at a book store.


Siobhan and I

We both went off to the office and met Liz @ Midnight Bloom Reads  with Angel @ Mermaid Vision Books in tow. After riding the elevator, there were all the Penguin employees waiting to greet us in the lobby. I finally met Jackie (raZorbill’s Head Blogger), Vimalea, and Rachel whom I have all probably emailed once or twice already. “HI LADIES!”


Book goodies! – Photography by Penguin Canada

There were a spread of bookish goodies on the table. (I didn’t even notice there were books because I was too busy getting excited about the fact that I was going to meet authors LOL) Also there was tons of pizza, pop, and cupcakes!


Photography by Jackie

After chowing down and chatting about books, the presentations started. We were introduced by Faze magazine who started to interview Adrienne and Morgan. The only note that I actually typed in my phone at that time was the fact that Morgan’s Falling Kingdom books are going to be a total of 4 in total. Truly sorry for not recording the entire interview. My phone battery was dying and I needed to conserve it. Such a fail on my part. Since I also had to get my sister from work, I had to leave super early. I kept pushing it back as long as I could, so I could stay 🙁

recap_penguin-blogger-night_my-reviewMy review blurb was on the screen! How exciting!

The interview wrapped up and we were invited to check out the books on the table. While everyone was busy over the books, I went on over to Morgan and got my book signed by her instead. Then while standing in line, I ended up winning a manuscript of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy. Everyone was telling me how this was going to be THE book of the year, so I automatically got super excited even though I had no idea what it was about to be honest.

After leaving my ARC to get signed by Adrienne for Siobhan, I had to leave. I felt so bad because I couldn’t stay for long, but responsibilities come first.

That night was a super horrible slippery snow storm so I’m grateful I left early.

It wouldn’t be an event without a goodie bag!


Two copies of Faze Magazine

Venus Razor

Skintimate Gel

Purity sample

Aqua Rush Hair Dye

Press-on Manicure

razOrbill frisbee

Glossybox card

Preppy Princess perfume sample

Penguin Canada notebook

Penguin Canada postcard

Penguin tote bag

Sharpie Gel highlighters


ARC of Just One Day by Gayle Forman

ARC of Crap Kingdom by D.C. Pierson



ARC of A Taste of Heaven by Meg Tilly

ARC of The Silent Wife: A Novel by A. S. a. Harrison



Won a manuscript of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy

The ARC fell on the floor as I was photographing it hence the BIG ugly crease..



THANK YOU Penguin Canada, Adrienne Kress, Morgan Rhodes for hosting this wonderful event for us bloggers!


contest giveaway

Rules and Regulations

  • Ends on March 1, 2012 at 12:01AM (EST)
  • Canadian residents only
  • Will be using Canada Post to ship the book
  • I will not be responsible for lost or damaged packages from the shipper
  • The winner will be announced on Twitter and Facebook

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  2. Erin Anderson

    April 19, 2013 at 7:18 PM

    these books that you were given, i would so like to read :0)

  3. Ciara @ Lost at Midnight Reviews

    February 23, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    I would for sure want to be Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series. She is fierce, loyal, and so strong. Someone I completely admire! (She’s also dating Dimitri. A very big plus :D)

  4. Eric Townsend

    February 23, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    Can’t go wrong with a wizard, though I don’t know that I’d want to be HP, probably just a “normal” one, Seamus perhaps. ^.^

  5. Lisa Richards

    February 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Harry Potter for sure!

  6. Paige

    February 18, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    I would want to be Clary from the mortal instruments cause I want Jace in my life.

  7. Amber Hsu

    February 12, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    I just finished Splintered~~~ so I think i would be Alyssa, though she has had a messed up life and all, I like her personality and the way she thinks. 🙂

  8. Grace

    February 12, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    If I could be any character from a fantasy novel I would want to be Sandry from Tamora Pierce’s Circle of Magic series because I love her skill with clothes and I envy her close bond with her friends.

  9. leannessf

    February 11, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    I would be Mel from Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith!


  10. Geraldine Choy

    February 11, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    I would be Alina from Shadow and Bone!

  11. Jaclyn

    February 10, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Hermione from Harry Potter! She was the most powerful of the team, and all because of her brains.

  12. SweetMarie83

    February 10, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    This sounds like so much fun, Giselle! I’m so bummed that I don’t live closer to the city because I miss out on so many great events. If I had a car or a book friend nearby, I’d make the two hour drive without a second thought lol.

    As for the giveaway question…I think I’d be Hermione from Harry Potter. She’s smart, funny, loyal, can be kickass when she needs to be, and she gets Ron! lol <3 Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  13. Samantha D

    February 10, 2013 at 1:26 AM

    Hmm either Hermonie Granger bc then i could do magic at will! Or an elf from the Inheritance series. They are so cool! 😀

  14. Rizwana

    February 10, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Clary for City of Bones! Can’t wait for the movie to come out this year! It seems the Penguin Blogger Night was such a fun event!!! Love the tote bag!!!

  15. Erika

    February 9, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Wow, it seems easier to think of who I would not want to be! It seems a lot of the books I read the characters have to sacrifice so much and live through so much pain. I’ll have to think about that one:)

  16. Lori Bazan

    February 9, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    I’ve always loved Raederle, from Patricia McKillip’s Riddle-Master series

  17. Brenda Penton

    February 9, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    I’d be Gillian from the book Ransom by Julie Garwood

  18. LS

    February 9, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    I really don’t know. Ive read so many fantasy books and can’t remember a single character at this moment. 🙂 🙂

  19. The Twins Read

    February 9, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    I’d totally want to be Eliza from Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns books. She starts out very awkward, but comes to herself soon enough.

  20. CassandraG

    February 9, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Arwen from LOTR. Great giveaway.

  21. Meghan Stith

    February 9, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Good question… I think I would be Clary from “City of Bones.”

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  22. Liza @ Reading with ABC

    February 9, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    UK and Canada bloggers are always going to the most amazing blogger activities!
    Just One Day is amazing, I hope you love it too. I can’t wait to read The 5th Wake as I adore Rick Yancey 🙂

    Liza’s Shelves

  23. Leeanna

    February 9, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    I’d like to be Melisande Shahrizai, from the Kushiel’s Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey.

    That event looks like it was a ton of fun!

    • Leeanna

      February 9, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      Er, please cancel my entries. I’m running low on sleep too and just noticed it was for Canadians. Sorry!

  24. Ashley

    February 9, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Wow this sounds like such an amazing event!! The food sounds good LMAO!! I’m kind of jealous of that Just One Day ARC. I’ve been wanting to read that book!

  25. Carissa St. Amand

    February 9, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Katsa from Graceling, because who wouldn’t want to be that kick ass? 😛

  26. Dorothy Reading

    February 9, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Awe, for just a little while, I would love to be either Kahlan Amnell or Verna Sauventreen from The Sword of Truth Series, because I want some serious alone time with both Richard and Warren!

  27. Janita @ Book Interrupted

    February 9, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    GO TORONTO! Sounds like you had blast! Ok hard question…I’d probably want to be Legolas from LotR because he’s so derpy in the movies 😛

  28. Nicole Auclair

    February 9, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    I would like to be Arya from Game of Thrones because she has lots of adventures and is a strong female character!

  29. Brooke

    February 9, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Wow, looks like a ton of fun! I would love to be Tris from Divergent.

    • Brooke Banks

      February 11, 2013 at 5:13 AM

      Man, I need to stop getting excited and staying patient enough to read the fine print of “for Canadian residents only”.

      I’m so sorry! Please disregard my entries.

  30. Melissa

    February 9, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    What a fun evening!

    PS. I am a bad girl who doesn’t read rules! Please delete my entries when you moderate!!!

  31. laurie g

    February 9, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    I would want to be Rose from Vampire Academy

  32. Tynga

    February 9, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    Those events make me wish i lived in Toronto! Looks like you had a blast 🙂

  33. Brooke Banks

    February 9, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Nettle from Robin Hobb’s The Tawny Man Triology has always been a favorite of mine. I don’t necessarily want to replace her since I like her so much but I’d seriously love living in that world with magical powers like talking with dragons. =)

  34. Grace Lo

    February 9, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    I’m currently reading Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff, so I’d love to be Yukiko from the story!

  35. Sundeep

    February 9, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    I would want to be Rose from Vampire Academy

  36. Ana Norte

    February 9, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    I would definitely love to be Hermione from the Harry Potter series! What a great world she lives in!

  37. Maegan Morin

    February 9, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Currently I’m really liking Meghan Chase from the Iron Fey series but thats only because I would love to live in their world!

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