Maggie Stiefvater came to Salt Lake City yesterday on her tour for All the Crooked Saints. I nabbed a friend who has read The Scorpio Races and went because MAGGIE STIEFVATER. I've only read one of her series so far, The Raven Cycle, but it's one of my favorite series of all time so that was reason enough. Okay, that's not entirely true since I did try to read Shiver. I liked it okay, but I'm a moody reader and didn't finish it. I'll likely get back to it someday or maybe not. Shiver struck me as more of a typical YA paranormal romance whereas The Raven Cycle blew me out of the water. We'll see what I think about All the Crooked Saints.
Regardless of my love for The Raven Cycle and my apparent lack of love for Shiver, I enjoy following Maggie Stiefvater on social media. Yes, it's because I think she's an awesome author, but it's also because she inspires me as a fellow human. If any of you follow her social media or have seen her live, you probably know exactly what I mean. She's entertaining, and she's real. She tells wonderful stories both written and verbal, and she takes time for her fans. She told stories about her life before the signing that had my face hurting because I was smiling and laughing so much. It was the perfect way to spend an evening, and then she topped it off by playing the bagpipes for us. If that doesn't define awesome, I dunno what does. Plus, I got all my books signed and a print of a super nice colored pencil drawing she did of some owls for All the Crooked Saints.
Owls, you guys. Did you wonder why I picked owls for the pumpkin painting theme for Halloween this year? Yeah, it's because of Maggie. I blame her for the obsession recently. Owls are so cute and fun to draw.
If you guys are into YA paranormal fiction, check out Maggie's work. Her stories are unique. They aren't the easiest to describe. When I read The Raven Boys, the first book in The Raven Cycle, I read the blurb thinking it would be a typical YA paranormal romance. Yeah, no. The blurb didn't describe the book well at all. It focused on one aspect, trying to hold fast onto those YA paranormal romance genre expectations probably for marketing purposes. I think it could put some people off because they'll be expecting something else, but I was very pleasantly surprised with Maggie's storytelling and how this book didn't fit into the norms of the genre. I have a tendency to like "weird" or "different" things. Maggie meets that criteria.
Thanks, Maggie, for your books, your art, your music, and your real life experiences. You inspire me as a fellow author, artist, musician, and human being.