holly bourne event

Photo credit to Steph @ A Little but a Lot

I’ve just arrived home from a great night at Holly Bourne’s It Only Happens In the Movies release party at Waterstones in Newcastle and thought I’d blog about it straight away before I forget a detail!

I found out about this event only two days beforehand, by some stroke of luck on Twitter and immediately booked a ticket! I had yet to read or even own It Only Happens In the Movies but I absolutely adored Holly Bourne’s Spinster series so I have no doubt this book will just as great!

I arrived a few minutes early, slunk into a row near the back and awkwardly scrolled through Twitter for a while waiting for the event to start. A few minutes before it was due to commence, I decided to buy my copy of the book – an absolute steal at only £2.99 because of the discount that came with the event ticket and grab myself a glass of cranberry juice (Waterstones really know how to treat a girl!)

Shortly after I made it back into my seat, the event started with a Q & A where Katie Thistleton asked Holly all sorts of questions about movies, her latest novel and her writing in general. After that Holly was quizzed on her YA knowledge and luckily she didn’t let her Ravenclaw self down, though the scores were never totted up. Then it was on to a friendly game of Kiss, Marry, Kill between Katie and Holly. The four rounds were Kristoff from Frozen, Christian from Moulin Rouge and Magic Mike, Eric from the Little Mermaid, Gale from THG and Jack Sparrow (which got a request to just kill them all from Holly), Newt Scamander, Becca from Pitch Perfect and Finn from GotG, and then Moana, Wolverine and Jack from Titanic.

Then it was time for the questions from the audience and let me tell you, there were some great questions which incited some fascinating answers from Holly! I was super excited to hear about her upcoming collaborative novel ‘Floored’ which she will be writing with 5 other great UKYA authors, all whilst keeping who wrote which character secret, which is super cool!

After all the questions, it was time to move on to the signing, where I got the chance to have my copy of It Only Happens in the Movies signed by Holly and got the chance to (in a somewhat fangirly fashion) tell her how much I loved The Spinster Club series. I then picked up my super cool goodie bag as I left (see photo below). In the goodie bag was a sampler of the Usborne YA books to be released in 2018, an ARC of Orphan Monster Spy, a set of Holly Bourne badges, a cute fan and a bag of cinnamon popcorn. 2017-10-26 11.00.21All in all, it was a great event! I loved hearing from Holly Bourne all about It Only Happens in the Movies and her other upcoming releases. The only thing I regret is not being brave enough to go up and chat to other bloggers, so that’s my goal for the next bookish event I attend!

So a huge thanks to Waterstones Newcastle, Holly Bourne and Katie Thistleton for an absolutely fab evening!