Marie Lu in Manila + Giveaway

marie lu in manila book signing tour

A little over a week ago, another wonderful author graced my hometown with her presence. I’m talking about Marie Lu, renown YA sci-fi/fantasy author. Exciting, right? 

When the fateful day came, however, I was totally unprepared- having been unable to read her books yet. Still, I was not going to miss the chance to get my books signed and meet Marie Lu face to face so I persisted.

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The bloggers forum event, which I was luckily invited to, turned out to be a wonderful experience- I learned so much about the talented, amazing author behind the best-selling series, Legend and The Young Elites.

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The Q&A easily kicked off soon after the introduction. Most of us bloggers took a turn asking our burning questions for Marie Lu and this was mine: From writing a dystopian series, you’ve transitioned into writing fantasy. What sparked your decision to switch things up?


Marie Lu answered that she had read nothing but sci-fi and fantasy when she was growing up. So when she finally finished her sci-fi series with Champion, she knew she wanted to try her hand at writing fantasy. She even recounted how her editor rebuffed the first manuscript of The Young Elites, where her ability to write fantasy was pretty much questioned. Determinedly, she asked for a second chance saying, “I cannot live in world where I am not allowed to write a fantasy series.” It was a struggle but Marie Lu knew what she wanted to write.

For the full Q&A with Marie Lu listen to this audio recording or check out Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs’ full transcription of the forum.

After the forum, we moved on to the most awaited part of the event- the book signing!

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Marie Lu signing books! <3

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She signed some posters too!

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And she also sketched her characters on hardcovers- Adelina specifically in this photo!

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The beautiful finished product! Behold Jello of Teen Reader’s Diary/Marie Lu PH’s gorgeous copy!

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More of Marie Lu’s awesome artwork on Chyna of Lite-Rate-Ture‘s copy (with Day & June) and also Celine of Two Ends of a Bookshelf‘s (with Adelina & Enzo kissing)

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My signed books! <3333

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Finally, me with Marie Lu!!!! (Excuse my weird face and crappy quality photo)

That’s pretty much it! Meeting Marie Lu was utterly wonderful and I’m even more excited to read her books now that I know the remarkably brilliant person behind the stories. Thank you, National Book Store, for this fantastic opportunity!

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For those who missed the signing, worry not- you can win a signed copy of The Young Elites! Just join my rafflecopter giveaway below. This is open internationally so everyone is welcome to join and enter. Best of luck!

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Hazel @ Stay Bookish

Hazel Ureta is an advocate of stories. She is the blogger and Editor-In-Chief of Stay Bookish because she loves talking about books. She enjoys reading Young Adult novels the most and writes them too.
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  1. Susan T. on December 1, 2014 at 12:29 am

    I haven’t read any of her books yet but this one really got my attention. I hear it is twisty and dark so I am all in! Lol! Lucky you for getting to meet her!

  2. Joy @ The Bookshelf Intruder on December 1, 2014 at 12:32 am

    Your photos are so nice! I didn’t go to the signing because I haven’t read any of her books. So I hope I win. Hahahaha!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on December 1, 2014 at 2:00 am

      Thanks so much, Joy! Glad you like the photos! Good luck with the giveaway. :D

  3. Sierra Davenport on December 1, 2014 at 12:49 am

    I love that she drew pictures on some of the books! That is really cool and so unique, I mean, how many people can say that not only is their book signed by the author, but it’s got an original, can’t be copied drawing on it, as well? That’s awesome! Thanks for the great giveaway!! :)

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on December 1, 2014 at 2:00 am

      Right? Marie Lu isn’t just a fantastic author but also a fantastic artist! Those who got their copies defaced are definitely lucky! You’re very much welcome, Sierra! Thanks for checking out the recap too!

  4. Elizabeth on December 1, 2014 at 1:06 am

    I haven’t read any of her books, but I plan to soon

  5. Faith on December 1, 2014 at 4:17 am

    OMG! You’re so lucky! Do you think she’s coming to Australia!

  6. Monica M on December 1, 2014 at 4:27 am

    I love the doodles on those books! I am a huge Marie Lu fan, and I always love looking at the art for her characters before the book even comes out. I hope she comes to central California sometime because I must a doodled on book!

  7. Kyla @ Carmel & Kyla on December 1, 2014 at 4:41 am

    I haven’t read any of Marie Lu’s books yet but I’ve been planning to… since forever ago. I think this will be my chance to read one of her books, hopefully. I;m crossing my fingers. Thanks for the giveaway, Hazel! :)

  8. Aarati on December 1, 2014 at 5:23 am

    I haven’t read any Marie Lu books, mainly because i’m not a big fan of dystopian, but after reading your post I might try it someday. The Young Elites sound interesting, but the reviews have been quite a mix, so I’m not so sure.

  9. Chyna @ Lite-Rate-Ture on December 1, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Yuck! Why did you use that photo of me?!?! I’m so ugly there….

  10. Michelle Sedeño on December 1, 2014 at 9:26 am

    I haven’t read her books but I was hoping I could go to the signing since I really wanna meet her. Her books are on my top to-read list. Unfortunately, I have something important stuff the same day so I wasn’t able to go. Thanks for this giveaway, anyway. I was hoping someone would throw one. My only chance. XD Great recap! Also love her sketches. Very talented woman. :)

  11. Kath on December 1, 2014 at 11:44 am

    I haven’t read any of her books but it’s on my To-Buy / TBR List. I’m hearing a lot of good feedbacks about it and I envy you for meeting her in person.

  12. Lea Krnjeta on December 1, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I havent yet read any of Marie lu s books, I have been putting it off for years but hopefully I will soon. So glad ypou had such a great time at the signing. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  13. Mawa Mahima on December 1, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I feel so bad and sad and so upset! I found “Legend” by Marie Lu in the library and read the blurb (I knew it was a book I had read reviews about, because the blurb sounded familiar and duh, Marie Lu!) but I put it back (I’m on a book ban until I finish my TBR) and then today I googled Legend and found out that it was in the famous series that EVERYONE and their mother has read (except for me!)…and the reason I didn’t recognise it was because it was an edition with a different cover! I’m so sad right now, I just want to keep it all to myself…but I have to wait until I finish my darn TBR pile.

  14. Margarita Encinas on December 1, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    I have not read any book of Marie Lu :(
    But also I think that is a good beggining with The Young Elites . Thank you so much for the giveaway♥

  15. Taylor Lynn on December 1, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    This sounds like such a fun event–and how cool that you and all the other bloggers got to ask Marie Lu questions before the signing! I haven’t read any of her work yet, but I’ve heard wonderful things about her Legend trilogy and I’m looking forward to trying it. I also think it’s awesome that she doodled on the hardcovers–so fantastic, I love artsy authors. ;) Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway, Hazel!

  16. Amaris on December 1, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    Hazel, this is so cool! You always seem to be going to book signings :P I haven’t read anything she’s written yet, but I’ve been meaning to start Legend soon.

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on December 1, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Right? :D Haha, we get a book signing almost every month now! I hope to read Marie Lu soon too. :)

  17. Jamie De Leon on December 1, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    I haven’t read any of her books yet, but they have been on my TBR list for the longest time!!! Your recap was great! Usually recaps can be a bit too long, but this was really good :) Your photos are also super nice! And Marie Lu seems like such a nice person! You’re so lucky you met her and got goodies! :)

  18. Kayla @ The Thousand Lives on December 1, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    I LOVE the artwork on the hardbacks! I’ve got to say – the Adelina and Enzo one is my favorite, but the June and Day one is amazing too.

    And now I think I need to reread the Legend series… *need it*

  19. Julie on December 1, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Haven’t had a chance to read any of her books, but I’m taking this as a sign that I should start soon.

  20. Kayla Arnold on December 2, 2014 at 4:05 am

    I’ve read the Legend trilogy, and loved it :) The signing looks like it was such fun, and it’s wonderful that she cares so much for her fans

    • Alexis on December 3, 2014 at 2:32 am

      I am reading this book right now! You are so lucky to meet her!! Cant wait to finish this book

  21. Alena on December 2, 2014 at 4:09 am

    Too bad I wasn’t able to go. Again. :( Glad you had a great time, though, Hazel! Your blog has been really successful in a span of a year!!! Keep it up! So much love and support for you! :)

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on December 3, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Alenaaaa, so glad to see you around here! Thank you for your being so supportive. <3333 I hope we see each other again at a signing!

  22. Julie on December 2, 2014 at 4:30 am

    Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy is on my top list dystopian series. Totally loved it. I quite expect TYE will be as good as Legend. I was just so unlucky I wasn’t able to go to her book signing event. Life.
    Please read her books ASAP :D You won’t regret! :) Thank you for this giveaway. :)

  23. Alyssa on December 3, 2014 at 6:16 am

    She instantly became one of my all time fave authors after reading her Legend trilogy, and it is currently my top 1 dystopian series! I’m really keen to read TYE! Thanks for the giveaway.

  24. Schen on December 3, 2014 at 10:23 am

    No. But I heard awesome reviews about them, I just hate how Marie Lu didn’t give her books and visit me. Haha, I actually was interested more in reading once she went here and saw the reactions of people on her. She is also an awesome person! I hope I could dive into her prominent series though.

  25. Sana // artsy musings of a bibliophile on December 3, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Love the photos, Hazel! The Young Elites was my first Marie Lu book and I’m dying to read her Legend trilogy.

    So glad you got to meet her and man, her sketches are amazing!

  26. Ebony @ Daring Damsels on December 5, 2014 at 4:09 am

    Sounds like it was a fantastic event, Hazel! Glad you had a wonderful time. :) I wish more international authors made the trek to Australia. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity. :)

  27. Cohlina Mae on December 5, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    I’ve read all of her books and the Legend trilogy is my favorite dystopian series. Too bad I did not get the chance to see her. :(

  28. Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian on December 6, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    That’s so awesome that you got to meet Marie Lu! I’ve only ever met one author (Jodi Picoult) and it was such a fun experience. I absolutely adored Legend though I have yet to read the rest of the series. Thank you for the giveaway!

  29. January on December 6, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    You guys in Manila are so lucky! It seems like all the cool authors go there! But you’re sweet enough to share it with us so it’s okay! I’ve read Legend but haven’t had a chance to continue the trilogy yet. The Young Elites sounds even better though! Thanks for the opportunity! :)

  30. Jen K on December 6, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    I loved the Legend series and want to ready this one too! Haven’t had a chance to pick it up yet. Would love to meet her, looks like you had a great time!

  31. Alysia on December 7, 2014 at 2:53 am

    I haven’t read anything by Marie Lu yet but The Young Elites is on my winter to read list, and I’m excited to try it! Your photos are really nice, glad you had fun!

  32. Nana on December 7, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Wow, Marie Lu seems like a great person! And she is also very talented, I see. Congrats on meeting her!

  33. meena on December 8, 2014 at 6:09 am

    I loved Maire Lu’s Legend trilogy so I’m super excited about this book! and she drew her characters on the books of those at this meet up???? thats so cool!!

  34. Pili @ In Love With Handmade on December 8, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Wow, great shots and fantastic recap!
    I really enjoyed the Legend trilogy even more cause I was in a dystopia kick when I read it, and now I am in a fantasy kick so this one would be perfect to read!

    Thank you for making the giveaway international!!

  35. Lis Carcamo on December 8, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    I love Marie Lu! This is her only book I still haven’t read. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  36. Irma Jurejevčič on December 12, 2014 at 3:48 am

    I haven’t read any of her books yet. But I’m very interested.

  37. Amanda on December 13, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    I haven’t read any of her books yet, but I really want to. It sounds like the audience asked some really thought-provoking questions. I love signings :)

  38. Francis Alvarez on December 13, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    I haven’t read any books from Marie Lu. But I heard so many good things about this author. I’m really anticipating her dystopian trilogy, Legend. And that signing recap, well you’re so lucky to meet her and have signed your books. And thank you for this giveaway :)

  39. Melody on December 14, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Yes! I read Legends and I really enjoyed it!

  40. Daryl on December 14, 2014 at 3:12 am

    In truth, I haven’t read Marie Lu’s books yet but I really want to if given the chance. Wishin’ I will win your rafflecopter giveaway. Congrats, you’ve personally met Marie Lu :)

  41. Daryl on December 14, 2014 at 3:21 am

    I like your review re: SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS by Bethany Crandell. I really want to read it :)

  42. Allie L on December 16, 2014 at 4:31 am

    I love the plot and characters of Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy. One of my favorite series. I really enjoyed reading this post :D

  43. Yun-a on December 20, 2014 at 3:12 am

    I loved the Legend series but haven’t been able to pick up The Young Elites yet. So cool that you got to meet her.

  44. Angeline on December 21, 2014 at 9:03 am

    You’re so lucky. I never get to meet famous book authors :(
    I haven’t read neither The Young Elites nor the Legend Trilogy but I’ve been eyeing those books. I heard Marie Lu is a great author and I’d love to read her works. :D

  45. Brittany on December 22, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I love Marie Lu so much and you’re so lucky to meet her!

  46. Bridget Hopper on December 27, 2014 at 10:21 am

    I haven’t read any of her books but I want to

  47. Rosie // Rosie Reads on December 27, 2014 at 10:53 am

    That is so awesome, Hazel! I love how she sketches her characters on the hardcovers – so cool! Thanks for the giveaway – you rock! I have yet to read this series :3

  48. Erika on December 27, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    I have not read any of her books yet but hope to! Thanks for the chance to win!

  49. Kayla on December 29, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    I sadly have not yet. I’m hoping the Young Elites will be my first. It sounds like such an interesting read – I love that the main character apparently might be a villain (at least from what I’ve heard about the book!)

  50. Michelle Lee on December 30, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I have read her Legend series! OH MY GOSH it’s absolutely one of my favorite series of all times! I love her writing and so when I heard to The Young Elites, I got so excited because I knew it was going to be another good story. Thank you so much for this amazing chance! You are so lucky to have met Marie Lu! I wish she had a signing near me so I can meet her myself as well! :)

  51. Alisha Sienkiel on December 30, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I haven’t read any of her books yet but I’m really thinking I am going to need to! Thanks for the great giveaway! :)

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