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Monday, March 11, 2013

Recap: Tahereh Mafi in Manila book signing (with Ransom Riggs) + Giveaway!

A little over a week after and I still have a serious hangover for this seriously AMAZING book event.

At the start of this year, I got wind of a great news that Tahereh Mafi was coming here to Manila for a signing, and when we got the specifics (March 2nd, Powerbooks Greenbelt 4) I was so excited to attend. But I was in for a surprise since I got an invite from National Bookstore, the bookstore chain bringing Tahereh here in Manila, for a very exclusive bloggers Q&A with the author. Of course we didn't pass up the chance and together with my Filipina blogger friends, we were there!

While we were waiting for Tahereh...

I had to wait for two of my friends (Precious of Fragments of Life and Dianne of Oops I Read Again) and we arrived at the venue just in time. It was so nice to meet fellow bloggers, especially since 15 out of the almost 20 bloggers there are my friends.

Tahereh answering some questions!

By the time the signing started, I was a bunch of nerves. We were given numbers (I was #13) and we can ask 1 question to Tahereh. Coffee and Muffins (Cupcakes?) aside, my question was this: "Since readers who read your book tend to focus more on the characters, tell us something about the world in both Shatter Me & Unravel Me as I feel there's somewhat an environmental significance for it. Why is the world like that?"

Her answer was, Tahereh wanted to create a world where the worst possible things that could happen in it has, indeed, happened. The world was so devastated and destroyed even the birds couldn't fly anymore. Tahereh got the idea for it when she was watching a documentary about the genes of a male fish altering to become female all because of the pollution in the environment. (Yes, at that point we were talking about fishes :P)

Other information from the Bloggers forum were:

- Kenji was based on Tahereh's older brothers. There was a scene in the book (I forgot which one) that really happened in real life. Tahereh had to write it down when it happened and told her brother that she'll include it in her book.
- The original title for Shatter Me was 'Touching Juliette', which Tahereh herself suggested (LOL!)
- Tahereh's doing the final edits for the 3rd book (!!!!!)
- The new covers for both Shatter Me and Unravel Me, the eyes, represents the metaphysical growth of Juliette as a character.
- As of the moment, the 3rd book is called 'Untitled Me' (meaning it still has no title yet!)
- There will be an e-novella after Unravel Me, which Tahereh hasn't written yet. She didn't confirm if this novella is about Kenji.
- Tahereh was very surprised when she found out that most of her readers were on Team Warner. And yes, Tahereh created Warner that way, with a little bit of bad and good inside of him, someone broken.

Q&A with Ransom as well

We also had a chance to ask Ransom Riggs, who was there at the back snapping some photos of us during the blogger forum for Tahereh, and who came up to the stage afterwards!

- The sequel for Miss Peregrine will be published 2014.
- Yes, Ransom is Ransom's real name. It's what's on his birth certificate! He once had an amazon 1 star review where the reader said he had the worse pseudonym ever.
- The Miss Peregrine movie will be directed by Tim Burton (WOAH!)

It was the best Q&A ever! Since we had some time before the official signing starts, us bloggers had the chance to have our books signed BEFORE anyone else could. Ransom signed some books too!

Ransom had to take a photo because he liked the name of Dianne's blog so much!

Tahereh signing books!

Us bloggers lining up for our own signing!

You wouldn't believe how much gift both Tahereh and Ransom got! Some gave cupcakes, some gave cakes, some gave souvenirs, someone gave Tahereh a Jane Austen lipbalm! and some gave them dried mangoes (because you had to eat it when you're in Manila!) and some AMAZING fanart for Shatter Me & Unravel Me. Us? We gave Tahereh our own version of a defaced copy of Shatter Me, thanks to Louisse from The Soul Sister's AMAZING idea!

I didn't get to take a photo of Tahereh the moment she saw the book, but it was such a priceless moment. Throughout the signing, dirty jokes were made, bad puns were flying everywhere, and we all had a great laugh. Both Tahereh and Ransom were so so funny! Tahereh was late for the official signing (which we didn't get to check out that much) and there were TONS of people. Our friend was 194 and the signing hasn't even started!

We didn't stay until the end of the signing, but I heard it went on until 8PM. Yes, Tahereh signed books for 4 hours! Ransom also announced that he will sign books, so copies of Miss Peregrine flew off the shelves faster than you can say 'what?'. I heard copies were sold out!

Me, Precious, Dani, Lyra, Kate, Dianne and Leslie bonded a bit more while eating these fab banana chocolate chip cupcakes that Dani (of Book Whales!) baked. They were YUMMY!

And yeah, me and my new BFF Tahereh Mafi. I was so surprised when she recognized me. When she said "Glad to finally meet you." I almost underwent spontaneous combustion (if it was even possible) right then and there. And some more group pictures!

It was such a fine event! Met awesome authors, bonded with my blogger friends, and had my books signed. Thanks so much National Bookstore for the opportunity! Until next signing! :)

Sorry for the really long recap! And because you, my readers, are awesome enough to read this to the end, I have a giveaway for you!


I asked permission from the organizers if I can have my ARC signed by Tahereh since I didn't buy the book, and they said yes! The ARC had a scribble of the same words tattooed on Warner's hips: "Hell is empty, and all the devils are here.". Yes, those words. And also, it's signed by Tahereh. And since I hated dogearing my books, I used a lot of post-its to mark the passages I really liked. I didn't remove them, so if you win this book, you get it signed, with the post-its. I promise the scenes I marked are all awesome!

Must be at least 13 to enter
Ends 4/14
No cheating! I will check the entries and I WILL disqualify you if I find you cheating.


  1. I haven't attended any of her signings. It frustrated me that I couldn't attend the one she had in National Bookstore (boo, school!). :( I have to win this book because... because... chapter 62!

  2. I have! :)) And I really want Unravel Me because I love the quote in your book! It's lovely. :)

  3. I would love to attend one of her signings. I really did adore Shatter Me :D

  4. Sadly, I haven't attended any of her book signing. Geeez. I wish I can but due to the place I live (which is like Neverland) I wasn't able to go to her signing here in the Philippines. There goes my only chance. *suddenly looks glum* Anyways, I really wanna win this because not only that it was signed by Tahereh herself, but I wanna reread and reread the book. I only have the ebook copy of it. *sigh*

  5. I want to win it because I never got the chance to meet her. At least, I have a signed book of her.

  6. Gaaah! My drawing huhuhu :)) Great post Kai! Enjoy your goodies LOL

  7. We don't get many authors here so no,I haven't attended a Tahereh Mafi signing but would really love to! :)

  8. Sad i haven't had the fortune of visiting a signing event of any of the YA authors(i live in Uttar Pradesh, India....not many come here)...but i wanna win the book because......well its YA....well its Tahereh Mafi........welllllll its dystopia....come on how many more reasons do you need.....

    Le' Grande Codex

  9. I haven`t been to her signings and I haven`t read the books but I`m dying to and this would be the perfect opportunity to do so!

  10. Last March, I didn't get to see her at the book signing. And I still don't have the book yet, but I really want to read. My friend said the plot was good

  11. Wonderful recap! Hungry Me immediately zoomed in the on words 'cupcakes' and 'dried mangoes'. :P

    The rest of me is envyyyyy and I so want to read what's written inside that defaced Shatter Me! xD

  12. I've never been to a signing :( BUT, I love when bloggers share the experience! Thank You for that! I also LOVE the defaced copy, so cool!

  13. Yay! my cupcakes are famous LOL. It was a nice event! I can't for another get together. Next author please....


  14. I did not attend her singing event here but I saw her at Ransom Riggs signing event at Fully booked...and I got so intrigued why so many people talk about her at the venue and that is why I got so interested, and currently reading Shatter Me. Now I miss the opportunity to have a signed copy of her book, talk to her and take a photo with her!

    I regret that moment when she's just beside Ransom...if only time could reverse two weeks from now. Or I could win this copy?

  15. I haven't attended on the event in Manila because I was stuck here in Bicol doing my thesis. That is why I really really wanted to win this. I wanted to have some remembrance from the event and of course, Tahereh Mafi even if I'm not in there. Thank you for doing this giveaway! :)

  16. I'm soo envious 0.0

    Nope, book signing even from US author rarely happened in my country, and even when they do come, they usually come to the capital city (Whereas I don't live there, and still in school as well) :(

    I really love Shatter Me, and I haven't got any chance of reading this one! I'm also really curious about the scenes that you've marked.

    The personalised boook you've all made was really cute!
    Lovely post, by the way! Thank you for sharing :D

  17. Kai I'm yet to be privilaged enough to meet Tahereh I do wish that she'd come to Sydney though! I NEED to win this book cos it'll tie me over until she does come over LOL

  18. No, I haven't attended the book signing :( I live far from Manila, and going on a 12-hour+ bus trip would be too costly. Living in the province sucks sometimes. I want win this because I was not able to get my Shatter Me signed and I haven't bought Unravel Me yet. Thanks for the giveaway!!! :)

  19. Yep! I attended this signing and got the number 179 for the queue LOL I went straight from work and I arrived at NBS and the place was packed! It was crazy(in a good way of course;) ) Tahereh was just so hilarious haha

  20. I live far from El Salvador! :( so saddd! and I want to win because I´m so obsessed with Shatter Me, I´d love to have Unravel Me signed! A dream come true! ♥

    rafflecopter name: Joss A.

  21. Unfortunately no.I live in Sri Lanka, from where I can never even dream of attending signings.I loved Shatter Me so much,and I am dying to read Unravel Me.Afater Destroy me,I've gotten a new view of Warner,and I really want to see more of him.

  22. I believe that this book is worth reading, hope I do win the giveaway!

  23. I've attended three of her signings. She is so fun to talk to! I can't wait for the third book to come out :)

  24. I've never been to a signing...:( Won't have that kind of luck where I live. I can't wait to get my hands on this book!!

  25. I have never been to a signing.
    I still have time to read fictional books despite me being busy on my studies. Harry Potter made me a bookworm. From then on, I keep on reading more. I have read Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, Anna Carey's Eve, Alyson Noel's Evermore and Radiance, Michael Grant's Gone, and many others. Thanks to my friends who lend me these books of theirs for I never bought one as my own. I hope I win to have my own now, and I'm interested when I read the plot of this novel by Tahereh Mafi. Thanks!

  26. I wasn't able to go to her book signing and you know that ;) But I did met her before Ransom Riggs' book signing :) Such an awesome moment :">
    And c'mon the Warner tat sold me :">

  27. I didn't go because I'm in Brazil =( But I NEED this book because I can't live without Adam lol


  28. Because Bacolod is miles + a thousand pesos away, I wasn't able to attend this. :(

    Is it a crime to want this despite having my own copy? I just bought Unravel Me but this signed copy, plus that quote is just... And Ch62, can I please have some glue to keep my heart intact?

    Thanks for the giveaway, Kai!

    Charlie @ Letter Trails

  29. No I haven't. In my country there are no book signings. I need this because I have to know what happens next :)
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  30. I want to meet Tahereh so bad! And PH is so close to Singapore, I wish she had come here too :(
    I absolutely loved Shatter Me and Unravel Me, and I'd LOVE to have a signed ARC of this book :D
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. This giveaway is epic! I didn't attend her book signing because I had to go to school that day. I reallly, reallyyy, want to meet her and hug her and Ughhhh. You guys are soo lucky! :))

  32. I'm really sad that she didn't come to Singapore, being SO close to the Philippines :(( I NEED TO WIN THIS! Loved Shatter Me and need need NEED to read Unravel Me. Thanks for the amazing giveaway and making it international! :D


  33. I've never been to any of her signings, but I definitely would love to in the future! Shatter Me was incredible- really one of my favorite books. I read it recently for the first time and now I'm dying to read Unravel Me. Winning a signed ARC, let alone winning the book in general, would make me SO happy!

  34. I have never been to a book signing but meeting Tahereh would have been awesome! I have only recently read Shatter Me & I loved it so I'm definitely eager to read the sequel, it sounds amazing!!

    Thankyou for the opportunity to win your signed copy :-)

  35. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to attend any of her signings and I'm pretty sure she'll never come to this part of Europe, but girl can hope, I guess. Absolutely loooved both Shatter Me and Unravel Me and would be ecstatic to win this book.
    Thanks for a giveaway! :)

  36. I HAVEN´T .. i live to way long to either book tour .. my life sucks ... buuuu!!! and if i am the same city... i am in the other cost of the city .. my luck sucks!!!!
    thanks for the giveaway ..
    almendra in the rafflecopter


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