Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dark Days Tour in St. Louis Review!

Happy Thursday everyone! As many of you will remember, I attended the Dark Days Tour in St. Louis, Missouri a few weeks to meet some amazing YA authors and hear them speak on their works! You guys enjoyed my review of the AViD event earlier this month, so I figured I would continue the tradition. For those of you who may have missed my post about the Dark Days tour, you can find it By Clicking Here! This is just a post to share my amazing experience from that night with all my even more amazing readers!

As you will recall, the featured authors of the Dark Days tour were Danielle Paige, Kelly Armstrong, Kiera Cass, and Kimberly Derting. As you guys have read many, many times before, I am quite possibly Danielle Paige's biggest fan so I was so excited to meet her that words just couldn't describe it. My road trip partner, and fellow book lover (and Danielle Paige fan), Megan and I once again took off from the Queen City of the Ozarks, this time heading to city known as the "Gateway to the West", St. Louis, Missouri! Both Megan and I are originally from hometowns that are relatively close to St. Louis (~2 hours) so we were familiar enough with the city for it not to have been as exciting as Des Moines was for us, but still really awesome!

The Dark Days tour was hosted at the St. Louis Ethical Society, and while we are stills scratching our heads  as to what exactly an Ethical Society is, we found the place with relative ease considering neither of us are city folk! Oh well, here are a random assortment of pictures from our evening rubbing shoulders with the literary elite! :D

Neither Megan nor I could figure out what an Ethical Society was, but the building was pretty cool! We ended up having to go to their website to figure out what they were all about!

From left: Danielle Paige, Kelly Armstrong, Kiera Cass, and Kimberly Derting are asked questions by the event moderator, Allie from Harper-Collins! The authors answered questions about the content of the books, their backgrounds, and what we can expect from the authors in the future!


Here I am pictured with Danielle Paige. As you guys have read before, I am the self proclaimed biggest fan of Danielle's first full length novel Dorothy Must Die and have already devoted several blog posts to her and this series. Making the trip to STL to meet this amazing author and woman will forever be a memory I carry with me. I actually got quite a bit of time to talk to Danielle and actually learned a lot about the future of the series, and her work within the Oz community. She is an amazing woman and I am so blessed to have gotten to meet her. I am already looking forward to the next time!


Not to be missed, here I am pictured with the absolutely amazing Kimberly Derting. Although I have YET to get a chance to sit down and read her newest novel The Taking, it is at the top of my TBR list for when things slow down for me! Kimberly was amazing and even remembered me from the blog (THIS blog) and even knew the name of it! Woohoo! It really made this guy feel special! Can't wait to read The Taking!

I know many of my readers need no introduction as to who this woman standing beside me is, Mrs. Kiera Cass. Kiera is the author of the HUGE hit The Selection series! Kiera had a huge turnout of fans, including many, many young fans which really made me happy to see so many young people getting excited about reading! 

Last, but certainly not least, here I am pictured with Kelley Armstrong, author of the popular Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising series! I have had these series on my TBR list for some time and plan on tackling them this summer. It was so awesome to get to meet Kelley!

All in all, I had an awesome experience meeting these four incredible authors during their St. Louis stop of the Dark Days Tour. I am so excited to check out the works of these authors and already looking forward to what we can expect from them in the future! It's always a life changing experience for me when I get to meet an author so this was truly a special night for me to get to meet four, including one who is so special to me. An incredible experience all around!

I am so blessed to have gotten to attend this event alongside my best friend, Megan. Megan and I both graduated college this past Friday and will soon be beginning the next chapters of our lives very soon. As exciting as this sounds, it means that we will be separated by many, many more miles than ever before. These past two events have already made us decide that this will become a tradition of ours. We will potentially be traveling to Nashville for events this summer and this morning we decided that SOMEHOW we will be traveling to Philadelphia next February for the first ever Apollycon in celebration of Jennifer Armentrout's (a favorite of ours) new Titan series! 

That's really all I have for you guys right now, I apologize that it has taken me almost a month to get this posted. As I mentioned earlier, I graduate college earlier this month and then took a 10 day vacation to Mexico so I have REALLY been busy this month. Look forward to a WHOLE BUNCH of fun from me this summer though. I have lots planned and a mountain of books to keep me busy. Today is actually my two month blog anniversary so I wanted to make sure I had a fun post for you guys. Thank you to all my amazing readers who have helped me to gain quite the impressive numbers during my first two months. You are all awesome. Feel free to contact me for any suggestions, recommendations, or any book you would like to see my take on!
Alright guys, be sure to be on the lookout for more awesome posts soon here at OneGuysGuidetoGoodReads! Comment below and let me know if you were at the Dark Days Tour as well! I'd love to hear from you! Happy Reading!



  1. Kiera Cass is my spirit animal.

    1. Spirit animal huh? I would have never pegged that. You always keep me guessing, my dear lol.

  2. Happy Two Month Bloggerversary Ethan (silently saying your last name as well)! ;) So glad that you've been able to go to so many awesome book events already! I am SO jealous of you if you get to go to Apollycon, and may be begging you for getting something signed for me. (I would of course pay for all of the costs, but I need you to be the body that gets there! LOL)

  3. Christine, you know if I go to Apollycon I will GLADLY get you whatever you want, it was you who turned me onto the Covenant series so of course I've got your back! And you are right, I have been to some awesome events. I think writing about them is my favorite thing I've done so far too, I really have a great time at all of them I go to!