This weekend, with the release of The Dream Thieves quickly approaching (September 17th), I decided I’d better pre-order my copy. Our local independent bookstore, McNally Robinson (the one with the tree staircase, for those of you who remember the picture I posted of it), is one of about a dozen lucky stores in Canada that will be giving away collector postcards with pre-ordered books. The postcards feature artwork by Maggie Stiefvater, which, in my opinion, is incredibly cool. You can check that out at Maggie’s site: here.
So we trekked off to the bookstore and placed our order. Weirdly, the girl working behind the counter in the children’s/YA section hadn’t heard anything about the souvenir postcards. I tried to impress upon her just how lucky we are that one of the best YA authors in existence included our store in her giveaway. I know, it’s just a postcard, but it’s got Blue kissing “someone” on it, and it’s a reward from Maggie (well, probably Scholastic) for shopping at independent bookstores. And hello, the fact that Saskatoon was included just thrills me.
Anyway, we left the store with an armful of books, went for coffee at Starbucks (the new chocolate chai latte is delicious BTW), picked up a few pizzas for supper, and headed home. While we were out, someone left a voicemail for us. It was McNally Robinson letting us know they had an ARC of The Dream Thieves and it was ours if we wanted it. IF we wanted it?!! Uh, YEAH!
After horking down some pizza, we headed back across town to the bookstore to pick up the ARC. It’s only just over a week until the actual book comes out, but it’s still exciting to have an early copy of it in my hands, especially after voicing my extreme jealously to those of you who’ve already read it. We kept our actual copy on order, because I obviously want a nice hardcover to match The Raven Boys, and of course, I want the postcard (not to mention then Maggie still makes some moola off of us, as will the store that so kindly gave us the ARC).
I’m about a third of the way through The Dream Thieves, and not surprisingly, I’m hanging on every word. And I think I’m enjoying it even more for the fact that it was so unexpected to get to read it early.