Gemina Book Launch and Signing

Gemina Book Launch and Signing

 Hey Ho Bookaholics!

Today the theme is blue, because I have some amazing Gemina news to share with you!

Last night I went to the Victorian State Library to attend the Book Launch for Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. I forced my dad to come along with me and he (surprisingly) enjoyed the event.

screen shot 2016 10 23 at 12 21 42 am - Gemina Book Launch and Signing

After I purchased my books – so I now own both Illuminae and Gemina – we sat down; Jay and Amie were introduced and spoke for about half-an-hour playing a truth or dare game with the host which was space related and we learned, that if you step out on Venus without a space suit you will be squashed flat!

img 60251 - Gemina Book Launch and Signing

The interview was quite exciting and we learned a few new things about Gemina! Jay said that Marie Lu who blurbed Illuminae, drew the images for Gemina which will appear in Hanna’s diary who likes to document her thoughts in a visual way. While talking about space and their astrophysicists – who helps them write the book – also let slip that she is worse at math than Jay (who isn’t too good himself). My favourite part was when Jay told us that he converted Amie over to the dark side!

At the end of the interview, Amie conducted a ‘Book Wave’ which was filmed by Jay, and I lent my copy of Illuminae to my dad so I could hold up Gemina.


There were BookTubers with their cameras in their little groups, I didn’t know there were people on BookTube from Melbourne and I would love to find out who they were but I was too shy to ask for their accounts. I’ve been trying to find some Melbourne/Australian BookTubers but it’s hard to just search YouTube for Melbourne BookTubers’ there are no results.

img 6017 - Gemina Book Launch and Signing

When it came to signing, I was in group number two and had to wait almost 45 minutes but it was totally worth it!

They gave us sticky notes to write our names on so Jay and Amie knew what to write on our books.

The both of them were very funny to talk to and quite sweet, especially Amie – who I had a longer conversation with while Jay was super concentrated signing my copy of Illuminae.

I asked (quite shyly) If I could take a photo of them signing my books and only Amie heard me, so she pulled funny faces for me and Jay was super confused 🙂

img 6019 - Gemina Book Launch and Signing

img 6020 1 - Gemina Book Launch and Signing

This has got to be the best photo I captured last night!

Dad and I left as soon as I got both of my books signed and got a photo with both Jay and Amie. I wanted to meet with a couple of people who I made friends with on Bookstagram, but we sadly were unable to meet up as we left at different times, but if you look at this photo on Jay’s Instagram:

screen shot 2016 10 23 at 12 21 21 am - Gemina Book Launch and Signing

My sticky note is the one at the bottom, I can tell because the ‘r’ on that sticky is the same as the ‘r’ in the photo I took above. I can also spot my Bookstagram friends name in the top left. She runs the blog abooktopia.weebly, where she reviews books and does giveaways!


This has been the best night of my life so far! Which is saying so much considering I have had a pretty eventful couple of weeks. This event tops even my graduation from 13 years of schooling! thank you so much Allen & Unwin, Jay Kristoff, Amie Kaufman, Victoria State Library, and everyone who put the whole event together. THANK YOU XXX


Thank You so much for reading and I hope to see you all again Saturday 🙂

bree xoxo - Gemina Book Launch and Signing

I’m a Book Depository Affiliate! Get Free Shipping on ALL BOOKS Everywhere!

© Jasper+Spice 2015. All Rights Reserved. Please do not use without permission. Follow me on Goodreads. Some photos were borrowed from Jay Kristoff’s Instagram and I took the others. Some were also posted on my Instagram @jasperandspice.

Leave a Comment


  1. It was such an amazing night and I love how the bullet holes in the art journal came to be. It still cracks me up.

    I do hope we’ll get the chance to meet one another in person one day at a book event in the near future and thank you so much for the lovely unexpected, sweet shoutout about my blog πŸ˜€ I really appreciate it!

    • It was an amazing night 😊 That is what I forgot to include in the post!!! The bullet holes were so funny, Jay was so witty it was great πŸ˜‚ I really do hope we can meet up and you’re very welcome ☺️

  2. OMG YOU’RE IN MELBOURNE? HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS? WE COULD’VE MET UP πŸ™ I know some Mebourne booktubers if you’d like to check out their channel, they’re all wonderful people, very fun and semi-supportive! There’s Sam ( ), Chami at ReadLikeWildFire ( ), Becca the Book Reviewer ( ), Alex ( ) and Lily ( )

    • Th and you so much for the recommendations πŸ™Š It would be lovely to meet up! Were you at the event?

          • Which photo are we talking about? If the post it notes, I can’t find my name, and in the pics & video Jay took you can’t see me. If it helps, I won the competition

          • Wait I found me! I’m on the far right with a scarf looking backwards ahah

          • OH WAS THAT YOU?? I was the girl standing second last behind you! You were on the corner, correct?

          • Yeah I was, I think I remember you (only you standing there) but I don’t remember your face :/ we should definitely meet up for another event πŸ™‚

          • That would be so cool!
            I have so many bookstagram/ blogger friends I want to meet up with I think we should do a group meet up πŸ€”

          • That’d be nice! If you do end up having a group meet up, definitely invite me and I’ll see if I can make it πŸ™‚

Leave your thoughts and comments here :)