21 June, 2010

Clockwork Angel Midnight Release Party?

Let's face it, I'll take any excuse to throw a party. I already love Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instruments series. I did a dance of joy when I found out there would be more books coming soon. And when Janelle says, Hey! Let's keep your store open late on August 30 so we can buy our books at midnight! I said--

Well, maybe.

As much as I would love to throw a party, play games, give away some cool stuff (Janelle's working on that bit :D), keeping the shop open late doesn't just hinge on my willingness to do so--it's my boss, and the cashiers, and the other booksellers, and the cafe guys--because we've gotta have some sweet sweet mochas to keep us up til we can buy our book and get it home to read until dawn. And after any good party, there's clean-up time, and so forth... So in order to make it happen, we're going to need some book reservations!

RSVP here! Come on, you know you can't resist a midnight release party.

If you have questions you can tweet at me or Janelle, post a comment, or email me at frootjoos at gmail dot com ...

The LINGER Fan Art Contest Rules - Plus One


Most of you already know, I work for Borders in Glendale, CA.

Some of you already know that Maggie Stiefvater, author of Shiver, Lament, and Ballad; musician, artist, mom, and author extraordinaire, will be at my store at 7 pm on Monday, July 26th to sign Linger, the 2nd book in her series, The Wolves of Mercy Falls.

Did you know we're holding a contest? :D

We are so excited about the event that we are inviting you, O creative Shiver Fans, to enter a contest to win fabulous prizes (consisting of signed copies of Maggie's books) - by entering a fan art contest based on The Wolves of Mercy Falls. Prizes will be provided by Borders Glendale management. No purchase necessary! (But you *do* have to put some thought into your entry... we're asking Maggie to select the winners! er, Maggie, if you're reading this already, I sent you an email--no pressure, though. And I realize you probably just got a thousand emails over the weekend :D )

What do you have to do? Anything creative expressing your love of SHIVER -- you can paint a picture, sing a song, design a shirt--what the heck, bake a cake. Surprise us! Read the book, think about something cool and amazing and just do it. If your entry involves a performance, you can either pre-record it or perform at the signing.

Deadline 1: Fill out this form to submit your contact information by the end of the day on July 19, 2010 DEADLINE EXTENDED! July 25, 2010. The information is available only to me and my manager, and will not be used for anything other than to contact you about your contest entry. This is so that we can figure out how much space/time your entry will need, and whether we need any equipment (for example, a TV and DVD player to play a short film, a mic for a song or poem, or an easel for a painting/drawing, etc.) in order to properly display your contest entry.

Deadline 2: The signing starts at 7 pm on Monday, July 26, so all entries that are not a) perishable or b) live performances must be present and on display no later than 6:30 pm. If you need to make arrangements to bring in your entry prior to that time, well, that's what the form in Deadline 1 is all about.

The Rules: 

1. No purchase necessary, but you and your fan art entry must be present at the Maggie Stiefvater signing at 7 pm on Monday, July 26, 2010, at Borders Glendale, in order to win!

2. Be creative, and theme your art around SHIVER and THE WOLVES OF MERCY FALLS, but please do not plagiarize.

3. All entries must be appropriate for an all-ages audience.

4. One entry per person.

5. To enter, fill out this form by July 19, 2010 and bring your entry to the signing location by 6:30 pm on Monday, July 26, 2010.

6. There will be three (3) winners selected by a judge.

First Prize: signed copies of Shiver (1 copy), Linger (1 copy), Lament (1 copy) & Ballad (1 copy)

Second Prize: signed copies of Shiver (1 copy) & Linger (1 copy)

Third Prize: signed copy of Linger (1 copy)

If anyone wants full legalese on the contest, email me and I will draft a more precise but probably unreadable version of the rules.

To recap:

A. Love Shiver. Want Linger.

B. Make something cool.

C. Bring it to the signing.

D. Hope you win!

If you have questions, feel free to email me at frootjoos at gmail dot com.

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The RNSL 100 Origami Cranes Challenge

Can't make it to the signing? You can still win a signed copy of Linger, and have a presence of sorts at the signing...

As a totally separate, Read Now Sleep Later sponsored contest, the first Shiver fan to send me 100 folded paper cranes will receive a signed hardcover copy of Linger (to be mailed to the winner after the July 26 event) and a special, secret, Read Now Sleep Later giant goody bag o' stuff. Yep, origami cranes--they don't have to be good, there just have to be 100! (Hey, I'm not even going to make you fold a thousand of them. Just 100.)

You have until July 20, 2010, or whenever the first 100 cranes arrive in my mailbox! To enter, fill out this form and start folding!

The runner-up will receive a paperback copy of Barry Hughart's Bridge of Birds, which, by the way, is an awesome book.
If you need folding instructions, there are some right here. If you need ideas on how to make them extra awesome, ask me. :D I'm folding them, too.
This contest is open to residents of the United States only.

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Anyone else with Shiver/Linger/Maggie-related news and contests, feel free to email me -- once more, frootjoos at gmail dot com -- I'll spread the word about your thing if you help spread the word about my contests.

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If you just want to RSVP for the signing you can either do that on Facebook or RSVP here. Thanks!

18 June, 2010

That's a Lot of Catching Up

You know, I've read about 20 books since the last time I did a full-fledged review post. The list is here. I almost feel like I can't go back and review them all because the sheer volume of catching-up-to-do makes me want to quit reading and make knitting my one and only hobby. (Just kidding. I love knitting, but I don't think I could ever actually quit reading. Or meat-eating. Or cookies.)

So, I'll give you a quick one on my latest book, and then pick up from there.

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Publication date: June 7th, 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN 10/13:  0316068683 / 9780316068680

Category: Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Keywords: Wolves, Sisters, Family, Secrets, Action/Adventure, Romance

Find the synopsis on goodreads.com.

How I found out about this book: Started following Jackson Pearce on Twitter

Quickie: Wolves, weapons, and an eye-patch-wearing heroine. Who can stay away?

My review: I've been burned by a lot of pretty covers with nothing between the boards but a flaccid romance, an over-reaching plot and wispy, if at all present, themes. So when Sisters Red hit the shelf I borrowed it and let it sit around for a week before I made a commitment to read a few pages. I mean, look at that cover! Eye candy, but what's in it?

By page 22 I had made a buying decision, returned my loaner copy, and brought my very own book home. By page 77 I had forgotten I had a headache. By page 259 I was biting the nails off the hand that wasn't holding the book. Trust me, this one's a keeper--the insides as beautiful as the outside. Meaty plot, scorching-hot romance, and fiesty female protagonists make Sisters Red a must-read.

The imagery, intricacy, and the subtle, but not-so-subtle construction of this story made me wish I had written it. Come on: Scarlett, scarred, inside and out, trying to shelter her little sister and make her grow up at the same time. Rosie, trying to be brave, training to hunt, trying to be just like Scarlett, and still wondering who she would be without the wolves. Silas, cut off from his family, wedged between two lovely, if bloodthirsty girls--well, you can see where this is going? Or can you?

I loved the trio of main characters, the tension between sisters and would-be-lovers, the truly terrifying natures of the evil creatures they hunt (and strangely more unsettling, the real-world evils that they don't touch). This was a well-balanced, expertly conceived YA novel, and the first to make it to my Top Ten of 2010 list.

I have more to say, but it's almost 2 am and you're going to read it anyway, aren't you? For more comments, visit my Goodreads.com review.

Sisters Red is Jackson Pearce's second novel.
Find the author at http://jacksonpearce.com, on Twitter @jacksonpearce

Shortlink to this review: http://bit.ly/sistersred

Find this book on goodreads.com, listen to a snippet at audible.com, or buy it now!


What do you think? Is this something you would read? If you've already read it, put in your two cents... (no spoilers, please!)