30 May, 2011

Graveminder - Guest Review


Howdy! Kimberly ended up reading a whole bunch of Melissa Marr books recently, so we present an impromptu Wicked Lovely Week. Shortlink to the main post: http://bit.ly/w1ck3dwk

Tuesday 5/24 - Wicked Lovely - review by Kimberly


Thursday 5/26 - Ink Exchange - review by Kimberly

Friday 5/27 - Fragile Eternity - review by Kimberly

Saturday 5/28 - Radiant Shadows - review by Alethea

Sunday 5/29 - Darkest Mercy - podcast with special guest Kate G.

Monday 5/30 - Graveminder - review by Jessica from Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

Tuesday 5/31 - last chance to enter to win Radiant Shadows - giveaway



Graveminder by Melissa Marr
Publication date: 22 February 2011
ISBN 10/13:   0061826871   |   9780061826870

Category: Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy
Format: Hardcover (also available in audiobook and eBook formats)
Keywords: Ghosts, Romance, Suspense

Thanks so much to Jessica from http://www.hopelessbibliophile.com for this guest review. She's also an admin at The Teen {Book} Scene blog tour site. You can follow her on Twitter @roses7184

Jessica's Review:

When I first sat down to read Melissa Marr's new book I thought I'd just read for a bit, and then head off to run errands. Wrong!

After opening Graveminder and reading the first few pages, I was hooked! A beautiful mix of Southern Gothic and classic Melissa Marr, this story will sink its teeth into you and pull you in. The residents of Claysville have a dark secret... a reason that nothing bad happens in the town. There's also a reason why everyone who is born in this city must be buried in this city.

The Graveminder is in charge of putting the dead to rest, and making sure they stay there. Oh yes, you heard right. Add in a fierce attraction between Rebekkah and Byron, and you have a story that will keep you reading well into the night. Full of mystery, and just dark enough to keep you reading on, Graveminder was one fantastic read! You need to keep an eye on this one for sure.


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Darkest Mercy - Review - Podcast


Howdy! Kimberly ended up reading a whole bunch of Melissa Marr books recently, so we present an impromptu Wicked Lovely Week. Shortlink to the main post: http://bit.ly/w1ck3dwk

Tuesday 5/24 - Wicked Lovely - review by Kimberly


Thursday 5/26 - Ink Exchange - review by Kimberly

Friday 5/27 - Fragile Eternity - review by Kimberly

Saturday 5/28 - Radiant Shadows - review by Alethea

Sunday 5/29 - Darkest Mercy - podcast with special guest Kate G.

Monday 5/30 - Graveminder - review by Jessica from Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

Tuesday 5/31 - last chance to enter to win Radiant Shadows - giveaway




Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr
Publication date: 22 February 2011
ISBN 10/13:  0061659258   |   9780061659256

Category: Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy
Format: Hardcover (also available in paperback, audiobook, and eBook formats)
Keywords: Faeries, Romance, Adventure


Be warned! If you haven't read the previous books, this can be a bit spoilery.

Special guest reviewer Kate chats with us about Melissa Marr's conclusion to the Wicked Lovely series: Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely, Book 5). Click on the widget below to play the podcast. You can also subscribe to our podcasts on iTunes. (You may have to refresh iTunes to see the latest podcast.)

We received an ARC of Darkest Mercy from HarperTeen at ALA Midwinter 2011.

Intro/outro music is "mont" by Gablé (Free Music Archive).




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28 May, 2011

Radiant Shadows - Review



Howdy! Kimberly ended up reading a whole bunch of Melissa Marr books recently, so we present an impromptu Wicked Lovely Week. Shortlink to the main post: http://bit.ly/w1ck3dwk

Tuesday 5/24 - Wicked Lovely - review by Kimberly


Thursday 5/26 - Ink Exchange - review by Kimberly

Friday 5/27 - Fragile Eternity - review by Kimberly

Saturday 5/28 - Radiant Shadows - review by Alethea

Sunday 5/29 - Darkest Mercy - podcast with special guest Kate G.

Monday 5/30 - Graveminder - review by Jessica from Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

Tuesday 5/31 - last chance to enter to win Radiant Shadows - giveaway




Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr
Publication date: 20 April 2010
ISBN 10/13:  0061659223   |   9780061659225

Category: Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy
Format: Hardcover (also available in paperback, audiobook, and eBook formats)
Keywords: Faeries, Romance, Adventure


Be warned! If you haven't read the previous books, this can be a bit spoilery.

Alethea's review: 

I'll be honest--I bought them for the covers. That's right, I read Wicked Lovely, liked it but didn't love it... and when the next books came out I bought those too... and didn't read them. I still haven't read Ink Exchange or Fragile Eternity. I just love the cover art.

I kind of expected to put Radiant Shadows down after about 60 pages, but I kept going. Though I'm not a huge fan of fey stories I really like the base motif of faeries: nature in balance, opposites and duality.  The main characters in the fourth book of the Wicked Lovely series personify this: Devlin, the High Queen's Bloodied Hands, was born of order and discord; Ani is a halfling daughter of Gabriel, the Hunter and a human woman.

Most halflings exhibit a little bit of one side or the other--fae or human--or sometimes the human side dilutes faery blood so much that the child is practically mortal. Ani is... different. She is also at the heart of Devlin's betrayal of High Queen Sorcha. The thin thread binding their lives together starts to stretch and strain as Sorcha and her twin/nemesis Bananach start changing their age-old struggle for balance, with Devlin, Ani, and new-made faery Seth as their knights and pawns.

I wasn't as thrilled with the main characters as I was with the tragic characters of Rae, a dreamwalker who exists half in and half out of Faerie, and Sorcha, who pines for her lost "son" Seth--he's chosen the mortal realm over hers. As one of the first two faeries, her depression and neglect soon threaten the destruction of her realm. It also allows her sister Bananach to start tipping the balance towards chaos...

Fans of romance and faerie politics will enjoy this. Call me bloodthirsty, but I expected more action; fights, especially where Devlin and Ani are concerned, tend to be brief and one-sided. There's little humor as well: everything's so very grim. For a novel that is so much about balance, the novel itself is a bit lopsided and tends to take itself too seriously for me to suspend all disbelief. If I'm that far outside of a story, I'm not in love.

Will I read the rest? I don't know. I'll have to sleep on it.





Check the previous post for the Splash into Summer Blog Hop, co-hosted by I am a Reader, not a Writer and Page Turners. You could win a copy of Radiant Shadows (from us) or any of another 200+ prizes (from the other blog hoppers!)

27 May, 2011

Fragile Eternity - Review


Howdy! Kimberly ended up reading a whole bunch of Melissa Marr books recently, so we present an impromptu Wicked Lovely Week. Shortlink to the main post: http://bit.ly/w1ck3dwk

Tuesday 5/24 - Wicked Lovely - review by Kimberly

Wednesday 5/25 - Splash into Summer - Radiant Shadows giveaway

Thursday 5/26 - Ink Exchange - review by Kimberly

Friday 5/27 - Fragile Eternity - review by Kimberly

Saturday 5/28 - Radiant Shadows - review by Alethea

Sunday 5/29 - Darkest Mercy - podcast with special guest Kate G.

Monday 5/30 - Graveminder - review by Jessica from Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

Tuesday 5/31 - last chance to enter to win Radiant Shadows - giveaway





Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
Publication date: 21 April 2009
ISBN 10/13: 006121471X   |   9780061214714

Category: Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy
Format: Hardcover (also available in paperback, audiobook, and eBook formats)
Keywords: Faeries, Romance, Adventure



Be warned! If you haven't read the previous books, this can be a bit spoilery.


Kimberly's review: 



I am easily excited. I clap at the end of movies, I throw myself into warm sheets out of the dryer. If I see people handing out balloons, I ask for one.

So you can imagine my excitement to enter back into the world of Wicked Lovely, especially when we are revisiting Seth/Aislinn/Keenan triangle. Just from the blurb on the back, I pushed aside all other reading that was waiting in line (sorry Everlost and Ender's Game) and jumped into it, the longest of the books in the series yet at around 390 pages or so.

I wasn't disappointed, but I wasn't enthralled either.

This book suffers from what many may call middle series bookitis. We've established all the characters, found new or heightened obstacles they must overcome, yet not much happens. Well, some great stuff happens actually, but I'm just not sure it had to take 390 pages to tell it.

Seth is our main character who takes fate into his own hands and decides instead of just watching Keenan romance his girlfriend, he's going to do something about it. Of course, we all know fairies cannot be trusted so he gets more than he bargained for. As Seth was just the cute boy in the first book, he develops into a full character, experiencing all the emotions you would hope the lead to possess including love, confusion. He is growing fine and by the end of the book, I found myself rooting for Seth.

Aislinn's character becomes more fleshed out in the book, and not necessarily for the better. While she seemed to me a normal teenager in the first book, she's grown into the Summer Queen over Ink Exchange and into Fragile Eternity. There are a few scenes where we see her as Queen, and it helps Aislinn stay sympathetic. That's really important because for the most part we are reminded she is a teenager as she see saws her way back and forth between Keennan and Seth. If you didn't like Aislinn's character before, she's not going to endear herself to you now.

Other characters weave in and out of the story. The scenes between Keenan and Donia are especially rewarding, loving and heartbreaking. And Niall has become my favorite character. He has a large role to play in this book, but not in the way you think...

Overall, a good edition to the series. Once you read it, you'll know it's obviously very important to the story, and as relationships evolve, break and falter, credit is due to Ms. Marr. I don't know how this will end and who will end up with who. Ruling which court. Loving which fairy. And that's wonderful writing!







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26 May, 2011

Ink Exchange - Review


Howdy! Kimberly ended up reading a whole bunch of Melissa Marr books recently, so we present an impromptu Wicked Lovely Week. Shortlink to the main post: http://bit.ly/w1ck3dwk

Tuesday 5/24 - Wicked Lovely - review by Kimberly

Wednesday 5/25 - Splash into Summer - Radiant Shadows giveaway

Thursday 5/26 - Ink Exchange - review by Kimberly

Friday 5/27 - Fragile Eternity - review by Kimberly

Saturday 5/28 - Radiant Shadows - review by Alethea

Sunday 5/29 - Darkest Mercy - podcast with special guest Kate G.

Monday 5/30 - Graveminder - review by Jessica from Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

Tuesday 5/31 - last chance to enter to win Radiant Shadows - giveaway





Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr
Publication date: 1 May 2008
ISBN 10/13: 006121468X   |   9780061214684

Category: Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy
Format: Hardcover (also available in paperback, audiobook, and eBook formats)
Keywords: Faeries, Romance, Adventure



Kimberly's review: 


A dark and much heavier story in the Wicked Lovely series, Ink Exchange centers around mortal Leslie and the Dark King Irial.

Leslie’s problems are deeper and darker than most teenage girls and she’s a flame to Irial’s moth--he finds her and doesn’t want to let go. He’s looking for a way to sustain the Dark Court’s powers of lust, rage, anger. And Leslie might be the just the girl to help him. On the other side (or is it really the same side?) is Niall, who is drawn to Leslie. While his motives are less mysterious than Irial’s, they’re just as dangerous. 

Ink Exchange is heavy, suspenseful and not what I was expecting. Marr has gone in a different direction to tell Leslie’s story and wow, what a story. I had a hard time not peeking at the end of the book, or sneaking off to a dark corner for a couple of minutes to read just another page… ok, another page, one more…

Irial and Niall are on even ground. They are strong adversaries for Leslie’s attention and Leslie is worth the attention. She’s a strong female character--a survivor, and that’s what draws both of these dark fairies to her.

After reading this edition, I went out and bought the entire series.
Yeah, I enjoyed it that much.







Wow, Kimberly! Does that mean I can have my books back? XD

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25 May, 2011

Splash Into Summer - Giveaway and Blog Hop


The Splash into Summer Blog Hop is co-hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and Page Turners.
The giveaway runs from May 25 through May 31. You can enter until Midnight the evening of May 31.



Click the image above to go to the main Wicked Lovely Week post!
As part of our Wicked Lovely Week, we're giving away one of the books from the series!




If you're in the US or Canada, you could win a hardcover copy of Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr.

To enter, fill out this Google Form. Then go visit some of the 200+ blogs giving away stuff during Splash Into Summer! :)

24 May, 2011

Wicked Lovely Week and Review



Howdy! Kimberly ended up reading a whole bunch of Melissa Marr books recently, so we present an impromptu Wicked Lovely Week. Shortlink to the main post: http://bit.ly/w1ck3dwk

Tuesday 5/24 - Wicked Lovely - review by Kimberly


Thursday 5/26 - Ink Exchange - review by Kimberly

Friday 5/27 - Fragile Eternity - review by Kimberly

Saturday 5/28 - Radiant Shadows - review by Alethea

Sunday 5/29 - Darkest Mercy - podcast with special guest Kate G.

Monday 5/30 - Graveminder - review by Jessica from Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

Tuesday 5/31 - last chance to enter to win Radiant Shadows - giveaway




We'll start off today with Wicked Lovely. Take it away, Kimberly!


Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Publication date: 12 June 2007
ISBN 10/13: 0061214655   |   9780061214653

Category: Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy
Format: Hardcover (also available in paperback, audiobook, and eBook formats)
Keywords: Faeries, Romance, Adventure


Kimberly's review: 

I’m the first to admit it. I’m not a fairy person. I don’t like fairy stories. The world is too fantasy for me. Too unreal. But I couldn’t resist the beautiful covers this series has created. (And let’s be honest, sometimes that is why I buy a book. The covers.)

So there I was not expecting much and wow. I was pleasantly surprised to find I really enjoyed this story. Aislinn has grown up with the Sight and can see fairies all around her. She’s managed to avoid them most of her life, until one incredibly beautiful one starts pursuing her: The Summer King. And he’s looking for his lost Summer Queen. And thinks she might be it.

But there are steep prices to pay and tests to endure. Keenan is both selfish and selfless, risking everything for his court, including love. Aislinn is a teenager, who reacts pretty well considering she’s being courted by a fairy who happens to be a king. And Keenan is more than he appears, both good and bad. Can she trust him? Should she? With all that she knows about fairies, they are tricky…

The writing is graceful and I read carefully, keeping the alliances straight. This isn’t the typical love triangle book, which was refreshing. The ending surprised me, in a good way. And after putting it down, I had to pick up the second one. Maybe there was a fairy beside me whispering in my ear. And pinching me.





Stop by again tomorrow so you can enter the Radiant Shadows giveaway and enter to win all kinds of book-related prizes in the Splash into Summer Blog Hop, co-hosted by I am a Reader, not a Writer and Page Turners.

16 May, 2011

Totally Off Topic

I've been a little distracted lately.

There's lots of stuff going on!

There's BEA (Book Expo of America -- but book peoples call it B.E.A.), to which I would go if I had a teleporter, or a TARDIS (note to self: get a TARDIS)

There's my final paper (and annotated citations, and ten multiple choice tests, and 30 multiple-choice questions I had to come up with myself) all turned in just in the nick of time (note to self: GET a TARDIS)

And there's--well, there's a lot of other stuff, that I don't really want to think about for the next day or so, because the text book I had to read for ten days straight sorely tested my love for the printed word, and the annotated citations in APA format made me want to poke my eyes out.

*breathe*

Anyway.

Reviews!

Podcasts!

YA in Bloom!

Oh, and there's this distracting thing that's probably going to occupy my mind every Saturday for several more months:




(note to self: GET A TARDIS NOW tomorrow YESTERDAY!!!)

BTW, "The Doctor's Wife" was written by none other than Neil Gaiman. Yes, neilhimself. Author of Coraline, The Graveyard Book, Stardust and other brilliant stuff. Yes, that bloke.

What, you thought I was going to let you go without mentioning books?

I'm off to listen to a bit of John Green's Looking for Alaska, read by Jeff Woodman.

07 May, 2011

The Adoration of Jenna Fox - Review


The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Publication Date: 28 April 2008 by Henry Holt & Co.
ISBN 10/13: 0805076689 / 9780805076684

Category: Young Adult Science Fiction
Format: Hardcover (also available in paperback, audiobook, and Kindle Edition)
Keywords: Futuristic, Memory, Healing


How I found out about this book: Alethea listened to the audiobook for YABC, and later bought the hardcover when her husband insisted that something so quotable should definitely be taking up shelf space in their library. Kimberly borrowed the hardcover.

Kimberly's review: Who is Jenna Fox?

The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a beautiful multi-layered story of a girl and her search for herself. After waking from a year long coma, Jenna Fox's memory is almost wiped clean. She must relearn how to live, who she once was, and who she is now.

As the novel slowly unfolds, its depth is revealed in waves of prose with scattered poetry. At only 265 pages, it took me a couple of days to read. This book is small but dense and thick, and should be read slowly, savoring every word. Don't miss anything, or you'll be sorry! It's more than a simple identity story, more than a sci-fi YA story, more than a coming of age story. It's a life story, relearning and falling back into who you were and who you choose to be. And who others expect you to be and how you break that mold, or not.

Well written and vivid, I felt a real sense of the characters. Jenna's narration is a teenager struggling, helpless, sorrowful and yet strong and resourceful. She fights. She stands her ground. And she becomes who she was meant to be. Her cast of friends include the sweet Ethan, and the complicated Allys. Her parents are three dimensional, showing all the signs of love, wear and tear. Lily, her grandmother, is a beautiful character, the center of the family. I felt like she had such presence in the story, her voice always ringing with truth.


Alethea's review: I just loved this story! It brims with complexity, and while it asks a lot of questions, I don't think it provides a whole lot of answers--this makes it a fantastic discussion book. The central themes are gathered around the preciousness of life, the matter that makes the human soul, and identity--what shapes it? Whose responsibility is it? Are we a product of our genes, our choices, or a bit of both? Are we our parents' creations, or our own separate individuals?

And why does it matter?

As soon as you finish reading this book, you'll not only be looking for someone to talk to about it--you'll be looking for more! Good thing the series got picked up for two more books!


The Fox Inheritance (The Fox Chronicles, Book 2) will be out in August.

I have to add, The Adoration of Jenna Fox was a 5-star for me. I can't wait for the next one!



Visit the author online at www.marypearson.com, follow The Fox Chronicles on Facebook, and @MaryPearson on Twitter. You can also view the book trailer and other resources at www.whoisjennafox.com.

Shortlink to this review: http://bit.ly/rnsljf0X1

Add this book to your Goodreads shelf, buy it now in paperback or hardcover, download the audiobook, and pre-order The Fox Inheritance!

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03 May, 2011

Die for Me - Review

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Die for Me by Amy Plum
Publication date: 10 May, 2011 from Harper Teen
ISBN 10/13: 0062004018 / 9780062004017


Category: Young Adult Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Keywords: Contemporary, fantasy, adventure, ghosts

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From goodreads.com:

My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything.

Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent.

Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.

Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has enemies... immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind.

While I'm fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk putting my heart—as well as my life and my family's—in jeopardy for a chance at love?

How I found out about this book: downloaded the e-ARC from Netgalley.com.

Alethea's review: I do like the mythology that Plum builds around her paranormal creatures--the revenants--though the exposition of this takes place as a Q&A format that's just slightly less awkward than Courtney Allison Moulton's Angelfire, the rules of her alternate world are interesting, at least. The main characters, and for that matter, the secondary characters, hardly aroused any emotional response from me, however.

Apart from some battles with the evil revenants, or numa (who feed on dying souls rather than sacrificing themselves for them) there isn't a lot of tension that isn't built around Kate and Vincent's slap-dash romance--one which skews too close to Twilight for my taste. (The good news is, if you still really really like Twilight--you'll enjoy this book!)

Normally I'm a fan of flouting stereotypes, and Plum, to her credit, does a bit of that. Frenchmen like English, and French grand-mère's say "Katya" instead of the expected "Katie". It had the strange effect of blending the separate characters too much (not a good thing with such a big cast of characters) and didn't help with my unwillingness to suspend my disbelief. The story also didn't have as much action as I was hoping for. There's a stabbing and some falling off of bridges, as well as an off-screen sword fight. All in all, I wasn't engaged by the story until the final boss battle, and then only just.

If you're more a fan of romance than adventure, you'll probably enjoy this a lot more than I did. I really prefer stronger, snarkier female characters like Astrid from the Killer Unicorns series by Diana Peterfreund, Dru from Lili St. Crow's Strange Angels, or the snarky Sophie from Rachel Hawkins's Hex Hall.

Die for Me reads a little more like a travel narrative of Paris than a fantasy novel, with a few relevant tidbits from history worked in for those of us who like that kind of thing. It gets points for a great cover, clever world-building, and not much else.


Die for Me is Amy Plum's debut novel, and Book 1 of The Revenants series. Visit the author online at http://www.amyplumbooks.com/, and follow @iHeartRevenants on Twitter.

Shortlink to this review: http://bit.ly/rnslDie4

Find this book on goodreads.com or pre-order this now!

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01 May, 2011

What Happened to Goodbye - Guest Review


What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

Publication Date: 10 May 2011 by Penguin Young Readers Group

ISBN 10/13: 0670012947 / 9780670012947

Category: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: Hardcover
Keywords: Contemporary, Romance, Divorce

Guest review by Elena Thomas



How I found out about this book: Alethea sent me this book, which she got as an ARC from ALA, then she very generously mailed it to me!

My Review: Mclean’s parents' divorce changed her whole life. Not wanting to stay with her selfish mother, Mclean has been with her dad and his unpredictable job, traveling all over the place. Mclean doesn’t stay in one place for longer than 6 months at a time, always changing her name and identity with each new town. But then upon her new arrival in Lakeview she doesn't pretend to be someone else, but decides to just be herself.

Like every other Sarah Dessen novel I have read, What Happened to Goodbye blew me away! The character development in this book was phenomenal, and throughout the process of the story I could feel McClean’s feelings and her struggle. It was like I was the character, which I guess is one of the top examples of a well-written story. And nearing the end, I even teared up a little.

Well, “teared up” wouldn’t really be all that honest, actually. I was crying, with tears streaming down my face and everything! And trust me, that never happens, so you can be assured that this story is one of those books that really attaches you to the characters.

The one thing that hinders me from giving the book a full 5 star review would be that the story was a little slow at first, and it took a little while to really get into the story. But once you got into it, it was hard to put it down! I read the last 150 pages in one sitting! But despite that, What Happened to Goodbye is a compelling, heart-warming story that demonstrates the impact of divorce and what a true friend is like.



Thanks for the review, Elena! Readers, please visit her at Blame It All on Boredom for more book reviews.

Sarah Dessen has written like, seriously, a kerjillion YA books. Visit her online at sarahdessen.com. Follow her on Twitter @sarahdessen.

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Spring Blog Carnival - Giveaway and Blog Hop

Angela from Reading Angel, Candace from Candace's Book Blog, Mary from The Book Swarm, and Lori from Pure Imagination have decided to join together and throw a blog party!



This party is basically a giveaway hop, but it's going to be so much more than that!  During the giveaway hop different blogs will be hosting booths.  Each booth will have a fun challenge for you to do to enter their giveaway!

  • Lori has the Kissing Booth and will be giving away Romance books.
  • Angela has the Haunted House and will be giving away Paranormal books
  • Mary has Rollercoasters and will be giving away a contemporary book.
  • Candace has the Food Court and will be giving away Giftcards (or books of winners choice).
  • Reading Teen has the Fortune Tellers Booth and will be giving away Witch Books.


I'm participating by giving away a hardcover copy of Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann. I loved this super-creepy suspense-thriller from the author of Wake (The Dream Catcher series). My book club had mixed reactions, but I don't care--I really enjoyed it!


To enter, fill out the form linked here. I'll ship to the US or Canada only.

You can get extra entries for

Tweeting the link to the giveaway
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You can have up to 5 entries per person! Additional entries will not be counted; anyone who has won an item from me in the last 365 days will not be counted, either. (Sorry! Let someone else play! :D)

Commenting on the post is nice, but won't enter you in the giveaway :/

The winner will be chosen after Midnight on May 8, 2011, via random number generator.

When you're done, go visit some of the other awesome blogs giving away book-related stuff!!! Click on the linky below.

Good luck, everyone!