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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday [15]

****"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.****

Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
Expected Publication Date: May 22nd, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Page Count: 352 pages
Pre-order from Amazon: Of Poseidon
Emma and her friend Chloe are spending vacation in Florida. When Emma (literally) runs into a hot guy named Galen on the beach, little does she know he’s a prince of the Syrena. Galen and Emma both feel something strange – is it attraction? – and Galen suspects that Emma might well be the girl he’s heard of – a human who can communicate with fish.

What follows is a deadly scene with a shark in which Galen witnesses Emma’s gifts. He must know more about her, and follows her back to New Jersey, and high school, to find out for sure if she’s the key to saving his kingdom. Soon, Emma can’t deny her feelings for him, but can’t explain them, either – and both she and Galen must learn more about where she comes from and what her powers are before they can trust one another and their feelings.
Why I Can't Wait:  I was really drawn to this cover at first, and although I haven't read many mermaid books, I've been getting pretty into them lately! This definitely sounds like something I'm going to LOVE, and all I've heard are good things!! Why wouldn't I want this???

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

[Winner] Dear Bully Giveaway!!


My giveaway for my ARC of Dear Bully is over and the winner is

Congrats:
Nikki A

The winner has been notified and has 48 hours to respond or I will pick a new winner.

Teaser Tuesday [14] & Top Ten Tuesday [2]

 Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
This week's teaser is from... Masquerade by Cambria Hebert
"He waited until I was in the house with the door closed and locked before he left. Once upstairs I did my nightly routine, pausing in front of a mirror before getting in bed. I stared hard at the jagged scars on the side of my face. Scars that could have been made by an animal... I searched every corner of my mind for a memory from that night, even a brief one. There was nothing" (85)

*This quote is from an uncorrected proof. Quotations in the final copy may differ*


*****

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Books On My TBR List for Winter
I don't even know where to start with this one.... 

1. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake: I've had this book sitting on my shelf for awhile now, so I'm really looking forward to reading it and finding out why it's so awesome!
2. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: Everyone has read this book, so it's time I did too!
3. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: Same goes for Lola, seriously, why haven't I read these books??
4. The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 1) by James Dashner: My best friend is almost done with the trilogy and she needs someone to talk about them with, so I definitely have to read the first two at least!
5. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher: Audris just sent me this one, and I've only heard good things!! I'm definitely excited :)
6. Shade (Shade, Book 1) by Jeri Smith-Ready: Liza sent me this one awhile ago, and I feel bad for not reading it sooner.. it definitely sounds like it's going to be awesome!
7. You Are So Undead to Me (Megan Berry, Book 1) by Stacey Jay: I just bought this one, but everyone says it's really good! It's pretty short, so I'll try to get it read on a quiet rainy day.
8. Everneath by Brodi Ashton: Well, I need to write up my review before January, and I am SO EXCITED to read this one :) Need I say more?
9. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver: I can't wait any longer to dive into this one. I need to read it. Now.
10. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi: Since I finally have an ereader I can fully enjoy this book!! Definitely starting it soon :)

What's on your list this week? Leave some links!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

In My Mailbox [15]

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at the Story Siren where you can learn about all the awesome new books I've picked up this week!


I only got one book this week, but I also got something else amazing....

For Review and Upcoming Blog Tour


Masquerade by Cambria Hebert

Bought

A Nook Simple Touch!!!!
Finally I have an ereader thanks to the Barnes and Noble Black Friday Sale!!

What'd you guys get? Make sure to leave some links! 

Friday, November 25, 2011

Paranormal Turkey Tour + Giveaway!

Ah yes, Thanksgiving. Nothing says the holidays like sitting around a fully decked out dining room table with mouthwatering temptations waiting to be gobbled up. Everyone waits anxiously for the big reveal… the turkey!

Lovingly prepared since early that morning, the turkey is brought out in a covered, silver serving platter. Aunt Edith smacks little Tommy's hand as he attempts to steal a candied yam dripping with marshmallow. The collective breath is held as the silver cover is removed… revealing… a zombie turkey!

What—what? That's right folks, this year, we are celebrating this American holiday paranormal style. And what says paranormal holiday better than a walking, talking zombie turkey?

This zombie turkey brings you important tidings of great prizes that shall be for all people… who participate and win of course.

November 25-27 you could win up to $200 in prizes!


Three days. Four YA paranormal books. Five chances to win!

And who are these crazy paranormal authors? Check them out. It's like the Nightmare Before Christmas, Thanksgiving style!



Emlyn Chand, author of Farsighted

"Psychic or not, you'll never see the end for this one coming! Emlyn Chand is pioneering 'the next big thing' for YA." ~ Emily Reese, author of Second Death

Alex Kosmitoras may be blind, but he can still “see” things others can’t. When his unwanted visions of the future begin to suggest that the girl he likes could be in danger, he has no choice but to take on destiny and demand it reconsider.

Monster Mash: Emlyn says… I. AM. WEREWOLF! And why's that you ask? First off, my name (Chand) literally means moon in Sanskrit. Next, werewolves are super cool--we can blend in with common folk, and then out of nowhere, kapow! I'm a werewolf, and I sure am hungry. Lastly, Team Jacob 100%. Now excuse me while I cock back my head and howl at my namesake.



Patti Larsen, author of Family Magic

"Patti Larsen is truly gifted because I read Family Magic cover to cover and I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for the next installment!" ~ from Goodreads review

Sixteen-year-old Sydlynn Hayle is the daughter of a powerful witch and a demon lord, but she just wants to be ordinary. When her coven comes under attack, Syd must face the fact only her power can save her family's magic.

Monster Mash: Patti says… I am a witch. Naturally. I weave spells with my words, cast incantations from my keyboard, mix up the very best potions in my cauldron of documents. You want to stay on my good side. Trust me. Unless you enjoy waking up as something... unnatural.



Kimberly Kinrade, author of Forbidden Mind

"Forbidden Mind is a thrilling, dark and deeply romantic read that had me sitting on the edge of my seat and eagerly awaiting the next installment." ~Refracted Light Young Adult Book Reviews

Paranormal teens with unimaginable powers. An evil organization with deep secrets. When Sam, a girl who reads minds, meets a boy who controls minds, she discovers her future isn't what she thought. Together they must escape and free the others… or risk losing everything—and everyone—they love.

Monster Mash: Kimberly says… I may look like a demon, but I'm actually a succubus. Enchanting and seductive, I weave stories that will fuel your passions and make you fall in love. But be warned… once you fall under the spell of my words, your world will never be the same.



John Corwin, author of The Next Thing I Knew

Corwin does a phenomenal job of including humor throughout this novel. This book was like . . . Ghost (the movie) meets The Host (by Stephanie Meyer) meets MIB (Men In Black the movie). ~Maryann, Chapter by Chapter

The afterlife is the last thing on Lucy’s mind until she and every other human on the planet drop dead and find themselves in the hereafter. Lucy drags her social life back from the grave and enlists her friends to figure out the rules of the afterlife and, more importantly, to discover who or what killed everyone and why anyone would do such a mean thing.

Monster Mash: John says… I am a ninja. After all, vampires are simply ninjas with fangs. They can hide in plain sight, right in your living room. Jump out and scare the wits out of you. Drop a smoke bomb and poof! All you’re left with is stinky smoke in your house and soiled underclothes.

The Prizes

Four $25 Book Entries: For each of the four books in the contest, you can enter to win $25 (up to $100 in giveaways!) Simply buy a copy of the book (each is priced at just 99 cents for this special promotion) and email the proof of purchase for that book OR submit the first sentence of the fifth chapter for that book to ParanormalTurkey@gmail.com. Winners will be chosen randomly. Each person can submit one entry per book. Here are the links for each book:
And... if you buy all FOUR books, you are entered to win the Grand Prize!


The Grand Prize

One randomly selected reader who enters to win all four book prizes (Family Magic, Farsighted, Forbidden Mind and The Next Thing I Knew) will win the grand prize of $100.

So go on now and pick up a copy of these fantastic paranormal reads before the zombie turkey eats you!

What? Still around? Then enjoy these fun book trailers and Paranormal Turkey Tour trailer. (Then go buy the books.) Also, leave a comment and help your favorite blog host win a $50 prize!



Notes:
  • All winners will be chosen randomly using random.org.
  • Amazon links are provided, but books purchased through any online vendor will qualify with proof of purchase.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!!


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!! 

(at least all of you in the US!)

I just wanted to take today to tell all of you awesome followers how great you are! I know I sometimes slack on my posts, or life takes over, or I stress out on Twitter, but you're all there for me when I need you! You post fabulously supportive comments, you send wonderful gifts out of the goodness of your hearts, and you share my words with your friends. Sometimes life gets a little hectic, or you feel out of control, but since I started blogging I've felt a great sense of accomplishment with every comment I receive or every time someone new starts following. I know sometimes I don't have time to comment back or let you know how much I appreciate you, but I really do!! It means so much to know you're out there listening to little old me! You are fabulous, and I love you all!

I'm also so ridiculously thankful for all the great bloggers I've met since I started blogging! I don't have many bookish people in my life, and you are all wonderful for having such a passion for books. I've made so many close friends in such a short time and it never ceases to amaze me how close the blogging community really is. Everyone is fabulous and welcoming and incredibly supportive. I don't know how many times I've emailed fellow bloggers asking ridiculously newbish questions, and no one has ever said anything disrespectful or rude about it! They're all there to help, and I so appreciate it!

You're all wondeful, the entire bookish community is a fabulous group of people and I just want to say thank you a million times to all of you!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday [14]

****"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.****


A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young
Expected Publication Date: June 26th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Page Count: 252 pages
Pre-Order from Amazon: A Want So Wicked

Elise is a normal seventeen-year-old girl until the day she wakes up in a desert park, with no idea who she is.

After that episode, her life takes a bizarre turn. She’s experiencing unexpected flashes of insight into people’s lives—people she’s never met before. Strangers frighten her with warnings about the approaching Shadows. And although Elise has never had a boyfriend, she suddenly finds herself torn between two handsome but very different young men: Abe, the charming bad boy whose affect on her both seduces and frightens her, and the mysterious Harlin, who’s new to town but with whom Elise feels an urgent, elemental connection—almost as if they are soul mates.

Now Elise begins to question everything about her life. Why do these guys both want her so desperately? What are the Shadows? Why does the name Charlotte inspire a terrifying familiarity? And who is Elise, really?

Why I Can't Wait: I recently finished A Need So Beautiful and it was AMAZING! Check out my review if you get a chance :) I also just went to a signing with Suzanne Young and she is so awesome! Also, I happen to have the first few pages of AWSW in my possession and it's freakin crazy!! I need more, and I can't wait til June!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Teaser Tuesday [13] & Top Ten Tuesday [1]

 Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's Teaser is from... Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

I clenched my jaw against chattering teeth. Tremors wracked through me as I searched for escape, but he was blocking the only path. I could try beating him up, or swimming to another shore where he couldn't follow. Both were unlikely to work, especially since getting back in the freezing lake was the last thing I wanted. He'd probably save me again.
(Page 19)

*This quote is from an uncorrected proof. Quotations in the final copy may differ*



*****

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Top Ten Authors I'd Love To Have At My Thanksgiving Feast

1. J.K. Rowling (The Harry Potter series)
Harry Potter is one of my all time favorite series. It sparked my love for reading when I was younger and I can still relate to everything about it. I'd love to meet the wonderful author who wrote the first book on some napkins!! I bet she's amazing.

2. C.S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia series)
I've been obsessed with The Chronicles of Narnia ever since I saw the first movie. I immediately ran out and bought all the books and read them in only a couple days. I've written many papers on Lewis' books and I'd love to chat about all of the Christian allegories in the series in person!

3. Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games series)
The Hunger Games series really sparked my love for dystopians! I'd love to sit down and pick the brain of the woman who thought up that series! It's by far one of my favorite series EVER!!!

4. Jodi Meadows (Incarnate)
If you follow me on Twitter, you know how obsessed I am with Jodi's debut book Incarnate. In fact, I'm reading it right now! Look! It's up there ^ And it's amazing. I'd love to have Jodi over; she could bring her ferrets and knit me some fingerless gloves!

5. Scott Westerfeld (The Uglies series, Leviathan)
Although I haven't read Leviathan or the rest of the series yet, I do have them! I loved Uglies and the remaining books in the series, and I would love to sit down with Westerfeld and seriously fangirl over his talent!!

6. Michelle Hodkin (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer)
Have you read Mara Dyer yet?? If you haven't you really need to. It was by far the best book I've read all year and I would DIE if Michelle Hodkin showed up at my house with pumpkin pie.

7. Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak, Wintergirls)
Speak is one of the most inspirational books I've ever read, and I'd love to formally meet the woman behind it. I've seen some of her interviews and presentations and she's hilarious! She would probably be the one keeping everyone entertained while Suzanne and Scott argued over Dystopians or something.

8. Margaret Atwood (Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood)
Have you read any of Atwood's books?? I know, she's not YA, but she's awesome!!! I'm in love!! I'm pretty sure she's a feminist, which I am far from, but I would love to listen to her talk about anything! I think I own more Atwood books than anything else right now.

9. Lauren Oliver (Delirium, Before I Fall)
I own all of Lauren Oliver's books and they are AWESOME! I would absolutely LOVE to have her at my table!

10. Veronica Roth (Divergent)
If you haven't read Divergent yet you really need to. It's ridiculously amazing, and needs to be any addition to your Dystopian collection!

Monday, November 21, 2011

School Book Review: Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher

Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
Original Publication Date: April 28th, 2001
Publisher: Greenwillow
Page Count: 224
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased for school
My Rating
A varsity letter jacket: it's exclusive, nearly unattainable, revered . . . and everything that's screwed up about Cutter High, as far as T. J. Jones is concerned. That's why T. J. is determined to have the Cutter All Night Mermen—the unlikeliest swim team a high school has ever seen—earn letter jackets of their own.

It won't be easy. For one thing, they don't even have a pool. They will fight for their dignity, they will fight with each other, and sometimes they will just fight. And then they will realize that a single moment can bring lifelong heartache or lifelong friendship. For T. J. and his crew of misfits, the quest may be far more valuable than the reward.
I had to read this book for school, but I'm really glad I picked it up. The only reason I actually decided to read the whole thing was because I have to write an essay on it, but it was actually really awesome! I thought I was going to have a hard time with the protagonist, because he's male and I have a hard time reading from the POV of male protags, but that wasn't the case at all!

T.J. (The Tao Jones) is actually an awesome character! He's mixed race (African American and Japanese) living in Spokane, WA where people aren't very accepting. He ends up starting a swim team with the most random group of people, all are pretty much outcasts at school, and they end up finding a home with each other. T.J. is an awesome character; he's caring, hilarious, sensitive, and a total badass! I loved reading about him, I definitely developed a book crush :)

Honestly, a lot of really heart wrenching things happen throughout this book. It can get pretty dark, it's definitely some gritty contemporary fiction, but it's also really inspirational. T.J. takes a lot of people under his wing, he's a complete caregiver and his actions had me bawling more than once. There is a lot of pretty intense language so if you're sensitive to that I would say skip this one, but if you're a fan of sports books, gritty contemporary fiction, or books with great male protags this is one for you! Also, this one was on the Banned Book list, so if you're looking for something else to read off of that, this is a good pick.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thankful For: Harry Potter



Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling

I'm sure a lot this book changed a lot of people's reading habits, but it's by far one of my all time favorite books. I wasn't much of a reader when I was younger, but once I got my hands on Harry I had to read the rest of the series. Then I had to read anything that was like it. Then I also had to read anything and everything that wasn't like it. Rowling definitely changed my life with this book; she spawned my reading habits, made me a lover of books, and gave me a sense of belonging.

I'm an only child, so I spent a lot of time alone and I really connected with Harry, and sort of adopted his character as my friend, along with Ron and Hermione. When they went on adventures, I went on adventures. So thank you JK Rowling for making my childhood a little less lonely.



Want to enter Beth Revis' contest to win 19 signed books?! Check out her post HERE

In My Mailbox [14]

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at the Story Siren where you can learn about all the awesome new books I've picked up this week!

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All the books I got this week I bought, I know I know, I'm not supposed to be buying books, but I went to a signing for Suzanne Young and Stacey Jay (check out the recap HERE) so I had to buy some of their books :)

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories
Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs
Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier
You Are So Undead to Me (Megan Berry, Book 1) by Stacey Jay
The Locket by Stacey Jay

That's it for me! What'd you guys get? Make sure to leave links!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

[Giveaway!] ARC of Dear Bully

I recently purchased a final copy of Dear Bully an anthology of short stories about bullying written by 70 authors, so I'm hosting a random giveaway for the ARC I have!

There will be one winner who receive my ARC of Dear Bully and maybe some other goodies ;) Giveaway will run until next Monday and is open to US residents ONLY. Good luck!

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories
Publication Date: September 1st, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 352
You are not alone

Discover how Lauren Kate transformed the feeling of that one mean girl getting under her skin into her first novel, how Lauren Oliver learned to celebrate ambiguity in her classmates and in herself, and how R.L. Stine turned being the “funny guy” into the best defense against the bullies in his class.

Today’s top authors for teens come together to share their stories about bullying—as silent observers on the sidelines of high school, as victims, and as perpetrators—in a collection at turns moving and self-effacing, but always deeply personal.


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