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Saturday, March 31, 2012

[Giveaway] Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore & Happy Birthday Me!

My birthday is coming up!! YAYYY ME!! April 10th exactly, and I'll be 22! I feel so old... anyways. In order to celebrate MY birthday I am going to be giving YOU a gift :) However, if you choose to give me a gift my wishlist is right over there -> You can check that out LOL! So, in order to celebrate me being 22, I'm going to giveaway an ARC of BITTERBLUE by Kristin Cashore!!!! All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form!!

The Deets:
- US/CAN only
- Must be 13 or older to enter
- Winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email
- I am not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged prizes
- Giveaway will end April 10th at midnight :) 

New Releases: April 2nd - April 6th

Hey all! Ready for some awesome new releases this week?? I know I am :) Which of these books will YOU be buying?

New Releases:


Paperback Releases:


Remember! Clicking the links will take you straight to Amazon's purchase page, and all purchases will help support future giveaways :)

Are there any other April releases you're looking forward to??

Friday, March 30, 2012

Discussion: Book Signing Etiquette

Someone asked me a question about the etiquette for book signings on Formspring and I think it's an awesome topic to cover! I go to A LOT of book signings thanks to Not Your Mother's Book Club, and I've sort of developed my own policies for attending book signings over the last few months. Remember, these are just my personal opinions based on my experiences; however, I did get some input from Maggie who runs Not Your Mother's Book Club, so she knows these things.

Do I have to buy the books at the signing?
Every book store has their own rules for book signings. One of my local indies, Hicklebee's, requires that you buy at least one item at the signing to help support the store, which I think it completely fair. Not Your Mother's Book Club hosts almost all of the book signings that I go to and they don't have any requirements for their signings. Cool right? Sure, but what people don't realize is that “publishers expect the store to sell the author's books” (straight from Maggie!!!) so if you don't buy any books at the bookstore, and you get them all off Amazon or at Barnes and Noble or something, then you're not supporting the store or the event. By purchasing an author's books at their signing you're helping to fund more events at that book store! Publishers aren't going to send authors to stores where they're not selling anything, especially when they have to pay to fly the authors out there, put them in hotels, and pricey things like that! So just do everyone a favor and at least buy one book! Even if you're just going to give it to a friend or host a giveaway!

Another thing to think about is what to do when you have the ARC of a book, or a finished copy from the publisher. What I like to do in that situation is just buy a finished copy at the store and either get it signed for giveaway or send one to a friend in a different area. Nicole and I swap signed books all the time, so I'm always buying something for her, which helps support the store but then I don't end up with several copies either.

What if I am going to a signing with more than one author?
Ohhh I love the NYMBC events because they ALWAYS have great panels, with several authors :) I know that this situation can be kind of awkward, especially if you've only read one of the author's books and you're really just interested in seeing them. Honestly, I don't think it's necessary to purchase all of the authors' books if you aren't initially interested, but maybe after you hear the others talk about their books you'll be interested in reading them! This happens with my friends all the time, they get super excited about one author and then they hear the others speak and get super excited about the other books, which they then proceed to buy right away! If an author is talking about their book and it just doesn't sound like something you want to read, DO NOT feel pressured to buy it!! You in no way shape or form HAVE to buy all of the authors' books.

The first NYMBC event I went to was for Becca Fitzpatrick, Moira Young, Michelle Hodkin, and Simone Elkeles. I bought a copy of Hush, Hush at Books Inc, which I gave away on the blog, and while I thought about buying something by Simone Elkeles, I just wasn't interested. I hadn't read any of her books (and still haven't) and after hearing her speak I still wasn't that interested in reading them, so I just didn't. I don't think it's something to be embarrassed over, the authors have a ton of fans as it is, and you shouldn't obligate yourself into being one of them.

What if I want to get my e-reader cover signed?
I see this happen at a lot of signings, where people bring in the Kindle or Nook cover to get signed, but they don't have any physical books. Whether you bought the book through the bookstore's ebook store, or you bought it via Amazon or Barnes and Noble, that sale doesn't go towards the total EVENT sales. What does this mean? You're not supporting the event! Remember, buying books via the bookstore having the event helps support author events in general, because publishers are going to be more willing to send those authors back the next time around when their sales are good! So, the short and sweet of it is that even if you bought the book for your Kindle or Nook, you should buy a hard copy to get signed ALONG with your e-reader cover. You're helping to support the store and the event and you're helping to ensure that the author will come back!

I want to get A MILLION books signed!
This is me at like, every book event ever. I always tend to bring several copies of the books (for friends, giveaways, etc.) so I'm that awkward person with about six copies of one book, and five copies of another. Depending on the authors at the event, the location, the date and time and all that jazz, there might be A LOT of people wanting to get their books signed too! The best way to deal with this in a polite and respectable manner is to wait. Yes, you may be sitting in the front row so you get to see the authors first, but if you have a bunch of books to get signed you're going to hold up a lot of people and that's just kind of rude. Like I said, you should be polite to your other book worms and wait until the lines are thinner and people are starting to clear out. Also, this is a great opportunity to strike up a conversation with the people around you! Did you bring business cards for your blog? Who knows, someone's agent or author friend could be sitting right behind you! This is a great chance to network and meet new people! So just sit back, chat with your friends, and wait until the line is thinner to get your massive pile signed.

OMG you are my favorite author I want to chat with you for 10 minutes!!
This should be self explanatory, but don't hold up the line. I get it, you LOVE Tahereh Mafi so much that you want to tell her about every little thing that you loved in Shatter Me. You want to tell her how it changed your life and how you swooned over Adam for a week straight. But please consider the people in line behind you! I can't tell you how many book signings I've gone to where there's that ONE PERSON who just needs to chat with all the authors for ten minutes each and who completely holds up the line. Again, if you want to chat with the authors wait until the line is a bit thinner! This is why I always make it a point to sit around and chat when the signing line first forms. This way I can spend a pretty good amount of time with the authors without holding anyone up. I absolutely love fangirling over my favorite authors, and taking pictures, and all that good stuff, but it's important to remember that there are a lot of other people there to support that author as well and you need to give everyone a fair chance to meet them!

While most of these tips come from my personal experience or Not Your Mother's Book Club, it's always good to ask about policies at a certain book store before going to their event. Some require you to buy tickets, some require you to buy at least one item, and some don't have any requirements at all, but it's always polite to check and see what they prefer. Another thing that can make you look super professional is to sticky note your books yourself. Write your name on a sticky note and put it on the page you'd like the author to sign. That way there are no misspellings and the people running the event won't have to add sticky notes for you :)

What's been your book signing experience? Do you attend a lot? What do you think is consider inappropriate book signing behavior?
If you have any requests for future Discussion Posts let me know by filling out the form below! If I get enough, I'll try to do a discussion every Friday :)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Review: Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday

Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday
Expected Publication Date: April 24th, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 272 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Books Inc. | Hicklebee's
* I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. *
* This is the second book in the series; this review may contain spoilers! *
Twittercide [twit-er-sahyd]: the killing of one human being by another while the victim is in the act of tweeting.

Call me crazy, but I figured writing for the Herbert Hoover High Homepage would be a pretty sweet gig. Pad the resume for college applications, get a first look at the gossip column, spend some time ogling the paper’s brooding bad-boy editor, Chase Erikson. But on my first big story, things went... a little south. What should have been a normal interview with Sydney Sanders turned into me discovering the Homecoming Queen-hopeful dead in her pool. Electrocuted while Tweeting. Now, in addition to developing a reputation as HHH’s resident body finder, I’m stuck trying to prove that Sydney’s death wasn’t suicide.

I’m starting to long for the days when my biggest worry was whether the cafeteria was serving pizza sticks or Tuesday Tacos...
I just can't get enough of Hartley Grace Featherstone! That girl has me in stitches! Gemma Halliday's novels are so fantastically written and her ability to understand the complicated minds of teenagers is just a thrill! Also, it doesn't hurt that Hartley allegedly lives in Lost Gatos, which is about 10 minutes away from my home town. I love that I can personally connect with this story! Social Suicide is a laugh a minute investigation into the Twittercide of one of Hartley's classmates and I loved every page of it!

As always, I loved the characters in Halliday's story! Hartley is such a smart and go-get-it kind of girl! She doesn't let anyone tell her "no" and she works so hard to do the right thing. If I was back in high school I would definitely want a friend like her around! Chase, as always, is totally swoon-worthy. I always go for the bad boys and he is SUCH a bad boy, I was drooling all over him the entire time I was reading Social Suicide! Seriously, could that boy BE any hotter? And him and Hartley are just so great together, and I love how slow and realistic the romance is. All of the characters are really well written, and I can definitely imagine myself hanging out with all of them in high school.

The writing is just fantastic, as always. Gemma Halliday's writing tends to be witty, sarcastic, and hilarious which are three things that I love most. I tend to forget that I'm reading a book written by an adult, because Hartley's actions and thoughts are just so genuinely teenage. The fact that the story is set in the Bay Area also makes things so wonderful for me to read about. At one point, Hartley was even standing in my old work place! When she talks about Oak Meadow park and the little train station that's there? Yeah, I worked there. MADE MY LIFE. I just absolutely adore Gemma Halliday and I can't WAIT to see what she's coming out with next.

When I first read Deadly Cool I knew that Social Suicide was going to be a new favorite! I adore Gemma Halliday's writing style, and her ability to draw me into a story, if only for a short time, is wonderful. Social Suicide was hilarious, thrilling, and exciting all in one! Although, the ending was a bit predictable, I enjoyed the story and I was definitely guessing about who the killer was going to be multiple times. I can't wait to see what Gemma Halliday comes up with next! Fans of Clarity will definitely enjoy this one! If you haven't already pre-ordered your copy, DO IT RIGHT NOW!!!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday [32] - Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

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

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne
Expected Publication Date: June 5th, 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Page Count: 294 pages
Purchase: Amazon
Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you hurdle down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.
Why I Can't Wait: I really liked Mike Mullin's Ashfall which was a sort of post-apocalyptic, disaster novel, and this sounds like the same kind of thing! I know it's on Netgalley right now, but I haven't been having a lot of luck with that lately... :) Either way, I'm so stoked on this one, and she's going to be at my local indie for the Fierce Reads tour!! YAYY!!!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

[GIVEAWAY] Audiobook of THE HUNT by Andrew Fukuda!

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
Expected Publication Date: May 8th, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.

Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?
The people of Macmillan Audio have been awesome enough to donate ONE audio copy of THE HUNT for a giveaway!!! All you have to do to enter is fill out the Rafflecopter form!

The Deets
- Giveaway is US ONLY
- I am not responsible for lost, stolen, or damage items
- Winner will have 48 hours to respond
- Macmillan Audio is sending this prize! 
- Must be 13 or older to enter

Teaser Tuesday [30] - Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday

 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... Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday
"As soon as I'd arrived home in a police cruiser, Mom had jumped into total SMother mode, wigging out that I was with the police (again), hugging me to within an ince of my life when she heard the cop say one of my classmates had been killed (which, honestly, was a little comforting), then totally freaking out that I'd been the one to find a dead body. (Again. Which, I had to admit, was totally freaky.) (Page 40)

*This quote is from an uncorrected proof. Any quotations in the final copy may be different*
I actually finished this one yesterday and it is AWESOME! Like always, Gemma Hallidays books are FANTASTIC and this one does not disappoint! Love how hilarious they always are :)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

The Selection by Kiera Cass
Expected Publication Date: April 24th, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 327 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
Purchase: Amazon
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
I first fell in love with this book because of its gorgeous and striking cover. That girl in a blue dress is just so fantastic and so refreshing compared to all the girls in red dresses that have been around lately. I wasn't too sure about the concept at first, because it sounded a bit cheesy, and the comparison to "The Bachelor" made me cringe since I really dislike that show, but for some inexplicable reason I was so drawn to it! I eventually borrowed a copy from my friend Molli and I couldn't put it down! America Singer is a fantastic and strong female protagonist who will do anything for her family and who doesn't let the world choose for her. The story enveloped me in a blanket of romance, friendship, and competition that has me so excited for the upcoming CW show!

America Singer is on the lower end of the social ladder and her boyfriend Aspen is even lower. When she enters the lottery for a coveted spot in the competition for Prince Maxon's heart she never dreams she'll be chosen. And then she is. Even though America resists the entire situation completely, she decides she's going to make her own decisions. I loved how passionate she is about her family and taking care of them, but also about not being something that she's not. There is a bit of a love triangle, but I actually enjoyed the way it played out. Honestly, I can't really choose between either of the boys, I liked them both so much!

The story itself is rather a loose form of what we know as dystopian. I would say it's definitely a fluffier dystopian novel, but it works. Most of the novel just focuses on Maxon choosing a bride and his relationships with all of the girls. The competition definitely gets heated, and I loved all the catty behavior that goes down! It almost made me want to start watching "The Bachelor"!!! The story itself is pretty fast paced, but there are some slower parts that had me skipping a few pages. Overall, though, I definitely enjoyed what was happening and I can't wait for the next one!

The Selection by Kiera Cass isn't a work of art, nor is it a life changing story, but it's entertaining and the characters are well written. The world building is minute since most of the story takes place in the actual castle, but America isn't afraid to speak her mind and the men in her life are glad to listen. I'm definitely excited to see where Cass is going to go from here, and I'm eagerly awaiting the upcoming CW show! Fans of The Bachelor, softer dystopian, and romantic stories will definitely love The Selection!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

In My Mailbox [32]

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!



Books Mentioned
Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Intangible by J. Meyers

Bloggers Mentioned
Lisa from Dizneeee's Wonderful World of Books

Saturday, March 24, 2012

New Releases: March 26th - March 30th

Another week of awesome new things! I know I'll be getting a few of these :)

New Releases


Out in Paperback


What are you planning on purchasing this week?

Friday, March 23, 2012

Review: The Hunger Games Movie!!!!!

*WARNING: This review may contain spoilers if you haven't read the book!!!*

At 12:05AM on March 23rd, I entered the glorious theatre and watched the screen fade to black.... AND THEN TO THE HUNGER GAMES!!!!! Okay, so it's been about 3 years or so since I read the first book, so I don't remember all the great details that made me fall in love with it, but I do know that The Hunger Games movie was absolutely amazing! I laughed, I cried, I swooned, it had all the elements that I remember from reading the story, and then some! 

The connection between Katniss and all of the other characters was amazing. I especially loved the scenes between Katniss and Peeta, they're so adorable and their on-screen connection was so real! I can just imagine myself sitting at home in my district and watching 74th annual Hunger Games and falling in love with the starcrossed lovers from District 12! Their chemistry was almost palpable! And like always, the beginning scene where Katniss volunteers for Prim just broke my heart all over again. Gale isn't in it much, but I was glad that they stuck to the book on that one.

The filming and special effects were really fantastic. When Katniss is stung by the tracker jackers I seriously felt like I was the one hallucinating and stumbling around in the woods. And the Girl on Fire effects were FANTASTIC!!! I think Gary Ross and his entire film team did an amazing job with everything, and I really hope he'll be directing Catching Fire!

I don't want to give too much away so I'm going to keep this short, but most of all YOU NEED TO SEE THIS! If you weren't planning on it, then go buy your tickets and see it RIGHT NOW! Seriously, this movie did the book so much justice, and while some things were changed, overall it was so true to the story and I just loved every bit of it!!! I commend Gary Ross and the entire film crew, along with the amazing actors who made this movie so special! Also, I plan on seeing this about 20 more times :) 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Review: Immortal City by Scott Speer

Immortal City by Scott Speer
Expected Publication Date: April 3rd, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Page Count: 336 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
Purchase: Books Inc. | AmazonHicklebee's
Jackson Godspeed is the hottest young Angel in a city filled with them. He's days away from becoming a full Guardian, and people around the world are already competing for the chance to be watched over by him. Everyone's obsessed with the Angels and the lucky people they protect--everyone except for Madison Montgomery.

Maddy's the one girl in Angel City who doesn't breathlessly follow the Angels on TV and gossip blogs. When she meets Jackson, she doesn't recognize him. But Jackson is instantly captivated by her, and against all odds the two fall in love.

Maddy is swiftly caught up in Jackson's scene, a world of glamour, paparazzi - and murder. A serial killer is on the loose, leaving dead Angels' wings for the police to find on the Walk of Fame. Even the Guardians are powerless to protect themselves in the face of this threat … and this time it's up to Maddy to save Jackson.

I have to admit, when I started this book I wasn't expecting something so brilliant. Speer's concept about angels is something I've definitely never read about, and it's so intriguing and well thought out. The idea that angels are money grubbing narcissists who save people's lives only when they can afford it is so original and thought provoking that I was hooked from the very beginning! Speer is an amazing author and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next!

The characters in Immortal City are all really well written. Maddy is just so much like me that I couldn't help but be drawn to her right from the beginning. I love how innocent, yet strong she is, and I love the way she really connects with Jacks. For some reason, despite his ego, I loved Jacks from the very start. Although he does throw his money and fame around a few times, I was glad that he found Maddy to keep him grounded. The way their relationship develops is so fantastic and so real and I ended up getting shivers on more than one occasion.

Speer is an awesome writer and I loved the world he drew me into. Everything about the angels is really well developed and Maddy even takes a "History of Angels" class which actually helped me understand where the angels came from and why they were being paid to save people. There was never a moment where I was confused about what was happening, unless of course it had to do with who the murderer was! Although some things were a bit predictable, I didn't figure out the most important things until the right moment and I think Speer did a fantastic job of keeping me in suspense.

Immortal City is a fantastic take on angels and angel stories and if you're an angel lover you're going to want to get your hands on this one as soon as you can! Speer takes you into the glamorous world of the elite immortals and provides fans of romance, paranormal, thriller, mystery, action - almost all genres! - with something to enjoy! I highly recommend this book, it is an exciting and entertaining read that had me up late into the night!

Blog Tour: The Verona Trilogy - Interview with Lory Kaufman and GIVEAWAY


“I write Post-Dystopian fiction. After society’s collapse, which is imagined in so many great dystopian stories, humans will either fade into history, with the dinosaurs, or, if it learns the right lessons, society will go on to construct a civilization to last tens of thousands of years. The LENS and the LOOKER, and all my History Camp stories, are the exciting adventures of young people doing the latter.”
-Lory Kaufman

On the artistic side of Lory’s career, he’s written, acted and directed children’s theatre and musical theatre. He enjoys art, especially sculpture. He loves science fiction and historical fiction and he has been deeply involved in the green movement all across North America. All this shows through when you read his work. Lory has three grown children and works and lives in Kingston, Canada.


Interview with Lory Kaufman, author of The Verona Trilogy

1. QUESTION: Can you tell us a little about the Verona Trilogy?

ANSWER: The Verona Trilogy is the first set of stories in the History Camp Series. They are, what I am calling, post-dystopian stories. That is, they are the adventures of humans creating a civilization to last tens of thousands of years and how youth learns to be part of that. It’s called History Camp because one of the ways society creates citizens who appreciate their almost perfect world is by spending time in recreations of cities from the past and having to experience how hard life was, so they’ll appreciate their modern world. However, in this series, the stubborn youth who continue to shun these valuable lessons end up being spirited away to 14th Verona Italy, where they are abandoned. Now they must adapt to the hard, medieval life or die.

2. QUESTION: What was the inspiration for writing the Verona Trilogy?

ANSWER: In high school I loved the futuristic stories like 1984, Brave New World, and especially Lord of the Flies. That was the book that made me want to be a writer. I also loved Shakespeare and especially the Romeo and Juliet play. There’s a bit of the Romeo and Juliet story here, plus time travel, holographic A.I.s, sword fights, and more.

3. QUESTION: The Verona Trilogy is mainly set in the 1300s. What kind of research did you have to do to make your books as accurate as possible?

ANSWER: Oh, I spent over a year researching so many things. All the dress wear, cooking, lens grinding, lifestyles of adults and children, churches, the palaces, the historical characters I’ve woven into the story, names, and so much more. The best part of the research was, after I finished the rough draft, I spent four days in Verona, walking the streets and seeing all the well preserved places I had researched and worked into my story. It allowed me to walk in the boots of my characters and I am told by many readers that they feel they get a history lesson without the lesson. That is, the research is worked into smoothly and doesn’t slow down the story.

4. QUESTION: Who was your favorite character to write? Why?

ANSWER: Now that’s a hard question. It’s important to make even a character who is evil, despicable or even ugly, appealing in some way. The reader has to at least be intrigued by them. If I have to pick I would say Ugilino. He’s a 14th century character who is very ugly, brain damaged, but not stupid, and has had a very hard life. I like to write characters who remind me of the colorful, off-the-wall, but poignant characters Mark Twain and Charles Dickens wrote. Ugilino is the most extreme of this type of character in my book.

5. QUESTION: Who was the hardest character to write? Why?

ANSWER: I would say the hardest character to write would be the Signora. She’s another 14th character and is mentally ill. In modern terms she is a paranoid schizophrenic, but they didn’t know about those things back then. Again, like Ugilino, she had to be sympathetic, you had to love and hate her sometimes, sometimes she’s used for comic relief and sometimes she’s used to make an ugly point.

6. QUESTION: Are you working on anything new?

ANSWER: As you know, it’s called the VERONA TRILOGY. The first two books, The Lens and the Looker and The Bronze and the Brimstone are out. I’m now about 65% through the third book, The Loved and the Lost. It is scheduled to be out by Spring of 2012.

Thanks, Anna, for the opportunity to tell your readers a bit about The History Camp series. I would like to wish both you and all your audience, HAPPY READING.

Giveaway Details
- US/CAN ONLY
- Winner will receive a signed copy of both THE LENS AND THE LOOKER and THE BRONZE AND THE BRIMSTONE by Lory Kaufman
- Must be 13 or older to enter
- I am not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged materials
- Winner will have 48 hours to respond

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday [31] - The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda

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


The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda
Expected Publication Date: May 8th, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Purchase: Amazon
Don’t Sweat. Don’t Laugh. Don’t draw attention to yourself. And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.

Gene is different from everyone else around him. He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood. Gene is a human, and he knows the rules. Keep the truth a secret. It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him. He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?
Why I Can't Wait: I'm assuming this is a vampire novel, but another one where they're evil and horrific!!! YAY! I love vampire stories where the vampires are actually MEAN, and don't sparkle... so I'm stoked on this one!!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Teaser Tuesday [29] The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

 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.. The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
"The stranger waited, as unmoving as a wall. He might be a bloodsucker, but he was the only familiar thing I had left. 'So,' I said softly without looking up. Resentment boiled, an old familiar hate, but I shoved it down. 'Do I call you 'master' or 'teacher' or something else?' The vampire paused, then said, 'You may call me Kanin.'" (88)
*This quote is from an uncorrected proof. Quotations may differ from the final copy*
HOLY CRAP OMG WOW. Ok, this book is seriously awesome, and I am LOVING IT! Can't wait to read more :)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Review: Above by Leah Bobet

Above by Leah Bobet
Expected Publication Date: April 1st, 2012
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Page Count: 368 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own*
A gorgeous urban fantasy about dangers outside and in.

Matthew has always lived in Safe, a community hidden far beneath the pipes and tunnels of the city Above. The residents fled to Safe years before to escape the Whitecoats and their cruel experiments, and now Matthew is responsible for both the keeping of Safe’s stories and for Ariel—a golden-haired shapeshifter, and the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen.

But one horrifying night, an old enemy murders Safe’s founder, Atticus, and the community is taken over by an army of shadows. Only Matthew, Ariel, and a handful of friends escape Above. Now they not only have to survive in a sunlit world they barely know, but they must unravel the mystery of the shadows’ fury and Atticus’s death. It’s up to Matthew to find a way to remake Safe—not just for himself and his family, but for Ariel, who’s again faced with the life she fled, and who needs him more than ever before.

An urban fantasy and a love story, Above is the breathtaking debut of an extraordinary new voice.
When I first saw this book I was completely hooked. The cover is gorgeous, it sounded incredible, but sadly it didn't really live up to my expectations. While I enjoyed the story enough to want to finish it, I just wasn't sure what was happening most of the time. The dialect had me really confused a lot of the time, and a lot of the time I had to go back and reread what just happened. The characters were somewhat flat, and no one stood out too much, but their stories were interesting to read about. Overall, I wish this story was easier to understand, but I'm glad I took the time to read it.

Matthew, the protagonist (yay a male protag!) was a bit challenging. The entire time all he does is talk about Ari and how in love with her he is, but she never returns the love and it only serves to make him more and more depressed. I just wanted to jump into the book and slap him. I did like the concept of him being a "Teller" and having the stories about each character at the end of each chapter, but the way everyone speaks made it difficult to understand what was happening. The other characters are all pretty one-note, no one really stands out to me. I am writing this review several days after reading the story and I can't remember many names, so that tells you something.

The story itself is definitely an awesome concept, I just wish it had been executed a bit better. My biggest problem with the writing is that it is written in a somewhat strange dialect, sort of reminiscent of Blood Red Road but not executed as well. Also, I had a hard time understanding who was being talked about at certain times, and some characters are referred to as "it" while others have names that are objects. And then some random words are capitalized which makes it difficult to know if that is a person's name or if it's a mistake. However, the story is pretty short at just over 350 pages, and it's fast paced enough that I was kept intrigued. I do wish that it was written a bit differently, but I'm glad I took the time to read it all the way through.

Overall, this was a pretty quick read, and I enjoyed most of it. I don't think I would read something else with this same story line, but I can tell that Leah Bobet is a good writer under all of that mumbo jumbo. I would genuinely like to see her write something else with more modern language so that I could understand it better. I don't think I'd recommend buying this one, but if you have some extra time someday I'd get it from the library, it's a good enough read!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

In My Mailbox [31]

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!





Books Mentioned
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
Fury by Elizabeth Miles
Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kitteridge
Nightmare Garden by Caitlin Kitteridge
Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
Starters by Lissa Price
When the Sea is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen

Bloggers Mentioned
Debbie from Debbie's World of Books
Pam from Bookalicious
Tara from Tater's Tall Tails

Box of ARCs Giveaway

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Blogoversary Day #7 Giveaway!


Alright, so today is the last day of my blogoversary week, and to celebrate TWO of my favorite people have donated some AWESOME prizes :) So after you enter the first giveaway, make sure to scroll down and enter the second one!!

Benji from Non Reluctant Reader has generously donated a copy of Raised by Wolves and Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes and a copy of Dark Souls for one lucky winner!

The Deets
- US ONLY
- Must be 13 or older to enter
- Winner will have 48 hours to respond
- I am not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged material
- Just fill out the rafflecopter form!

Robin LaFevers and Barry Lyga at Books Inc. Burlingame & Giveaway!!!!



Did you know Robin LaFevers (author of Grave Mercy) and Barry Lyga (author of I Hunt Killers) are coming to Books Inc. Burlingame for an awesome Not Your Mother's Book Club event??? If you're going to be in the Bay Area and you want to come meet these fab authors than make sure to get yourself there!!

Also, if you can't make it to the event, but you still want to get a copy of these awesome authors' books signed, you can! Just call the Burlingame store at 1-650-685-4911 and let them know WHO you want to the book made out to! Easy peasy right? Right.

I also have some super awesome news for those who do come to the event, order the book off the Books Inc. website, or the book over the phone.....

NYMBC will give away ONE box of ARCs to a lucky winner! How do you enter this super cool giveaway you ask? Here are the deets:

-US ONLY
- Purchase either Robin or Barry's books via phone: 650-685-4911, online at http://www.booksinc.net/, or at the store!
- Once you've purchased your book, shoot me an email letting me know which books you purchased along with your mailing address: literaryexploration@yahoo.com with the Subject: Barry and Robin
(If you are at the event and you purchased the books at the store, make sure to email me BEFORE 12PM Pacific Time on April 5th!!!)
- The day after the event, I'll pick a winner and sent it to NYMBC who will ship you the ARCs from their warehouse!

THINGS TO REMEMBER:
If you want the book SIGNED, you must do it over the phone, calling the Burlingame store because that's where the event is. If you just want to order the book and be entered into the giveaway then it is fine to do it online. You must purchase a book by Barry Lyga or Robin LaFevers, but you're welcome to order more books if you'd like :)
We're going on the honor system with this one, so please please please purchase these books before sending me an email.

If you have ANY QUESTIONS please feel free to email me and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!!

I hope to see some of you at the event, and make sure you say hi! 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Blogoversary Day #6 GIVEAWAY!


The amazing Lisa from Dizneee's Wonderful World of Books has been generous enough to offer up a copy of Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver for a Blogoversary Giveaway today!!! So big big thank you to Lisa for being SO CRAZY AWESOME! :)



The Deets:
- US ONLY
- Mus be 13 or older to enter
- Winner will have 48 hours to respond
- I am not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged material

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Blogoversary Day #5: The Best Book I've Read While Blogging & GIVEAWAY!


Since I started blogging, I've read so many amazing books, and some not so good books, but there have really been a few that stood out. However, the best book that I've read since I started blogging has to be The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. This was also my favorite book of 2011, but it has surpassed so many of my expectations for books. Mara Dyer was just an awesome read, from start to finish, and I could just feel my mind bending to the insanity that was happening!! I think this book has stuck with me the most since I started blogging, and even though I know not everyone has loved it, it really had an impact on my bookish life :)

Have you read Mara Dyer? What did you think?

For the giveaway: While I would love to just give away a copy of Mara Dyer, I know a lot of people have already read it, so instead, I will allow you to pick ANY BOOK off of my review list (check out my Reviews page!) So one person will win any book that I have reviewed on this blog since last March :)

The Deets:
- US ONLY
- Winner will get their choice of ANY book I've reviewed, delivered by Amazon
- Must be 13 or older to enter
- Winner will have 48 hours to respond

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Blogoversary Day #4: My First ARCs & Giveaway!


This question came up on Formspring a couple times and so I thought it would be a fun topic to talk about today :) My very first ARC!

The first ARC I received, that wasn't specifically requested from a publisher, was THE FUTURE OF US by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler which I won through LibraryThing. I remember when the package showed up on my door step and I screamed my head off because I was so excited! At that time, I didn't have an email address hooked up to my LibraryThing account so I actually didn't even know I won it! I even sent Kristi from The Story Siren an email asking her what I was supposed to do! It was such a cool moment.

The first ARC I received from a publisher through a request was INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows. If you know me at all, I was pining over that book for MONTHS on Twitter and on a whim I sent a review request to HarperCollins. I wasn't really expecting to get anything from them, but when INCARNATE and Everneath showed up on my door step I just about DIED. I was incredibly excited to get INCARNATE that I ran around my house screaming my head off and scaring the crap out of my dog. That ARC also opened the doors up to me for working with HarperCollins which has been amazing these past couple of months.

If anything, ARCs are an amazing privilege that bloggers earn through hard work and commitment, and receiving those prized possessions in the mail is like Christmas coming early :) So thank you to Penguin and HarperCollins for making my first ARC experiences so fantastic and rewarding!

On to the GIVEAWAY!


The fabulous Megan from Her Creative Files has generously donated her ARC of Clockwork Prince for a fantastic giveaway!! YAYYY MEGAN! So everyone thank Megan and good luck!

The Deets: 
- US/CAN ONLY
- Must be 13 or older to enter
- I am not responsible for lost or stolen items
- Winner has 48 hours to respond!

Waiting on Wednesday [30] - Team Human

Team Human by Justine Larbalestier and Sarah Rees Brennan
Expected Publication Date: July 3rd, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 368 pages
Purchase: Amazon | Books Inc.
When a vampire shows up at Mel’s high school, it’s up to Mel to keep her best friend from falling in love with him. Add a mysterious disappearance, a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and poignant.
Why I Can't Wait: Cranky vamp cop? Zombies? Hilarious? Alright. I'm in!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Blogoversary Day #3: Books I Never Would Have Touched


Blogoversary Day #3 - Genres I Didn't Read Much Of Before I Started Blogging!

Before I started blogging I pretty much stuck to the paranormal/dystopian books. I was somewhat closed-minded to other genres and formats, specifically self-published and contemporaries. Although I haven't found that gem of a self-published book yet, I've read some good ones and I have some others on my shelves at the moment. I've even gone out and BOUGHT a couple for my Nook, which I'm definitely excited for! I also didn't even own a contemporary YA novel... yeah I'm dead serious. Thanks to the awesome Sasha, I've spread myself out and opened my shelves to contemporaries and I've really enjoyed them!! I've definitely opened myself up to more genres and formats and I'm more willing to accept review books and buy books of the self-published category. I think being a blogger really opens us up to new things and it's easier to sort of find really good books in all genres, rather than sticking to what we know we'll like :) 

So, to celebrate some fabulous self-pubbed authors, the amazing Marie Landry, author of Blue Sky Days has offered up a couple ebooks to international winners, and the fantasitc J.A. Redmerski has offered a finished copy of her book Mayfair Moon for one US winner, as well as an ebook for an international winner! So support self-pubbed authors and open up your mind to new genres!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Blogoversary Day #2: My Fab Blogger Friends and Influences & Giveaway!


Blogoversary Day #2 - My Fabulous Blogger Friends and Influences!

One of the best things about blogging is the fantastic community that I'm surrounded by! Since I've started blogging I've made so many amazing friends with whom I've been able to share, not only my bookish life, but my personal life as well. When times are tough, I know I can sign on to Twitter and rant to the world about my problems and I will be supported by so many amazing people. Since not a lot of my friends in real life are big readers, or they don't share the same passion for it as I do, I've loved getting to know so many people who enjoy the same books as I do, and I love being able to chat about books with people who actually GET IT!! So today, I wanted to share with you some of the amazing bloggers who have really helped and supported me along the way :) 


One of my best blogger friends is the amazing Sasha from Sash and Em. This girl is just one of the sweetest people out there, and I absolutely love her to death. I've actually had the pleasure of meeting her IN REAL LIFE a few times and she's just so much fun. She's so down to earth and I know I can always go to her with a little rant or rave, or to just talk about a good book :) 



The insanely awesome Giselle from Xpresso Reads has been such a mentor to me since I first met her. She's never once disregarded one of my questions, and she's always so patient with me whenever I beg her for blogging advice. I can't even imagine where I would be without her, she's helped me get so many of my publicity contacts, as well as read through some of my posts before they go live. She's one of my best blogger friends, and I hope we'll be close for a long long time!

I wouldn't just say that Nicole from The Reader's Antidote is one of my best blogger friends, I'd say she's one of my best friends. I seriously love this girl, from the first day we talked about a Lauren Oliver signing she went to (where she got me a SIGNED copy of Delirium! and I sent her a SIGNED copy of Mara Dyer!) We're always sharing blogging advice and and helping each other out with different issues, and I know I can always count on her to have my bloggy back! Hopefully, we'll get to meet in person some day because I know we would have so much fun! <3

Incase your'e not on Goodreads, Jude is one of the awesome mods for the YABC group and she actually played a big part in my decision to start blogging. For the YABC book group she does a great feature called "Blogger Lift" and this is actually where I first started seeing bloggers. I started following all of them and reading their reviews, and eventually I decided I wanted to do that! So, thanks Jude for starting Blogger Lift and helping me decide to start blogging! Also, she made my blog button for me! Isn't it cute :) She's fab, we're good friends now<3

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I haven't known Jeffrey West from Novel Thoughts for long, but I have to admit he's incredibly awesome and so talented! He's the man behind the camera for Novel Thoughts and I love watching his videos! I've only recently started filming videos for my blog and he's been so supportive of them! Honestly, I didn't think I was that good at it, but he's always telling me to make more so I definitely am! Also, he has mad designing skillz and helped me with this layout :) My layout is Jeffrey West approved!!

Obviously, there are a million other bloggers who have inspired and helped me throughout the year and I owe everything to them. Coranne (AKA Amanda) from Short and Sweet is an amazing lady who trades tips and tricks with me all the time, and I love having her around to chat with! Molli from Once Upon a Prologue is also celebrating her blogoversary this month, and we've definitely come a long way together; we share a lot of the same opinions about books and she's super nice about letting me borrow her lovelies<3 The awesome Hicklebee's blogger, Pam from Bookalicious has been a great friend and inspiration for my blogging and I love how local she is, because I've actually had the experience of meeting her and she is so fantastic and passionate, and I hope to be at least half as successful as her with my blogging in 4 years.

And of course, all of you who spend your time reading my posts and supporting my passion, you are fabulous. I love you, I love you, I love you. I hope to form more and more friendships throughout the next year and hopefully I will be able to add so many others to this list :) 

The amazing Michelle from Passionate Bookworm has been so fantastic and has donated TWO books for you guys for today's giveaway, so A BIG THANK YOU to Michelle, who I am forming a great friendship with and hopefully I'll get the pleasure of meeting her because she is AWESOMESAUCE! The winner will receive an ARC of Fall From Grace and a copy of Rattled!

The Deets:
- US/CAN ONLY
- Must be 13 or older to enter
- I am not responsible for lost or stolen items
- Winner will have 48 hours to respond

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Blogoversary Day #1 & GIVEAWAY!


Yayyyy as of today I have been blogging for 1 YEAR! WHAT?! NO WAY? I know, it's so surreal!! I just wanted to take a bit of time to let you know why I started blogging and how much fun I've had all year :)

I've always been a big reader, choosing to spend more time with my books at home than out with friends, and I've never had a lot of bookish friends with whom I can sit around and chat about great reads. So when I found Goodreads back in 2010 I was so thrilled! An entire community of bookish people who WANT to sit around and chat about books! I spent a lot of time on the site, chatting with fellow readers and participating in the discussion posts about different books, but when I discovered there was actually a blogging community I got really excited! I started following a few bloggers and realized that these awesome people were interacting with their readers and sharing their opinions about some really great books! Finally, I gathered up the energy to start my own :)

So, March 11, 2011 I opened up a Blogger account and added my first review! Albeit, my first few reviews were just copied from Goodreads. Eventually I found my groove and started interacting with other bloggers and participating in memes and other fun bookish things. I opened a Twitter account for my blog and started chatting with people on a daily basis. I have to say, starting my blog has been one of the best things I've done. I still don't have many friends who are as into reading and the general book community as I am, and being able to express my thoughts about books and squeeling over exciting new releases and events has been an amazing experience. I really hope I'll be able to keep up blogging for a long time, I have so much fun chatting about books with my lovely blogger friends and I'm so glad that I've met so many amazing people :)

Now, I've been setting up some AWESOME giveaways for you guys, so every day this week I'll have a new blogoversary post along with a fun giveaway so you'll have plenty of chances to win WAY COOL STUFF!

For today, Maggie from Not Your Mother's Book Club sent me a bunch of cool books to giveaway so there will be THREE winners who will each get FOUR books (all ARCs)!

Giveaway Deets:
- There will be THREE winners who will each get FOUR books
- US ONLY
- Must be 13 or older to enter
- I am not responsible for lost or stolen items
- Fill out the Rafflecopter form to enter!
- Check out my policies page for more information or email me with further questions!

In My Mailbox [30] THE ONE WITH FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS!!!!

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!



Books Mentioned
For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
Vanish by Sophie Jordan
Pink Smog by Francesca Lia Block
Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions by Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, and Rachel Vincent
Faery Tales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr
The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Forbidden by Syrie James and Ryan M. James
Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton

Bloggers Mentioned
Benji @ The Non Reluctant Reader

What'd you guys get this week? Anything good? Have you read any of these books? What're your thoughts!?

Also, if you have any requests for upcoming blog discussion topics, please, please, please fill out this form and let me know what you want me to chat with you about!!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

New Releases: March 12th - March 16th

Check out some of the awesome books coming out this week!





So many good ones!! I'm definitely excited for Starters :)

What are you looking forward to the most?

Also, remember that if you choose to purchase anything via these links or the Amazon link on my sidebar, I will make a small commission which I will use to have more giveaways for you! :) 

Friday, March 9, 2012

TGIF [3] - Promote An Author

Weekly Recap:
Who Do I Email About Review Books?
The Great Follower Debate
New Releases: March 5th - March 9th
In My Mailbox
Review: Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin
Teaser Tuesday: The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
Waiting on Wednesday: Masque of the Red Death
Blog Tour: Until Next Time by Amy Lignor - Guest Post

TGIF at GReads - This feature is for Fridays to re-cap the week's posts & to propose a question for GReads! followers.

Promote An Author: Is there a particular author you wish got more recognition? Pick one author & tell us why we should read their work.

Actually... this is an incredibly hard question for me to answer.. I feel like most of the authors I love and am totally obsessed with at the moment are loved by a lot of people. Some of my favorite authors, that popped into mind when I read this question, include Lauren Oliver (I actually have all of her books), Moira Young (her writing style is AMAZING!), Veronica Rossi (Under the Never Sky legit made my heart hurt), and so many others! I feel like every time I read a book I connect with the author on some level, so it's hard for me to pick out someone whose books aren't really well known at the moment for some reason :(

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