Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Happy New Year!

Hey friends,

I've been a little quiet lately--busy with Christmas and then dying the day after. Seriously, I got soooo sick on Sunday and felt like I was dying. A stomach bug took over and decided I shouldn't do anything except slowly wither away to nothing....alright I may be exaggerating *slightly* but needless to say, the last couple days weren't all that fun and that's why I haven't had a chance to post anything new.

But enough about that, I wanna know how your holiday was! Did you do anything special or fun? Are you guys excited for New Years? My friend and critique partner, Danielle, has a Goodbye 2010 & Hello 2011 segement that you guys should check out! One of the 2011 posts that she's putting up will be from me :)

Oh also, lovely readers, I got a chance to read an early copy of Across the Universe by Beth Revis and wow! It was awesome. I'll have a review up soon and a special giveaway for it in January, so make sure you come back for that!

Happy New Year Everybody!



This was one of my favorite New Year's celebrations! What's better than ringing in the New Year with friends and fireworks? How do you celebrate New Year's?

(Picture 1: Starting the new year by burning our regrets from last year. We wrote out regrets on a piece of paper, stuff them in the scarecrow [why a scarecrow? I dunno. It's a custom/tradition somewhere that I can't remember that our friend started with us] and burning the regrets to start fresh in the new year)

(Picture 2: Yup, that's me! Doing a fire dancing [fire poi] show for my friends!)

(Picture 3: My friend lit all the fireworks and this picture is an awesome looking result from that. Don't worry, it was much safer than the picture makes it out to look!)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Midwinter Giveaway Winners!


Wow guys! Thank you so much for all of the interest in my Midwinter Giveaway! Seriously, I was not expecting so many people to participate and I was happily surprised by all of you! So, hello to all of the new followers and thanks to everyone for joining in this event. You guys all rock!

Now, for the two lucky winners! (Winners were chosen randomly)


The winner for Prize Pack 1 (If I Stay & 13 Reasons why) is:

Samita (Book Purring)

And the winner for Prize Pack 2 (Girl Parts & Strange Angels) is:

Lyan

Congrats to the two winners! And if you didn't win, don't be sad! I'll be having more giveaways soon! Some of you might have noticed from my previous posts how excited I am for Across the Universe by Beth Revis, and now I'm thinking I just might have to share that excitement. Also, I've started getting duplicates of a couple books and I think they need new homes. So, keep a look out coming up in January for new giveaways!

And HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE! Hope you all are enjoying some time off! I know I am! I plan on catching up on some reading and starting to edit my current manuscript while I'm on break. What all are you guys planning on doing? Any holiday traditions you have? I'd love to hear what the different things are that everyone does for the holidays!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

What's in the Box?

This is my answer for what's really in the mystery box that KOrtizzle is giving away on this post!

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...(yes, a giant dinosaur fit in that tiny box. It's a Christmas MIRACLE!)

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop-Day 2!


This is the 2nd (and last) day of our short Midwinter's Eve Blog Hop Giveaway hosted by I am a reader, not a writer and another chance to win two more awesome books! Remember there are more than 100 blogs participating and offering giveaways so check them out! Here is a link to the list of participating blogs! The hop runs from 12:01 AM Tuesday, December 21st to 11:59 PM on Wednesday, December 22nd.

Day 2- Giveaway Prize Pack

Girl Parts by John M. Cusick & Strange Angels by Lilith Saintcrow (click on title for links for Goodreads descriptions)


All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below and an email for me to contact you with if you are the winner! You can gain one extra entry if you are a follower of my blog, just say so in your comment! Open to U.S. residents only. One winner will be chosen for both books! And come back tomorrow (Dec. 23rd) to see if you've won one of the prize packs! Good luck!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Midwinter's Eve Giveway Hop-Day 1!



The Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop is a 2 day hop that is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and I'm going to be hosting a giveaway each day! There are more than 100 blogs participating and offering giveaways so check them out! Here is a link to the list of participating blogs! The hop runs from 12:01 AM Tuesday, December 21st to 11:59 PM on Wednesday, December 22nd.

Day 1- Giveaway Prize Pack

If I Stay by Gayle Forman & Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (click on title for link to Goodreads description)


All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below and an email for me to contact you with if you are the winner! You can gain one extra entry if you are a follower of my blog, just say so in your comment! Open to U.S. residents only. One winner will be chosen for both books! And come back tomorrow (Dec. 22nd) for your chance to win another giveaway! Winners will be announced on Dec. 23rd. Good luck!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Amazing 2011 Books-Part 4

Amazing 2011 Books-Part 4

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Stolen Nights by Rebecca Maizel-(Vampire Queen #2) June 22nd

Fins are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs-(Fins #2) June 28th

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer-(Nightshade #2) July 12th

Ripple by Mandy Hubbard-July 21st

Wildefire by Karsten Knight-July 26th

The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab-August 2nd


Wow! So many books to look forward to and those are just a few!! Keep your eyes out for these wonderful new books!

Amazing 2011 Books-Part 3

Amazing 2011 Books-Part 3

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Memento Nora by Angie Smibert-April 1st

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare-(Mortal Instruments #4) April 5th

The Gathering
by Kelley Armstrong-April 12th

Divergent by Veronica Roth-May 3rd

Illusions by Aprilynne Pike-(Wings #3) May 8th

Possession by Elana Johnson-June 7th

Friday, December 17, 2010

Amazing 2011 Books-Part 2

Amazing 2011 Books-Part 2

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Secrets & Shadows by Shannon Delany-(13 to Life #2) February 15th

The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittridge-February 22nd

Falling Under by Gwen Hayes- March 1st

Outside In by Maria V. Snyder-March 1st

The Dark & Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan-(Forest of Hands & Teeth #3) March 22nd

Wither by Lauren DeStefano-March 22nd


So what books from Parts 1 & 2 are you guys excited to read? I can't wait for ALL of them!

Parts 3 & 4 to come tomorrow!

Amazing 2011 Books-Part 1

We're getting close to a new year, and you know what that means! A whole new year of awesome books! Here's a taste of some of the YA books coming out in 2011. Keep an eye out for them because they all sound amazing! And look at all these beautiful covers!

Click on the book title for a link to the description (on Goodreads).

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The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher-January 1st

XVI by Julia Karr-January 6th

Across the Universe by Beth Revis-January 11th

Vesper by Jeff Sampson-January 25th

Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins-(Hex Hall #2) February 15th

Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting-(The Body Finder #2) February 15th

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop!

On December 21st-22nd I will be hosting a giveaway as part of the Midwinter's Eve Giveaway Hop! I will be giving away 1 prize pack each day (2 total). Each prize pack will be for two books and I will announce what they are on the day of each giveaway.

There are over 100 blogs taking part in the Midwinter's Eve Hop, so be sure to check them out and enter lots of giveaways! Here is a list of all the participating blogs (at the bottom of the page).

And thanks to I am a reader, not a writer for starting this giveaway hop and getting it all together!

So, friends, make sure you come back on the 21 & 22 to enter my giveaway! No need to tweet, blog, facebook, ect. to enter my Midwinter's Eve Giveaway and you don't have to be a follower either, but you will get one extra entry if you are!


Review: Crave

Crave by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz

Description:
Shay has had a rare blood disorder since she was born. In fact, her mother married one of Shay’s doctors, Martin, who left his world-renowned leukemia research to try and figure out exactly what the disorder is and how to cure it. When she turns seventeen, Martin begins to give her new blood transfusions that make her feel the strongest she has ever felt. But she also has odd visions where she sees through the eyes of a vampire.

Review:
I liked the idea of this book. I liked how it was different from other vampire books out there; that it was about a sick girl getting blood transfusions and that she got visions from them. It sounded pretty interesting. I thought the story was good & I liked the way it unfolded, but occasionally the character, Shay, annoyed me. When she was feeling good, she did whatever she wanted regardless of the results. I understand why she was like that and thought it was needed for the books. It's just that sort of personality doesn't mesh well me w/ so once in a while she got a little annoying to me, but that's not to say she wasn't a well developed character because I think she was. I liked the character of Gabriel a lot though and thought that he was well developed, maybe even more so than Shay. The one main thing that bothered me was that sometimes it felt like the characters did or said things only because they seemed like those were things teenagers were supposed to do/say, so it didn't always feel authentic to me. Otherwise, I still liked the book, especially the ending. It was a great ending to keep the reader wanting more and waiting for the sequel. I don't know when the sequel comes out or what it's called yet, but I'll be picking it up from my library when it comes out.~

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Review: Raised by Wolves


Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Description:
Adopted by the Alpha of a werewolf pack after a rogue wolf brutally killed her parents right before her eyes, fifteen-year-old Bryn knows only pack life, and the rigid social hierarchy that controls it. That doesn't mean that she's averse to breaking a rule or two.

But when her curiosity gets the better of her and she discovers Chase, a new teen locked in a cage in her guardian's basement, and witnesses him turn into a wolf before her eyes, the horrific memories of her parents' murders return. Bryn becomes obsessed with getting her questions answered, and Chase is the only one who can provide the information she needs.

But in her drive to find the truth, will Bryn push too far beyond the constraints of the pack, forcing her to leave behind her friends, her family, and the identity that she's shaped?

Review:
I don't know why I didn't pick this book up sooner. I think I didn't read it earlier was because I figured it was just another werewolf story and I'd read quite a few of them lately, but I'm glad I finally did. It was a good read and a very different take from other werewolf stories out there. I loved the character of Bryn and thought that, overall, all the characters were developed nicely. The pacing was great, even though I wanted to see more of Bryn and Chase (yes, I love to see the romantic interaction stuff!), I didn't get bored when they weren't interacting together because everything else that was going on in the story kept the pace up really well. I also like how the twists and turns unfolded and the ending left me wanting more. This is one that I will be continuing to read the series in and would recommend for a good read. The sequel, Trial by Fire, is set to be released June 14th, 2011.

City of Fallen Angels

If you haven't seen it yet, the cover for City of Fallen Angels has been released! Take a look at the prettiness that it is!
City of Fallen Angels is the fourth book in the bestselling series The Mortal Instruments.

“Love, blood, betrayal and revenge — the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels. Simon Lewis is having some trouble adjusting to his new life as a vampire, especially now that he hardly sees his best friend Clary, who is caught up in training to be a Shadowhunter—and spending time with her new boyfriend Jace. Not to mention that Simon doesn’t quite know how to handle the pressure of not-quite-dating two girls at once. What’s a daylight-loving vampire to do? Simon decides he needs a break and heads out of the city—only to discover that sinister events are following him. Realizing that the war they thought they’d won might not yet be over, Simon has to call on his Shadowhunter friends to save the day — if they can put their own splintering relationships on hold long enough to rise to the challenge.”

It comes out April 5th, 2011 and I can't wait! If you haven't started this series, what are you waiting for? They are amazing! You can check out my review for the first 3 here.

Nightshade Winner!


Sorry it's so late in the day! I've been super busy. You might have noticed, at some point, that little counter bar on the left side of my blog that says Siren Song, and you also might have noticed that it now says 100%! Yay!
Yup, I finished the first draft of my WIP and it was just in time too because I have been extra busy with getting ready for the holidays these last few days!

So, yeah...sorry for the delay in the winner and for the lack of posts lately. I will remedy that!

And now, what you all really want to know: the winner is:
Jen R.

Congrats Jen and I hope you love the book as much as I did!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

More AtU Awesomeness!

Oh man, if I wasn't already excited about Across the Universe by Beth Revis, then the two awesome things she just posted on her blog would definitely sway me! (and yes, this is my 2nd AtU post in a row, but I really am excited about this book)

First awesomeness (And make sure you keep reading for the 2nd b/c it is epic and amazing) Here are pictures of the dust jacket for AtU! It's a double sided jacket with one side being for Amy (one of the main characters) and the other for Elder (the other main character). How awesome is that? Go here to read Beth's post on it with even more info on the finished hardback! But first, pictures!

Amy's side
Elder's side

And now the 2nd bit of awesomeness. Beth is having an enormous giveaway over on her blog. Wanna know how big it is? Of course you do! Well, she's giving away 100 prizes! Yeah, 100! That's crazy and awesome. So, definitely head on over to her blog, check out the prizes, and enter here. And don't forget, if you don't win, that's okay too b/c her book comes out January 11th, so you can pick up a copy then!~

Monday, December 6, 2010

Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Description:
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone--one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship--tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.



Okay, friends, so this is one of my most anticipated books for 2011! And luckily I won't have to wait all year--and neither will you! Yay!--for it because it comes out January 11th! How awesome?! Yes, you guys get lots of exclamation points in this post because I am THAT excited about this book! Check out the trailer below and go HERE to read the first chapter!!!...!




AND! Don't forget to enter my Nightshade by Andrea Cremer giveaway one post below! You don't want to miss out on this amazing read!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Holiday Giveaway: Nightshade!

Remember how I told you I loved Nightshade by Andrea Cremer? And you know all that festive stuff going on this month? Well, I'm putting them together to have a Nightshade Holiday Giveaway! Seriously, I think this was one of the best books that came out this year and you all need to read it, so here's your chance to win it free! :)

Rules & Info
-Enter by commenting below
-Be a follower of this blog and get an extra entry.
-Get one more extra entry by either tweeting, facebooking, &/or blogging the contest. (Please leave the link in your comment)
-This is for U.S. residents only. (Sorry international friends. I'll do one for you guys some time!)
-Make sure you leave your email address, so I can contact you if you win.
-I'll pick a winner on December 14th that way the winner can get the book by the end of the month holidays!


Meet one of the characters, Shay Doran, in the video below and go here if you want to read my review.




Good luck everyone and Happy Holidays! I know I'm excited for Christmas. What about you guys? Any traditions you do for the holiday season? I just decorated my place and now it looks and smells like Christmas here!