Tuesday, August 31, 2010

And the winner is...


JenBigheart ("I read banned books")

Congrats! and I hope you love the book as much as I did! For those of you who didn't win, I'm sorry. But! the good news is Firelight comes out in one week!!


Also, stay tuned because I'm planning more giveaways! I'm hoping for this awesome one at the end of the month but I have to wait and see if it'll work out...yeah I'm being secretive and not giving away any info on it, but yeah, if I can work it out then it will be awesome! So keep checking in!

In other news....second dentist appointment was just as bad as the first. Boo...but I'll survive. I have to. I have another in 2 weeks! When will it end?!

Anyway, did any of you lovely readers go pick Paranormalcy, Unraveled, Clockwork Angel, or all three today? I got myself a shiny new copy of Paranormalcy and can't wait to get started reading it! And I do plan on getting the other two later on as well!

p.s.-Just finished Mockingjay! and will have a review up pretty soon for it. Tomorrow probably!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Who's excited?

Who's excited about tomorrow?! Oh, oh! I am! I am!

Well, if I'm being completely honest I'm half dreading it and half excited over it. Dreading, you ask? Yes, but not because of any awesome book related stuff. Unfortunately, I have a dentist appointment tomorrow. Why? Oh, just because I broke my tooth over the weekend, that's all. I went in today and now have to go back tomorrow to get a crown or something (and probably a couple more visits after that. YUCK!) I've never had a crown before! What am I to expect at this next visit?! (I have an amazingly large and irrational fear of the dentist...no lie. I almost cried when I got the numbing shot and needles aren't a problem for me, just being there is. Believe me! I've got an enormous tattoo as proof that I don't mind needles, but anything in my mouth and all of a sudden I'm a trembling little baby...boo.)

On to the good stuff! YAY!

Tomorrow one lucky comment-er (yes, I think I just made that up) will win a copy of Firelight by Sophie Jordan and will get it mailed to them on the day it comes out! So, lovely readers, if you haven't already entered then just comment below on the Firelight post a couple down!

Also, more awesome news!! Kiersten White's debut YA novel Paranormalcy comes out tomorrow! Along with Gena Showalter's Unraveled which is the sequel to Intertwined. I've been eagerly, EAGERLY! anticipating these two books! So check them out when you can! I know I will.

What books that are coming out are you guys anxious to get your hands on?


This is my tooth. Boo...
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Contests Galore!

There are contests galore all over the blog-o-sphere right now! And a really awesome one for an amazing cause would be the "Skip a Starbucks Day!" A donations collection is going on to help bring a little girl from China home to her adoptive family! How amazing is that?! If you donate then you can enter to win some fabulous prizes! Details are here! So go check it out. And not only is she hosting those great prize packs, but people all over the blogging world are hosting some as well! Their giveaway contests are all linked at the bottom of the page so check it out! And hurry because I think it ends tomorrow night (8-25-10) ! *Contest is closed*


There is also a giveaway going on over at Page Turners for Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and for Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin. You can find it here! *Contest is closed*

And because I've been anticipating Paranormalcy by Kiersten White, I want to share that she is having a goodies contest as well over here! *Contest is closed*


So good luck everyone and don't forget to join my Firelight by Sophie Jordan contest one post below (Look down!!) Enjoy!
*Contest is closed*

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Firelight Review & GIVEAWAY!


Description:
With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness leads her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret

Review:
I've never been a big fan of dragon stories, but I really enjoyed this book! It was a fresh take on dragons from anything (that I've at least read) involving them. I read it all in one sitting and I really can't wait until I can get my hands on the next one.

I really liked the writing style that Sophie Jordan uses. It's clean, descriptive, and flowing. The story kept me intrigued the whole time and I enjoyed the character interaction.

I especially liked the relationship between Jacinda and her twin sister, Tamra. I'm a twin myself (along with having 5 more sisters and honestly the relationship b/w a twin and another sister really is a little different) Anyway, I felt as if Sophie really captured the relationship between the twins sisters-who are both vying to be their own person and to be accepted as such. They didn't always get along--especially since they both felt trapped in who they were because of something, at one point or another, to do with the other--yet there was still always that underlying love between them. Perfect.

The relationship between Will and Jacinda was strained, confusing, and magnetic. They couldn't seem to stay away from each other even though they knew they should have. I loved a lot of the interaction between them. I also liked how it wasn't just that Jacinda swooned at the first cute boy she saw, but that part of why she was drawn to him had been b/c he saved her even when he didn't know it was her.

All in all, the book was terrific. There were parts that had me feeling all gooey and heartwarming, parts that had me laughing, and parts that had me trying not to skip my eyes ahead b/c I couldn't read it fast enough! I'd recommend this book to anyone that loves YA paranormal. Also, I defy anyone to not love this cover! It's beautiful. I would have picked this book up based on the cover alone.

*Contest is closed now. Thank you to all who entered!*
AND NOW! because I loved this book so much I want to share it!! I'm going to be hosting my very first giveaway! On September 7, when Firelight comes out, I will go out and buy a brand new shiny wonderful copy and mail it to the winner! All you have to do to get this awesome book for free is post a comment below! (*points down ethusiastically!*)
Also, if you tell your friends via blogger, twitter, facebook, ect. ect. and so on, then I will add an extra entry for you! Just leave a link to your comment and I'll add the extra entry! I will randomly pick a winner on August 31-one week before the book is released. And if you feel inclined to follow my blog then I will, of course, love you forever, but it won't effect your chance of winning if you choose not to follow me. When you comment make sure you add your email [like this so you don't get spammed= thisisme(at)email(dot)awesome ]


*EDIT*-this is going to be a U.S. giveaway only. Sorry for those of you out of the country. Maybe another time I will be able to do an international giveaway.***


So, comment below and best of luck to you all!



<3
~Christina~

Friday, August 20, 2010

So Very Excited!


The other day I entered a giveaway hosted by Goodreads for and ARC of Firelight by Sophie Jordan. This is her YA debut book that comes out September 7 and the first seven chapters are online for your viewing pleasure here! As soon as I found out there were chapters I could read online, I immediately snagged that opportunity! And let me tell you, I couldn't stop reading and I didn't want to when I got to the end of the previewed pages! I was a little disappointed that I couldn't just go out to the store and pick it up. I didn't want to wait!

Imagine my surprise when 2 hours later I get an email from Goodreads saying I won the book and after only 2 days, 2 DAYS!, I got it in the mail!
So long story short, I'm so excited to read this book after getting my hands on the sample pages, I'm ecstatic that I won (this is my first ARC=advanced reader copy book), and now I'm going to ignore the rest of the world and spent the night reading it. I'll post a review once I'm done!

p.s.-You should really go read the sample pages and isn't the cover so pretty? (except for the glare that I couldn't get rid of ;p )

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Have I mentioned...




Edit: Now I have the picture in color thanks to photoshop. Here's both!

Have I mentioned I loved the book Wings by Aprilynne Pike? I decided to do some more book related art so here is my picture of Laurel from Wings.[click pic to enlarge] :) Anyway, go get the book and read it if you haven't yet! The sequel is Spells and I promise you'll love that one too!

What about you guys? Ever made art for a book or wanted to see art for some? If so, what ones?

(p.s.-scanners never really due justice to sketched art :( oh well)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Review: Sisters Red

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Book Description:
Scarlett March lives to hunt the Fenris-- the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She's determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.

Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts fiercely alongside her. Now Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves and finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax-- but loving him means betraying her sister and has the potential to destroy all they've worked for.



Review:
I recently finished Sisters Red. I thought it was okay, I gave it a 3 out of 5 stars on my goodreads bookshelf-meaning I liked it and all but it didn't really stand out to be and shout awesome! I thought the whole fairy tale in a modern world feel/twist was cool, but it took me a long time to actually invest in the book and the characters.

I enjoyed the writing style, I liked the character of Silas, and I liked the close relationship between the sisters, but it still felt as if something was missing from it for me and it took about halfway through the book for me to really get into the story and care about finishing the book. But, by the end I was eager to find out how it ended and what happened.

All in all, I didn't dislike it but I didn't fall in love with it right away either. I did absolutely love the cover though! Sisters Red has a sequel, Sweetly, coming out sometime in 2011.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Frenzy of Noise

Hey check out my friend's blog: Frenzy of Noise in which she interviews Rebecca Maizel, author of Infinite Days! It's a good interview article and I've only heard good things about that book so check that out too! I know I will. Other than that, have an awesome day friends! I'm headed to the beach for the day to get some sun and books in! Up soon will be a review on Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce!~