Thursday, September 30, 2010

Review: Matched


Phew. What a week! I have been in editing lock-down like mad people! My critique partner and I have set a schedule for ourselves and I like to think we're doing pretty good with it. I finished my main edits and am going to read through one more time. Yay! This is exciting for me.

I'll be honest though. I have been distracted some during all of this, but I just had to read Matched by Ally Condie. It comes out November 30 so, look out for it!

Also, good news (for me at least) since I will be finishing this massive editing soon, I'll have more time for reading and finishing writing my other work in progress. Yay again! And don't forget to join my giveaway for a signed copy of Mockingjay! (*Contest Closed*) Happy Friday friends~


Description:

In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s barely any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one . . . until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

Review:

I loved this book. I gives you a look into how the world could be if every aspect of your life was basically out of your control but fronted as if being for the best--the best for you. From food portions to your career to who you marry is all picked out for you based on your personality statistics and genetics. Life is perfect...or not. This is a book that satisfied my want for a good dystopian story and kept me up at night to finish reading. It gave me the feel of The Give but in its own unique way. I was invested in the characters and believed the world they lived in. The plot was great with pacing and I really liked the writing style as well. I can't wait for the sequel and I think you should go pre-order your copy now! :)

Oh and p.s.- Awesome Halloween fun stuff coming up on the blogosphere soon! There will be a spooky story written by a number of awesome authors out there and, of course, prizes and giveaways too! So check out here for more details! And keep checking back in there and at my very own blog here for more updates about the event. Don't you love Halloween? What was your favorite thing to dress up as? This year I'm gonna be a peacock. Oh what fun!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Shay Doran/Nightshade



So, for those of you who don't know there is a book called Nightshade coming out soon. I've mentioned it before in an earlier post and about the marketing campaign going on with it as well, which I think is a lot of fun and an intriguing way to promote a book.

A couple weeks ago, I got an email asking if I wanted to take part in the campaign. All I had to do was give my mailing address and they'd sent me something related to the book. Well, after seeing the first round of marketing packages that were sent out (which you can view here. Thanks to Tynga over at Tynga's Reviews who was sent one of them along with a bunch of other people) I definitely wanted to join in on the fun! So here was my package!

Wrapped up for me was this old book with two pages bookmarked in it.
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The first page looks like this.
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If you can't see the pattern that is circled, it says, "The grand daughter of Eira" (or at least I think it's saying Eria).

And the second one is:
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Which I think says, "Marise Bane"

So these are just a couple of the clues to the story from Nightshade which comes out October 19th. For a description of the book, click on the picture of Nightshade and to see all the videos and clues check out Shay Doran's page or his facebook page.



Zombies or Unicorns?


This weekend was filled with book-related events for me. First, I went to the signing of Mockingjay with Suzanne Collins like my post below says (and where you can enter to win your own signed copy!) And the next day I went to a book festival!

At the festival, I got to watch a debate between Team Zombie (Carrie Ryan, Scott Westerfeld, & Justine Larbalestier) and Team Unicorn (Holly Black, Diana Peterfreund, & Kathleen Duey)

I really wish I had taken video of the debate because it was hilarious! I especially enjoyed when Scott Westerfeld read excerpts out of zombie and unicorn books and the voices he did while reading them. All of the author were wonderful and funny.

(I know, this isn't really a good photo at all. Sorry)
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I also got to pick up a copy of Zombies vs Unicorns, which I can't wait to start reading. Sounds awesome! And they were all kind enough to sign books for everyone too. I was able to get that book signed by all of them along with my copies of The Forest of Hands and Teeth & The Dead-tossed Waves signed by Carrie Ryan too! Yay! I also gave her a little mini art picture thing of this sculpture that I did because I loved the books so much.

Anyway, go check out their books! I haven't read all of them yet, but I definitely plan on it. All of their books sound amazing!

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So, friends, did you guys do anything fun or special this weekend? Looking forward to any books coming out or read anything that you thought was simply amazing?

Oh, and...Team Zombie!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Awesome Night & Giveaway!

Hey friends!

I've had an amazing night tonight! Wanna know what I did? Sure you do!

1. I finished my editing for my critique partner. Yay!

2. I got to pick my hubby up from the airport, so he's home now. Double Yay!

and the coolest thing?!

3. I got to go to a book signing by Suzanne Collins for Mockingjay! Triple Yay! and even more giddiness!

Wanna see pictures? Well, here you go!

Yup, that's Suzanne Collins and me, sitting on her desk!
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Ooooh, what a pretty signature stamp!
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And do you want to know the best part?! Of course, you do!

I was able to get TWO copies of Mockingjay signed (okay well, it's really a stamp b/c Suzanne Collins hurt her wrist, BUT it's a stamp specially made just for this tour! So, still awesome!) And because I have two copies I am going to have a giveaway!! One of you, lovely readers, will get a free specially stamped copy! Yay!! Cool, right?

*Contest Closed*
Okay so, this is going to be a U.S. contest and it will also be for those that follow my blog. So, if you don't already, just hit follow and then you can enter into the giveaway contest too!~ The winner will be random and of course, if you tweet, facebook, blog, or otherwise spread the love for this giveaway I will give you two entries into the contest! Just leave the link for me in your comment.

I will pick a winner on October 11th! So just enter by commenting below, leave your email address so I can contact you if you win (make sure you write it like this: awesomeness(at)awesome(dot)com -so you don't get spammed), and good luck!

And if you want to read my review on Mockingjay, you can here!
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(and yes! I went overboard on my exclamation marks tonight!! That! Happy!)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Upcoming books

Upcoming books to look out for in September-November!

Thought I'd share some books that are coming out soon that I have been oh-so-eagerly anticipating!


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Crave by Laura J. Burns- Out September 21st
This is a pretty interesting twist on the whole vampire genre and I can't wait to see how it plays out and how it's done.

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff- Out September 21st
Everything I've heard about this book makes it sound twisted and creepy and awesome. What could be better?

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl- Out October 12th
If you haven't yet, go read Beautiful Creatures. Beautiful Darkness is the sequel to this and it was pretty good. I'll admit it's not one of my "oh-my-gosh-you-have-to-read-this-now!" favorites, but it was still a good read.

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick- Out October 19th
I've been waiting for this one the second I finished Hush, Hush (this is the sequel to Hush, Hush.) I. Can't. Wait....Seriously!

Nightshade
by Andrea Cremer- Out October 19th
This book sounds really interesting and if you haven't met Shay Doran (one of the characters in the book) you can here! This is a really neat marketing campaign and it's actually what first got me interested in the book.

Matched
byAlly Condie- Out November 30th
I'm so excited to read this book and my friend (and critique partner) Danielle, is going to be awesome and let me read her early copy before the book comes out! Thanks Danielle! Of course, I'm also going to pick up my own copy on Nov. 3oth too. I have a feeling I'm going to LOVE this book! I'm getting into the dystopian style books. (another I can't wait for is Divergent by Veronica Roth, but that doesn't come out until May 2011.)

And those are just a few that I can think of right now that I know are coming out soon! I'm sure there will be plenty more that I find and read during those months too, not to mention others that are already out that I've been meaning to read. So, lovely readers, what books are coming out soon that you can't wait to get your hands on?


Happy reading,
Christina!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Contest for Writers

*Contest Closed* (and yay! I actually won one of the prizes! eek!)

If any of you that follow my blog are also writers, then this site has a great contest going on for you! Also, even if you don't want to enter the contest for some ridiculous and crazy reason then the site itself is also an amazing reference for writers, so you should still check it out if you like to write!~

Have a great weekend friends and read some awesome books!~

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Review: The Mortal Instrument Series

I feel as if I haven't done a review in quite a while, so I figured I'd share my thoughts on The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare. So far, out right now are the 1st-City of Bones, the 2nd-City of Ashes, and 3rd-City of Glass. The next one out will be City of Fallen Angels.

I loved these books so much! They're full of all kinds of paranormal creatures and intrigue. I could not put them down and when I had to, I still had the characters swirling around in my brain screaming for my attention (that's a good thing ;p ) I loved the interaction between all of the character, especially all the snarky sarcastic responses from Will and some of the others.

The setting and world are creative and believable. It's mix between modern New York and a made up country that functions without real electronics and such. You'd think that would be an odd mixture, but it really works here. From page one of the first book the story takes off and it only gets better as it goes on throughout the rest of the books. So, if you get the chance I'd recommend you checking this series out! There is also a new series Cassandra Clare has just started. It centers around the same world of paranormal creatures and the people who silently protect humanity from them, but is set in Victorian England instead of modern NY. The first of that series is Clockwork Angel and I loved it just as much as The Mortal Instrument series.

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Description for City of Bones (the first in The Mortal Instrument series):

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know....



And here's the description for Clockwork Angel (The first in the Infernal Devices Series) too!:

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When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: Jem, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa.
As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.


So, if you get a chance to read these lovely books then I hope you like them as much as I did. And *eh hem* team Will all the way in the Infernal Devices series.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

BlogFest Contests!

*Contests are closed*

Hey everyone! Hope you're all having an awesome week! I've been so busy (or just completely absorbed in the books I'm currently reading, *eh-hem* The Mortal Instrument series by Cassandra Clare, go check them out please!)

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in and let all of you wonderful people know about this ENORMOUS collaborative blog fest giveaway going on. There are over 200! contests that you can enter! Here is the link. At the bottom of the page is a list of everyone hosting a giveaway related to BlogFest! So have fun, enter contests, and I hope you guys can win some cool stuff! But, it ends tomorrow night at midnight so get to it and have an amazing weekend!! ;)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Review: Paranormalcy


Description:

Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie's always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals' glamours, but still. Normal.

Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.




Review:

Paranormalcy was such a fun book to read. I loved the character of Evie. She's funny and snarky in a cute way. Of course, how could you not be with a pink taser named Tasey? Evie is believable as a person and so are her relationships with those around her. I loved her relationship with Lend. So cute. It really captured all of the nervous happiness of a first crush/love.

This book had it all: werewolves, vampires, mermaids, ect. and yet it was all done in a really refreshing way! And, of course, Kiersten threw in a couple creative creatures of her own that were amazing! The world and settings that she created in Paranormacly were done just as well as the characters. I can't think of one thing about this book that I didn't love. So, if you love paranormal stories but want a fresh feel then definitely check this book out! "Oh bleep" it was a good book! (don't worry. you'll get the joke once you read the book!) So what are you waiting for? Go...read! And have an awesome night, friends! I'm off to go read Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare now :) ......oh yeah, and maybe get some of my own writing done too. ;)

p.s.-Kiersten White is having a lovely little contest with very cool prizes for the release of Paranormalcy. The link is here! *Contest is closed*

Review: Mockingjay

Description:

Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss's family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.


It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans -- except Katniss.


The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss's willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebels' Mockingjay -- no matter what the personal cost.

Review:

For those of you who have been living under a rock and haven't heard about the Hunger Games trilogy then you need to go out and get them! Mockingjay is the third and final installment in the trilogy which started with The Hunger Games and then Catching Fire.

Suzanne Collins creates a rich world in her books that you can't help but feel a part of as you are reading them. The characters are amazing. Team Gale? Team Peeta? Oh, who to choose! All of the characters add their own special touch to the novels and you can really find a connection with them! Katniss is such a great character. I really and absolutely loved these books and Mockingjay had me staying up late to read then next chapter, and the next, and the next one after that! I didn't want to put it down! I completely recommend these books to anyone looking for a good read...but don't be surprised if you cry along the way! I know I did! So if you haven't yet (*gasp*) read them then go pick them up somewhere! Bookstore, friend's, library, anywhere but definately check these books out!