Saturday, October 29, 2011

Spooktacular 2011


I'm so excited be part of the YA Spooktacular, hosted by Frenzy of Noise & Wicked Awesome Books. Yesterday, you got to follow along with Story 3: PARTY TIME and follow the adventure. Today, you can enter the Story Prize Pack! Yay!!

If you missed it, check out story 3 at the beginning here!
Also, check out more awesomeness with story 1 here! and story 2 here!

To find out all the updated information on all stories and prizes head on over to Frenzy of Noise (one of our amazing hosts!) where they can get updated information for ALL the stories:

OH! ALSO! Don't forget to enter the GRAND PRIZE giveaway going up Oct. 31st at Frenzy of Noise and Wicked Awesome Books!

Now for the good stuff! Prizes, prizes, and more prizes to go along with the 3rd story!


Here's what's in the prize pack:
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children book/poster
  • Quirk Books Tote Bag
  • Signed copy Swoon/Swear by Nina Malkin
  • finished copy of Fury by Elizabeth Miles
  • signed copy of Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann
  • After Obsession (ARC) by Carrie Jones
  • Unleashed (ARC) by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie
  • Signed ARC Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
  • The Springsweet (ARC) by Saundra Mitchell
  • Signed copy of The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
  • copy of Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin
  • SWAG


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Review: The Pledge

Description:

In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines what class you are, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place—looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she’s been hiding her whole life. Her only place of release is the drug-filled underground club scene, where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she’s never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. Through a series of violent upheavals, it becomes clear that Charlie herself is the key to forcing out the oppressive power structure of her kingdom….

Review:

The idea of this story was so interesting--a world separated into different class systems based on what language(s) they are allowed to speak--and it did not disappoint. I really liked this book!

Charlie (Charlaina) is an interesting character. She's strong, caring, and loyal while stuck in an oppressive society. I really enjoyed her as the protagonist and rooted and cheered for her the whole time. And then there's Max. Oh, I lurrvvv him. I don't want to talk too much about him and spoil his story but I'm confident that if you read this novel, you'll love him too! (Oh his note to Charlie!)

So yes, this is another recommended read! This story had great pacing and several very nice twists. One in particular that I didn't see coming at all but I loved it! This book was wonderfully and beautifully written and I can't wait for the next one! So check out The Pledge when it comes out on November 15, 2011!

ps-how gorgeous is this cover?! I love it.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!



Hey everyone! Here's another giveaway, part of the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop hosted by iamareadernotawriter (Just to clarify, the is not part of the YAspooktacular that's hosted by Danielle and Nikki which you can find out more info on here)

The rules for this giveaway are going to be simple. It will run from Oct. 24th to the 31st and I'll pick a winner a day or so after. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below letting me know you want to be entered along with a way for me to reach you if you are the winner! That's it! You *don't* have to be a follower (but if you wanna click that follow button, it'll make me smile)

And now on to the prize for this giveaway! One winner will receive a copy of Time Riders by Alex Scarrow!


Also, this Hop is HUGE! Make sure you check out some of the hundreds (yes, hundreds) of other participating blogs! You can find a list of them here!

Thanks for entering and good luck!~

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Spectacular Spooktacular!

So there's this HUGE event happening on October 24. You may have heard it.

This event is going to be spectacular guys!! Seriously! It's hosted by Danielle at Frenzy of Noise and Nikki at Wicked Awesome Books.


This year there are three Choose-Your-Own-Adventure stories! How awesome is that?! Plus, TONS and TONS of prizes! So many! Three stories, LOTS of prizes and some of your favorite authors participating. You can click here to see the full run-down of the authors, the bloggers and even some of the prizes. You won't want to miss it!


Story One starts on October 24 at Pure Imagination.
Story 1 Authors:
Beth Revis
Lia Habel
Kate Kaynak
Shannon Delany
Ty Drago
Jen Nadol
Kim Welchons
Caroline Richmond
Christina Ferko (Hey, that's me! Yup, I'm happy to say that I was given the opportunity to write one of the parts for this story! So don't forget to check it out!)
Zoraida Cordova
Nova Ren Suma

Story Two starts on October 26 at Reading Teen.
Story 2 Authors:
Tessa Gratton
Gretchen McNeil
Ariane Mandell
Leigh Fallon
Leanna Renee Hieber
Heidi R. Kling
Amy Garvey
Cindy Thomas
Ilsa J. Bick
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Lani Woodland

Story Three starts on October 28 at Page Turners Blog.

Nick James
Jessica Spotswood
Scott Tracey
Patricia Osei
Jennifer Rush
Elizabeth Miles
Kimberly Derting
Kristi Cook
Victoria Schwab
Danielle Bunner
Adele Griffin




Now, you can help the spread the word--and win!!

Tweet! Use the #YASpooktacular hash tag on twitter. We'll be there all week!

Or post something on your blog/faceboook. Feel free to grab our YA Spooktacular button, header, or write another post telling all your followers about the event. The more people that know about it, the better!

If you leave a comment on this post or the one at Wicked Awesome Books with a link to where you posted/tweeted/etc about the #YASpooktacular, then you can be entered to win a mini-prize pack before the event even starts! It runs from now until Sunday, October 23 at 10pm.
  • ARC of In Darkness by Nick Lake
  • ARC of The Radleys by Matt Haig
  • ARC of Enthralled anthology
  • ARC of Going Underground by Susan Vaught
  • ARC of A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
  • Welcome To Bordertown anthology
  • ARC of The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann
  • Generation Dead & Kiss of Life by Daniel Waters
Happy Tweeting! Get ready for the #YASpooktacular!


So yeah, check out the stories and don't forget to come stop back here near the end of the contest because I'll also be hosting one of the story prize packs! (which is a crazy amazing prize guys! Trust me. I want to win it lol)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Description:

Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.

She's wrong.


Review:

Wow. Oh, wow. This book was amazing (with a beautiful cover too!). I devoured it. This is one of those novels that is a complete page-turner. The opening letter itself was wonderful. Pulls you right in with lots of intrigue.

Mara is a great character. Intriguing, full of depth, and such a snarky smart-aleck. I loved her.
And Noah is just as snarky right back to her but oh so sweet too. There relationship was fun to 'watch.' It was interesting to see it change and grow how it did.

And the storyline! I felt for Mara, I did. Michelle Hodkin really puts you right in Mara's shoes as she experiences life without all her memories after an accident that left her friends dead. Mara was confused, I was confused (but not in a bad way. In a oh-what's-happening-and-what's-going-to-happen-next-and-I-can't-wait kind of way!) And such great pacing. I wasn't left think 'oh this part could be shorter' or thinking that I wanted to skip some pages. In fact, I couldn't read fast enough and had to reread parts because I kept getting ahead of myself! It was just so good though! So full of twists and turns; a wonderful rollercoaster to be on! Seriously, check this book out guys! I can't *CAN'T* wait for the next one! I NEED it now! Who do I have to bribe for it?!


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Review: Lola and the Boy Next Door

Description:

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit -- more sparkly, more fun, more wild -- the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket -- a gifted inventor -- steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.


Review:

I loved this book so much. I don't know how Stephanie Perkins does it. I think I'll read anything she ever writes. I couldn't read Lola fast enough yet I didn't want it to end either! I'm amazed at how she creates such wonderful stories with such realistic relationships and problems.

I loved Lola and all her outrageous outfits. (And that fact that, on the cover, she has purple hair like me must mean this book was written for me. Right? Right?!) Anyway, yes. Lola was a wonderful character. Fun, realistic, layered, and caring. She's wonderful.

I really enjoyed how the relationship between Lola and Max shifts and how Lola and Cricket's (love his name) relationship evolves. All of the characters were believable and I thoroughly enjoyed 'watching' their lives change and seeing them grow.

This book is a definite read. Just like Anna and the French Kiss! (click Here to see my review of Anna) Stephanie Perkins writes books that I just want to read and read and read again!

(And Cricket is just as sweet and cute and adorable as Etienne was!) (Also, Yay for seeing Anna and Etienne in this book! Love it and can't wait for the next one!)

(I also think it goes without saying that there wasn't one part in this book were I thought it was too slow or where I became bored. Perfect pacing.)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Eep.

Hey, lovely readers. So, first off, I'm sorry for the lack of posts! I've been having problems with my right foot and going to the doctors and have been, just in general, pretty grumpy because I haven't been getting sleep from it. So yeah, I've just been reading lots to keep my mind off of it and haven't been online much. So...sorry. Eep.

That aside, I wanted to tell you guys about an awesome contest going on for anyone that writes (and to get an extra point for myself! Bwhahahah) Eh*hem....the contest. Yes. Check it out: YA author and critiquer Kathleen Foucart is offering up a first chapter crit to two lucky winners! Go enter and look at her new website here!

Also, I promise to put up a couple reviews soon. I just finished reading Lola and the Boy Next Door and it was equally as amazing as Anna and the French Kiss (both by Stephanie Perkins and both wayyyy spectacular!)

So have a great day, check out Kathleen's contest & site, and go read Lola-it won't dissapoint! :) Night, friends!