Books I can't wait to pick up...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Blogger Blow-Out Giveaway!!

Once Upon a Twilight In case you are not already aware of this fantasmic contest from Once Upon a Twilight, here you go...
Once Upon a Twilight is throwing a fantasmic contest!!! (See, I'm very informative.)  FORTY books are going to be given away as they try to clear out their shelves.  Being that I'm more than willing to take such a hefty load off their hands, I've already entered.  Even though you would be decreasing my chances of winning (seriously just kidding), you should probably check it out and enter here.
Good luck!! 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)I absolutely loved reading this book. Hex Hall is such a fun read. Filled with witty comebacks, unusual classmates, a "you-can't-help-but-to-fall-for-him" hottie, and a headstrong heroine, this book will have you laughing, as well as scrambling for the next  page.

I think one of the reasons that I really enjoyed reading Hex Hall, was the fact that it was a fresh take on the "Paranormal YA" genre. Not that I don't enjoy my angst-filled relationships and dilemmas, but it was nice to laugh a little more for a change. However, I'm sure Demonglass will probably have a darker feel (just speculation, haven't read it yet) due to the events that come to light towards the end of book one. Either way, I loved Hex Hall so much that I'm pretty sure I'll love the rest of the series, no matter the level of darkness.

All in all, I would totally recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick, fun, and exciting read. (Reader must also value sarcasm and witty remarks, whether spoken or thought.)

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Monday, May 2, 2011

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick: In stores October 4, 2011

I'm not sure I can take much more anticipation when it comes to sequels. There are too many out there to properly obsess over!! Silence comes out October 4th (which seems horribly far away) and if you're as excited as I am, you'll see why the sneak peak excerpt, released here, will drive you nuts and excite you all at the same time!!

*Update: I had to take the super cool countdown widget off this post because I could not get the sound on it turned off. It kept making me jump every time I went to my blog, but you can find it by clicking on the same link as the excerpt!)

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater: In stores July 12, 2011

In the past, each time I finished reading a book about werewolves, I decided that it was my favorite one, thinking that a story couldn't get any better than that.  However, that was until I picked up Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater (it is my remaining champion on all books that are werewolves).  I immediately fell in love with the book and plowed my way through to Linger.  Both books had me laughing, smiling, and of course, bawling like a little girl.  Although I'm sad to see The Wolves of Mercy Falls come to a close, I absolutely can't wait to see where Forever takes us.

The following videos are the trailers for Forever.  The first features music by Kate Hummel and Maggie herself.  The second (and even though Maggie and Kate totally rock in the first one, this one is my fave because of the song)  features music by Jona & Plunkett, with their version of "Summer Girl", from Shiver (Yep, the one that Sam wrote for Grace!!! <-- this totally made me smile.  *sigh* I've missed Sam.)

See, I knew you would love the song!  "Summer Girl", by Jonas & Plunkett is available for purchase on iTunes here.

Be sure to pre-order your copy ASAP.  If you are a super nerd about having your books signed (such as myself) you can pre-order a signed copy of Forever from Fountain Bookstore here.(Psst, they also have signed copies of Julie Kagawa's books...just in case you were interested.)

In honor of the release date getting closer, Maggie is hosting a contest on her blog here.  So go check it out and help spread the word!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Great Contest Opportunity! (and one that I would totally freak out about if I won...)

Nikki, of Wicked Awesome Books, is hosting a contest that any Mortal Instruments fan would squeal over (myself being one of them).  She's offering one lucky winner the chance to have the enter TMI series (thus far) signed by the amazing Cassandra Clare herself.  How freaking awesome is that?!?!?!  So be sure to check out her blog here, and spread the word!!

Great Contest Opportunity!

Lily with Book Lungs is hosting an awesome 300 Follower Giveaway on her blog.  This is what's up for grabs:

Die for Me
The Mephisto Covenant
Plus a chance to pick from some of this year's best 2011 releases!!

So click here to check out her blog and enter!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Support Teen Lit Day: Thursday, April 14th

Those who know me personally,  have accepted that I am in fact, an extreme book enthusiast (that's such a nice way of saying book nerd).  For those, I'm sure you will find this next topic both interesting and appalling.  For others, perhaps your outlook and appreciation for our freedom of speech will be strengthened.

How many of you are aware that there is indeed a process for having books banned within the United States?  I'm sure some would say that you figured there would be, and others might reflect and think, "Surely that was phased out decades ago!"   Everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion.  It's why we have two major news networks that share their political spins.  It's why the first amendment, adopted in 1791, has remained a basis for the views, actions, and opportunities that our country is known for.

However, I'm left to ponder this conundrum: At what point does your "opinion" affect my right to freedom of speech?  Freedom of speech is not restricted to verbal communication.  Instead, it includes any receiving or delivering of ideas or information, regardless of the medium in which you choose to present it in.  Of course, you have extremists in every situation, with "Hate Speech" being one of the primary reasons why freedom of speech can be null and void.  Yet, when does banning a published novel fall into a category that deserves removal from society?

The American Library Association publishes a list each year on the most challenged books.  "Challenged" should not be confused with expressing personal opinions.  They are, however, attempts to remove books from curriculums and libraries, thus limiting the access and choices of others.  Many state that material from a certain book  was offensive, unsuited for an age group, or contains explicit material.  Take a moment to turn on the television or the radio.  Teens are constantly surrounded by explicit and offensive material that has no other purpose than to gather attention and make money.  Why not ban all songs that reference women in a degrading manner?  Why bother with warnings at the beginning of a show stating "mature audiences only" when they could still technically watch it?  Why not ban all shows above a PG rating?  Why? Because people deserve options and not all people are the same.  While I commend parents who monitor what their children are involved in, whether it be groups of friends, activities, and yes, even reading material, let's remember that each young adult novel is now published with a suggested reading age/grade.  This is determined by publishers.  If your child's age is within the range, but you still don't approve, use your right as a parent to restrict their choices.  However, this does not have to be imposed onto others.

I'm shocked at the books listed on this list!  Are there no other things in the world that should garner more attention??  Society should be reading MORE, not less.  Whether you like Twilight, or maybe you're a Hunger Games fan (or even both), these books have captured the attention of both youths and adults across our nation for a reason.  Let's celebrate that instead of shutting out so many opportunities that could engage someone to open up a book or two.

So go ahead, challenge and ban as many books as you like.  Chances are, you'll create a stir and generate just enough publicity to make people go to a bookstore and pick it up.  Or better yet, let's focus on issues that truly affect younger audiences: healthy eating habits, bullying issues, image appreciation, drug prevention, drunk driving...I could continue with this list, but I suppose you get the idea.

Ok, my book rant is over.  If you finished reading this note, thank you.  Reader Girlz, a YA book review blog, has a challenge for those who want to spread awareness on this issue with a campaign called "Rock the Drop".  If interested, check out their website that is listed below.  If you want to learn more about the topic in general, the American Library Association (ALA) has a complete list of the most challenged books, as well as more information on the banning process and how it hinders our freedom of speech and choice.  Some of the books that are listed are currently considered some of the most popular books among a variety of audiences.  It's obvious that they would not result in a successful banning.  (I could only imagine the turmoil this country would go through if people were not able to get their Edward Cullen and Jacob Black fix.)  Yet, before you take steps to limit the options of others, take a moment to ask yourself, "Is this truly harmful, or simply not what I would choose?"  Realize that you were able to say "choose", where others may not have that option.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Lisa's "Second-of-Many-Contests-for-No-Reason" -- Chance at an Original Sin ARC

Original Sin's release date (July 5th) is only three months away!! For those who didn't win a copy of Original Sin, by Lisa Desrochers, in her last two contests, she has more to share! Lisa is running another contest to give away not only a signed ARC of Original Sin, but also a signed copy of Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins! Head on over to her blog, here, to see how to enter. Good luck!

Be sure to check out Original Sin on Goodreads.

If you don't win (or even if you do), you can pre-order Original Sin at any of these bookstores:
Books A Million
Barnes & Noble
Indie Bound

                                                          Release Date:
July 5, 2011!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Half-Blood Teaser Trailer + a chance at some awesome prizes!! What could be better?!?

Jennifer Armentrout is the author of the upcoming novel, Half-Blood.   

(Be sure to click on the title to read the Goodreads synopsis.)  Jennifer recently posted the first teaser-trailer for the book!!

In honor of its release, Jennifer is hosting a great contest on her blog, and all you have to do is spread some love for the trailer!!  So head on over and check it out here, for your chance to win 2 new release books and tons of cool swag.

Half-Blood comes out September 15,2011, and can be pre-ordered at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Songs that I can't seem to get enough of this week...

Great Contest Opportunity!

Clouse-Ever is hosting an awesome contest in honor of spreading the word about an upcoming book that is sure to rock everyone's socks off.  It's called The Carrier of the Mark, by Leigh Fallon, which is expected to be released September 13,2011.  Head on over to Clouse-Ever's blog, here,  and enter to win a ton of books and other prizes just by spreading the word!!

In the meantime, you can pre-order The Carrier of the Mark at Barnes & NobleAmazon, and Indie Bound now!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I became absorbed with this book by the time I finished the first chapter. For those who have read this book, I'm sure you can agree with me that Shiver is a love story first, and a werewolf novel second. Maggie Stiefvater introduced me to a world where true love has no boundaries. As I continued reading, it felt as if I was a part of Sam and Grace's relationship. When they smiled, I smiled. When they kissed, I felt giddy. When departure seemed near, my heart ached with them.

I believe the reason why I felt so involved with the characters, was due to the fact that the story is told from two different perspectives, Grace and Sam. I loved the unique viewpoints this offered. So many times, as a reader, you only get to experience one character's side of the story. With Shiver, however, you're able to experience the ups and downs of the emotional roller coaster of a journey as two people fall even deeper in love.

All in all, Shiver is a magnificent read. Stiefvater has created a world in which you can dream about and relate to, all at the same time. I can't wait to get started on Linger.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

DeliriumDelirium by Lauren Oliver

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I initially picked up this book because of the praise it received among the blogger community, but I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or not. Considering love to be a disease was such a unique book topic, yet I found myself wondering how it could be done. However, as I continued to read, I found myself getting more and more absorbed. Without giving away any plot information, I'll just say that Delirium is definitely one of my favorite reads of 2011, so far.

One of my first "favorite books" (and I say first, because I have way too many to pick just one) was 1984, by George Orwell. For those who have read 1984, you can see why I would enjoy this book. I would recommend Delirium to anyone who is looking for a refreshing read that will leave them smiling, crying, and begging for more.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Another Original Sin ARC Contest!!

For those who didn't win a copy of Original Sin by Lisa Desrochers in her last contest, there is no need to fret! Lisa is running another contest on her blog to give away some pre-release copies of the book! Head on over to her blog, here, to see how to enter. Good luck!

Be sure to check out Original Sin on Goodreads.

If you don't win (or even if you do), you can pre-order Original Sin at any of these bookstores:
Books A Million
Barnes & Noble
Indie Bound

Release Date:
July 5, 2011!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Divergent by Veronica Roth

I can't wait for this book to come out!  I've heard such good things from other bloggers, all of which say that they absolutely adore the heroine in the book. Divergent comes out May 3, 2011.  You can pre-order at any of these places: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indie Bound.

However, if you simply can't wait till May, Miss Page Turner's City of Books is currently offering a contest to win an ARC of Divergent!! Check out her blog, here, to find out how to enter.  Good luck!!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Original Sin ARC Contest!!

Words cannot describe how flippin excited I am for Original Sin to come out July 5, 2011!! Lisa Desrochers is running a contest on her blog to give away some pre-release copies of the book! Head on over to her blog, here, to see how to enter. Good luck!

Be sure to check out Original Sin on Goodreads.

If you don't win, don't fret! You can pre-order Original Sin at any of these bookstores:
Books A Million
Barnes & Noble
Indie Bound

EDIT: Call Me Crazy Books Reviews is currently running a contest to win an Original Sin ARC as well!! So enter here for another chance to get your hands on one!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

The Iron King (Iron Fey, #1)The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm in awe at how much I enjoyed reading this book. The characters, the setting, the creatures, it all comes together to make an entirely new world. Julie Kagawa's descriptions led me to feel as if I was actually there in Nevernever. I can see why I've been hearing so much hype about the series from other readers. I've got to say, the references to Midsummer Night’s Dream were an unexpected surprise. Throughout reading the book, you can definitely get a feel for how much research must have went into it.

Favorite character? Aside from the obvious trio...Grimalkin. Who wouldn't love a witty feline??

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I absolutely loved this book. I've read quite a few books that were centered around, or involved angels. I love how Cynthia Hand created a world completely different from anything that I've read before. I was hooked within the first few pages. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series!

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Beautiful Darkness, by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles, #2)Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I might be late on discovering The Caster Chronicles, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. After finishing it, the title means so much more than what I thought at the beginning. Ethan and Lena must both come to terms with who they are, even if it means facing difficult truths. I absolutely can't wait to see what happens next.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

More Contest Opportunities!!

Suzanne Young, author of the upcoming novel, A Need So Beautiful, is having an  "Awesome Contest of Awesomeness" on her blog!! What's so awesome about it?  How about an ARC of her novel, PLUS an ARC of Hannah Moscowitz's novel, Invicible Summer, not to mention some great swag!  (See, I told you it was awesome.) You can enter the contest here!   Good luck!! *Contest ends February 28th*

Book Flame Reviews is offering their followers the chance to win a copy of Angelfire, by Courtney Allison Moulton.  From what I've read from teasers and reviews so far, this book sounds like it is going to be awesome!  So go over to their blog, look around, and enter their contest here! *Contest ends March 15th*

Beautiful Creatures, by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful CreaturesBeautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I initially picked up this book, I had no idea what it was about. All I knew was that everyone kept talking about how great it was. Once I began reading, it took me a few chapters to really get absorbed into the story. I mainly think that was my fault for having a hectic couple of days, because I definitely did get "absorbed". Kami and Margaret took me to a place that I could relate to on some level; I'm a Southerner as well. Although, I have to say, I hope my accent is not as prominent as "The Sisters"!! :) I've always loved books with a magical element to them. Beautiful Creatures has that and so much more.

If you are looking for a book to get lost in, definitely pick this one up and start reading. Beautiful Creatures is a page-gripping supernatural roller coaster of mystery, action, and romance, all bound together with a nice southern drawl.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Love new books + swag? Who doesn't right?!? Read below to find out how...


Reading Teen is offering one lucky follower the chance to win a copy of The Vespertine by Saundra Mitchell.  From what I've read on other sites, this sounds like an amazing book that I can't wait to get my hands on.  Go to their site, here, and enter!  Contest ends March 7th, which is the release day as well, so if you don't win....GO OUT AND BUY A COPY!!

To find out more about The Vespertine, check these places:
and of course, Saundra's website!

Good luck!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Angelfire By: Courtney Allison Moulton

Angelfire is finally here!! I'm so freaking excited about this book!  Excerpts here, teasers I can finally read it from cover to cover.  As part of Courtney's "FEAR THE REAPER" countdown giveaways, she is offering one lucky winner an ARC of Angelfire!! Check out here blog and find out how to enter! 

You can find Courtney on Twitter and Goodreads.  Be sure to order her book!!

Happy reading!!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Great Contest Opportunities!!

Sarah, with Feeling Fictional, is hosting a giveaway to win signed copies of Lauren Kate's books, Fallen and Torment!!! For a chance to win, head on over to her blog here!! In fact, she is doing a new giveaway EACH DAY of this week!! How great is that?!?  Today's giveaway is a signed copy of Entangled, by Cat Clarke enter here! Contest ends February 28th.

 Christin and Louise, with Between the Covers, are hosting a giveaway to win a signed copy of Melissa Marr's book, Radiant Shadows.  Check their blog out here, and see how to enter! Contest ends February 13th.

I found a great new blog to start following. Taschima Cullen, with Bloody Bookaholic, is having an epic "Goodbye 2010" contest.  Tons of great books are up for grabs people, so go check it out here! Contest ends February 16th.

I love reading other blogs.  Many times, I can find numerous books that I've never even heard of!   Jessica, from Confessions of a Bookaholic, has an amazing interview with author, Pam Bachorz.  Pam's new book, Drought, is up for grabs!  Check out Jessica's blog and find out how to enter! Contest ends March 6th.

 I couldn't believe my eyes when I found out about this next contest.  Angela, with Dark Faerie Tales, is hosting an amazing "Mega Valentine's Day Giveaway".  If you love books (of course you do, you wouldn't be here otherwise) then head on over to her blog and enter! Contest ends February 28th.

I ran across the coolest blog today.  Extreme Reader has some great reviews and posts, and right now, an amazing contest! Enter on her blog here, to pick out which prize pack fits you best! Contest ends February 28th.

Good luck!

Saturday, February 5, 2011


Hey everyone (or myself at this point)!! I'm new to the whole "Blogging Experience" So be patient with me; I'm still in the process of figuring this all out!