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~Review: The Killing Woods
~Review: The Waiting Sky
~Review: A Certain Slant of Light
~Review: Timepiece
~Review: Infinityglass


Monday, August 31, 2009

Contest Reminder!!!

Alright people, you have until 11:59pm EST time tonight to enter my contest for Snap. So if you haven't entered I sugest you hurry up and enter. Remember this contest is open INTERNATIONALLY! Winner will be announced shortly after it ends. And I do mean shortly. I assign entry numbers as soon as the entries come in, thus the explanation behind comment approval. So all I'll have to do is head on over to random.org, plug in the numbers and see what it spits out. :D

Good luck everyone.

Enter HERE



Blogger Interview: Bloody Bookaholic

I would like to proudly introduce you all to Taschima from Bloody Bookaholic. I had the pleasure of interviewing her for my blog and here is how it went...........

Blog: Bloody Bookaholic
Name: Taschima
Age: 16


Book/Blog Related:
1. Please tell us a little bit about your blog.
~Bri? You don't remember me? It's your Twin Taschima! Well since you have a case of amnesia I will tell you, yet again, about me and what I do.

Ramblings of a Bookaholic really. That is a good title, I should have thought of it sooner... Anyways since you want to know my blog is called Bloody Bookaholic, and it's all book related. I tend to babble constantly, as my followers must know. I do reviews, interviews, contests, the works. I have a major contest right now. Called Mega Palooza, you can all join. No Bri, you already entered. Can't enter two times girl.

2. What is your favorite part about blogging? Why?
~Reading what my followers have to say. The exchange of ideas! I am always up for a good debate. Like, for example, I did a post called Blasphemy, in which I rambled about Miley Cirus being chosen to be the protagonist of Wings. People just went nuts! It was so much fun to read the replies! Even the ones that said she was a good actor and should get the part (which I don't think it's true but oh well)

3. On average, how many books do you read a month?
~Hmmm... Am... Why does it smell like smoke? *brain in flames*
I sincerely don't know. It really depends, on the summer I couldn't read that much, with a job and the partying. But on a normal month I could read from 10-20 books.


4. What is one book that you think everyone should read before they die? Why?
~This is a tough one. I think people should read multiple books before they die. Hmm if you are asking my adult self I would say Black Dagger Brotherhood Series. If you ask my intellectual self I would say The Picture of Dorian Gray. If you ask my childish self I would say Harry Potter Series, and if you ask my teen self I would say Vampire Academy series.

5. What 3 books are you most anticipating the release of this year? Next year?
~This year...
1. The Van Alen Legacy
2. Covet: A Novel of the Fallen Angels
3. Shadowland

Next Year...
1. Spirit Bound: A Vampire Academy Novel.
2. Next Sookie Stackhouse Book
3. Next Black Dagger Brotherhood Book


6. Where is your favorite place to read?
~I can read anywhere. I don't really have a 'place'. But a good atmosphere, for me, it's at school. Instead of listening to the teacher I read. How I get good grades is a total mystery.

7. Do you write?
~I review. So I guess I kind of 'write'. I have never started a book, and not even plan to. But I do edit. I love to edit, it's so much fun!

Non Book/Blog related:
8. What are some little known facts about you?
~I sometimes like to be called Bubba... Nah, not really... Or do I?

Hahaha I am a fiction lover. Total paranormal junkie. I cannot read non-fiction. I figure if you are going to read a book to escape from this ill world, why just go into books about more problems?!

9. What is your favorite supernatural/fantasy creature? Why?
~Vampires. I love the whole darkness that surrounds them. Vampires are so complicated. So sexy. My favorite vampires come from my favorite series The Black Dagger Brotherhood. I cannot put into words why exactly I am so mesmerized by them, Its like trying to describe your favorite book, too many things come to mind at the same time.

10. If you were to create your own 'Bucket List' (Things to do before you 'kick the bucket'), what would be the first 3 things on it?
~1. Go to Europe
2. Read every single book my soul desires.
3. Kiss Jim Sturgess. Actually, this should be number one...


11. You have just been awakened to the police banging on your front door. What is the first thought that pops into your mind?
~Who the hell is waking ME up?!!?!?! Oh, the police... Bathroom break first, police later.

12. Anything else you'd like to add?
Are you ok now Bri? Remember everything? Yeah? Good, I was starting to get scared. Glad your ok Twin <3>

Thanks to everyone for reading, and keep visiting Bri's blog.

Why? Well like one very wise person said to me once:"Cause she rocks, and we rock, and we people who rock gotta stick together."

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Awwww, she thinks I'm wise. And with good reason to, because I know all. Be afraid. Be very afraid. :P

Thanks for stopping by my blog and don't forget to go pay Taschima a visit over at Bloody Bookaholic. She has a great blog!

I hope to see ya'll here again soon. :D








Sunday, August 30, 2009

BBAW Nomination



Ok so I should have posted this a long long time ago but, well life got in the way and then I forgot about it. Hey better late than never.

Well, I got an email a while back saying that I was nominated for Most Eclectic Taste Blog. A shout out and huge thank you to whoever it was that nominated me. I'm flattered and really appreciate that you thought of my blog. :D

There is going to be a lot of stuff going on in honor of BBAW. Click the button above to go to the BBAW page and find out how you can participate.


Saturday, August 29, 2009

In My Mailbox (13)


In My Mailbox

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Ok so I got a lot of great books in my mailbox this week.

Contests
~ARC Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble (Won from Library Lounge Lizard)
~ARC Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Won from Whitney Miller)

For Review
~The Snowball Effect by Holly Nicole Hoxter
~Water Witch by Deborah LeBlanc (Signed!)

BookMooch
~The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
~The Taker by J. M. Steele
~Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger
~Goy Crazy by Melissa Schorr (Signed!)
~Scribbler of Dreams by Mary E. Pearson


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This the copy of Water Witch that I received for review along with a bookmark. It is a crappy picture so I'll just type what it says.

"For Briana
May your life always be sandwiched between happiness and hope.
Deborah LeBlanc"

How sweet of her. :D


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Ok so I was admiring the dust jacket on my new book The Looking Glass Wars (or atleast new to me) when I saw an edge of the book peeking out. I remove the book cover to reveal a just as gorgeous book. The only difference between the book and dust jacket is that the symbol and type is in gold on the dust jacket and not the book. I was like,"OOO! Pretty!" :P

Anyway, that's it everyone. I hope you all got something good in your mailboxes as well.





Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: March 2, 2010
Pages: 480
Age Level: YA

Synopsis
What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all—looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12th should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it’s her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. In fact, she re-lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she had ever imagined.

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This book sounds so good and I can't wait to have the chance to read it. The cover is so beautiful too. The UK cover is also really pretty. You can see it over at her blog, which you should so totally check out.

Click HERE to visit her blog

Click HERE to pre-order from Amazon


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Wickedly Awesome Contests!

Contest Time at BookMac!
Hey Everyone!
I would say that BookMac is long overdue for a contest wouldn't you say???
So I would love to introduce to you two new books up for winning!


Awesome, right!? So how you win? First off you MUST leave a way for us to contact you, blog account, email, whatever floats your boat. (email preferably tho :p).

Okay so extra entry's....
+1 for commenting
+1 for participating in a poll
+5 for becoming a follower
+5 for posting about this on you website (must leave evidence)
+3 for commenting on any of our older posts (evidence people)

But wait! That's not all, if we can get 50 followers in the next two weeks (August 26th) then 2 more books will be added to the pile, and if we can get 60 or more followers ........ Crazy Beautiful ARC will be added!!!

So get following people!

This contest will end August 28th!

Go HERE to enter!

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Countdown to The Dark Divine Contest at Read Bree


So here's how this month's contest will work:

Qualified participants will be entered into a drawing to win one of three prizes:

1. A pedicure kit complete with my new THE DARK DIVINE nail polish! + An autographed ARC of THE DARK DIVINE + $15 gift card to Barnes & Noble.
2. Signed copy of MY BIG NOSE AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS by Sydney Salter + Signed copy of LIFE IN THE PIT by Kristen Landon
3. A $30 gift card to Barnes & Noble

What's a qualified participant you ask? Well, you must be a follower of the blog or twitter to qualify, so if you are not already a follower....you know...become one :D. You must also earn a minimum of 5 points from the list below to qualify.

1. Already a blog follower= 4pts
2. Already a twitter follower= 2pts
3. Become a new blog follower= 3pts
4. Become a new Twitter follower= 1pt
5. Post a twitter update about contest= 1pt
6. Blog about the contest= 5pts (must be in a post)
7. Post a comment responding to the questions posed below= 2pts

Contest ends midnight Aug. 29th. I'll post winners the following day.

For more information and to enter, go HERE!

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100 Followers Giveaway at The Tainted Poet

Enter HERE for your chance to win an ARC copy of Hush, Hush and more!

Open to USA only and ends September 22.

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Contests at /-La Femme Readers-/
#1. 3 ARC Book Giveaway of Legacy by Cayla Cluver
Yay! Another giveaway! If you guys haven't noticed by my review, I'm in love with this book and I'm so happy that Cayla and her marketing agent Natalie are sharing 3 ARC books with all of you!

**CONTEST RULES**

+1 Answer question + your e-mail address: If you were a prince or a princess and your duty was to marry a person that your father wanted, what would you do? Would you fulfill your responsibility or follow your heart? [You must answer this question to be entered]
+2 Become a follower
+3 If you're already a follower [I love ya all!]
+1 Twitter about contest [Please add link]
+3 Announce the contest on your blog post or sidebar [Please add link]
+3 Any other type of promoting [Please add links]

-Contest is open for US only
.-Their will be 3 different winners
.-Deadline: August 30, 2009, winner will be announced on August 31, 2009.Start....NOW!

Click HERE to enter!

#2. 200 Followers Giveaway

Whoo hoo! I now have 200 followers and I just wanted to thank everyone for caring about my blog, I love ya all and here's a giveaway to show my gratitude! *Hugs* Below are the two books I'm giving away...


**CONTEST RULES**

-Open to U.S. & Canada only [Sorry I'm broke]
-To enter just leave a comment with your e-mail address!
-Their will be two winners, one will win Secret Society & the other will win Jumping Off Swings. So please specify if you want to enter for a specific book or for both!

Extra Entries:

+1 Follow me on twitter - http://twitter.com/lafemmereaders
+3 For becoming a new follower
+4 For my old followers [You're the best!]
+5 Promoting contest on blog sidebar/twitter/or any other place [Please include links, or else they won't count as an entry.]
+6 For putting an actual post on your blog [Link please]

-Contest ends September 30, 2009 at midnight.-Winner will be announced on September 31, 2009.

One...Two...Three...Go!

Click HERE to enter!


Monday, August 24, 2009

Review: Jumping Off Swings

Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles
Publisher: Candlewick
Pub. Date: August 11, 2009
Pages: 240
Age Level: 15+/YA


Synopsis
One pregnancy. Four friends. It all adds up to a profound time of change in this poignant, sensitively written YA novel.


Ellie remembers how the boys kissed her. Touched her. How they begged for more. And when she gave it to them, she felt loved. For a while anyway. So when Josh, an eager virgin with a troubled home life, leads her from a party to the backseat of his van, Ellie follows. But their "one-time thing" is far from perfect: Ellie gets pregnant. Josh reacts with shame and heartbreak, while their confidantes, Caleb and Corinne, deal with their own complex swirl of emotions. No matter what Ellie chooses, all four teenagers will be forced to grow up a little faster as a result. Told alternately from each character’s point of view, this deeply insightful novel explores the aftershocks of the biggest decision of one fragile girl’s life — and the realities of leaving innocence behind.

Review
Jumping Off Swings is a poignant and genuine novel that goes inside the minds of 4 teenagers and how they are each affected by one pregnancy. This book sent me through a roller coaster of emotions. I've never cried as much reading a book as I did this one.


Ellie thought Josh cared for her. She thought he wanted more than just her body. So why did he just leave her like that. Now Ellie's discovered she’s pregnant with his child. Josh is haunted by the look he left on Ellie’s face when he walked away from her. He is ashamed of what he did and since finding out she is pregnant, he wants to help but is afraid of hurting her again. Poor Caleb and Corinne are caught in the middle of a dreadful situation. Caleb, Josh’s best friend, has had a crush on Ellie for years. He's hurt by the way the guys talk about her and even more so when he discovers Josh has gotten her pregnant. Corinne, Ellie’s best friend, has never understood why Ellie does what she does. Now she has to help her through one of the roughest parts of her life.

I really loved the characters. They were very well developed, their emotions and thoughts authentic. I found myself forming a special bond with each and every one of them. Their family lives do, in a way, play a role in how they turned out the way they did. I only wish I had heard a little more about Corinne’s family. You do hear some about her parents and even more about her sister but not as much as you do about the other character’s relations. In Corinne’s case, you only here her reference them, they don’t ever actually come into the dialogue themselves.

I thought Jo Knowles did a wonderful job of writing this story. It just felt so real and believable, I really connected with it. Though I felt the book was well developed, considering its short length, I definitely would have liked to have had about 100 or so more pages.

The ending was far from what I hoped for, but sadly, was the most realistic ending this book could have been given. For that, I would like to give kudos to Jo Knowles for sticking with what would have probably happened if this story were true and not trying to give it a fairy tale ending.

This was a beautiful, touching book and I absolutely loved it. It took me no time to read, which will just make it easier for me to have time to read it again in the future. I recommend this to anyone who is looking for a great book to tug at their heart strings and make them cry.

Grade
Characters: A-
Writing: B+
Plot: B+
Ending: A
Cover: A+
Recommendable: A


Overall: A-






Blogger Interview: The Bookologist

I was so glad when I got an e-mail from YA Book Reviews requesting that I interview her. This is my first ever posting a blogger interview and I'm so excited.


Name: The Bookologist
Blog Name: The Bookologist

Book/Blog Related:
1. Please tell us a little bit about your blog.
~My blog is all about book reviews. But I also do have author interviews, IMM (In My Mailbox). I soon also will have contests. Soon enough!

2. What is your favorite part about blogging? Why?
~My favorite part about blogging is that you get to see other peoples blog and get to know them. I know so many book blogs and I think it's amazing. I really like how you could see someones creativity and work, it's really cool. Also you get to know some really awesome and cool people :)

3. On average, how many books do you read a month?
~There are 2 types of months for me. One type of month would be no school, in one month I think I can read about 20-35 books. Now, the other type of month which means I have SCHOOL, I can only read about 10-15 books a month. I'm so busy with studies especially with my honors classes, it's really hard so I have to study a lot!

4. What is one book that you think everyone should read before they die? Why?
~That is a VERY hard question. Right now my most favorite book is Prophecy Of The Sisters by Michelle Zink. Although, my sister has won contests and she has received some ARC's which I hopefully will be able to read soon. Some of those books are really good which I've been dying to read such as Hush, Hush, Ballads of Suburbia, Intertwined (I spelt that wrong I think), Once a Witch, Crazy Beatiful, The Espressologist and and some others ones. So for right now it would be Prophecy Of The Sisters by Michelle Zink. But this will definietely change for sure.

5. What 3 books are you most anticipating the release of this year? Next year?
~Even though I have a chance to read Hush, Hush, I'll still have to say Hush, Hush. Another one is Indigo Blues by Danielle Joseph releasing in 2010, I forgot what month but I'm really excited!!! The last one would be SWITCH by Carol Snow, it's actually releasing tomorrow (August 25, 2009). I really want to read it!

6. Where is your favorite place to read?
~My favorite place to read is in my bedroom. It doesn't have to be in my bedroom but somewhere cozy and silent. I always need a silent place to read, I can never read if there is noise.

7. Do you write?
~I actually do write. I'm not that person though who loves to write. I sometimes write but not often at all. But I do think I need a lot of improvment.

Non Book/Blog related:
8. What are some little known facts about you?
~I'm really scared of heights. I'm a very shy person, but not too shy now, but I'm still shy. I love music, it's one of my most favorite things in the world.

9. What is your favorite supernatural/fantasy creature? Why?
~I think I would be a zombie, I'm not so sure about this creature. I think a zombie because vampires are so passe. Also being a zombie would be totally awesome!

10. If you were to create your own 'Bucket List' (Things to do before you 'kick the bucket'), what would be the first 3 things on it?
~The first thing that would be on it is to meet some really cool authors (Becca Fitzpatrick, Michelle Zink, Suzanne Selfors, etcc...)The second would be to travel all around the world. I really want to go to Beijing or Australia sometime. I want to see the Great Wall of China, hopefully I will before I die. I only have two things for there, I haven't really thought about it yet.

11. Anything else you'd like to add?
~I'd just like to say that THANK YOU SO MUCH for doing this Briana!!!! Thanks so much, I really appreciate it! :)))



Sunday, August 23, 2009

1st Book in a Series Challenge

Okay so I've been blogging around 3 months and have yet to do a single challenge. I know shame on me! Well I saw this one over at my twin, Taschima's blog Bloody Bookaholic. I thought, "This looks like a fun challenge to try and do." So, I am now officially starting The 1st in a Book Series Challenge. Since this is meant to be a challenge, I'm upping the number of books to do from 12 to 16 to make it more challenging for me.


My List (Since I already own these and need to read them):
1.Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle
2. Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
3. Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
4. Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz
5. The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
6. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
7. Midnighters #1: The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld
8. Airhead by Meg Cabot
9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
10. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
11. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
12. Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden
13. The Debs by Susan McBride
14. Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson
15. I'd Tell You I Love You but Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
16. Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

Guidelines for 1st in Series Challenge 2009
1. Anyone can join. You don't need a blog to participate.
2. Read 12 books that are the first in any series.
You may read & list your chosen books any time during the year.
3. Challenge begins January thru December, 2009.
4. You can join anytime between now and December 31, 2009.






Past, Present, Future (11)

Ok so this week was like my busy body week. I did a whole lot of posts compared to normal.

This past week I........

What is Going on at Present.......
I'm currently reading Bewitching Season, which is really good. Also, I currently have TWO contests going on right now. One for Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert and one for Snap by Carol Snow.

What to expect from the future...........
I hope to have three reviews up this week. One for Jumping Off Swings, one for Bewitching Season, and one for Betraying Season. Also I may be going to decide to giveaway my ARC of Betraying Season once I'm done. So keep your eyes open. Then this week or next week I will be posting an interview with Marissa Doyle. I'll probably be posting other stuff as well but this is what comes to mind at this time as stuff I definitely plan to post outside of memes.

Hope you all have a wonderful week. :D







Saturday, August 22, 2009

Contests Around the Blogosphere

Jaclyn Dolamore


Coming 12/22/09 from Bloomsbury...

Nimira is a music-hall girl used to dancing for pennies. So when wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to sing accompaniment to a mysterious piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it will be the start of a better life. In Parry's world, long-buried secrets are about to stir. Unsettling rumors begin to swirl about ghosts, a madwoman roaming the halls, and Parry’s involvement in a group of corrupt sorcerers for whom the rules of the living and dead are meant to be broken for greater power. When Nimira discovers the spirit of a dashing fairy gentleman is trapped within the automaton, she is determined to break the curse. But even as the two fall into a love that seems hopeless, breaking the curse becomes a perilous race against time. Because it's not just the future of these star-crossed lovers that's at stake, but the fate of the entire magical world.

Want to win an ARC with original sketches from the author inside? See
http://fabulousfrock.livejournal.com/ for details!

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Strange & Random Happenstance 50th Post Competition
So this here post, the one you are reading right now, at least I hope you are reading it, is officially my 50th post. To commemorate this wondrous feat (at least to me), I am announcing my first ever competition! I've been storing up book swag and loot for awhile now and have been waiting for a suitably grand occasion. Right now you are probably thinking, whatever the occasion, just get to the prizes, and I'm getting there...so prizes you asked? You probably guessed it by the lovely picture above, but the prize is a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble! You know you want it! All those books you could get....Now onto "THE RULES."

The Rules:
1. Open to EVERYONE, just because you haven't been following me all along doesn't mean you don't matter.
2. Please make sure I have a way to contact you if your name is drawn, either your blogger profile or a link to your website/blog or you could even include your email address with your comment(s).
3. Contest ends Monday, August 31st at midnight CST
4. How to enter:

Answer me this: In honor of the end of summer and the beginning of another school year...What is your favorite Summer Read? Doesn't have to have been read this summer, but what book evokes the true spirit of summer to you? Harry Potter perhaps? Charlotte's Web by chance? A thriller verses a classic? A true beach read? I want to know!

5. And for those addicted to getting extra entries:

+1 for answering the question above
+2 for becoming a follower
+5 if you are already a follower (yes you lucky 5 people you!)
+10 for each time you advertise this contest - blog post, sidebar, twitter (please @MzLizard), etc. Also please leave a link!

Also, as extra special incentive...if, by some great stroke of luck I hit 50 followers, which really is beyond my wildest dreams, I will include something extra. I little bookaholic surprise if you will....Good luck and I can't wait to read you answers!

Click HERE to enter

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Page Turners 2wk Anniversary Contest



Today, we have been up and running for 2 weeks. It has been a crazy 2 weeks, but we would like to have our first giveaway. What we are giving away is up to you. The winner of our Throwdown Thursday this week will be the book given away. The winning book for TT will be posted next week, and I will announce the winner of the contest on the 3rd. The winner, will have the book preordered for them, and it will be delivered to their house, as soon as the book ships from B&N.

To play:

YOU MUST BE A FOLLOWER
+1 for commenting on this contest and telling us, what theme music we should add to out site
+1 for commenting on our Throwdown Thursday meme
+2 for being a follower(new followers count)
+5 for linking back to our contest
+5 for posting about our contest.

Contest is open to everyone. If you live outside of the US and B&N will not ship to you. We will ship it directly to you. Don't forget to add the link, and email addy in your post.

Contest ends on the 2nd. But to get the point for TT your comment has to be posted before midnight on the 27th,

Thanks Pixie & Stacey.

Click HERE to enter

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B.A.M. Book Reviews 100 followers contest!

How to enter:
Since this contest is celebrating our followers, you must be a follower to enter!
Comment on this post and make sure you put your email address so we can contact you if you win!

Extra Entries:
+1 New followers
+2 Old followers
+2 Linking this contest to sidebar, Twitter, etc.
+5 Posting about this contest on your blog
+3 Adding us to your blog roll

The contest deadline is 09-10-09!
Good luck everyone! :)

Click HERE to enter

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The Neverending Shelf 3-2-1 Contest


I am sure you are looking at the title thinking: What is a 3-2-1 contest? Well, it is a celebration of me reaching 100 followers, and a great chance for me to highlight some of my favorite series. I hope I got a fair selection of what everyone helped pick out. If there is something you REALLY want to win and I do not have it listed, please email me so that I may consider adding it.


The Rules:
Tier 3 winner will win 3 books or 1 giftcard from Tier 3 selections. It is only open to my 1st 100 followers-- do not worry, I know who you are.

Tier 2 winner will win 2 books or 1 giftcard from Tier 2 selections. You must be a follower to enter this tier. If you entered for the contest for Tier 3, but do not win, you are automatically entered into this tier. If you are not a follower, but would like to enter for this tier, you may become a new follower.

Tier 1 winner will win 1 book or 1 giftcard from Tier 1 selections, and will be chosen from everyone else. This tier is perfect for those who want to enter the contest, but do not want to become follower. Also if you entered for the contest for Tier 3 or 2, but do not win your tier, you are automatically entered into this tier.

There will be 3 winners total-- one from each tier.

Click HERE to see the books you could win and enter!







In My Mailbox (12)

In My Mailbox
I must say, I did pretty good this week considering I got 2 more than the last two weeks combined. lol.

From MTV Books:
~Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert (Enter to WIN)
~How it Ends by Laura Wiess

From BookMooch:
~Midnighters #1: The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld
~Midnighters #2: Touching Darkness by Scott Westerfeld
~Midnighters #3: Blue Noon by Scott Westerfeld
~What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones


From Katie (Thanks girl!):
~The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
~You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith
~ARC of Jumping Off Swings by Jo Knowles (review coming soon)






Friday, August 21, 2009

The Book Pixie Recommends.... (Book Edition)

Dreadful Sorry by Kathryn Reiss
Publisher: Harcourt Paperbacks

Pub. Date: May 1, 2004 (Books original Pub. Date: April 1993)
Pages: 352
Age Level: YA
Price: $6.95 (
Buy here at Amazon)


Synopsis
Ever since she can remember, sventeen-year-old Molly has been plagued by the same terrifying nightmare and an overwhelming fear of water. After almost drowning at a pool party, she flees to the safety of her father's housefor the summer. But Molly's problems only intensify as she stumbles onto a series of strange connections linking herself to a girl who lived in that cliffside house nearly a century before. Then the eerie coincidences start to form a dangerous pattern, and Molly finds herself haunted by visions that feel more like memories-- memories of a time before she was born!

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I stumbled across this book somewhere around two years ago. I had just finished reading my first true supernatural books, the Dark Secrets series by Elizabeth Chandler, and wanted to find something else similar in that genre to read. I got on my library system's website and did a search on supernatural books. This is one of the ones I found. I placed it on hold from another library and was excited to read it.

I really loved this books and it took me no time at all to read. It is actually listed as a favorite of mine. It wasn't really predictable to me when I first read it. I figured some of the stuff out but not a lot. If now had been my first time reading it I probably would have guessed more but I still don't think that would have really bothered me with this book. I don't have a review to show you because I didn't write reviews at that time. Also, now that I'm a little more critical in my judgement of a book, my opinion may alter a little when I go to read it again, but I doubt by much. I have gotten my own copy since reading it the first time and plan to definitely read it again sometime.

I would highly recommend this to fans of paranormal/supernatural romance and the Dark Secrets series by Elizabeth Chandler. Also, I think even people who haven't read much of that genre would like it.









Friday Finds

TwiLite: A Parody

by Stephen Jenner
Pages: 172

Synopsis
Love between a teenage girl and a vampire can be a beautiful thing. Then again, it can get a little ugly. Just ask Stella Crow. Stella is a clumsy but otherwise ordinary girl whose life takes a radical turn the moment she meets Edweird. Though perfect on the outside, Edweird Sullen is remarkably unrefined on the inside. He also happens to be a one hundred year old vampire, trapped in the body of a teenage boy, who has yet to finish high school. Nonetheless, Stella is unconditionally smitten with him. But not everything is rosy in this gloomiest of towns. Edweird's enemies have sworn to put a tragic end to their romance. Against all odds, the bond between Stella and Edweird is nearly strong enough for their love to survive. Most love stories between an impossibly handsome vampire and an ungainly young woman have a magical ending. This one - not so much.

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ROFLMAO! This sounds hilarious. I've got to read it. Ok, I admit I did kind of like Twilight but lets just say we have a love/hate relationship. With a touch more of hate cause I love picking on it. Twilight is the ultimate cash cow.





Thursday, August 20, 2009

100 Followers Giveaway #2: Snap

Closed!!!!!!


Snap by Carol Snow
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: August 25, 2009
Pages: 224
Age Level: 13+

Synopsis
Madison Sabatini thought she knew who she was: an almost-sophomore with a bright future. The newest photographer on her school paper. A shopaholic with great hair and a fabulous wardrobe. Then, in a flash, everything changed.


Now she's stuck in Sandyland, a gloomy beach town in the middle of nowhere, living with her parents in a crappy hotel "suite." Instead of spending the summer with her friends at home, she's hanging out with pink-haired Delilah, an artist who works in a shop called Psychic Photo, and a skater boy named Duncan who's totally not her type. Except, maybe he is . . .

Determined to make the best of things, Madison throws herself into her one passion: photography. But when strange figures start appearing in her pictures - people who weren't there when she snapped the shots, people who are later reported dead - she begins to question everything about who she is . . . and who she wishes she could be.


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Contest details:
~One lucky winner will win an ARC of Snap by Carol Snow!


How to Enter(required):
~Leave a comment with a valid e-mail address. No e-mail address, no entry. (If you are uncomfortable leaving your e-mail in a comment, then e-mail it to me.)
~This contest is for followers only. If you don't follow my blog and want to enter, then look to your left and click that cute little button that says 'Follow'. :P

~Please Leave all entries in ONE comment.


Extra entries:
+1 New followers
+2 Old followers (if you were following before this post)
+2 Follow my photography blog,
From Briana's Point of View
+1 For commenting on my review here. (+2 if you commented before this post)

+1 If you enter for Ballads of Suburbia
+1 Linking to my contest on your blog, twitter, etc. Include links. (up to 5)
+3 For posting about my contest on your blog. (Must be actual post)
+2 Add me to your blog roll.


This contest is open internationally! It will end September 1st at 11:59 pm Eastern time. Winner will be annoucnced September 2nd. Good luck and happy entering!







Some Great Contests!

There are some great contests going on and I thought I'd take the time to post about some of them.

Lost in a Book

Hey guys! So I couldn't wait until Monday to post my last contest of the summer! It's a BIG one! I'm holding a contest for the end of the summer AND for my birthday (on the 25th)!!

Here's what you can win:

1. ARC of Shiver
2. ARC of How to Say Good-bye in Robot
3. ARC of As You Wish
4. ARC of Give Up the Ghost
5. ARC of Lipstick Apology
6. ARC of Devoured
7. ARC of The Sweetheart of Prosper County
8. Hardcover copy of Eyes Like Stars
9. Hardcover copy of Hannah (Daughters of the Sea)

And if THAT isn't enough if I get 150 followers one other winner will win a YA book pre-order of their choice via amazon.com!

How to enter:
+1 leave a comment with your email address,
+1 if you tell which which of the books above you're most looking forward to
+4 comment on each review I post from now until September 1st (when the contest ends)
+2 If you are/become a follower
+5 If you blog about this, yes, an ACTUAL blog post (it can be combined with another post)!
+2 if you add me to your blogroll
+10 if you get 5 other bloggers to enter this contest (they have to tell me you referred them and if you get 5 each of them will get +5)

Of course, if I get MORE followers, let's say 175 then I'll add ANOTHER winner and batch of books!Keep checking back also to find out more ways to get extra entries (I'll keep updating)!

Alright now everyone, go HERE to enter and make sure to say The Book Pixie sent you.


Laura's Review Bookshelf


1 lucky winner of will receive:
~A pre-order copy of Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
~A copy of Ruined by Paula Morris
&
~A copy of After by Amy Efaw

This is what you need to do:
+1: for commenting
+2: for following/being a follower
+3: for creating a post on your blog commenting me with link
+3: for adding sidebar (again leave link)
+5: for recommending people to leave a message including that you sent them here

This contest is open to residents of the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia. It will end on August 22nd.

Go HERE to enter and tell Laura that The Book Pixie sent you. :D















Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Review: Snap

Snap by Carol Snow
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: August 25, 2009
Pages: 224
Age Level: 13+


Synopsis
Madison Sabatini thought she knew who she was: an almost-sophomore with a bright future. The newest photographer on her school paper. A shopaholic with great hair and a fabulous wardrobe. Then, in a flash, everything changed.

Now she's stuck in Sandyland, a gloomy beach town in the middle of nowhere, living with her parents in a crappy hotel "suite." Instead of spending the summer with her friends at home, she's hanging out with pink-haired Delilah, an artist who works in a shop called Psychic Photo, and a skater boy named Duncan who's totally not her type. Except, maybe he is . . .

Determined to make the best of things, Madison throws herself into her one passion: photography. But when strange figures start appearing in her pictures—people who weren't there when she snapped the shots, people who are later reported dead—she begins to question everything about who she is . . . and who she wishes she could be.

Review
When I first read the premise of Snap, I automatically thought, “Wow! I’m going to love this book. The main character has a passion for photography just like I do. Plus there is a supernatural twist to it.” Needless to say, I was somewhat disappointed when this book failed to live up to my expectations.

Snap was a lot more about Madison adjusting to her new life in a new town than it was about the mysterious people showing up in her pictures. Don’t get me wrong, it was still a fairly good, fun book, it just wasn’t quite what the synopsis lead me to believe and it was extremely predictable.

Madison wasn’t my favorite character in this. I don’t know what exactly, but there was something about her that just rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe it was the way she thought badly about Delilah, Leo, and Duncan because of their money circumstances. Yeah, I definitely think that was it. I mean they were so nice to her, trying to be her friend, but she still thought she was way better than them. She was also very whiny. However, Madison did have her moments when I liked her a little better.

I definitely would have to say that I liked the other characters better. They were more interesting and seemed like the kind of people I could hang out with.

In the end, this was a quick read that kept me occupied and mildly entertained. It wasn’t the worst but it sure could have been better. I don’t know if I’ll re-read this one or not. I recommend this to anyone looking for a fast-paced, interesting read. Just because I wasn’t that crazy about it doesn’t mean you won’t like it better. All I can say is if you think it sounds good, then give it a try.

Grade
Characters: C+
Writing: C
Plot: C+
Ending: C
Cover: B+
Recommendable: C

Overall: C





Award Extravaganza!!!!!!! (Mini Series Edition #1)

WARNING: This is an extremely long post do to procrastination!!!!!

Ok, so I've been a total slacker when it comes to awards lately. I have so many that I'm going to have to do three posts. That's what I get I suppose. Well here is the first batch:




Your Blog Rocks Award (from Shayla at The Book Explorer, Taschima at Bloody Bookaholic)

I nominate:
~Pixie at Page Turners
~Diana Dang at Stop, Drop, and Read!
~Kate at The Neverending Shelf
~Sara at The Hiding Spot
~Sara at My Life is an Effing Fairy Tale!


Humane Award! (From Eleni at /-La Femme Readers-/, Shayla at The Book Explorer, and Alex & Lauren at A Flight of Minds)

I nominate:
~Taschima at Bloody Bookaholic
~Tina at Fantastic Book Review
~Erica at The Book Cellar
~Kim at The Book Butterfly
~Diane at The Book Resort



Spread the Love Award (from Taschima at Bloody Bookaholic <3)

I nominate:
~Laina at Laina Has Too Much Spare Time
~Briana at B.A.M. Book Reviews
~Sandy at Pirate Penguin's Reads
~Shayla at The Book Explorer
~Eli at The Tainted Poet




You Don't Say? Super Comments Award (From Alex and Lauren at A Flight of Minds)

I nominate:
~Teddyree at The Eclectic Reader
~Briana, Marisa, Arielle at B.A.M. Book Reviews
~Eleni at /-La Femme Readers-/
~Taschima at Bloody Bookaholic
~Casey at A Passion for Books





The Zombie Chicken Award! (From Shayla at The Book Explorer)

The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken - excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their inspiring words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all...

I nominate:
~My twin Taschima at Bloody Bookaholic
~Kate at The Neverending Bookshelf
~Alex & Lauren at A Flight of Minds
~Beth at In Between the Pages
~Kristin at Feed Your Imagination





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