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Speechless: review & giveaway

Speechless: review & giveaway

Speechlessby Hannah Harrington I was not going to read this book. I promise you, I was not. I was so fully aware of my (standing) disappointment with Harrington’s debut Saving June, and was certain I had a firm grasp of her writing style that I had prematurely made up my mind. Well. Sometimes people act like snobs, okay. It’s not a crime. It just makes you highly unlikeable as a human being. Anyway. I requested this on NetGalley and as fate would have it, I got approved. It was there for my taking. And then all these reviews were popping up, giving Speechless four stars, five stars! Scoff, I say! But. But they’re not entirely, completely, like totally wrong, like they’re kind of right because it’s really not that bad omg I’m giving this four stars! I really, really liked Speechless. Harrington’s growth as a writer is monumental. One aspect… Read more »

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Every Day: review & giveaway (plus bonus recipe!)

Every Day: review & giveaway (plus bonus recipe!)

Every Day by David Levithan What makes us fall in love–and what makes us who we are? Those are the questions at the heart of this novel, which tells a thoughtful, touching story that will surprise readers with its sentient literary style and gentle feeling. Everyone longs for human connection, but 16-year-old A.’s search for it seems to be a losing proposition. Every day, for as long as he can remember, he wakes up in a different body: sometimes as a girl, sometimes with a different ethnicity, sometimes with a different sexual orientation. He’s long recognized the futility of trying to create lasting relationships, but everything changes when he meets Rhiannon, a girl who makes him want things he’s never thought possible. This story reminds me of one of my favorite TNG episodes with a similar concept, and A. also follows a sort of prime directive in his self-imposed policy… Read more »

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Into the Beautiful World of Monstrous Beauty: A Photographic Tour & Giveaway

Into the Beautiful World of Monstrous Beauty: A Photographic Tour & Giveaway

Most of our readers know that we’re huge fans of Elizabeth Fama’s Monstrous Beauty. Our reviews (which may be found here and here) could hardly contain our excitement over this gothic mermaid story that involves murder, ghosts, and tragic romance! As the book is released in stores today, we’re very pleased to kick off the official blog tour. Since the story is based in a small seaside town whose setting is very important, we asked the author to share her photographs with us from a special trip she took to New England to research her story. There’s also a giveaway for a beautiful finished hardcover copy at the bottom of the post, so be sure to enter if you’re in the U.S. or Canada! We invite you to delve deeper into Syrenka’s and Hester’s world. ~ Wendy Elizabeth Fama Guest Post I’m so excited that my first blog stop is… Read more »

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Crown of Embers ARC prize pack!

Crown of Embers ARC prize pack!

If you’re a fan of romantic fantasy and adventure, you’ve probably already seen all the rave reviews for Rae Carson’s Girl of Fire and Thorns. We’re excited to offer you the chance to win a hardback of the first book as well as an ARC of the highly anticipated sequel Crown of Embers! The sequel won’t even be out until September 18, 2012, but here’s your opportunity to get your hands on a copy before it’s available for sale. Crown of Embers Synopsis:┬áIn the sequel to the acclaimed The Girl of Fire and Thorns, a seventeen-year-old princess turned war queen faces sorcery, adventure, untold power, and romance as she fulfills her epic destiny. With a one-eyed warrior, a loyal friend, an enemy defector, and the man she is falling in love with, Elisa crosses the ocean in search of the perilous, uncharted, and mythical source of the Godstone’s power. That… Read more »

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Girl of Nightmares: review and giveaway!

Girl of Nightmares: review and giveaway!

Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2)by Kendare Blake “It’s probably going to be blood,” Thomas says in a regretful tone that doesn’t match the devious excitement in his eyes. “It’s almost always about blood.” If your dead, ghostly girlfriend sacrificed herself for you, you’d hope she’d at least finally be at peace, right? But it turns out poor Anna is still a lost, unmoored soul, and Cas Lowood is still haunted by her face everywhere he goes. In this sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood, which was one of my favorite books from 2011, Cas must find out what’s happened to the girl he loves, all the while uncovering more long-held secrets from his past. Sequels are always a tricky business, so I breathed a sigh of relief when I found that it was easy to immerse myself in this world again. I love the dark beauty of Kendare Blake’s writing… Read more »

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Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic YA giveaway

Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic YA giveaway

Our last YA science fiction giveaway was so popular, we decided to do another one! Here’s your chance to win 3 cool new 2012 young adult titles with dystopian or post-apocalyptic themes. One lucky winner will receive all three books below, which includes two ARCs and one finished copy. Beta by Rachel CohnHere’s what caught my attention about this book: the publishing rep told me it started out with a older woman browsing in a boutique. But what’s she’s buying is not a dress or a handbag, but a teenage girl–a clone. I got chills hearing that! Release Date: October 16, 2012 The Forsaken by Lissa M. StasseThis is the first book in a dystopian trilogy. The cover is so awesome–I love how non-traditional it is for its genre! The story sounds a little bit like a Battle Royale-type scenario, since a 16-year-old girl with violent tendencies must try to… Read more »

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Amelia Anne Tour Stop & Giveaway

Amelia Anne Tour Stop & Giveaway

This has been amazing year for young adult literature for mature audiences. From The Miseducation of Cameron Post to the upcoming Monstrous Beauty, it’s been incredibly exciting to find books that aren’t afraid to push boundaries, ask questions, and immerse their readers in unusual literary styles. Is this in recognition that more and more adults are reading YA? Perhaps. I just hope the trend continues. One of my favorite books this year is definitely Kat Rosenfeld’s Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone. It’s the story of Amelia Anne Richardson, a girl found brutally murdered on the side of a dirt road–but it’s also the story of Becca, who is spending a last summer at home in her small town. It’s a mystery without easy answers, it’s a snapshot of a girl’s coming into her own, and it’s a sad, painful testament to the trauma that envelopes the end of a… Read more »

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