Sunday, September 30, 2012

~Fangs, Fur, and Fey Giveaway Hop~OVER~

It is time, once again, for another fabulous giveaway.  Thank you very much to our hosts

I was having a tough time picking the books for this one.  I signed up for this hop, even though I have not read very much in the genres.  After a lot of help from my niece, I compiled a list of nine books for your choosing.  One lucky winner is going to get to choose one book from the list below:

Glimmerglass (Faeriewalker, #1)Tithe: A Modern Faery Tale (The Modern Faerie Tales, #1)Wondrous Strange (Wondrous Strange, #1)
Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)Strange Angels (Strange Angels, #1)Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)
The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)Once in a Full Moon (Full Moon, #1)Vampire Crush
Congratulations to my lovely winner Brandy!   She chose Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black.  Thank you to everyone who entered.  Stay tuned for more giveaways!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

~~What's Left Of Me Review and Giveaway~~OVER

What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1)
What's Left Of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles #1)
Author:  Kat Zhang
Published by:  HarperCollins
Pages:  352
Synopsis:  Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked
 away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars  
My review and thoughts:  While this book starts out a little slow, it really packs a powerful punch and ends strong.
Imagine a world where everyone is born with two souls in one body.  Eventually over the years one fades away while the other soul takes total control of the body.  What happens when this doesn't happen?  What happens when you don't ever settle?  You have to live a secret life and pray that no one finds out because bad things happen when the wrong people find out.  This is what is happening to Eva/Addie. 

Eva/Addie always has to be careful.  Never having close friends.  Lying to her parents.  Because if someone finds out, you will be taken away.  The ones who are taken away never come back.  When Eva/Addie let their guard down for a split second, everything changes. 
I love dystopian, science fiction novels and this one did not disappoint.  I am very excited that there will be more books in this series.  You need to read this when you get the chance.
Now for the fun part.  I am giving away my ARC of What's Left Of Me.  I enjoyed this book a lot and would like to pass it onto someone else.  Please enter in the Rafflecopter below.  Due to shipping cost, this giveaway is U.S. only.

Congratulations Catie!

Congratulations Kaci!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

~Butter Book Review~


By Erin Jade Lange
316 pages
Publication: 9/18/12 Bloomsbury

A lonely obese boy everyone calls "Butter" is about to make history. He is going to eat himself to death-live on the Internet-and everyone is invited to watch. When he first makes the announcement online to his classmates, Butter expects pity, insults, and possibly sheer indifference. What he gets are morbid cheerleaders rallying around his deadly plan. Yet as their dark encouragement grows, it begins to feel a lot like popularity. And that feels good. But what happens when Butter reaches his suicide deadline? Can he live with the fallout if he doesn't go through with his plans?
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars
It took me a long time to get the courage to read this book. I thought it was going to be a tragic story and in many ways, it is. It is also a story about love and friendships and family.
Butter has always been the fat kid, spending his summer days at glorified fat camps, that always promised but never delivered. Always blaming everyone else for his problems. After a terrible incident at school; he decides to end it once and for all.
Instead of being bullied or being the school outcast, Butter starts to be one of the popular kids. Everyone knows his name and it feels really good. What will happen when his suicide deadline comes? Will Butter go through with it, or will he back out.
This book made me think a lot about my high school years and how I was treated and how I treated others. Some parts of this book was really hard to read. The part about how he gets the nickname Butter was awful. This book is so well written and I would encourage everyone to read it if you get the chance.


Sunday, September 9, 2012

~~Safekeeping by Karen Hesse Review and Giveaway~~OVER

Pages:  304
Publication Date:  September 18, 2012
Published by:  Feiwel & Friends
Synopsis:  Radley just wants to get home to her parents in Vermont. While she was volunteering abroad, the American People's Party took power; the new president was assassinated; and the government cracked down on citizens. Travel restrictions are worse than ever, and when her plane finally lands in New Hampshire, Radley’s parents aren’t there.

Exhausted; her phone dead; her credit cards worthless: Radley starts walking.
I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.
My review:  What would happen if the United States shut down?  The phones don't work, banks have shut down, no gas for transportation.  That is exactly what is happening in this book. 
Radley is trying to get home to Vermont after spending time volunteering in Haiti.  She arrives in the States to a very different government system.  The president has been assassinated and nothing is working.  Unable to contact her parents and unable to use her credit card, Radley sets out on foot toward home.  What will she find when she gets there?  And is there any reason for her to stay?
Finding no answers at home, she sets out for the only safe place she has heard about, Canada.  This book follows her journey about self and survival.  She finds a friend in the most unlikely place.  When the truth comes out, Radley must reexamine her life and has to do what is most important for her.
While I did like this book, I did not like the writing style.  It dragged in parts where it did not need to.  I really enjoyed the black and white pictures throughout the book.  It gave more to the story.  Hopefully you will enjoy reading it!

I am going to give my wonderful readers a chance to win this book.  I am giving away my ARC copy.  Please fill out the Rafflecopter below if you would like to win.

Congratulations Rhea!
Congratulations Heather!


~~BooksTo Movies Giveaway Hop~~OVER

Guess what? It is time for another fantabolous giveaway.
Lets thank our blog hosts:

I am super excited about this one and I am going to reveal a secret to you. I love ZOMBIES! Yes, it is true. I so love a good zombie novel and movie, but alas there are not many good ones out there, besides The Walking Dead. Anyhoo, I am giving away a couple of prizes today. This is the first one:
Warm Bodies
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. I have not read this yet. It is in my ever growing TBR pile. It sounds so good. Click on the book for Goodreads info. This book has been made into a movie that is due to be released 2/1/13. I love a zombie love story *sigh*.

Since the movie is not out yet, I am going to also give you a $10.00 Amazon or B&N gift card to purchase whatever your hearts desire. Please fill out the rafflecopter below for your chance to win.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

My First Giveaway Winner

I just completed my first giveaway hop and I have to admit, I had a good time.  I have many new followers and have made some great friends.  Candace from Washington got to pick from a great selection of reads.  She chose
Cinder (Lunar Chronicles, #1)
Thank you to everyone who participated.  Look for more great giveaways and book reviews coming soon!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

~Reading Clean Giveaway Hop~ 2 Great Prizes! OVER

Welcome to another fantastic giveaway.  I am thrilled to be able to participate in the Reading Clean Giveaway Hop.  Thank you to our lovely hosts:
I had to really think about what book to give away.  When I am reading a book I don't usually think about the language or content.  I am giving away 2 prizes and you may enter one or both.
The Peculiars
by Maureen Doyle McQuerry
The Peculiars
Click on the book to be taken to the Goodreads information page.  This is an ARC copy of The Peculiars.  I have not had a chance to read this but the cover art is awesome. 
Please fill out the rafflecopter below for your chance to win.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
I am also giving away a $10.00 Gift Card for either Amazon or Barnes and Noble.  This contest is open to everyone.  This includes International!  The gift card will be emailed to the winner.  Please fill out the rafflecoper. (I do check entries)
a Rafflecopter giveaway
  • Best of luck to everyone who enters
  • Contest runs from 9/6 to 9/12
  • Each winner will be contacted through email
  • Winners will have 48 hours to respond to email or another winner will be chosen
  • Check out the other 119 blogs on this hop for a chance to win some great prizes