Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Contests I think You'll Like (4)

Welcome to the April Edition of Contests I Think You'll Like.

Fire & Ice has several contests going right now, they are on the right side, right below the blog button.

CJ is giving away Hex Hall book & t-shirt. (4/2 8 PM Central)

Sharon LovesBooks & Cats is giving away her ARC of Tell Me A Secret (4/3)

Shannon is giving away signed books signed books to celebrate getting an agent. (4/10)

Princess Bookie is hosting an ARC giveaway (4/11)

Abby McDonald is giving away a Boys, Bears & a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots gift pack. (4/13)

I Heart Monster is giving away A Signed ARC of Kiss of Death (4/15)

Heidi is giving away a book a week! (4/16 Midnight PST)

Tiger's Turnarounds: Twilight Graphic Novel (4/19)

Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm wants to be your Book Fairy (4/25)

Monday, March 22, 2010

In My Mailbox (7)

IMM is brought to you by Kristi at The Story Siren.

From Maggie:
Wicked 2: Legacy & Spellbound by Nancy Holder, Debbie ViguiƩ

Borrowed from Tegan:
The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy

Bought Princess For Hire by Lindsey Leavitt

Forget-Her-Nots swag from Aine

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Lindsey Leavitt signing at The King's English

I spent my afternoon at The King's English for Lindsey Leavitt's book signing at the King's English.
I got there a little early so I could get a good seat & guess who I got to talk to for a few minutes? Lindsey. How cool is that? She is very friendly. Lots of fun to talk to. If Lindsey is coming where near you on her tour, I suggest you go. (Tour info here.)
The room was pretty packed when it was time to start. There was even a whole row of little kids on little chairs in front of me. I love our Local Writers. Bree Despain, Emily Wing Smith, Brodi Ashton, Valynne Maetani, Matthew Kirby, & Sara Zarr were all all right behind me.
There were stuffed animals, tiaras & candy necklaces!

There were cute little girls all dressed in pink that LOVED this book!
(The pink purse behind her is hers too.)

I also recorded the event, so even if you didn't get to go you can hear what Lindsey had to say.

When I got my book signed, I was with Brodi, Valynne & Emily. We managed to turn getting books signed into yet another party & there are now more pictures of me that will be showing up on the internet. After the books were signed, the pictures were taken & we let Lindsey get back to signing books, (We did wait until there was basically no line left.) we went back to the room where the reading & Q&A had been. Yet again I was the only non-author in the group. In circumstances such as that I mostly sit back & listen. At one point when discussing their books, I was told "Don't blog that." Which I thought was kind of funny. After awhile, the group decided to go get food. Seven of us ended up at The Dodo. If you ever get a chance to hang out with any of the previously mentioned Utah writers, you should because they are all fun to be around.

Now for the part you are interested in:
I have a copy of Princess For Hire signed to give away, along with a candy necklace & a bookmark.
I also have 4 bookmarks to giveaway.
Want to win? Fill out this form.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Teaser Tuesday (4)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
Anyone can play along!
Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

This week, my teaser comes from Dirty Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz

"Camelia Hammond." I grin. " And before you ask, yes, its true, my parents are hippies & thought it'd be fun to name me after a lizard. I changed the spelling, against their wishes." (from ch. 18)

Monday, March 15, 2010

Princess For Hire is out Tomorrow!

Since there are so many good books coming out before Wednesday, I'm posting about (at least one of them) today. 

Title: Princess for Hire
Author: Lindsey Leavitt.
Released: March 16th 2010.

When a well-dressed woman steps out of a bubble and wants to know if you'd like to become a substitute princess, do you

A) run

B) faint

C) say yes?

For Desi Bascomb, who's been longing for some glamour in her Idaho life, the choice is a definite C). Desi has a rare ability: with the help of "Royal Rouge," she can temporarily transform into the exact look-alike of any princess who needs her subbing services. Dream come true, right?

Well, Desi soon discovers that subbing involves a lot more than wearing a tiara and waving at cameras.... In this winning debut, one girl's dream of glamour transforms into the desire to make a positive impact. And an impact Desi makes, one royal fiasco at a time.
Not only is this book out this Tuesday, but I get to meet Lindsey on Saturday! I love book signings! There will be a post about the event & I'll be giving away a copy!

Lindsey is having a contest to encourage everyone to spread the word here.

(An early) Waiting on Wednesday - Brightly Woven

I didn't want to wait for Wednesday this week. Partially because the contest ends tomorrow morning. Otherwise I would have posted it Wednesday. 1 more week until its out!!! Who's excited?

Title: Brightly Woven
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Release:  March 23rd 2010. 


Sydelle Mirabil is living proof that, with a single drop of rain, a life can be changed forever. Tucked away in the farthest reaches of the kingdom, her dusty village has suffered under the weight of a strangely persistent drought. That is, of course, until a wizard wanders into town and brings the rain with him.


When Wayland North brings rain to a region that's been dry for over ten years, he's promised anything he'd like as a reward. He chooses the village elder's daughter, sixteen-year-old Sydelle Mirabel, who is a skilled weaver and has an unusual knack for repairing his magical cloaks. Though Sydelle has dreamt of escaping her home, she's hurt that her parents relinquish her so freely and finds herself awed and afraid of the slightly ragtag wizard who is unlike any of the men of magic in the tales she's heard. Still, she is drawn to this mysterious man who is fiercely protective of her and so reluctant to share his own past.

The pair rushes toward the capital, intent to stop an imminent war, pursued by Reuel Dorwan (a dark wizard who has taken a keen interest in Sydelle) and plagued by unusually wild weather. But the sudden earthquakes and freak snowstorms may not be a coincidence. As Sydelle discovers North's dark secret and the reason for his interest in her and learns to master her own mysterious power, it becomes increasingly clear that the fate of the kingdom rests in her fingertips. She will either be a savior, weaving together the frayed bonds between Saldorra and Auster, or the disastrous force that destroys both kingdoms forever.


In return for this gift, Wayland North is offered any reward he desires—and no one is more surprised than Sydelle when, without any explanation, he chooses her. Taken from her home, Sydelle hardly needs encouragement to find reasons to dislike North. He drinks too much and bathes too little, and if that isn’t enough to drive her to madness, North rarely even uses the magic he takes such pride in possessing. Yet, it’s not long before she realizes there’s something strange about the wizard, who is as fiercely protective of her as he is secretive about a curse that turns his limbs a sinister shade of black and leaves him breathless with agony. Unfortunately, there is never a chance for her to seek answers.

Along with the strangely powerful quakes and storms that trace their path across the kingdom, other wizards begin to take an inexplicable interest in her as well, resulting in a series of deadly duels. Against a backdrop of war and uncertainty, Sydelle is faced with the growing awareness that these events aren’t as random as she had believed—that no curse, not even that of Wayland North, is quite as terrible as the one she herself may carry.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

In My Mailbox (6)

IMM is brought to you by Kristi at the The Story Siren.

From B&N:
(I love bargain books!)

Saving Zoe - Alyson Noel

Rangers Apprentice - The Icebound Land (Book 3)

From Costco:
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Prize From Tiger (& Lena):
As You Wish by Jackson Pearce

Bookswapped with Shannon:
Blue is For Nightmares, White is For Magic, Silver is For Secrets, Red is For Remembrance by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Review: Scarlett Fever - Maureen Johnson

Title: Scarlett Fever (Book 2)
Author: Maureen Johnson
Released: February 1st 2010
Published by: Point
Pages: 336

Where to purchase:
US: IndieBound   B&N   Borders   Books A Million
Canada: Chapters
International: Book Depository

Summary from Maureen’s site: (Warning: Since this is book 2, there may be spoilers.)

Faced with her family’s financial woes, Scarlett has taken on the job of assistant/indentured servant to a newly minted theatrical agent, professional eccentric Mrs. Amy Amberson. Scarlett ends up at the beck and call of a Broadway star (her own age!), dealing with territorial doormen, and walking a small dog with insecurity issues – all while starting her sophomore year at one of New York’s most rigorous high schools.

Meanwhile, her older brother Spencer has become New York City’s most controversial TV villain, her ever-reliable older sister Lola is sliding off the rails, and her younger sister Marlene, most worryingly, has suddenly become… nice. But somehow Scarlett will prevail… right?

(For more info, click here.)

Scarlett Fever gives us an even more in depth look at the relationships of the Martin siblings. My favorite of characters are back as engaging as before, not to mention a few new characters who add to the insanity that is Scarlett’s life. Scarlett might be telling the story, but Spencer, yet again, steals the show.
There isn't a lot of down time, keeping it pretty fast paced. As things keep piling up on Scarlett, I kept wondering what else could go wrong that would leave a mess that Scarlett would have to clean up.
I am always impressed with how Scarlett handles no matter what life throws at her.

Oh, and be sure to watch out for that pesky cliff hanger.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

25 Follower Giveaway!

I'm excited! I reached 25 followers! That means it's giveaway time!

Because this is a giveaway to thank my followers, you must be following me. Either here or my LiveJournal. I don't care which.

Now, because I know some of you get excluded on a regular basis, this giveaway is International. The catch is, anything going to anyone not in the US will get their prize from The Book Depository. Sorry, but I can't afford the shipping outside the US.

There will be 3 winners & 1 International winner. (Assuming there are international entries.) 

Prize break down:
International can pick any book of the list as long as Book Depository has it.
2 of the winners get to pick 2 books off the list.
The final winner gets 1.

If I get a ton of new followers I might add more winners & prizes.

A signed copy of The Dark Divine by Bree Despain & swag.

A signed copy of Bran Hambric: The Farfield Curse by Kaleb Nation

Evermore by Alyson Noel

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Suitte Scarlett -or- Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson
One of Rachel Caine's Morganville books

This contest will end April 15th.

Click here to fill out the form.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Review: The Body Finder - Kimberly Derting

 Title: The Body Finder
Author: Kimberly Derting
Released: March 16th 2010 
Published by: Harper Teen
Pages: 336

Summary from Goodreads:
"A serial killer on the loose. A girl with a morbid ability. And the boy who would never let anything happen to her.

Violet Ambrose can find the dead. Or at least, those who have been murdered. She can sense the echoes they leave behind... and the imprints they leave on their killers. As if that weren't enough to deal with during junior year, she also has a sudden, inexplicable, and consuming crush on her best friend since childhood, Jay Heaton.

Now a serial killer has begun terrorizing Violet's small town... and she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him."


Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.
Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.
My Thoughts:
I loved the characters. All of them were people I could picture. They all had their own distinct personalities. The whole book was refreshing, from the characters, to the ability, to the lack of cliches.

One surprise that I rather liked was the alternate POV. The serial killer's POV was creepy & made me feel like screaming to the victims like you do in a horror movie. Sometimes I'd finish his chapter & realize I'd been holding my breath.

Violet was a fabulous character. Other than her ability, she was a normal teenager. She didn't seem weak & whiny, nor was she too tough to want anyone around. Her ability was a major part of the story, but it wasn't something that was written to death, it was low key, which was a nice change. This made her very easy to relate to. She had her faults like every teenager does. She'd get an idea & then act on it & not think it through entirely. It would seem like a good idea, but then other characters, (usually Jay) would point out to her how stupid the idea really was. She had great parents. It was nice to have a book where the parents are still married & active participants in their childs life & weren't characters I wanted to smack around.

While some books seem to play up cliches, which are often misplaced & detract from the the story, this one did not. This was a fabulous book from start to finish. I didn't want to put it down until I was finished.

If you want to preorder it, pick the store of your choice:
US: IndieBound    B&N    Borders    Books A Million   
Canada: Chapters  
International: Book Depository
Places to find the fabulous author: Twitter   Website

Sunday, March 7, 2010

In My Mailbox (5)

Grr, I missed last week due to a homework, so you get to weeks worth this week.
IMM is brought to you by Kristi at the The Story Siren.

Last week:

My Soul to Save by Rachel Vincent (From What Bri Reads)

Borrowed from Heather:
Deadly Little Secret

Devil's Kiss

This Week:

From Borders (meaning I bought it):
Gone by Lisa McMann
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble

Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White (Borrowed ARC from Lena)

The Naughty List by Suzanne Young (From Stephanie Kuehnert & personalized by Suzanne)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Some Rules Are Never Written

You know in High School, there were all these rules you were supposed to know, but they weren't posted in the hallways, or in a handbook or, well, anywhere. They were usually not spoken of, & never written down.

This book is all about that.

The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott

Everyone knows the unwritten rule: You don't like you best friend's boyfriend.

Sarah has had a crush on Ryan for years. He's easy to talk to, supersmart, and totally gets her. Lately it even seems like he's paying extra attention to her. Everything would be perfect except for two things: Ryan is Brianna's boyfriend, and Brianna is Sarah's best friend.

Sarah forces herself to avoid Ryan and tries to convince herself not to like him. She feels so guilty for wanting him, and the last thing she wants is to hurt her best friend. But when she's thrown together with Ryan one night, something happens. It's wonderful...and awful.

Sarah is torn apart by guilt, but what she feels is nothing short of addiction, and she can't stop herself from wanting more...
Sounds like a great book right? Then you should go order it!

Barnes & Noble    Borders    Chapters    Book Depository

There's a link there for everyone!

There are 2 weeks left until this book will be in our hands! (Well, if you buy it, anyways.)

If you read clear to the bottom: Here's an excerpt.

Click here to see what other people have to say about it.

Contests I think You'll Like (3)

I think this may become a monthly post.
Keep an eye on it, as this is a post I update through the month.

March contests:

Fire & Ice has several contests going right now, they are on the right side, right below the blog button.

Lena's March Madness (3/31)

The Undercover Book Lover's Birthday Bash: Egmont Prize Pack (3/31)

Sharon LovesBooks & Cats is giving away her ARC of Tell Me A Secret (4/3)

Tiger's Turnarounds: My Soul to Take & My Soul to Save (4/5)

Shannon is giving away signed books signed books to celebrate getting an agent. (4/10)

Princess Bookie is hosting an ARC giveaway (4/11)

I Heart Monster is giving away A Signed ARC of Kiss of Death (4/15)

Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm wants to be your Book Fairy (4/25)