New Year Giveaway Hop

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Happy New Year Readers!

It’s 2013, and what better way to kick things off than by participating in a giveaway hop! I’m participated in the New Year Giveaway Hop hosted by Kathy over at I Am A Reader, Not a Writer and Babs Book Bistro.

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I’ve been participating in a lot of hops lately, so readers you’re probably wondering what do I possibly have left to give away?! For this hop I’m giving one lucky winner the chance to win this:



A (used) ARC (advanced reader) copy of Maureen Doyle McQuerry;s The Peculiars and an assortment of bookmarks.

Now, onto the fine print. The contest is open to U.S. residents age 13 years or older.

Giveaway is open from 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2013 and will run until 11:59 p.m. on January 7th. To enter simply leave a comment on THIS POST ONLY telling me what 2013 book you are most looking forward to read. (In case you wanted to know, I have many 2013 books I’m looking forward to, one of which is Maureen Johnson’s The Madness Underneath).  When leaving a comment, please make sure to leave a valid e-mail address.

Winner will be selected via random number generator and will be notified via e-mail on January 7th. Winner will have two days until January 9th to respond to e-mail with mailing/shipping information. However, if that information is not received by that time, I will have to select a new winner.

As always there are a ton of blogs participating in this giveaway hop. Be sure to stop by and check them all out here.

Happy New Year, Good Luck, and Happy Hopping!

2012: A Year in Review

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It’s that time of year again. The time of year where I post my top ten lists.

2012 was a record year for reading, at least for me it was. I’ve read some really great books, and I’ve read some not so great book (at least in my opinion). This year I decided to change things up a bit. I decided that I wouldn’t limit or restrict my top ten lists to books only published in 2012, instead any book I read during this year would be fair game.

So without further adieu, here’s my best of/worst of 2012 lists:

Top Ten Teen Books:

10. The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

9. Perception by Kim Harrington

8. The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour

7. Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti

6. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvate

5. The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando

4. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

3. Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

2. The Diviners by Libba Bray

And, my number 1 book of 2012 is ….

1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Because I read so many great books, and had a VERY difficult time narrowing down this list, there are, of course, several honorable mentions:

The Curiosities by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff

False Memory by Dan Krokos

The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker

Winter Town by Stephen Emond

Top Ten Children’s Books

10. Little Own’s Night by Divya Srinivasan

9. Dangerously Every After by Dashka Slater

8. Odd Dog by Claudia Boldt

7. Boy + Bot by Ame Dychman

6. Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear

5. Blackout by John Rocco

4. Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett

3. Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

2. Vampirina Ballerina by Ann Marie Pace

1. The Insomniacs by Karina Wolf

Honorable Mentions:

The Monster’s Monster by Patrick McD0nnell

The Cloudspinner by Michael Catchpool


So even though I didn’t reach my reading goal, and I slacked off with blog posts (which I promise you readers, I will not do in 2013) I did read a lot of great books. And here’s hoping to many more great ones in 2013!


Best of 2012 Giveaway Hop

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Hello Readers!

I read a lot of great books in 2012! To celebrate all the great books – the ones I’ve read and the ones I’ll eventually get around to – published in 2012 I decided to partake in another giveaway hop. Obviously I love these hops! I get to give away great books and you readers get the chance to win some!

I will be participating in the Best of 2012 Giveaway Hop hosted by Kathy over at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer.

This hop around I’ll be giving one lucky winner the chance to win this:

A (used) ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) of Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Boys. And it just so happens that this ARC is signed by Maggie herself! Of course, as always I will include some bookmarks – an Until I Die bookmark, a Near Witch bookmark signed by author Victoria Schwab, and a Butterfly Clues bookmark.

Giveaway is open to U.S. Citizens ,13 years old and older.

Hop will run from December 27th (12:01 a.m.)  until December 31st (11:59 p.m.)

To enter simply leave a comment on THIS post telling me what your favorite read of 2012 (that is, published in 2012).  When leaving a comment please make sure to leave a valid e-mail address. Winner will be contact via e-mail on January 1st. Winner will have two days, until January 3rd @ 11:59 p.m. to reply to e-mail with shipping/mailing address.  If response isn’t receive by January 3 I will have to select a new winner.

Please stop by the other blogs that are participating in the Best of 2012 Giveaway Hop.  You can check them all out here.

Last but certainly not least THANK YOU to Kathy over at I Am A Reader, Not a Writer. Not only for this great giveaway hop, but for all the hops she hosts!

Good Luck and Happy Hopping!

It’s a Small World … After All

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holiday swap

So if you read my post a week or so ago about the Cold Nights, Warm Books Holiday swap, you (should) already know that I participated in three different book blogger holiday swaps.

I once again participated in the Holiday Swap. Looking forward to the familiarity of it in the midst of all the new holiday swaps I was participating in I was really looking forward to it. But when I signed up, I soon realized that things would work differently this year. It was a bit confusing but by the end everything worked itself out.

Now, as any normal secret santa swap would go I was anxiously anticipating to see, not only who had me as their secret santa, but if the book blogger I was giving to had received her gifts. I quickly found out this past Friday who had me.

As it turns out my good, real life friend Emma (Miss Print, in case you didn’t already know) had me. It’s a small world, isn’t it?

To say the least, I was surprised.

Emma spoiled me! Really, she did! From her, I received:

swap gift

One of my newly deemed most favorite books, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (the movie tie-in edition), an ARC of Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson, a book I’ve coveted since I first heard about it. A Hello Kitty Momiji doll, and two decorative boxes: a beautiful snowman and a teeny tiny own that houses an even teenier, tinier horse.


(Personally, I think the owl ate the horse hee hee!)

As you can tell by this post, Miss Print was very, very generous. To my real life friend Emma, I just want to say Thank You! Not only for the pos-i-tutely awesome gift, but for being a great friend! That’s the best gift I could ever ask for!

On a final note, I hope all of you, my readers, followers, subscribers have a very happy and a very healthy Holiday season full of love, laughs, and of course good books!

Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop

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Hello Readers!

It’s holiday hop time! I’m once again participating in the Mid-Winters Even Giveaway Hop hosted by Kathy over at I Am A Reader, Not a Writer and Oasis for YA (Thanks a Bunch!!!)

This hop around I am giving one lucky a chance to win this:


A (used) paperback copy of Nevermore written by author Kelly Creagh. As always, I will also include an assortment of bookmarks. (Afterall, what’s a book without any bookmarks!)

This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents, 13 years or older, and will run from December 21st (12:01 a.m.) to December 27th (11:59 p.m.).

To enter this giveaway hop, please leave a comment on THIS post telling me why or why not winter is your favorite season. When posting your comment please remember to leave a valid e-mail address.

Winner will be selected via random number generator and will be notified via e-mail on December 27th.  Winner will have two days (until Saturday December 29th) to respond to winning e-mail notification with shipping information.  If a response is not received, a new winner will be selected.

As always there are a number of great blogs participating, all of which are giving away a chance to win some great prizes. Make sure to check them all out here!

The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life


The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life by Tara Altebrando


High school. It’s the best of times. It’s the worst of times. At least that’s how Mary and her group of misfit friends – Patrick, Dez, and Winter – viewed it these past four years.

Now just a week shy of graduation, Mary’s ready to put aside all the Model United Nations meets, the after school band practices, and one very embarrassing moment at prom, for one night of unadulterated night of high school hijinks.

The senior scavenger hunt is Mary’s chance to, not only drive around Oyster Point aimlessly and collect the most random objects (from a dixie cup icosahedron to a fettling knife), but to prove herself.

And Mary has A LOT to prove. To her friends she wants to prove that the senior scavenger hunt is more than a silly game, it’s a rite of passage. To her classmate and resident bully Jake Barbone, who got accepted to Georgetown over Mary, she wants to prove that she isn’t a loser. And to herself, she wants to prove that she has guts, that she’s more than her high school reputation, or lack thereof.

But when the scavenger hunt and emotions spin wildly out of control, Mary is forced to not just play the game, but to face realities that she’s trying desperately to avoid. Will she survive, or will the hunt, the antics, and the emotions get the best of her?

The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life, written but author Tara Altebrando, is a whirlwind book that takes readers on a twenty-four hour journey packed with action and adventure.

The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life may be short, but it certainly does not lack. Clocking in at only two hundred and thirty-nine pages, readers will find plenty of laugh out loud moments, plenty to reminisce about, and writing that packs a real punch.

Altrebrando’s writing isn’t only strong, it’s spectacular. She has a knack for luring readers into her plot. The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life is an engrossing story that is chock full of characters that are both memorable and authentic. Mary and her team of misfits are characters that are multidemensional.

Readers will identify easily with all of Altebrando’s well crafted characters. Readers will find themselves sympathizing with and rooting for Mary and her band of outcast friends. Beyond that, they will be able to see a little bit of themselves hidden deep within Altebrando’s realistic characters.

As an adult reader, what I really loved most about Altebrando’s latest book is all the emotions that are tied to and stirred up by it. There were moments that I longed for my high school days, and others that had me wishing my own high school experience including a twenty-four hour scavenger hunt.

Altebrando’s The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life is the kind of book that readers will not be able to walk away from. It’s a really great read that will keep readers laughing, loudly, and will satisfy any readers tastes.

Tis the Season

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Not just to be jolly, but to get and (of course!) give gifts!

In the spirit of the holiday season, I normally participate in at least one book blogger holiday swap. This year, I decided to spread the holiday cheer and participate in three different swaps. One of which was the Cold Nights & Warm Books Holiday Swap hosted by Squeaky Books.



As any swap would go, I was assigned a Santee which I so happily put together a gift I hoped she would love.  In the meantime someone else had me as their Santee, and as of today I received the swap gift they so generously and so thoughtfully gave me.

Beverly from Book Lady Book Notes got me, not one but three (3!) books: Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday, The Luxe by Anna Godbersen , and Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

Besides the awesome books, Beverly also gave me a glass with beautifully hand-painted flowers on it, and a hand knitted, cream-colored infinity scarf (Beverly, how did you know! I’ve been wanting/searching for an infinity scarf for a year!).



I just want to say THANK YOU to Beverly for giving me such a thoughtful gift. I love it all, and I can’t wait to read all of the books!

Hope everyone else who participated in this holiday swap received gifts as great and as thoughtful and as generous as the one I received from Beverly!

False Memory


False Memory by Dan Krokos (Picked up at BEA 2012)


When Miranda wakes up on a park bench, alone and confused, she’s more than scared. She’s memoryless. She remembers her name, but not much else. She doesn’t remember her home life, of if she even has one. She doesn’t remember her friends, or possible lack of. She doesn’t remember that she possesses a very unique power.

That is, until she visits a local mall, looking for memories and answers that she figures out that has the power to ignite sheer panic into the masses. Around her, people rush to get away. Hurriedly stepping over bodies, and tumbling over guard rails. Everyone except for the dark haired boy who seems to have taken up residence in the food court.

Peter isn’t only immune to Miranda’s powers, he also holds answers to Miranda’s many questions. Who is she? Why does he know so much about her and her powers? Why is he immune to them?

Turns out Miranda is one of four genetically engineered teenagers who were created for the sole purpose of being lethal weapons. Peter too is one of the four, and also shares Miranda’s powers.

False Memory, the first in a projected series, is author Dan Krokos’s debut novel. And it’s one of those books that will leave readers slack-jawed and gripping the edge of their seats.

Fast paced and action packed, Krokos easily proves that his writing isn’t only creative, but edgy and strong. He spins an unbelievable story, but his writing make reader’s believe. Can our memories be altered? Is there a group looking to breed humans for the sake of mass destruction and chaos.

Readers will really appreciate that False Memory’s plotline is rooted in science, however what they’ll appreciate more is that the science part of this thriller does not weigh down the text. In fact it gives a better understanding of the well crafted characters that fill the pages of Krokos’s book.

Miranda, False Memory’s leading lady, may not be the leader of her small group of super teens, but she should be. Beyond being well crafted, she’s a character that readers will bond with, will root for, and will identify with. And beyond that, she’s kick butt!

In all honesty, as a reader who’s mainly rooted in contemporary, realistic fiction, I didn’t expect to like, let alone love, False Memory as much as I did. That’s part of the reason why I loved it, because it was surprising. False Memory is a fresh and contemporary read, and dare I say it, realistic.

I only had one real flaw with Krokos’s False Memory: while learning so much about Miranda and her memories, I felt like I really didn’t get to know the rest of the cast. It’s not that they weren’t vivid and realistic, it’s just that I wanted more. I especially wanted to know more about Olive.

Needless to say, readers won’t be able to wait for the follow-up to False Memory. I know I can’t wait to see what happens to Miranda and company.

Book Lovers Holiday Giveaway Hop

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Hello Readers!

Tis the giving season readers. And what better way to celebrate than to participate in another giveaway hop. This time around I am participating in the Book Lovers Holiday Giveaway Hop hosted by Kathy from I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and Maryann from Chapter by Chapter.

This hop I’ll be giving  away three lucky winners the chance to win one of three prize packs.

Prize Pack #1:

A (used) ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) of Rootless by Chris Howard and an assortment of bookmarks/swag.

Prize Pack #2:

A (used) ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) of Battle Fatigue by Mark Kurlansky and an assortment of bookmarks/swag.

Prize Pack #3:

A (used) ARC (Advanced Readers Copy) of In Darkness by Nick Lake and an assortment of bookmarks/swag.

Giveaway is open to U.S. citizens, 13 years or older.

Giveaway will be open from December 4th (12:01 a.m.) until December 10th (11:59 p.m.).

To enter simply leave a comment on THIS blog post telling me what your favorite part of the (Christmas) season is and why. When leaving your comment please make sure to leave a valid e-mail address. Winners will be notified on December 11th, and will have two days (48 hours) to reply with shipping/mailing address.  If response isn’t received by December 13th (11:59 p.m.) I will have to select another winner.

There are a ton of other blog participating this hop. So please make sure to check them out!

A BIG THANK YOU to the blogs hosting this giveaway hop – I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and Chapter by Chapter – for hosting such a great hop!