When I first read the premise of this book I was really excited, and when my blogger friend Sarah said she had a review copy and that I could borrow it I was thrilled. I'm all for books about serial killers because, honestly, I love the idea of a good one. No that doesn't mean I like when they're at large, but I love watching shows about them. For some reason I'm facinated with them, books that have to do with crime in general. I'm also rather fond of the idea of Jack the Ripper so when I heard this book was ABOUT Jack the Ripper I was all for it. Now that I've finished reading it I'm not really sure how I feel about it. It wasn't a bad book by any means, it just wasn't amazing. Maybe it was because I was SO excited about the whole idea of this book that when it finally came down to reading it I found that something was lacking. The idea was really fresh, it wasn't something that had been re-done hundreds of times in the teen section and although there was some romance it didn't overpower the story, because the story wasn't really ABOUT romance. I really liked the main character Rory. She was independant, didn't end up falling in love with a guy and falling all over herself to impress him, and she really did hold her own. If you're a fan of books with some romance, some thrill, a few near death experiences, and some history then I definetly suggest you check out this book. I'll be reading the next book in the series just to see what happens (and because there are very few times when I don't continue a series) and will definetly check out her Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes series because I've heard they're really good.
Wow, you guys REALLY want this ARC. There were 73 PEOPLE who entered and 242 entries. I wish I had more to give away, but I only have two and one of them is for me so unfortunetly only one person can win. Maybe I'll have this as one of the books you can pick for the October book giveaway? Let me know what you guys think about that in the comments. First let's look at the pretty cover first, because, you really can't look at it enough, it's just so pretty.
Now, onto the winner, the winner is LadyVampire (Number 234)!!! Congrats, I've emailed you and you have 72 hours to respond or the ARC goes to someone else.
Here's another book that people have been talking about recently, saying it's really good, they can't wait to read it, etc. Believe all of these things because they are all true. The pitch of this book is "The Hunger Games meets X-Men" and I think that's really what you get. I will say there are going to be some people that won't love this book. I'm sure there are going to be some people who hate it because of the way it's written, but in my mind the way it was written only made it better. It was almost lyrical in a way, kind of like a poem but at the same time a novel as well. A very unique style of writing that I personally just loved. Tahereh was descriptive and somehow even made the ugliest things sound enticing. Just the idea of this book was new and fresh, and the story really doesn't disappoint either. Juliette is such a great character and I think she's someone that ALL girls can relate to. No not on every level, because obviously no one has the problem of hurting people with a touch, but I feel that there's so much more to her story then just that. With Juliette I also saw something deeper, a self loathing and a wanting to be different and normal. She was SUCH a great character because of her imperfections, and because she refused to give into the immense pressure she was put through, which is more then I can say for some characters. The romance is so sweet and there are passages in it that take your breath away. I have no doubt that if you are a fan of books in verse and dystopian novels you will just eat this book up. And all the twists and turns, it's like a WELL WRITTEN action movie, when they make this movie they better do it justice or I will hurt them all. I can't WAIT for the next one to come out but in the mean time I will most likely feel the need to re-read this book, which is something I don't say very often.
Released November 15, 2011
5/5 dust spirits
*Note; when you read the book make sure you read the parts that are crossed out or you may miss something.
So today when the mail came there were two packages in it. One was a copy of Sweet Venom that was SUPPOSED to get here YESTERDAY, thank you very much Amazon. The other you ask? It was an ARC of Dearly, Departed that I won from Dark Faerie Tales but I already HAVE a copy that I got from the publisher to review, so now I have 2. I've yet to read the book but I see no need to have two copies of the same book, so what does one do with it? Well, if you're a blogger you trade it or give it away! I do sometimes wish that I could say "I'll give you this book for $x." but seeing as that doesn't give the author any money and they're "Not For Sale" that's not going to happen. Any who, I asked the author, the lovely Lia Habel, if I could make the giveaway international and she said why not, so. So that means the giveaway is INTERNATIONAL! YAY!!! Although depending on where you live (aka international) I might ask you to pay for shipping because shipping can be REALLY EXPENSIVE! All you have to do is fill out the form. Since the book comes out on October 18th and you probably want to at least be able to read the ARC early (cause you know, that's what they're for, to read early) the contest will end on September 27th, exactly three weeks before the book is released out into the wild in the US. The UK version is released on the 29th of September which is a poo, cause you know, Lia LIVES IN THE US, but still. Now, go forth and fill out the form! See the winner here.
But first, look at the pretty cover!!! Yes, the ARC does have the cover on it, so it's almost like the real thing.
This book, THIS BOOK!!! People have been raving about this book and NOW I see why. Laini crafts an AMAZING story that's just so...so...there are really no words to describe this book, but I'll try my best. Let's start with the beginnings of each section, goodness I could read those over and over again, so beautiful. The characters? Exotic. No really, their names, I think I pronounced almost all of them wrong, but do I care, NO! Although I will be asking Laini how to ACTUALLY pronounce them, then I'll let you guys know. Karou, oh Karou, she's amazing. I mean, there are some great female characters out there, but Karou is right up there with Clary from The Mortal Instruments series. And THE WRITING!? *dies*. Basically what I'm trying to say is that I LOVE this book. Did you get that, I LOVE it. It almost seems lyrical in a way, beautiful and harsh at the same time. Somehow it just hits you right in the middle of the chest and leaves you speechless. You think you know how it's gonna end? Yeah, no, think again. Taylor has crafted such a beautiful world it's almost ugly...I SAID ALMOST! Think The Mortal Instruments meets Hush, Hush meets The Sky is Everywhere and then you'll have a small idea of what this book is going to be like. Take my word for it this book is DEFINITELY gonna be the next big thing. Yes, there are going to be a FEW of you who don't like it, and in my head I'll just be going "yup, can't talk to them anymore, they're crazy." (only not really, don't worry, I'll still talk to you even if I think you're nuts) but I'm pretty sure 99% of you who read this book are gonna look like this at the end O.O . Personally I can't WAIT for the second one, which Laini said she's working on RIGHT NOW because I'm sure it's gonna be EVEN BETTER, if that's even possible. Now excuse me while I go out and find Laini's other books, because I must read them ASAP because, well, I mean, they're her books, and she wrote THIS BOOK so they MUST be AMAZING too. Go read this book! That is all.
Released September 27, 2011
I need more dust spirits for this book, but I only have five so 5/5
*Please excuse my insanely long rant about how amazing this book was but if you go out and buy it and read it, I think you will see why I sound so crazy. Now go read!
First off, the winner of the secret contest is Ashley O'Donnell! There were only 6 entries in this one, so now I guess I know which one of you pays attention to my posts! ;)
Now onto the facebook contest winners! First let's ddo the numbers, cause I like to think of myself as a number's person. There are (were?) 4 prizes to be won; A paperback copy of Nightshade, a hardback of Exraordinary, and two mystery prizes (which will be revealed further down!). There were 42 people who entered and a combined 70 entries (what a great ROUND number. <3). Thank you all for entering and even though I know all of you didn't win I still love you all! Now, onto the winners.
The winner of the Nightshade paperback by Andrea Cremer is..................................Diana!!!
The winner of Extraordinary hardback by Nancy Werlin is..............................Alishia Ruly!!!
Surprise prize 1 is a signed paperback of The D.U.F.F. by Kody Keplinger and that goes to.......PamM!!!
Surpise prize 2 is a signed paperback of Forvie My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs and that goes to.....Clarissa P (Clary)!!!
Thank you all for entering, and seeing as I'll be going to lots of signings next month stay tuned for at least one contest for a signed book! (There will probably be two or three!)
So, I have a proposition for you all, I know how much you all love signed books, I mean, who doesn't love a signed PERSONALIZED copy of a book? I know that I do, although sometimes I think about how much I could maybe sell it for one day so sometimes I just have them sign the book, but that's beside the point. I know that you all like winning books, and you all like signed books, and you all like winning signed books, so really this is a win-win for you! If you want me to get a signed book for you email me at email@example.com but act fast, cause I'll only let one or two people do this per my signing, cause I don't want to kill my arms carrying a ton of books. Basically the events that I'm going to are as followed, and if you want you can let me know if you want a signed book from the event, but only pick one or two so that other people can participate as well. The catch, you have to buy your own book if you want to guarantee you get one. You can physically mail me the book, have it sent to me via a website, or just send me the money (before hand or I guess if you WILL pay me back you can do it afterwards if you can't get it to me by the day of the signing) to buy it from the store the event is going on at, then I'll get it signed and mail it back to you. If possible maybe you could consider adding an extra $5.00 for shipping, because sometimes that can get pricey. Please note that all the books will go back media mail if you live in the US, or first class (which is the only thing available) for those of you who live internationally. Either way it may take a little while for the books to get back to you. Without further adu the list of upcoming author signings and when I would need the book/money to get to me so I can get it signed for you;
Kody Keplinger-September 17th
Tera Lynn Childs-September 21st
Smart Chicks Kick it Tour-October 2nd (Seattle)
Lauren Oliver-October 7th
Maggie Stiefvater-October 11th
Kiersten White (with Claudia Gray, Anna Carey, Amy Garvy)-October 12th
Lani Tayler-October 13th
James Dashner-October 15th
Jay Asher-October 17th
Ellen Hopkins-October 25th
Kiki Hamilton-October 26th*
* means that I might not be going, so definitely email me ASAP if you want a signed book from these events.
So as most of you know Peace, Love, Teen Fiction started out as a facebook page, and today happens to mark the 1 year anniversary of when I made the facebook page! So now I have a contest for all of you who like the facebook page! It's really simple, just go over to the facebook page and leave a comment on the wall. How about we have it be...a book your looking forward to reading that comes out in the next...year. Easy. If you want an extra entry all you have to do is share the contest on facebook and link back to the page by tagging it. (if you don't know how to do that just type in @ then "peace, love, teen fiction" and you should be good as long as you like the page.) See winners here!
What are the prizes? I'm glad you asked. There will be four, and since facebook is pretty much accessible to everyone around the world we're gonna make the contest international. Just check off which prize you want to enter for. (note, the question marks are secret prizes, even I'm not sure what they are at this point, but no worries, they will be books and they will be awesome!)
The Eleventh Plague is, at it's core, a novel about the end of the world and what happens next, but it's also a book about the basic instincts of human nature. Most of the time I don't dive deep into book because, in all honesty, it bores me. I know, you have to do it in school, but whenever we have to I want to shoot myself. With this book though I think it's really had not to. Maybe my take on the book is not at ALL what Jeff wanted to convey when he wrote the book, but we all see things differently so that's okay, right? Right. Stephen, the main character was really great. Not in the sense that he was hott (although he didn't sound too bad looking) but that he was a teenage boy and was really trying to find himself. This book is definetly gonna be a hit with boys becase, well, let's face it, there aren't many books for teenage boys and this one just really does a great job at grabbing your attention, especially if you're a boy (I mean, just LOOK at that cover, what boy WOULDN'T want to read it?). The book gives us a shocking look at what could very well happen to our society, on some level it really hits that deep fear that we all have about a plauge being unleashed upon the US. The premise of this book is, in my mind, "hell is other people". When you take humans and put them into dire situations you see who they really are, and maybe all it takes is the end of the world. I really enjoyed this debut novel because it's really different from most of the YA book on the market because, in the end, you don't get a nice bow, you get life, as in, things don't generally end up nice a neat, they're ugly and broken, but there's room for improvement in life, and that's really what I enjoyed most about this book. I will admit, it took some time for me to get into it, and I didn't always want to read it ALL the time, but I think we could all learn a little something from this book. When your life is turned upside down and nothing is like it was maybe the only thing you can do is adapt.
I loved Carrie's Need series and I was so thrilled when I got an email asking if I wanted to participate in the blog tour for her new book After Obsession there was really only one answer I could give; YES! Both Carrie and Steven craft a great YA novel that, in reality, is very different then anything out on the market at this time. Yes, there is a girl on the cover, but that doesn't mean that this book only appeals to the female gender. In my opinion both genders will find this book interesting. For the girls there's some romance (and kissing, yay for kissing), but there's also demons and a boy's point of view. This book was a lot of fun, but it was also somewhat creepy and had a great creep factor to it. The lines were witty and it really does keep you hooked until the last page. I loved the fact that Steven included parts of Native American folklore. In some instances this could detract from the story but in this instance that is not the case and it really helps move the story along and makes it more...real. If you're a fan of the TV show Supernatural I think that you'll really enjoy this book. I have to say that this is my favorite book that Carrie has written and hopefully she and Steven will write something in the future just like this. The thing I enjoyed the most was that Aimee was independant and she was part of the solution as well. That and the fact that the villian wasn't really something you could touch, because how do you stop something you can't touch? My hope is that Steven branches out into the YA genre as well and writes his own novel, because based on this book it will be very enjoyable. If you like Carrie's novels you should definetly pick this book up.
*Que ominous music*
No, really, play some ominous music while you read this post...but only if you can read and somewhat listen at the same time, otherwise listen to some later and THINK of this post. k? good.
Now onto the REAL post.
School starts tomorrow! I probably shouldn't be putting an exclamation mark after that cause I'm sure that if I look back on I will go "what was I thinking!?" but there is an exclamation mark there, and what's done is done. Now, I'm sure you're all going, "so what, school is starting, what's the big deal?" and the answer to that question my dear bloggerly buddies is EVERYTHING! I'm going to be a junior now which means lots of things. For those of you who HAVE been to high school already you may or may not remember that Junior year is when students are forced to take the SATs and all that fun stuff. (Did I say "fun" cause by "fun" I meant "terrible" just so we're clear.) I'm also taking two AP classes (where as last year I was only taking one) and I've been told that Junior year is the hardest of the four years of high school. Basically what I'm saying is I don't know how much time I will have once I start school and start getting homework and such. If you are paying attention I think you all understand what I'm getting at, but just in case you aren't, or you're just skimming this post I'll write it in big letters so you won't miss it either way;
I don't know how much time I will have to read starting tomorrow but I will try my best to continue to read and do contests hopefully as frequently as I did during the summer.
Okay, then. Thank you for paying attention to my rant and such, and if you're still with me why not reward you? Comment on this post with a fond memory from school (it can be from years ago for those of you who are older, or recently, for those of you still in school, such as myself) and some way for me to contact you if you win. Since I said I would give it away and I haven't gotten around to it the winner will get my ARC of Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker. No extra entries because it's a secret contest only for those of you who actually read blog posts! Now you may all carry on with your day. See winners here!
I read Kody's first book and I just fell in love with it. It was straightforward and thought provoking, a really great addition to the YA genre and a kick-a** debut. There are quite a few authors who write contemporary novels and then their second book falls short, but that isn't the case with Kody's second novel. It's funny, brash, and tests social norms in all the way that Kody's first novel did. This one is based off of a Greek play, which I think is always interesting because I 1) really despise the classics and such that I have to read in school, and 2) I enjoy seeing how different people put twists on classic stories. Lissa was such a great character because she had flaws, and although I've never participated in a sex strike I felt like I had so much in common with her. The main reason I think that this book is important for most girls to read today is the topic it discusses. This book is, in essence, all about sex, and at it's core, what it's like to be a female and the roll sex plays in our lives. Kody makes some very important points about how we as a society view sex when it comes to the female gender. This book is such a great help for all girls who wonder what "normal sex" is. There is also that very important component that involves cute boys, sassy girls, and of course just the right amount of sexual humor and tension that makes these books all so relateable. Kody is such an outstanding author and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next, but whatever it is I'm sure it will be just amazing. I think that even if you aren't a teenage girl you should read this book (yes that means you too guys) because there are some great points in this book. If only the original plays and such these books were based off of were more like this I would not hesitate to read them in class when they were assigned. Although I'm sure that there would be some people who would, but what can you do?
So you all said that a monthly giveaway would be a good idea, so here's how it's going to work. There will be six books you can choose from that come out during the month the contest is for, so because it's September the book you choose will have come out in September, not in August, or December, or any other month, just September. The book will be shipped at the beginning of the next month, so if you're looking to get the book right when it comes out you're out of luck, because that's not going to happen. Winners will be announced on the first of the month and a new giveaway will be posted then as well. You can only enter ONCE, if you enter more than that you will be disqualified. The contest will be international as long as the Book Depository ships to your country for free (want to know if it does? Check here). All you have to do is fill out the form and press "send" or whatever it is at the end of the form, and then wait. You have until September 30th at 12:00 Midnight Pacific Standard Time to enter. Good luck. See the winner here!
6 books to choose from, 85 people entered, and there were 264 entries total, but alas there can only be one winner.
That winner is Mrs. Heise who wanted THE NEAR WITCH (which is a GREAT book by the way!) Congrats Mrs. Heise and I hope you enjoy your book. If you didn't win don't worry, there will be another giveaway up shortly for the month of September!!!