Book Nerds Unite: A Sharing is Caring Giveaway!

Tis the season…and all that jazz. You know how it goes. The holidays start (earlier and earlier these days) and it is all about giving. Well now it is time for some getting. With the help of 19 other bloggers we bring to you, Book Nerds Unite, a Sharing is Caring giveaway!

Book Nerds Unite: A Sharing is Caring Giveaway

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Here’s a little backstory for you: Andi — of Andi’s ABCs — got this fantastic idea after seeing so many fashion blogs give out high-value items for giveaways, she brainstormed and thought it would be a good idea to let us book bloggers dip in to the fun! She contacted some lovely bloggers to inquire if we would be interested and I am so happy to say that we have a wonderful group here putting together something extra special for YOU! Each blogger has pitched in to bring you not one but TWO top dollar prizes for one exciting giveaway event!

It’s pretty easy to enter. Just click on the Rafflecopter link/widget and start following some great bloggers. For your trouble we are offering a first place prize of $150.00 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card and a 2nd place prize of $50.00 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card. Really you are the big winner either way as you get to add some fabulous new blogs to your blog feeds. Just a few rules to follow before you get started:

  • Giveaway is US only. (Sorry to international folks!)
  • It runs from 11/24/14 to 12/11/14.
  • Winners are selected at random.
  • PLEASE don’t mark a blog as followed if you haven’t in fact followed. All entries WILL be checked as we are putting together this giveaway just because we want someone to win this awesome prize, so please don’t take advantage of the generosity of these other bloggers! ❤ Happy giveaway, happy winners!

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Happy Holidays, and good luck friends!

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Fortnight of Fright: Asylum Review by Sarah (Friends with Characters)

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Heyy friends!! Carrying on with the reviews of creepy books, we have Sarah from Friends With Characters reviewing Asylum by Madeline Roux, a book that sounds like it would be right up my alley! Take it away, Sarah!

Halloween is definitely my favorite holiday. It’s so much fun dressing up and I love scary stories. I read Asylum by Madeleine Roux and it definitely is a creepy story perfect for Halloween.

Asylum (Asylum #1)

by Madeleine Roux 

Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-novel perfect for fans of the New York Times bestseller Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program—it’s a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum—a last resort for the criminally insane.

As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it’s no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux’s teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.

My Review:

Dan is an extremely awkward person. He goes to the New Hampshire College Prep program to meet people with interests similar to his. At the NHCP he meets Abby, an artistic girl, and Jordan, a math genius. Dan and his new friends find some creepy pictures at their dorm rooms. The dorm room used to be an asylum for the criminally insane. It looks like the criminally insane haven’t exactly left.

Asylum was a creepy book. The scenes describing the old asylum were very realistic. I think that Madeleine Roux did her research. I bet the second book will be even better. Continue reading

Author Interview and Giveaway!

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Hello, my lovelies!! I have something very fun in store for you today! You might remember that I read and loved Amber House a while back, and I recently had the opportunity to read its sequel, Neverwas. Well, I am excited to announce that today we have the authors of this lovely trilogy answering a few burning questions about the series AND to celebrate the release of Neverwas they are allowing some of us bloggers to help them in hosting a giveaway for a signed first edition of Neverwas! First, an interview with the lovely ladies behind the trilogy!

Let’s get the basics out of the way, what can readers expect from Neverwas?

A very different side of Amber House.  The House functions as a prism through which Sarah can examine varying facets of herself and her family.  Book I Sarah was in a darker place emotionally — more lost, more isolated.  That contributed to a manifestation of the House as being more eerie and haunting.  After time changes at the end of AMBER HOUSE, Sarah has a different life, and a different host of issues to face.  The House, obviously, reflects that.  This book is more suspenseful and psychological — it deals directly with the ramifications of Book I.  Questions of free will versus destiny, duty to those we love versus duty to self, that which survives and persist versus those things that must fall away, and how one person can impact countless others.

There are so many scenes that stick out in my mind from both Amber House and Neverwas, the echoes in particular stand out for me, do you have a favorite scene from either of the novels?

There are a few scenes we really wish we could just magically be in.  In AMBER HOUSE, the boat race, and the masquerade for Sarah’s birthday.  In NEVERWAS, the heist probably tops the list.

If I was describing Amber House I would use words like gothic, paranormal, mystery.  Neverwas has these same elements but to me, it really feels more like a work of historical fiction. Was the writing process different for each novel? Did you find that one came more easily to the page?

AMBER HOUSE was originally a much longer novel, and set in the NEVERWAS dystopian timeline.  The decision was made to excise the NEVERWAS elements, so readers could focus more clearly on Sarah and the (admittedly large) cast of supporting characters.  But AMBER HOUSE was always building to NEVERWAS and its storyline, because its mysteries and revelations are necessary to the third act, OTHERWHEN.

It is also a goal of ours, that each book represents a different genre or focus.  While the core themes certainly stay constant, the unique properties of the House afford us the opportunity to plop our characters into starkly different environments.  That’s part of the fun of a time travel series.

I read up on how the idea of the Amber House Trilogy came to be (thank goodness Tucker was hunting after some ancestry information!), and it seems like the idea really grew out of all three of you collaborating. Can you talk about the writing process; do you think it is easier or harder to have three minds working on something so huge? Do you all have your own areas of expertise?

The House as a time-altering device, the time-defying romance between Sarah and Jackson, the dark ties binding the Harris, Hathaway and Parsons families together — these were additions to the early draft of the story found in that 30-old-box in the attic, which we can honestly say only evolved after long discussions in our living room over cups of coffee and tea.  Our plan of attack, as it were, is usually to cloister ourselves away, work and re-work an outline until we all agree on the elements, and then delegate out scenes to write.  When it comes to this project — a central mystery with clues hidden throughout thirteen generations’ worth of character story lines, in addition to an alternate history and the world-building that goes hand-in-hand with that, all underscoring the protagonist’s emotional arc — having three people (plus an editor) helping to keep track of everything goes a long way toward getting these books done in a year or so, rather than two or three years.

In Neverwas, I noticed that Jackson was described as a type of “guardian angel,” and an unwavering partner to Sarah as she searches through the past. I think it shows that Sarah and Jackson’s relationship goes beyond teenage romance.  Were there any partnerships that you had in mind while writing theirs?

Jackson and Sarah’s lifelong friendship-type connection is based on one within our own family — Lundi and Loré Moore, the couple we dedicated the books to.

But there is one obvious difference: the thing about Sarah and Jackson’s connection in Books I and II is it is built on the foundation of Jackson’s visions:  he has seen Sarah and himself live a lifetime together.  He knows Sarah better than she knows herself; he has seen her at her best and at her worst and loves every aspect of her.  For Jackson, his relationship with Sarah isn’t just a “teenage romance,” or a means to an end to get his parents back.  Every vision he has ever had at Amber House has revolved around her — he has grown up knowing Sarah is the one true love of his life.  In that way, there relationship may echo those of classic Gothic romances, where the couple are bound to each other beyond time.

I know we are looking into the future here, but do you have any ideas on what is next after The Amber House trilogy concludes? Do you think you will continue to work together on future novels?

We’re working on solo projects, but can state for certain that two stand-alone collaborations — one a fantasy with a male protagonist, and one a romance-adventure set against the backdrop of Greek mythology — are in various stages of completion and are part of a larger all-encompassing fictional world we intend to establish as the setting for all our projects, past and future.

EEP! I am so excited for ALL OF THE THINGS. I cannot wait to see how the series concludes. Now, for the clue and information regarding the givewaway…

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In NEVERWAS, Sarah must piece together the mystery of her forgotten past with the help of clues left behind by her great-grandmother, Fiona Warren.  For readers interested in the chance to win a signed first-edition hardback of NEVERWAS — with an exclusive hint for what’s in story for Sarah in the final book, OTHERWHEN, hidden inside — visit each blog on the tour for the month of December, collect the various lines from the poem, arrange them in the proper order, and submit the final sonnet by New Year’s Day for a chance to win the special copy of NEVERWAS!

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KELLY MOORE is a New York Times best-selling author, former litigator, and single mother of three. Her latest project, the young adult fiction series THE AMBER HOUSE TRILOGY, co-written with her two daughters and based loosely upon her own family history, examines fourteen generations of Maryland women and their ties to the past, present, and future.  The first book in the series was nominated for the 2014 Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award for its realistic portrayal of characters with autism; Moore is outspoken about her inclusion in the autism spectrum, and is dedicated to autism awareness.

TUCKER REED is an award-winning fiction and nonfiction writer.  She has been recognized on the national level for her short stories, essays and poetry.  She is also a notable political blogger and has appeared on CNN, CBS, ABC and HuffPost Live, as well as featured in articles published by TIME magazine, Marie Claire magazine, Ms. magazine, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The Guardian, among numerous others.

LARKIN REED is a professional photographer, currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in filmmaking. In 2013, Reed established her own multimedia production company, and has subsequently produced and directed several short films.

Whew! Exciting, am I right?! For more information about the series, or the giveaway, visit The Amber House Blog! Make sure to check out the other blogs to gather your clues! The next stop on the tour will be at Annette’s Book Spot! Oh, and stay tuned for my review of Neverwas! Happy reading, my friends!

Kid Lit Giveaway Hop

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Come one, come all, support literacy!! Mother Daughter Book Reviews and Youth Literature Reviews have joined forces to put together a wonderful giveaway hop that gives us all the opportunity to promote what we love: reading!! There will be bloggers all over featuring giveaways for children’s books, young adult books, and gift cards!

I am so excited to be taking part in this giveaway hop because it means that I can share one of my favorite books with you! One winner will receive their choice of one of the following books:

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The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

“The four princes erroneously dubbed Prince Charming and rudely marginalized in their respective fairy tales form an unlikely team when a witch threatens the whole kingdom” (Read my review here)

 

 

 

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The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healy
Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You remember them, don’t you? They’re the Princes Charming who finally got some credit after they stepped out of the shadows of their princesses – Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Briar Rose – to defeat an evil witch bent on destroying all their kingdoms.  But alas, such fame and recognition only last so long. And when the princes discover that an object of great power might fall into any number of wrong hands, they are going to have to once again band together to stop it from happening – even if no one will ever know it was they who did it.

If you haven’t had the pleasure of starting this series, I highly recommend it. The books are fun, and hilarious for people of all ages. Just click the link below for the rafflecopter giveaway! Good luck, and happy reading!
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Make sure to check out the other participants in the giveaway hop!!

Click here to view the other awesome participants!

Book Hoarders Anonymous (5)

Can you believe that it’s almost May? Spring is in the air and I have been spending much of my free time reading by the lake near my house. Nothing is better than reading in the perfect stillness of nature. This was the month for galleys! May will be spent reviewing ALL THE ARCS, I got some great books this month and much has happened in my life so it looks like this Book Hoarders Anonymous thing might turn into a monthly feature! We shall see but for now, let’s look at my loot!

From the Library:

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – I have been hearing AMAZING things from all over the blogosphere about this one and book two comes out soon so I am jumping on that bandwagon!

Goblin Secrets by William Alexander – A winner of the National Book Award, I will be reading and reviewing this for Bookalicious!

Story’s End by Marissa Burt – I loooved Storybound and I am so excited to see how Una and her friends fare against the evil corrupting the land of Story.

Silver by Talia Vance – I was approved for Gold via Netgalley and the series sounded too great to pass up but we obviously have to start with book one!

From Netgalley/Edelweiss:

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Raven Flight by Juliet Marillier (!!!) – A dear friend told me this was available literally as soon as it popped up and I ran like the wind to request it, only to find out that I am auto approved for the publisher which makes it even better but OMG can’t wait to read it.

Shadows by Robin McKinley

This Wicked Game by Michelle Zink

The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell

The Year of Shadows by Claire Legrand

(re)visions: Alice by Kaye Chazan

Swords of the Six by Scott Appleton

Sea Change by S.M. Wheeler

The Fairest of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon

Gold by Talia Vance

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian

The Chaos of Stars by Kierston White

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

Wild Song by Jane Eagland

Bought/Received:

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Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers – I have the best friends EVER, and when Brittany met Robin this month, she bought and got a book signed for me!! Ahh!

I won an AMAZING giveaway on The Hopeful Heroine and was lucky to receive THE ENTIRE INFERNAL DEVICES SERIES!! EEP!

The Great Gatsby (audiobook) read by Jake Gyllenhaal – The inevitable re-read before seeing the movie!

Dracula (audiobook) read by Tim Curry and Alan Cumming – Enough said.

Oz: The Complete Collection – Um..I literally just bought this as I was writing this post…it’s all 14 books for .99, people! GO BUY THEM NOW.

I also got an excellent haul from The Book Barn this month, even some new releases!!

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What Did You Miss?

Sign ups for Classics Retold started, I will be reading Robin Hood and I am pretty excited with the awesome bloggers who are participating. All are welcome and you have until September to read and watch retellings, so come one, come all!!

We concluded part one of our Song of Ice and Fire Read Along, completing A Game of Thrones. We will be starting on Clash of Kings this week and I can’t wait!

Shakespeare turned 449, and I am hosting an awesome giveaway in his honor!

We talked about my love of Robin Goodfellow and the inclusion of fabulous Shakespearean elements in The Treachery of Beautiful Things

I reviewed some of my favorite books of all time, Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers, In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters, and Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt. Not to mention some fabulous middle grade novels on Bookalicious, head over there to see my reviews of The Dream Stealer by Gregory Maguire and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

I got my bookcases put up in my new library! Check out the pretties:

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What’s to Come?

Stay tuned this month for my thoughts on A Game of Thrones, my intro post telling you all about the glorious Robin Hood THINGS I will be reading and watching for Classics Retold, my review of The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle (spoiler alert: I LOVED IT), I will be participating in the Kid Lit Giveaway Hop so make sure you come back on May 13 to enter to win a copy of one of my favorite books, and I will be reviewing quite a few of those titles from Netgalley and Edelweiss!

Thanks for reading, my loves, and happy Spring!

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare! (Giveaway)

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William Shakespeare
April 23, 1564 – April 23, 1616
Good frend for Iesvs sake forbeare,
To digg the dvst encloased heare.
Bleste be ye man yt spares thes stones,
And cvrst be he yt moves my bones.

You all might remember that I wrote a post dedicated to the Bard on his birthday last year. Well this year I thought that I would make it a little more fun! Since part of my focus on the Classics Retold project is dedicated to Shakespeare, I thought that it would be fun to offer a giveaway to my readers to celebrate William’s birthday, and to remind you all how fun retellings are!

Therefore, to wish Mr. Shakespeare a happy birthday and deathday: one winner will receive their choice of any Shakespeare retelling! Here is a link to a Goodreads list of retellings but I will of course take additional suggestions!!

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Giveaway: Mystery Box o’ ARCs

As some of you may know, I will be moving soon. It is quite exciting as it is a step in the right direction and will be a positive change in my life. However, this means that for a little while I will have LESS ROOM and more importantly, LESS BOOKCASES! Therefore, I decided to go through my bookcase filled with ARCs (and two finished books) from BEA and share the love with you all! I promise that nearly all EIGHTEEN books in the box are books I really want to read, and if you read the blog, we must have some of the same reading habits! Now I don’t want to tell you exactly what is in the box because really, what fun is that, but I will draw your attention to the pile of books I brought home from BEA and tell you that I am not sending away any of my signed copies!

Here are some pictures to jog your memory…

An overview…

I know it isn’t the best picture but it might give you a little idea…Here are some better ones…

Ooh! I see a few in this picture that are definitely in that box!

Some of these guys are in there too!

…and to be fair, these are the books that will not be in the box…Sorry! They are my coveted titles!!

Mine, ALL MINE!!

So the gist is that you would really help me out in multiple ways by entering in this giveaway because if you don’t these books won’t find their forever home…you know you want them…don’t make me start playing you some Sarah McLaughlin – P.S. could they have chosen a sadder song for those commercials?!

Contest Information:

  • Entrants must be 13 years of age to enter.
  • This giveaway is open to participants in the US only, sorry!
  • The winners will be announced on this page shortly after the conclusion of the giveaway and the winners will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen.
  • IMPORTANT: To protect your privacy and prevent spam mail, please DO NOT leave your email address in the comments section.

Click below and follow the instructions to be entered! WOO HOO!!

This contest is OVER, my friends!! Maggie from Gone Pecan is the winner! 

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