Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Extra Extra Blog All About It!!

Hello everyone! I just wanted to send you a little update and overview of things going on here on my blog and around the book blogosphere.

Book Cover News
Cover Reveal

Books into Movie News

The Host Movie news









Contest News

Today is the last day to enter for this weeks giveaway!!
Remember that your one guess only goes towards this weeks giveaway. If you want to earn entries into the GRAND PRIZE PACK you can tweet, sidebar, and post each week and earn lots of entries.
As of righ now the 1st prize pack will contain
-$50 gift card for B&N
-Pride & Prejudice book and movie + candy & popcorn
-Fandango gift card
-Signed bookmarks by Lisa Schroeder
-Signed bookmarks by Jen Nadol
-Forget-Her-Nots swag by Amy Brecount White
-Bookmark and key charm by Bonnie Doerr
-Signed copy of Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood by Eileen Cook
-One signed book by Melissa DeLaCruz
-One signed book by Elizabeth Scott

and this is only the first prize pack! There is two more prize packs after this one.
Today is the last day to win a signed copy of Mona Lisa Awakening!!
FYI: I just bought 2 copies of Mona Lisa Craving and will add them to Sunny's Montly Giveaways.

Ok I know I have said this before but I promise to post the Perfect Chemistry giveaway ASAP. As for those of you who commented on my I WON THE LOTTERY!! post you still have those extra entries. I didn't forget!
Alexa
Kelsey
Morgan
Ari
Aye.Me?
The Library Lurker
I Heart Book Gossip
You all have the 3 extra entries!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Published March 10th 2009 by Gollancz
Paperback, 310 pages
Genre: YA, Dystopian

In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

But, slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future - between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?---Goodreads

This book was amazing!! I never thought I would say that about a book that has zombies in it but I can't deni how moved I was while reading this story. To give you a little visual aide as to what this book is like I would say it is a cross between The Village and I Am Legend but without the scientific experiments. It's devestating and soo addicting. I couldn't put the book down because I just had to know what was going to happen next. The action and suspense never stopped.

I love and admire Mary's character. She is a very strong girl who wants to be incharge of her own destiny. Mary is inquisitive and brave but also vulnerable. Now, I don't want to give too much away but this was the most civialized love triangle I have ever read. But, I felt is was very fitting since they feel they are the only survivers left in the world and wouldn't be able to just get up and leave the protections of the village. All the characters involved were faced with the responsiblilty to carry on the survival of the human race while abandoning their true hearts desire.

 Be prepared for lots of hearbreak and tears! I was so devestated at the end of this book but I also felt hope. I can't wait to read the rest of this series. Hopefully we get to see more of Mary, Jed, Harry and Cass in the next books.
Quotes:
"There is always a choice, Mary," Sister Tabitha says..."It is what makes us human, what seperates us form them."pg 34
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Jeb--" The sisterhood has it wrong," he says."It's not about surviving. It should be about love. When you know love...that's what makes this life worth it. When you live with it every day.Wake up with it, hold on to it during the thunder and after a nighmare. When love is your refuge from the death that surrounds us all and when it fills you so tight that you can't express it."pg 155
Sex-o-meter: kissing
Drug-o-meter: none
Award:
The Splattered Heart Award is for books that truly capture the intense feeling of a broken heart.
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A Vampire's Kiss: (Vol.1 No 1) Manigault Vampires by Laura Stamps



"Sara Gadsden is a Wiccan Green Witch addicted to paranormal romance novels and their gorgeous vampire heroes. Like most people, she has no idea vampires actually exist until she meets Drayton Manigault at a Samhain party. Dray is not only one of Columbia's wealthiest businessmen, but he's also been a vampire for the last 145 years. Oh, and he's totally yummy. When Dray offers Sara a job working for his computer company, Manigault Technologies, fantasy collides with reality, and Sara's future is suddenly transformed into one wild, smokin' HOT ride!"--Goodreads

I had the privilege of reading the first three chapters of the serialized novel A Vampire Kiss by Laura Stamps. I can't comment on the whole book since it isn't available yet but the first couple of chapters are very pomising. The flirtatious dialogue is great and the chemistry is there but I felt the only subject on everyone's mind was sex. I know, I know it's an Erotica book but even so I think these books can be so much more than JUST SEX. What I really liked about the first few chapters was that Dray is a total gentleman with Sara. He's kind and courteous. Everything you'd love in a man, while Sara is a little she-devil. She's a straight forward, carefree, headstrong kind of woman who knows what she wants and isn't afraid to go after it. It is so much fun reading the interactions of these two characters because they are so oppisite but very attracted to each. As much as I felt the heat between these two characters I still wanted more foreplay and more drawn out sexual tention. I need more history about Sara, about Dray and the vampires. How did these vampiers evolve? Where did thay come from? I now that it is unfair to ask for when I only read three chapters of this book but that is what I look forward to reading about most when starting a new series.  I can't wait to find out what comes next for Sara and Dray and their steamy relationship. 

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Stephenie Meyers New Book!!

LITTLE, BROWN BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
TO RELEASE NEW NOVELLA FROM
INTERNATIONAL PHENOMENON STEPHENIE MEYER
ON SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 2010
THE SHORT SECOND LIFE OF BREE TANNER:
AN ECLIPSE NOVELLA
NOVELLA ORIGINALLY CONCEIVED AS SHORT STORY
FOR THE TWILIGHT SAGA: THE OFFICIAL GUIDE
ONE DOLLAR FROM EACH BOOK SOLD IN THE US
WILL BE DONATED TO THE AMERICAN RED CROSS
FOR INTERNATIONAL RELIEF EFFORTS

Sheesh Stephenie Meyer can really hold secrests!!
This story is about Bree Tanner who was introduced in Eclipse for a very small but significant scene. The scene after the battle between the Cullens/Quileutes and the newborns. She is the only newborn left alive but not for very long.
From what I gathered this book will be free to read online but will also be available to purchase in stores.
This is her statment on her website:

There was one thing I asked for: since this story had always been an extra for me, and was meant to be released with the Guide, I wanted to be able to offer it to my fans for free. You all have bought a ton of my books, and I wanted to give you this story as a gift. My publisher was awesome and embraced this idea. We still wanted to also produce a physical book with a cool cover (see below) that you can add to your set if you like, but starting at noon on June 7th until July 5th, it will also be available online at http://www.breetanner.com.--stepheniemeyer.com/

Well now I'm looking forward to reading Bree's story. What about you?
Hopefully Stephenie writes a book for Leah and one for Renesmee as well as finish Midnight Sun. Let's all cross our fingers. Oh and she also needs to write the The Seeker and The Soul which belong to The Host Series. LOL!! I love The Host and if you haven't read it you should! I gave it 5 hearts.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

In My Mailbox (8)

In My Mailbox explores the contents of my mailbox on a weekly bases. Of course I only mention the really cool things, like books! Hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Pop Culture Junkie.


This is what I received this week:

Bought:
The Iron King by Julie Kagwa
The Line by Teri Hall
The Mark by Jen Nadol
The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

Returned:
Perfect Chemistry (signed) + bookmarks & pens

Received eBooks for review:
The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder

Swag from my fabulous "Guess Who?" authors:


This was a great week and now I have plenty to read. I still have two reviews to work on. One is The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan, which I LOVED! I will start on them ASAP. Well until next time..Happy Reading!!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

"Guess Who?" Q&A Week 1

THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!!


Can you please share 3 things about
yourself that your fans probably don't know?



1) I have a tattoo (a Japanese Kanji meaning "harmony." I checked before I
got inked on the true meaning of that exact kanji, with someone in Japan, so
I could be sure I didn't end up with something that said "cheese soup."
2) I have a tiny dog who is referred to as "The Pomeranian," and who is
feared internationally, due to his borderline personality disorder.
3) My cats, Henry and Nadine, often criticize my writing.



Hints: It’s a 2010 debut author.

List of Participating Authors to chose from:
Hilari Bell - Knights & Rogue Series
Sarwat Chadda - The Devil's Kiss
Eileen Cook - Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood
Andrea Cremer - Nightshade 
Melissa DeLaCruz - Blue Blood Series
Alexandra Diaz - Of All The Stupid Things
Kimberly Derting - The Body Finder
Bonnie J. Doerr - Island Sting
Simone Elkeles - Perfect Chemistry
Kami Garcia - Beautiful Creatures
Adele Griffin - The Julian Game
Teri Hall -The Line
Alyxandra Harvey - Hearts at Stake
Karen Healey - Guardina of the Dead
Jennifer Hubbard - The Secret Year
Shaun David Hutchinson - The Deathday Letter
Denise Jaden - Losing Faith
Lauren Kate - Fallen
Jen Nadol - The Mark
Chloe Niell - Firespell
Julie Anne Peters - By The Time You Read This,I'll Be Dead
Carrie Ryan - The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Lisa Schroeder - Chasing Brooklyn
Elizabeth Scott - The Unwritten Rule
Rachel Vincent - Soul Screamers Series
Any Brecount White - Forget-Her-Nots
Sara Zarr - Sweethearts

You can only guess once!
You must be a follower to participate!!
Leave your ONE guess and your extra entries as a comment.
Remember to leave your email address and links or your entries will NOT count.
Suggestion!! You should check out the authors websites and blogs. You might find what your looking for.
The correct answer gets you into the lottery for this weeks prize but you can earn entries into the GRAND PRIZE PACK by tweeting, posting, and putting contest on your sidebar. 
Please click HERE to see details on the contest and to see what great ARCs, Books, Swag, gift cards and more are in the GRAND PRIZE PACK.


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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Published March 2, 2010 by HarperCollins 
Hardcover, 470 pages

What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all—looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12th should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it’s her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. In fact, she re-lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she had ever imagined.--Goodreads

This book started out so strong and I was hooked right away. I thing the subject of what happens once you die is very interesting and Lauren did a great job in sharing her POV. During Sam’s journey I felt so many different emotions.
Anger, because I was so mad at Sam for being a follower for so long. She knew and felt some of the things she was doing was not right. Happy when she spent the day with her little sister. It was such a beautiful and memorable moment between sisters. Disgust at Rob, Sam’s boyfriend because he has a lot to learn about being in a relationship. But then again he is only 17/18 years old. Anticipation, for the kiss..aaaww the kiss. (sorry no spoilers). Sadness, because she wasted so much of her life being someone she really isn’t and deep down I just felt sorry for her. Dread, when nearing the end. I knew how this book was going to end but I just hoped somehow things would’ve ended differently. Surprise, at how far Lindz let things go and for so long with out thinking there would be no consequences to her actions. Hope. I wished Sam could have had more time with the new life she found at the end.
Even thought this book is centered around a very serious subject, it was so much fun to read. Sam and her friends had me laughing like crazy through out the book. These girls have tons of fun, and are truly dedicated to each other through all there faults. This was a wonderful rollercoaster ride that left me drained of all emotions for a couple of days. This is a must read so put it on the top of your TBR pile.


Quotes:
Ally-"I read once that if a bunch of butterflies takes off from Thailand, it can cause a rainstorm in New York."
"Yeah, well, one of your farts could cause a massive blackout in Portugal." Elody giggles, throwing a fry back.
"Your morning breath could cause a stampede in Africa." Ally leans forward. "And I do not fart."

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Sex-o-meter: Some conversations and references to sex but no graphic scene. A couple of kissing scenes.

Drug-o-meter: Some drug and alcohol use.
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I Want A Flip Camera From Becca Fitzpatrick!!

Eve's Fan Garden is hosting a contest to win a Flip camera from Becca Fitzpatrick.
One of the requirements is to post a picture of yourself with the book, so here it is. They so owe me one because I look like crap!! It's from working on all these contest. LOL! Oh, and  don't mind the mess behind my head. I so need another bookshelf!
Contest ends Friday so hurry and get your pics in.

Here are some other pictures of a Hush Hush signing I went to in Janurary.

I WON THE LOTTERY!!

The Swag Lottery
I received tons of swag today and most is going to the Grand Prize Pack for the "Guess Who?" Contest.
Take a look
(4) The Red Umbrella 
(3) Scones and Sensibility
(1) Sea (signed)
(15) The Mark(signed)
All donated by Jen Nadol..Thank you!

(3) Chasing Brooklyn (signed)
(4) I Heart You, You Haunt Me (signed)
donated by Lisa Schroeder..Thank you!
(1) Island Sting + Key (beautiful!!)
donated by  Bonnie Doerr..Thank you!
(5) The Deathday Letter
donated by Shaun David Hutchinson
Thank you!!


This is a closer look at Bonnie Doerr's bookmark and key. It is sooo pretty and awesome!
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THANK YOU SIMONE!!

Sorry but this stack belongs to me!! YA!! But I guess I will share. Only for you ;-) I will give one signed book 2bookmarks and 1 pen to one lucky winner. I will post the contest soon and if you want to start earning points now just leave me a comment which is worth 3pts.( 1 comment per person)

What a wonderful day!