Thursday, May 17, 2012

Introducing Brandi Peel!! and an ARC Giveaway!

Say Hello to A Book Lovers Review's new review member!!
Brandi Peel

I’m so happy and excited to add Brandi on to the ABLR team!!  It has taken me a while to decide on whether or not to add team members to the blog but when Brandi mentioned that she would like to start reviewing I jumped at the opportunity. Not only do I consider her a great addition to the team because she is a reliable kindred book enthusiast but I now consider myself lucky to call her a friend. Thanks Brandi for being so wonderful!!

I thought the best way to introduce Brandi to all of you is by having her do an interview for the blog. So enjoy her answers and help me welcome her to the world of book blogging!


If you could be any character from a book who would you be and why?
I would be Rose from Vampire Academy, not only is she beautiful and strong, but she can kick some serious butt!  Also there is the fact that she has Dmitri.  I also love Sophie from the Hex Hall series, her smart mouth and snarky wit crack me up.

Which genre do you tend to love and which do you tend to stay away from?
I'm a sucker for a good love story. A book doesn't have to be a romance per se, it just has to have an element of love to it. I stay away from non-fiction, I read enough non-fiction during my college days to last a lifetime. Make believe is way more fun!! A girl can never have too many kissy scenes!

Which authors and their books/series do you love?
There are so many! Of course, first and foremost I'm a Twihard. I'm such a big Twilight fan I made the pilgrimage that thousands of others fans have made to Forks, Port Angeles and La Push beach. Aaahhh...La Push beach, what was I saying???  I'm also a big fan of the following series: Vampire Academy, Hex Hall, Paranormalcy and the Lux series.

What book hottie would you pick as your book boyfriend? Why?
I have to be very careful how I answer this question, I am a happily married woman, after all *cough* and my hubbie will be reading this. After some serious thought and debate on my part, of course, because no one's better than the hubbie *snicker* It would have to be Daemon from Jennifer L. Armentrout's Lux series. He's dangerous and a real jerk. I alternate between loving him and hating him. It's quite exhausting, just like real life! 

Book cover love..give us a title for one of your favorites?
Belle Whittington's Cicada is not only a gorgeous story and one of my favorite's it has a gorgeous cover too! Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins, it's very enticing. I would buy the book, without even reading the synopsis, just based on the cover. Also, Touch by Jus Accardo, take a look at it yourself, and you won't need to ask my why I love it!

Do you have a favorite place you like to read?
I can and will read anytime, anyplace, anywhere. I am NEVER without something to read. I carry books with me everywhere, whether it be a paper book, my kindle or my kindle phone app.  

Which author would love to meet that you haven't met yet?
Duh, Stephanie Meyer of course! I do realize with how famous she is now, that might not happen. Another author I'm dying to meet is Myra McEntire, author of Hourglass and Timepiece. I follow her on Facebook and Twitter and she seems like an amazing woman! She has a wonderful sense of humor and I love that. She claims she would love to come to Texas, but I'm still waiting. 

Since we go to many book signings..what book signing was your most memorable?
Rachel Hawkins without a doubt. It was fast, but it was one of the best moments of my life! I was the first in line at TLA to meet her, I stood there nervous, possibly sweating, (I said possibly!), wondering if I could think of something intelligent and insightful to say to Ms. Hawkins. Something that would convey to her how much I loved the Hex Hall series, something different that wasn't like every other boring thing that every other fan says. Also, as possibly the oldest person standing in the line, I had to think of something credible to say. When she walked up, all I could do is stare in wonder with my mouth open. Anyone who knows me, knows that I'm NEVER incapable of speech. I sputtered for a minute and to her credit she smiled and was so patient. To tell you the truth I'm not sure what I said, I blabbed on incessantly and squealed like a school girl. It was quite embarrassing and wonderful at the same time. 

Do you like stand alone novels are series?
This is a hard question to answer. Part of me loves series because you get so much more story than with a stand alone. You have the potential for a lot of things to happen and you get to spend longer with the characters. The part of me that hates series is that wait and anticipation waiting for the next book to come out. Sometimes, I find it quite painful.

Name a book that you wish never ended?
Everyone that I read!

In the spirit of celebration we are giving away
a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. I wish Twilight never ended. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

  2. I completely agree with the cover love answers!!

    Great interview, and wouldn't it be great if our favorite books never ended and we could follow our beloved characters forever.

  3. Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to read this book, it looks great!

  4. I wish Vampire Academy never ended or that I could just pop in their world!

  5. Trini, you picked the most awesome fan of Young Adult novels ever for your team! Not only is Brandi a well-read fan of YA, she's also up-to-date on all things YA, including the most awesome authors, events, etc.! She's sure to be a shining addition to your blog! YAY FOR BRANDI! <3

  6. Thank you for this lovely giveaway, I love Amanda's books.

  7. Congrats Brandi! Look forward to reading your reviews!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. I love Amanda Hocking's Books!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  10. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  11. I have yet to read Amanda Hocking but I need to start that immediately.

  12. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    I always feel sad when a series ends, so I wish they all never ended.

  13. I've only read the first book of the trolley series but it was really good. I couldn't even put it down!

  14. Sorry meant to write Trylle series

  15. Congrats! A new reviewer is great. :D

  16. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Really want to read this book. :)

  17. This sounds promising. Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. Love the interview! Also, book looks promising! Thanks for the giveaway

  19. This sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Hi! Sounds interesting, thanks for this chance! I didn't read Vampire Academy yet .... :( Anyway, I'm pretty sure Rose is a great character!!! And Sweet Evil have such a stunning cover!!!

  21. I have read the Trylle Series and also Wake and loved everything I've read by her so far.

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung

  22. I can not wait to read this book. SO excited. Thank you!!

  23. Thanks so much for doing this giveaway! I adore Amanda Hocking's books and am SO looking forward to this series!

  24. Fun interview & great questions. Thank you for this giveaway! Have a great weekend :)

  25. That was fun! I look forward to reading Brandi's reviews.

  26. Welcome Brandi! That was a fun interview! I'm looking forward to seeing what you will add to the blog!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  27. I like the cover for WAKE! I think it's wonderful when you get to meet an author whose books you really enjoy. Stephanie Meyer is quite famous but the good thing is that means she'll visit lots of places, perhaps one near you :)

  28. Sounds like a great book, and I'd love to read it. Thanks for having this giveaway.