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Posts tagged “2011

Across The Universe Launch Contest & Bookish Delights Side Contest

Author Beth Revis is hosting a launch contest in honor of her new book Across The Universe. I haven’t picked up a copy of the book yet but I’ve heard such good things about it and am very anxious to read it. Beth and her publisher are giving out tons of prizes so go here to enter by January 31st! I don’t care if you list me as the person that referred you, in fact, i’d rather you didn’t and had a chance at winning two contests. See below.

Once you’ve entered Beth’s contest you can also enter this contest over at Bookish Delights if you list her as the person who referred you to Beth’s contest. Confusing I know, but it’s not as complicated as it sounds, I promise! Head over to Bookish Delights. She will explain it to you better than I can 🙂


Blog Kick Off Giveaway @ The Reading Fever & Blog Announcement

Head over to The Reading Fever to enter her blog kick off giveaway. Further details at the link but hurry because it ends on the 31st!

Also: I am considering moving everything here over to BlogSpot. WordPress is driving me bonkers. Just a heads up 🙂

In My Mailbox (2)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It gives book bloggers a chance to share with readers the books they’ve recently bought or received or borrowed.


Thanks to gift cards and Amazon’s prices I received six books in the mail this week. I have already started Magic Study and plan to move on to The Scorch Trials next. Lots of heroines faces on the covers in this batch and receiving them together made me realize that the covers of Magic Study and The Iron King are very similar. The Adoration of Jenna Fox is my favorite cover in this bunch (shiny :P) and XVI is my least favorite cover.

The Iron King

The Knife of Never Letting Go

Magic Study


The Scorch Trials

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

Also in my mailbox this week, though not book related, some new DVD’s and a case for my IPad 🙂

Good week!

Addicted 2 Novels Birthday Giveaway

Head over to Addicted 2 Novels to join in her special birthday giveaway and wish her a happy early birthday. She is giving away one YA January release of your choice. Last day to sign up is the 31st!

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.


Wither by Lauren DeStefano

What if you knew exactly when you would die?

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden’s genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden’s eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limted time she has left.

Publication Date: March 22, 2011



Teaser Tuesday (1) Magic Study (Study #2) by Maria V. Snyder

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I’m going to post a snippet instead of just two sentences.

“A failed mission, Roze’s cold thoughts stabbed my mind. Yelena should have been killed, not rescued. She’s too old to learn.

Yelena’s linked to me. She can hear your thoughts. Irys’s annoyance was clear.

Roze gazed at me with her amber eyes. I don’t care.

Unflinching,  I stared back. Your mistake.”

Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder

Poison Study (Study #1) by Maria V. Snyder: Review

Yelena, convicted of murdering the son of a powerful general, awaits execution. But with only a few hours left, she is offered an incredible reprieve — and agrees to become the new food taster for Commander Ambrose, the military leader of Ixia. Living in a palace and eating only the best meals is a dramatic change for Yelena, who spent the last year locked up in a rat-infested dungeon, eating gruel. But she soon realizes that she has more to worry about than ingesting potentially lethal poisons in the commander’s meals. The general whose son she murdered has vowed bloody vengeance, and everyone in the commander’s retinue look at Yelena as an untrustworthy criminal. The longer she stays alive, however, the more she begins to understand her own perplexing abilities — all of which will be put to the test when cunning rebels plot to take control of Ixia.

Poison Study is one of my new favorite reads and the start to what I expect to be a very original series. Yelena is one of the most refreshing female characters I’ve come across in a long time. She is as tough as Katniss from The Hunger Games, without being as annoying, and her struggles in her childhood have made her into a complex and completely relatable character. Yelena is entering her twenties and is a bit older than most heroines I am used to reading about lately, which is a good thing for me since I am 23 and can’t relate as much to characters in their teens as I used to. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for a more adult fantasy novel. The leading male in this book is older, in his thirties, and reminds me a bit of Booth from the television show Bones. I think he is a man girls of any age will fall for. The supporting cast of characters is also wonderful; with the strong magician Irys and her fierce but well meaning attitude, and Ari and Janco and their playful yet protective manners. Another thing I liked about this book is that not all of the “bad guys” were completely “bad”. In the real world, it’s not so black and white, and I love that this book was willing to show that. The commander’s story also really touched me and I loved that Maria chose to go there with the story. Pick up this book, you will not regret it. I’ve already started book two!

Cover Art: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

Story: 5/5

Writing: 5/5

Overall Rating: 5/5