7.27.2012

Blogoversary Giveaway Winners!





Thanks to everyone who entered! Today is the 27th and that means that it's time to announce who won these:




The winners will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. They've been notified via Twitter & email. Congrats to: 


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7.26.2012

Cover Reveal: Supernatural Freak by Louisa Klein

Hello readers! I'm super excited to be part of the cover reveal event for Lost in Fiction's first project: Supernatural Freak by Louisa Klein! And the cover is spectacular, don't you think?


The first of a four-book series, Supernatural Freak was written by 25 year-old Louisa Klein, a Lost in Fiction editorial manager and a freelance book publicist and editor. The book is set in London and it's an urban fantasy for readers of all ages, but especially aimed at a young audience. It tells the adventures of Robyn Wise, a girl in her twenties who has a number of inborn supernatural abilities no one can explain, not even the most powerful wizards living in England. 

When paranormal expert Robyn Wise is offered an outrageous sum of money to cure a boy who is turning into a dead tree, she's very sceptical. A politician ready to pay that much to make his son stop growing branches instead of hair? Come on! She's more likely to be abducted by aliens. This is a trap. Or much worse. And, of course, it's much worse.
The child is turning into a dark portal, created by a powerful entity determined to absorb Fairyland's power. This means that not only queen Titania and her court are in danger, but the very balance of the magic fluxes.
Robyn'd rather stick a pencil in her own eye but.  to learn how to destroy the portal, she has to sneak into the Wizardry Council, a place full of wizards who are hiding something—though it’s certainly not their dislike of her. There, she discovers a terrible secret that could help to overthrow Fairyland's enemies for good, but puts her in the midst of an ancient and deadly war, and not as a bystander, but as the main target.

The premise sounds promising. ;) Supernatural Freak is to be released August 8th as an e-book. I look forward to snatching a copy of this one! 

You can read more about this book at the Lost in Fiction cover reveal. Also posting today is Sarah at Workaday Reads
Thanks for reading!

7.25.2012

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

I don't like to do a lot of memes here, but since I have nothing else to post today and there's lots of books that I'm waiting for, I figured I'd give it a go. So here we are, Waiting on Wednesday! This meme is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It's a way to spotlight up-coming releases that you're excited about! 


If you've been here before, then you might have noticed that I love Maggie Stiefvater's books, and that I've done a few posts about her up-coming book, The Raven Boys. So that's my pick for today. :) The release date is September 18 from Scholastic. 

I posted the book trailer here, and a summary from Goodreads here

So what books are you waiting for? Leave me links to your post in the comment! I'd love to see them!

Thanks for reading!

7.24.2012

Book Review: Starters by Lissa Price


Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.
He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .

My Review: First of all, the awesome cover totally lives up to whats inside. I loved this book! It was perfect! Here's why:

  • The world-building was fantastic! The descriptions, explanations, back-stories were perfectly placed. They explained the how's and why's without slowing down the pace at all.
  • I immediately connected with the main character, and a few others as well.
  • It was exciting! There was LOTS going on! I couldn't put the book down!
  • The characters were really well done. They were very dynamic. 
  • There was a great best friend, a great little brother, and a great senator's grandson ;). 
  • There was a cliffhanger!!!!!
I can't wait for book two! This is a good one for all you dystopian fans! I highly recommend it! 




Thanks for reading!

7.20.2012

Book Blogger Hop!

Book Blogger Hop
Yay! It's back! The Book Blogger Hop! This is a weekly meme hosted by Jen over at Crazy-for-Books. It's just a fun way for bloggers and readers to connect. To participate, all you have to do is make a post answering the question on Jen's post (here), and then link up so people can find you!




This week's question is:
What's the one super-hyped book you'll NEVER read?
I don't really like to say that I'd never read a certain book, because I might change my mind someday, but I'm pretty sure that I'll never read Passion or Fallen in Love. I think I'm done with paranormal romance. 


And that's the hop! If any of you participate in the hop, I'd love to see your post, so leave me a link! 


Thanks for reading!
Win a copy of Cinder or The Night Circus!
Win a copy of Downburst!

7.19.2012

Book Review: Girl Unmoored by Jennifer Gooch Hummer

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): Apron Bramhall has come unmoored. It's 1985 and her mom has passed away, her evil stepmother is pregnant, and her best friend has traded her in for a newer model. Fortunately, she’s about to be saved by Jesus. Not that Jesus—the actor who plays him in Jesus Christ Superstar. Apron is desperate to avoid the look-alike Mike (no one should look that much like Jesus unless they can perform a miracle or two), but suddenly he's everywhere. Until one day, she’s stuck in church with him—of all places. And then something happens—Apron’s broken teenage heart blinks on for the first time since she’s been adrift. Mike and his grumpy boyfriend, Chad, offer her a summer job in their flower store and Apron's world seems to calm. But when she uncovers Chad's secret, stormy seas return. Apron starts to see things the adults around her fail to, like what love really means, and who is paying too much for it.  Apron has come unmoored, but now she'll need to take the helm if she's to get herself and those she loves to safe harbor. 
My Review: *I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.* I loved this book so much. This is a contemporary, coming-of-age sort of book, and usually that's not my forte, and the summary put me off a bit, but I'm more than glad that I got a copy of Girl Unmoored. 

I loved the main character, Apron. She is pretty much awesome, just like her name. She was always determined through out the book, and had an idea or opinion about everything. She had the simple view of a child that saw through all the complicated nonsense of adults. I loved watching as she grew up through the course of the book and found herself again, and found reason for the crazy world she lives in, despite everything that was a hardship for her. 

I also loved Mike, and how good of a friend he was to Apron, and how much he cared about everything, and how he was always willing to help. And of course Chad, who was grumpy (with good reason) and had the best jokes. 

On top of all the amazing characters, this book made me cry. In a good way, of course. Any book that can make me cry is definitely worth reading. 




Thanks for reading!

7.18.2012

Giveaway! Donwburst by Katie Robison

Hey readers! It's time for another giveaway!

A few months ago, I reviewed DOWNBURST by Katie Robison, and loved it! Now I have the opportunity to share it! Katie is offering up one digital copy of her book in the format of your choice. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form to enter! We decided to keep this one simple: a free entry, and +2 entries if you share the giveaway.

Here are some rules before you enter:
1. You MUST be 13+ to enter
2. You do NOT have to follow (but it is much appreciated!)

Easy enough, right? So have at it!

Thanks for reading!


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7.16.2012

Book Review: Oracle - Fire Island by C.W. Trisef

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): The adventure continues! With the first element (earth) painfully collected within the Oracle, Ret Cooper and his friends return home to find that things are only heating up. Thanks to some mischief caused by the peculiar Benjamin Coy, Ret’s second scar makes its explosive debut. But what does it mean, and where will it take them? These questions gnaw at Ret as he begins his sophomore year at Tybee High. With challenging twists, inspired turns, and a few unexpected surprises, our hero once again confronts danger and disaster, while discovering newfound feelings for a certain female companion. Old friends and foes, along with a few new ones, follow Ret as more of our world’s mysteries lead him to Fire Island and the second element (fire). Ancient artifacts, a hot-air balloon, lines in the desert, a city in the mountains, tribal societies, and even the navel of the world all play their parts in Ret’s continued quest to fill the Oracle. 

My Review: *I received this book in return for an honest review.* Much like book one, this was a very fun and entertaining read! It was extremely funny, the characters went to some pretty awesome places, and there were a couple of well-placed lessons to learn.

I didn't feel like there was a whole lot of depth to some of the characters. I don't really know who they are. Sometimes I felt like there was too much description and it slowed the plot down, and I was a bit disappointed that I didn't get to see more of the bad guy. 

The end... cliffhanger. Gah! But I did really enjoy this book, and I definitely look forward to book three! 



Thanks for reading!

7.15.2012

In My Mailbox (18)

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by Kristi over at TheStorySiren.com and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. It's a fun way for book bloggers to show off what books they've recieved via mailbox, library, bookstore, friend, etc. Thanks for stopping by my blog to see what I got! 



This week, I just got one book over at Barnes & Noble: 


Starters by Lissa Price


Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie's only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.

He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie's head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator's grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations' plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . . (synopsis from Goodreads.com)

I actually just finished this book this morning, and It was pretty dang good. I'll have a review up sometime this week (lots of reviews this week!), and in the mean time, I'll just pine for book two... ;)

Well that's all for my IMM this week. I'd love to see what you all got, so leave me links in the comments so I can check it out! 

In other news, I'm celebrating 2 whole years of book blogging by giving away a copy of Cinder by Marissa Meyer and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. You can check that out here

Thanks for reading!

7.07.2012

Book Spotlight: The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse


As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna learned at an early age to blend in and be quiet—having your parents taken by the police will do that to a girl. But Alenna can’t help but stand out when she fails a test that all sixteen-year-olds have to take: The test says she has a high capacity for brutal violence, and so she is sent to The Wheel, an island where all would-be criminals end up.
The life expectancy of prisoners on The Wheel is just two years, but with dirty, violent, and chaotic conditions, the time seems a lot longer as Alenna is forced to deal with civil wars for land ownership and machines that snatch kids out of their makeshift homes. Desperate, she and the other prisoners concoct a potentially fatal plan to flee the island. Survival may seem impossible, but Alenna is determined to achieve it anyway.

The Forsaken is Lisa M. Stasse's debut novel and is set to release on July 10th from Simon & Schuster. So, in four days. This sounds like a great one for all you dystopian fans! If you'd like to learn more, check it out on Goodreads, and watch this awesome trailer: 





Make sure you check out my 2nd Blogoversary giveaway for some awesome books! Thanks for reading!

7.06.2012

Cover Reveal: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #2)


Eeeeeeeeeeeee! I'm so excited for this book! Cinder was completely and totally amazing, and (of course) it ended in a cliffhanger. Unfortunately, Scarlet still isn't being released until February, but at least now we have this pretty cover to look at. :) 


So until February when Scarlet is released, I suggest you find a copy of Cinder to occupy yourself with (I'm giving away a copy right now, actually) and check out these links: 


My review of Cinder
Cinder on Goodreads
Scarlet on Goodreads
Author Website
Series Website

Thanks for reading!

7.02.2012

2nd Blogoversary Epic Giveaway



Hi Readers!!! Guess what! On July 5th, that's three days from now, I will have been writing on this blog for.... 2 WHOLE YEARS!!! So in honor of this momentous occasion, I thought I'd celebrate in the classic book-blogger fashion and host an epic giveaway! 

So since this is my 2nd year blogging, we'll start out with two winners. And to up the excitement, if we can reach 200 Google Friend Connect followers by the end of July, I'll up that to four winners! Now I bet you're wondering what's up for grabs. Lets see.... 



1. A paperback copy of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern!


This is one of my favorite books in the entire world! If you haven't read it, here's your chance. :) This one will be available internationally if The Book Depository ships to your country. You can check that here










2. A hardcover copy Cinder by Marissa Meyer!


This is another one of my favorites! This one will also come from The Book Depository, so if it ships to your country, you can enter!






If we can reach 200 followers, I'll add a couple of prize packs to the line-up! Now for the entry rules:

A. You must be 13+ to enter
B. You must be a follower of Amanda's Writings to enter
C. The Book Depository must ship to your country for free
D. You must honestly complete the Raffelcopter form (I will check!)

Extra entries are available in the form! Make sure you stop by my policy page for more rules&regulations. This giveaway will end July 27, unless we reach 200 followers. Thanks for reading, and enjoy!

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7.01.2012

Book Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, the ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

My Review: Another amazing read! It was a bit predictable at some points, super surprising in others, full of awesome concepts and characters, and just down right fantastic. 


I was a bit skeptical about picking this one up at first for a few reasons: the hype about it, the cyborg concept, and then the fairy-tale adaptation part of it. Well, the hype was well deserved, the cyborg concept was really well done, and it is a fantastic Cinderella adaptation so far. Also, killer cliffhanger! I seem to be running into a lot of those lately. Anyway, I'm super happy I got my mother to get this one for me (funny story...), and I will definitely be buying the rest of the series. 


So I imagine you'd actually like to hear what I liked about Cinder. Is everything a good enough explanation? The world-building was amazing, the action started right away and didn't stop (at all), the characters were really well written (especially Prince Kai...), and the story was really interesting. Who would have thought that you could mix a mysterious plague, a prince, a cyborg, and creepy space people and get something this good? Haha, well Marissa Meyer, of course. 


If you're a fan of steampunk, sci-fi, dystopian, fairytales, or good books, Cinder is probably for you! 





One more thing before I realize that it's super late and I should go to bed: I'm currently hosting a giveaway! Check that out here. Thanks for reading!

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