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Friday, March 2, 2012

Freebie Friday Giveaway!

Happy Friday!! Life has totally been crazy lately (well the last two weeks) and I feel like I've totally neglected my blogs, emails, DMs, and giveaways goodies that have been waiting to get mailed out. I apologize to those who haven't received their stuff yet and are still waiting for emails. I'm hoping to be all caught up this weekend *crossing fingers*

To celebrate it's Friday I thought I'd share with 1 lucky winner some extra goodies I've recently received in the mail. An ARC of both Shadow & Bone and GILT! Thank you to Henry Holt & Penguin Teen! Here's a little about both books:

By: Leigh Bardugo
Published by: Henry Holt
To Be Released on: 6/5/12
* ARC has a different cover *

Alina Starkov doesn’t expect much from life. Orphaned by the Border Wars, all she’s ever been able to rely on is her best friend and fellow refugee, Mal. And lately not even that seems certain. Drafted into the army of their war-torn homeland, they’ve been sent on a dangerous mission into the Fold, a swath of darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh.

When their convoy is attacked, all seems lost until Alina reveals a dormant power that not even she knew existed. She is torn from everything she knows and whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. He believes that she is the answer the people have been waiting for: the Sun Summoner. Only her power can destroy the Fold.


By: Katherine Longshore
Published by: Viking / PenguinTeen
To Be Released on: 5/15/12

In the Tudor age, ambition, power and charismatic allure are essential and Catherine Howard has plenty of all three. Not to mention her loyal best friend, Kitty Tylney, to help cover her tracks. Kitty, the abandoned youngest daughter of minor aristocracy, owes everything to Cat – where she is, what she is, even who she is. Friend, flirt, and self-proclaimed Queen of Misrule, Cat reigns supreme in a loyal court of girls under the none-too-watchful eye of the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk.

When Cat worms her way into the heart of Henry VIII and becomes Queen of England, Kitty is thrown into the intoxicating Tudor Court. It’s a world of glittering jewels and elegant costumes, of gossip and deception. As the Queen’s right-hand-woman, Kitty goes from the girl nobody noticed to being caught between two men – the object of her affection and the object of her desire.

But the atmosphere of the court turns from dazzling to deadly, and Kitty is forced to learn the difference between trust and loyalty, love and lust, secrets and treason. And to accept the consequences when some lessons are learned too late

To Enter:
Please fill out the forum below, standard giveaway rules apply:
* 1 entry per person
* You must be 13 yrs & older to enter unless you have a parent/guardian's permission to enter,
* Open internationally (int. giveaway rules apply)
* This giveaway will end on March 23rd, 2012

Book Review: My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent

Flashback Friday is a meme I started last year here on the blog for the sole purpose of spotlighting books that have been sitting on my shelf to read for awhile. This will include titles released the previous year and ones that have been out for a few years. Today's feature is for a book that's been on list to read for awhile: My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent

By: Rachel Vincent
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Released on: August 1st, 2009
Source: book from publisher
4 stars: I Really Enjoyed It
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Series: Book 1 in the Soul Screamers Series

She doesn't see dead people. She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next. -quoted from Goodreads

I can't believe I've waited this long to read this series! Rachel Vincent's My Soul To Take is a fun, fast paced, enticing story loaded with romance, a rich mythology and some fabulous character chemistry. I loved the unique paranormal spin on bean sidhe also known as banshees or soul screamers, and as morbid as this may sound her own lore behind her grim reapers. I liked they there weren't these freaky creatures, but characters/people I could in some way relate to and I enjoyed reading about. This mix or lore and paranormal characters was fabulous.

Kaylee for me was a great character. I love that she's described as beautiful, but she's someone who doesn't see it. She's a strong willed, totally grounded character who's trying to make do with all she's recently learned about herself. I loved the romance in this book! Nash is one of those all American, guy next door high school athletes who could get away with anything. The thing I adore about him is he's real. He doesn't put himself out there, but he always doesn't give away all his secrets either, which makes me want to know more about him. Kaylee and Nash have awesome chemistry together. *fans self* I loved their sweet moments together, and I also liked that there was a reason behind the instant connection they both had.

Rachel Vincent's characters are all well developed and written in a way that made it easy for me to love them. The grim reaper Tod was the perfect addition to this story line. He provided sarcasm and humor at all the right moments, and the twist between him and Nash totally surprised me. You can tell that behind all their bantering and long history together that they do care about each other. *spoiler free* Kaylee's Uncle Brendon and her Dad Aiden were two other characters I liked getting to know. They both want the best for Kaylee and I could tell their concerns and love for her were real.

This was a fabulous read for me and I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of this series. If you enjoy a fun, entertaining paranormal book with some great twists and swoon worthy romance than I highly recommend picking this book up.