Friday, December 30, 2011

Wrapping Up 2011 Readathon Giveaway


I hope most of you read-a-thon-ers are doing better than I am!!

Myself and all my little family are sick, and I am not doing so great on my reading.

But, to celebrate the final days of reading of the year, I have a giveaway for you!!

This giveaway is open ONLY to Read-a-Thon participants!

Open Internationally as long as The Book Depository Ships to your country!

Must be 13 or older to enter(13-17 please have parent/guardian permission)


My challenge for you is a Greek Mythology challenge!

Every person who has the most correct answers will be entered into the drawing to win 1 of the Greek Mythology books show above!
(There will be TWO winners!!)

Just fill out the form below to enter!
(Remember you must be participating in the read-a-thon to enter!)


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Vote ALEX - Win Books!



It's that time again! 

Time to rally behind Alex from the Covenant series and cast your vote!

Alex has made it through the first 2 rounds *CRAZY CHEERING*
but now she is up against some serious competition, Katniss.

Alex will need every vote she can get, and that's where YOU my lovely readers come in!

The way I see, Katniss has had her time in the spotlight.  I mean, The Girl on Fire even has her own movie coming out!
It's time to give an underdog a fighting chance!!

And this underdog deserves your vote!  She is amazing!!!

So as an incentive to vote for Alex
(besides all the amazing incentives that the author is doing you can find on the main post)
I am hosting a giveaway!

If Alex gets 500 votes I will giveaway a package of swag, including some very cool Jennifer Armentrout swag!

If Alex gets to 1000 votes I will giveaway either 
Half-Blood OR a Pre-order of Half-Blood (winners choice)

If Alex gets to 1500 votes I will giveaway either
Obsidian OR a Pre-order of Onyx (winners choice)
(Onyx will be pre-ordered as soon as it because available)

If Alex WINS I will giveaway BOTH
any book by Jennifer Armentrout (available or Pre-order) AND 
a $15 e-giftcard to AMAZON OR a book of choice up to $15 to book depository!

TO ENTER!!

Must be 13 or older (13-17 have parent/guardian permission)
International as long as book depository ships to your country
Simply VOTE ALEX and then come back here and fill out this form!


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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Top 12 Most Anticipated Reads of 2012



Here are my Top 12 Most Anticipated Books of 2012!

There are so many great books that are coming out next year, and I could go on and on naming them, but I tried to narrow it down to 12..


  1. Toxic by Jus Accardo
  2. Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout
  3. Deity by Jennifer Armentrout
  4. Cursed by Jennifer Armentrout
  5. A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford
  6. Fever by Lauren DeStefano
  7. Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg
  8. A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
  9. In Honor by Jessi Kirbi
  10. Timepiece by Myra McEntire
  11. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
  12. Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith


Are any of these on your list??
What book are you most looking forward to next year?
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Top 11 Reads of 2011

Best Books of 2011


I've had an amazing year of books!! I had the hardest time narrowing it down to my Top 11 and I flip flopped several books in and out several times!

These 11 I could not get in top order, so they are in alphabetical order by author last name! 
(links go to my review)


  1. Touch by Jus Accardo
  2. Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout
  3. Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout
  4. Pure by Jennifer Armentrout
  5. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
  6. Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala
  7. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
  8. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  9. Hourglass by Myra McEntire
  10. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
  11. Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler

Did any of these make your top list??
Do you plan to add some of them to your TBR (you totally should!)

Link me up to your Top List of the year and I'll come check it out!

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2011 YA Scavenger Hunt Stop

2011 YA Scavenger Hunt


I'm today's hunt stop for the 2011 YA Story Scavenger Hunt!

You can go to each days stops to answer fun trivia questions, and you be entered to win an awesome Young Adult Giveaway!!!!

Today's question is from Bite Club by Rachel Caine.


Question #54: What kind of slippers does Myrnin like? 


Remember to fill out your answer in the form at Most Important Letter here!

Thanks for stopping by!
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Monday, December 26, 2011

Don't Breathe a Word by Holly Cupala Review


Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen; (January 3, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0061766690
ISBN-13: 978-0061766695
Received From: Teen {Book} Scene/Author for Review
                   5 Butterflies






Synopsis:
Joy delamere is suffocating.
From asthma, from her parents, and from her boyfriend, Asher, who is smothering her from the inside out. She can take his cruel words, his tender words . . . until the night they go too far.
To escape, Joy sacrifices her suburban life to find the one who offered his help, a homeless boy called Creed. He introduces her to a world of fierce loyalty, to its rules of survival, and to love—a world she won’t easily let go.
Set against the backdrop of the streets of Seattle, Holly Cupala’s power­ful new novel explores the subtleties of abuse, the secrets we keep, and the ways to redemption. But above all, it is an unflinching story about the extraordinary lengths one girl will go to discover her own strength.


My Thoughts:

Don't Breathe a Word is a powerful, emotional novel, that took me on an incredible journey through the depths that one girl would go to escape, and what it truly means to feel alive.  I absolutely loved everything about this book.  I was swept away with Joy's story.  I really felt her heartbreak as she left behind her family to escape an abusive relationship.  I understood each of her motives, why she was doing what she was doing, and making the decisions she did for herself.  

As she begins to live her life on the streets, and starts to see and experience things she never seen before, she discovers that she is so much stronger than she ever imagined she could be.  When she meets back up with Creed, the boy she has only ran into once before, and they begin to fall in love, their story is both heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time.

Holly Cupala absolutely blew me away with her first book, TELL ME A SECRET, and she has taken my breath away with DON'T BREATHE A WORD.  Don't Breathe a Word has continued to stick with  me long after finishing it, and I'm sure it will be making the list of favorite books of the year.  I can't wait to see what Holly Cupala has in store for us next.

GIVEAWAY

There will be a weekly international winner for one copy of Don't Breathe a Word!
If winner is US you will receive a signed copy from Holly!
If winner is international you will receive a copy from book depository!

You get one initial entry just by filling out the form!! 

EXTRA ENTRIES : READ CAREFULLY!!!!
FOR EACH EXTRA ENTRY YOU DO FILL OUT THE FORM AGAIN AND LEAVE YOU LINK!

You can get an extra entry for each tour post you comment on! (leave post you commented on link in form) (LIKE COMMENTING ON THIS REVIEW!!!!!)
One Extra Entry For Tweeting! (fill out form again and leave link in form!)
One Extra Entry for Facebooking! (fill out form again and leave link in form!)
Once Extra Entry for Blog Post or somehow having Don't Breathe a Word Tour on your blog (tour banner, ect) (fill out form again and live link in form!)

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me Tour: Into the Past with Brian Rowe


Today I have Brian Rowe here as part of the Happy Birthday to Me Tour with a look into his reading past...

I’ve been a reading fiend my whole life, so I definitely don’t have to rack my brain too hard for some choices. At age 5, I probably was heavy into the picture books. One of the best I can remember is The Polar Express, which was also turned into a movie in 2004. At age 11, I would have been really into the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine (from age 9 to 11 I liked to read nothing but gross-out horror stories). The best of the Goosebumps books was Say Cheese and Die! At age 16, I was finally getting into the Harry Potter series, which Iavoided for a few years until the first book weaved its spell against me. The best of the Harry Potter books? Still Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. And at age 20, I was a sophomore in college, and really into perusing more adult titles. My favorite book from this era of my life was probably A Home at the End of the World, by Michael Cunningham. I still love it, and have beenthinking about re-reading it. I’m 27 years old now, and enjoying the Hunger Games trilogy, as well as the classic Roald Dahl books. So I seem to be going back in time. Maybe when I’m 35, I’ll pick up The Polar Express again. But maybe when that time comes, I’ll be reading it to my own children.


Thanks so much for that great post Brian!! Love your choices, a few of my favorites are on that list!
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wrapping Up 2011 Readathon Kick-Off


Jessie, at Remarkable Reads, is hosting the Wrapping Up 2011 Readathon!

It kicked off at midnight last night and goes until the end of the year!

If you are planning to read until now and then (and you know you are!) you should go sign up!
There are going to be a ton of fun prizes, and we are all going to chat books and read together! FUN!

Also, on the 29th, I'll be hosting a mini-challenge and giveaway right here!! So be sure to check it out!

The twitter hashtag is #WU2011R

So, what am I planning to read?

Because of several family medical illnesses, my reading this month has been next to nothing, so I really need this readathon!  I just hope I can get time to read!

1. Everneath by Brodi Ashton (started)
2. Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma (started)
3 When Santa Fell to Earth by Cornelia Funke
4. Let it Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson
5. A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford
6. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
7. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
8. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

This is a VERY big goal, and I doubt I get through it all, but I can hope!!!  Wish me luck!
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (74)


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Miz B at 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 and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.



My Teaser:

"I'll tell you this much, Nik, you may have survived a century in the Everneath, but you won't last six months on the Surface.  You'll be begging me to take you away again.  I promise.  There's too much pain for you here."

Everneath by Brodi Ashton

(quote not final)

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either a link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your two 'teasers' in a comment here (if you don't have a blog). Thanks and Happy Reading!
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Monday, December 19, 2011

Flyaway Tour: Character Interview + Giveaway


About Flyaway:
Fifteen-year-old Stevie Calhoun is used to taking care of herself. But one night, her mom, who works as an exotic dancer in a downtown Seattle nightclub, never comes home. 

That’s the night Stevie’s life turns upside down. 

It’s the night that kicks off an extraordinary summer: the summer Stevie has to stay with her annoyingly perfect Aunt Mindy; the summer she learns to care for injured and abandoned birds; the summer she gets to know Alan, the meanest guy in high school. 

But most of all, it’s the summer she finds out the truth about Mom. 

FLYAWAY is the story of a teen girl’s struggle to hold on to what she’s always believed, even as her world spins out of control


Today I have Stevie, from Flyaway here to answer a few questions, as part of the Flyaway tour. 

1. How is life going at Aunt Mindy's house now? Are you adjusting any better?

Yeah, I hate to admit it, but I’m pretty much getting used to living at Aunt Mindy’s. She let me fix up my room some – I painted my walls dark purple and found a leopard print bedspread – and she says she trusts me now, so she’s lightened up on the whole rules thing. I still miss Mom sometimes, especially when I wear the ankle bracelet she made me or see someone that looks like her, but it doesn’t hurt as bad as it used to.

2. Do you think seeing your mom struggling with drugs helped you to resist the peer pressure of drugs yourself?

For sure. I like having fun just as much as anybody, and if I hadn’t seen what drugs did to Mom, I would have believed Tonya and Doug and The Professor and thought they were no big deal. But the truth is, I did see how drugs changed her, and I didn’t want any part of that.

3. Why do you think you resisted your Aunt Mindy's help so much in the beginning?

Look, you’ve got to understand that all I’d ever heard about Mindy was that she was snooty and stingy and always had her big fat nose in Mom’s business. Not only that, I was scared stiff she was going to get Mom in trouble and I’d get stuck in a foster home or something. I wasn’t ready to believe anything bad about Mom – which meant I also couldn’t believe anything good about Aunt Mindy.

4. Why do you think your mother started out on the path she did?

You mean with drugs? I don’t know. I’m guessing someone at the club turned her on to meth and introduced her to Drake. Aunt Mindy told me how, when they were kids, Mom was always getting into trouble, and I guess she’s still like that. If something looks like a good time, she goes ahead and does it without worrying about the fallout.

5. How are you and Alan doing?? *raises eyebrows suggestively*

None of your damn beeswax! Just kidding. We’re good. Now that I can drive (yup, Aunt Mindy took me in to get the old driver’s license), I’m over at his place all the time. He decided to go for his G.E.D., and I’m helping him study. I’ll let you imagine what those study sessions are like! *wiggles eyebrows up and down*

Thanks for answering my questions Stevie! Glad you're doing well!

GIVEAWAY:

You can enter to win your own copy of Flyaway!! 

Just leave a meaningful comment on this interview!

US ONLY
Must be 13 or older to enter!
Leave your email/twitter/some way to contact you in your comment!

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Friday, December 16, 2011

A Dog's Purpose Tour: Ten's List with W. Bruce Cameron


Today is my stop on the A Dog's Purpose Tour!


Top 10 Things my Dog has Taught Me

1. Almost nothing you’re doing can’t be improved by adding bacon.

2. When it comes to kisses, there’s no such thing as too much tongue.


3. Always eat your favorite things first.


4. Chew what you want; if you don’t like it you can always spit it out on the carpet.


5. Some dogs’ butts smell better than others.


6. Cats are fun to chase, but if they don’t run you’d better pretend you can’t see them or they’ll rip off your lips.


7. If you’re allowed on the bed once it means that’s where you should always sleep from that point on.


8. Every once in awhile you should knock over the trash can and eat the contents just to see if your person has forgotten that you’re not supposed to.


9. People always ask if you want to go for a walk even though the answer is pretty obvious.


10. A dog’s life is always improved by the addition of a person… and vise versa.

Thanks for stopping by!  And for the great list!
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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

2011 YA Scavenger Hunt Stop



2011 YA Scavenger Hunt


I'm today's hunt stop for the 2011 YA Story Scavenger Hunt!

You can go to each days stops to answer fun trivia questions, and you be entered to win an awesome Young Adult Giveaway!!!!

Today's question is from Fateful by Claudia Gray.
Question #25: What is the name of Daisy’s child?


Remember to fill out your answer in the form at Most Important Letter here!

Thanks for stopping by!
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Monday, December 12, 2011

Deity Cover Reveal + VOTE FOR ALEX



By now you should all know my never-ending love for the Covenant Series by Jennifer Armentrout!

Well, today you can go and VOTE FOR ALEX!!  

Alex needs your vote in the YA Heroine Tourney!

If Alex wins, Jennifer is going to write an scene between Alex and Aiden that takes place between Half-Blood and Pure!!!!!

You know we ALL want this steamy scene!!!!!!

Now for the amazing Deity Cover Reveal!!!


Isn't it GORGEOUS!?!?!?!

I absolutely LOVE IT!?  I can't wait to have it on the shelf with the others!
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Saturday, December 10, 2011

In My Mailbox (63)


In My Mailbox is a weekly feature hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.





Books Mentioned:

Swag from Spencer Hill Press

Thanks to:
Harper Teen and Spencer Hill Press
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Friday, December 9, 2011

Help Me Pick Giveaway - Round 20


It's time for Round 20 of the Help Me Pick Giveaway.
For those of you that haven't heard, I've decided to make this a biweekly event here at Reading Angel!
Last weeks winning book was Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
Now for the rules:
I'm going to try to squeeze in some of the books that I've bought between review books, but I need your help choosing which to read first! Trying to decide is stressing me out!
I'm going to have 2 voting forms, one for YA and one for adult titles.
You can vote on one or both of the forms, it's up to you.
If the book you vote for is the one that wins then I will put you in the drawing to win a copy of that book!
If the winner has already read, or already owns the chosen book they can then choose from any other book on the list!
This giveaway is international, as long as The Book Depository ships to your country.
You must be at least 13 to win the YA book.
You must be at least 16 to win the adult book.
Ages 13-17, please have your parents/guardians permission to participate.
You can still vote on the adult form if you are 13-15 for fun, but you won't be eligible to win.
+2 extra entries for tweeting this giveaway (must leave direct link).


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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (73)


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Miz B at 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 and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.


My Teaser:
He seems to freeze.  I can almost see the muscles tighten beneath his T-shirt as he sits sideways on the couch, an arm slung over the back, one foot on the ground, the other tucked beneath him. "I'd better finish this..."
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either a link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your two 'teasers' in a comment here (if you don't have a blog). Thanks and Happy Reading!
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Monday, December 5, 2011

ONYX Cover Reveal ^ ^ ^

Obsidian (Lux #1) will be releasing on December 6.  If you have not placed your order PLEASE DO SO NOW!! I LOVED this book!!  It is set in my home state, has a main character that is a book blogger, and a super hot male lead that is snarky and amazing.  What else do you need??


You can read my mini-review and a hilarious character interview with the super-hot Daemon HERE.


You can order Obsidian from Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

Now, for the amazing cover reveal of Onyx (Lux #2)!!!  Are you ready???  It is beyond awesome!!


No one is who they seem.  And not everyone will survive the lies...

OMG!  I just love this cover SO MUCH!!  I love the blue and the WV rock formation in the background is so perfect!! :)  Plus, Daemon = HOT HOT HOT!! YUM!
I love covers that match so well!

What do you think???
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Saturday, December 3, 2011

In My Mailbox (62)


In My Mailbox is a weekly feature hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren.





Books Mentioned:

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Amarok by Angela Townsend Cover Reveal

Amarok by Angela J Townsend
Life has been hell for seventeen-year-old Emma since she moved from sunny California to a remote Alaskan town. Rejected by her father and living with the guilt of causing her mother's death, she makes a desperate dash for freedom from her abusive stepfather. But when her car skids off the icy road, her escape only leads to further captivity in a world beyond her imagining. Dragged across the tundra by a crazed mountain man and his enormous black wolf, she finds that her gentle touch and kind heart earn her the wolf's friendship, and she names him Amarok, not knowing he was once a young man. When a vicious madman--trapped in bear form by an ancient Shaman--attacks the travelers and injures Amarok, Emma must find the strength to confront her fears and free the wolf she's come to love. But there's a catch--she must face down the evil shaman, a powerful Siberian mammoth hunter from the ice age, and he has no intention of giving up his power to her.

Title: Amarok

Author: Angela J. Townsend
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press (www.SpencerHillPress.com)
ISBN: 978-1-937053-22-2
Release Date: November 20, 2012
List Price: $12.95
Formats: Trade Paperback, e-book
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy and Magic, Thriller

I absolutely love the sound of this one!  It sounds so completely different from anything else I've read, and very exciting!!  I can't wait to get a copy and see if it's as great as I'm hoping it will be!
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

December TBR Pile

Here is my To Be Read Pile for December!  Much more manageable this month!  GO ME! (Aren't you proud Loretta!? :)




 Books Mentioned:

Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter - DONE
A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

(The Forbidden Book Club if you would like to join us!)

Inspired by Missy @ The Book Rat
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RAK November Wrap-Up


November is done and December is here!!!

Time for a new month of RAK!!
You can find my WL HERE!

In November I received


Exiled by M. R. Merrick from Loretta @ Between The Pages!
Thanks Loretta!!!

I sent RAKs to Loretta, Audra, Laura, Jessie, Carrie, and Amanda
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