Posts tagged with weekly-book-giveaway

Jan 13 2014

Weekly Book Giveaway: Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas


This week's Book Giveaway pick is Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass. I am told I can expect tremendous things from this story, but I keep getting distracted by the shirt the heroine appears to be wearing on the cover. Is that... ribbon? How does it even work? I will ponder this, and post my review later today...

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Jan 6 2014

Weekly Book Giveaway: Palace of Spies, by Sarah Zettel


This week's Book Giveaway title is Palace of Spies, the first book in a historical YA series by Dust Girl author Sarah Zettel. Our review will go up tomorrow morning, seeing as we still have to post our thoughts on the Book Giveaway title we featured over our winter break: Lauren Kate's Teardrop...

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Dec 23 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Teardrop, by Lauren Kate


Our current Weekly Book Giveaway pick is Teardrop, the first book in a new trilogy from popular YA author Lauren Kate. Her Fallen series was hit-or-miss, but here's hoping she's learned something along the way...

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Dec 16 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Tomorrow, by C.K. Kelly Martin


This week's Book Giveaway pick is Tomorrow, the sequel to C.K. Kelly Martin's Yesterday, which we reviewed here. Sadly, her publisher still has not granted us the insanely lurid 80s-inspired cover art of our dreams, but (spoiler!) Tomorrow is pretty good anyway. Our review will go up later today...

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Dec 9 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Red, by Alison Cherry


This week's Weekly Book Giveaway pick is Alison Cherry's Red, which is either an entertaining satire about superficial beauty standards or a questionable (at best) metaphor about racial inequality. I haven't decided which one I think the author was aiming for yet, but I'm hoping to make up my mind before I post our review this afternoon...

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Dec 2 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Living, by Matt de la Pena


This week's Book Giveaway pick is Matt de la Pena's The Living, which looks, uh, intense. There's a glowing quote on the front from James Dashner (not really a recommendation, to my mind), but NPR describes the book as " once a disaster epic, a survival story and a coming of age novel, told through the life of a young man who is becoming aware of class, prejudice and romance", and...

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Nov 25 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Premeditated, by Josin McQuein


Our current Weekly Book Giveaway pick is Josin McQuein's Premeditated, which appears to be a mystery/revenge story that I'm pretty sure will go horribly wrong. So, uh, just the thing to get us all into the holiday spirit...

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Nov 18 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Dark Witch, by Nora Roberts


This week's Book Giveaway is Dark Witch, the latest effort from Nora Roberts. And no, despite that title and cover art, it's not actually a Halloween story. Our review will go up tonight...

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Nov 12 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Loud Awake and Lost, by Adele Griffin


This week's Book Giveaway pick is Adele Griffin's Loud Awake and Lost. I keep complaining about Ms. Griffin's books, but something keeps me reading them, too. (Likeliest culprits: her eye-catching cover art and my severe a lack of willpower.) My review should go up later today...

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Nov 4 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Tandem, by Anna Jarzab


Our current Weekly Book Giveaway pick is Anna Jarzab's Tandem, the first installment in a projected trilogy. Early reviews are mixed, but I've really enjoyed Jarzab's previous two books, so my hopes remain high...

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Oct 28 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Dark Between, by Sonia Gensler


This week's Book Giveaway pick is Sonia Gensler's gothic romance The Dark Between, which I'm hoping (based entirely upon its title and cover art, as I haven't actually read the official description yet) is a Halloween-appropriate choice. Our review should go up later today...

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Oct 21 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Across A Star-Swept Sea, by Diana Peterfreund


This week's Book Giveaway pick is Diana Peterfreund's Across A Star-Swept Sea, a "companion novel" (in this case, that means "not a sequel, but set in the same world") to 2012's For Darkness Shows the Stars. Both books have enjoyably weird literary ambitions: For Darkness Shows the Stars is a post-apocalyptic YA retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, while Across A Star-Swept Sea is an equally bizarre re-working of the Baroness Orczy's...

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Oct 14 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Eye of Minds, by James Dashner


The first order of business after our unscheduled break: a book giveaway. This week's pick is James Dashner's The Eye of Minds, described as "the first book in The Mortality Doctrine, a series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares". I wasn't a fan of Dashner's earlier series, but maybe this will knock my socks off. Our review should go up later today...

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Sep 23 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Getting In, by Karen Stabiner


This week's Book Giveaway title is Karen Stabiner's Getting In, a novel about five Los Angeles families obsessed (to varying degrees) with getting their children into good colleges. I'm fascinated by the modern college application process—when I was applying, roughly fifteen years ago, it seemed like they took anyone with a B+ average and a pulse—but things are obviously verrrrry different now, and this novel explores those changes...

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Sep 16 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Blood Keeper, by Tessa Gratton


This week's Book Giveaway title is Tessa Gratton's The Blood Keeper, the standalone "companion novel" to her 2011 novel Blood Magic, which we reviewed here. It's... not a sequel, I guess, but set in the same world? And maybe the pair from the first book will make a cameo? Who knows? Anyway, our review should go up later today...

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Sep 9 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Hanging By a Thread, by Sophie Littlefield


This week's Book Giveaway title is Sophie Littlefield's Hanging By a Thread. One of the reviews from describes it as a "tension-filled mystery with an extrasensory twist", which concerns me, because I tend to read that as "a mystery whose resolution hinges on a magical cop-out", but who knows? Maybe it will be brilliant. Our review will go up later today...

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Sep 3 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: A Plague Year, by Edward Bloor


Rarely do we describe books about meth as "wordcandy", but we're giving this one a shot: this week's Book Giveaway pick is Edward Bloor's A Plague Year. (Apparently, the title comes from another cheery text, Daniel Defoe's 1722 novel A Journal of the Plague Year, about the Great Plague hitting London in 1665.) Our review should go up later today...

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Aug 26 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Dragon's Keep, by Janet Lee Carey


Our Book Giveaway pick of the week is Janet Lee Carey's 2008 historical fantasy novel Dragon's Keep, which we're planning on reviewing later this afternoon. I don't care for the cover art, but I was amused to note that the interior hardcover has been textured to look vaguely like snakeskin. I always approve of people trying to get the little details right...

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Aug 19 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Of Beast and Beauty, by Stacey Jay


We weren't impressed by her earlier two books, but we're giving Stacey Jay another chance: her novel Of Beast and Beauty is our current Book Giveaway pick. Our hopes are not high, frankly, but if you're curious about the story at least the price would be right...

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Aug 12 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Dead River and Touched, by Cyn Balog


This week we have two books for our Weekly Book Giveaway: Dead River and Touched, both by Cyn Balog. I'm pretty sure the books are standalones (I obviously haven't read them yet), and Balog's past work has indicated a real talent for character-driven YA paranormal romances, so my hopes are high. My review should go up sometime tomorrow...

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Aug 5 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater


This week's Book Giveaway pick is Maggie Stiefvater's award-winning novel The Scorpio Races, which I'll be reviewing this afternoon. I haven't finished the book yet, but thus far I'm really liking it—as monster stories go, you could do a lot worse than murderous sea-dwelling horses...

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Jul 29 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Fever Crumb, by Philip Reeve


This week's book givewaway pick is Philip Reeve's Fever Crumb, which I intend to review later today. Meanwhile, I offer this description from Publishers Weekly:

Fever Crumb, a 14-year-old orphan, is the only girl ever accepted into the Order of Engineers and has been raised in seclusion by obsessively logical scientists in an enormous head, part of an unfinished statue of London's deposed ruler, the hated mutant “Scriven,” Auric Godshawk...

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Jul 22 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Paradox, by A.J. Paquette


This week's book giveaway title is A. J. Paquette's Paradox, which I'd like to think is a YA retelling of the 1990 camp-horror classic Tremors. (Sadly, it probably isn't, although someone should really write that book.) We'll be posting our review later this afternoon...

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Jul 15 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Deep Betrayal, by Anne Greenwood Brown


This week's book giveaway title is Anne Greenwood Brown's Deep Betrayal, the sequel to last year's Lies Beneath, which we reviewed here. I have no idea if this book will fix the problems I had with the first installment (actually, I'm not sure it's possible to fix the problems I had with the first installment), but if you're curious, wouldn't it be nice...

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Jul 8 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Beautiful and the Cursed, by Page Morgan


This week's book giveaway title is The Beautiful and the Cursed, by Page Morgan. I haven't even cracked this book open yet, but it appears to be a sexy YA supernatural thriller about gargoyles. (Possibly sexy gargoyles, in which case I give the author full points for creativity.) I'll post our review later today...

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Jul 1 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Car Thief, by Theodore Weesner


After reviewing five supernatural romances, we're offering a literary palate cleanser as our current Book Giveaway pick: Theodore Weesner's The Car Thief. This autobiographical novel was first published in 1972, but has recently been re-released. I'm pretty sure it's 100% supernatural-creature-free, but we'll post our review tomorrow...

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Jun 24 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Belle Epoque, by Elizabeth Ross


This week's book giveaway title is Elizabeth Ross's Belle Epoque, which has an unusual YA pedigree: the central concept was taken from a story written by Émile Zola (Les Repoussoirs). Zola isn't our favorite 19th century writer, but we've read worse adaptations of better literature, so we're not complaining. Our full review will go up later this afternoon.

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Jun 17 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Spirit's Princess and Spirit's Chosen, by Esther Friesner


We have TWO books for this week's Book Giveaway: Esther Friesner's Spirit's Princess and Spirit's Chosen. This duology—part of Friesner's ongoing "Princesses of Myth" series—was inspired by the stories surrounding Himiko, a shaman queen in 3rd century Japan. Unlike the author's earlier subjects (Nefertiti and Helen of Troy), not much is known about Himiko, so at least Friesner finally got to write about someone...

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Jun 10 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Scent of Darkness, by Margot Berwin


This week's Book Giveaway pick is Margot Berwin's second novel Scent of Darkness, which looks very... arty and dramatic. (I haven't read it yet, so I'm currently judging this book solely by its cover, which I hear is not the recommended method.) Our review should go up later this afternoon...

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Jun 3 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: How To Lead a Life of Crime, by Kirsten Miller


Our current Weekly Book Giveaway pick is Kirsten Miller's How To Lead a Life of Crime, which we will review later on this afternoon. Like Catherine Jinks's Evil Genius, Miller's book is a story about a school for would-be evildoers. I like the concept, but I'm hoping it turns out to be less legitimately creepy than Evil Genius, the memory of which still disturbs me...

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