Posts tagged with weekly-book-giveaway

Nov 25 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Premeditated, by Josin McQuein

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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This week's Book Giveaway title is Sophie Littlefield's Hanging By a Thread. One of the reviews from BN.com 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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May 28 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Magicians and Mrs. Quent, by Galen Beckett

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We have approximately ten million reviews to get through this week, so we're starting with this one, which we're also offering as our Weekly Book Giveaway Pick: The Magicians and Mrs. Quent, by Galen Beckett. We'll post a full review this afternoon, but my first impression is that it seems like a C-grade version of Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell...

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May 20 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Starstruck, by Rachel Shukert

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This week's Book Giveaway title is Rachel Shukert's Starstruck, which we'll be reviewing tomorrow. Shukert's book features promotional quotes from Anna Godbersen and Jillian Larkin, both of whom are known for their YA series sent in the 1920s, so I'm assuming Starstruck is set in a similar time period. (Although that's clearly Veronica Lake hair, which is totally 1940s, but maybe the artist was aiming for...

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May 13 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Manicpixiedreamgirl, by Tom Leveen

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The phrase "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" gives me a rage headache, and I'm equally irritated by unconventional word spacing (WHY?!?), but Tom Leveen's Manicpixiedreamgirl has had solid reviews, so who knows? Maybe my heart will grow two sizes today, and I'll learn to love both the phrase and its lack of Strunk-and-White-approved spacing. (Spoiler: No, I won't.) Either way, Mr. Leveen's book is our current Weekly Book Giveaway selection...

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May 6 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Jane Eyre's Daughter, by Elizabeth Newark

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The front cover of our current Weekly Book Giveaway pick, Elizabeth Newark's 2008 novel Jane Eyre's Daughter, announces that Newark's book is "A Superb Tale for Lovers of the Bronte Classic". That's usually the kind of thing you should let someone else say, but whatever...

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Apr 29 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Strands of Bronze and Gold, by Jane Nickerson

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This week's Book Giveaway title is Jane Nickerson's Bluebeard retelling Strands of Bronze and Gold. We're planning to review Ms. Nickerson's book tomorrow, along with Wendy Moore's historical nonfiction title How To Create the Perfect Wife. Sadly, the two stories have more in common than you'd think...

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Apr 22 2013

Weekly Book Giveaway: Revolution, by Jennifer Donnelly

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Our new Weekly Book Giveaway title is Jennifer Donnelly's Revolution, which we're planning to review tomorrow. If you're panting to learn more about the plot in the meanwhile, here's the official description...

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