Wednesday, October 29, 2008

NaNoWriMo and Book Contests

I decided to sign up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and see if I can write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. With me hosting Thanksgiving this year (which includes the first meeting of my and my fiance's families), programs at work, and all the books I have to read and review, it'll be interesting to see if I find the time, but I'm going to try! (I really wish I had a time turner...)

There's lots of book contests going on, and with this being the end of October, you only have a few more days to get your entries in! Check these out and be sure to enter ASAP!

Free Book Friday is giving away copies of Untamed by P.C. Cast

Free Book Friday: Teen Edition is giving away ARC copies of Evermore by Alyson Noel (coming in Feb. 2009-be watching my blog for my review very soon!)

Author Kelly Parra is finishing up her Secret Fates blog contest this week with authors sharing secrets and giving away their books

Author Brooke Taylor has been hosting a Monster Month of Giveaways and she's giving away a HUGE Paranormal Powerball on (when else?) Halloween

Over on The Page Flipper Chelsea is holding an auction for a marked up copy of Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith

And don't forget about the monthly TeensReadToo.com contest

Last, be sure to keep watching my blog as I'm planning on hosting some giveaways in the next month (just another thing to make November crazy!)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Gothic Lolita by Dakota Lane-Teen


Rating: 5/5 Stars

About the Book: Chelsea lives in Los Angeles with her mother. Miya lives in Tokyo in a children’s home. Chelsea’s precious brother disappeared three years ago. Miya lives to protect her brother. They both have an obsession with the same romantic manga. Both girls are interested in Gothic Lolita. The girls have never met or talked, but the two are connected in more ways than they realize. Finding each other through a girl blogger site years before, each girl posted about their life and happenings. Each girl found an avid reader in the other. But they never left comments or talked. Now, three years later, Chelsea has stopped blogging completely and is feeling lost and alone without her brother. Miya lives in fear that someone will take her brother away and starts to plan their escape. Now is the time when the girls need each other the most. Will they break down the barriers, open themselves up to who they really are and help each other?


GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I got a copy of this book from YaYnot?-seriously check that site out! This is a fascinating and beautiful tale of friendship and love. Told in alternating voices in short quick chapters, this tale reads like poetry. The story is accompanied by black and white photographs taken by the author that added a sense of mystery and beauty to the story.

I loved how the author unveiled more and more about each girl and the reader is able to uncover just how their lives are connected. It felt like I was slowly unwrapping a delicious candy bar but I could only have it piece by piece. This is a book to be savored. I will most definitely be passing this book along to my teens.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Beastly by Alex Flinn-Teen


Rating: 4/5 Stars

About the Book: Kyle Kingsbury is popular and handsome and he knows it. He can get anything he wants because of his famous father. He goes to an elite school, has the coolest friends and the hottest girlfriend. Kyle was king-until he decided to play a trick on the goth girl at school. Turns out Kendra isn't just a goth girl, she's a witch and she's going to teach Kyle a lesson. She turns Kyle into a beast as ugly on the outside as he is on the inside. Now Kyle's father won't look at him, his friends won't have anything to do with him, and his girlfriend has left. Kyle's father banishes him to a private home where his only company are his maid and tutor. Will Kyle break the curse? Can anyone ever love a beast?

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Ok, anyone who knows me knows I'm a sucker for fairy tales and fairy tale re-tellings. This is a curl up and read in one sitting sort of book. Beastly is beautifully told and keeps a lot of magic and romance of the original Beauty and the Beast tale. The thing I liked the most is that this is the story told from the beast's perspective. I liked getting inside his head and hearing his side of the story. If you like fairy tales, you'll want to pick up a copy of this one for your collection!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins-Teen

Rating: 5/5 Stars


About the Book: Katniss Everdeen lives in a future where Panem is controlled by The Capitol. Each year, the 12 districts of Panem send two tributes to fight in the Hunger Games and the games will be televised and watched by everyone. The tributes must fight to the death and the last one standing wins fame, glory, money and food. When Katniss's little sister is chosen as District 12's tribute, she knows there's no way she can let her sister go so she steps in and takes her place. Now she has to survive and bring back a win for District 12 who's only ever had one winner of the Hunger Games ever. Then there's Peeta, the other District 12 tribute, who has won the audience over by claiming to be in love with Katniss. Is he telling the truth or just playing a game? And can Katniss somehow outsmart the other tributes? Only one can end up winning.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: I had been hearing a lot of buzz about this book. I've read and reviewed Gregor the Overlander and enjoyed that book, so I was eager to read another book by that author. I was a little wary of story line (think Survivor meets Gladiator) and was afraid it would be too violent for sensitive little me.
I was very surprised and Hunger Games is easily one of the best books I've read this year! It's a fast paced story and full of action and even some romance. Despite the plot, the story wasn't as gruesome as I feared and was handled and written very well.
The story was hard to put down and I found myself thinking about it when I wasn't reading it. This is and addictive read and the first in a trilogy. Now I'm stuck here eagerly waiting for book two and it can't come fast enough!!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

More Book Contests

In honor of Halloween, Brooke Taylor, author of the novel Undone, is holding a monster month of giveaways. And when she says monster, she really means it-check out some of the stuff she's giving away!! Be sure to enter and good luck!:)

Monday, October 6, 2008

YAYNOT?

Check out this awesome new social networking site from TeensReadToo.com! YAYNOT is the coolest place for readers and authors to connect and share their love for books. Join the group and be sure to friend me while you're there!!:)

Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Luxe by Anna Godbersen-TEEN

Rating: 5/5 Stars

About the Book: It's 1899, Elizabeth Holland is the sweetheart of upper class New York society and we're about to attend her funeral. Was it murder or an innocent accident? The Holland family comes from old money and has helped rule the upper class. But they are facing a financial crisis and the only way to save the family is for Elizabeth to marry Henry Schoonmaker. Things would be perfect if the pair actually loved each other. Elizabeth's frenamie, Penelope has her eyes on Henry and will do anything to keep him and Elizabeth has a secret lover of her own.

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Full of fashion, intrigue, gossip and glamour The Luxe is a guilty pleasure. I have to admit that I've become addicted! Romance and mystery make this a fast paced read that you won't be able to put down. With lots of characters and various storylines that all weave together, there's something for every reader. The Luxe is the first in a series, so there's more upper class gossip to come. History has never been this much fun!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Lots of Book Goodies!!!

Book Auction:
If you love books as much as I do, you'll be super excited about this awesome auction in support of First Book. Authors will be auctioning off marked up copies of thier books and the proceeds will go to benefit First Book, a great organization that gets books into the hands of children who might not otherwise be able to get books. The great thing is these kids get to keep the books they're given, so they can cherish their first book and discover the joy of reading! Check out the Leave a Mark auction HERE. Books will be auctioned off every few days, so be sure to check back often!

Secret Fates Contest:
Author Kelly Para is celebrating the release of her book Invisible Touch (coming this October-check out this review from TeensReadToo.com by my fellow reviewer Lauren) with a HUGE giveaway and secret spilling from your favorite authors. Check out her blog and leave your secrets!

Harry Potter:
I saved the biggest one for last! This year marks the tenth anniversary of Harry Potter and MomDot is giving away some great Harry Potter prizes! Check out what they're giving away:

One (1) Grand Prize (retail value $195)
•Complete Box Set Books #1 - #7
•Copy of the 10th Anniversary Edition of ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’
•Collectible Harry Potter Gold Pin

Four (4) Runners Up (Retail Value $30 a piece)
•Copy of the 10th Anniversary Edition of ‘Sorcerer’s Stone’
•Collectible Harry Potter Gold Pin

Scholastic has released the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone 10th Anniversary Edition, complete with new artwork and special content from J.K. Rowling. Head over the Scholastic Harry Potter site and check out all the cool games, trivia contests and more! If you're a Harry Potter fan like me, you can easily spend your entire day on that site!:)

Head on over to MomDot to enter and good luck!

Enjoy all the contests and look for some new book reviews soon!:)
 
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