Check out this video of new author Cheryl Rainfield about her book deal (I think her upcoming books sound awesome!): Click here.
Win a copy of Blue Plate Special by Michelle D. Kwasney! The contest ends on the 17th. - Click here.
Win your choice of one of 19 YA books! The books include The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater! The contest ends on the 6th. - Click here.
Win a prize pack of two YA books! They both have POC characters and are science fiction/fantasy. The books are: Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith and Asleep by Wendy Raven McNair. The contest ends at midnight on Halloween. - Click here.
Win a copy of Blue Plate Special by Michelle Kwasney! The contest ends at midnight on the 31st. Click here.
Win a prize pack of Rowan of the Wood and Witch in the Water by Christine and Ethan Rose and a stake! The contest ends on Halloween. - Click here.
Win a copy of Blue Plate Special by Michelle D. Kwasney! The contest ends on the 6th. - Click here.
Win a copy of Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman and some Halloween treats! Contest ends at 11:59 PM Central. Click here.
Two winners will get to choose a book off of a list of six! The books: Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow, Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley, Night Runner by Max Turner, Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble, Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson, and the anthology Vacations from Hell. The contest ends at midnight on Halloween. Click here.
Win 1 of 6 signed books by Laurie Faria Stolarz! The books: 2 copies of Stacey's Spellbook, 2 copies of Black is for Beginnings, Deadly Little Secret, Deadly Little Lies (ARC.) The contest ends at midnight on Halloween. Click here.
Win 1 of 5 new books! The books: Under the Dome by Stephen King, Ford County: Stories by John Grisham, Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton, Breathless by Dean Koontz, and Ice by Linda Howard. The contest ends on Halloween. Click here.
Win the entire Cal Leandros series (4 books) by Rob Thurman! The contest ends at 11:59 PM on Halloween. Click here.
The Book Resort is having a lot of contests! They all end at midnight EST on Halloween.
The contest are for:
- Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga Click here.
- An ARC of Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe Click here.
- Zamora's Ultimate Challenge by M.K. Scott Click here.
- Would-Be Witch by Kimberly Frost Click here.
I am still in shock. I'm nothing but a minor blogger, and I had no chance of going to BEA, but apparently a librarian at my local library did! I walked into the library today and walked over to the YA section... and I saw the spine of a Beautiful Creatures ARC staring out at me. I freaked out and I think the other people in the library were staring at me. But when I started babbling to the librarians they pointed me towards MORE ARCs that I had missed. Forest Born by Shannon Hale and Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines!!!!!
I am so excited to read them!
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Forest Born (The Fourth Book of Bayern) by Shannon Hale
Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines
I am also determined to improve my blog this Summer, so expect something better than the suckiness I've been giving you.
I know, I know. I should be posting more important things, but I've been ridiculously busy in the last few weeks. I feel guilty. So I'm posting some really short stories I wrote for contests.
The rules for the first one limited me to 100 words or less, and it had to be about faeries. The second had to be 200 words or shorter, and had to include mentions of Sarah Dessen, bicycles, and birthdays.Somehow it ended up being inspired by Holly Black's Modern Tales of Faerie and The Good Neighbors (<3).
I'm also writing a longer short story called Starry Messenger that was inspired by a bizarre/morbid dream I had a few weeks ago, but I'm not sure if I should post it. It is best described as a surreal futuristic zombie fairy tale. It's set in a parallel world where humans have evolved in a different and sort of scary way (they live in an illusion created by a hive mind and die twice before losing consciousness), and humans from our universe have begun to take over the galaxy. In among all this is a Curious (yes, it's capitalized) girl who is plucked from the hive mind to become a planet-hopping messenger. Unfortunately, after a life of lies she is not quite ready for reality. If anyone is interested in this, comment, and I'll try to finish writing the story (I rarely finish anything but the shorter stories) and post it. The Faerie Mirror
Claire flipped through the pages of faerie artwork, before shoving the book aside. Reality was never perfect and beautiful. She pushed herself into her wheelchair, wheeling herself out to the gardens as she did daily. But this time she found the faerie mirror, a shimmering film in between spider silk through which other worlds can be seen, and the heart’s truest desire, which can be had if she could break through. Claire touched it, and her dream shattered, as did the world around her. Changing. Merging. She opened her eyes, not knowing she had shut them tight, and stood up.
Here's the original, unshortened-to-100-words version:
Faerie mirrors were only a story, or so the others would say… Claire flipped through the pages of fairy artwork in her book, full of dragonfly-like wings and perfection, before shutting it and shoving it aside. The real world was never perfect and beautiful. She pushed herself up from bed and into her wheelchair, wheeling herself out to the backyard gardens, as was her daily ritual. But this time she found it, a shimmering film in between spider silk, through which other worlds can be seen, and the heart’s truest desire, which can be had if the viewer can figure out how to reach it. Claire touched it, and her dream shattered, as did the world around her. Changing. Merging. She opened her eyes, not knowing she had shut them tight, and stood up.
She called herself Laura, but she was not a normal girl. She was not even human, but fae. Laura had never fit in with the other faelings. They were content to upset human lives with their magics, but Laura envied the humans. She even attempted to imitate them. It was an odd sight to anyone who saw faerie girl with too many joints in her limbs attempting to ride a bicycle in the moonlight. She spied on the curious rituals called birthday parties, and felt ashamed because she had already seen 67 years, though she was as youthful as the 15 and 16 year old girls at the parties. She even crept into one of their rooms and stole a Sarah Dessen novel, reveling in its humanity until the other faelings had plucked it from her hands and never returned it. The next day, Laura was chosen to become a changeling.
If you are interested in having me review a book, it's very likely that I will accept your request. I will accept books from large and small publishers, and self-published books. I will read ARCs or books that have already been released. I will read e-books, but I prefer to read printed copies of books.
But that doesn't mean I will accept every request I get. Sometimes I am busy with other things, simply have enough books to review, or the book is not what I am willing to read. This blog is devoted to certain genres. I will mostly be reviewing sf/fantasy/supernatural/speculative fiction, almost all of which will be YA or Middle Grade. If the book doesn't fit that description, there is less of a chance that I will be willing to review it. But if it is realistic YA, that will probably be fine. I will probably not review Christian non-fiction or fiction, adult non-fiction, adult romances, or picture books.
Just because I agree to review a book does not necessarily mean everything I say in a review will be praise. I will try to mention what is good about the book, but I will be writing my own opinion about what I read, including what I didn't like.
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