Ruby knows that the game is up. For the past few months, she's been on her own in the yellow house, managing somehow, knowing that her mother will probably never return.That's how she comes to live with Cora, the sister she hasn't seen in ten years, and Cora's husband Jamie, whose down-to-earth demeanor makes it hard for Ruby to believe he founded the most popular networking Web site around. A luxurious house, fancy private school, a new wardrobe, the promise of college and a future—it's a dream come true. So why is Ruby such a reluctant Cinderella, wary and defensive? And why is Nate, the genial boy next door with some secrets of his own, unable to accept the help that Ruby is just learning to give?
For your chance to win a hardback copy of Lock & Key, leave a comment with your email address telling what book you've read recently that completely blew you away. Mine is If I Stay by Gayle Forman.
For some extra entries:
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+1 per place you link this contest up
One of my goddaughters is named Ruby, so if you can drop a title of another book with a character named Ruby in it, you will get +5.
Contest will end when the carnival ends: June 27th and it only open to those with a US or Canada mailing address
Sixteen-year-old Macy Queen is looking forward to a long, boring summer. Her boyfriend is going away.She's stuck with a dull-as-dishwater job at the library. And she'll spend all of her free time studying for the SATs or grieving silently with her mother over her father's recent unexpected death. But everything changes when Macy is corralled into helping out at one of her mother's open house events, and she meets the chaotic Wish Catering crew. Before long, Macy joins the Wish team. She loves everything about the work and the people. But the best thing about Wish is Wes—artistic,insightful, and understanding Wes—who gets Macy to look at life in aw hole new way, and really start living it.
I know a lot of people have read this one, especially by the Dessen boy count, everyone loooveesss Wes. (*whispers* Dexter, people, Dexter!) It is one of my top favorites from all the other novels with all it's characters and the plot itself. Macy is so enjoyable to read and you get easily attached to her and want to stick up for her throughout the book.
I'm going to make this giveaway an easy one. Just leave a comment with your email address and badda-bing! You're entered! Deadline is June 28th at nine pm central and is only opened to those with a US or Canada mailing address.
Contest is now closed. Thanks all who entered!
In Howland, darkness falls so quick that people there have no word for evening. It's not the darkness that they fear, it's the kinderstalk, creatures that roam the forest killing those that enter it.
Annie is a more adventures twelve year old that lives under her aunt and uncle's care since her parents died. After her sister's death, all she is able to do is just survive there. Until one night she escapes before she is basically sold off. Out on her escape and the journey she now faces, she finds herself at a dangerous mine and later at the king's palace where things from her past suddenly become her future.
There are a lot of questions that need to be answered for Annie to understand everything in her world. The plot itself wasn't too bad. Some of it was pretty predictable. The beginning starts off well, enough to have made me wonder what all was going on, but I felt that it slowed down a little too much for me. The side characters were also enjoyable and I liked reading about the sisters that Annie becomes friends with. By the ending, I'm guessing there is going to be a second book. This is more deemed for a middle school read, but I also think those that enjoy a darker fairy tale might like this one too. All in all it was an okay read, but not one of my favorites.
From Amy at Addicted to Books, I got a copy of Watersmeet by Ellen Jensen Abbot and an ARC of A Map of the Known World by Lisa Anne Sandell. If you haven't checked out Amy's blog yet, you should cause she's awesome.
From Shootings Stars Magazine I received two ARCs. Kiss & Hell by Dakota Cassidy and Salt and Silver by Anna Katherine. They both look really good and Kiss & Hell has a blurb from MaryJanice Davidson - looovvee her Undead Series.
From Suzanne Young (author of The Naughty List comes out in 2010 - it sounds really good!) I got a copy of Prom Dates from Hell by RoseMary Clement-Moore. I've heard good things about this series so I'm excited to start on it.
Reviewer X (Steph) had a huge giveaway where she had 50 copies of The Chosen by Carol Lynch Williams and I won one! This just came today and I'm thinking it's going to get booted to the top of the TBR pile.
Last, my copy of Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen came in from B&N. I already posted a review and encourage everyone to go get a copy.
Right when I was about to start this post, FedEx came and dropped this off for me.
That's all for me! What did you get this week?
Yay, congrats! Please make sure to check your spam folder just in case, and you have until Thursday night to get back to me.
If you didn't win, I really recommend going out and buying a copy. It's a very good read, see my review here. Also we still have Just Listen and Keeping the Moon up for grabs, and another giveaway will be posted soon.
Please send me your mailing address by midnight on Monday. Didn't win? We've still have Along for the Ride (ends tomorrow night) and Just Listen (ends June 18th) up for grabs. Plus five more books to give away this month so don't forget to check back!
The titles are: Just Listen, That Summer (I'm kind of proud of that one), Someone Like You, Keeping the Moon, and This Lullaby. I thought maybe doing some kind of quotes from the books would be a neat idea. So I gave This Lullaby a try, and the old saying 'less is more' couldn't be truer.
I've been a horrible slacker on reading this past week and a half. You can blame a friend of mine that told me to watch Friday Night Lights and I have been hooked on that show. I didn't think I would really like it because I'm not a big football person, but holy friggin' moly one look at Tim Riggins (Taylor Kitsch) and I was sold! So now I'm going to go have my own read-a-thon so expect reviews to be posted soon!
In a single moment, everything changes. Seventeenyear- old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall riding along the snow-wet Oregon road with her family. Then, in a blink, she fi nds herself watching as her own damaged body is taken from the wreck...
A sophisticated, layered, and heartachingly beautiful story about the power of family and friends, the choices we all make—and the ultimate choice Mia commands.
Kara hasn't been back to Oak Park since the end of junior year, when a heroin overdose nearly killed her and sirens heralded her exit. Four years later, she returns to face the music. Her life changed forever back in high school: her family disintegrated, she ran around with a whole new crowd of friends, she partied a little too hard, and she fell in love with gorgeous bad-boy Adrian, who left her to die that day in Scoville Park....
Amid the music, the booze, the drugs, and the drama, her friends filled a notebook with heartbreakingly honest confessions of the moments that defined and shattered their young lives. Now, finally, Kara is ready to write her own.
--With this, I also got the soundtrack to Ballads (a very awesome choice of songs by the way), and a signed copy of I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone.