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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Draw a Dragon Contest Entry

Calling all artist and book lovers! Julie Kagawa, author of the Iron Fey series and Blood of Eden series, has an ongoing contest that will give you the chance to win an ARC of her upcoming book, Talon, and a custom miniature dragon clay made personally by her. 

PRIZES 

 
(Pictures were taken from Julie Kagawa's Website)

If that isn't AWESOME enough, I don't know what is. You can learn more about this contest through Julie's blog.
And with this kinds of prizes, you wouldn't expect me not to enter now, would you?

So without further ado, I would like you to meet my dragon, Pyrena

                                        Rough sketch.                                               Edited sketch


So what are you waiting for people. You can still submit your work until September 22. Get your pencils and paper and start drawing your very own dragon. Good luck!




Sunday, August 31, 2014

Stacking the Shelves #13

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga's Reviews is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

This month, I got two awesome books to share with you all. One is The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne, which is really good so watch out for my review, and the other one is an ARC of Lock In by John Scalzi. You have to read the synopsis of Lock In because the premise is just one of a kind.

FOR REVIEW


BOOK SWAGS


Want to win this signed book swags? Click here!

Thank you Usborne, Tor Books and Gretchen McNeil for this wonderful books and swags. :)

What did you get this week/month? Let me know through your comment.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ARC Review: Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman's Daughter #2)

Title: Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman's Daughter #2)
Author: Megan Sheperd
Genre/s: Young Adult, Historical, Paranormal, Mystery, Thriller
Released Date: February 2, 2014
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Synopsis:

To defeat the darkness, she must first embrace it.

Months have passed since Juliet Moreau returned to civilization after escaping her father's island—and the secrets she left behind. Now, back in London once more, she is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget Dr. Moreau’s horrific legacy—though someone, or something, hasn’t forgotten her.

As people close to Juliet fall victim one by one to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes, Juliet fears one of her father’s creations may have also escaped the island. She is determined to find the killer before Scotland Yard does, though it means awakening sides of herself she had thought long banished, and facing loves from her past she never expected to see again.

As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in the midst of a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.

With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the hidden natures of those we love and how far we’ll go to save them from themselves.

Monday, August 25, 2014

ARC Review: The Vanishing Season

Title: The Vanishing Season
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Genre/s: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Stand-Alone
Released Date: July 1, 2014
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Synopsis:

Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter's come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I've watched the danger swell.

The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I'm the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. I'm tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town.

I'm tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don't know why. I think it's because death is coming for one of them, or both.

All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.I am looking for the things that are buried.

From bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes a friendship story bound in snow and starlight, a haunting mystery of love, betrayal, redemption, and the moments that we leave behind.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Book Review: Say Her Name

Title: Say Her Name
Author: James Dawson
Genre/s: Young Adult, Horror, Mystery,
Released Date: June 5, 2014
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Synopsis:

Roberta 'Bobbie' Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of 'Bloody Mary': say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear... But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?

Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror... five days... but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before... A truly spine-chilling yet witty horror from shortlisted 'Queen of Teen' author James Dawson.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Author Interview with Gretchen McNeil + Giveaway


Hi everyone, it's been a while since I last post an author interview on this blog. That is why I am very excited to tell you, that we have Gretchen McNeil ,author of Possess, Ten and 3:59, today and she has a lot of awesome news for all of us about her upcoming book, Get Even.

Q. Hi Gretchen, can you describe Get Even in 5 words to our readers.

"Breakfast Club with body count."

Q. How different is your upcoming book from the last 3 books you wrote?

GET EVEN is more mystery/suspense than my previous books which skewed toward horror. It's also a hell of a lot funnier than my horror novels, which was so much fun to write.

Q. What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing Get Even to life?

The biggest challenge was the size of the cast. There are four main characters, each with their own POV, and each with their own set of friends, love interests, and families. I think there's something like 50 names characters in the book, and getting the most important ones to feel fleshed out and "alive" was a huge challenge!

Q. There are four main characters in your book - Kitty, Olivia, Margot and Bree. Which one of them do you like most? And why?

That's like asking me to pick my favorite child!!! They all have loveable aspects, but I suppose if I have to choose, I'd say Bree because her best friend/love interest is sort of based on my husband. J

Q. The four girls are members of a secret society called, DGM, that takes revenge on bullies. What's your stand on the subject of bullying?

I feel sorry for both sides: the bullies and the victims. Clearly, the bullies themselves have some major issues in life—a subject I address in the sequel GET DIRTY—that's causing them to victimize others. That said, I think we all wish we'd had a secret revenge society in our school looking out for us. The trauma of bullying can stick with you for a lifetime.

Q. What is your favorite scene in Get Even? Can you tell us without giving a spoiler?

My favorite scene comes early on—it’s a revenge mission against a bullying teacher names Coach Creed. I actually read that scene in a vlog that Epic Reads will be posting this month!

Q. This is the first book in your very first series, Don't Get Mad. What excites you about this new project?

I love the possibilities. With a large cast, I can see so many places to take the series if I'm lucky enough to be able to write more books.

Q. Can you share a one-liner from your book that will pique our interest?

From Chapter 1: "If Kitty had ever doubted that Coach Creed needed his ass handed to him, he was making it real easy for her to get over it."

Author Bio:
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Author of YA horror novels POSSESS, TEN and 3:59 (Fall 2013) as well as the upcoming YA mystery/suspense series Don't Get Mad, beginning in 2014 with GET EVEN and continuing in 2015 with GET DIRTY. Gretchen also contributed an essay to the Dear Teen Me anthology from Zest Books.

Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4's Code Monkeys and she sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk. Gretchen blogs with The Enchanted Inkpot and is a founding member of the vlog group the YARebels. She is repped by Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown, Ltd.


Get Even sounds really awesome. And if you think so, too and is thinking of pre-ordering it, Gretchen has a treat for y'all.  Click here to know more about Gretchen's giveaway.

Also, Gretchen gave me some signed book swags for y'all, my awesome blog readers. This is international and will end on September 19.


Friday, August 15, 2014

Book Review: We Were Liars

Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Genre/s: Young Adult, Mystery, Contemporary
Released Date: May 13, 2014
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Synopsis:

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Friday, August 08, 2014

ARC Review: A World Without Princes (School for Good and Evil #2)

Title: A World Without Princes (School for Good and Evil #2)
Author: Soman Chainani
Genre/s:  Young Adult, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Magic, Fairytale, Friendship,
Released Date: April 15, 2014
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Synopsis:

In the epic sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel, The School for Good and Evil, Sophie and Agatha are home, living out their Ever After. But life isn’t quite the fairy tale they expected.


When Agatha secretly wishes she’d chosen a different happy ending, she reopens the gates to the School for Good and Evil. But the world she and Sophie once knew has changed.

Witches and princesses, warlocks and princes are no longer enemies. New bonds are forming; old bonds are being shattered. But underneath this uneasy arrangement, a war is brewing and a dangerous enemy rises. As Agatha and Sophie battle to restore peace, an unexpected threat could destroy everything, and everyone, they love—and this time, it comes from within.

 
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