Monday, January 30, 2012

Incarnate Theater Treasure Hunt & Swag Giveaway!

 Welcome to the INCARNATE Theater Treasure Hunt!

This week, 48 bloggers are celebrating the release of INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows by participating in a treasure hunt with clues, activities, and lots of prizes including signed books and hand-knit fingerless mitts. You've reached an ACTIVITY blog, which means on this page, you can gain extra entries for Jodi's grand prize drawing by completing my activity and filling out the accompanying form. Then head to the next activity for more INCARNATE fun! There are 22 INCARNATE activities around. The more you do, the better your chances of winning the grand prize.

For more information on the INCARNATE Theater Treasure Hunt, check out Jodi's post HERE

Here is a picture of cute little knit characters that Jodi Meadows made HERSELF! So awesome! Yes...they are characters from Incarnate! :)

I am hosting a homemade mask contest for my activity! This is where you make an animal mask of any kind. (butterfly PREFERRED, but not required)
So all you have to do is make a mask, and post the link to your image in the Google Docs form below! This will earn you +10 extra points into the GRAND PRIZE!

ALSO TWO lucky people will get a chance to WIN some Incarnate Swag! (some signed by Jodi Meadows!) If you would like to be entered into this separate giveaway; COMMENT telling me anything your heart desires; Incarnate related or not! :) MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE YOUR E-MAIL IN THE COMMENTS SO I CAN CONTACT THE WINNER.

Swag Pack One
 1 Large sticker
1 Regular post-card thing-y (I know; I have a way with words)
1 Large SIGNED sticker
4 mini stickers
Swag Pack 2
 1 SIGNED sticker
1 Large sticker
1 mini sticker
If you need a mask template to use as a guide, here is a good basic one to use: MASK TEMPLATE
All you have to do is Google "Mask Templates" and tons of options will come up!
Fill out this form to enter for the grand prize!


Thursday, January 26, 2012

Young Adult Giveaway Hop CLOSED!

This Hop is hosted by I Am A Reader Not A Writer and co-hosted by Down The Rabbit Hole
This is international, AS LONG AS the book Depository ships to you; to find out if they do, click HERE.
So, what are you going to be winning?
ONE of the following books...

Thanks to everyone who participated!


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

WoW #3 (1-25-12)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I am looking forward to The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa


You will kill. The only question is when.

In the dark days since the insidious Red Lung virus decimated the human population, vampires have risen to rule the crumbling cities and suburbs. Uncontested Princes hold sway over diminished ranks of humans: their "pets." In exchange for their labor, loyalty and of course, their blood, these pets are registered, given food and shelter, permitted to survive.

Unregistered humans cling to fringes, scavenging for survival. Allison Sekemoto and her fellow Unregistereds are hunted, not only by vampires, but by rabids, the unholy result of Red Lung-infected vampires feeding on unwary humans. One night, Allie is attacked by a pack of rabids, saved by an unlikely hero...and turned vampire.

Uncomfortable in her undead skin, Allie falls in with a ragtag crew of humans seeking a cure, or cures: for Rabidism and for Vampirism. She's passing for human...for now. But the hunger is growing and will not be denied. Not for friendship—not even for love.

Expected Release Date: April 24th 2012

This sounds SO epic! This is Julie Kagawa we are talking about here; I have high expectations for this book!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

2012 Vampire Reading Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Tales from the Crypt
To sign up click the link above!


Starts January 1, 2012 and ends December 31, 2012
Anyone can join
You don’t have to have a blog to participate.
Non-Bloggers feel free to share your list of books in the comment section of the monthly link up post.
Reviews though not required are always nice.
Audio, E-books, Bound and re-reads all count
There is no need to come up with your list of books in advance.
Challenge crossovers ok
Create a sign up post and link up in the linky below.


Level 1 – Read 1-5 Vampire Novels
Level 2 – Read 6-10 Vampire Novels
Level 3 – Read 11-20 Vampire Novels
Level 4 – Read 21+ Vampire Novels

I am choosing level 3: 11-20 Vampire Novels
I have a TON of Vampire books on the TBR list, so I thought it would be perfect for me to join this challenge!
Here are the Vampire books I plan to read:

Friday, January 13, 2012

2012 Audio Book Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Teresa's Reading Corner
click the link above for rules and signup!

There are 4 different levels for this challenge:
  •  Flirting-Listen to 6 Audio Books
  • Going Steady- Listen to 12 Audio Books
  • Lover- Listen to 25 Audio Books
  • Married-Listen to +++  Audio Books 
 I am choosing level 2; Going Steady; to listen to 12 audio books before the year is over.
I don't have all audio books chosen, but here are a few I plan to listen to:

2012 Sensational Seconds Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Reading in the Corner
Click the link above for rules and sign up info!
In this challenge you read sequels or companion novels that are relased between January 1st 2012 - December 31st 2012.
I think this is a great challenge, and I am choosing to do level 1, which is 1-4 books.
Here are the four sequels I plan to read in 2012:

2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

This Challenge is hosted by Book Passion for Life
For rules and sign-up, click the link directly above


1-10 - A Firm Handshake 
11-20 - A Friendly Hug
21-30 - A Sweet Kiss

31-40 - Love At First Sight
41-50 - Married With Children

Evie from Bookish@SeoEvie
Bonnie from Hands and Home -  @HandsHomeBlog
Caitlin from WatchYA Reading - @caitlingss

Christa from Hooked On Books - @ChristasBooks
Jenna from Fans Of Fiction  @fansoffiction
Angel from Mermaids Vision  @mermaidvisions

I am choosing level 21-30: A Sweet Kiss
I plan to read the following books for this challenge:

Just Listen, This Lullaby, and The Truth about Forever by Sarah Dessen
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Jellico Road by Melina Marchetta
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
The Iron Knight by Julia Kagawa
Aurelia bu Anne Osterland
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
Kissed by an Angel series (1-3) and Dark Secrets bind up (1-2) by Elizabeth Chandler
Matched by Allie Condie
Dream Girl by Lauren Mechling
As you Wish by Jackson Pearce
Rosebush by Michelle Jaffe
Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
Looking for Alaska by John Green

2012 e-book challenge

This challenge is hosted by Workaday Reads
For the rules and sign-up for this challenge, click HERE

I am chosing level 3. DVD = 25 e-books

Here are the 25 books I plan to read:

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

2012 Zombie Challenge

Yes, I know I am fairly late on this, but I originally didn't plan to take part in any challenges besides the Goodreads challenge. Then I saw all the great ones out there, and I figured I would participate in a few! So here is the first challenge that grabbed my attention:

2 Chomps = 12 zombie books!

I don't have all 12 books chosen, but I will list a few that I have in mind!

I have NEVER read a zombie book, so this is a good challenge for me, I can't wait to get started!
If you want to participate in this challenge as well, click the link above the picture and go sign up!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Review: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Ok, so I am obviously a bit late jumping on the Stephanie Perkins banwagon, but I finally read Anna and the French Kiss and I fully understand why everyone raves about it.
Before I get into a review, here is the Synopsis:

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris - until she meets Etienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he's taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home.

As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near - misses end with the French kiss Anna - and readers - have long awaited?

I know, I know, When I saw the title and the cover I thought the same thing you are probably thinking right now. Thankfully this book was so much more than I expected. Honestly, I am not much of a contemperary buff, so I am quite hesitant whenever I pick up a book in that genre. But I can truly say that I loved everything about this one.
The characters were all well developed and completely lovable. I could easily realate to both Anna and St. Clare! I couldn't get enough of either of them; even the less important characters were absolutely wonderful.
The romance in this book was amazing! It wasn't your typical teenage romance story. There was no annoying insta-love, no "I can't survive without this person", and it was really refreshing. It was believable, and, in my opinion, the way two people should fall in love...over time. One of my biggets pet peeves with books is when the characters fall madly in love upon first site. Anna and St Clair's romance was not at all like that.
The story taking place in Paris was the icing on the cake. The culture in the story was so rich and genuine, I felt like I was really there. Stephanie Perkins' writing is so enthralling, and I literally couldn't put this book down. It was very detailed without endlessly dragging on with descriptions. It was the perfect balance of love and life; meaning; Yes, it was a love stroy, but there was much more depth to it.
I do have to say some things were fairly predictable, and if it wasn't for the way it was written, the story could have easily been a sappy, overrated romance. I am happy to say it wasn't that, and it was the most wonderful book I have read in a long time!
I am so excited to tackle the companion novel: Lola and the Boy next Door.

I rated this books 5 French Kisses! 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

WoW (Waiting on Wednesday) 1-4-12

This is my first WoW in 2012! (I can't believe it either!)
So here it is, this week I am impatiently waiting for:
Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer R. Hubbard
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Goodreads synopsis:
Learning to live is more than just choosing not to die, as sixteen-year-old Ryan discovers in the year following his suicide attempt. Despite his mother’s anxious hovering and the rumors at school, he’s trying to forget the darkness from which he has escaped. But it doesn’t help that he’s still hiding guilty secrets, or that he longs for a girl who may not return his feelings. Then he befriends Nicki, who is using psychics to seek contact with her dead father. This unlikely friendship thaws Ryan to the point where he can face the worst in himself. He and Nicki confide in one another the things they never thought they’d tell anyone—but their confessions are trickier than they seem, and the fallout tests the bound of friendship and forgiveness.
Release date: January 19th, 2012