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Back to the Books Giveaway Hop- Falling Under

Back to the Book Giveaway Hop Hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Buried in Books

I am giving away one paperback copy of Falling Under by Gwen Hayes. (US Entries only- don't worry, the next one will  be International!)  
This is a fantastic book and you can check out my review over here!

Want to win this book? It is easy- simply follow me via Google Friend Connect and comment on this post with anything. Tell me a joke, tell me a random fact, tell me what color your eyes are! Anything. (Oh and don't forget to tell me a way to contact you ;) ) I will be using the very scientific way of choosing a winner (making my husband pick a number between 1-100 haha!
If you feel like you like me and wanna friend me via Twitter, Facebook, or Goodreads... well then feel free- I am a big fan of spreading the love! Oh and don't forget to check out the other giveaways I have going on!

This giveaway is now closed.  The winner has been contacted and has 48 hours to respond.

Wake Unto Me Giveaway!

As you can tell bymy review over yonder,  I tried to read Wake Unto Me, but couldn't get into it.  The book was fantastically written, but I personally don't like reading ghost books.

So I am offering up one paperback copy of Wake Unto Me to one lucky winner.  The winner will be required to read and review Wake Unto Me as a guest post for Short and Sweet reviews.  You do NOT have to be a blogger to enter, but I would still love to share your thoughts with the world!

Entering the giveaway is easy!  You don't even have to follow my blog (but it would probably make me squeal!)  Simply comment below with your email!

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Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted over at Breaking the Spine. I love getting the chance to see upcoming books that I may not have noticed before.

When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world’s past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.

Michelle Zink masterfully weaves historical fantasy with paranormal romance to create a gripping tale of love a…

The Girl in the Steel Corset- Summer Reading Challenge

The Girl in the Steel Corset
By Kady Cross
Published by: Harlequin Teen
Published on:  May 2011

Summary taken from Goodreads:
In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one except the "thing" inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch...

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits. Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help-and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machi…

Wake Unto Me- Summer Challenge +Giveaway

Wake Unto Me
By Lisa Cach
Published by: Speak
Published on: March 2011

Summary taken from Goodreads:
A haunted castle, a handsome young man dead for four hundred years, one heck of a scary portrait of a witch, and a treasure hunt -- not to mention a princess for a roommate! -- all await 15 year old American girl Caitlyn Monahan when she earns a scholarship to a French boarding school.

There are secrets behind the stone walls of Chateau de la Fortune, buried for centuries along with the mystery of who killed Raphael, the charming ghost who visits Caitlyn at night. But as Caitlyn unearths the history of the castle, nothing scares her as badly as the secret she learns about herself, and the reason she was chosen to come to the Fortune School.

And nothing breaks her heart as badly as falling in love with a dead guy.

I am not sure why, but I really thought this story was about Hades.  I have no idea why I thought that or what would have given me that idea. 

This is the description f…

Blood Red Road- Summer Reading Challenge

Blood Red Road
By Moira Young
Published by: Margeret McElderry
Published on: June 2011

Summary Taken from Goodreads:
Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back. Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gan…

It's Monday! What are you reading?

It's Monday- so I am going to join in the fun over at Book Journey and let you know what I have been reading!

I just finished:
Two Moon Princess
Blood Red Road
Wake Unto Me

I'm starting:

The Unbecoming of Mara Dryer

I gave up on: Imaginary Girls  (This one is my fault- I shouldn't grab a book based on the cover.  This cover is STUNNING.  But it also includes one of my greatest fears- drowning in water or being pulled under by something- so sorry, but I just can't.  Nothing to do with the book- just me!)

In My Mailbox

Hello there! I haven't been around much in the last two weeks- between vacation, being sick, and losing power in our house.  I really haven't had much time to blog (and for some reason the blog posts I scheduled decided to ignore me).  That is a good thing for you this week!  This week I have a bunch of fun reviews, a few new giveaways, and even more!  I hope you check back to see what is happening this week!
Without further rambling, here is my "In My Mailbox" for the last two weeks (plus I got a KOBO at Borders- whee!)In my Mailbox is a blog meme from Kristi at The Story Siren- wanna see more IMM lists?  Go here!

Books from Galley Grab for review:  (thanks to Simon & Schuster)

Drink Slay Love  /  Swear  Sacrifice  Rogue  The Hidden


Blood Red Road  /  Unearthly  Imaginary Girls

ARC Tour:

The Unbecoming of Mara Dryer

For Review:

The Realms Thereunder

And I won! (Thanks to Jenna @ The Book Element )

The Fox Inheritance (ARC)

Magic Under Glass- Summer Reading Challenge

Magic Under Glass
By Jaclyn Dolamore
Published by:  Bloomsbury Printing
Published on:  February 2010
Summary by Goodreads:
Nimira is a music-hall performer forced to dance for pennies to an audience of leering drunks. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to do a special act - singing accompaniment to an exquisite piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new life. In Parry's world, however, buried secrets stir.
Unsettling below-stairs rumours abound about ghosts, a mad woman roaming the halls, and of Parry's involvement in a gang of ruthless sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. When Nimira discovers the spirit of a dashing young fairy gentleman is trapped inside the automaton's stiff limbs, waiting for someone to break the curse and set him free, the two fall in love. But it is a love set against a dreadful race against time to save the entire fairy realm, which is in mortal peril.

I loved the summary about this book- steampunk, aut…

A Need so Beautiful- Summer Reading Challenge

A Need so Beautiful
By  Suzanne Young
Published by:  Balzer and Bray
Published on:  June 2011

Summary from Goodreads:

Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth, who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger.

But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend's arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become--her mark on this earth, her very existence--is in jeopardy of disappearing completely.

Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her d…

Corsets and Clockwork- Summer Reading Challenge

Corsets and Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances

Edited by:  Trisha Telep
Published by:  Running Press Kids
Published on: April 2011

Summary taken from Goodreads:
Dark, urban fantasies come to life in the newest collection of Steampunk stories, Corsets & Clockwork. Young heroes and heroines battle evils with the help of supernatural or super-technological powers, each individual story perfectly balancing historical and fantastical elements. Throw in epic romances that transcend time, and this trendy, engrossing anthology is sure to become another hit for the fast-growing Steampunk genre! This collection features some of the hottest writers in the teen genre, including: Ann Aguirre, Jaclyn Dolamore, Tessa Gratton, Frewin Jones, Caitlin Kittredge, Adrienne Kress, Lesley Livingston, Dru Pagliassotti, Dia Reeves, Michael Scott, Maria V. Snyder, Tiffany Trent, and Kiersten White.

This book is packed with well known and loved YA authors.  I  have read something from a majority of these a…

The Goddess Test - Summer Reading Challenge

The Goddess Test
By Aimee Carter
Published by: Harlequin
Published on:  April 2011

Summary Taken from Goodreads:
It's always been just Kate and her mom—and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family and the fear her mother won't live past the fall. Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld—and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests. Kate is sure he's crazy—until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.

This book was full of surprises!  I don't want to spoil the plot for anyone who is reading the book, but many characters in this book have secrets and I was completely shocked and blown out of the water by some of them.  I hav…

Flame of Surrender- August Teaser

Have you heard of Flame of Surrender yet?  If not- you need to go check it out!

The book will be out November 1, 2011
And then go check out the teaser here (with some STUNNING visuals!)

Falling Under- Summer Reading Challenge

Falling Under
By Gwen Hayes
Published by:  New American Library
Published on:  March 2011

Summary Taken from Goodreads:

Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, Theia knows she's seen Haden before- not around town, but in her dreams.

As the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her closer one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear.

And when she discovers what Haden truly is, Theia's not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.

Wow, this book was not what I expected at all.  I expected Haden = Hades and for this book to follow a Greek mythological storyline.  That is not what I got at all.

I was shocked that this book was actually about demons and not gods and goddesses, but the story was well done.  The book wa…

Follow Friday

RULESTo join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
(Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}(Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers - Belle Books & Stuck In BooksPut your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followersIf you're new to the follow fri…

Only 1 week left

I am heading to the beach soon- which means it is the end of August.....
You only have 1 week left to get in on my followers giveaway!  
Will you pick the Faerie Ring?  A Need so Beautiful?  Smalltown Sinners?  

....or something else?

Enter HERE

Cover Reveal- A Breath of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont

Isn't it beautiful?

Emma Townsend has always believed in stories—the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates in her head. Perhaps it’s because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesn’t come close to filling the void left by her mother’s death. And her only romantic prospect—apart from a crush on her English teacher—is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emma’s confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre…

Reading of Jane’s isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane’s body and her nineteenth-century world. As governess at Thornfield, Emma has a sense of belonging she’s never known—and an attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane’s story, or in …

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted over at Breaking the Spine- I love getting the chance to see upcoming books that I may not have noticed before.

In honor of the fact that I just finished The Goddess Test- my Waiting on Wednesday book is the sequel- Goddess Interrupted:

Goddess Interrupted
Written by Aimee Carter
Published on:  2012 TBA

Kate Winters has won immortality.

But if she wants a life in the Underworld with Henry, she’ll have to fight for it.

Becoming immortal wasn’t supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, she’s as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, he’s becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kate’s coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.

As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate …

Storm Glass

Storm Glass
By Maria V. Snyder
Published on: April 2009
Published by:

Summary taken from
As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it's time to test her mettle. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan's glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers—particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade—require Opal's unique talents to prevent it happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap in to a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening. And the further she delves into the intrigue behind the glass and magic, the more distorted things appear. With lives hanging in the balance—including her own—Opal must control powers she hadn't known she possessed…powers that might lead to disaster beyond anything she's ever known.

Can Maria V. Snyder do any wrong?  I loved the Poison Study series and was very excited when I realized that this series was a spin- o…


In my Mailbox is hosted over at The Story Siren- it is a chance to check out what other people are reading!

So here is what I got:
For review from publishers:

My First Hands-on Bible  /  The Chocolate Diaries
From Borders:

Clockwork Angel  / The Hunger Games (I have already read these two and am so glad I own them!)
From the Library:  The Girl in the Steel Corset  / A Need so Beautiful  /  Magic Under GlassMay

Holy cow so many good books from the library- I have more coming too!  I am putting my review for Magic Under Glass up soon- I LOVED it!
Books from a yard sale:

Lady of Milkweed Manor  /  The Silent Governess  /  The Girl in the Gatehouse  /  She Walks in Beauty

Follow Friday

Follow Friday is hosted over at Parajunkie's View. 
It is a chance to check out other blogs and maybe get a few followers! RULESTo join the fun and make new book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:
(Required) Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Hosts {Parajunkee & Alison Can Read}(Required) Follow our Featured Bloggers - Steph Likes Books & Teen Fiction CentrePut your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing. You can also grab the code if you would like to insert it into your posts.Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say "hi" in your comments and that they are now following you.Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say "HI"If someone comments and say…