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The Selection

The Selection By Kiera Cass Published by Harper Published on April 24, 2012

Summary taken from Goodreads:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

How can I tell you how much I loved this book with out ruining it for you?  This book was fabulous!  Th…

Blogoversary Day 5: Where are we going?

Thanks for popping into Short and Sweet Reviews for our last Blogoversary day!  Today I wanted to share with you some of the things that we are excited about that we will be doing in upcoming months!

Coranne is going to BEA in June!We are going to start reviewing children's books!Mandi is having a baby!Ericka is having a baby!Sarah is running a radio show in Chicago!Coranne may some day catch up on all of her review books (this one is doubtful though)We are expanding Best Book Ever!  We want to include YOU!More author interviews!More giveaways!More blog tours!More fun random posts!And of course... more reviews!

Thank you so much for all of our followers who have been with us through this year and welcome to any who have joined us this week.  We are so thankful that you take the time to comment and tweet us- we try very hard to reply (we are working on the timely part of it all!)  We would love to get to know all of you more- so please comment away and tweet away!

For our last give…


Today's Best Book Ever is a little special!  If you are new around here- each week on BBE, we talk about what our favorite books are in a specific genre- vampires, faeries, dystopians, lots of topics!  If you haven't checked it out yet- click the BBE tab at the top and read through our past entries!
Today we are having a BBE mini-scavanger hunt!  What you have to do is read each paragraph below and then go to each magenta link.  Each link will take you to that BBE panelist's site- where you can enter special giveaways to celebrate!  Make sure you look out for a special BOLDED code word- write it down, you will need it!  After you have gone to all the sites- head back here and enter the code words into the raffle copter below- YOU MUST have all of them to enter my contest!(Please note that not all of the other giveaways are International- please make sure you read each set of rules before entering- mine however IS international:) )  What can you win? 
Pre-orders of:

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Blogoversary Day 3: What I have learned +Giveaway

Thanks for coming back to Short and Sweet Reviews for Day 3 of our Blogaversary celebration!
As I was trying to think up what do do for my third day... my brain hit a total blank.... I literally just sat and:

I was thinking about doing a post on what I have learned as a blogger... I was going to do a rant on things that frustrate me as a blogger... I was going to talk about some of my favorite books... and then I realized- those are not "celebration" types of post.  So lets just get on to the giveaway shall we?

Today since I am feeling silly I am going to giveaway a mystery package with 2 books in it!  I'm not telling you what books I'm including- and who knows maybe there will be some other fun stuff thrown in too- since I am feeling super silly!

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Feeling sad because you aren't in the US or CA and you want to enter a g…

Blogoversary Week: Day 2 +Giveaway!

Welcome back to Short and Sweet Reviews!  I am so glad you are making this journey with me this week.  Today I wanted to talk about the people I have met.  I hope this is an encouraging post to my fellow book bloggers.  I remember what it was like 11 months ago- intimidating.  But there are so many resources out there and very friendly people out there!

I don't pretend I am an expert about blogging.  I have learned so much in the last year, but there are still so many things I have no clue about.  There have been some absolutely wonderful people out there who have been helpful to me and willing to help a newbie when she was desperate to have any idea of how to make a successful blog.  
Katie from Mundie Moms, Andye from Reading Teen, and Jen from I Read Banned Bookshave been so wonderful to answer random questions and be willing to talk and tweet someone that they have never talked to before.
Damaris from Good Choice Reading is an all around awesome person!  She was willing…

Blogoversary Week: Day 1 How it all started +Giveaway

Thank you for stopping by Short and Sweet Reviews as we celebrate our first anniversary!  

I started Short and Sweet Reviews a year ago this week.  All this week we will be celebrating with fun posts!  We won't have as many reviews this week (sorry), but we will be making up for it next week!  I hope you check back every day because we will be having giveaways each day until Friday!  Make sure you stop by on Thursday especially- we have a special scavenger hunt set up for you!
I originally blogged (journaled) over at Live Journal.  I started that journal in 2002 (so this year would make 10 years for that one).  It still exists, but is mainly a personal journal where I talk about randomness and my son.  I hardly ever get over to LJ now, especially now that many of the people I "friended" are no longer on Live Journal.  
I learned about the idea of blogging for books when one day I googled  something to the effect of free books.  Thomas Nelson had this crazy program wher…

Dreamless (Starcrossed 2)

Dreamless (Starcrossed #2) By Josephine Angelini Published by Harper Teen To be Published on May 29th

Summary taken from Goodreads:
As the only Scion that can enter Hades at will, Helen descends to the Underworld in search of a way to overcome the Furies and end the cycle of revenge that has cursed the Scions. But she’s running out of time. Each descent weakens her both in mind and spirit. A mysterious stranger might be her only salvation, but the price may be her love for Lucas Delos.

As an unforgettable love triangle emerges, Josephine Angelini’s compelling saga becomes ever more intricate and spellbinding. The eagerly awaited sequel to the internationally bestselling Starcrossed, Dreamless delivers with a huge emotional impact that will leave readers satisfied—and longing for more.

The Cover:  I love these covers!  I love the fact that she looks like she is in a Greek outfit.  I love that isn't a girl in a corset or something "modern".  I absolutely LOVE the color…

I'm the Feature on Follow Friday!

Welcome to everyone who has hopped over from Parajunkee or Alison Can Read! I am so excited to be one of the feature blogs for this week! I love following other people and I try hard to comment and visit blogs! If you want to follow me via Twitter, Goodreads, or Facebook- the links are on the right- just let me know and I will follow you back!

PS- Make sure you come back starting Monday- it is my BLOGOVERSARY WEEK and I will be having Giveaways EVERY DAY!!! WOOT!

 Q: What is the longest book you've read? What are your favorite 600+ page reads? 

The longest book I have read?  The Bible- that counts right?  As for a fiction book- my guess would be The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray (892 pages) or maybe Order of the Pheonix (870 pages).
My favorite 600+ reads?  The Harry Potter books, the Twilight series (at the time- I am kind of over it now ha ha) ... except Breaking Dawn (not a fan), and the Eragon series.

That was harder than I thought- there aren't many 600+ page books th…

Kick Butt Characters Blog Hop

Welcome to Short and Sweet's Stop on the Kick Butt Characters Blog Hop!
We are giving away ONE hardback copy of Bloodlines to ONE winner (US/CA) only please!

We would love if you follow us- next week we will be celebrating our 1 year Blogaversary!  We will be having giveaways all week long (some will be International!)

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The Mayfair Moon Blog Tour: Review

The Mayfair Moon by JA Redmerski
After a nightmarish encounter with a werewolf, seventeen-year-old Adria Dawson loses her sister, but gains the love of a mysterious young man and his legendary family.

Strange and tragic things begin to happen in the small town of Hallowell, Maine: residents come down with an unexplainable ‘illness’ and some disappear. In the midst of everything, Isaac Mayfair is adamant about keeping Adria safe, even from her sister whom he has warned her to stay away from.

As unspeakable secrets unfold all around Adria, impossible choices become hers to bear. Ultimately, no matter what path she takes, her life and the lives of those she loves will be in peril. As she learns about the werewolf world she also learns why her place in it will change the destinies of many.

My Review:
 I loved this book.  LOVED it.  There are not many books out there that have made me obsessive, but this book is one of them.  I can't stop thinking about this book!  The charact…

Best Book Ever: Male Main Character

Welcome to Best Book Ever!  Each week a group of authors, bloggers, and book lovers come together to give a shout out to their favorite books based on a specific theme.  This week our theme is: Week 16: Male Main Character

Most of the books I read seem to be from a girl's point of view, but one of my favorite books ever is a girl's story told from a boy's eyes. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli - I still remember the first time I read it. The local children's librarian handed it to me and told me I was Stargirl. Watching Leo tell about Stargirl's arrival at Mica High, with all her homeschool-free spirit-blatant flaunting of normal high school convention? Yeah, it was a great read. I loved getting to see what Leo thought, and the way he offers not only his interpretation of the intriguing Stargirl, but also that of the entire school. It's a fun story with a poignant twist - and I was totally able to relate. Rebecca @ A Word's Worth
My pick for best book with…

Magic Under Stone

Magic Under Stone By Jaclyn Dolamore Published by Bloomsbury Published on  February 28, 2012

Summary taken from Goodreads:
For star-crossed lovers Nimira and Erris, there can be no happily ever after until Erris is freed from the clockwork form in which his soul is trapped. And so they go in search of the sorcerer Ordorio Valdana, hoping he will know how to grant Erris real life again. When they learn that Valdana has mysteriously vanished, it's not long before Nimira decides to take matters into her own hands—and begins to study the sorcerer's spell books in secret. Yet even as she begins to understand the power and limitations of sorcery, it becomes clear that freeing Erris will bring danger—if not out-and-out war—as factions within the faerie world are prepared to stop at nothing to prevent him from regaining the throne.

The cover:  I will say that for the first book, I enjoyed the white hand drawn cover more than the cover that had a model on it. I think I would have l…