Winner of Young Adult Giveaway Hop

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There were over 240 entries! Wow!
And the winner is:
Michelle Adams
She has been contacted and has contacted and has 48 hours to respond
Thank you for everyone who entered!

YA Saves Reading Challenge – February

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February is the month of love, so it only makes sense to focus on love… but there are many different types of love, sides of love, and even outcomes of love.  Every week myself and Andrea from The Busy Bibliophile will be highlighting books that we feel are perfect reads for February.  Our first week is an introduction week, so to speak, to love; followed by one aspect of love that many have on their mind… Sex.  There are many outcomes of love, giving us our focus for our 3rd week: Teen Pregnancy.  Let’s admit it… focusing on sex and teen pregnancy can both be hard subjects for anyone to read about (let alone thing/talk about).  But what would the YA Saves Reading Challenge be without focusing on such issues.  However, we wanted to end the month on much lighter notes…

Our last two weeks of February, while informative, are all about the fun of love! With the popularity of Paranormal YA Novels its a no brainer to take a closer look at Paranormal Love.  But we can’t forget about the gooey and gushy, pitter patter of our hearts that we have when falling in love for the first time and/or as teens.  Ending our month we will be reliving it all!



Schedule for February

1st -Introduction (Patricia’s Particularity & The Busy Bibliophile)
3rdInterview with Emily Franklin
4th – Interview & Giveaway with Lynn Weingarten  
      – Interview & Book Excerpt with Mette Ivie Harrison
5th – YA Saves Sunday: Sex
6th – Interview with Nikki Burnham
7th – Review, “Easy” by Kerry Cohen Hoffman
9th – Guest Post with Kerry Cohen Hoffman
10th – Review, “Giving Up The V” by Serena Robar
        – Review, “Sticky Fingers” by Nikki Burnham
11th – Interview & Giveaway with Serena Robar
12th – Review, “Someone Like You” by Sarah Dessen
        – YA Saves Sunday: Teen Pregnancy
13th – Interview & Giveaway with Darlene Ryan
15th – Interview with Sara Zarr
16th – Review, “What Kind of Love?” by Sheila Cole
18th – Interview & Giveaway with Holly Cupala
19th – YA Saves Sunday: Paranormal Love
20th – Book Excerpt & Giveaway with Mary Lindsey
21st – Book Excerpt with Abbi Glines
23rd – Guest Post with Cat Hellisen 
        – Book Excerpt & Giveaway with RaShelle Workman
24th – Review, “Exiled” by RaShelle Workman
25th – Interview & Giveaway with Kelly Creagh
26th – Review, “Leaving Paradise” by Simone Elkles
        – YA Saves Sunday: Love
         – Interview & Book Excerpt with Miranda Kenneally
27th – Interview with Huntley Fitzpatrick
        – Guest Post with Rae Hachton
28th – Review, “Love & Leftovers” by Sarah Tregay
        – Review, “After the Kiss” by Terra McVoy
29th – Interview & Giveaway with Sarah Tregay
        – Interview & Giveaway with Terra McVoy

Link up your 2012 YA Saves Reading Challenge Reviews

for February

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Black History Giveaway Hop (International)

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Black History Month Blog Hop Giveaway is hosted by the lovely Alexis at Reflections of a Bookaholic and Mocha Girls Read.
Reading beyond our normal paranormal and modern day novels is ever more so important. So I am honored to be part of this Giveaway Hop!
One winner will receive any book from Book Depository up to $12 US
– HOWEVER! the book needs to be by a black author, about a black character, or regarding black history –
* Once you’ve entered my giveaway hop on to the next one on the list below! *
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January in Review & What’s Coming Up in February

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Already the new year is starting to look promising!  While I started with a few bumps in the beginning of January (being sick) I think (or at least hope) I started the new year off pretty good. 

Young Adult Books Read and Listened to

* Immortal City by Scott Speer   [Review]
* Entice by Carrie Jones    [Review]
* When The Sea Is Rising Red by Cat Hellisen   [Review]
* I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore   [Review]
* Infinity by Sherryiln Kenyon   [Review]
* Burned by Ellen Hopkins  – – saving review for a later date
* Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay  – – saving review for a later date
* Easy by Kerry Hoffmann  – – saving review for a later date
* A Beautiful Need by Suzanne Young  – – saving review for a later date
* Origins by L.J. Smith  – – saving review for a later date

    Children’s Books Read
    * Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport   [Review]
    * Madame for President by Lane Smith – – saving review for a later date
    * Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio – – saving review for a later date
    * The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson – – saving review for a later date
    Next month is going to be CRAZY!  The 2012 YA Saves Reading Challenge is really kicking off, with a new co-host (Andrea from The Busy Bibliophile), who has been a life saver.  With February’s focus being “Love” there is going to be plenty of fun to be had!  Reviews, Interviews, Guest Posts, Book Excerpts, Surprises, and Giveaways!  You don’t want to miss this!!

    On top of co-hosting the YA Saves Reading Challenge I am hosting my first ever book tour for J.F. Jenkin’s new novel, Legend of the Inero Dragon (The Dragon Saga #2) along with partaking in many book tours myself.  And I can’t forget my own meme, YA Saves Sunday; every Sunday in February is full of informative yet fun facts, coinciding with our Reading Challenge.  I almost having something going on every day of the month.  Phew that was tiring to just type that all. 

    Audiobook Review: Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon

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    Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
    Publisher: Macmillan Young Listeners
    (May 19th 2010)
    Audio CD
    Source: Library
    Series: Chronicles of Nick, #1
    Challenges: Audiobook

    At fourteen, Nick Gautier thinks he knows everything about the world around him. Streetwise, tough and savvy, his quick sarcasm is the stuff of legends. Until the night when his best friends try to kill him. Saved by a mysterious warrior who has more fighting skills than Chuck Norris, Nick is sucked into the realm of the Dark-Hunters: immortal vampire slayers who risk everything to save humanity.

    Nick quickly learns that the human world is only a veil for a much larger and more dangerous one. A world where the captain of the football team is a werewolf and the girl he has a crush on goes out at night to stake the undead.

    But before he can even learn the rules of this new world, his fellow students are turning into flesh eating zombies. And he’s next on the menu.
    Like starting high school isn’t hard enough. Now Nick has to hide his new friends from his mom, his chainsaw from the principal, and keep the zombies and the demon Simi from eating his brains, all without getting grounded or suspended! How in the world is he supposed to do that? 


    Well that is a long synopsis… but it needs to be – there is plenty going on in this book!  Can I just say I was very pleasantly surprised by this book.  I am not sure is Sherrilyn Kenyon meant to do so or not, but I couldn’t help from laughing while listening to this novel.  Not only are you given zombies, vampires, werewolves, shape shifters and much more, you are treated to a level of sarcasm and wit that is played off perfectly between all the characters.  While I’ve read many reviews of this book, I have to say that this series has become a new favorite!

    Nick is 14. He is not what you would call popular – his father is in jail for gruesome murders, his single mother is a ‘dancer’ of who he lives with in a one bedroom apartment, that can barely be called home.  Having to wear second hand cloths everyday, Nick knows he does not belong with the popular crowd.  But that doesn’t bother Nick.  Having a hard life doesn’t bother Nick either.  He actually has a solid head on his shoulders.  And then his world starts to become very interesting…. his world finds itself full of unnatural creatures and an unnatural ‘destiny’ that literally can save or destroy mankind.

    I couldn’t get enough of Nick’s sarcasm and wit.  I fell in love with many of the characters, their Southern wit and charm – – don’t even get me started on Nick’s mother.  I loved her ups and downs in her over-protectiveness of Nick.  The only downside to this novel (or audiobook in my case) is the vast amounts of characters – Sherrilyn Kenyon has created wonderful and interesting characters, but at times it was very difficult to determine who was who.  However, this at the same time is wonderful since each character is crucial to Nick’s ‘destiny’ and each one is a hoot in themselves. 

    Having learned that The Chronicles of Nick are actually prequels to Sherrilyn Kenyon’s adult series the Dark Hunters, I actually can’t wait to read the rest of this series and even read her adult series (which hardly ever happens).  I found this novel to be nothing short of extreme fun. 

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    Random Reads with I’m Loving Books – February

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    At the beginning of the year I found a lovely blog that I’ve been following daily: I’m Loving Books.  Not only are her reviews and posts a delight to read the blog is just fun to meander through!  Sarah has created a perfect Meme challenge for every book reader – – we all have way too many books on our TBR list.  I know I do (as of now its at 2,013!!) and of course there is no way I can go through all of these books let alone choosing one.  So… this is why I am participating in I’m Loving Books’ Random Reads!

    So for February I am going to be reading:
    #609 – What They Always Tell Us by Martin Wilson
    (on my TBR list since August 20th 2010 – -ouch!)
    JAMES AND ALEX have barely anything in common anymore—least of all their experiences in high school, where James is a popular senior and Alex is suddenly an outcast. But at home, there is Henry, the precocious 10-year-old across the street, who eagerly befriends them both. And when Alex takes up running, there is James’s friend Nathen, who unites the brothers in moving and unexpected ways.

    Children’s Review: Mr. Badger and His Rose Petal Cake by Francesca Ariadne Harvey Lilley

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    Mr. Badger and His Rose Petal Cake by Francesca Ariadne Harvey Lilley
    Illustrated by John Watling
    Publisher:  Chess Publications
    Published:  April 4th 2011
    Paperback, 24 pages
    Reading Level: 4 and Up

     Mr. Badger and His Rose Petal Cake is a fast paced story featuring a busy badger who, whilst making a cake takes a bump to his head and imagines himself as a snail, pony, and lastly a frog. As the badger slithers, gallops and jumps through the countryside bewildered and confused, his friends try to help him, and bring him home to his set. (But can they rescue the badger? without waking the creature who sleeps, who must never be disturbed!) This beautifully illustrated book is a pleasure to read, with a exciting twist in the tail, and recipe for Rose Petal Cake at the end too.

    Mr. Badger and His Rose Petal Cake is a fun adventurous book that any child would love. Mr. Badger lives in Dingley Dell, a place that is peaceful and quiet. That is, until one day Mr. Badger bumps his head and causes the peaceful balance to waver. After bumping his head Mr. Badger believes he is a snail, a horse and a frog. However, along the way the other residents of Dingley Dell help Mr. Badger return home to safety. Meanwhile, this wavering peaceful balance causes the towns’ monster to wake and stir until a faerie casts a spell to save the day.

    Mr. Badger and His Rose Petal Cake almost has 3 plots going on at once: Mr. Badger is making a cake, getting help from his friends, and the towns’ monster awakes. For adults this is easy to understand; however, for children there might be too much going on at once for complete comprehension. However, readers are engaged by being asked questions and gorgeous drawings that are relateable to children as they look like crayon drawings.

    There is even a nice surprise at the end – a recipe for for Rose Petal Cake, the same cake Mr. Badger makes!

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