Only the best YA, MG, and Children's Fiction gain entry into the Lit Castle.....

I am Maiden Myth, just a humble servant of the Lit Castle in the Clouds, devouring literature as I anticipate moving up to Queen : )

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Contest Post!

Hello Loyal Subjects of the Lit Castle!

I have hunted for contests and found so many great ones! Here's my loot:

From Good Choice Reading:

-Win a copy of Firelight by Sophie Jordan: http://goodchoicereading.blogspot.com/2010/09/firelight-giveaway.html

-Win the following from The Fall Giveaway:

+When Blood Calls by J.K. Beck

+Born to Bite by Lynsay Sands

+Assassin's Honor by Monica Burns

+I'll Be Slaying You by Cynthia Eden

+Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

+The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

+The Pace by Selena Shorts

+Hearts at Stake and Blood Feud by Alexandra Harvey

+The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

+Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

+ARC of Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

+Evernight by Claudia Gray

+Almost to Die For by Tate Hallaway (Signed copy)

+Sea by Heidi R. Kling

+Falling for Romeo by Jennifer Laurens

Each winner (there are four thus far) will have their pick of three books.

http://goodchoicereading.blogspot.com/2010/09/its-time-welcoming-fall-giveaway.html

From Down the Rabbit Hole:


Win the following from the 100+ Followers Giveaway:

+Signed City of Glass (HB) by Cassandra Clare

+Garner Girl by Mari Mancusi

+Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison

+13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

+"Zombies hate that you are so awesome" bookmark

And here are the details I got from Down the Rabbit Hole. It's pretty sweet:

"First Place will get the SIGNED Cassandra Clare novel, one other novel of their choice and a "Zombies hate that you are so awesome" bookmark.

Second Place will get the left over book.

But wait, what about my international followers? Yup, there's something for you too! For ONE lucky international follower, I will buy a novel of their choice from The Book Depository not to exceed $15.00. As long as they ship to you, you are eligible to enter!


The more followers I get, the more likely I'll be adding extra prizes!"

What are you waiting for??? Head over there! : )

http://amberinblunderland.blogspot.com/2010/09/100-followers-giveaway.html

From Lost for Words:

Did I already post this? I'm not sure. Anyway, it's a fantastic contest.

Up for grabs from the Birthday Giveaway:

+Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

+Firelight by Sophie Jordan

+Shadow Hills by Anastasia Hopcus

+Losing Faith by Denise Jaden


There will be four winners, one for each novel.

You will find this fab opportunity here: http://lostforwords-corrine.blogspot.com/2010/09/birthday-giveaway.html

Well, that's all for now! Stay tuned for more of my fabulous contest findings (trust me, I search a lot).

I remain forever your humble and obedient lit servant,
Maiden Myth.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

My Top Five Books of 2011!



Hello Loyal Subjects of the Lit Castle in the Clouds!

This post is for a Contest Craze Mini Challenge, hosted by Princess bookie (http://www.princessbookie.com/). For this challenge, I am going to tell you about the five books that I'm anticipating the most for next year and why! Okay, here goes:


1. Fins are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs

*Warning: contains spoilers for those who have not read the first book, Forgive My Fins*

Synopsis:

"On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mer girl, true, but signing the renunciation paperwork will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being human thing once and for all.

Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer-bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form, when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?
The seafoam on the surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up. Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her dreams?"

Why I want to read this book: Because I loved its predecessor, Forgive My Fins. It sparkled with bubbly and enchanting prose, and I especially enjoyed Quince and Lily's relationship. I am especially excited to read about how their romance unfolds. Also, the idea of Tellin, one of Lily's old friends (I'm assuming friend?), stirs up the potential for a love triangle-and, what exactly does he request that she do? This is already on my Goodreads To-Read List, and I plan to get my hands on it as soon as possible.

2. A Tale of Two Pretties by Lisi Harrison (I couldn't find a cover)
(14th in the Clique series)
Synopsis: "Massie Block has long led the Pretty Committee--through boy drama, clique mutinies, and jealous wannabe attacks--while always in ah-dorable outfits. Over the past thirteen novels, avid fans of Massie, Alicia, Dylan, Kristin, and Claire, have made The Clique one of the premier bestselling series in the world. After the myriad of juicy escapades, the Clique is finally ready for their curtain call.

The Clique . . . the only thing harder than getting in is saying goodbye."

Why I want to read this book: Don't judge me people!!! I love the Clique. It's witty and sassy and funny...I teared up a bit when I heard that this was the last book. I first started reading this series when I was 12, so it's been with me for a while. I want to see how it ends, and get closure on the Pretty Committee's saga.


3: Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting

Synopsis:

"Violet can sense the echoes of those who've been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.

As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she'd turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike's tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger."

Why I want to read this book: I am reading The Body Finder (Desires of the Dead is its sequel) and I am loving it. Kimberly Derting deftly weaves a chilling suspense into her pages that has often left me very, very uncomfortable and paranoid when I turn out the lights at night. : ) The characters are also fabulous, and I love how she twists the classic best-friend-turned-boyfriend idea. I am so intoxicated by the premise of the next book that I want to grab an ARC (which I, unfortunately, do not possess) and tear through it. Plus, I just love Jay. : )


4. Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (3rd in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series)

I could not find a synopsis, even though I looked in several places. I think that there isn't an official one yet. Oh, well....

Why I want to read this book: I have read some of Shiver and I am enjoying it so much that I know Linger will not be far behind on my TBR list, and I will have to get my hands on Forever. I was never that into werewolves, but Maggie Stiefvater writes about werewolves that I WANT to read about, which is no easy feat in a world overrun with were tales.

5. Entice by Carrie Jones

Synopsis:

"Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever. But that's not quite how things have worked out. For starters, well, Nick is dead. Supposedly, he's been taken to a mythic place for warriors known as Valhalla, so Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. But it's taking time, and meanwhile a group of evil pixies is devastating Bedford, with more teens going missing every day. An all-out war seems imminent, and the good guys need all the warriors they can find. But how to get to Valhalla? And even if Zara and her friends discover the way, there's that other small problem: Zara's been pixie kissed. When she finds Nick, will he even want to go with her? Especially since she hasn't turned into just any pixie. . . She's Astley's queen."

Why I want to read this book: I am starting Need right now (The first book in the series. I know, I know, I'm in the midst of too many novels! I'm addicted!) and, like the other books, I can't get enough of it. It's probably not good for me to be reading the synopsis of the latest book in the series, as it will spoil many of the secrets within the book, but I don't mind too much (that's a lie. I do. But I've seen it now, so, whatever). But those last three words in the synopsis just eats me alive! She's Astley's queen now??? I have to read this! It's going to be sooo good.

Now that I've shown you my Top 5, I'm wondering: what books are you looking forward to reading next year? What's burning up your pre-order list? I'd love to know.

Until the next post,

Maiden Myth.

Note: I did not write the synopses; they are the official ones from the author's websites, Goodreads or another reliable source. Thank you for reading. : )

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson and My Thoughts on the Controversy


I had planned to review The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones as my next post, but the news that I received about a week ago concerning the words of Missouri State University's associate professor Wesley Scroggins against Laurie Halse Anderson's novel Speak sent me into a wild flurry of commenting on blog posts, tweeting, and showing my support in nearly every form available on the internet for this extraordinary literary masterpiece.

I am sure that, if you are an active member in the book blogging community or Twitter, you have heard much about this. But, for those of you who don't, I would like to inform you about it. Although I have gotten word of this from various sources, the main article that I gleaned from was written by Laurie Halse Anderson, on her blog entitled Mad Woman in the Forest. I also read some of Scroggin's opinion piece in the News-Leader of Springfield, MO.

He considers Speak, and I QUOTE directly from his article, "soft pornography." He goes on to explain the premise of the novel with an opinion that I am still puzzled and upset over. This is how he described it:

"This is a book about a very dysfunctional family. Schoolteachers are losers, adults are losers and the cheerleading squad scores more than the football team."

He goes on to say more, but I urge you to read it for yourself. Most of what he says afterward is more of the same thing.

First of all, is he actually suggesting that a book is "filthy" as he called it in his piece just because it's about a dysfunctional family? Surely he must know that dysfunction is an unfortunate part of reality and is in no way wrong to speak of in a book, unless it is a blatant slam to family (which Speak is definitely not). Second, I do not believe on any level that Laurie Halse Anderson meant to portray all schoolteachers and adults as "losers." I know many friends who go to public school and have teachers as cruel as the ones that Melinda has; the same for adults. High schoolers need to know that they're not alone in that struggle; Laurie Halse Anderson confirms that for them with passion and power. Also, Melinda does have a memorable teacher in this book that is a central character to the story! He is her art teacher, who supports her creativity and is incredibly kind and sincere. He was not, in any way, described as a loser. Third, about the cheerleading team. This is not shed in a positive light in this novel; Melinda views these girls with utter contempt. This is also apart of the high school experience for many; I have known many promiscuous girls during my school career. It's unfortunate, but it happens.

This is also a review as much as it is a rebuttal. Here is the real synopsis of the book, not the one clouded by judgment and negativity:

"Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won’t talk to her, and people she doesn’t even know hate her from a distance. The safest place to be is alone, inside her own head. But even that’s not safe. Because there’s something she’s trying not to think about, something about the night of the party that, if she let it in, would blow her carefully constructed disguise to smithereens. And then she would have to speak the truth."

I want you to know that I am not supporting this book merely because it is what is unifying the literary community-much of it-in protest. I read this book recently, carefully analyzing it and pondering its message. I can tell you with complete confidence that this book is the real deal. I give you my word that I would never advertise a book if I did not believe in it with my heart, mind, and soul. I was a Laurie Halse Anderson fan before Speak; I am even more deeply grounded in that status after.

Poignant, chilling, and heartbreakingly beautiful, this is the tale of one girl's painful road to renewal. She is deemed the outcast, tormented by her classmates and former friends, and at the mercy of brutal teachers. Laurie Halse Anderson writes in the pitch-perfect voice of a broken teenager, who has learned to be silent as the haunting terror of what has happened to her unravels out into her life, crushing all that lies in its path-if she allows it to. But after so much time in silence, will she find the courage to raise her voice?

I loved this book. Even though I, thankfully, have never gone through what the main protagonist had to survive, I could feel the vivid sweep of the fear, anger, and depression that marked Melinda's tone. The betrayal of her friends both new and old and the struggle to trust the friends that might be genuine was something that I could relate to, and it was so realistic that I felt that Laurie Halse Anderson must have been present when I went through all of those social trials, then sat down and wrote this book, weaving in even harsher truths of sexual abuse. The characters were realistic and three dimensional, and the plot was also extremely plausible-there was nothing truly melodramatic, just pure grit, as she described the cruelty of Melinda's peers and teachers, and the cool distance of her parents. The ending was phenomenal, and I won't spoil it; that's all that I have to say.

The only thing that I'd change is that there is this one particular character that I didn't feel have enough closure, but that's the only remotely negative comment that I have toward this book. It's brilliant.

Characters: 5/5
Plot: 5/5
Ending: 4.5/5
Writing: 5/5

Overall: 5 Stars

I have initially been enraged by the blind words that Mr. Scroggins wrote toward Speak-but I have decided instead that I feel toward him my utmost pity. He doesn't understand how many people have been helped and possibly even saved by Speak-I have heard countless stories from the girls themselves of the relief they found from this novel.

Some friends of my past were rape victims. The tragedy is all too real. Often they stay silent as their predators still prowl around the halls of their high school, rumors of the true story dripping like acid out of their mouth (sometimes they would brag about how they scored with the girl, which is so awful that I can't even begin to comprehend it) and the girls would be branded as easy and many other despicable terms that I won't list in this post. Many times they feel alone, they feel guilty, they feel scared. I don't know if any of those friends ever read Speak, but I would definitely give it to them if the time ever arose. It gives so many of those girls hope-they see that other people have gone through it. It connects them to a broad network of hopefulness and acceptance from other people. I hope that Laurie Halse Anderson will forever be encouraged by every person that stands up for her exquisite novels.

I encourage you to read this book and decide for yourself: will you stay silent when the oppressors are loud, or will you speak up?

Until the next review,

Maiden Myth.

Here is the link to Laurie Halse Anderson's post about the issue: http://madwomanintheforest.com/this-guy-thinks-speak-is-pornography/

And here is the link to Wesley Scroggin's opinion piece: http://www.news-leader.com/article/20100918/OPINIONS02/9180307/Scroggins-Filthy-books-demeaning-to-Republic-education

Friday, September 24, 2010

Free Books, Anyone?

Attention All Loyal Servants of the Lit Castle:

I am obsessed with the contests offered by the book blogger community. From signed ARCs to boxes stuffed with books, I always find an interesting giveaway to enter, featuring awesome prizes. I'll do these posts regularly to keep you in the know! Just think of me as your personal contest hunter. : )

Here are some of my favorite giveaways that I've come across:

A Good Addiction: Blogoversary Givewaway!

This one is the first mentioned because it is going to be closed in only four days! Here's what's up for grabs:

-Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
-Firelight by Sophie Jordan
-Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Did I mention that they're all SIGNED??? And they will be personalized just for you! (The blogger is going to meet the authors in person at their book tour to have it signed!)

What are you waiting for? Here's the link, hurry, hurry! http://agoodaddiction.blogspot.com/2010/09/blogoversay-giveaway.html

Pure Imagination: Pre-Holiday Pre-Order Giveaway!

Okay, so at the Pure Imagination Blog they are giving away pre-orders of some anticipated novels-The Lost Saint by Bree Despain and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. And that's not all: there might be more books given away by the end of the contest. How cool is that??? I have been drooling over the thought of these books for days, weeks, even-I want to read them so much, and I bet that you do, too!

Here's the link to this ultra-fab contest: http://www.pureimaginationblog.com/2010/09/pre-holiday-pre-order-giveaway.html

That's all I have for now! I'll keep searching and find you, my dear readers, a plethora of contests for you to enter so that you can win books and other great swag!

I remain forever you humble and obedient blogger,

Maiden Myth.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr


Synopsis:

"As children, Jennifer Harris and Cameron Quick were both social outcasts. They were also one another's only friend. So when Cameron disappears without warning, Jennifer thinks she's lost the only person who will ever understand her. Now in high school, Jennifer has been transformed. Known as Jenna, she's popular, happy, and dating, everything "Jennifer" couldn't be---but she still can't shake the memory of her long-lost friend.
When Cameron suddenly reappears, they are both confronted with memories of their shared past and the drastically different paths their lives have taken.
From the National Book Award nominated author of Story of a Girl, Sweethearts is a story about the power of memory, the bond of friendship, and the quiet resilience of our childhood hearts."

The synopsis had me hooked right off the bat, which led me to pine for this book for months. I knew that it would be poignant, but I could have never expected its beauty.

At first glance, this can seem like a very cliche tale. An outcast becoming popular, then her 'perfect' life becoming shaken by the reappearance of an old friend. But it was definitely different from what I thought.

Jennifer Harris was constantly tormented by her classmates in elementary school, often called "smelly" and "fat" among other things by her peers, or being shunned altogether. But, once she meets Cameron, who sees past her exterior into who she truly is, everything changes. They form a strong, loyal bond that seems to be unbreakable. She begins to uncover bits and pieces about Cameron's home life, and finds out about his abusive father; the most unforgettable, heart-wrenching encounter that she had with Cameron's father is broken up into small segments throughout the chapters, its harrowing twists and turns making your pulse quicken and your heart ache for everything that Cameron had to go through. Jennifer's home life isn't so spectacular, either; her single mother is struggling to make ends meet, and has to work nearly all the time just to support the two of them, and never has a moment for her young daughter. As the adversity in the two children's lives build, so does the strength in their connection. But soon, Cameron is gone without a trace; even worse, everyone tells Jennifer that he's dead.

Devastated and alone, Jennifer slowly transforms into Jenna. She loses weight, wears new clothes, and goes through a complete metamorphosis on her surface. Her mother marries a man who is a kind, loving stepfather to Jenna; this also gives her a new last name, bringing the change full circle. Now, this is where the story is different from other stories about makeovers: it isn't like she's suddenly part of a ritzy popular crowd. In fact, she goes to an alternative school and befriends a group of incredibly unique individuals that are set apart somewhat from the typical popular people: her friend Katy has ADHD and anger management issues; Steph has a learning disability; and her boyfriend Ethan is described as a "creative genius," which is why they go to a small charter school. I liked the fact that there was some diversity in the group, and it wasn't only a plain vanilla mix of jocks and cheerleaders. Still, they are pretty well-liked and mostly good people, but Jenna begins to question whether or not they like her for who she is or who she pretends to be. Now, on her seventeenth birthday, she gets a birthday card from her old best friend, Cameron-and soon enough learns that he's here to stay, at least for now.

One of the unique things about this book is that it is deeply grounded in reality. I can imagine every single event that happened in this book occurring in real life, for better or for worse. Cameron is not the sweet little boy that she knew before, even though he still has a kind heart; due to what has happened to him since he last saw her (you'll read about it in the book), his personality is jaded and guarded, although not necessarily in a mean way. But, his true heart shines through often throughout the book, and he has some unforgettable lines that almost took my breath away. Their relationship falters and grows in a plausibly inconsistent fashion, as they piece together their old memories, some of them too painful to think about right away. How they react to the nostalgia of their old times together was intricate, how Jenna began to revert back to her old tendencies, and how she often saw Cameron as the little boy she knew, not someone who was about to reach manhood. Still, their relationship was sweet (no pun intended).

The end was disappointing for me, nothing that I saw coming. It was only fairly upsetting, and it didn't exactly ruin the book, but it did dampen the warm and fuzzies a bit for me. However, it was written so beautifully that I might just change my mind.

I give this book five stars-actually, I'm going to revise the system and rate books in golden clouds-or silver, or bronze, whatever works for the novel. So, I give this book five golden clouds-it seems appropriate for a literary castle in the sky, wouldn't you say? ; )

Oh, and on a side note, sorry that I haven't been posting much lately. I haven't been feeling well for the past couple of weeks. I think that tomorrow I'll be posting The Key to the Golden Firebird by Maureen Johnson. But for now...

Until the next review,

Maiden Myth.

P.S. Both the picture and synopsis were taken from the official website of Books A Million.

P.P.S. I watched the VMA's last night. What did everyone think?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Book Out Today: Firelight by Sophie Jordan!


Hello to my loyal subjects. : )

Today is Tuesday, which means new books! In this post, I want to spotlight one book in particular. Check out the synopsis:

A HIDDEN TRUTH

MORTAL ENEMIES

DOOMED LOVE

Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet of her kind, she nearly pays with her life, only to be spared by a beautiful stranger sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a draki--a descendant of dragons whose ability to shift into human form is her best defense.

Forced to flee into the mortal world, Jacinda struggles to adapt. The one bright light is Will. Gorgeous, elusive Will who stirs her inner draki to life. Although she is irrestibly drawn to him, Jacinda knows Will's dark secret: He and his family are hunters. She should avoid him at all costs. But her inner draki is slowly slipping away - if it dies she will be left a human forever. She'll do anything to prevent that. Even if it means getting closer to her most dangerous enemy.

Mythical powers and irresistible passion ignite in this story of a girl who defies all expectations and whose love crosses an ancient divide ...

When I first heard about this novel, I honestly thought, blah. I mean, forbidden love, dragons, hunters, etc. It seemed very cliche to me at first glance.

Until I read an excerpt.

Oh my goodness, the writing is fantastic. It's poetic without being too wordy, uses unique similes and adjectives, and is simply exquisite. And, even though it used the old forbidden love formula, the romance is still fantastic and, as far as I saw (I was only able to read about nine chapters on Harper Teen) everything seemed well-paced in the relationship between Jacinda and Will (and it does help that Will is gorgeous. But, I digress.) What intrigued me as a fantasy lover was the part about dragons. It is definitely not your average dragon tale, folks. She created a dragon species called the Draki, are here are a few reasons why they are different from most other dragon books that I've read:

1. None of them can breathe fire except for one (and I bet you can guess who that is.)

2. Each one has a different magical ability, such as ones dealing with water.

3. They can morph into humans, but certain people and places can sap their Draki form and leave them human (or do the opposite: morph them back into Draki while in human form.)

4. They live in a world clouded by the shield of Draki smoke (I know another world isn't original, but I thought the smoke part is really cool).

I also loved Jacinda. She's headstrong and doesn't seem to fall into the TSTL trap too often.

So, what are you waiting for? Go out to Barnes and Noble or Borders or your favorite indie bookstore and pick up a copy!

I am on Team Draki*, which is the Firelight Street Team. It's free to join, and you can get cool swag! I think that you can still be a member: http://www.sophiejordan.net/ya/team/dd-formmailer/dd-formmailer.php

Until the next review or book release day,

Maiden Myth,

*Note: even though I am apart of Team Draki, I was in no way compensated or influenced by any source for this post. I would never advertise something that I didn't believe in. I thoroughly and completely believe in this novel and genuinely wish it great success.*

P.S. In my 25 Follower giveaway, Firelight swag (bookmarks, posters, the like) will be included! : )

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Mega Contest Post!

Hello.... : )

So, I found a couple of crazy amazing contests that I wanted to share with you. These prizes are GOOD, I promise you. At the end, I'll talk about the contest that I want to hold once I reach 25 followers.

First contest: A Very Humongous Blogaversary Contest from In Which a Girl Reads

Congrats to IWGR for a one-year blog anniversary! Wow! Here are the prizes and info from her blog post:

1. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
2. The Duff by Kody Keplinger (ARC)
3. You by Charles Benoit
3. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
4. Linger by Maggie Steivafater
5. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
6. Candor by Pam Bachorz
7. Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
8. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
9. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
10. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
11. Hold Still be Nina De LaCour
12. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
13. Sea by Heidi R. Kling
14. Accomplice by Eireann Corrigan
15. Nothing Like You by Lauren Strasnick
16. Melting Stones by Tamora Pierce
17. You Wish by Mandy Hubbard
18. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
19. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
20. Paper Towns by John Green
21. Need by Carrie Jones
22. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
23. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
24. The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
25. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Three winners:
1. First winner gets choice of 3 books from pile
2. Second winner gets choice of 2 books remaining in pile
3. Third winner gets choice of 1 book remaining from pile

Salivating yet? Go over to her blog and fill out the form: http://inwhichagirl.blogspot.com/2010/08/very-humongous-blogoversary-contest.html

And the next contest is kind of like a Christmas miracle and heaven all mixed up in one and baked into the most amazing giveaway treat since...well....forever. Especially for writers! It is hosted by Emelia Plater, a teen YA author (how cool is that?!) who has a blog called Punk Writer Kid. I copied the following from her blog:

~ A 20-page partial critique from agent Suzie Townsend!

~ Also (because this gal is a goddess), a query critique from Suzie!

~ A $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble, because let's face it: take that thing to the cafe, and it can buy coffee.


Getting annoyed yet?
~ A copy of Paranormalcy by Kiersten White - the first 70 pages of which promise incredibility! Evie's character kicks ass.

~ A preorder of The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney, out in November for a great fall read.

~ A signed copy of The Duff by Kody Keplinger, out September 7th! GO KODY!

~ A fancay custom blog makeover (Not to say your blog is existent or ugly. This prize is totally optional. I won't go tell your blog to lose weight, unless you want me to, or - being quiet)

Last one, I swear.
~ A custom drawing of your character or fave fictional character

~ A mega-bag of Sour Brite gummy worms to celebrate the eye-burning colors of this new layout

~ And finally, a "Keep Calm And ___ On" poster of your choice from The Keep Calm Shop!

All that loot goes to YOU if you win. One other lucky person will also win a query critique from Meredith Barnes, agent assistant to Janet Reid!

*Drools* Oh my goodness. Do I even have to tell you how incredible that is??? Enter here, quickly, quickly!
http://www.emilia-plater.com/2010/08/punkiversary-giveaway-of-life-changing.html

NOW, for my contest.

I am planning to have a giveaway once I reach 25 followers. It is going to be great. All that I need for you to do is follow me on Google Connect (that Loyal Subjects section on my blog) and I will give you the details and form for my contest once I reach that goal. Tell your friends, your neighbors, your enemies to join my blog and we'll get their faster! Who knows, in a month you could have some pretty cool swag in your mailbox.

My giveaway will be smaller than the ones mentioned but will have FANTABULOUS prizes. I've already begun collecting some of the things that will be included in the prize.

Until the next review (or contest),

Maiden Myth