Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Sunshine Award + BOOK GIVEAWAY!!

Thanks so much to Linda McMann, my bloggy friend who passed on The Sunshine Award to me. This award is a "lovely sunny flower that bloggers give to other bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere."

Check out Linda's blog HERE. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

It's time once again for me to do a book giveaway. I've been reading quite a bit lately, and would like to pass a few of my YA books on to YOU!

Easy To Enter:
1. Be a Follower of this blog.
2. Comment below, and it's very helpful if you say which book you'd like to win!
3. Enter the random drawing by midnight PST by Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
4. Winners will be announced Wednesday, June 5, 2013.
4. Sorry, no international entries. I'll offer a chapter critique for anyone not in the US.


1. TOUCH by Jus Accardo, paperback

When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, 17-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.

Except there’s something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs, and acts like she’ll turn to dust if he touches her. It’s not until Dez’s father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there’s more to this boy--and her father’s “law firm”--than she realized.

Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation--an organization devoted to collecting “special” kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons--his entire life. And his touch? It kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes bent on taking down Denazen before they’re caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe. A secret Kale will kill to protect.

2. UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi, hardback

This book follows the character of Aria, a 17-year-old girl that has been exiled from Reverie, the city of her home, due to a fire that takes the lives of her best friend and two other boys. This punishment is almost certain death, outside of her enclosed city is a wasteland known as the Death Shop. It's a place filled with cannibals and terrible storms. Even the air can kill her, so when she meets Outsider Perry, she knows that he's her own chance for survival.

Despite his reluctance to take in a sheltered girl from Reverie, Perry knows that Aria has the potential to help him redeem himself. The two must learn how to work together if they are to survive, and find out things they never thought possible.

3. SHIFTER by Janice Hardy, hardback

A dangerous secret. A deadly skill.

Nya is an orphan struggling for survival in a city crippled by war. She is also a Taker--with her touch, she can heal injuries, pulling pain from another person into her own body. But unlike her sister, Tali, and the other Takers who become Healers, Nya's skill is flawed: she can't push that pain into pynvium, the enchanted metal used to store it. All she can do is shift it into another person, a dangerous skill that she must keep hidden. If discovered, she could be used as a human weapon.

But one day Nya pushes her luck too far and exposes her secret to a pain merchant eager to use her shifting ability for his own sinister purposes. She refuses--until Tali and other League Healers start mysteriously disappearing. Now Nya must decide: How far will she go to get Tali back alive?

4. ORIGIN by Jessica Khoury, hardback

The jungle hides a girl who cannot die.

An electrifying action-romance that's as thoughtful as it is tragic.

Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home--and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.

Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia's origin--a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

Have you been finding time to read books lately?
If you're entering and have a preference, which book would you like to win?
Which one of these awesome covers do you like best? Have you read these books?


  1. I have not read any of these books and they all look good. My preference would be one of the first three but the truth is, I'll read almost anything! And congrats in the Sunshine award :)

  2. Hi, Carol...

    How are you? It's been AGES... I am finally back in Chicago. At least the sun is shining today and it's warm. YAY!

    These books look VERY intriguing. LOVE the Shifter cover.

    As for which book, they all look like fascinating reads. My first choice would be THe Shifter, and then TOUCH....

    I'l write you soon!

  3. Congrats on the award. And I loved two of the books you read-Under the Never Sky and The Shifter. I'll let someone else win because my reading stack is too high. I'm reading Abandon by Elana Johnson for an interview next month. It's really good.

  4. Congrats on your award!
    You have been busy haven't you :)

  5. Congratulations on the award.

    Please don't put my name in for the drawing. I've been a bad blogger and would feel horrible if I won after not reading anyone's blogs for the last two months.

    Good luck to everyone else.

    I just finished Moon Over Manifest. I really enjoyed it. I'm reading THE MURDER OF KING TUT and SKINNY right now.

  6. These all look good, but I'm most interested in #4.

    My reading has slowed down a bit this spring, but I'll make up for it this summer when I'm on vacation.

    Congrats on the award.

  7. Congratulations on your award!
    I'm devouring GONE GIRL at the moment. Can't put it down!

  8. Congratulations on your sunshine award. It definitely suits you. I always enjoy your posts and comments. I'd like Under the Never Sky if I win.

  9. Congratulations on your award!

  10. Yay for your award! You deserve it. =)

    I've read the entire Under the Never Sky series, and love it. I read pretty much straight from Thursday to Saturday (around mommying/blogging), finishing up the Paranormalcy series (Wow, talk about a MC with personality!) and Clockwork Princess (which I didn't really like--weird, because I've loved all of Cassandra Claire's books to this point) and book 2 and 3 of V.J. Chambers Jason and Azazel trilogy. I also tried Zombies Don't Cry (got to chapter 2), and Blue Bloods (FINALLY) but only made it to chapter 3. Nothing worse than that "Meh" feeling when picking up a long anticipated book, eh?

    All of those books up there sound awesome, but if you're looking to toss one my direction, I'd be most interested in the first one. I might even throw some virtual cheese into the exchange. ;)

  11. Oh, I'm international!!! It's ok :) I've just read two awesome verse novels. Ruby Moonlight by Ali Cobby Eckermann and Nobody's Boy by Dianne Bates

  12. I loved The Shifter. Very intriguing premise. I haven't read the others.

    Congrats on your award!

  13. I've read Rossi's and Khouri's books, but not the other two. Now reading Imposter. :)

  14. All the books sound great reads! Thanks!

    COngratulations on your award!

  15. All the books sound amazing. I've read all but one of them, and they ARE amazing. I need to remedy the omission ASAP, so thanks for the nudge. I'm not entering the contest, but wanted to say hi and tell you I'm thinking of you. Any news? I'll go pimp the giveaway right now.

  16. Congrats on your award! I've only read Under the Never Sky, but all the other books sound great :) I love the Shifter cover!

  17. Ooh the sunshine award! You def deserve it :-)
    I've always seen UNDER THE NEVER SKY around. Always wondered if it was any good.

  18. Thanks for having the giveaway! I hope to win Under the Never Sky! :-)
    As for the covers, I think The Shifter cover looks the best. And I read in between moments like on the bus ride home!


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