Google+ YA Romantics: October 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I have SO much to do today. Find a pirate hat. Get my decorations up! Track down that candy I hid so I wouldn't eat it before Halloween got here.

What are you up to this Halloween?

Don't forget to enter my giveaway (see post below this one) by tomorrow!
And after I announce the results of that one, I have a fun game that I'll be starting.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

I've moved ... plus a teaser

Moving is always a little stressful, so bear with me. I'm still settling in!
I hope this new blog will be easier for you to follow, and I know I'm going to love playing with all the cool widgets and plug-ins.

In order to entice you to follow me to my new home, I'll be starting a new giveaway soon. If my follower count keeps going up, I'll keep adding new books to the giveaway. More chances to win!
In case you're curious, here is a photo of some of the books I have up for grabs. Yeah, it's a little blurry. On purpose. I want to retain a bit of mystery, though I'm sure many of you will recognize these spines.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Spooky Books for October 2011

I posted about Becky's Spooky Reads Challenge. Although I'm busy working on moving this blog, I wanted to post my thoughts about the books I chose.

Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake

Seventeen year-old Cas has to step into his father's shoes as a ghost killer after his dad's untimely death. Cas and his mom arrive in Thunder Bay, Ontario, so he can take on a new challenge: killing Anna, the ghost of a girl who died in the 1950s under mysterious circumstances. Cas soon realizes that Anna is no shrinking violet of a ghost. Violent and vengeful, she stalks around her Victorian mansion in a bloody dress, trying to kill anyone who crosses her threshold. Strangely, she spares Cas. As Cas gets to know her, he begins to realize that maybe the two of them might be able to help each other move beyond their past traumas.

I'm embarrassed to admit this book is a little scarier than the things I normally read. But I really enjoyed it. A guy protagonist is always a refreshing change. The setting was atmospheric. The characters were well-drawn. If you're a huge scaredy-cat, this book might not be for you. But if you enjoy an edgier (and edge-of-your-seat) read, be sure to pick this book up!

Random thing about the book that obsessed me: the text was printed in dark red ink. Or maybe dark reddish brown. The color of ... blood? I don't know, but I couldn't stop thinking about it.

Possess by Gretchen McNeil

Fifteen year-old Bridget Liu is still reeling from the death of father, a police psychologist, the year before. She can't believe her mother is already dating again. Since her dad's death, she's discovered a strange new talent: banishing demons. The Monsignor at her Catholic school has secretly enlisted her help with a few exorcisms around the neighborhood. How can she possibly manage all this, plus the cute guy at school who has a thing for her -- a guy who also happens to be the son of the police chief. As Bridget comes to terms with her new abilities, she'll also discover new and disturbing facts about her father's murder.

This book has a sassy, snappy style that toned down the scary.  The story draws in some angel/fallen angel aspects and puts a new spin on these popular themes -- a spin that did confuse me a little. Clearly, I should have paid more attention in Sunday School! If you like your heroines of the Buffy variety and are creeped out by dolls, keep an eye out for this book.

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

I'm a huge fan of this author. I love Scarlett and I love Ginnie. Still, I was apprehensive about this book because it wasn't going to be the typical Maureen Johnson contemporary. Happily, I loved it from the very first page. Rory, who hails from small town Louisiana, arrives at a tony British boarding school to discover that a Jack the Ripper copycat killer is on the loose near her new school. If that isn't weird enough, after a near-death experience, Rory can see dead people. As a result of her new ability, she gets drawn into the Ripper investigation and begins to wonder whether she might be the killer's next target.

Rory was a great character. I love books set in the UK, books set in boarding schools, love stories about characters who are out of their element... The book had twists and turns that I didn't anticipate at all. And it was just the right amount of scary. Don't miss it!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Winners!

First thing this morning I emailed the winners of my October giveaway. Congratulations!

Two winners of Fox Inheritance: Cristina and Loraine

Two winners of Supernaturally: Christen and Tia

Winner of Forever: Amanda

Winner of Last Little Blue Envelope: Jennifer

If you didn't get an email, don't despair. I have another stack of ARCs -- fantastic books that came out between August and November 2011 -- to give away soon!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Exciting news

Yippee -- I now have 2 copies of Supernaturally and The Fox Inheritance ARCs!!!

More chances to win! Still time to enter!

Also, around the end of October, I think I will be shifting this blog to Blogger. I love, love, love Wordpress.com, but didn't realize that I was not going to be able to use plug-ins and widgets. Without them, I'm feeling kind of constrained. No Rafflecopter. No Google Connect. No badges.

I'm still making a final decision, so if any of you more experienced bloggers has advice, I'd love to hear it.

If I do make the switch, it will be after the winners of the October giveaway are announced and the books are mailed out. I practiced exporting and importing yesterday, so I'll have as little downtime as possible. And then I'll invite you to the new Blogger site and hope you'll follow me over...

Monday, October 10, 2011

Spooky Reads Challenge

Becky at Stories and Sweeties is hosting a Spooky Reads challenge.

You pick three spooky reads for the month of October.

Mine will be:

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Possess by Gretchen McNeil

Supernatural creatures, Jack the Ripper, demonic possession.... Can't wait to get started!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

My First Giveaway!

I'm giving away these four super-hot ARCS of Summer 2011:

           

The Fox Inheritance by Mary Pearson

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Supernaturally by Kiersten White

The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

I'll be giving away each book separately. To enter, just fill out the contact form below and specify which books you want in the comments box. If you don't specify, you'll be entered in all four drawings. Winners will be drawn on Monday, October 17. To see complete rules, click on Giveaway Rules at the top of this blog.

THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED: WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON!
 
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