29 February, 2012

Wonder - Review


Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Publication date: 14 February 2012 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

ISBN 10/13: 0375869026 | 9780375869020


Category: Young Adult Contemporary Fiction

Keywords: Realistic Fiction, Siblings, Hard Issues, Family, Love

Format: Hardcover, Audiobook


From Goodreads:

I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

Kimberly's Review:

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity. His life so far has been his family, a couple of friends, and homeschool. But all that's going to change. Auggie is going to his first day of fifth grade at a new school. And no one, not even Auggie, knows what to expect.

Beautifully written, Wonder took my breath away. August is a kid who is physically challenged, but not mentally challenged. That doesn't stop others from thinking he is though, and becoming the joke of the school. But Auggie handles everything in stride, acting far more mature for his age. His revelations throughout the book are both warm and heartbreaking. His voice is strong, clear and after reading only the first few pages, I was immediately drawn to Auggie. He is a sympathetic character, but he's strong too. Stronger than he thinks he is, and to share Auggie's journey through the fifth grade is touching.

I loved the family relationships, especially between his sister Via and Auggie. I loved how there were several narrators in the book, each with their personal story and explanation. As a reader, I was able to get a complete idea of the events through each person's eyes.

The layers of love, guilt, faithfulness and devotion are so well played, every character in the book was fully formed. Especially Via, whose love and shame of her brother overcome her with guilt. This is so much more than just a story about a boy. This is the story about the family dynamic.

Go out and buy Wonder. You will fall in love with Auggie and his journey.
Find more reviews by Kimberly @TheWindyPages

Visit the author online at www.rjpalacio.com and follow her on Twitter @RJPalacio







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28 February, 2012

Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop (US/CAN)


February 29 to March 5


One lucky winner gets a signed hardcover copy of Stephanie Perkins's Lola and the Boy Next Door. You can find our review/podcast of Anna and the French Kiss here. This giveaway is open to people in the US and Canada. You must be at least 13 years old or have a parent/guardian's permission to enter. Do NOT leave your email in the comments section, it will be deleted!

Have fun visiting all the blogs on this giveaway hop, and good luck!




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Where It Began - Giveaway (INTL)

To celebrate the release of my web design client's debut YA novel, one lucky winner will get a hardcover copy of Where It Began by Ann Redisch Stampler. The book debuts on March 6, 2012 from Simon Pulse


From Goodreads

Sometimes the end is just the beginning. 

Gabby lived under the radar until her makeover. Way under. But when she started her senior year as a blonder, better-dressed version of herself, she struck gold: Billy Nash believed she was a the flawless girl she was pretending to be. The next eight months with Billy were bliss...Until the night Gabby woke up on the ground next to the remains of his BMW without a single memory of how she got there. 

And Billy's nowhere to be found. 

All Gabby wants is to make everything perfect again. But getting her life back isn't difficult, it's impossible. Because nothing is the same, and Gabby's beginning to realize she's missed more than a few danger signs along the way. 

It's time for Gabby to face the truth, even if it means everything changes. 

Especially if it means everything changes.

You can read the first few pages of Where It Began on simonandschuster.com.

Rules:

1. This giveaway is open Internationally, wherever bookdepository.com ships. If you are afraid your book may get "lost" in transit (those of you with shifty postal delivery, you know what I'm talking about) then please think twice before entering.

2. The book is recommended for older teens and adults due to the edgy content of the story, including underage drinking, drug use, and sex. If you (and/or your parents, if you are a minor) will be uncomfortable with this, please think twice before entering. This is definitely a book that explores difficult issues.

3. You must be at least 13 to enter the giveaway or have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. DO NOT leave your email address in the Comments section. It will be deleted! Please use the Rafflecopter widget which keeps your contact info private.

4. The winner will also have the option of doing a guest post or podcast on RNSL, with Alethea, after reading the book. Details will be worked out later on.

Author's website: www.annstampler.com | blog: Novel in the Oven
Where It Began on Facebook: www.facebook.com/WhereItBegan
Twitter: @annstampler and @gabbygardiner
Where It Began on Goodreads | Simon & Schuster | IndieBound
Amazon.com | Barnes and Noble | BookDepository

Enter the Pre-Order Contest here. Follow the Blog Tour here for character guest posts and interviews, as well as more giveaways.

Join us for the Book Launch Party at Diesel Books in Brentwood, CA on Sunday, March 11 at 3pm.

Good luck, everyone!


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27 February, 2012

Dark Eden - Review



Publication date: 01 November 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books

ISBN 10/13: 0062009702 | 9780062009708


Category: Young Adult Mystery Thriller

Keywords: Fear, phobias, camping, therapy

Format: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook, Enhanced Kindle Edition with Audio/Video, App


From Goodreads:

Fifteen-year-old Will Besting is sent by his doctor to Fort Eden, an institution meant to help patients suffering from crippling phobias. Once there, Will and six other teenagers take turns in mysterious fear chambers and confront their worst nightmares—with the help of the group facilitator, Rainsford, an enigmatic guide. When the patients emerge from the chamber, they feel emboldened by the previous night's experiences. But each person soon discovers strange, unexplained aches and pains. . . . What is really happening to the seven teens trapped in this dark Eden?
Patrick Carman's Dark Eden is a provocative exploration of fear, betrayal, memory, and— ultimately—immortality.





Alethea's review:

Dark Eden is the first Patrick Carman book I've ever finished, not because the writing is so snoozeworthy--the complete opposite, in fact! I can't fall asleep even after I decide to put the book down, wrap it in foil, and stick it in the freezer (this is what happened with Skeleton Creek--and for those of you who are too young to remember, this is a reference to the TV show Friends--look it up!) The additional audio/visual components for Skeleton Creek were so creepy that of the three times I've tried to finish it, I could not go on. My husband has teased me for being such a chicken. Obviously it's all staged, not real... but gosh darnit, it freaks me out!

Dark Eden begins quickly, and the story unfolds from the point of view of Will Besting, complete loner--so committed to being alone that when the van drops him and six other patients at Fort Eden, the treatment facility where they are supposed to be cured, he runs off into the woods alone and refuses to join the rest of the group. Thus begins a harrowing tale that reminded me a lot of Lost, with its experiments, old-school banks of surveillance equipment, and numerous side-character stories. If I could have read this book with my eyes closed, I probably would have.

The concept of the story is not the most original, and putting audio and video with the text is a standard format for Carman. However, the action unfolds the plot cleverly enough that I could not stop reading even to sleep. The only thing that would have made me put the book down would have been watching the action for real instead of just reading it! Being such a chicken, this would definitely have ended up in my freezer.

If you're braver than I am, you can get the interactive version of the book on your iPhone or iPad. The initial episode is free, and the full app costs $9.99 (about the price of the book). You can also download individual episodes, but why would you want to do that? There is also a Kindle Enhanced version with audio and video, though I'm not sure which of the Kindle products displays it properly. I tried the iPhone app but there was no sound :(*


I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

*D'oh! I had it on Silence mode XD


Visit the author online at www.patrickcarman.com and follow him on Twitter @PatrickCarman

Cover Reveal: Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas



We have another great cover reveal for you this week. Entangled Publishing presents Luminosity, a YA sci-fi/dystopian novel by Stephanie Thomas (November 2012).

Synopsis:
My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since. 
The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me. 
But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I’ve already helped them win.
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The premise of this one sounds pretty good. You know I love a good dystopian.  I like the stormy city in the background of this cover, but I am not sure if I love the girl.  The raven wing eye makeup is cool but it also seems to be trying to hard to connect with the book's theme. What do you think?  Is this something you'll be picking up in November?



Visit the author online at Goodreads.

Extra Yarn - Picture Book Review

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Jon Klassen

Publication date: 17 January 2012 by Balzer + Bray

ISBN 10/13: 0061953385 | 9780061953385

Goodreads | Amazon | B&Nicon | Book Depository | IndieBound

Category: Children's Picture Book
Keywords: Yarn, knitting, community, sharing
Format: Hardcover



From the jacket flap:

This looks like an ordinary box full of ordinary yarn. 
But it turns out it isn’t.

Alethea's Review:

Ok, you might not have to stay up all that late to finish reading Extra Yarn. There are only 40 pages, after all. And a lot of them just have pictures. The age recommendation is for 4 years old and up. You can look at a bunch of pages at the illustrator's website, www.burstofbeaden.com. (Choose Extra Yarn from the drop-down menu on the top right of the page... don't forget to come back and read the rest of my review!)

Are you back?

Don't you just love it? I'm pretty sure anyone with the power of sight, no matter what their age, will just love it, knitters especially. Little Annabelle finds a box with a bit of yarn in it and starts out just knitting a sweater for herself. Soon she's clothing every villager and even parts of the village. (The animal gang from Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back make a cameo appearance... guess what they're wearing.)

When a fashionable nobleman hears about this fantastic box of apparently infinite yarn, Annabelle has to weigh the value of the yarn versus the massive amounts of cash that the trendy archduke tries to tempt her with. Will the close-knit community (ahem) win out over the allure of avarice? Or will a million dollars buy her a lot more yarn than the box can possibly hold?

Mac's story may seem a little simplistic, but the predictability of the plot hardly bears thinking about. His story and Jon's illustrations weave together seamlessly as Extra Yarn cleverly teaches a memorable lesson about generosity and greed. The pops of color from the variegated yarn stand out against the stark, wintery landscape. It will be a challenge for readers to remain straight-faced while viewing the nonplussed expressions on the townspeople's faces. You'll want to share this book with someone, and cuddle up with your favorite knitter, neighbor, or pet while knitting and laughing the day away. 

Last week I popped in to see Jon's prints which are on display in the stairwell of Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena through March. They didn't have the book, but there was a print of the lovely village covered in colorful wool. I finally got a copy at the SCIBA Children's Literacy Dinner. I loved it! Alyson (KidLitFrenzy) and I were able to get the book signed by Jon (he even wore The Hat. good thing Bear was not at the event!) I'm also a little excited because I think this book would make a great Literacy Cafe. I even started collecting ideas already! I hope I get to meet Mac Barnett someday too; he doesn't live in the area so I'll have to keep an eye out if he ever visits.


I might be a little more than excited. I might be full-on frenetic!

I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review at a literacy event. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.




IndieBound
You can find more books by Mac Barnett at www.macbarnett.com and follow him on Twitter @macbarnett.

You can find Jon Klassen's work at www.burstofbeaden.com and www.gallerynucleus.com -- follow him on Twitter @burstofbeaden.

26 February, 2012

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

I didn't watch the Oscars, but I did watch this about a month ago.


Totally deserves an Oscar, and I hope my life and yours will always be this magical and filled with books.
(Psst, there's also an iPad app.)


In My Mailbox (5)

You can take this image, just remember to link it back to thestorysiren.com!

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Pop Culture Junkie.

I only had 2.5 books on last week's IMM. Which was totally fine because I knew I was going to have a crazy, mind-blowing, I'm-not-even-bragging-just-stating-facts bonanza of books this week. Let's go in chronological order...

Wednesday (Bought)


Bridge to Books threw our first Teacher/Librarian Schmooze of the year at Once Upon a Time in Montrose. Katherine Applegate, author of The One and Only Ivan (did you know she's married to Michael Grant? YES, The Michael Grant) spent the whole day with Alyson (KidLitFrenzy), first at her school and then at the bookstore for a signing and workshop on Literacy Cafes. 

We gave two dozen teachers and librarians the Bridge to Books treatment:


Tasty (and healthy!) treats
Ideas and information
Book-themed food*

*Thuy made banana pudding; Alyson made yogurt-covered raisin cookies. I found a recipe for Apple Nachos and tweaked the ingredients a little bit. We think Ivan would approve.

I didn't get pics of the goodie bags, but each teacher got a YA or middle-grade book plus an adult novel. We'll soon post more info about the schmooze both here and at bridgetobooks.org.

I also bought Fever by Lauren DeStefano because really, how could I not? Gotta support my Indies.


Thursday (Received for Review)

Awooooo!
Thanks to BigHonchoMedia for including me on the blog tour for The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Unseen Guest (Incorrigibles, Book 3) by Maryrose Wood, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Yes, I did let out a small howl when I opened the package. (Not too loud; our landlord only allows cats.)

Friday (Bought)

I really only bought Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer that evening, but I for sure had to get something--the Breathless Reads tour came to Once Upon a Time!

Marie Lu - Legend 
(I already had two copies signed; I think buying another would have been overkill at that point XD)

Jessica Spotswood - Born Wicked
(er, I now have two copies again!)

Beth Revis - Across the Universe & A Million Suns
(ditto A Million Suns)

Andrea Cremer - Nightshade, Wolfsbane, and Bloodrose
(I think in total I have owned 3 copies of Nightshade... I'm down to 1 now :)

Marie Lu, Jessica Spotswood, Beth Revis, and Andrea Cremer (with Alybee930 in the back) looking lovely!
Bonus: Marissa Meyer had a signing for Cinder at Mrs. Nelson's just a couple of hours before Breathless, and tried to go incognito... but really, it's like trying to hide a shiny, tall, pretty thing in .007 mm cellophane. Impossible. (I didn't get a book signed but I'm going to try my darndest to get it at ComicCon.)

Tahereh Mafi, Kaleb Nation, Laurisa White Reyes, and Lissa Price came, too! Every time I turned I bumped into another author or blogger. The totally excellent YA Book Twins, Jenn and Mary, were in attendance, as well as our very own Kimberly(also The Windy Pages) and of course Thuy from RNSL Nite Lite. Afterwards, Alyson, Thuy, Jane, our good friend Kate (who is launching her blog later this week--stay tuned!) and the utterly adorable Sophia the Writer joined us for a late dinner at Rocky Cola Cafe next door. (You can see Sophia here, posing with Tahereh!) 

Friday (Received for Review)

I also got a review copy of the first Scary School book, straight from the author himself! Derek the Ghost (not a real ghost ;) brought it to the event. Turns out he's a Legend fan!

He also doodled a zombie in the book for me:

You should check out his website, www.scaryschool.com!
Saturday (Received with Dinner!)

SCIBA is the Southern California Independent Bookseller's Association. We LOVE them. All of our favorite indies were represented, including Once Upon a Time, Mrs. Nelson's, Vroman's, San Marino Toy & Book ShoppeDiesel, and Children's Book World. We got to sit at the same table with Bonnie VerburgSara Lynn, and Scott Bly (who has a forthcoming YA called Smashers coming in 2013).

So...

Eeeep!
From top-left, Row 1: Lisa McMann's Dead to You, Kim Harrington's Perception, Anna Waggener's Grim [by the way there is a giveaway here until 2/29!], Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett/illustrated by Jon Klassen
Row 2: Jessica Spotswood's Born Wicked, Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini, A Million Suns by Beth Revis, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, Struck by Jennifer Bosworth
Row 3: Anyway by Arthur Salm, The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen, Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke, Above World by Jenn Reese, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Lexapros and Cons by Aaron Karo

I got to see all of the Breathless authors again (they had just been to Passion and Prose in Long Beach). I missed out on Amber Benson's Among the Ghosts, and luckily I already have a signed copy of Sidekicks by Dan Santat--his signing line went on for freaking miles*! (I know, I'm exaggerating. It's 3:30 am o_O ... but it was a pretty darn long line).


I goofed and left my ARC of BZRK--by Michael freaking Grant--at home :C He showed us an excellent book trailer (I can't find it online, though, so you'll have to settle for this one) so at the very least I am glad I have the book. I think my husband might even enjoy this one!

And the best part of the evening, other than meeting all those lovely authors, running into fantastic friends like Katie from Bookyurt, Cathy_Blackler, Andrea Vuleta (now-former SCIBA president), was that Alyson won a ticket to September's Children's Books and Literacy Brunch in San Diego. I am SO going with her! (Hrm, maybe we can go a day early and finally grab dimsum with Cindy Pon!)

Ok, well, that is one of the many, many, many great parts of the evening.

This was the best part:



<3

Now if I could just get some time alone with my books this week... I have a ton of reading to do!

What's on your bookshelf?

23 February, 2012

Young Adult Paranormal Activity - Giveaway Hop


Welcome to the Young Adult Paranormal Activity Giveaway Hop
February 24th to 28th
Hosted by vvb32reads &

This hop features giveaways of Paranormal Young Adult Books (ghost, werewolves, vampires, zombies, etc.) There are over 100 Blogs each hosting a great giveaway so scroll to the bottom of this long post to see the linky list of all the participating blogs.

Today we're giving away one of the Hex Hall books by Rachel Hawkins. They are witchy-good novels with a loveable protagonist. I love Sophie and her cast of friends (and some of her enemies, or "enemies", too). Best of all, they balance grim, doom-filled plot with pretty darn funny dialogue.

Also, aren't the covers gorgeous?




The series started with Hex Hall and the second book, Demonglass. The next book, Spell Bound, comes out on Tuesday, March 13.

The winner gets to choose which one of the three books they get. For Spell Bound, it will be a pre-order. :)

Just enter below!

Rules:

1. You must be at least 13 years of age to enter.

2. This giveaway is now open internationally!

3. Use the Rafflecopter widget to enter. Comments are appreciated but will not count towards the contest. Don't put your email in the comments, but you can link back to your own blog if you have one :)

Good luck everyone! Don't forget to visit all the other blogs on this hop!


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19 February, 2012

Cover Reveal: Inbetween by Tara Fuller



We have another great cover reveal for you this week. Entangled Publishing presents INBETWEEN (Kissed by Death, #1) by Tara Fuller (August 7, 2012).

Synopsis:

Since the car crash that took her father’s life three years ago, Emma’s life has been a freaky—and unending—lesson in caution. Surviving “accidents” has taken priority over being a normal seventeen-year-old, so Emma spends her days taking pictures of life instead of living it. Falling in love with a boy was never part of the plan. Falling for a reaper who makes her chest ache and her head spin? Not an option.

It’s not easy being dead, especially for a reaper in love with a girl fate has put on his list not once, but twice. Finn’s fellow reapers give him hell about spending time with Emma, but Finn couldn't let her die before, and he’s not about to let her die now. He will protect the girl he loves from the evil he accidentally unleashed, even if it means sacrificing the only thing he has left…his soul.

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They synopsis of this sounds pretty intriguing. I've been reading quite a few reaper stories lately and have been enjoying them.  It's a change of pace from the usual paranormal stuff like werewolves and vampires. This one looks fun.  What do you think? Love it, hate it? Let us know!



Visit the author online at tarafuller.com and follow her on Twitter @tara25fuller

More February Upcoming Events





Schmooze with Bridge to Books

Wed, Feb 22, 2012 - 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Once Upon a Time Bookstore - Tickets are $5 each.
2207 Honolulu Avenue, Montrose CA 91020
818-248-9668

Katherine Applegate - The One and Only Ivan - and Literacy Cafes
event listing

Teachers, librarians, and parents, come and chat with us about teaching, literacy, & many creative ways to connect kids with books.


Marissa Meyer signs Cinder

Fri, Feb 24, 2012 - 5:00 pm
Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop
1030 Bonita Avenue, La Verne, CA 91750
909-599-4558
event listing




Breathless Reads

Marie Lu - Legend
Beth Revis - Across the Universe
Jessica Spotswood - Born Wicked
Andrea Cremer - Nightshade

Fri, Feb 24, 2012 - 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Once Upon a Time Bookstore
2207 Honolulu Avenue, Montrose CA 91020
818-248-9668
event listing






Passion and Prose


Sat, Feb 25, 2012 - 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Westin Long Beach, 333 East Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802
Prices REDUCED from $125 to $65
For more info, check out the Authors Are Rock Stars page here.
event listing


Family Festival of Books in Chino

Sunday, February 26 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Brinderson Hall, 5410 Edison Avenue, Chino, CA
Admission is Free | Parking is $5
Download the flyer at mrsnelsons.com for more info





Save the date:
March 11 at 3:00 pm - Where It Began Launch Party with Ann Stampler
March 13 at 4:00 pm - Dark Days Livestream with Claudia Gray, Lauren Oliver, and Dan Wells
March 13 at 6:00 pm - Starters Launch Party with Lissa Price
March 16-18 - WonderCon 2012

In My Mailbox (4)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Pop Culture Junkie.

This week we got some great books from Lee and Low & Albert Whitman.


First up is Vodnik by Bryan Moore. This is an intriguing paranormal set in present-day Slovakia. Thanks to Lee and Low for this advance reader copy.

From Goodreads:
When Tomas was six, someone — something — tried to drown him. And burn him to a crisp. Tomas survived, but whatever was trying to kill him freaked out his parents enough to convince them to move from Slovakia to the United States.  
Now sixteen-year-old Tomas and his family are back in Slovakia, and that something still lurks somewhere. Nearby. It wants to drown him again and put his soul in a teacup. And that’s not all. There’s also the fire víla, the water ghost, pitchfork-happy city folk, and Death herself who are after him. 
If Tomas wants to survive, he'll have to embrace the meaning behind the Slovak proverb, So smrťou ešte nik zmluvu neurobil. With Death, nobody makes a pact.

Next, we received The Wooden Sword by Ann Redisch Stampler. Her latest picture book is about an Afghani-Jewish folk tale about faith, friendship and humanity. The book is illustrated by Carol Liddiment.

From Goodreads:
Disguised in servant's clothes, an Afghani shah slips out of his palace to learn more about his people. When he encounters a poor Jewish shoemaker full of faith that everything will turn out just as it should, the shah grows curious. Vowing that no harm will befall the poor man, he decides to test that faith, only to find that the shoemaker's cheerful optimism cannot be shaken. 
We got a ton of other great news this week. We'll be receiving a monthly ARC from Penguin. We'll also be participating in the blog tour for The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose Wood.






Jon Klassen is the illustrator for this series. I just love his work!

I grabbed this up for my Kindle, too (only $1.99 for a limited time!):






That's it for me this week. What's in your mailbox?

16 February, 2012

Random Acts of Kindness - Giveaway Hop


Friday, February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day. Thanks to I am a Reader, Not a Writer, and Read for Your Future for hosting this simple-to-enter Giveaway Hop.

The dates for this hop are February 17th to 21st. This hop has a maximum of 2 entries per person so it should be easy to enter the giveaways on all the 150 participating blogs. The blogs with the ~in the linky at the end of this post have their contests up a little early, so check them out!

The prize we are giving away is not a book, but is book-related! It's $15 in Fandango Bucks on a Hunger Games gift card. (Of course, you can use it to view a non-book related movie, but we'd like you to go see The Hunger Games. Bring tissues.) I know some people think The Hunger Games is all about brutality, violence, and kids killing kids, but it's not that to me. It's about love, sacrifice, and unerring kindness. When I watch the trailers, I actually get choked up still, just thinking about Rue (especially when they salute, and the whistle plays... *reaches for tissues*)


In any case, you'll get a Hunger Games design on your Fandango card. :)









Of course, you don't have to pick Katniss for your card design. *fans self*

If you haven't heard of The Hunger Games... *blank look*
You can read this article from Publishers Weekly.
Don't forget to visit all the other blogs on the hop!

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