In My Mailbox (65)

In My Mailbox explores the contents of my mailbox on a weekly basis. Of course I only mention the really cool things, like books! If you would like to participate and have your own “In My Mailbox” post, you can find more information here. (This post was inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.)


The Iron King by Julia Kagawa
Demon Princess: Reign or Shine by Michelle Rowen
Some Girls are by Courtney Summers
Betrayals by Lili St. Crow
Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey

None for review or swap this week

Okay so now you know what’s in mine, what did you get in yours? You can sign the Mr. Linky below, if you would, please link your actual IMM post not your blog url so that it is easier to find! Thanks!

For Example:
Name: The Story Siren
Blog URL: http://www.thestorysiren.com/2009/11/in-my-mailbox-53.html



Guidelines for Posting Debut Challenge Reviews

Please refer to this post for any questions regarding your reviews & prizes for the 2010 Debut Author Challenge.

Prize Pack information:

  • prize packs are only for those participating in the 2010 Debut Author Challenge. if you are not participating in the challenge, please do not enter. Please make sure your blog is signed up on this post. If your blog is not listed here, then it’s not on my spread sheet, and you are not an official participant! Make sure to follow the directions on the sign up post… you must have a direct link to your challenge post!
  • prize packs are open to everyone, that includes international readers! 
  • you can gain an entry for the prize packs by adding review links to the Mister Linky (more information about that below)
Review Information:
  • post your review links into the Mister Linky. Please put the direct URL to your review post, not your blog url! 
  • for non bloggers……. (more information for non-bloggers below)
  • For every review you post you will gain one entry for the monthly prize packs. 
  • please be sure to make sure your book qualifies as a 2010 debut novel, otherwise the review link will be deleted and it will not count as an entry. I realize different countries have different release dates, I will keep that that in mind!
  • that being said, REMEMBER…. this is an internationally hosted challenge, meaning that what is a debut for one person may not be a debut for another. UK participants will have books that US readers will not be able to claim. 
  • I ask that US readers use US release dates only! 
More review information for non-bloggers:
One of the big reasons I decided to continue the debut author challenge, is because I think it’s important to share the love of books, especially those written by new authors. Posting reviews is a big part of spreading the word!
As a non blogger, I encourage you to write reviews for the debut novels you’ve read! There are several places where you can post your reivews:
  • Amazon.com (I do believe you need to set up an account to post reviews, and possibly even need to order at least one book from the site.)
  • Barnes and Noble.com (I do believe you will need to se up an account for this one as well.)
  • Goodreads.com (This is a great online community for book lovers, if you aren’t a member already, I suggest you sign up! You will love it! Keep track of the books you’ve read, the ones you want to read, and it’s a great place to post your reviews!)
  • Shelfari.com (This is very similar to Goodreads, but the set up is just a little different. Another great place to post your reviews.) 
As stated above, if you are a non blogger, please fill out this form, so that your entries for the prize pack can be recorded.
If you do become a member of Goodreads you can add a direct link from your Goodreads review into the Mister Linky! (your reviews do not have to be a certain length, write what you are comfortable with, nor do reviews have to be positive, I am looking for honest reviews.)
It is simple to get a direct link to a Goodreads review:
1.) Click on the “My Books” link this should take you to the list of your “bookshelves”
2.) Click the “bookshelf” where the book is shelved.
3.) Once the list of books on the shelf is visable, go the left. You will see an “x” “edit” and “view”
4.) Click on view and this will take you to your review!
5.) Copy the URL that is in the address bar and paste it into the Mister Linky!
6.) TA-DA!



Not the YA Connection

I’m tired of doing the YAC…. I like it, but it takes forever to do (at least two hours) and I don’t feel like doing it right now…. or possibly ever.

But I do have some bookish type news that I wanted to share today, so I’m going to do that instead.

1) Amazon Pulls MacMillan books!

Um yes, you read that right. Amazon pulled at the titles from MacMillan, which includes: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, St. Martins Press and Henry Holt. You can still order them from third parties but not directly from Amazon. Really Amazon?

You can see an article about the whole thing, Amazon Pulls Macmillan Books Over E-Book Price Disagreement.

Although I will admit, I for one, would not be willing to pay $15 for an e-book. However, it was a pretty childish move on Amazon’s part to pull the books.

2) I’m a judge for the SMOOCHIES!

It’s an award… more information on that coming up! Super excited to be a part of this!

3) TeenReads.com is co-hosting the annual Children’s Choice Book Awards!

Teenreads.com is again collaborating with the Children’s Book Council (CBC) on the 2010 Teen Choice Book of the Year, offering teens an opportunity to share their five favorite books of 2009. The five titles that receive the most votes will serve as the finalists for the CBC’s 2010 Teen Choice Book of the Year.

Get your vote on!

4) Win $1000

Are you a dreamer…. of awesome DREAMS?

Then you should check out the Don’t Let Your Dreams Fade Vlog Contest, hosted by author Lisa McMann (Wake, Fade & Gone) and Simon and Schuster.

All you have to do is answer the question “How are your dreams and goals like Janie’s?” in a two minute or less vlog.

Lisa McMann herself will choose the winner… and that winner is going to walk away with $1000 to use toward their life dream!

Check out this example.. Don’t Let Your Dreams Fade Vlog

5) Are you going to BEA this May?

Is it your first time? Do you have a ton of questions?

If you answered yes to either of those questions, like I did, you might want to check out this blog tour! I know I will be!

A Blog Tour You Don’t Want to Miss!

Books to Pine For (32)

I’ve had a lot of feedback concerning my “Books to Pine For” feature. A lot of you really enjoy it, but you admitted to wanting to know more about the books than just seeing a pretty cover. As a result, I’ve decided to change the format of my “Books to Pine For” posts.

Tell me what you think? Do you like the new format, or should I go back to the covers with the links?

check out all the books to pine for posts!

Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Release Date: June 8, 2010
Publisher: Egmont USA

At the age of four, Bryn watched a rabid werewolf brutally murder her parents. Alone in the world, she was rescued and taken in by Callum, the alpha of his pack. Now fifteen, Bryn’s been raised as a human among werewolves, adhering to pack rule (mostly). Little fazes her.

But the pack’s been keeping a secret, and when Bryn goes exploring against Callum’s orders, she finds Chase, a newly turned teen Were locked in a cage. Terrifying memories of the attack on her mom and dad come flooding back. Bryn needs answers, and she needs Chase to get them. Suddenly, all allegiances to the pack no longer matter. It’s Bryn and Chase against the werewolf world, whatever the consequences.

Dark Water by Laura McNeal

Release Date: September 14, 2010
Publisher: Knopf

Fifteen-year-old Pearl DeWitt and her mother live in Fallbrook, California, where it’s sunny 340 days of the year, and where her uncle owns a grove of 900 avocado trees. Uncle Hoyt hires migrant workers regularly, but Pearl doesn’t pay much attention to them . . . until Amiel. From the moment she sees him, Pearl is drawn to this boy who keeps to himself, fears being caught by la migra, and is mysteriously unable to talk. And after coming across Amiel’s makeshift hut near Agua Prieta Creek, Pearl falls into a precarious friendship—and a forbidden romance.

Then the wildfires strike. Fallbrook—the town of marigolds and palms, blood oranges and sweet limes—is threatened by the Agua Prieta fire, and a mandatory evacuation order is issued. But Pearl knows that Amiel is in the direct path of the fire, with no one to warn him, no way to get out. Slipping away from safety and her family, Pearl moves toward the dark creek, where the smoke has become air, the air smoke.

Experienced by Lucy Silag

Release Date: August 19, 2010
Publisher: Razorbill

SPOILER if you haven’t read the first two novels, would read this summary!

True love prevails in the final Beautiful Americans novel!  
All hell breaks loose when PJ is discovered alive by her friends after she faked her own suicide. Alex, Jay, Olivia, and Zack all vow to protect her and keep her hidden in Paris, but one by one she turns their lives into a nightmare. Despite her angelic looks, destruction follows PJ everywhere.  
Then Alex uncovers a scandal that could rock the Lycée to its core—if told. But with each characters’ personal journey resolved at the end of a wild year abroad, what’s most important is that they got through it together.

Dark Flame by Alyson Noel

Release Date: July 6, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

SPOILER if you haven’t read the first three, don’t read this summary!

At the start of this mesmerizing new installment of the Immortals series, Ever is helping her friend Haven transition into life as an immortal. But with Haven drunk on her new powers and carelessly putting them all at risk, their friendship becomes more and more strained. At the same time, Ever delves deeper into magick in order to get control over her enemy Roman and free Damen from his power. But when the spell she casts on Roman backfires, she’s bound to her deadliest enemy. Frantic to reverse the spell the moment the moon enters a new phase, she finds her efforts are fruitless—there’s a strange, foreign pulse coursing through her, one that propels her toward Roman. Desperate to break free of this terrible curse before Damen or the twins can discover what she’s done, she turns to Jude and delves deeper and deeper into dark magick, ultimately risking everything she knows and loves—including Damen.

13 to Life by Shannon Delaney

Release Date: June 22, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Something strange is stalking the small town of Junction…

When junior Jess Gillmansen gets called out of class by Guidance, she can only presume it’s for one of two reasons. Either they’ve finally figured out who wrote the scathing anti-jock editorial in the school newspaper or they’re hosting yet another intervention for her about her mom. Although far from expecting it, she’s relieved to discover Guidance just wants her to show a new student around—but he comes with issues of his own including a police escort.

The newest member of Junction High, Pietr Rusakova has secrets to hide–secrets that will bring big trouble to the small town of Junction—secrets including dramatic changes he’s undergoing that will surely end his life early.



Contest Winners: A lot of them!

I have five winners to announce! 

The winner of the signed copy of All About Vee by C. Leigh Purtill is:


There were 212 entries into this contest! Congrats Kory and thanks to everyone who entered! Remember you can read The Rise of Ginny Cooper (the companion novel to All About Vee) here until February 12! (please note that this book is being sent out by a third party) 

I have three winners that will be getting their very own copies of Boys, Girls & Hazardous Materials by Rosalind Wiseman. The three winners are:


There were 351 entrants for this contest! Congrats to Annie, Tammy & Christina! And thank you to everyone that entered! (please note that these books are being sent out by a third party)

The winner for the advance readers copy of Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison is:


There were 350 entrants for this contest! Congrats to Amanda! Thank you to everyone that entered! Stay tuned for another special contest for Sing Me to Sleep!!

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