2011 Debut Author Challenge: April

Welcome to the fourth month of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge!

(I realize March isn’t quite over yet, but I have some exciting stuff to post tomorrow, so I wanted to make sure I got this up! Please refrain from posting your review links until it’s April 1st! Any posted before then will be deleted! Thanks!!) 

For those of you that are new to the challenge I will have a post similar to this every month. You will gain an entry into the prize packs for every review link that you submit. The debuts do not have to be released in the corresponding month of the post. That means, you can submit a link for any review title no matter the month of it’s release. You don’t have to post January releases in the month of January, and so on and so forth.

Here’s this months prize pack: (please do note that prize packs are subject to change)


  • Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney (signed AUS edition)
  • The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder (signed)
  • The Liar Society by Laura and Lisa Roeker (signed)

Advance Readers Copies:

  • Entwined by Heather Dixon
  • Griffin Rising by Darby Karchut (signed)
  • Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton
  • The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter


  • Possession by Elana Johnson (signed)
  • The Lipstick Laws by Amy Holder
  • Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard (signed)
  • Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton (signed)
  • Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris (signed)
  • Across the Universe by Beth Revis (signed)
  • Dogsled Dreams by Terry Lynn Johnson (signed)
  • Memento Nora by Angie Smibert
  • Warped by Maurissa Guibord
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  • Born at Midnight by C. C. Hunter
  • Clarity by Kim Harrington (signed)
  • Head Games by Keri Mikulski (signed)
  • Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer (signed)
  • The Revenant by Sonia Gensler
  • A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford (signed) 
  • Moonglass by Jessi Kirby (signed)
  • The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton
  • The Liar Society by Lisa & Laura Roeker (signed)
  • OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy (signed)


  • The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver
  • The Revenant by Sonia Gensler
  • The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton (signed
  • Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout (signed)
  • Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis 

Other Goodies:

  • “lips” temorary tattoo (The Lipstick Laws)
  • Possession keychain
  • white spaceship pin (Across the Universe)
  • blue spaceship pin (Across the Universe)
  • cover art pin (Across the Universe)
  • The Lipstick Laws pin
  • ELF cosmetics lip gloss (The Lipstick Laws)
  • adhesive decal (The Demon Trapper’s Daughter)
  • iron on patch (The Demon Trapper’s Daughter)
  • Angelfire sticker (signed)
  • The Lipstick Laws magnet
  • The Lipstick Laws sticker
  • The Lipstick Laws card
  • (2) Lipstick Pens
  • Lips keychain lip gloss
  • Wax lips
  • Across the universe card
  • The Revenant sticky notes
  • The Year We Were Famous card
  • Born at Midnight goodie bag
  • A Touch Mortal sticker (signed)
  • Griffin Rising bracelet
  • The Iron Witch stickers
  • Half-Blood guitar pick
  • lucky kitty phone charm (Sirenz)

Thank you so much to the following authors for donating to this months prize pack:

Beth Revis
Keri Mikulski
Elana Johnson
Amy Holder
Kirsten Hubbard
Courtney Allison Moulton
Carrie Harris
Terry Lynn Johnson
Angie Smibert
Maurissa Guibord
Ruta Sepetys
C.C. Hunter
Kim Harrington
Sara Bennett Wealer
Jana Oliver
Sonia Gensler
Carole Estby Dagg
Leah Clifford
Karen Mahoney
Darby Karchut
Jessi Kirby
Lisa & Laura Roeker
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Natalie Zaman

The debut author challenge prize packs are only for those that are participating in the 2011 Debut Author Challenge. Make sure that your blog is listed on the participants list otherwise you aren’t officially signed up.

Filling out the form to submit your reviews can be confusing….. with their being so many non-bloggers participating in the challenge, I’ve tried to make it as simple as possible and at the same time simple on myself! Please note: You do NOT have to submit your reviews every month. This is only if you are interested in getting extra entries into the prize packs. As a challenge participant, you are automatically entered into the drawing every month. 

The form will ask for four things.

  • the title of the book
  • a direct link to your review
  • your blog name
  • the country where the title is debuting 

Obviously if you are a non-blogger your answers in the form will be modified. I KNOW THE FORM SUCKS! But it’s easier on me to collect the information this way….. so it’s not going to change. Sorry!

If you are reviewing titles at a book seller site (Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Chapters, etc) please link directly to the books page, and not the book seller site. For example if I was reviewing Unearthly by Cynthia Hand at Barnes and Noble, instead of plugging in the link www.barnesandnoble.com, I’d put the link: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Unearthly/Cynthia-Hand/e/9780061996160/?itm=1&USRI=unearthly which would take you directly to Unearthly’s page within the B&N site. For “blog name” please put the user name that you used to post your review, if it’s not the same name that you used to sign up please submit them both. Example: Kristi/Story Siren.

If you are reviewing titles on YouTube, please link directly to your YouTube page. For “blog name” please put the user name that you used to post your review, if it’s not the same name that you used to sign up please submit them both. Example: Kristi/Story Siren.

There are number of you that are posting reviews at The 2011 Debut Author Challenge Blog. You do not need to fill out the form. Instead fill out the form to submit your review to be posted. This will automatically give you extra entires.

If you are reviewing titles on Shelfari/LibraryThing. Please post a direct link to your personal account and not the hosts page.  For “blog name” please put the user name that you used to post your review, if it’s not the same name that you used to sign up please submit them both. Example: Kristi/Story Siren.

For Goodreads users please link directly to your review.

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 (you’ll need to be in “table” view), 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 form!
6.) TA-DA!

I think I covered everything……

Submit your reviews here!
(the above is a link, click it!)

(Remember: You do NOT have to submit your reviews every month. This is only if you are interested in getting extra entries into the prize packs. As a challenge participant, you are automatically entered into the drawing every month.)

Please Note that it takes a few minutes for the form to update, it does not update automatically. Please double check to make sure the novel you submit is a 2011 debut. If it’s not a 2011 debut, your review link will be deleted without notification.

If you have questions please consult the information page or the FAQ page before you email or tweet me! Thanks! If you are unsure if a book is a debut, do the research! The list on the information page is not a comprehensive list!

Please remember this is for reviews FROM APRIL ONLY! 

Books to Pine For (52)

Basically “Books to Pine For” are books not yet released, that I can’t wait to get my hands on (or books I’ve recently gotten my hands on… but are still pine-worthy)!

If this is your first visit to the blog, I do “Books to Pine For” sporadically, it’s a regular feature but it doesn’t have a set date I post every month or what not.

You can check out all the books to pine for posts, they start chronologically from the most recent. In case you want to check out some earlier ones I’ve done. Okay I’ve rambled enough on to the goods!

Just a note.. all the links in the titles go to their Goodreads page… easier to add to your wish list!

The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
♦October 1, 2011 ♦HarperTeen
Why it’s pine worthy: A move to Ireland!?!? And a mysterious boy. Yes.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
♦September 1, 2011 ♦HarperCollins
Why it’s pine worthy: Princessess…. kinds… prophecies! Awesome.

The Sharp Time by Mary O’Connell
♦November 8, 2011 ♦Delacorte
Why it’s pine worthy: Contemporary… YA debut!

The Implosion of Aggie Winchester by Lara Zielin
♦Lara Zielin ♦Putnam
Why it’s pine worthy: Loved the writing in Lara’s first novel, can’t wait to read this one!

Melody Burning by Whitley Strieber

♦December 6, 2011 ♦Henry Holt
Why it’s pine worthy: Thrilling YA debut!

Enthralled by various authors
♦September 1, 32011 ♦HarperCollins

Why it’s pine worthy: Two words: Paranormal Anthology!

Just Your Average Princess by Kristina Springer
♦October 11, 2011 ♦Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Why it’s pine worthy: Kristina’s books are funny and cute… and feel good. As this one looks it will be as well!

Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic
♦January 16, 2012 ♦Graphia

Why it’s pine worthy: A 2011 debut that was pushed back to 2012, this one has been on my list for a while! 

Unforsaken by Sophie Littlefield
♦October 11, 2011 ♦Delacorte

Why it’s pine worthy: Companion novel to Banished, which I’ve heard great things about! (need to read it myself!) 
Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

♦October 18, 2011 ♦Little Brown

Why it’s pine worthy: Love this series! 

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
♦September 13, 2011 ♦Delacorte

Why it’s pine worthy: Loved Stacey’s zombie series… can’t wait to see what she’s done here! 
You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis

♦September 13, 2011 ♦Delacorte

Why it’s pine worthy: Sounds wicked…. finding your dead mother’s cell phone… secrets… creepy. 

Isle of Night by Veronica Wolff
♦September 6, 2011 ♦NAL

Why it’s pine worthy: Vvvvvampires! Yes I am still riding that train. 
The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson

♦August 30, 2011 ♦Henry Holt

Why it’s pine worthy: LOVED the first book, one of my all time favorites. Can’t wait to read this one, although I wished they would have matched this cover to the original hardcover… :P 

Going Underground by Susan Vaught
♦September 13, 2011 ♦Bloomsbury

Why it’s pine worthy: Contemporary that sounds very different! 
All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin

♦September 27, 2011♦ Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Why it’s pine worthy: Chocolate and coffee are illegal…!!?!? Say What? 

Circle of Fire by Michelle Zink
♦August 3, 2011 ♦Little Brown

Why it’s pine worthy: Such an awesome series! 
Dark of the Moon by Tracy Barrett

♦Septmeber 19, 2011 ♦Harcourt
Why it’s pine worthy: Greek Mythology!

Every You, Every Me by David Levithan
♦September 13, 2011 ♦Knopf

Why it’s pine worthy: This one sounds very out of the box. I love it. 
Misfit by Jon Skovron

♦August 1, 2011 ♦Amulet

Why it’s pine worthy: How freaggin’ awesome does this book sound! I need it! 

Book Review

Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

Release Date: March 1, 2011
Publisher: NAL
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 324
Source: ARC from Publisher
Interest: Debut Novel
Challenge: 2011 Debut Author Challenge
Buy the Book: Amazon

Theia Alderson has always led a sheltered life in the small California town of Serendipity Falls. But when a devastatingly handsome boy appears in the halls of her school, Theia knows she’s seen Haden before- not around town, but in her dreams.

As the Haden of both the night and the day beckons her closer one moment and pushes her away the next, the only thing Theia knows for sure is that the incredible pull she feels towards him is stronger than her fear.

And when she discovers what Haden truly is, Theia’s not sure if she wants to resist him, even if the cost is her soul.

This book was totally not what I was expecting. Definitely a lot more dark and wickedly twisted than I ever would have expected, yet I think that is why I liked it to much. Under was a complete creep-fest…. faceless beings, skeletons…. stitched together people…. rivers of tears. I had those huge eyes…. O_O …. and the expression of “no f-ing way!” it was awesome.

The characters in this novel were extremely well written. Everyone of them had truly unique qualities that made them very hard to forget. Theia’s friends Donny and Amelia aka Ame (how to you say that anyway… like “Amy” or “Aim”?) couldn’t have been more different not only from each other but from Theia as well, and for some reason that worked incredibly well. Donny, what can I say about her, she is hilarious! Those girls were some good friends! I want me some friends like Donny and Ame! And I also loved Varnie! If you read this novel for one reason, read it for Varnie!

I’m not going to lie…. Haden and Theia…. the whole “stay away from me, I’m dangerous” I thought, oh please not this again… and I can honestly say, it’s not like that again. There was a little insta-romance, Theia falls for Haden hard and fast, even though the guy is jerk. Yet, I loved how that gave Theia this whole other personality. She was assertive and sure-footed when it came to Haden, I liked her much better that way. So somehow the insta-romance worked for me. I mean it’s not like she hadn’t already met the guy in her dreams! I felt like they already had a “relationship” before they started interacting in-real-life.

The plot while a little slow in the beginning, will slap you in the face when you least expect it. I had that huge eye thing going on again…. O_O… yeah just like that.

An excellent debut! Didn’t realize this one was going to be a series, but I am certainly looking forward to the next installment. This is one wickedly twisted love story!

3 Girls, 3 Worlds, 3 Teen Debuts Ultimate Prize Pack

I have the Ultimate Prize Pack!! This is part of the 3 Girls, 3 Worlds, 3 Teen Debuts sponsored by Simon & Schuster!

This month I featured reviews for:

As well as giveaways for all three books! And here is another chance for you to win!
  • Choker by
  • Darkness Becomes Her
  • Ten Miles Past Normal
  • a promotional note cube
  • 3 wishes from the S&S wishlist*
  • a trendy handbag to hold all your books
*Wishlist books (you can choose three of the following titles!)

Clockwork Angel
Hush, Hush

Official Contest information:

  • to enter, please fill out the form below
  • entrants must be 13 years of age or older
  • contest deadline is April 10, 2011
  • contest open to US residents only*
  • check out my Contest Policy/Privacy Policy

*Thanks S&S for providing the prizes!


In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox (121)

Welcome to In My Mailbox! You can find official information like how to participate, why it was started and other goodies about IMM on the IMM Page.

The Betrayal of Maggie Blair by Elizabeth Laird (Goodreads | Amazon)
The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan (Goodreads | Amazon)
The FitzOsbornes in Exile by Michelle Cooper (Goodreads | Amazon)
In the Arms of Stone Angels by Jordan Dane (Goodreads | Amazon)
Stay by Deb Caletti (Goodreads | Amazon)
The Girl Who Was on Fire (Goodreads | Amazon)
Entwined by Heather Dixon (Goodreads | Amazon)
Moonglass by Jessi Kirby (Goodreads | Amazon)

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