Sunday, June 29, 2014

Quarterly Review Round-Up with GIVEAWAY

It is time for the Quarterly Review Round-Up where I talk about the best of the best, the one's I couldn't finish, and the adult novels I'm reading that I don't review here. Plus there's a GIVEAWAY.

The DNFs (links to my reasons why-if I shared them-on Goodreads):
The Falconer by Elizabeth May
The Lost Planet by Rachel Searles
Royally Lost by Angie Stanton
The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Conner

Adult Books (links to reviews on Goodreads):
About That Night by Julie James
Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart by Sarah MacLean
It Happened One Wedding by Julie James
A Lot Like Love by Julie James
Love Irresistibly by Julie James
Sun-Kissed by Laura Florand

Old Favorites I Reread:
The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

The Best of the Best (where the Giveaway comes in):

Links to my reviews unless otherwise noted.

The Castle Behind Thorns by Merrie Haskell
The Homeward Bounders by Diana Wynne Jones

The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson (review posts next week)
The Islands of Chaldea by Diana Wynne Jones

The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik
A Matter of Souls by Denise Lewis Patrick

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
Pointe by Brandy Colbert
Revolution by Deborah Wiles


If you want to win one of the 4.5/5 star books I read this quarter, leave a comment below and tell me:
1) A favorite book of yours from the past few months.
2) Which of these books you are interested in if you win. (You can change your mind later.)
3) A way to reach you (email or Twitter handle) if you win. If you are using a Twitter handle, you may want to follow me in case I need to DM you.

Open to any reader who lives where Book Depository ships for free.

I will close this GIVEAWAY and choose a winner on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM EDT.


  1. Yay! A giveaway! You always giveaway the best books!
    1. I recently read Knife by R.J.Anderson and loved it. It was one of the books that I shared with my husband as I was reading it. He liked it too.
    2. Islands of Chaldea is my current choice. I really want to read it.
    3. I'm on twitter as @PeppermintRose_ right now.

    1. Oh I LOVE R.J. Anderson's Faery books.They are all so good.

  2. 1) Some of my favorites this year are It Happened One Wedding by Julie James, The Chocolate Temptation by Laura Florand, Medair and Touchstone by Andrea K. Host and Black Dog by Rachel Neumeier.

    2) I'm really curious about A Matter of Souls and The Islands of Chaldea!

    I think no need to answer no. 3, right? :P

    1. Chachic who? :-)

      YES to Chocolate temptation and Black Dog. I still need to read Host.

  3. So many! Thanks for hosting a giveaway!
    1. I recently read two third books in a series that were particularly wonderful. Cress by Marissa Meyer, which lived up to all the hype and more. And Goliath by Scott Westerfeld, which was an EXCELLENT trilogy ender. That romance will live with me forever.
    2. I'm really curious to read Pointe. I was in a professional ballet company for a while and I want to get into this one. I'm picky with ballet books though so we'll see.
    3. I'm on twitter as @kateriransom

    1. I still haven't read Cress. I've owned it since it came out but things keep getting in the way. I'm going to try to get read soon.

      I would be really interested in your perspective on Pointe then. It isn't really a ballet book. Ballet is just a central component of the main character's life.

  4. Yay! A giveaway! :) A lot of those look really good!>
    1) I read Fangirl a month or so ago and LOVED it. I'm going to cheat and talk about Ready Player One - I just finished it a week ago and I loved it as well.
    2) I think either of Jones' books really interest me, I'm not sure which I would want to read more!
    3) @bookgoil on Twitter.


    1. I really enjoyed both Fangirl and Ready Player One when I read them too.

      Both Jones books are good, but I like The Homeward Bounders more and it's not in print in the US anymore so harder to get a hold of. :)

  5. Thanks for the chance!
    1) Eleanor and Park :) I loved it.
    2) I´m interested in A Matter of Souls and Pointe :)
    3) e-mail:

    1. Eleanor and Park is a great book!

  6. yay! A giveaway!
    1. Reign Rain was really good.
    2. Umm. Homeward Bounders since it's hard to fond elsewhere.
    3. @mrbenjimartin on twitter

    1. Benji, I will be completely honest: I don't really want to read Reign Rain. I know I will have to because people will want to talk about for Newbery but nothing about it appeals to me. Your endorsement has me slightly more interested though.

  7. Ooo!

    1. SIDEKICKED, definitely. It makes me so happy, Brandy.
    2. I think it'd be more fun if you chose the book. :) You know me, and I like having books pushed on me.
    3. @ShaelynCherie

    Thanks for the giveaway, Brandy!

    1. Well now I'm going to feel all this pressure if you win. :)

  8. 1. Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, The Thickety: A Path Begins, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, and Codename Zero have all been big hits for me this month.
    2. I would love to win The Night Gardener! :)
    3. My twitter handle is @MrsVanDusen223


    1. I recently read The Thickety and Codename Zero too and found both to be fun. I love Peter Nimble!

  9. 1. Um, this is hard to just list one book! I think my favorite MG from the past few months would be A snicker of Magic, and my favorite YA would be Broken Hearts, Fences, and other Things to Mend! :)
    2. I think probably The Last Best Kiss! It looks fun! :)
    3. My twitter handle is @bookgeek2872

    Thank you for doing this giveaway! :)

    1. I want to read Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend. I'm glad to hear you liked it!