Monday, September 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 Fire Wish by Amber Lough
Nuts to You by Lynn Rae Perkins
Stray by Elissa Sussman
Sway by Kat Spears
The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye
Winterspell by Claire Legrand

Adult Books (links to reviews on Goodreads):
Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare
The Comeback of Conn MacNeill by Virginia Kantra
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare
The Passion of Patrick MacNeill by Virginia Kantra
Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James
Private Politics by Emma Barry
Special Interests by Emma Barry
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
The Temptation of Sean MacNeill by Virginia Kantra
A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare

****KNOW that if they were available at Book Depository (which is where I get Giveaway books) Emma Barry's Private Politics and Special Interests would be included below because they are FANTASTIC. If you have an e-reader and like good smart romance about smart people with great chemistry and dialogue, BUT THEM.****

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

Links to my reviews unless otherwise noted.

The City in the Lake by Rachel Neumeier
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Greenglass House by Kate Milford
The Lost Conspiracy by Frances Hardinge

The Magic Thief: Home by Sarah Prineas*
The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas*

Poisoned Apples by Christine Hepperman
Something Real by Heather Demetrio's

The Story of Owen by E.K. Johnston
Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud*
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina


*Indicates later books in a trilogy or series. If you are wanting to begin with the first book and you win, I will allow you to choose that as your prize.

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 if you do.)
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 Monday, October 6 at 8:00 PM EDT.


Alyssa Judy said...

1) Over the past few months I have read some real treasures! One of my favorites would be The King of Attolia which is just so beautifully written.

2) I have adored the magic thief series and would love to win Home by Sarah Prineas.


Heidi said...

I just started The Greenglass House myself! I'm sure I'm going to love it, I've loved everything of Milford's that I've read. Also so excited to see Neumeier and Hardinge getting some love! They're two of my favorites, and sorely underread. Though actually, The City in the Lake is one of only 2 Neumeier books I haven't yet read!

For recent reads, I really loved The Caller, the final book in the Shadowfell trilogy, Spirit's Key was a lovely middle grade, and my favorite adult book has been Bitter Greens. If I were lucky enough to win your giveaway (which is kinda awesome), it'd be a tough choice, but I have been wanting to read Sarah Prineas or Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass for some time.

I totes follow you on the Twitter :P @BunburyinStacks

Shae McDaniel said...

Sooo my answer for #1 and #2 are both the same (The Perilous Sea) because IOLANTHE AND TITUS AND KISSING AND PROPHECIES AND AMNESIA AND OH MY HEART!!!

And you can reach me by email (which I think you have) or Twitter (which I know you know - @Shaelyn Cherie). :)

Thanks, love!

Anonymous said...

I'm really curious about Emma Barry's books because you loved them. I'm not a big fan of fiction that focuses on politics though since I really don't know much about US politics. That's one of the reasons why I wasn't such a big fan of Ellen Emerson White's The President's Daughter series. I'm really curious about Greenglass House, Poisoned Apples and The Perilous Sea (but have to read The Burning Sky first).

Some of the titles I've enjoyed in the past quarter are Open Road Summer, Wildlife, Magic Breaks, Isla and the Happily Ever After and Games of Command. I just finished I'll Give You the Sun and liked it too but I'm still letting it sink in.

Brandy said...

YAY THE KING OF ATTOLIA!!!! I LOVE that series. It is my favorite. It deserves all the caps and exclamation points!!!!

Brandy said...

Agree Neumeier and Hardinge do not get the recognition they deserve. They need more readers!

Brandy said...

I KNOW. And you know I know because of all the DMs.

And yes, I have many ways of contacting you. ;)

Brandy said...

Read Barry's books and you can learn how thoroughly screwed up American politics are. You like political intrigue in fantasy so you could just look at it in the same way. You don't always completely understand the underlying issues when you read those.


Stephanie Burgis said...

In the last few months, my favorite discoveries were Sarah McGuire's VALIANT (coming out next year, a WONDERFUL romantic YA fantasy) and Sharon Shinn's THE TRUTH-TELLER'S TALE.

Of the books here, so many look good - and I'm going to look for those Emma Barry novels! - but I'd most like either STORY OF OWEN or else GREENGLASS HOUSE. (I can't decide between them!)

Brandy said...

Just checked out Valiant on Goodreads and !!!!! Added it and am very excited.

Emma's books are available as e-books. They are published by Carina Press. (And they are so good.)

Stephanie Burgis said...

I hope you love Valiant as much as I did!

I just bought the first Emma Barry book. :)

Anonymous said...

1) A favorite book of yours from the past few months.
I would proudly say "The Graveyard book" so amazingly written and too deep.

2) Which of these books you are interested in if you win. (You can change your mind if you do.)
The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud, I have part one and I adore this series.

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.


Thanks so much for this giveaway...

Pensrose said...

1. Of all the books I've read in the past few months, I'm pretty sure the one I'm reading now, Greenglass House, takes the cake. Every page I read is full of so much intriguing mystery and fun character development. Even when I only have the chance to read a few pages I leave the book feeling like I had so much fun and cannot wait to read more.
2. I am really interested in reading The Lost Conspiracy, but I have been depending on my library's ebook and audiobook collection recently and they don't have it! A copy for myself would be wonderful! Thanks for another exciting giveaway!
3. You can reach me at @PeppermintRose_