Posts Categorized: Giveaway

Jun 04
Review and Giveaway: The Bees by Laline Paull

Review and Giveaway: The Bees by Laline Paull

Bee society is pretty amazing.  With their tiny brains, they manage to form a complex society, with a strict hierarchy and rules and functions.  Every bee knows its role.  In The Bees, we go one giant leap beyond the real life of these insects to one in which bees talk and socialize with an intelligence comparable to humans. The bee characters in The Bees are highly anthropomorphized, which I expected.  Their society looks and sounds like medieval England, which I did not… Read more »


May 13
Review and Giveaway: Saving Lucas Biggs by Maria de los Santos and Davis Teague

Review and Giveaway: Saving Lucas Biggs by Maria de los Santos and Davis Teague

Confession: I don’t read much middle grade.  OK, any.  Including Harry Potter.  (I know, I KNOW.)  But I’m a sucker for a good time travel story, and I loved the synopsis of Saving Lucas Biggs, a book that proved to be both moving and thought-provoking. Margaret comes from a long line of time travelers.  When the story begins, her father has been sentenced to a death by the crooked judge, Lucas Biggs, for a murder he didn’t commit.  Margaret lives in Victory,… Read more »


May 11
Review and Giveaway: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Review and Giveaway: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

If you’ve already read We Were Liars, you can appreciate how crazy this is is: I read the book yesterday, and earlier that day, I finished another book (which shall remain unnamed to prevent spoilers in either case) that had the SAME twist ending as We Were Liars.  Go ahead and digest that, because what are the chances?  Both stories were pretty good, but I think the other one pulled off the twist better.  Part of the problem, or perhaps,… Read more »


Apr 28
These ARCs Need a Good Home

These ARCs Need a Good Home

  I have a few ARCs that are in need of a good home.  For various reasons, none of these worked for me, and I’m hoping to pass them along to someone who will have some better luck with them.  If you’d like to know why I didn’t like The Dollhouse Asylum and Defy, you can see my rant-y reviews here and here.  I read (or rather, mostly read) Plus One last week.  I got through 200 pages and decided… Read more »


Mar 23
Review and Giveaway: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Review and Giveaway: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

There were several times during Cruel Beauty when I felt hopelessly confused.  I know very little about the tale of Beauty and the Beast, and also woven into this fairy-tale retelling was a good deal of Greek mythology and the supernatural.  But even when I was left scratching my head and trying to figure out what I’d missed, I was captivated by this story.  Hodge tried to cover a great deal of territory in Cruel Beauty, and she did it… Read more »


Mar 16
Review and Giveaway: A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier

Review and Giveaway: A Death-Struck Year by Makiia Lucier

Cleo Barry is a normal high-school girl, with normal high-school girl-type concerns in Portland, Oregon in 1918.  All of her friends have their post-high school lives figured out: marriage for some, or college, or traveling.  But Cleo has “no plan.  No dream.  No calling.”  Her parents died when she was young, and her older brother, Jack, and his wife, Lucy, have guardianship of Cleo.  Jack and Lucy are headed to San Francisco for six weeks to celebrate their anniversary while… Read more »


Mar 06
Review and Giveaway: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Review and Giveaway: Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Tella’s relatively normal life is rocked by the serious and possibly incurable illness of her brother.  One night, she finds a mysterious box in her bedroom.  Inside is a device with a recording, informing her that she is “invited to be a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed.”  It gives the time and location of the first meeting, and it further informs her that “The Brimstone Bleed will last three months…The winning prize will be the Cure.”  Everything about the message… Read more »


Mar 05
Review and Giveaway: Alienated by Melissa Landers

Review and Giveaway: Alienated by Melissa Landers

I labeled Alienated as a science fiction novel, but that is really stretching the meaning of the genre.  Yes, there are aliens in this book, but the science is very shallow.  What is the point of featuring aliens in a story when they look, talk, and act just like humans?  I have always had an intense interest in books and films featuring aliens, so this was a big disappointment. In Alienated, Cara’s family signs up to be part of the… Read more »