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BlogFest 2012


Welcome to BlogFest 2012!

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Today’s giveaway consists of books I have been holding on to just for this BlogFest!

One lucky person will win a box of ARCs. All summaries are from Goodreads.

The books

[amazon_image id=”1595145958″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Origin[/amazon_image]

Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home–and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.

Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia’s origin–a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost.

[amazon_image id=”0374372837″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Struck[/amazon_image]

Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.

Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.

[amazon_image id=”0312569033″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Monument 14[/amazon_image]

Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.

[amazon_image id=”0312561075″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Before You Go[/amazon_image]

The summer before his senior year, Jude (yes, he’s named after the Beatles song) gets his first job, falls in love for the first time, and starts to break away from his parents. Jude’s house is kept dark, and no one talks much—it’s been that way since his little sister drowned in a swimming pool seven years ago when Jude was supposed to be watching her.

Now, Jude is finally, finally starting to live. Really live. And then, life spins out of control. Again.

Acclaimed author James Preller explores life, death, love, faith, and resilience in his first young adult novel that will grip readers from the book’s dramatic first few pages to its emotional end.

[amazon_image id=”0525423265″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life[/amazon_image]

An all-day scavenger hunt in the name of eternal small-town glory

With only a week until graduation, there’s one last thing Mary and her friends must do together: participate in the Oyster Point High Official Unofficial Senior Week Scavenger Hunt. And Mary is determined to win.

Mary lost her spot at Georgetown to self-professed “it” bully Jake Barbone, and she’s not about to lose again. But everyone is racing for the finish line with complicated motives, and the team’s all-night adventure becomes all-night drama as shifting alliances, flared tempers, and crushing crushes take over. As the items and points pile up, Mary and her team must reinvent their strategy–and themselves–in order to win.

[amazon_image id=”0802727964″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Tempest Rising[/amazon_image]

Tempest Maguire wants nothing more than to surf the killer waves near her California home; continue her steady relationship with her boyfriend, Mark; and take care of her brothers and surfer dad. But Tempest is half mermaid, and as her seventeenth birthday approaches, she will have to decide whether to remain on land or give herself to the ocean like her mother. The pull of the water becomes as insistent as her attraction to Kai, a gorgeous surfer whose uncanny abilities hint at an otherworldly identity as well. And when Tempest does finally give in to the water’s temptation and enters a fantastical underwater world, she finds that a larger destiny awaits her-and that the entire ocean’s future hangs in the balance.

[amazon_image id=”0399159436″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”large” ]Black City (Black City Chronicles)[/amazon_image]

A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces The Arcana Chronicles, post-apocalyptic tales filled with riveting action, the dark mysticism of Tarot cards, and breathtaking romance.She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side…


Note: Black City and Poison Princess have some wear since they were read. The rest are in new condition.

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Continue on the BlogFest

Head on over to the next few blogs participating in the BlogFest!

Reviews By Molly
Nuts and Crisps
The Wormhole
The Enchanted Book


Current Open Giveaways

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter


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46 thoughts on “BlogFest 2012

  1. There are so many upcoming books I’m looking forward to, I don’t know that I can name just one. But I’ll say Ironskin by Tina Connolly simply because this is of my highly anticipated books that will be released in the next few days (Oct 2.)
    Thanks for this AWESOME giveaway. Wow, I would LOVE to have this box of books!

  2. I’m really looking forward to Incarnation, and Alice in Zombieland! Not to mention Days of Blood and Starlight, I cannot WAIT for that book to release! The first two look gorgeous, but I have a feeling that Days of Blood and Starlight is going to blow my mind.

  3. I would love Poison Princess. I’m obsessed about it after I read a few review on Goodreads. There are many upcoming books I would love to read, but for Poison Princess I would do anything :))).
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. Most looking forward to Days of Blood and Starlight because I read Daughter of Smoke and Bone over the summer and fell in LOVE with Laini Taylor’s writing and her characters. 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway!

  5. The Lost Prince by Julie Kagaway! I’m a huge fan of Julie’s Iron Fey series and seriously cannot wait for her new series!!

  6. Oh my gosh! I want all of these! lol I’m going agree with Randi above and say Days of Blood and Starlight because I loved the first one.

  7. There are so many titles coming out soon that I can’t wait for! Definitely looking forward to Days of Blood and Starlight, Velveteen, and The Archived. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  8. I am most looking forward to the Evolution of Mara Dyer! I loved the first one and can’t wait to read more : )

  9. Aside from most of the books up above, I’m really looking forward to the sequel to Project ELE. It ended on such a cliffhanger, and I can’t wait to see what comes next!!! =)

  10. I’ve been looking forward to reading THE SELECTOR OF SOULS by Shauna Singh Baldwin! She’s an excellent writer, one of my favourites, and I LOVE the cover of the book. Another fun book I’m looking forward to is Arnold’s memoir, TOTAL RECALL and Salman Rushie’s memoir, ANTON… I think it’s relevant to read biographies and aside from being curious about them personally, I really want to know what Rushdie has had to go through since there’s been a bounty on his head for writing controversial literature! Great giveaway! Thanks!

  11. I am most excited about Alice in Zombieland. I am on a zombie kick right now – I just cannot get enough! I have been following the blog tour and reading interviews and excerpts and it has me even more excited for the book.

  12. I am most looking forward to reading Poison Princess because I LOVE Kresley Cole’s IAD series and am really excited to start another series by her. 🙂
    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway!

  13. I am (anxiously) waiting for Poison Princess & the new IAD book by Kresley Cole and Beauty Awakened & the new LOTU book by Gena Showalter because they are 2 of my favorite authors and they write amazing books 🙂

  14. I’m looking forward to Mad River by John Sandford, Trapped by Kevin Hearne and Shattered Circle by Linda Robertson.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com

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