Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy 3rd Birthday Blog!!!

Today is the 3 year mark for me having this blog. I still can't believe it's been that long!
I've decided to do my first giveaway ever!
Not a big one, but a little something to show my appreciation to my followers.
You choose the book you want to win!
I have listed my top 5 from 2010 for you to choose from.
This giveaway will run from March 2 - March 9, 2011
Open to Canada and the US
Random draw will be done and the winner will be contacted by email
Here is a synopsis of the books you can choose from

Still AliceStill Alice  (From Amazon) 
Alice Howland has a career not unlike Genova's—she's an esteemed psychology professor at Harvard, living a comfortable life in Cambridge with her husband, John, arguing about the usual (making quality time together, their daughter's move to L.A.) when the first symptoms of Alzheimer's begin to emerge. First, Alice can't find her Blackberry, then she becomes hopelessly disoriented in her own town. Alice is shocked to be diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's (she had suspected a brain tumor or menopause), after which her life begins steadily to unravel. She loses track of rooms in her home, resigns from Harvard and eventually cannot recognize her own children. The brutal facts of Alzheimer's are heartbreaking, and it's impossible not to feel for Alice and her loved ones.

The Name of The Wind The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)(From Goodreads)
 The story revolves around Kvothe, an enigmatic red-haired innkeeper who, as he shares his incredible life story with a renowned scribe, turns out to be much more than he appears. Born into a family of nomadic court performers, Kvothe's unconventional education was broadened by spending time with fellow travelers like Abenthy, an elderly arcanist whose knowledge included, among other things, knowing the name of the wind. After his parents are brutally murdered by mythical beings known as the Chandrian, Kvothe vows to learn more about the godlike group, and after suffering through years of homelessness, he finally gets his chance when he is admitted into the prestigious University. But the pursuit of arcane knowledge brings with it unforeseen dangers, as the young student quickly learns

The Sky Is EverywhereThe Sky is Everywhere (From Goodreads)Seventeen-year-old Lennie Walker, bookworm and band geek, plays second clarinet and spends her time tucked safely and happily in the shadow of her fiery older sister, Bailey. But when Bailey dies abruptly, Lennie is catapulted to center stage of her own life—and, despite her nonexistent history with boys, suddenly finds herself struggling to balance two. Toby was Bailey's boyfriend; his grief mirrors Lennie's own. Joe is the new boy in town, a transplant from Paris whose nearly magical grin is matched only by his musical talent. For Lennie, they're the sun and the moon; one boy takes her out of her sorrow, the other comforts her in it. But just like their celestial counterparts, they can't collide without the whole wide world exploding.

Shadow Hills (From Amazon)
Shadow HillsSince her sister’s death, Phe (short for Persephone) has dreamed of a graveyard and a mysterious boy. She is shocked to discover similar dreams in her sister’s diary, and she follows them to a tony boarding school in Shadow Hills, Massachusetts. Phe quickly discovers something is off about Shadow Hills—there’s the hidden graveyard, where everyone died from an unknown epidemic; an old-folk’s home full of people too young to be senile; and the townies, who might have special powers, one of whom is her dream boy, Zach. Phe also discovers her own connection to the town’s history: witchcraft. The mix of science (the townies’ powers are genetic anomalies) and magic gives Hopcus’ debut paranormal thriller a unique spin, and the steady progression of unveiled secrets keeps interest high. Although the convoluted plot isn’t confusing, it’s dependent on long, slow passages of background explanation. The romance is idealized, as is Zach’s too-perfect character, but Phe’s combination of gutsy impulsiveness and nosy inquisitiveness makes her an irresistible force.

Hex Hall (Hex Hall, #1)Hex Hall (from Goodreads)Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It's gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie's estranged father--an elusive European warlock--only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it's her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.
By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.
As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.