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My -belated- Birthday Giveaway! (enter here)

Well, as I had mentioned, my birthday was on May 26, 2010, but I have been completely distracted that I have not had much time to get this giveaway up and going.

What I’m giving away:

The first winner will receive their choice of one of the packs below.  The second winner will receive their choice of a single book or the other pack.  For every 10 people who enter, I will add another winner and another single book.  Please let your friends know and increase your chances of winning and prizes available.

The packs are as follows:

  • The Uglies Series: includes Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras by Scott Westerfeld.

Here is the product description: All Tally ever wanted was to become pretty; she ended up changing the whole world just by her efforts of trying to become all she ever dreamt of. Yet, once she learns that all she ever wanted isn’t what she wants; to be mind-controlled, she knows it’s up to her to save society from falling into her city’s clutches.The Uglies series is a book series by Scott Westerfeld for ages 12 and up. The story follows a teenage girl named Tally Youngblood who lives several centuries from now in a futuristic city where you’re a “littlie” until you turn twelve, when you go to live in an ugly dorm. Uglies are educated into thinking they’re hideous until they turn 16, when they get an operation that turns them into beautiful “Pretties.” Right after the operation, they are “New Pretties”: self-absorbed fools whose only purpose in life seems to be to party. “Middle Pretties” have picked their professions and gone through a second, minor operation that makes them look older and wiser; “Late Pretties,” or “Crumblies,” are parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, etc. The point of these operations is to stop wars and disagreements among people just because they look different from one another.

  • Books 1-4 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. When his mom tells him the truth about where he came from, she takes him to the one place he’ll be safe–Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island). There, Percy learns that the father he never knew is actually Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon Percy finds himself caught up in a mystery that could lead to disastrous consequences. Together with his friends–a satyr and other the demigod daughter of Athena–Percy sets out on a quest to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

The Sea of Monsters After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly calm. But things don’t stay quiet for long. Percy soon discovers there is trouble at Camp Half-Blood: the magical borders which protect Half-Blood Hill have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and the only safe haven for demigods is on the verge of being overrun by mythological monsters. To save the camp, Percy needs the help of his best friend, Grover, who has been taken prisoner by the Cyclops Polyphemus on an island somewhere in the Sea of Monsters–the dangerous waters Greek heroes have sailed for millennia–only today, the Sea of Monsters goes by a new nameL: the Bermuda Triangle. Now Percy and his friends must retrieve the Golden Fleece from the Island of the Cyclopes by the end of the summer or Camp Half-Blood will be destroyed. But first, Percy will learn a stunning new secret about his family–one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke…

The Titan’s Curse When Percy Jackson receives a distress call from his friend Grover, he immediately prepares for battle. He knows he’ll need his powerful demigod allies, Annabeth and Thalia, at his side; his trusty broze sword Riptide; and… a ride from his mom. The demigods race to the rescue, to find that Grover has made an important discovery: two new powerful half-bloods whose parentage is unknown. But that’s not all that awaits them. The Titan lord, Kronos, has set up his most devious trap yet, and the young heroes have unwittingly fallen prey. Hilarious and action-packed, this third adventure in the series finds Percy faced with his most dangerous challenge so far: the chilling prophecy of the Titan’s curse.

The Battle of the Labyrinth Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun.  But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to diabolical.

In this latest installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos’s army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop them, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Labyrinth—a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn. Full of humor and heart-pounding action, this fourth book promises to be their most thrilling adventure yet.

The single books are:

  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater Starred Review. Grade 9 Up—Grace, 17, loves the peace and tranquility of the woods behind her home. It is here during the cold winter months that she gets to see her wolf—the one with the yellow eyes. Grace is sure that he saved her from an attack by other wolves when she was nine. Over the ensuing years he has returned each season, watching her with those haunting eyes as if longing for something to happen. When a teen is killed by wolves, a hunting party decides to retaliate. Grace races through the woods and discovers a wounded boy shivering on her back porch. One look at his yellow eyes and she knows that this is her wolf in human form. Fate has finally brought Sam and Grace together, and as their love grows and intensifies, so does the reality of what awaits them. It is only a matter of time before the winter cold changes him back into a wolf, and this time he might stay that way forever. Told from alternating points of view, the narrative takes a classic Romeo & Juliet plot and transforms it into a paranormal romance that is beautiful and moving. Readers will easily identify with the strong, dynamic characters. The mythology surrounding the wolf pack is clever and so well written that it seems perfectly normal for the creatures to exist in today’s world. A must-have that will give Bella and Edward a run for their money.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY END –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
  • Maximum Ride (graphic novel) by James Patterson Grade 8 Up–Hiding out in the wilderness of Colorado, Max Ride, 14, and her ragtag family of mutant kids think they&’re safe from the clutches of &The School,& a secret government lab that has erased their memories and turned them into human/bird creations. When Angel, the youngest of them, is kidnapped by the &Erasers&–cruel half-man/half-wolf enforcers for &The School&–Max and several of the kids set off in search of her. Despite outwitting them in several instances, the Erasers are able to intercept them. But all is not as it seems when Max is released from her confinement only to be told the secret of her origin–that she was created to save the world. The story is based on Patterson&’s popular &Maximum Ride& series (Little, Brown), and Lee does a superb job of translating his text into attractive manga-style illustrations. Although the narrative is a bit slow at first, the action quickly picks up and is bound to keep readers turning the pages. Bridging the gap between contemporary YA fiction and manga/manhwa, Maximum Ride is a fine first choice for sci-fi/thriller-heavy collections.–Dave Inabnitt, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
  • Cut by Patricia McCormick

Burdened with the pressure of believing she is responsible for her brother’s illness, 15-year-old Callie begins a course of self-destruction that leads to her being admitted to Sea Pines, a psychiatric hospital the “guests” refer to as Sick Minds. Although initially she refuses to speak, her individual and group therapy sessions trigger memories and insights. Slowly, she begins emerging from her miserable silence, ultimately understanding the role her dysfunctional family played in her brother’s health crisis.

Patricia McCormick’s first novel is authentic and deeply moving. Callie suffers from a less familiar teen problem–she cuts herself to relieve her inner frustrations and guilt. The hope and hard-won progress that comes at the conclusion of the novel is believable and heartening for any teen reader who feels alone in her (or his) angst. Along with Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak and E.L. Konigsburg’s Silent to the Bone, McCormick’s Cut expertly tackles an unusual response to harrowing adolescent trouble. (Ages 14 and older) –Emilie Coulter

How to enter:

Leave a comment below that includes a way to get in touch with you.  Please make sure that I can find you, or you will be disqualified from the contest.

Want more entries?

+1 for following me on twitter

+5 for being a follower on my blog

+5 for posting about this contest on twitter or facebook (please give me a way to see that you have done so)

+1 for commenting on anything else on my blog

+5 for anyone that says they came because of you (recruiting pays off sometimes :-) )

+1 for adding up your entries into a single comment

Remember for every 10 people who enter a new book and a new winner is chosen.

Winners will be chosen at random and then given 48 hours to respond and make their choices.  Contest ends on July 3. 2010.  US and international applicants are welcome (enter here)

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  1. Welcome to the world of giveaways! It can be a lot of work but lots of fun, too. I love hosting them myself!

    I’d love to win BONESHAKER – I’ve yet to read a steampunk novel! Thanks for the chance!

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

    • Steampunk seems to be very popular right now. I’ll add up your entries, but feel free to continue adding on. Good luck!

  2. +1 I follow on Twitter

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  3. +5 I tweeted here: http://twitter.com/ASeaOfBooks/status/10848413675

    +5 I also follow your blog

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  4. +1 Blogging advice=for giveaways, specify if you want/need individual comments for multiple entries or if all entries should go into 1 comment.

    Free advice = be careful not to take on too much all at once, but mostly have fun with blogging!

    • Shanna
    • March 22nd, 2010

    I’d love to win Boneshaker! Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

    • Bethie
    • March 22nd, 2010

    Please count me in. I would love to win Divine by Blood.
    Thanks for the chance.

    • I know. I love P.C. Cast. I will be reviewing her soon. I just keep running out of time to do my review.

  5. please sign me up for boneshaker!

    +1 follow on twitter (@angeltyuan)
    +5 tweeted

    +1 advice on blogging: comment around to get noticed, but don’t overuse one-liners or link-dumps

    I hope this giveaway is international? (extra advice: easier to label giveaways as US-only/international/etc. to avoid having to answer afterwords lol)
    thanks! hope you have fun with your new blog!

    • I’m shipping this one, so international is fine. It will just take a little while to get to you. I know that it will take only about two days everywhere in the US, but up to a week or more going to international. Thank you for the advice.

    • Jill
    • March 22nd, 2010

    All 3 books sound great, but I will stop being greedy and choose The Dead Travel Fast 🙂

    +5 for being new subscriber

    Thank you!

    Jill
    shoegazegirl @ gmail.com

  6. I would love to win The Dead Travel Fast. It looks great!
    Congrats on your first giveaway and thanks!!
    +1 I follow on twitter @bangersis
    +5 I signed up to follow your blog through email
    +5 I tweeted http://twitter.com/bangersis/status/10852924944
    email bangersis(at)msn(dot)com

    • Thank you for your response. If you have any advice, don’t hesitate to continue adding points.

    • Julie
    • March 22nd, 2010

    I would love to win the dead travel fast although the PC cast one is a close second! Ju

    • Julie
    • March 22nd, 2010

    I would love to win the Dead travel fast- althought PC cast is a close second!

  7. I think Divine By Blood would be my pick. I’m happy to have stumbled upon you from Callapidder Days. You’ve got a wealth of suggestions for me, thanks!

    • Thank you for stopping by. I’m glad that we share some tastes in books. I’m rather new, so I’m enjoying finding people that have these commonalities with me.

  8. I would choose Divine by Blood!

  9. My first time here! I’ll go and follow here after I post.

    I think you chose those three books for their gorgeous covers – one more intriguing and beautiful than the next. If I had to choose, though, I’d go with Deanna Raybourn because I love her Lady Julia Grey stories so much.

    In terms of blog tips – you’re already doing the things that it took me a long time to figure out (telling something about yourself and your literary tastes, participating in challenges, using goodreads and twitter as tools) so the only other thing I’d offer is: first impression of the blog is very bleak due to lack of color. But that’s a personal preference thing so go ahead and ignore me if you like it the way it is!

    Good luck onyour giveaway – they’re still new for me too so I know you must be excited.

    mayamissani AT yahoo DOT ca

    • I am such a cover art fiend. It’s silly but I can see a book and not be interested in it and then the same title will have a different cover and I instantly have to have it. I guess that just shows how much marketing can change someone’s opinion. Thank you for your advice. I’ve thought about changing the appearance, but I’ve heard that it can be a messy process. I’ll probably wait until the contest is over and then play around with it some more.

    • Julie S.
    • March 23rd, 2010

    I would like to win The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn.

    +1 for following me on twitter (user juliecookies)

    +5 for being a follower on my blog (through facebook networked blogs)

    +1 for any advice on blogging that you’d like to share: Blog consistently (example: every Monday and Friday if that is what you decide) but keep it simple so you don’t get burned out.

    • Thank you for following. It’s hard for me to think about getting burned out on blogging, but that’s probably because I just started. I really enjoy the interaction between people, so I’m hoping that will help me keep my motivation up. I’m also participating in some memes, so that should keep the posts going for awhile. Thank you for your support and entrance.

    • Jessica Marshall
    • March 23rd, 2010

    Thanks for hosting a giveaway.
    They are sound fun to read but if i woul have to pick one to read the most i would pick “Divine by Blood by P.C. Cast”

    So i would like to enter for “Divine by Blood by P.C. Cast”
    thank you.

    +5 for being a follower on my blog

    • Julie
    • March 25th, 2010

    I’d like ‘The Dead Travel Fast!’

    Julie102794@gmail.com

  10. I’d love to win Boneshaker! I’ve heard it’s a great entry into Steampunk!

    +1 Follow on Twitter: nfmgirl

    +5 Tweet:

    +1 Advice: Just blog what you know. Don’t rush it. It should be enjoyable. So take it easy, enjoy, share, and don’t fight to become a “star”!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

    • I’ve heard great things about this novel as well. The contest is almost over, so I will let you know very soon.

    • Audrey L. Smith
    • June 23rd, 2010

    oooh! I would like to Shiver, please!

    I follow thy twitter +1
    I follow thy Blog! +5
    I post about thy contest! http://twitter.com/desertlioness91 +5
    http://www.facebook.com/#!/Rumcandy +5?

    I was referred to this contest by sandyg02

    Email: desertlion91(at)hotmail(dot)com

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