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★ GIVEAWAY: Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings! (US/Canada)
2 copies with signed bookplates! ends December 21st!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings Giveaway Winners!

Thanks to everyone who participated in my Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings giveaway! Here are the 2 WINNERS as chosen by!

#46 Sara Pauff

#25 SasMan

I've emailed the winners to confirm/request their mailing information, and they have 48 hours (2 days) to respond.

Thanks again to the publisher Sourcebooks for letting me host this giveaway!


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wishlist Wednesday: Vampire Crush

A weekly event on my blog where I post about books (not necessarily pre-release or new) that I've just added to my wishlist, along with a little blurb on why I want to read it.
(hosted by Book Chick City & Breaking the Spine)

Vampire Crush
by A. M. Robinson
release date: 28 December 2010
First, six mysteriously pale new students show up at Sophie McGee’s high school. Then, Sophie’s childhood nemesis James reappears, still displaying a knack for making Sophie’s blood boil. When Sophie finds out that James has a connection to the new students, she decides to investigate...never expecting her life will quickly begin to resemble a campy horror movie, complete with budding crushes and bloodthirsty villains.

Why it's on my wishlist
I was very very dubious at first since the cover and title suggested nothing short of the usual vampire romance-mystery thing, but luckily I gave it a chance and went through some reviews first. From what I gather, the protagonist is snarkily hilarious and definitely not weak in the knees for pretty corpses. I'm not against vampires really (since I'm a devout follower of the Angel and Spike comic books, ahem) but the whole forbidden seduction thing is just not my thing. This book on the other hand definitely sounds like something I would enjoy.

Giveaway Reminder
If you haven't signed up for my current giveaways, please take a look! I'm giving away 2 copies of Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings with signed bookplates! Open to US/Canada.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Giveaway: Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings

To make up for my absence in the past weeks (which I hereby blame on University exam season) here is another hosted giveaway for you guys, and another one hopefully coming next week!

Another Canada-based author this time too! I'm a sucker for unconventional protagonists and mythical creatures, Awkward Parental Situations, and of course a little mystery. How does a mermaid drown?

Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings
by Hélène Boudreau
published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Summary from publisher
Fourteen-year-old Jade feels like a freak-of-nature when she finally gets her first period while trying on an XL tankini at the mall. It gets worse when she runs into handsome Luke Martin in the feminine products aisle while her dad Googles ‘menstruation’ on his phone.
But "freak-of-nature" takes on a whole new meaning when raging hormones bring on another metamorphosis—complete with scales and a tail. When Jade learns she’s inherited her mermaid tendencies from her late mother, it raises the question: if Mom was a mermaid, how did she drown?

About the Author
Hélène Boudreau writes fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults from her home in Ontario. Her debut middle grade novel, Acadian Star, was released last fall and was recently nominated for the 2009/2010 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award.
Visit her online at

Special Offer!
Anyone who purchases a copy of Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings as a gift (either for themselves or someone else!) can email proof of purchase and an address to Hélène and she will send you a signed bookplate for the holidays!

Available at: ; ; BookDepository ; IndieBound

I have TWO (2) copies of the book to give away with signed bookplates! Open to US/Canada addresses only.

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  • This contest is open to US/Canada residents 13 years or older. Prizes will be sent by the publisher.
  • Contest will close on December 21st at 11:59PM EST.
  • Winners will be chosen with and must send me their mailing addresses within 48 hours or I will pick another winner.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Wishlist Wednesday: Geist

A weekly event on my blog where I post about books (not necessarily pre-release or new) that I've just added to my wishlist, along with a little blurb on why I want to read it.
(hosted by Book Chick City & Breaking the Spine)

Book of the Order #1:
by Philippa Ballantine
release date: 26 October 2010
Between the living and the dead is the Order of the Deacons, protectors of the Empire, guardians against possession, sentinels enlisted to ward off the malevolent haunting of the geists...
Among the most powerful of the Order is Sorcha, now thrust into partnership with the novice Deacon, Merrick Chambers. They have been dispatched to the isolated village of Ulrich to aide the Priory with a surge of violent geist activity. With them is Raed Rossin, Pretender to the throne that Sorcha is sworn to protect, and bearer of a terrible curse.
But what greets them in the strange settlement is something far more predatory and more horrifying than any mere haunting. And as she uncovers a tradition of twisted rituals passed down through the dark reaches of history, Sorcha will be forced to reconsider everything she thinks she knows.
And if she makes it out of Ulrich alive, what in Hell is she returning to?

Why it's on my wishlist
A combination of: it's lack of any paraphrasing of "and she meets a hot dark stranger who will put her life at stake", the whole "pretender to the throne" thing, and my weakness for badass chicks in capes(??).

RL Update
I'm currently very very sick with the flu so I probably won't be able to do anything productive (read: reviews) for a while, but the upcoming giveaway will still be held. Hopefully I'll be able to crawl out of bed for longer than 2-hour intervals by next week orz

Sunday, November 21, 2010

In My Mailbox 10/11/21

Each week I will post a list of the books I've borrowed, received, or bought. I will keep a weekly tally in each post, as well as a yearly one on the sidebar. All books with PoC themes/authors will be listed for the "New Crayons" meme.
All prices are listed in Canadian dollars.
(hosted weekly by The Story Siren / The Printed Page; New Crayons by Color Online)

Tally for 2010/11/21
Borrowed: 0
Received: 1
Bought: 0
Total Cost: $0.00