Monday, November 22, 2010

Last Day to Enter Giveaway for The Lost Saint by Bree Despain ARC and Nailpolish

This is the last day that the giveaway for an ARC of The Lost Saint by Bree Despain and matching nail polish will be open. I will be picking the winners tomorrow so make sure you enter before midnight tonight.

Go HERE to enter!

Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah Maclean

Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord by Sarah Maclean (Love By Number #2)
Publication Date: October 26, 2010
Versions: paperback, kindle

Caution: This is the second book in this series and if you have not yet read: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake-then this review may contain spoilers.

Summary (from goodreads):
Since being named "London's Lord to Land" by a popular ladies magazine, Nicholas St. John has been relentlessly pursued by every matrimony-minded female in the ton. So when an opportunity to escape fashionable society presents itself, he eagerly jumps-only to land in the path of the most determined, damnably delicious women he's ever met!

The daughter of a titled wastrel, Lady Isabel Townsend has too many secrets and too little money. Though she is used to taking care of herself quite handily, her father's recent passing has left Isabel at sea and in need of outside help to protect her young brother's birthright. The sinfully handsome, eminently eligible Lord Nicholas could be the very salvation she seeks.

But the lady must be wary and not do anything reckless and falling madly, passionately in love.

I have read and reviewed Sarah Maclean's two other novels: Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (the first book in this series) and The Season (which is more of a teen novel). They were both wonderful and Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord is just as stunning. Nicholas St. John is now known to be the most sought after bachelor after his brother, Gabriel, marries. The only problem is that Nicholas doesn't want a wife or to love any women. And he is pleased when he goes out of town-trying to find someone-but then ultimately runs into Lady Isabel. She is persistent, and strong which drives Nicholas mad. And he will do anything in his power to make Isabel want him.

This book is probably not recommended to a young audience due to it's descriptive scenes-but the characters were extraordinary with their persistence and strong attitudes. I didn't think it was possible but-Nicholas may well be the best of the two twins which made me enjoy this novel even more.

Will I reread it?
Yes, I loved this plot line, the characters and all the dialect. Sarah Maclean does a great job with all of her novels and I am pleasantly surprised with this one as well. I definitely recommend this to any historical romance fan who loves bad boys.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

ARC Tours

I have been doing Smitten With Books ARC Tours and am continuing to run the site. I have just added four new books that will be starting on tour on Monday-so if you would like to sign up for any of these books, go to the site here.

These are the four books I have just added on tours:

1.) The Lost Saint by Bree Despain
2.) Drought by Pam Bachorz
3.) Trickster's Girl by Hilari Bell
4.) Will Work for Prom Dress by Aimee Ferris

So if you want to sign up for any of them make sure you go to Smitten With Books ARC Tours. And if you don't want to sign up for the tours but have an extra ARC that you would be willing to donate, please email me here: smittenwithbooksarctours (at) hotmail (dot) com

Thanks so much!

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Publication Date: September 12, 2007
Versions: hardcover, paperback, audio

Summary (from goodreads):
With his first foray into teen literature, acclaimed author Sherman Alexie packs a punch in this absorbing novel about a Native American boy searching for a brighter future. At once humorous and stirring, Alexie's novel follows Junior, a resident of the Spokane reservation who transfers out of the reservation's school--and into a nearby rich, all-white farm school--in order to nurture his desire to become a cartoonist. Junior encounters resistance there, a backlash at home, and numerous family problems--all the while relaying his thoughts and feelings via amusing descriptions and drawings. Having already garnered a National Book Award for Young Adult Literature, this moving look at race and growing up is definitely one to pick up.

Junior lives on the reservation with his parents and goes to school with all the other indian's that live there. No one really likes Junior due to his odd looks and the different activities he participates in. But Junior is sick of going to school on the reservation and wants to go to a school with more opportunities. The school he decides to attend is full of people who at first don't understand him but the longer he sticks it out-the more the kids start to admire his bravery.

This is one of the most funny books I have ever laid my eyes on. Sherman Alexie is full of wit and humor which he added graciously to this book. I laughed out loud at least every other page. The plot is truly interesting and will hold your attention.

Will I reread it?
Probably not, but I did really enjoy this book. And if you want a great laugh-I definitely recommend this because that is exactly what you will get. Full of hilarious cartoons, and witty humor-The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a wonderful novel.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Giveaway: The Lost Saint by Bree Despain

I am very pleased to have been given an extra ARC of The Lost Saint by Bree Despain and blue nail polish which matches the model's on the cover. So thank you so much Egmont for sending an extra so I can give one lucky reader a copy.

Here is what one lucky person (who lives in the United States-I'm very sorry to the international followers who want to enter, but I am low on money right now) will win:
An ARC of The Lost Saint by Bree Despain and one bottle of The Lost Saint nail polish

How To Enter:
1. Leave a comment below with your name and email address
2. If you are a follower of my blog, Smitten With Books, put +1 in the comment as well
3. You can also make a blog post linking and letting everyone know about the giveaway - and if you do, put +4 in the comment as well

Thank you everyone who takes their time out to enter! The winner will be chosen on November 22nd so enter before then.

Top Five Favorite Covers

Covers are a huge part of the book-especially when it's the first thing you see when you pull a book off the shelf. And I am a huge cover fan-I will occasionally just hold the book in my arms and admire the colors and images on the cover. There have been some books that I have especially loved their art and I want to share my top five favorite book covers with all of you.

(By the way: these covers are not listed in any particular order)

1. You Wish by Mandy Hubbard

The pink color of this cover just pops and I love the cupcake theme which goes very well with the plot line. Whenever I look at this one-my childhood comes back to me and the bright colors cheer me up.

2. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

This cover is really soft with its lighter tones and fits very well with the book. I love how intimate their pose is even though they are barely touching. Also the eyebrow piercing kicks up the cover a little bit to show a bad side to the female character. 

3. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer

I love the color purple and this cover is filled with it. The girl on the front looks very powerful and strong and the flowers make it so beautiful. Every time I look at this one-it takes my breath away.

4. Matched by Ally Condie

This cover is so much prettier in person (although I've only seen the ARC copy)-but I love everything about it. The green is absolutely delightful and the girl in the bubble ties in with the story very well.

5. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain

I've always admired this cover because it's unique. And the purple is so pretty against the girls pale skin. And I love the toenail polish which stands out on her pale skin and dark background.

So there it is-my top five favorite book covers. And please feel free to make your own post on your blog with your top five favorite book covers and leave a comment with the link. I will make sure to check it out!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Signed Copy of You Wish by Mandy Hubbard Winner!

I just used to pick the winner of a signed copy of You Wish by Mandy Hubbard. I loved this book (and I really mean loved) so I hope you enjoy it as well.

And without further ado, the winner...


Congratulations, I am sending you an email as we speak-so please get back to me as soon as possible. Thanks again to everyone who filled out the form, thanks to Mandy Hubbard for donating the copy, and thanks to Teen Book Scene for letting me host the giveaway in the first place.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Anne of Green Gables by L .M. Montgomery

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
Versions: hardcover, paperback, kindle, audio
Other Books in the Series:
     Anne of Avonlea
     Anne of the Island
     Anne of Windy Poplars
     Anne's House of Dreams
     Anne of Ingleside
     Rainbow Valley
     Rilla of Ingleside

Summary (from goodreads):
When Marilla Cuthbert's brother, Matthew, returns home to Green Gables with a chatty redheaded orphan girl, Marilla exclaims, "But we asked for a boy. We have no use for a girl." It's not long, though, before the Cuthberts can't imagine how they could ever do without young Anne of Green Gables--but not for the original reasons they sought an orphan. Somewhere between the time Anne "confesses" to losing Marilla's amethyst pin (which she never took) in hopes of being allowed to go to a picnic, and when Anne accidentally dyes her hated carrot-red hair green, Marilla says to Matthew, "One thing's for certain, no house that Anne's in will ever be dull." And no book that she's in will be, either.

If I had to pick one book that I completely adore and go to from time to time, I would have to say that this is at the top of the list. Anne of Green Gables is about the Cuthberts who have decided to adopt a boy to help out with the farm work. But along the way something goes awry and a girl named Anne comes home with Matthew instead of the awaited boy. At first Marilla isn't pleased especially when Anne gets into so much trouble-but soon Marilla finds an attachment to her. What adventures will Anne get into next?

Anne is one of those characters that everyone likes, with her red hair, freckled face, and skinny physique. And she gets in lots of scrapes including bad cooking, dying her hair, breaking a slate over a boys head, and much much more. I can never put this book down without wanting to pick it right back up. And if you are one of those people who love romance, there is some in this book-a love/hate relationship which progresses through the different books in the series.

Will I reread it?
Yes, I already have and probably will a lot more times. This is one of those memorable books that you can't stop thinking about. And if you aren't much into reading-there is also very good movies based off of the books starring Megan Follows-which I highly recommend.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I Owe An Apology

I have been absent for about three weeks. And I really want to apologize for that-these last few weeks have been really rough and I've hardly been at home so therefore I didn't have my laptop.  And I also wanted to let you know that I am going to post a lot more reviews, interviews, giveaways and other cool things. So thank all of you for not giving up on me yet.