Thursday, September 9, 2010

Bookanista Review: Paranormalcy, by Kiersten White--AND A GIVEAWAY!

Another Thursday, another Bookanista review--but this time I have an added bonus! Make sure you read to the end of this post because I'm giving away an awesome SIGNED copy of the book, and we all know you don't want to miss that, right?

Honestly, I doubt there's much I can say about the sheer fabulousity (what? I'm allowed to make up words) of this book because it's been ALL over the internets, and pretty much ALL the Bookanistas have raved about it AND it hit the NYTs list (SQUEE! *happy dances for Kiersten*). But I'm going to try.

First: The Cover, which is beyond gorgeous. In fact, it kinda deserves a GAWGEOUS!!!!!!!




And the blurb from the publisher:


Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.


But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.


Now, I could seriously gush and rave for about 10 gazillion reasons, but I realize that you're all very busy and important and have better things to do than read my endless ramblings. So I'm going to limit myself to 5.

5 Reasons you NEED to read Paranormalcy 

1. Creativity. In one of the most oversaturated genres out there (YA Paranormal Romance) this book manages to stand out in all the right ways, while still giving you all the great staples we've come to love and expect. There's magical creatures. Action. Mystery. Not to mention two swoon-worthy boys. But it's also different. The creatures are unique. The plot keeps you guessing. And she has a bad boy who's actually BAD--in a totally sexy way of course. ;)

2. Evie. OMG you cannot get a better main character. I love her. I want to be her AND be her best friend. And the best part? She's real. You believe in her.

3. Pacing. Kiersten admits to working hard on her pacing in revision--and you can tell. The plot moves at a pace so smooth it's almost impossible to put the book down. In fact, I'd recommend using the bathroom before you get started, because you will NOT want to stop for a potty break.

4. Humor. This book is bleeping funny. (the bleeping joke will make much more sense once you've read it) I laughed out loud the entire time I was reading. No, really. It kinda scared my cats.

5. Kiersten. She's hilarious. She's smart. But best yet, she's approachable. She greeted people at her signing with a hug. She remembered me from SCBWI. She's got one of the biggest books of the year, but you'd never know it to meet her. And you can tell she'll always be that way

So yeah--in case you can't tell, I LOVE this book. In fact, I love it so much, I bought an extra one, to give it away to one of you. And Kiersten signed it!!!!



And I'm going to keep the contest really simple this time. 

If you're a follower of my blog, leave a comment on this post between now and midnight on Saturday and you're entered. I'll draw one random winner on Saturday night and post the winner on Sunday. Easy Peasy. Contest is even open internationally. Have at it guys!

Oh, and don't forget to check out what the other fabulous Bookanistas are reviewing today:

Christine Fonseca: ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS

Jamie Harrington: THE DUFF

Shelli Johannes-Wells: HEX HALL and DEMON GLASS

Elana Johnson: PERSONAL DEMONS (Wednesday Edition)

Beth Revis: EAT, PRAY, LOVE

Lisa and Laura Roecker: CLEO THE CAT WHO MENDED A FAMILY

Scott Tracey: MATCHED

Carolina Valdez Miller: LOOKING AHEAD TO OCTOBER RELEASES


107 comments:

  1. Great contest Shannon. I'd love to win a signed copy. I'd love a copy. Amazon still hasn't delivered my copy yet. I feel like I'm not invited to the awesome party and all my friends are talking about it. :)

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  2. Ooooh it IS pretty!
    And I heart Evie too, from what I read in the online excerpt. I'd love this!

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  3. Amazing contest and since i have my eye set on this book for quite sometime,i can't do anything but enter!Thanks for hosting this contest internationally!

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  4. As always, thanks for making this international! I know I appreciate the chance to win books that aren't normally released in the Philippines. :)

    Angel
    actenshiko8@gmail.com

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  5. Wow. I can't wait to read this book! I'm totally convinced that I am going to love it. Thanks for listing all of the reasons why we all need to want this book! And, it's signed! Awesome.

    mrsderaps @ hotmail.com

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  6. I've heard so many things about this book!I would love to read it!!
    d.alexandra2@yahoo.com

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  7. Shannon, I am halfway through Paranormalcy right now and I couldn't agree more. The voice Kiersten uses is like having a friend tell you the story. It's amazing! Good luck to those of you entering to win the book. It's a wonderful read :)

    Marissa

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  8. I gasped the first time I saw this cover. I would love to win it!

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  9. INTERNATIONAL? For the win!!!

    Thanks a whole lot for the simple contest, too! I miss them.

    Old follower. :)

    cc932005 at hotmail dot com

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  10. I was lucky enough to be the first library patron to get this book.

    It was amazing. I want to own it! Please enter me for the contest, I am an old follower.
    kjovusatgmaildotcom

    if you want my review check it out here:
    kjovus.blogspot.com

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  11. I'd love to win this! Count me in please.

    k_anon[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk

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  12. Please don't enter me (I already own the book), but I wanted to support Kiersten by confirming that this is a delightful, fun book. Evie is adorable.

    My 14 year old, popular, hip high school daughter LOVED this book.

    Also, CONGRATS to Kiersten for hitting #7 on the NYT best sellers! Way to debut!

    Also, I stopped by to support you, Shannon. 'Sup, Brite?

    Lola-->out.

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  13. I want to read this book sooooo bad!! And your 5 reasons have me even more anxious for this book! Thanks for the giveaway :D Old follower

    ekta.p7 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  14. I have the book so you don't need to enter me. But I couldn't agree more. It is an awesome book. And Evie's voice so comes through in the story.

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  15. Paranormalcy looks awesome, I've been wanting to read it ever since I found out that Evie has a pink jewelled taser. Thanks for the giveaway (and for making it international :)).

    planetprint8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. The best part about that cover is the pussy willows in the front.

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  17. Are you SURE you wanna be Evie's best friend since you KNOW what happened to her?

    I'd like to meet Reth...and Lend. I can't decide! I know I should choose Lend but Reth is just so...bad.

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  18. That cover is amazing! It's gorgeous enough for me to want it w/o even reading the blurb...but after reading the blurb I want it even more! Thanks for the great contest!

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  19. The book sounds great and the cover is stunning. Please enter me in the contest.

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  20. I need to read this book!!

    And yay for simple contests :D

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  21. Thanks for the giveaway and hooray for the international love!

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. What a wonderful giveaway! THANK YOU! : )
    ambience.of.rain {at} gmail.com

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  23. Really hope I win. Thanks for hosting a great (and simple) giveaway!

    mesmerix AT gmail DOT com

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  24. Paranomalcy is on my Fall reading list and I'm dying to read it.

    Thanks for the cool giveaway

    fussymonkey2 at gmail dot com

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  25. I've been wanting to get this book because we call my daughter Evie, she would be thrilled to see it in a book! Not to mention I've heard it's really really good!

    autumn. crochet @ gmail .com

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  26. Shannon , you are awesome! Thank you for the contest! I would love to be able to win this book.

    Misha
    mishamary@gmail.com

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  27. I absolutely LOVED this book. Evie is definitely meant to be my friend, too--such an awesome voice! And I'm Team Lend, all the way. Love your review!

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  28. What a great review and contest! I'm so excited for Kiersten's success and would love to win a signed copy!

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  29. Great review! I've been dying to read this for ages. It sounds sooo good! Thanks for the giveaway! ^_^

    eclecticdahlia [at] aol [dot] com

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  30. +JMJ+

    Please enter me in this giveaway, Shannon! I've been dying to read Paranormalcy for months!

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  31. These are brilliant reasons to read this book - as well as the GORGEOUS cover!!! Good luck everyone entering and thanks for the lovely review and book info!

    take care
    x

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  32. Pick me, pick me, Random Guy!!! *settles down* Yes, please, enter me in the fabulous contest.

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  33. I'm not crazy about the cover but I'm looking foward to reading the book.

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  34. Ooh! You've really made me want to read this now! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    settle.nicole[at]gmail[dot]com

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  35. I'm in the middle of this one right now and LOVING it! Sooooo good!! :-)

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  36. Ohhh! I can't wait to read this. Sadly, the library is VERY slow. *sigh* I would love a copy!!

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  37. I'd love to win a copy of this one! Great cover and I've heard nothing but good things about it!
    dukesangel002 AT yahoo DOT com

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  38. I can't wait to read this one! Thanks for the review. :)

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  39. LOVE the simple contests! Thanks for do it.

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  40. I'm a follower.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  41. I'm a google reader follower.

    cariblogs(at)gmail (dotcom_)

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  42. I'm a follower and would love to be entered for this. Thank you!

    sandyshin7 [at] gmail [dot] com

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  43. Thanks so much! I have been wanting to read this one!
    brandileigh2003@yahoo.com

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  44. It's so crazy exciting that she hit the NYT Bestseller list. Man does she deserve it. I am so excited to read this book. SO EXCITED.

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  45. Thank you so much, I am dying to read this and just can't afford to buy it right now.
    Also, loved your 5 reasons, too cute :)
    lesleykjones@hotmail.com

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  46. I heard paranormalcy has been riding the charts as an awesome book. I'm inclined to agree, it's on the top of my must-read list. And I'd do anything to get it, so I'm hoping hard for this with my fingers and toes crossed :)
    The reasons were fun and I enjoyed the blurb.
    Thank you for a chance in such an awesome giveaway!!!

    legally_write@hotmail.com

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  47. Thank you! This is, like, the only way to win this book if someone doesn't live in the us/uk/canada, and I'm VERY grateful to have a chance.

    I'd love to have Paranormalcy. Even if it wasn't a good read (which i'm sure it totally is) the cover alone is worth having it :D

    Your review makes me all excited!

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  48. Loved your review! Can't wait to read the book. Thanks for the opportunity to get a copy. :o)

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  49. uuh I want Paranormalcy so bad, Kiersten is awesome and so funny, I love her blog and can't wait to read Paranormalcy!

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  50. AH! I've been hearing so much about this book for so long! Thanks for making it international, and please count me in! :D

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  51. I've heard SO many good things about this and if I don't win it in your contest, I'm totally buying it when it comes out next year! Great review!

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  52. This sounds like a great book. I'd love to win it. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I'm a follower.

    forwhlz at gmail dot com

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  53. Great contest. Really looking forward to reading this. Thanks for the chance!
    bacchus76 at myself dot com

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  54. The book sounds terribly exciting, and Kiersten adorable!

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  55. Everyone is saying such positive things about this book. I can't wait to read it!!!

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  56. Great contest! I want to read this book soo badly.

    silverfalcon42[at]gmail[dot]com

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  57. I went to buy this book yesterday because I had a 15% coupon for being a B&N member however they hadn't put the display up - so I proceeded to turn on the waterworks - needless to say - they came back only to tell me it wasn't that the display wasn't up it was because their shipment hadn't arrived yet. Thus - I instead bought something else - still though - I want this book so bad - I'll check back tomorrow I suppose.

    That aside though - having a signed copy would be pretty spiffy too - *nudge nudge hint hint* >.>

    - Rachel
    Rachel.Melinda.Yarbrough@gmail.com

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  58. I would love to read this book! I've heard such good things about it!

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  59. awesome contest, the book looks amazing.(: I'm so excited it might be turned into a movie!(:

    maddie.mcphail@gmail.com

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  60. I would love to read this book, thanks for the giveaway!!

    myra0502@yahoo.com

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  61. I would love to read Paranormalcy! Love the cover of this book so much! =)

    morgynmjoubert(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  62. I would absolutely love to win this book! I've heard such good things about it and I want to read it so bad now!
    twigerina[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  63. thanks for this awesome contest!! been wanting to read this book really bad

    mariannguyen16(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  64. Cover is stunning! I still can't get over that shade of pink on her dress..wow..lol ;)

    Thanks for making the giveaway international! :) x

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  65. Yay! Thanks for the giveaway. I can´t wait to read Paranormalcy. The cover is gorgeous. I saw some reviews this book and I need read Paranormalcy very soon, it´s in my wishlist.

    All best,

    ~Yelania

    itzel_library@hotmail.com

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  66. Keep hearing about this book - sounds good!
    And I love books that make me laugh. :)

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  67. I really want this one! Thanks so much for the contest!

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  68. I love how easy your contest rules are :) Enter me in to the draw! I've been hearing all good things about this book and I'm looking forward to reading it!

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  69. Brilliant post! I can't wait to read this book but I have a feeling it won't be out in New Zealand for a while. Thanks for making this contest international. xoxo

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  70. I cannot wait to get to the bookstore and see if it's there yet! Great review Shannon.

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  71. Would love to read this! Thanks for the giveaway.
    aploughery (at)yahoo (dot) com

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  72. Would love to read this! Thanks for the giveaway.
    aploughery (at)yahoo (dot) com

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  73. I can't wait to read Paranormalcy! I hope I win, thanks for this contest!:)

    sylvia_uy4(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  74. 1. Gorgeous cover.
    2. Love an easy giveaway contest!
    3. Normal is boring, I have been trying to get this across for many moons!! :) I would love to read this book!

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  75. Thanks for the awesome contest!! I would love to read this book. Sounds great!!
    chickenherder@hotmail.com

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  76. Sounds great!
    bratdownstairs at yahoo

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  77. thank you for the chance! :D
    feeyonachan at gmail dot com

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  78. Ooh, I love signed copies. I'm reading Paranormalcy right now via my kindle that I just received for my birthday. I would absolutely love to have the hard copy (I love the cover as well)

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  79. I can't wait to read this book! The cover is totally alluring! Thanks for the awesome contest!

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  80. I too am a follower and would love to be entered. Thank you for the giveaway!

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

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  81. I've heard so many great things about this! Great contest!

    stephaniet117 at yahoo dot com

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  82. I so want to read it herd so much about this book.Can't wait to get my hands on it.
    I'm a Old Follower of this Blog Via GFC

    sasluvbooks(at)yahoo.com

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  83. I'm dying to read this one! If the book's as interesting as Kiersten's blog is (which I'm guessing it is), it's worth all the raving our blog friends are giving it.

    Thanks, Shannon, for the great review!

    Cheers,
    Jackee

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  84. Thank you for the "simple" in this giveaway! (And thanks for the giveaway!)

    I cannot WAIT to read this book!

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  85. Oh it sounds so good! Your review makes me want to read it even more xD
    Really can't wait!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    entrelibros_blog at hotmail.com

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  86. Kiersten IS awesome! This was my most anticipated debut of the year. I love Evie. She's too bleeping cute!

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  87. I completely agree with Claire. Kiersten is awesome and so funny. I'm hoping to pick up a copy of Paranormalcy soon.

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  88. Totally agree!! The cover is gorgeous!

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  89. Thanks you for making this one international (and signed!) I actually fell in love with the cover when I saw it on a blog earlier this year! Thanks again!

    callmeghostgirl@yahoo.com.au

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  90. Great contest! I absolutely adore this cover! Looks like a great read.

    kosmond.avon[at]gmail[dot]com

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  91. Please include me in this giveaway, I would love to get my hands on a copy of this book.

    I'm a follower.

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  92. I actually just started reading this and I haven't stopped for any potty breaks. I should though because I bump into walls going into the bathroom.

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  93. Awesome giveaway! Book looks and sounds pretty interesting. Keeping my fingers crossed!
    Tara

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  94. Awesome contest. This book has been on my wishlist since I heard about it!

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  95. Awesome review; awesome giveaway! Thanks!

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  96. I can't believe I still don't have a copy of this book. I didn't pre-order because there was a possibility that Kiersten was going to signing at a Borders in Vegas (like yesterday) on her way to her signing in SL, but then she flew. And I don't live next to a bookstore that carries it. I may be turning to Amazon after all.

    Thanks for the review!

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  97. Please enter me too! I can't wait to read this book!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

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  98. I keep hearing about how great this book is and can't wait to read it!

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  99. I really want to read this book!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    aine.onetwistedpixie[at]gmail[dot]com

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  100. It's not midnight here yet, so I'm entering!
    rivkarno1(at)hotmail(dot)com
    I REALLY want this!!1

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  101. CAnt wait to read it!! Its a shame great books like these take to freaking long to get published here in Brazil. Always have to find a way to import!!


    juliannasteffens@gmail.com

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  102. I think I'm too late but I thought I'd comment anyways. Paranormalcy sounds so awesome and that cover, Wow! I can't wait to read this one!

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