Thursday, January 6, 2011

Bookanista Review: Across the Universe, by Beth Revis--AND A SIGNED BOOK GIVEAWAY!!!!

Yay--the Bookanistas are finally back! (You know you've missed us.) And I'm kicking off the new year by reviewing a book that just so happens to be written by one of the Bookanistas herself: ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, by the amazing, talented, and oh so wonderful writer I feel lucky to call a friend, Beth Revis.

LOVE this cover:


And here's the blurb from the publisher:

A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone-one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship-tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn't do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there's only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.


Sounds intriguing, right?

I have to admit though, guys, I was nervous to read this one. I mean, I LOVE Beth, and she's one of the Bookanistas, and even though the blurb sounded cool and this book has had CRAZY buzz and everyone I knew who'd read it had LOVED it and I had no doubt of Beth's talent, there was a teeny, tiny part of me that thought: OMG what if I hate it--what will I say?????????? Especially because...*whispers*...I don't usually like Sci-Fi. 

*pauses while fans of Star Wars and Star Trek and anything else with "star" in the title gasp and race to click the unfollow button*

I know. I'm weird. It's just not my thing--usually. But I'm telling you guys right now--my worries were totally and completely unfounded. 

I LOVED this book. Me--the girl who usually loses interest the second anything is set in space--could not put this book down. Not sure if it's because it's SO well written, or because it's also a dystopian novel squeezed inside all the space stuff, or because Elder and Amy have this wicked chemistry between them, or because it has this great omg-what-is-going-on-I-need-to-know-NOW!!!! kind of mystery--but whatever it is, it's AMAZING. Dark and claustrophobic and tense and full of tons of twists and turns that keep you on your toes. And I love that Beth doesn't go easy on her characters or her readers. She's not afraid to push everyone as hard and as much as she can, so you never know who's safe and who you can trust.

ACROSS THE UNIVERSE lives up to every bit of the hype it garnered, and I recommend it to anyone--whether you can recite every line from the one and only season of Firefly from memory or whether you're scratching your head right now wondering what the heck Firefly is. Put any preconceived notions you may have about Sci-Fi or Young Adult novels aside and read this book!!!! You will not be disappointed. In fact, I'm fairly certain you'll be blown away. I certainly was.

And because I believe so strongly that everyone should read it, I'm giving away a copy to one lucky commenter on today's post. Even better--that copy will be SIGNED by the fabulous Ms Revis herself Better still: Beth's also proving once again how awesome she is, and throwing in some swag for the winner too. Check it out:


Yeah. I know. I'm totally jealous of the winner.

But guess what? She also gave me 2 more swag packs for two more winners (sorry, I could not afford to buy two more books to go along with that). So lucky runners up will get awesome AtU swag packs with pins and bookmarks and other awesomeness.

UPDATE: Thanks to the lovely Penguin Booth at ALA Mid-Winter, I was able to score two lovely AtU ARCs:


Which means the winners of the swag packs will also win an AtU ARC to go with it. They aren't signed but they are gorgeous. 

So just to recap, one winner will get a signed hardcover of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE and some cool AtU swag. Two runners up will get awesome swag packs and AtU ARCs. And to enter, all you have to do is follow my blog and leave a comment on today's post before 11:59 pm PST on Saturday, January 15th. Winner will be posted on January 16th. International entries welcome. Ready? Go!

130 comments:

  1. I'd love to win! This book sounds awesome!

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  2. This book sounds fantastic, I can't wait to read it.

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  3. This book is at the very top of my wishlist right now. I cannot wait to read it and I've loved reading interviews with the author. She seems so smart and fun...And I bet her book will be the same!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mrsderaps @ hotmail . com

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  4. My copy is already pre-ordered! I cannot wait to read this.

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  5. AtU sounds AH-mazing! I'd love to win this prize pack. :)

    raila.soares(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. Yay! Thanks a zillion for the giveaway! :)

    I am a follower.

    Misha
    mishamary@gmail.com

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  7. Woo hoo! This is on my list of "books to read in 2011".

    Would love to win it! Definitely enter me!

    wardkristi (at) hotmail (dot) com

    AND thanks for the great review!

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  8. I am dying to read this book. Not only is the cover beautiful (both covers by the way), but I've heard nothing but excellent reviews of AtU. I'm so pumped. Thanks for the contest!

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  9. Oh wow - great cover, great blurb, fab review!!! The Bookanistas are BACK!

    take care
    x

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  10. You're not weird to not love SF. I don't either but have been reading more dystopian/SF lately because my 13 year old daughter and her friends like it more than fantasy. They're turning me onto books.

    I so want to win the book. I so want to read it and then pass in onto my daughter and her friends. Thanks for being so generous to give it away.

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  11. I would love to have this.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  12. Hi Shannon :)
    It seems like I've been dying to read Beth's book for FOREVER!
    :)
    All the best,
    Rob

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  13. I have been drooling over this book since I read the first chapter online! I so cannot wait for next week when it comes out!!! And of course your review makes me even more impatient :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  14. This totally seems like a book I wouldn't normally like, but would end up loving! Thanks for your review.

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  15. Like many other people, I've been dying to read this one since I read the first chapter online. This is going to be HUGE! :)

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  16. This book sounds so awesome! It has been on my wishlist for ages and i am so eager to get my hands on a copy! Your review has only made me that much more impatient. Thank you for the giveaway *fist pump* and for making it international:D

    holz_twilight@msn.com

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  17. Yay! Pick ME!! I cannot wait to read this. All the hype is making me crazy excited:)

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  18. I got a hold of the first chapter when Beth was giving it away a few months ago, and I have to say that I can't remember ever reading a more powerful opening scene. I'm not joking.

    Don't put me in the contest because I'm going to go buy it on Tuesday and take a photo to win the swag on her blog.

    Oh go ahead and enter me I guess. You've got some good swag too.

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  19. I pre-ordered this book on Christmas as a little present to myself. :) And I LOVE sci-fi! But I won't hold your dislike of it against you. :)

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  20. I'm so excited for Beth and so jealous of all of you that have gotten to read it already!!! Count me in!

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  21. Awesome giveaway! Thanks for making it international!

    vicky.vak8(at)gmail.com

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  22. I have been dying--dying!--to read this ever since I read the first chapter. The only good thing about not wining is that it comes out so soon.

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  23. Thanks for this super-amazing giveaway! :)

    jlelliott08 AT gmail DOT com

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  24. I'm not normally into sci-fi either, but I've been dying to read this one. Your review affirmed that.

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  25. I've been wanting to read this one. Thank you for the great giveaway.

    GFC follower as seriousreader

    seriousreader at live dot com

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  26. YAY for this contest and the book coming out soon! Thanks, Shannon!

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  27. Count me in! I've had my eyes on this book for a while (yes I am a SF fan and know all about Firefly, but I'm still following you! Hey, at least you mentioned Firefly, right? :)

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  28. I'd love to be a part of this contest! I've heard so many good things about this book and can't wait to read it. Thanks Shannon :)

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  29. Excellent and entertaining review, Shannon. This is definitely on my to-read list. And the cover is total lava lamp. I could sit mesmerized and staring at it for HOURS!

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  30. Great review! I can't wait to read it! Firefly is/was such a great show! I absolutly love it and quote from it ALL the time. I mean how many other shows have cowboys in space who curse in Chinese? So original!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!!!

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  31. Great review! I can't wait to read it! Firefly is/was such a great show! I absolutly love it and quote from it ALL the time. I mean how many other shows have cowboys in space who curse in Chinese? So original!
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!!!

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  32. Love your reviews, but you didn't have to sell me on this one. After I read the first chapter way back when, I was hooked. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  33. Great review! And thank you so much for this awesome giveaway!!!

    *crosses fingers and hopes*

    addicted2novels(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. O-M-G!! Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow, oh wow. Um...well...WOW! Randomizer.org, don't fail me now.

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  35. Sometimes when I get excited I speak in keyboard and yell "ASDFJKL;" I, infact, just did that out loud in my cube after reading the interview and seeing the prize.

    To quote more science fiction (since I'm convinced now that you've read this book you are going to go out and read more sci-fi and then rent all three seasons of Roswell): "What's so great about normal?"- Max Evans, Roswell Season 1.

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  36. I'm totally in. Yay! The book sounds awesome.

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  37. Looks like a fantastic read and I would LOVE to win this book!
    GFC follower (Lexie@BookBug)
    lexie.bookbug(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  38. I would love to have a signed copy! I can´t wait for this book!

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  39. Well, I am one of those 'star' lovers that adores your blog too much to click the unfollow button. :) (But *gasp* how can you not like Star Wars!) :)

    So, yes, I love sci-fi. I love dystopian. I love romance with good chemistry. So I MUST READ THIS BOOK. Winning a signed copy would be aMAZing, but, nevertheless, it's going on my to-read list. :)

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  40. I'm on a great big dystopian kick right now, so AtU sound like it would right up my alley. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  41. I'm not typically a sci-fi fan byt I love dystopian novels and this sounds great!

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  42. Can I just say that I love this review? Because I do. I read AtU a week or so ago and fell in love with it. I'm not a big sci-fi person either, but this book was so much more than that. I read it in one sitting because it was impossible to put down!

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  43. Happy New Year!

    This book sounds very interesting!
    Think I'll look it up!

    Oh, and don't worry, this fan of all things "Star" won't unfollow :D

    Cheers!
    Jen

    And PS: LOVED The Healing Spell. Thanks again!

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  44. I cannot WAIT to read this! And that's such an amazing prize pack. Thanks for the contest! :)

    Stephanie
    moonglo at gmail dot com

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  45. *want* I'd grovel, but it's not likely to get me anywhere. *grin*

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  46. Oh, a signed copy! I'd love to win this...Please enter me, I'm a follower.
    Thank you for the review :)

    judittten at gmail dot com

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  47. I'm a follower, and I would love to win a copy of this book. The cover alone is amazing.

    probablyreading(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. Ah, I've been dying to read this for SO LONG! Thank you for the giveaway and review!

    I'm a follower!
    bookwormoakes AT yahoo DOT com

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  49. I heard someone call it a combination of Titanic meets Brave New World and I was hooked! I want to read is so badly and it doesn't help bloggers tease us with those awesome reviews! :) Thanks for a chance at winning it!

    vicky216n@hotmail.com

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  50. Sounds great! I can't wait to read it. *goes to goodreads and adds to vastly huge TBR shelf*

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  51. Fabulous review for a fabulous author. All the fanfare is deserved.
    As for you, missy, don't TELL me you don't like Firefly! *sigh*

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  52. I can't WAIT to read Across the Universe!!

    Thank you for the awesome giveaway!! I'm already a follower :))

    Iffath xo
    lovereadingx[at]gmail[dot]com

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  53. I can't wait to read Across The Universe! It sounds amazing!! Please count me in for the fabulous giveaway!:D

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

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  54. I have been looking forward to the release of AtU for months. I already have it ordered, but a signed copy is even better. :) I am a bit of a sci-fi fan, more YA sci-fi and sci-fi romance, but I won't hold it against you. :) I'd love to win and book swag is so cool.

    jessicasubject.writer[at]gmail[dot]com

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  55. Awesome contest, I love that swag is included too! This book looks so good, I would love to win!

    danceislove27@gmail.com

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  56. Aw! *hugs* Thanks for featuring my book, Shannon!!!

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  57. I'd love to win this. Thanks for the giveaway.

    forwhlz at gmail dot com

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  58. I follow your blog and DESPERATELY want to win this book! After reading the first chapter, I was hooked!

    Thanks so the opportunity to win!

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  59. Sorry forgot my email:

    gsarnak410 at gmail dot com

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  60. Whoa, I need to back away a little because this post is filled with so much AWESOME O_O!

    *comes back a few minutes later*

    YAY! Welcome back Bookanistas! xD

    I've read so many positive reviews for Across the Universe and GAH, how can I not enter this giveaway! I intend on buying myself a copy of AtU but it would be extraordinarily good luck if I won a signed copy. I have to try my luck once again! >D

    piratepenguinreads(at)gmail(dot)com

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  61. Sign me up!
    wolferock AT earthlink DOT net

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  62. Yay for Beth! Great review! I can't wait! Almost here!

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  63. I am so jealous of everyone who's been able to read this book before its official release! Can't wait!

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  64. AWESOME! Thanks so much for the chance :) I´m excited about this book.

    itzel_library@hotmail.com

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  65. Okay seriously, this book cannot get more hyped. The more I hear about it, the more I want to read it. I think I need to calm down a little.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! (And don't worry - I like watching Sci-Fi-ish stuff, but reading it? Not really my thing either.)

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  66. Oh, so glad to hear it. because I am in the same boat. LOVE Beth... hate sci-fi. I guess when a book is amazing, the genre doesn't really matter. I have already ordered, so no need to include me in the contest!

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  67. Since everyone seems to love Across the Universe and I have it on my wishlist too, I'll be keeping fingers crossed for winning this giveaway :)

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  68. ahhhhhh. Can't wait to read this.

    Following as spriteyone.

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  69. I'm DYING to read this book! I read the first chapter and I was completely sucked in. Can't wait to read it!

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  70. So excited for this! Can't wait to go look for it once we return from Europe. Beth is fabulous.

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  71. I'm counting down the days! It's a must-read for me! Thanks for the review and the contest Shannon!

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  72. I would LOVE to read this!
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  73. I'm not gonna lie. I'm a little nervous about reading this. I, like you, am not a sci-fi book fan. I'm glad to hear it's getting great reviews, though.

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  74. *big hugs* I'm not a sci-fi, nor a mystery fan either, but I'm so excited for AtU! Soooo glad you enjoyed the book, and thank you (and thanks, Beth!) for the contest!
    rivkarno1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  75. Would love to win this!

    bookworm1858 AT hotmail DOT com

    [My captcha sums up what I'm doing: "tries" to win a totally awesome book!]

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  76. The book sounds great, thanks for the giveaway!!

    myra0502@yahoo.com

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  77. I still love you... even if you're not a Star Trek/Star Wars fan! :)

    Loved the 1st chapter I got to read online - can't wait to read the rest!!! :)

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  78. Yes ,yes, yes, I WANT THIS BOOK !!

    - a follower

    and this the email;

    uniquas at ymail dot com

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  79. I'm a follower.

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  80. I am constantly hearing wonderful things about this book. I can't wait to read! January 16th is also my birthday, so just maybe...

    Thanks for the review. I'm even more excited!!

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  81. Lol, I've been wanting to get my hands on this book since I read the first chapter so looooong ago (well it was months, but it feels like forever)! Thanks for having the giveaway Shannon:)

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  82. I'm dying to get my hands on this book! Even though I usually step away from anything set on space :P But I've heard so many great things about it I just can't help myself :)

    Thanks for the review!

    entrelibros_blog at hotmail.com

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  83. Just read Scott's review of AtU, and Dude, you guys had such different approaches, but both of you did such a brilliant job making me want to scream my head off because I. Don't. HaveITYET!!!!!!!!

    P.S. How could you not like sci-fi? Seriously. We need to do a Star Wars marathon. I shall convert you. Have you seen the new Star Trek? That will totally do it. Or man, the new Tron?? Dude, I'm wigging out over here.

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  84. Thanks for hosting - - nice review - sooooo want to read it now!

    Please enter me in the drawing - I am an old follower!
    bevsharp@desch.org

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  85. INTERNATIONAL?!?! :D

    Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway! Old follower. I loved this book as well, and would love to have the finished copy and swag. :)

    cc932005 at hotmail dot com

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  86. I'm in, too!! Thanks, Shannon and Beth!

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  87. You have NO IDEA HOW MUCH I WANTSS THIS BOOKSES. MUST STEAL IT FROM TRICKSY HOBBITSES.

    No, really this is on my must list for 2011!

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  88. Wow. I really can't wait to read this. I'm glad you loved it. If I don't win I am so going to buy this and gobble it up! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Nicole
    novelgirl[at]gmail[dot]com

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  89. I've heard nothing but good things about Across the Universe and can't wait to read it.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    whatinabox at gmail dot com

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  90. I've been dying to read Across the Universe. Count me in, please!

    spav05(at)gmail(dot)com

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  91. I'm so excited about this book! I really, really hope I win! :)

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  92. Oh Shannon I am so totallylovin' you and Beth right now! Thanks so much for this fantabuloso contest!

    Um, duh, I'm a follower. :P

    ~Briana
    thebookpixie[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  93. I have heard so many rave reviews about AtU from some friends who won an ARC last year. I would LOVE to win.

    I follow you on Google Reader and my email is jnaomicline at yahoo.

    Thanks for the chance!

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  94. *fingers crossed* I would love to win this and the swag!! This is definitely on my TBR list!

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  95. I'd love a finished copy! My review posts on the 10th but I gave my ARC away in a giveaway.

    I'm a long time follower!

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  96. Sounds very intriguing! I love the review. I'm with you on the space stuff. But you make me want to read the book. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.
    chickenherder@hotmail.com

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  97. I'd love to win this one! Please count me in if it's international.

    magabygc AT gmail.com

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  98. Sounds like an awesome read! I've been eating up dystopian fiction lately. Can't wait to check it out!

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  99. I cannot waaaaaaaait to read this one, it's full of all the stuff I love.

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  100. This book sounds great! The cover is pretty amazing, too. I love it when the cover and the story dovetail so well.

    I had to laugh at your not liking sci-fi comment. I went through bouts of LOVING it - I have signed Star Trek memorabilia in my attic - but I'm in a not-unless-it's-amazing phase. (I'm LOVING Ender's Game right now - LOVING. IT.) So I'm eager to read this one! And as you say, it's had a lot of positive buzz.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  101. I definitely need to read this book! It sounds like a great read : )

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  102. Enter me, please. The buzz about this is making me go deaf ;)

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  103. Holy crow! This sounds AMAZING. How did I not know about this book? Oh well. Now that I do. OMG I'M POOR. :(

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  104. Ooh! awesome contest! I reald the first chapter online and now cannot wait to read the whole thing. Thanks for the super contest. ^_^

    follower

    hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

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  105. Awesome! I hope I win :0) This sounds like a great read. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself at ALA (but who wouldn't have fun at ALA)!

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  106. I would love to win AtU!! Thank you for the chance :D

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  107. I WANT TO WIINNNN! PLEASE! OMG.. pick me! <3


    dani dot prmr at hotmail dot com


    Jaz Parks

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  108. I'll probably crack and download the book tonight like a dorky fan-girl, but I was planning on getting a hardcopy since the cover is so cool!

    Awesome contest!

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  109. Ahhh!!! I've been dieing to read this book ever since I read the first chapter online. I can't wait until it's released :)

    What an awesome giveaway, thanks!

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  110. I read the first chapter on Beth's website. I'm really looking forward to reading the whole thing

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  111. This is a very cool competition.

    Thanks!!! Its a great way to get into the spirit of a new book release. Like an online party!

    misty@lg2.com.au

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  112. You get the best signed books, Shannon! I'm always so jealous. I've been looking forward to this one for awhile.

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  113. I'd love to win, but even if I don't, Across the Universe is going to the tippy top of my TBR list. Sounds wonderful!

    Janaya75@hotmail.com

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  114. Oh man this is such an exciting giveway!!! Fingers crossed :)

    Sy
    rain_orchid11 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  115. I'd love a chance to win this book. And if not, I'll be buying it anyway! :)

    Thanks for hosting such a great contest!

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  116. I would love to read this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

    bdecouverte@gmail.com

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  117. I so love the sound of this book. Everyone seems to be reading it. I started following you :)
    frellathon(at)gmail(dot)com

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  118. Done and done! I have been wanting to read this for a while now.

    wolfinthefable@gmail.com

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  119. Such a lovely prize! Thanks.

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  120. I've been dying to read this book. All the reviews? SO not helping. Your review was fantastic, though. ;D

    ashelynnsanford at hotmail dot com.

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  121. I've seen dozens of great reviews for this book and would love to win a copy!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

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  122. This book sounds so amazing! Your review made me want to read it even more!

    a_readers_adventure at yahoo .com

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