Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bookanista Review: Moonglass, by Jessi Kirby--AND AN ARC GIVEAWAY!!!!

Sorry for not posting much this week. Still drowning in deadlines over here. But I made time for today's Bookanista review, because I HAD to share this beautiful book with you. MOONGLASS by Jessi Kirby.

First--the striking cover:


I could seriously stare at that scene all day. *wistful sigh*

And here's how the publisher describes the story:

When Anna was little, she and her mother used to search for sea glass, but since they looked at night, they called it moonglass. Now, ten years after her mother's mysterious death, her father is working as head lifeguard on the same beach where her mother grew up and her parents first met and fell in love.

Reluctant to get close to anyone (including her father) and not pleased about having to start at a new school, Anna begins to spend more time alone, running the length of the beach and wondering about who her mother really was. After meeting a lifeguard named Tyler, she slowly lets her guard down and together they start exploring the abandoned houses that dot the beach.

But when learning more about her mother's past leads to a painful discovery, Anna must reconcile her desire for solitude with ultimately accepting the love of her family and friends.


So obviously this is a Contemp--which you guys know I don't read AS many of. Not because I don't enjoy contemporary stories--but because sometimes they can be a bit slow for my taste. But MOONGLASS is incredibly page turning. In fact, I read it all in one sitting. I wanted so badly to learn more about Anna's mother, explore the cottages on the beach, and--of course--see more of the hotness that is Tyler, that I just couldn't. put. it. down.

And the writing is gorgeous. I've read a lot of "beach stories" over the years, and I'm not sure any have done such a beautiful job of describing the setting. You feel the sand between your toes. The waves washing over your skin. You can see every piece of moonglass glowing in the moonlight. And the way Jessi mixes mermaid myths and metaphors to parallel the mysterious death of Anna's mother is elegant. Let's just say I had major writing envy the entire time I was reading.

MOONGLASS is sad and honest and lush and moving. Jessi tosses you back and forth between heartache and hope as easily as the waves toss shards of sea glass on the shore. I highly recommend it, whether you'll be reading it at the beach or from your sofa, dreaming of the ocean. It's the perfect summer read. I can't wait to buy my hardcover copy on May 3rd.


But--as always--I don't want you guys to just take my word for it. See for yourselves. I'm giving away my ARC to one lucky commenter on this post. To enter, just make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment before 11:59 pm pacific on Saturday April 30th. I'll choose one random winner and post their name on Sunday May 1st. International entries welcome.

Oh--and since I know how much you guys love contests, better hop over to Jessi's blog once you're done entering here. She's giving away an AWESOME Mermaid prize pack (I seriously, seriously want it!) to one lucky commenter. Click HERE for details on how to enter. 

To learn about more incredible books, check out what my fellow Bookanistas are up to:

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LiLa Roecker gets silly over Spoiled
Christine Fonseca has a passion for Possession – with giveaway
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Shelli Johannes-Wells is in the grip of Possession
Scott Tracey bathes in Blood Magic
Carolina Valdez Miller interviews Invincible Summer author Hannah Moskowitz
Jessi Kirby praises Playing Hurt
Bethany Wiggins delves into Divergent
Shana Silver presents a Guestanista gushing over Between Here and Forever
Carrie Harris sings out about Shift
Rosemary Clement-Moore applauds Abandon
Sarah Frances Hardy enjoys Me Jane
Matt Blackstone loves Like Mandarin
Corrine Jackson delights in The Duff

55 comments:

  1. I'm like you. But when I find a good contemporary - I love them.

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  2. I don't read contemporary much either. But I've heard great things about this one. Thanks for the contest.

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  3. This book sounds amazing!!! I have been searching nearby where I live, and cannot find it. Maybe I need to urge the hubby to drive to our local borders on date night (what's that, and when????) it's a 1/2 hour away, and we never travel that way. the cover of that book is just gorgeous!!! thanks

    staceyt

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  4. This cover is beautiful and makes me want to be there instead of sitting at my desk. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win. :o)

    britneywyatt[at]gmail[dot]com

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  5. Wonderful review! This one sounds so touching and memorable, you've definitely got me curious about it now ;)

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  6. Sounds like too much hand holding for me.

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  7. i love the bookanistas. I've gotten so many great recommendations for books i would have otherwise missed. Throw my name into the drawing, i want to read more contemp

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  8. Absolutely adore the cover! I really want to read this story, I've heard a lot about it lately and it sounds like a great story.

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  9. I'm writing a summer-y contemporary (no beach, though) so I'd love to read this. . . for research purposes, of course. Okay, also because it sounds awesome.
    - Sophia.

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  10. We have the same taste in books. Can't wait until I get a copy of this!!!

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  11. Sounds great! And I'm a Lake Michigan beach girl, so I'm intrigued to hear her descriptions about the beach. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. Shannon, wow. You made my day with this! Thank you for such a lovely review!

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  13. Thanks for pointing this book out! It sounds great.

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  14. Yay contest! Sounds like a great summer read!

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  15. Moonglass will be released May 3rd, for the girl who has been looking for it.
    Jes' stepdad read it and although he is a pretty "male oriented" reader & writer, was very moved by the story.

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  16. I don't read a lot of contemporary either, but this one sounds amazing!

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  17. You know, I saw that this was on a beach and I felt like I've already read too many beach books. But from the way you describe it, I think I'll read this, too. Thanks for the review.

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  18. How did I miss this one? Thanks for the review, #1! :-)

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  19. Such a great book. I loved it too!

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  20. Awesome giveaway; I really want to read this book. :)
    naruto_and_hinata(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  21. I need to expand my genres, so this would be a good book for me to read. I think the cover really pulls you in and I like the title as well. I really enjoy your blog!
    destinylovesbook@aol.com

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  22. Loved the cover! I want to read this one! :)

    sweet(dot)sayumi(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)br

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  23. Love this review. I love a book that immerses you in the story and the setting. Nothing wrong with a good heart-twister, either!

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  24. I would love to read this!!! ]

    alexis0407@yahoo.com

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  25. Book has very interesting story and the cover is amazing.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

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  26. I've had Moonglass on my wishlist for quite a while now because I love good contemps. Plus, the cover is gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaway, Shannon.

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  27. I don't see how this is any different than, say, Playing Hurt, but I'll take your word for it, since you seem to be in love.

    rivkarno1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  28. Love the cover - it's beautiful!! I'd love to be entered to win this one.

    follow on gfc

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

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  29. This book sounds right up my alley!! *fingers crossed*

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  30. This book looks so much like something I'd love and I'm glad that you enjoyed it. :)

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  31. Gorgeous cover - there's something so magical about the moon!

    And sometimes it's good to vaca from the fantasy world. This sounds like a great read. Thanks for the review!

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  32. I want this book! Can't wait to read it! Great review, Shannon.

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  33. Sounds like a fabulous book!! :)

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  34. I love contemporary. Please enter me.

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  35. I'd love to play please.

    Already following your blog.

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. I also don't read a lot of contemps, but I love coming across a truly great one. If this one is half as good as the cover, I'll be stoked!

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  37. It's gotten harder to find good contemporary novels. This one looks fantastic, though!

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  38. I'd love to read Jessi's book! Thanks for the context, Shannon. :)

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  39. I would seriously love to win a copy of this! Thanks for the chance.

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  40. I don't read enough contemp! Thanks for the giveaway!


    taffy(dot)lovell@gmail.com

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  41. Just the blurb and got a little teary ...then I read your review and added it to my TBR pile, I love "beachy" books :P

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    callmeghostgirl@yahoo.com.au

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  42. This book sounds amazing! I want to read it so badly! :) Thanks for the chance to win it.

    hales5740@aol.com

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  43. Thanks!

    GFC follower

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

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  44. I am really in love with the cover of this book! And the review is just so awesome! Thanks

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  45. I love the cover and description. I can't wait to read it soon.

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  46. beautiful cover and i would really like to read it :)

    uniquas at ymail dot com

    - a gfc follower

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  48. Sounds great! Count me in please.
    k_anon[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk

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  49. Gorgeous cover! It sounds so original and intriguing. Lovely contest:)

    emmanemgirl@gmail.com

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  50. Oh please enter me, I'd love to win!!

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  51. I am beyond excited for this book, and I love the cover. its pretty cool! Thank you for this giveaway

    -Lasha

    arudd908(at)gmail(dot)com

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  52. I hadn't heard of this one, but it sounds awesome.

    whatinabox at gmail dot com

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  53. Oh oh! *raises hand* I love a beach setting, especially this time of year/heading into the summer. *swoon*
    And, I love beach glass. So, please enter me. Thank you. :)

    Also, hope all is well. I hope you had a delightful, chocolate filled Easter.
    I've been busy thus a very bad blogger lately and not making my rounds. *sigh*

    Hugs,
    Lola

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  54. There are some book with glass as a title and this book is one of them. I have found some review about Moonglass. Most of the liked it. I hope I can also read this one.

    I love book which play your emotions :)

    aleetha.ally at gmail dot com

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  55. Thanks for the giveaway! I love contemporary reads so this one sounds great :)

    rain_orchid11 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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