Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bookanista Review: The Day Before, by Lisa Schroeder--AND A PREORDER GIVEAWAY!!!!

Phew--I'm so glad life has calmed down from last week. Now I can finally post the Bookanista Review I'd been planning to post last Thursday--for a book and author I am SO excited about. THE DAY BEFORE, by Lisa Schroeder.

I love the simple beauty of the cover:


And here's how the publisher describes the book:

Amber’s life is spinning out of control. All she wants is to turn up the volume on her iPod until all of the demands of family and friends fade away. So she sneaks off to the beach to spend a day by herself. Then Amber meets Cade. Their attraction is instant, and Amber can tell he’s also looking for an escape. Together they decide to share a perfect day: no pasts, no fears, no regrets. The more time that Amber spends with Cade, the more she’s drawn to him. And the more she’s troubled by his darkness. Because Cade’s not just living in the now—he’s living each moment like it’s his last.


What that doesn't tell you is that this is a verse novel--which I know some people find strange. Believe me, I get it. For the longest time I thought verse novels were super weird--I didn't understand how a book written in poems could carry the same emotional resonance of a prose novel. But then I tried one. Specifically, one of Lisa's, called I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME. I've been hooked ever since.

Yes, verse novels are different--but in an amazingly powerful way. The depth of emotion that Lisa is able to covey through her poetry is amazing. They're the kind of books you want to race through, because you want to know what's going to happen, want to read the next beautiful poem. But if you force yourself to slow down and savor every word--or, like me, read them again--you get so much more out of them. Verse novels are an experience I personally think every reader needs to try. I bet most of you will be just as addicted as I am.

I'd been counting down the days to THE DAY BEFORE pretty much from the moment Lisa announced her deal (those of you who've been following my blog know what a Lisa Schroeder fangirl I am. I did a whole Lisa Schroeder Week last year) and I am THRILLED to say that her newest book didn't disappoint.

I was so swept up in the story I couldn't put it down--even though I was staring down one of the most intense deadlines EVER. I read the whole thing in one sitting--and then immediately went back and reread all my favorite parts. It's such a simple, powerful story--and you really feel the fear and uncertainty the characters are struggling with. Even better, it's so unique. I can't think of anything else out there quite like it--and how many times can you say that about a book?

Obviously I highly, HIGHLY recommend it--so much so, I'm giving away a copy. Sadly, the ARC I read is The Bookanistas' copy, so I can't share it with you. BUT I CAN PREORDER A HARDCOVER FOR ONE OF YOU!

That's right--all you have to do is follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, May 14th. I'll choose one random winner and post their name on Sunday, May 15th. Now, I usually make my contests international, but I'm not sure how that works with the preordering thing...so just this once I'm going to limit the contest to US only. Sorry international followers!

Good luck!

For more incredible book recommendations, see what my fellow Bookanistas are talking about:

47 comments:

  1. I've only ever read Lisa's middle grade IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES, but this one sounds wonderful. I KNOW I've got to pick up some of her YA!! I love her online presence, too, she seems so sweet!

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  2. I would really love to read this! nice post :)

    email: fallendream03(at)gmail(d0t)com

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  3. Okay, your rave review sold me though I am leery of verse books. Thanks for the contest.

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  4. It sounds like you really liked it, it must really be good. I would love to read it. I am a gfc follower.
    debbie
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  5. This book sounds fabulous, and I love the cover. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

    britneywyatt[at]gmail[dot]com
    old follower

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  6. Cannot wait to read this! Another great review Shannon!

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  7. I loved Chasing Brooklyn! Would love to read this one. :) Great giveaway! I'm a blog follower.

    naruto_and_hinata(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  8. You've got me interested! I've never read a book in verse before.

    sloanl29 (at) yahoo.com

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  9. What an awesome giveaway! I loved Chasing Brooklyn. Thx.

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  10. I'd love to read a book written in verse! So unique.

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  11. This book is already on my wish list. I'd love to win!
    probablyreading(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. Great review! I'm looking forward to read this book.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    minas_1989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  13. Sounds fantastic. I love these type of books.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    ashelynnsanford at hotmail dot com.

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  14. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

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  15. Loved It's Raining Cupcakes. Love verse novels. Bet I would love this one!

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  16. What a small world, I just met Liza at a book launch party for another author two days ago. I seriously loved I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME so I'll have to check this book out as soon as it's released (or you could pre-order it for me, that would be cool too) :)

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  17. Well that sounds different and interesting. I'm game to try something new!

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  18. I loved I Heart You, You Haunt Me. I look forward to reading this one, too.
    Fangirl-ing Lisa shows your good taste. :)

    I'm glad you craziness is settling down. Have a delightful weekend.

    ~Lola

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  19. Ahhhhhhhh! I did not know this was coming!! I'm so excited. Thanks, Shannon. :-)

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  20. Thanks Babe!!!

    GFC follower-ashley

    ashtreygonesmokeya@yahoo.com

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  21. Count me in :)

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  22. I can't understand why some people aren't fans of verse novels or don't see them as actual books--they look like they're easy to read but the authors have to write enough poems to create a compelling story and write about characters in such a way so readers can get an idea of who they are, what they want, etc.

    I've only read one of Lisa's books (Chasing Brooklyn--which I LOVED! I read that book in one sitting :D) but she did everything that I mentioned before SO well. I would love to read her latest work so enter me, please! :)

    piratepenguinreads(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. This sounds really interesting! I also enjoyed I Heart You, You Haunt Me :-)

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  24. Ooh! What a neat book! I must check it out!

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  25. Great giveaway!!!

    vidishamun@gmail.com

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  26. Please count me in. Thanks for the giveaway.

    forwhlz at gmail dot com

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  27. Sounds good! Thanks for the giveaway.

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

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  28. You're right, that is an amazing cover!

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  29. I love her books, so I would LOVE to read this one!

    yilingni@yahoo.com

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  30. Sounds wonderful. Would love a copy!

    colleen@myartsite.com

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  32. I can't wait to read this! I really like Lisa Schroeder's books. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

    hollyjolly89@gmail.com

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  33. Thank you so much for the great giveaway! I can't wait to read this one! I also love the cover :)
    Im a GFC follower/latishajean
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  34. This is great! Thank you.

    GFC follower

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

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  35. I've never tried a verse novel so this would be new to me.
    I follow GFC

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  36. We would really love to win and read this awesome book.

    wefancybooks@gmail.com

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  37. Hi Shannon, what a lovely book!! I'd love to read it, so count me in!

    And yes, I'm a GFC follower

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  38. I love, love, LOVE Lisa's books, and would be psyched if I won!

    jpetroroy at gmail dot com

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  39. I didn't thin kI would like vere novels too much, but ever since I read 3 of Lisa's books, I'm hooked. Thanks for the chance to read another!

    findjessyhere at gmail dot com

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  40. Hi Shannon! I'm so happy you're having this contest :D

    actenshiko8@gmail.com

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  41. Ooh, I'm intrigued by verse novels. (extemter at hotmail dot com)

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  42. Lisa Schroeder is one of my favorite authors! Her writing is so beautiful. The Day Before is super high on my wishlist and can't wait to read it! Thanks for the giveaway Shannon! :D

    I'm a follower.

    ~Briana
    thebookpixie[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  43. Great review! Can't wait to read it. putting on my wish list if I don't win your contest. I'm following your here and on twitter.

    ricksgalsherry@msn.com

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  44. I've never read a verse novel, so I think I should give it a try! thanks for the chance! wilsondev(at)gmail.com follower

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  45. I would love to read this. I'm a follower.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    hales5740@aol.com

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  46. Oh, nice giveaway!

    You rock at giveaways, chica!

    I'm a grateful follower.

    thecozyreader @ gmail.com

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