Friday, May 13, 2011

Bookanista Review: Imaginary Girls, by Nova Ren Suma--AND AN ARC GIVEAWAY!!!!

***SORRY to have to post this again. For some reason Blogger just keeps screwing it up. This was the post they deleted during all their issues. Then it was back. And...then it disappeared again. So I'm reposting it because I want the review to stay up, but I'm turning off comments because the contest is closed and the winner has already been drawn***

*shakes fist at blogger*

*Phew* It's been a crazy week--and I was a little worried I wasn't going to have time to put together aBookanista review. I hadn't had a chance to read anything this week, and since I only review a book if I absolutely love it, I knew I had to pick very carefully from my TBR pile.

Which is why I picked up IMAGINARY GIRLS, by Nova Ren Suma. Not only does this book have amazing buzz going, and I've had a TON of friends tell me OMG-you-must-read-it, but look at that absolutely amazing cover:

With an image like that, how could I go wrong with this book? And I can tell you right now, I didn't. There is only RIGHT with IMAGINARY GIRLS. Plus all kinds of awesome.

Here's the blurb from the publisher:

Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

With palpable drama and delicious craft, Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the YA scene with the story that everyone will be talking about.

Honestly guys? It's pretty much impossible to talk about this book without giving something away. It is SUCH a mind trip full of twists and turns and WHAT???? moments--and I don't want to spoil any of that for you. So this is going to be a very short review.

Sure, I can talk about how amazing the writing is. How it's one of those books where the voice smacks you in the face with its sheer incredibleness and it's tempting to just drag all your drafts to the trash and hit "empty" because you will never be that good. It's haunting and eerie and totally gets under your skin and you aren't sure if you want to reread it or loan it to all of your friends so you can talk to them about it.

But really, all I need to say is: READ IT. The book comes out June 14th, and it's totally worth the wait.

Though maybe you don't have to. I'm giving away my ARC (even though I SO don't want to) to one lucky commenter on this post. Just make sure you follow my blog and comment by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, May 21st. I'll draw one random winner and announce their name on Sunday the 22nd. International entries welcome. And since this is an ARC contest, and sometimes people want extra entries for those, I'll give you one extra entry if you blog, tweet, or FB about this contest (which means if you do all of the above you could end up with a total of 4 entries max). Just let me know what you did in the comments.

Good luck!

To learn about more awesome books, check out what the rest of the Bookanistas are up to today:

Elana Johnson  turns you on to Divergent
LiLa Roecker  is ensnared by Tighter
Christine Fonseca  gets giddy about Moonglass – with giveaway
Kirsten Hubbard has double the love for Rival and Moonglass
Carolina Valdez Miller  vaunts Divergent – with giveaway
Megan Miranda devours Bad Taste in Boys
Bethany Wiggins and Shana Silver share their passion for Possession
Gretchen McNeil rocks out with The Anti-Prom
Carrie Harris reads along Blood Red Road
Stasia Ward Kehoe  shines a spotlight on Dramarama
Myra McEntire announces the Bookanistas Give Back Run For Your Life contest winners!