Thursday, December 8, 2011

Bookanista Review: A Million Suns, by Beth Revis--AND A PRE-ORDER GIVEAWAY!

This week is especially exciting, because I get to gush about a book from an author who just so happens to be a fellow Bookanista. A MILLION SUNS, by the uber-fabulous Beth Revis.


Here's how the publisher describes the story:

Godspeed was fueled by lies. Now it is ruled by chaos.

It's been three months since Amy was unplugged. The life she always knew is over. And everywhere she looks, she sees the walls of the spaceship Godspeed. But there may just be hope: Elder has assumed leadership of the ship. He's finally free to enact his vision - no more Phydus, no more lies.

But when Elder discovers shocking news about the ship, he and Amy race to discover the truth behind life on Godspeed. They must work together to unlock a puzzle that was set in motion hundreds of years earlier, unable to fight the romance that's growing between them and the chaos that threatens to tear them apart.

In book two of the Across the Universe trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Beth Revis mesmerizes us again with a brilliantly crafted mystery filled with action, suspense, romance, and deep philosophical questions. And this time it all builds to one mind-bending conclusion: They have to get off this ship.




Now, most of you reading this probably know I'm a HUGE Beth fan. She is both an amazing writer and an amazing person. So naturally I pick up her books wanting and expecting to love them.

That aside, I AM still picky about what I like--and there have been times where I just haven't loved a book the way I wanted to--even when I'm friends with the author (and no, I'm not telling you which ones--EVER!) So you most definitely should NOT think that this review is simply a reflection of my love for Beth. I assure you, I loved A MILLION SUNS every bit as much as I love the author. And one did not bias the other.

Book twos are notoriously hard to write, because you have to bring back all the awesome things you established and then somehow build on them and make them better. And I personally thought Beth did a wonderful job with that. We still have the suffocating, claustrophobic atmosphere of the Godspeed. But where there was creepy, unnatural subservience in book one, we now have chaos and unrest, which for me made the "nowhere to go" sense even more chilling. She also answered several questions I'd had left over from ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, and managed to progress the characters in a way that felt real and natural. 

The mystery had tons of twists and turns, the stakes just kept getting higher and higher--not to mention holy smokes is she not afraid to pile up the bodies. All of which made this another one of those books where I stayed in the bath long after the water had turned tepid because I just couldn't bring myself to put it down. And I can't WAIT until it launches into the world so everyone else can enjoy it as much as I did. 

Fortunately you don't have to wait that much longer. A MILLION SUNS hits stores in just slightly more than a month. And to help one of you guys out, I'm giving away a pre-ordered copy to one lucky winner!

To enter, make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm PST on Saturday, December 17th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, December 18th. Usually I make my contests international, but unfortunately this time--since it's a pre-order--I have to restrict it to US Only. SORRY! 

I do also *hope* that whoever wins will end up posting a review for the book somewhere--or blogging/tweeting/FB-ing about it--to help spread the love and get some more mileage out of the prize. I can't require that for entry. But I'm hoping the winner will feel inspired to. :) 

Ready? 

GO!

For more fabulous book recommendations, check out what my fellow Bookanistas are talking about:

Nikki Katz dishes on WHY WE BROKE UP
Elana Johnson roars for FURY
Carolina Valdez Miller is all about HERE with giveaway
Gretchen McNeil twirls for AUDITION
Corrine Jackson hails THE CATASTROPHIC HISTORY OF ME AND YOU
Stasia Ward Kehoe is wild for DON’T BREATHE A WORD
Katy Upperman gets in the spirit with ELF ON A SHELF

58 comments:

  1. I'm really looking forward to reading this. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  2. Oh yay! I can't wait for this one. I've been super excited about it since I finished AtU. And now I have a blog to review it on! :) Thanks for the giveaway Shannon!
    britneywyatt[at]gmail[dot]com

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  3. I would love to read it, it sounds really good.
    I am a gfc follower
    debbie
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  4. I'm so looking forward to this book!

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  5. I loved ATU. I can't wait to read A MILLION SUNS. So excited for Beth.

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  6. So, SO excited for this book. Thanks so much!

    lorimlee82 at gmail dot com

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  7. I am really glad you wrote another book. I loved the first book and I thought there should be more to it. I can't wait to read this book to see what happens. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  8. Already pre-ordered this on my nook!

    I'll have to re-read ATU over Xmas break, just to get back into the swing of things.

    Good luck to everyone who enters!

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  9. Last year, I received my copy of ATU a day early (yay for preorders!) and I've been waiting for AMS since then. :)

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  10. I've been dying to get my hands on this book ever since I finished the last page of AtU!

    Good luck to all!! :)

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  11. Wow, you just made this sound sooooo amazing! I have yet to read her first one, though.

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  12. I cannot wait for this book! I met Beth at YAllFest in November and she was so sweet :) And her plot twists are amazing!

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  13. Im so in love with this series its insane!!! I CANT wait for this book! Thanks so much! :-)

    valialind(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  14. O-M-G! I am dying to read this one--D-Y-I-N-G!!! And Beth is such a sweetheart. Great review, #1. :-)

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  15. I'd love to read and review this one!
    jpetroroy at gmail dot com

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  16. Excited to see where things go in this one! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. Can't wait to read the next book. Thanks!
    probablyreading(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. I'm so excited about finding out what happens next. The first one was so amazing! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

    hollyjolly89@gmail.com

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  19. Woohoo! Across the Universe is my favorite book ever. Thanks for this giveaway!!! :)
    Alyssa S.
    lilleetleet@verizon.net

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  20. Absolutely WANT this book! AH! great giveaway!

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  21. I LOVE BETH. And I so want to read this book. I will absolutely plug it if I win!

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  22. I'm so looking forward to this!! Loved ATU.
    GFC follower

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  23. Must. Read. This. Now. I seriously cannot wait to get my hands on this book! I've been looking forward to it for so long and time just keeps slowing down to torture me :( Thanks for the awesome giveaway, I'd love to read and review this on my blog and Goodreads :)

    jaidahsmommy(at)comcast(dot)net

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  24. I'm really looking forward to this one. Thanks for the giveaway!
    GFC name: Erinberry

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

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  25. count me in please! ireally wanna read the sequel.

    chelleyreads AT gmail DOT com

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  26. Pre-orders are always exciting. Kekeke...
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  27. I am so ready for this book to come out! Loved the first one, can't wait!

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

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  28. I have yet to read Across the Universe, but I would love to have the next book. Thanks!
    thunter_5@yahoo.com
    GFC-TayteH

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  29. This giveaway is way too cool! Thanks so much for the chance! I've been dying to read A Million Suns ever since I read ATU.


    xjessirae(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. Please drop my name in the hat--I'm really looking forward to this one!

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  31. Thank you for the awesome contest!!!

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  32. Thanks for the giveway!

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  33. Across the Universe is one of my favorite books. I can't wait to read this sequel!

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  34. Yes, I always try to post at least something to Goodreads!

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  35. Thank you for the awesome giveaway! :)

    naruto_and_hinata(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  36. Oooh I can't wait to read this! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  37. Super excited to read this one. I would for sure post a review on my blog!!!

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  38. YAY!!!

    I've subscribed and I'd love to read AMS.

    reviewer_rachel@bak.rr(dot)com

    ....feel free to go through my site!
    http://www.rachelsbookreviews.com/

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  39. Since I *just* finished AtU last night, I am incredibly eager to read what happens next!

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  40. This is on my wish list. :) Thank you for the giveaway. <-- echo of all the other polite people.

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  41. You know when you finish a book, knowing there are more in the pipeline and you just have to grab the next one and read it? Only to realize that, yeah, the first one was a new release and the second is an agonizing year away. AtU was like that and I have no doubt A Million Suns will be too. Cannot wait to devour this book so thanks for the giveaway.

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  42. EEP! Pick me, Pick me!

    I both post reviews to Goodreads and to the blog Mostly Reading YA, and you can rest assured I'll review AMS.

    :D :D :D

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

    - Ang

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  43. I read her first book and can't wait for the second. Can't wait to see how the characters mature and adapt. :O)

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  44. Ooh, can't wait to read this book! Have already read the first one.

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  45. Ohh! I can't wait to read this! I ADORED the first one!!!

    andralynn7@ gmail DOT com

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  46. Would love to read this. The world building in ATU was fantastic.

    thenightbookmobile at yahoo dot com.

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  47. The release can't come quick enough!

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  48. Awesome! thanks for your generosity :)
    Susan
    susanisooklal@verizon.net

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  49. I loved Across the Universe and can't wait to read A Million Suns, thanks for doing this giveaway.
    And I think Beth is pretty awesome too. :)
    Itwasemotional (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  50. I can't wait for this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Findjessyhere at gmail dot com

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  51. I am such a big Beth fan, too! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    thereviewsnews(at)gmail(dot)com

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  52. Thanks for the chance to win this book! :)

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  53. Ahhhh, definitely count me in! :) And I promise to give it a shout-out if I like it - which I'm sure I will. :) :) :)

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  54. I would definitely love to read this! I read the first one, and wow. If that's what the first book made me say, I wonder what the second book will cause. Can't wait!

    I will be writing a review when I get it.

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  55. I've read ATU and loved it so much. It would be great to win the sequel.

    I'm a follower already.

    ank272(at)live(dot)com

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