Thursday, January 26, 2012

Bookanista Review: Dead to You, by Lisa McMann--AND AN ARC GIVEAWAY!!!!

For this week's Bookanista Review, I'm featuring a book I was absolutely desperate to get my hands on--and it was just as awesome as I expected it to be. DEAD TO YOU, by the fabulous Lisa McMann.


Here's how the publisher describes the story:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the WAKE trilogy comes a page-turning novel with a mind-blowing ending...

Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It's a miracle... at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn't going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he'd be able to put the pieces back together. But there's something that's keeping his memory blocked. Something unspeakable...


Some of you may be noticing that the description sounds a bit like a book I featured a couple of weeks ago, DOUBLE, by Jenny Valentine (you can find the review HERE). And you're right--there are some similarities. Both are male POV (LOVE, btw--there isn't enough of it in YA), both about boys returning home to families they didn't know (apparently I've been on a lost boy kick...) and both have incredibly strong voices. But trust me, they are very different books. Both AWESOME. But definitely each their own.

I loved many, MANY things about DEAD TO YOU, but I think my favorite was how clean the writing was. Every word was exactly where and what it needed to be. The voice felt 100% teen boy--specifically screwed-up teen boy--and was genuine: his language, the things he did--and didn't--think about or remember. It all felt real. Like I'd really crawled inside his head and lived the story with him.

And THE ENDING. . .

I don't want to ruin anything so I'm just going to say: WHOA! 

Seriously, I loved this book, and whether you're a Lisa McMann fan (which you should be!) or not, it's DEFINITELY worth giving a chance. If for no other reason than to find out what everyone is talking about, because trust me, people will talk.

Which is why I've also decided to share my ARC with one of you. To enter, make sure you follow my blog (so you'll know when I post the winner) and leave a comment on this post by 11:59pm PST on Saturday, January 28th. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, January 29th (fast contest this time--so make sure you enter quick!) International entries are welcome.

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:


Christine Fonseca  brings you a special Guestanista review of SPRINKLES AND SECRETS
Beth Revis interviews TEMPEST author Julie Cross – with giveaway
Jessi Kirby takes a shine to the SURRENDER and new POSSESSSION covers
Stasia Ward Kehoe adores IN HONOR
Jen Hayley gushes over THE GIRL WHO LOVED A CITY
Veronica Rossi  is crazy for INCARNATE
Nikki Katz marvels at A MILLION SUNS
Gennifer Albin   is on fire over CINDER
Tracy Banghart  is all about THE OTHER LIFE
Jessica Love wonders at THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
Hilary Wagner mourns over THE DEATH OF YORIK MORTWELL -- with giveaway

57 comments:

  1. I'd love to win. And I'll pass it on at my blog after I read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  2. This one sounds so good. I really like reading these kind of books.
    I am a gfc follower
    debbie
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  3. You are too kind. <3 I would love to win an ARC of this book :) Seems awesome ;)
    Love, Carina

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  4. I'd like a chance to win as well. I've signed up through GFC and email to make sure I hear the result.
    Thanks for hosting!

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  5. This book sounds amazing! I'll definitely have to check it out. :-)

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  6. I can't wait to read this book! Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  7. Can't wait to read this book! I love Lisa McMann. Cryer's Cross is one of my favorite books. I'm sure this one won't disappoint!

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  8. This sounds so interesting. Thanks for the great review, Shannon. Adding it to my GR list.

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  9. No way! I didn't know Dead to You was by Lisa McMann. I added it to my to-read shelf without even knowing this was by her. This makes me even more excited to read it!!!

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

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  10. I absolutely loved Lisa's previous series and CANNOT wait to read Dead to You! I just began my new book blog and hope to share any ARC I receive with my readers. Books, pass them on:)

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  11. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  12. Oh this book sounds interesting. I'll throw my hat into the ring for the copy. I have to say I love book reviews almost as much as books, they for me are like trailers for movies ;)

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  13. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm really excited about reading DEAD TO YOU.

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  14. I love Lisa McMann. Her writing is so tight it squeaks and is just...stunning.

    Can't wait to read this!!!!

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  15. I have heard so many good things about this, and I really loved Cryer's Cross, so I can't not enter :) Good luck, everyone!!

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  16. This book sounds amazing. I can't wait to read it now. Hopefully I'll win the ARC so I don't have to wait to long.

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  17. This book sounds great! Would love a copy!

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  18. This one has intrigued me for a while now.I love your review! :-)

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  19. Shannon, you're so generous. I'm a huge fan of Lisa's so I can't wait to read this!

    Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway!

    *crosses fingers and hopes*

    -Lena
    addicted2novels(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Is it bad that I haven't read anything by Lisa McMann yet? Hah!

    Thanks for the chance to win, Shannon :) And for making it in'tl!

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  21. This book sounds amazing. Thanks for the giveaway

    jen@hypable.com

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  22. Thanks so much for the chance! I'd def post a review!!

    valialind(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  23. Sounds great! I'd love the chance to win it. Thank you!

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  24. I would love to win. Thanks for the glowing review and giveaway.

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  25. Dude, this sounds so legit. I can't wait to read it! Count me in for the contest, but it's going on my TBR list regardless. :)

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  26. That sounds great! I would love to win!

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  27. I'm a HUGE Lisa McMann fan! Very excited to read this one.

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  28. This book sounds so good. I would just love to read it. Thanks for having this giveaway.

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  29. I've wanted to read about this since I first heard about it and your review makes me want to read it even more!!!

    Thanks for doing a giveaway with your ARC!

    Lizsf72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. I would kill for an ARC of this book! I love Lisa McMann. Her writing is so wonderful and beautiful. I just read Cryer's Cross and couldn't stop raving about it. Can't wait to read this.

    And just in case you need it, my email is readingforaliving.amanda@gmail.com

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  31. I'd love a chance to win and of course I'd blog and tweet about it.
    Sounds great!
    Clarbojahn

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  32. I love Lisa McMann's books, and I'm really looking forward to this one. Thanks for the giveaway!

    erinberry12 at gmail dot com

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  33. I would love to read DEAD TO YOU thank you. It looks amazing.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  34. Thank you so much for the chance to win!
    GFC: Jeanne
    Rathouska(dot)jana(at)gmail(dot)com

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  35. Lisa is awesomesauce! Thanks for the fabulous giveaway :)
    GFC: Vivien

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  36. Amazing giveaway! Thank you!

    GFC- thegirlonfire

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

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  37. This Book sounds great.

    pixiepuff2006@yahoo.com

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  38. I've wanted this book since I first saw the cover a long time ago. AND if sounds fantastic!!!!!

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  39. I will definitely be picking up a copy of this. Thanks for the chance to read it early.

    Findjessyhere at gmail dot com

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  40. Wait, so is the person on the cover supposed to be a guy? When I first saw this cover I just assumed it was a girl, but the MC is a guy, so . . . hmm. Perhaps it is a guy afterall. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to read this. :]

    Gabi: teddycavygal at yahoo dot com

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  41. This book sounds awesome. Thanks for the giveaway!

    GFC:LisaILJ
    leyser73 at gmail dot com

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  42. Enter me up, Shannon! I can't wait to read this, either. I'm planning on reviewing it as soon as I get my hands on a copy. I'm going to Lisa's book launch at changing hands on Feb 9 - looking forward to yours :)

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  43. Pleasee count me in!! I would LOVEEE to read it! Thank you so much for the giveaway! ~swoooon~ :D

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  44. Ooh can't wait to read this one!

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  45. I'd love to play pleae.

    GFC follower.

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  46. I loved the Wake trilogy, so i really want to read this one!
    Thanks for this giveaway and making it international :)
    I'm a GFC follower (Priya)

    priya.1dt@gmail.com

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  47. This book sounds very interesting. I'm adding it to my Google Plus post section.

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  48. The cover has caught my eye a few times. I'd love to read it!

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  49. This book sounds great! Would love to get my fingers to turn its pages :D
    (I know puppy eyes probably don´t help over the internet and for a contest but I am making them right now in my German apartment :-))

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  50. Read everything she has written so really looking forward to this. Thanks for the chance to win the arc!!

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  51. ohh, sounds so ood! My God, I want too many books!!!

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  52. I'm a blog follower! Thanks for the giveaway. I love Lisa McMann's books!

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  54. Wow this is great , I also love to have this book Thank you for sharing this to us. I will be very happy to have this books. more powers to you and your site

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