Thursday, January 12, 2012

Bookanista Review: Double, by Jenny Valentine--AND AN ARC GIVEAWAY!!!!

For this week's Bookanista Review, I'm featuring DOUBLE, by Jenny Valentine--a book I'm betting a lot of you haven't heard of yet. 

Here's how the publisher describes the story:

When the sixteen-year-old runaway Chap is mistaken for a missing boy named Cassiel, his life changes dramatically. Chap takes on Cassiel’s identity, gaining the family and friends he’s always dreamed of having. But becoming someone else isn’t as easy as he hoped—and Chap isn’t the only one hiding a secret. As he teeters on the brink of discovery and begins to unravel the mystery behind Cassiel’s disappearance, Chap realizes that he’s in much deeper danger than he could have imagined.

After all, you can’t just steal a life and expect to get away with it.

Award-winning author Jenny Valentine delivers an explosive mystery where dark secrets, betrayal, and loss pave the way for one teen’s chance at redemption.

I'll confess, when I found this ARC in my TBR pile I'd never heard of it. In fact, I couldn't even remember where I got it--if a publicist sent it to me or if I picked it up at one of the conventions I went to last year. But that was why I decided to bump it up the pile--I was looking for something different--something where I hadn't already heard all there was to hear about it from reviews and buzz and whatnot. And I'm SO glad I did.

This book was addicting. I read it in one day, even though I was sick and even though I really needed to be writing. I just couldn't put it down. I had to know how Chap was going to get out of the crazy situation he'd gotten himself into--and I had to know what the heck was really going on. The voice was fresh, the writing was clean and riveting, and while I can't say that the ending was a *complete* surprise--it definitely had a few twists I didn't see coming. 

But I think what I love best is that DOUBLE reminded me that there are tons of amazing books out there that aren't necessarily plastered over every single blog/tumblr/twitter/facebook feed. Its so easy to get caught up in all the BIG books--and many of those books *are* amazing. But there are plenty of incredible books floating slightly lower on the radar too. And I'm going to make a bit more of an effort to find them.

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 21st. I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, January 22nd. International entries are--as always--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. :) 



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

Christine Fonseca  introduces some fabulous reads for 2012
Stasia Ward Kehoe takes a shine to A MILLION SUNS and UNDER THE NEVER SKY
Veronica Rossi  adores EVERNEATH
Debra Driza is in a frenzy over LARKSTORM with giveaway!
Katy Upperman  sings the praises of BEFORE I DIE


  1. Ohhhh, I like the sound of this one! I love when something new and different ends up in my TBR pile too. Don't get me wrong, I love my love stories, and vampires, and shapeshifters etc, but something truly different is always a breath of fresh air. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. The cover is very cool and the concept is intriguing. Definitely putting this on my TBR pile.

  3. The first time I saw this book, it didn't appeal to me. But since that was your first impression too but ended up liking it, I'll go take my chances on winning this. :)

  4. It sounds like an interesting story. I would love to read it.
    I am a gfc follower

  5. Thanks again for the awesome (international!!) contests. I'm excited that you are going to try and bring less buzzed about books onto the radar! I'm always looking for new stuff to read, but sometimes I feel like I'm getting the same suggestions from all directions!

  6. I love books like this that just come out of nowhere. It sounds so good and, you're right, I've never heard of it. I'm glad you're sharing your review so that I could!

  7. This is a new one for me. I think it sounds absolutely engaging. Can't wait for this one.
    GFC: Vivien

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  8. I hadn't heard of this one before but it sounds great!

  9. Ouhh! I can see a glimpse of why you can't put this book down. I hope I win. :)

  10. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest.

  11. You are right, it's new to me. When someone finds a book they can't put down, especially to do things that need to be done, I'm all for trying it out!
    - Jessica @ Book Sake

  12. It sounds very interesting. I would really enjoy reading it. Thanks for this chance.


  13. This. Looks. So. Good. I love suspenseful reads like this. Definitely going on my TBR list. :)

  14. You're right--I haven't heard of this one. I'm glad you reviewed it. There really are SO MANY great books that don't get the hype. I did a post about that at Project MG Mayhem on Monday--some great, but "quiet", MG hits of 2011. Here's the link:

  15. Yes, this definitely sounds like a good read.And I havn't heard of it like you said. Thanks for the chance to win it. Would love to win it.

  16. I'm intrigued! Thanks for the giveaway-

    kristinbartleylenz at gmail dot com

  17. Sounds like an intriguing book! Definitely going in my TBR pile, whether I win or not! :)

    Lizsfhall (at) gmail (dot) com

  18. :O I would love to read this one! I like books from different genres sometimes I can read about The Tudors or historical romance, then switch to YA books, like Vampire Academy and the Chick Lit novels like P.S I love you! Is nice that now and then you can enjoy differents types of book and is better when you never know what will it be and discover a new world between those pages! :)

    GFC: Gisele Alvarado

  19. I totally heard about this book and thought the hook was AMAZING. Kind of like Abduction...I'm just going to picture Taylor Lautner when I read

    Come on by if you'd like to enter my blogaversary giveaway!

  20. Always looking for a great, fast-paced read!


  21. Yep, this is the first I've heard of this book, and it sounds fascinating. I love the premise!

  22. I've been looking forward to this book for a while. The premise reminds me of a Law & Order episode I saw a long time ago :) Please count me in to win, I'd love to read and review this. Thank you for the opportunity!


  23. You're right--I haven't heard of it, but I love the premise. Thanks for sharing.

  24. I have not heard of this book before, but it does look like a great read.

    I follow.


  25. I love when books are that good, you just can't put them down. Thanks for the chance to read something new.

    Findjessyhere at gmail dot com

  26. Ohh, this seems like an awesome book :D I would love to win it. <3 thank you for giving it away :)
    Love, Carina

  27. Seems like an awesome read!Please count me in :)

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  28. This book sounds fascinating. Thanks for letting us know about it.

  29. I would love to read this one!


  30. Fingers crossed even as I type! Thanks for telling us about this and providing an opportunity to win it!

  31. as always you are so generous and suggests so many good titles! YAY! another one I'd love to read!

  32. This sounds awesome, and if you liked it I know it will be, because you have awesome taste.
    Speaking of awesome taste, Keeper of the Lost Cities comes out the day before my sixteenth birthday, so I know what I'm asking for!

  33. Oh, I've actually heard of this book! It does sound awesome. Thanks so much for the giveaway! :D


  34. This book sounds great! I haven't heard about it till now, but it immediately caught my attention.

    Thanks for the giveaway


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