Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Bookanistas Epic Relaunch of Awesome--with a giveaway!

As May draws to a close, we're celebrating the start of summer and another great beginning: THE RELAUNCH OF THE BOOKANISTAS! New members, new logo, new website design and a whole lot more of the book love we all adore!





I've been a Bookanista since the beginning, through all the growth and changes and celebrations. I'm not as active as I used to be (stupid deadlines... *sigh*), but I'm honored to still be a part of such an amazing group . If you haven't tracked down and cyberstalked our other members you need to. This is one amazing group of writers.

To celebrate the relaunch we've put together an awesome collection of prizes--but before I get to that, I have a little book love for you (since it wouldn't be a Bookanista post without a little book love, right?). And since I'm behind on my reading AGAIN, I'm going to talk about two books I'm hoping to read soon because they sound ah-maze-ing!



THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE, by Jennifer E. Smith

If fate sent you an email, would you answer?
When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie's Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media's spotlight at all costs?



**I bought this book weeks ago and it's been staring at me from my TBR pile ever since. Must. Make. Time.


WILD AWAKE, by Hilary T. Smith

Things you earnestly believe will happen while your parents are away:

1. You will remember to water the azaleas.
2. You will take detailed, accurate messages.
3. You will call your older brother, Denny, if even the slightest thing goes wrong.
4. You and your best friend/bandmate Lukas will win Battle of the Bands.
5. Amid the thrill of victory, Lukas will finally realize you are the girl of his dreams.

Things that actually happen:

1. A stranger calls who says he knew your sister.
2. He says he has her stuff.
3. What stuff? Her stuff.
4. You tell him your parents won’t be able to—
5. Sukey died five years ago; can’t he—
6. You pick up a pen.
7. You scribble down the address.
8. You get on your bike and go.
9. Things . . . get a little crazy after that.*
*also, you fall in love, but not with Lukas.

Both exhilarating and wrenching, Hilary T. Smith’s debut novel captures the messy glory of being alive, as seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing heartbreak, and intoxicating joy.

**How amazing is that description?  I've been waiting all year for this book to release and now it's FINALLY happened (just released on 5/28). SO excited to finally get my hands on a copy!

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And, don't forget the prizes!

THE WINNER OF THE BOOKANISTA RELAUNCH GIVEAWAY OF AWESOME WILL RECEIVE

Signed copies of these Bookanista-authored books…
IF I LIE and TOUCHED by Corrine Jackson PLUS ARCs of JUST ONE DAY and SPEECHLESS
LET THE SKY FALL by Shannon Messenger
BY BLOOD by Tracy Banghart
POSSESSION, SURRENDER and ABANDON by Elana Johnson
TOUCHING THE SURFACE by Kimberly Sabatini (plus a swag surprise)
BAD TASTE IN BOYS by Carrie Harris
AUDITION by Stasia Ward Kehoe
THE GIRL GUIDE by Christine Fonseca (plus sweet swag)
MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza
LEVEL 2 by Lenore Appelhans


AND A SECOND WINNER WILL GET A BOX FILLED WITH Bookanista-beloved reads including WILL GRAYSON WILL GRAYSON (signed!) by John Green & David Levithan, DITCHED by Robin Mellom, JELLICO ROAD by Melina Marchetta, TAKEN by Erin Bowman, CLOCKWORK ANGEL by Cassandra Clare, MONSTROUS BEAUTY by Elizabeth Fama and SPARROW ROAD by Sheila O’Connor.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

MMGM Links (5/27/13)

After 13 very awesome, VERY exhausting days, I am FINALLY on my way home from tour today (I might even be flying as you read this--hooray!). It was amazing and surreal and so freaking cool and I'm not sure I've ever been this tired and I can't wait to be home in my own bed and maybe never ever get up again. So I'm going to take a stab at the MMGM links, but apologies in advance if they're a mess:
- Mark Baker is spotlighting ONCE UPON THE END. Click HERE to see his review.  
- Xander is raving about SCARLET. Click HERE to see why he thinks it works for middle grade readers too!
- Dorine White is struck by THE NOTEBOOK OF DOOM. Click HERE to read more 
- Laurisa White Reyes is part of THE EMERALD RING blog tour. Click HERE for details.
- Flash, the Feline Extraordinaire, (and Professional Mews to Cindy Strandvold) recommends LIAR AND SPY. Click HERE to see what that's all about.  
- Jennifer Rumberger is sharing THE FOURTH STALL, Part II. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Andrea Mack is spreading the love for SMALL AS AN ELEPHANT. Click HERE for her review. 
- Barbara Watson has chills for THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE--with a GIVEAWAY! Click HERE for details.
- Michelle Mason is cheering for THE HERO'S GUIDE TO STORMING THE CASTLE. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week. 
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome!    
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week!
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week.  
- Deb Marshall is an MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week. 

If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so I see it)

NOTE: I used to not have a cut-off time for adding links to the post, but with how insane my schedule is right now, if you don't email me by Sunday evening (usually around 11pm PST is when I put the links together) I can't guarantee I'll have a chance to add you. BUT, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you!


*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen posts ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me ahead of time

Monday, May 20, 2013

MMGM Links (5/20/13)

Okay, it's 1am in Seattle and I've done 6 events in 6 days and been on two planes and in 3 hotels and in a few hours I'll be doing another event on the S&S Summer Lovin' Tour (side note: if you're near Seattle--come see me! University Bookstore, 7pm!) So obviously I have no MMGM. And I'm not sure my brain is up to preparing the links but I'm going to try--apologies in advance if I miss someone or mess something up

Here we go:*
- Roseanne Perry joins the MMGM with her first feature! Click HERE to see what book she's talking about and welcome her to the group. 
- Shari Larson is sharing her thoughts on THE CIRCLE. Click HERE for her review. 
- Joni Patterson is back, spreading the love for FABLEHAVEN. Click HERE to see why. 
- Michelle Mason is cheering for RUMP. Click HERE to see what she thought. 
- Susan Olson has a special list for you: TOYS COME ALIVE TME TRAVEL BOOKS. Click HERE to see what that's all about. 
 - Jennifer Rumberger is featuring NEW LANDS--with a GIVEAWAY of Deadweather & Sunrise. Click HERE for details.
- Sue Heavenrich is investigating OPERATION OLEANDER. Click HERE to see what she thought.  
- Laurisa White Reyes is giving away the 10th Anniversary Edition of THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES. Click HERE for details.
- Xander is interviewing author Shana Burg. Click HERE for all the fun! 
- Flash, the Feline Extraordinaire, (and Professional Mews to Cindy Strandvold) recommends THE LOST TREASURE OF TUCKERMUCH. Click HERE to see what that's all about. 
- Michael Gettel-Gilmarten is interviewing author Michaela MacColl. Click HERE to see what she says. (and there's a GIVEAWAY) 
- Mark Baker is spotlighting SPY CAMP. Click HERE to see his review. 
- Dorine White is interviewing author Jessica Day George. Click HERE to read more 
 - Rosi Hollinbeck has two giveaways: Dear America: Diary of Minnie Bonner, A City Tossed and Broken and That Time I Joined the Circus. Click HERE for details.   
- Deb Marshall is an MMGM regular. Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week. 
- Joanne Fritz always has an MMGM for you. Click HERE to see what she's talking about this week. 
- The Mundie Moms are always part of the MMGM fun (YAY!). Click HERE to see their newest recommendations. And if you aren't also following their Mundie Kids site, get thee over THERE and check out all the awesome!    
- The lovely Shannon O'Donnell always has an MMGM ready for you! Click HERE to see what she's featuring this week!
- Karen Yingling also always has some awesome MMGM recommendations for you. Click HERE to which ones she picked this time!
- Pam Torres always has an MMGM up on her blog. Click HERE to see what she's spotlighting this week. 

If you would like to join in the MMGM fun, all you have to do is blog about a middle grade book you love (contests, author interviews and whatnot also count--but are most definitely not required) and email me the title of the book you're featuring and a link to your blog at SWMessenger (at) hotmail (dot) com. (Make sure you put MMGM or Marvelous Middle Grade Monday in the subject line so I see it)

NOTE: I used to not have a cut-off time for adding links to the post, but with how insane my schedule is right now, if you don't email me by Sunday evening (usually around 11pm PST is when I put the links together) I can't guarantee I'll have a chance to add you. BUT, you are welcome to add your link in the comments on this post so people can find you!


*Please note: these posts are not a reflection of my own opinions on the books featured. Each blogger is responsible for their own MMGM content and I do not pre-screen posts ahead of time, nor do I control what books they choose. I simply assemble the list based on the links that are emailed to me ahead of time