Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Flash Giveaway! 12 hours only!

Happy Halloween!!

If you come knocking over at my blog today you are in for a treat!

Welcome to Scoot's 12 hour Halloween Flash Giveaway!  Fill out the form below for a chance to win one of these three haunting books:

The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver
Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
 Nothing is better than spending Halloween with some fictional demons, zombies, or ghosts...


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Book Birthdays & More

There are some great book birthdays today!  I have not had a chance to read any of the book below yet, but they are all on my future to-be-reading list. Yay for new books!


The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Crave by Melissa Darnell

 Beautiful Chaos (Beautiful Creatures #3) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl


I couldn't resist sharing some good eBook deals with you!

For Kindle:

• 100 Kindle Books for $3.99 or less... go HERE

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost for $1.99

The Better Part of Darkness by Kelly Gay for $3.99

Wizard's First Rule (The Sword of Truth) by Terry Goodkind for $2.99

For Nook:

Unwind by Neal Shusterman for $3.99

Sojourn by Jana Oliver is only $2.99 for the Nook!

The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver for $2.99

• I Am Number Four: The Lost Files: Six's Legacy by Pittacus Lore for $3.99

The Dragon Heir by Cinda Williams Chima for $4.53

Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card $3.99

Between the Lines by Tammara Webber for $2.99

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer for $3.19

Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black, Justine Larbalestier for $3.99

Shadowland by Meg Cabot for $3.99


And last but not least...
I am sure everyone has seen it by now, but just in case you missed it, The Savage Grace has a cover! I can't wait for this book.

The Savage Grace
(The Dark Divine #3)

"A troubled soul. An impossible choice. A final battle.

Wrestling with the werewolf curse pulsing deep inside of her, Grace Divine was finally able to find her brother, but it nearly cost her everything.

With her boyfriend, Daniel, stuck in wolf form and Sirhan's death approaching, time is running out for Grace to stop Caleb Kalbi and his gang of demons. If she fails, her family and hometown will perish. Everything rests on Grace's shoulders.

The final installment in The Dark Divine trilogy brings Daniel and Grace's love story to a breathtaking conclusion.


Blog Dust Bunnies

This blog is getting dusty from lack of updates!

However, I do have a few good excuses:
(Is there really such a thing as a good excuse? I mean, an excuse is an excuse.)
  • Excuse #1: My work office is moving! Usually I am a day-time blogger and lately I have been way too slammed at work to have any down time for blogging.  Boo.  What? Do they expect me to work at work? Go figure.
  • Excuse #2: My internet at home is broken.  BROKEN!  Eventually this will get fixed, but in the mean time we are suffering from withdrawals and are sneaking over to other people’s homes to steal their wifi.  It is tragic.
  • Excuse #3: I have discovered a new hobby = Pinterest.  This website is a mixed blessing for me.  I love it because I now have millions of DIY projects to work on and recipes to try, but at the same time it has managed to steal a significant portion of my time...  and time is something I really don’t have a lot of. 
  • Excuse #4: My husband just had a small break from school, which means I actually got to spend time with him! It was lovely.  We basically just shut ourselves off from the world and ignored life for a while.  I am all for doing this the rest of the year, but sadly real life keeps getting in the way. ;)

Life is all about balance.  Eventually all of the things I juggle in life will balance out again and this blog will be back up to par, but in the mean time, please don’t mind the dust!   

(Oh and I am still managing to read a bunch of books, so I have a lot of good books to share with you – as soon as I find the time to sit and write some reviews!)


Sunday, October 9, 2011

In My Mailbox (26)

"In My Mailbox" is a weekly Meme hosted by The Story Siren!

This week I managed to score a handful of great book for review and from the library!
Now how do I choose what to read first?!

In My Mailbox:
For Review
The Death Cure by James Dashner
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting
Touch by Jus Accardo
The Winters in Bloom by Lisa Tucker

Fateful by Claudia Gray
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes 
Vanish by Sophie Jordan


Friday, October 7, 2011

Scoot's Ramblings: Fear of the final book?

I have recently noticed myself falling into a strange unconscious reading habit.  The habit of avoiding books. Specifically the final books in a series. 

Normally I am chomping-at-the-bit, desperately-waiting-for and highly-anticipating the end of a great series. Yet when the time comes and I have the book in my hands I freak out and avoid  reading it. 

Why?! Self diagnosis has decided that I am avoiding the "final book" because I am afraid of the series ending badly! I have imagined all of my happily ever afters (or not so happily ever afters) and I don't want the authors to go and mess things up for me.  I am not a fan of being dissapointed (who is?) and with so many other great books on my plate I find it way to easy to just grab another novel and avoid those final books. 

Here are a handful of "final books" that I have avoided recently:

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater: Seriously?? I was waiting on this one for ages and I love the other two books. Why have I not read this yet?  The pre-ordered eBook has been waiting on my Nook for ages. 

Goliath by Scott Westerfeld: Another pre-ordered Nook book waiting on me, AND I even had an eARC!?  I love, love, LOVE this series and can't wait to know what happens... and yet I am avoiding. I am going to read it this weekend. No more waiting.

The Death Cure by James Dashner: Well I haven't been avoiding this one too long, the ARC just showed up in the mail this week. But still, I should have been up all night to find out what happens to Thomas and all of the gladers! 

The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa: Ok, I have had access to the eARC of this book for ages and yet it is still waiting.  At this rate the book will be published before I stop avoiding the eARC. Who could resist reading more about Ash & Puck? Apparently me. 

Are you ever afraid to end a great series? 
Are there certain books you find yourself unconsciously avoiding? 


Bitterblue Cover and Release Date!

Finally! We have a cover and release date for the companion novel to Graceling and Fire! Kristine Cashore announced it on her blog here.

I love both of the previous books and have been waiting ages for Bitterblue.  It is great to know the wait is not too much longer!
Bitterblue will be released on May 1, 2012 in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand... etc!

Publisher's weekly shared some details about the novel below...

"The novel, which has an announced first printing of 200,000 copies and clocks in at a hefty 576 pages, picks up eight years after Graceling,with Bitterblue now 18 and the reigning queen of Monsea. Cashore says the story constitutes more of a companion than a strict sequel. Graceling fans, however, will likely be thrilled to learn that the heroine of that book – the different-colored-eyed Katsa – returns in Bitterblue, as does her lover, Po.
Other characters from Graceling appear, too, most notably (and unavoidably, since he is Bitterblue’s father), the nefarious King Leck, the only character who appears in both Graceling and Fire." (source)

576 pages and it has Katsa and Po in it!! Yay! This book is at the top of my pre-order list for next year. Can't wait!


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