One Year Blogaversary Giveaway-Winners and more

Alright, as you know we had 4 prizes available, 2 from me and 2 donated by Lisa. Below are the winners, who have been emailed!

Also, I had another small giveaway for the guest posters who helped me out, to that winner (below) they get a book of their choice too!

Winners:

And for the guests who helped me with their posts, the winner was:

Danie at Booktacular!

Awesome entries:

Lili: I would bring 2 Carvel cakes. I know this sounds weird, but let me explain. We have a tradition in my house where my best friend has to put on one of my dads old t-shirts and shove her face in a cake. (seriously, I’m 17 and it’s been that way since I was 3. SHE DOES IT EVERY YEAR!) So, I have a cake for your best friend to give you ever lasting memories and a cake for everyone to eat! haha

That sounds like so much fun! Definitely room at my party for that.

Kristilyn: You mean I can’t say ALL THE NAKED MEN? 🙂

In that case, I would bring cupcakes because I make AWESOME cupcakes! And the tunes! I love good tunes!

Lol well you did say it anyway, but you can bring the cupcakes, and if you want you can decorate them with naked men just for you and Amanda.

SweetMarie83: I love how you added ‘keep it clean’ lol. I’d bring this dip I make that’s a cross between guacamole and bruschetta that my whole family loves, plus a big bag of nachos…and maybe a ‘bouquet’ of books for the hostess? 😉

I am emailing you for this recipe, it sounds awesome!

A huge thank you to everyone who entered, participated and all around just had fun! Here’s hoping the next year will be even better!

Review: In the Forests of the Night by Kersten Hamilton

Title: In the Forests of the Night (Goblin Wars #2)

Author: Kersten Hamilton

Release Date: November 22nd, 2011 by Clarion Books

Read: July 12th, 2012

Pages: 295-Hardcover-owned

Series:

  1. Tyger, Tyger
  2. In the Forests of the Night
  3. When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears

Description:

The battle against goblinkind continues . . . but which side will Teagan be on?

Teagan, Finn, and Aiden have made it out of Mag Mell alive, but the Dark Man’s forces are hot on their heels. Back in Chicago, Tea’s goblin cousins show up at her school, sure she will come back to Mag Mell, as goblin blood is never passive once awoken. Soon she will belong to Fear Doirich and join them. In the meantime, they are happy to entertain themselves by trying to seduce, kidnap, or kill Tea’s family and friends. Tea knows she doesn’t have much time left, and she refuses to leave Finn or her family to be tortured and killed. A wild Stormrider, born to rule and reign, is growing stronger inside her. But as long as she can hold on, she’s still Teagan Wylltson, who plans to be a veterinarian and who heals the sick and hurting. The disease that’s destroying her—that’s destroying them all—has a name: Fear Doirich. And Teagan Wylltson is not going to let him win.

What I thought:

After rescuing her father, Roisin and Thomas from Mag Mell, Teagan tries to get on with life and continue with school. It seems almost normal to her with all of them staying at her house, including her friend Abby. Cat Sidhe keep harassing and following them, other shadowy creatures showing up during the night, and then there’s the possible threat of Highborn Sidhe coming out again. So it’s never dull for all of them.

Teagan and Finn start to get somewhere in their relationship, Finn is taking it very slow, with advice from her father. He wants to be good for her in many ways, smart and kind but also being able to protect her. Teagan is confused as to what to do, since this is her first boyfriend, but she’s not going to give up her dreams of college and helping animals. There’s a little bit of romance in this book, but there’s still loads more action going on, it’s a good combo that works well.

Aiden still has magic around him when he sings sometimes, and Fear Doirich wants him now more than ever. He fears Aiden because of what his ancestors did way back when, and what Aiden could do in the future. They keep him safe as best they can, but there’s still the worry that they will need to go back into Mag Mell, when they barely made it out last time.

Then Teagan meets Kyle again, the goblin that stole her father from before, and he does something which ignites and starts to change her, to awake the goblin inside her. She has to fight it, to stay true to herself, but running a fever and trying to keep everyone else safe isn’t going to be easy for her.

They do eventually go into Mag Mell again, and this time was even better than the first, you get to see many more characters, and the dangers that surround them. You even get a glimpse at Mab, which was pretty cool!

This book went a lot more in depth to the stories of myths, and into all of the different characters, and it was awesome. I liked this one even better than the first, and I can’t wait for the author to announce a third book!

Recommended for young adult fans of fantasy!

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Review: Tyger Tyger by Kersten Hamilton

Title: Tyger Tyger (Goblin Wars #1)

Author: Kersten Hamilton

Release Date: November 15th, 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Read: July 10th, 2012

Pages: 308-Paperback-owned

Series:

  1. Tyger, Tyger
  2. In the Forests of the Night
  3. When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears

Description:

Teagan Wylltson’s best friend, Abby, dreams that horrifying creatures—goblins, shape-shifters, and beings of unearthly beauty but terrible cruelty—are hunting Teagan. Abby is always coming up with crazy stuff, though, so Teagan isn’t worried. Her life isn’t in danger. In fact, it’s perfect. She’s on track for a college scholarship. She has a great job. She’s focused on school, work, and her future. No boys, no heartaches, no problems.

Until Finn Mac Cumhaill arrives. Finn’s a bit on the unearthly beautiful side himself. He has a killer accent and a knee-weakening smile. And either he’s crazy or he’s been haunting Abby’s dreams, because he’s talking about goblins, too… and about being The Mac Cumhaill, born to fight all goblin-kind. Finn knows a thing or two about fighting. Which is a very good thing, because this time, Abby’s right. The goblins are coming.

What I thought:

Teagan and her family are an interesting bunch. Her mother is a painter, who writes children’s books, and her art is all about goblins. Her father is a librarian who loves to tell stories and her brother can remember any song he’s heard and just loves to sing. Teagan loves to help others, especially the animals at the zoo where she works part-time.

Things start off by her cousin Finn moving into their place after he has a mishap and breaks his arm. He technically isn’t Teagan’s real cousin, since her mom was adopted, so he hits on her a tiny bit at first. She doesn’t give in, the strong girl!

Then she starts to see things. Little cat-like creatures following her (cat-sidhe) and causing mischief, and her brother seeing a shadow in the house that follows someone. Finn decides to leave after this incident, convinced they followed him there. He’s an Irish traveler, always roaming and hardly staying in one place for too long, possibly to keep the creatures away.

When their father goes missing, they need Finn’s help to get them back so it’s a good thing he finds them just in time. They would need to go into the Mag Mell though, which is kind of like a forest where all the evil goblins live, and which no one escapes if they’re caught. Getting there is easy but getting out is going to be the hard part, with all sorts of creatures that could get them and no real sense of direction inside. Especially when the ruler, Doirich is the one holding him captive.

One of the best things about this book, was the Irish myths and the Goblins and other creepy creatures. I loved the tales that were told, and will be going and looking at my own myth book later to brush up on it more. I loved the character’s names too, I think I’m a sucker for it since I’m part Irish myself (small part, but still). I loved how the goblins were described, but the cat-sidhe was extra creepy and it had me watching my back the day after I read it just in case.

Recommended for young adults who love fantasy!

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Guest Post:The Art of Book Blogging by Eileen


The Art of Book Blogging

Written by Eileen @ Singing and Reading in the Rain

We’re all a really interesting bunch aren’t we? Think about it for a second. We’re kind of like a social hierarchy. There are the “senior blogs” that have been around for years, “freshman blogs” that just came into existence, popular blogs, moderately popular blogs, and blogs that haven’t gotten their chance to shine. But that’s really not the point, right? When Kelsey asked me to guest post for her on her blog (Thank you, by the way, for putting up with my crazy for one day :P) the first thing I thought was “I really want to be able to inspire some people with my guest post.” I may be taking this way too seriously, but it’s an awesome blogger’s blogoversary, and I didn’t want to put a damper on things by telling you all “You will never make it as a blogger.” Which, obviously, is not true because I think that every last person who is reading this guest post has something special that nobody else has that they can share with the blogosphere and let it thrive.

I remember, when I first started blogging—and don’t you dare look at my blog archives to see those first few months—I was such a fish out of water. I had no idea what I was going to bring to that huge table that is book blogging, I had no idea how I was going to be able to help anybody, and most importantly, I had no idea how to be me on my blog. I still don’t know how to fully be the crazy Eileen you might see on Twitter or during a video on my blog. Book blogging—and I bet Kelsey can vouch for me—is actually really hard sometimes. It takes dedication and time. And the book blogosphere is so competitive. It’s kind of like we’re in a marathon, and you’re chasing this one blog who has just a touch more followers than you, and then you’ve surpassed them, but now you have so many other competitors to face.

But why are we so competitive sometimes? Why am I really jealous of the next blog over with a hundred more followers than me? I really don’t know why I am. I don’t really know why anyone should be jealous of any other blog. We all started out the same: a small blog trying extremely hard to get noticed. Those small blogs are all going to grow up, no matter how slowly or quickly. Our blogs are like our virtual kids, and every kid will grow up. Every kid is going to go through its ups and downs before they finally settle down and finds their place. Only this time, we get to be in control of that. A blog is basically a place to share your love of something. In this case, it’s books. But it doesn’t matter if your blog is about books or nail polish—every blog has a voice. Every blog, no matter how big or small, is special.

So I guess, the point of this extremely long-winded post was to stop being insecure. To believe in your blog. Not once, in a thousand years, could I have wished to have a different blog. I may have had my ups and downs, I may have made some mistakes concerning my blog, but I love it. I’ve raised my blog and I’ve let it become this amazing place where I can tell the world who I am, since they wouldn’t have been able to see me where I live now. Every blog should have that chance to shine. Every blog will, if their owners have some faith in that beautiful creation they’ve made. I honestly don’t think that the blogosphere would be the same without every blogger in it, and if you honestly believe in yourself and what you’ve done with your blog, you’re going to make a huge difference one day. You most certainly will.

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SRRainHi, my name is Eileen and I’m 13-years-old! I’m a super bubbly girl and I’m just a tiny bit crazy. Like an 11 on a scale of 1 to 10. I also have a mild case of OCD, which you can probably see if you look closely. I like to read, sing, and blog! I read really fast, and I read basically anything Young Adult that strikes my fancy. 🙂 I want to be a famous singer more than anything in the entire world, and my idol is Taylor Swift. I write songs as often as possible, and I play piano in my spare time. If you want to know more about me, visit my blog, ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***! Thanks for reading!

One Year Blogaversary-Guest Posts

I have been gathering some great bloggers to host guest posts on my blog for the month! Below are when all of the posts are scheduled for so you can keep an eye out for them, and I will add the links as soon as they go up so you can read any you may have forgotten. There are still more to come, these are just the ones I have gotten back so far.

August 3rd: Eileen @ Singing and Reading in the RainThe Art of Book Blogging

August 7th: Kristilyn @ Reading in WinterBooks in Music | Music in Books

August 10th: Jennifer @ Reading En VogueMy Writing Journey: Fact or Crap?

August 14th: Danie @ BooktacularBeing Married to a Non-Reader

August 21st: Jo @ Urban FangtasyParting is Such Sweet Sorrow…

If anyone is interested in adding a post to the blog, there is still lots of room, just let me know!