Thursday, October 25, 2012

Giveaway! 4 Books, 4 Moods, 2 Winners

When choosing my next book, my first consideration is what type of story I'm in the mood for. Do I want a fast-paced dystopian, a sweeping fantasy, a lighthearted romance, or a tense thriller? Do I want a quick, addictive read or one that I'll savor? I often find that, no matter how much I want to read a book, if I'm not in the mood for it, back to the shelf it goes after less than a chapter.

Here are four books for four very different moods, and two lucky winners get the two books of their choice!

If you're in the mood for something... Captivating
BOOK 1: WHAT'S LEFT OF ME by Kat Zhang (ARC, HarperCollins)
Debut about a world where everyone's born with two souls in one body... but if you don't "settle" with one dominant soul, you're deemed an illegal hybrid. Addie and Eva never settled, though Eva lost her physical control over their body, but they're willing to risk everything for a chance for Eva to move again. I was most fascinated by the push-pull of the girls' relationship, and Zhang's skillful handling of the unique dual narration of the girls.

If you're in the mood for something... Satirical
BOOK 2: BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray (Scholastic)
What happens when a plane full of Miss Teen Dream contestants crashes onto a supposedly-deserted island? If you're a fan of satire, feminism, and analyzing our meaningless, consumer-driven lives (bonus points for movie reference), then (1) you should be a Communications (or Women's Studies) major and (2) you should read this book.

If you're in the mood for something... Atmospheric
BOOK 3: THE BRIDES OF ROLLROCK ISLAND by Margo Lanagan (ARC, Knopf)
If you're looking for a lush, poetic, and dark story told through multiple narratives, this book's for you. Lanagan uses selkie lore to weave a haunting tale about an island where the men's wives are actually seals transformed by a witch into enchanting women. Definitely not your run-of-the-mill YA. I'd read this book with a cup of tea on a rainy afternoon.

If you're in the mood for something... Forbidden
BOOK 4: VENOM by Fiona Paul (ARC, Philomel)
Two words: Renaissance Venice. And not just any Renaissance Venice, but the one you find in the middle of the night, hidden in the shadows. With secret societies, grisly murders, grave robbing, and illicit romances, VENOM has everything you need for a delicious guilty pleasure read.

AND THE WINNERS ARE...
Hailey R. and Susan H.!
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23 comments:

  1. 'What's left of me' would be my first choice :)

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  2. I would love to re-read What's Left of Me (read an ARC from BEA).

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  3. They all seem fantastic reads but What's Left of Me would definitely be my first choice.

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  4. Venom

    Kmichellec87(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. Ooh! I love the idea of the idea of this post (giving recommendations for what mood you're in). I would definitely appreciate more of these, even if there was no giveaway to go along with it.

    That being said, more than one of these books is on my 'you should probably read this in the near future' list.

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  6. I loved Beauty Queens! And I really want to read What's Left of Me!

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  7. would love to read Venom. Thanks for the fun

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  8. I want to read What's left of me most.

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  9. Oooo, tough call, but I think I'd have to go with The Brides of Rollrock Island!

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  10. I've heard great things about all four! This totally fits, too...I'm super fickle about books when I'm in one of my moods (this really depends on the seasons).

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  11. I want to read What's Left of Me the most.

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  12. P.S. What's Left of Me would be my second choice. Thanks!

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  13. I think What's Left of Me sounds like a great read! And that cover for Venom is striking!

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  14. Oooh, intriguing. I totally agree that you must read what meshes with your current mood. All of those books would tickle my fancy at one time. Nice selection.

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  15. I'd most like to read What's Left of Me. Two people, one body is such an interesting premise.

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  16. I am absolutely DYING TO READ What's Left of Me. It looks like it's going to be intriguingly intense and so worth the read!

    Suz @ A Soul Unsung
    susanhaugland@att.net

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  17. What's left of me!

    -Britt T.

    brtucker89(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. What's Left of Me is one i've been really wanting to read.

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  19. I would chose Venom!

    - Hailey R :)

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  20. Who won the giveaway?

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