Saturday, October 30, 2010

In My Mailbox 40

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

Bought

Spells & Sleeping Bags by Sarah Mlynowski
Pub. date: April 2008
At long last, Rachel's powers have arrived and she's a bona fide get-your-broom-ready witch! And it's happened just in time. No Manhattan for her this summer—she's spending her vacation at Camp Wood Lake.

But she's having some serious issues:

Mosquitoes in the Adirondacks are incredibly thirsty.

Her stepmom keeps sending embarrassing feminine hygiene care packages.

She accidentally zapped away all her clothes.

And there's a backstabber in her cabin intent on making life miserable.

Good thing Rachel's a witch.
I really liked the first two books in this series, so I was very happy when I saw it in the Random Buzzers store. It took forever to get enough Buzz Bucks, but it was worth it. I can't wait to read it!

Out of Sight, Out of Mind by Marilyn Kaye
Pub. date: June 2009
Queen of Mean Amanda Beeson, 13, gets the shock of her life when she wakes up one morning to find herself in the body of one of her victims, Tracey Devon. Amanda discovers that Tracey, ignored at home and school, has the ability to become invisible. When Amanda finds herself in a special class that Tracey usually attends, it becomes clear that at Meadowbrook Middle School the definition of “gifted” has a whole other meaning. Can Amanda rescue her one-time target from obscurity and get her own life back on track? In order to do so, she will have to reveal her own startling gift and take her rightful place among Meadowbrook’s very secret clique.
I didn't really expect to find anything good on my third trip to the used bookstore in as many weeks, so I was very surprised, and happy, to see this tucked away on the crowded shelf. I can't wait to read it! It sounds really good! :)

Won

Banished by Sophie Littlefield (ARC)
Pub. date: October 2010
There isn’t much worth living for in Gypsum, Missouri—or Trashtown, as the rich kids call the run-down neighborhood where sixteen-year-old Hailey Tarbell lives. Hailey figures she’ll never belong—not with the popular kids at school, not with the rejects, not even with her cruel, sickly grandmother, who deals drugs out of their basement. Hailey never knew her dead mother, and she has no idea who her father was, but at least she has her four-year-old foster brother, Chub. Once she turns eighteen, Hailey plans to take Chub far from Gypsum and start a new life where no one can find them.

But when a classmate is injured in gym class, Hailey discovers a gift for healing that she never knew she possessed—and that she cannot ignore. Not only can she heal, she can bring the dying back to life. Confused by her powers, Hailey searches for answers but finds only more questions, until a mysterious visitor shows up at Gram’s house, claiming to be Hailey’s aunt Prairie.

There are people who will stop at nothing to keep Hailey in Trashtown, living out a legacy of despair and suffering. But when Prairie saves both Hailey and Chub from armed attackers who invade Gram’s house in the middle of the night, Hailey must decide where to place her trust. Will Prairie’s past, and the long-buried secret that caused her to leave Gypsum years earlier, ruin them all? Because as Hailey will soon find out, their power to heal is just the beginning.

This gripping novel from thriller writer Sophie Littlefield blazes a trail from small-town Missouri to the big city as Hailey battles an evil greater than she ever imagined, while discovering strengths she never knew she had.
I think this is the first ARC I've ever won. All the other ARCs I own were given to me by friends. Big thanks to Random Buzzers! This sounds like a really interesting read. :)

Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby
Pub. date: March 2009


Quiet, unpopular,non-cheerleading Mia is blissfully happy. She is dating super hot football god Rob, and he actually likes her and asked her to prom! Enter Samantha--cheerleading goddess and miss popularity--who starts making a move for Rob. With prom in a few days, Mia needs to act fast. So she turns to her best friend, Candice, and decides to do a love spell on Rob. Unfortunately, she ends up inflicting a zombie virus onto her whole class, making herself their leader! At first she is flattered that everyone is treating her like a queen. But then zombie hunter hottie Chase explains they are actually fattening her up, because in a few days, Mia will be the first course in their new diet. She's sure she and Chase can figure something out, but she suggests that no one wear white to prom, because things could get very messy.
I won this during Princess Bookie's Contest Craze. This has been on my wish list for a while, and I'm really looking forward to reading it! Huge thanks to Cindy and Amanda Ashby! ^_^

That's all I got this week. Really looking forward to reading all of these. :)

Eclectically yours,

NaNoWriMo 2010

It's that time of year again. Time to attempt the impossible (for me... so far) and try to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Yes, NaNoWriMo is here at last has sort of snuck up on me again.

BTW, you can find me on NaNo as EclecticDahlia.

I'm really excited for NaNo this year, despite the sneaking up thing. And okay, maybe it didn't totally sneak up on me. Maybe I started preparing for it earlier this month, then made a big change to my story that called for re-outlining the whole thing, and maybe I pushed off said re-outlining until the last minute. But even with an outline to rewrite, I'm still looking forward to it this year, and feel more prepared than the last two years (my first year, I didn't even hear about NaNo until about now, and didn't sign up until November 3).

So, a little about my story. It's a dystopian steampunk YA, I thought of it about two years ago and tried to write it last year, but got super stuck. I'm kind of glad I didn't finish it last year. I've made a few changes that I'm really liking so far, and think will greatly improve the book.
I can't give you a synopsis, because a) I'm horrible at writing them, and b) I'm paranoid about putting my stories online, but I can give you a title and a cover.


What do you think? It turned out better than I thought it would. Not only that, it has worked as a great visual aid for me. I always knew the main character would have a clockwork tattoo, but could never picture it right. I've tried drawing it, but with my lack of artistic talent it alwasy turned out wrong (and usually ended up taking up half her face).
Anyone that's looked at the My Books page will know this story as Whistle, the book's former online alias (I was just going to abbreviate it to WIS, until ZG pointed out that it sounded like "whistle", and I decided to go with that). Anyway, I decided to reveal the actual title after realizing it wasn't all that amazing or original and didn't give away much about the story.

So, I guess that's really all I can say about NaNo right now. I'll post updates throughout November, and add a word count widget to the left sidebar.

Before I go, I'd like to wish a big GOOD LUCK to all the bloggers and readers also doing NaNo this year. =D
Eclectically yours,

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Last Day to Enter!

Today is your last chance to enter the blogoversary giveaways. If you want to win your choice of book for $10 from Book Depository, click here. If you're a US follower and want to enter for a 6 book prize pack, including a signed copy of Peeps by Scott Westerfeld, plus swag, click here.



Contests close at MIDNIGHT eastern time. Don't forget to read the rules before entering. Good luck to everyone who enters! Winners should be announced tomorrow (unless it takes longer to tally the entries).

Eclectically yours,

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Blogoversary Day 12: Guest Post from Hania of To the Point Book Reviews

 I am very happy to welcome my newest guest, Hania from To the Point Book Reviews.


To The Point Book Reviews Badge


I began to read for enjoyment after reading Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix. I was 11 or 12 years old at the time, and for me, managing to complete a book so thick was quite an accomplishment. After reading HP5, I began to read the Sleepover Club series. Obsessively! I’d borrow four or five books at one time and read them as soon as I could, especially on the school bus. Any Sleepover Club book I could get my primary-school hands on, I’d read. Other series which I also remember reading was The After School Club by Helena Pielichaty. I had devoured them, alongside Paul Jennings short stories and the Fudge series by Judy Blume. For some awkward reason I never read the Goosebumps series.
My transition into Young Adult literature was in year seven, when I started secondary school. At my local library, an entire section was devoted to YA. I remember that when I was younger I would stay clear from the area, unaware of the books there. Actually, on a sidenote I am grateful that I didn’t start reading YA too early. An example which confuzzles me quite a bit is of ten year olds, who are reading The Princess Diaries. Seriously... haven’t you seen the rave reviews at the back of one of the PD novels by a 10 year old?
Anyways, continuing... my early YA reads were by Sandra Glover, K.A Applegate (Remnants series), Hilary McKay (Casson family series) and Melinda Metz (the Fingerprints series). However I still continued to read junior fiction (the On The Run series by Gordon Korman). I do admit that the stories I read then wouldn’t have had such an impact on me if I read them again, since I read mostly for the plot. I still do read for the plot, but if there’s a message, theme, character, scene or quote which provokes deeper thinking, I’m now more likely to dwell upon it (although this may be due to my English course. Too much literary analysis I say).
Currently, I continue to read YA although I suppose at my age I could transgress into ‘normal’ fiction. I love girly stories but also immensely enjoy a fast paced action or mystery.
I suppose my reading journey has been a pretty awesome one. I hardly ever read anything I don’t want to, and I actually do remember most of the books and titles I’ve read (although remembering the plot may be a bit fuzzy). My best book memories would be those shared with my friends, since my family isn’t too big on reading fiction (Mum reads non-fiction and every time I have a book in my hands she asks me, “how do you manage to read so many stories?!”). I’ve also noticed that I read a lot of books which are in series.
I’d like to thank Dahlia for allowing me to guest post as part of her Blogoversary celebrations Not only have I written a post, but now I’ve started thinking about my early days of YA.

Lovely post, Hania! Thanks so much for stopping by! ^_^

Eclectically yours,

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Blogoversary Day 9: The Eyes Have It (Extra Entries for Blogoversary Giveaways)

The surprise I mentioned last week can at last be revealed! Here is your chance to increase your entries for the Eclectically Haunted and Hauntingly Eclectic Blogoversary Giveaways!

I'm doing a cover guess, because they're fun and I love them. For every cover you guess correctly, you will earn one more entry into your blogoversary giveaway of choice. Here are the covers.
Kind of creepy isn't it? All those eyes staring at you.

Fill out the form with your answers. DO NOT POST ANSWERS IN THE COMMENTS! Any comments with the answers will not be published. If you want to play without entering, just put not an entry in the name and email sections on the form. Make sure you've already entered at least one of the blogoversary giveaways at the top of this post before filling out the form.



Check out The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia tomorrow for even more chances to win!

Eclectically yours,

In My Mailbox 39

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.

Bought

Darkside by Tom Becker
Pub. date: February 2008
Jonathan Starling's home has been attacked, his dad is in an asylum, he's running for his life, and there's nowhere to hide. Jonathan has stumbled upon London's greatest secret: Darkside. Incredibly dangerous and unimaginably exciting, Darkside is the creepiest place Jonathan has ever seen. It's a world of nightmares and secrets, where fear and evil rule, and Jonathan has to find a way out....
Since Tom Becker learned to hold a pen, he wanted to become a writer. In fact, when he was five years old, he wrote in a notebook that it was his dream was to be an author. Tom studied History at Oxford University and was inspired by the otherworldly atmosphere of this academic institution. He used to spend long days studying and reading in the University library, but now he spends long days writing.
It's not often that I buy books I've already read, but I really liked this one (and it was half off). I definitely look forward to reading this again, though I'll probably wait until I have the sequel. You can read my review of Darkside here.

So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane
Pub. date: June 2001

Thirteen-year-old Nita, tormented by a gang of bullies because she won't fight back, finds the help she needs in a library book on wizardry which guides her into another dimension.
I pick this up just about every time I go to the used bookstore, and this week I finally decided to buy it. It sounds sort of interesting.

The Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda
Pub. date: February 2008
There are three rules to the old, painted music box: Wind the box three times only. Never shut the box when the music is playing. Never move the box before the music stops.
Leo wouldn't dream of breaking these rules, but does his stubborn cousin Mimi listen? She winds the box four times—and suddenly the paintings on its side come to life and a powerful witch is released. Now it's up to Leo and Mimi to stop the witch, if only they can find the key to the music box—and the magical world it controls.
I literally squealed when I saw this. I love Emily Rodda! She's my all time favorite author. I probably would not be the bookworm I am today without her Deltora books. I'm so excited about this! I can't wait to read it!

I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter
Pub. date: March 2007
Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class.  The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it's really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she's an ordinary girl.  Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real "pavement artist"-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?  Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she's on her most dangerous mission: falling in love.
I really liked this, as well as the rest of the series, so I couldn't turn down a new-looking paperback at the used bookstore. Now all I have to do is get the second one (in paperback, of course, otherwise it would stick out between books 1 and 3) and I'll have the whole series (until another book comes out...).

The Julian Game by Adele Griffin
Pub. date: August 2010
All new girl Raye Archer wants is a way into the in crowd, so when ice-queen Ella Parker picks her to get back at her ex, the gorgeous Julian Kilgarry, Raye is more than game. Even if it means creating a fake Facebook identity so she can learn enough about Julian to sabotage him. It's a fun and dangerous thrill at first, but Raye hadn't counted on falling for Julian herself--and igniting Ella's rage.
As Raye works to reconcile the temptress Elizabeth with her real-life self, Ella serves up her own revenge, creating an online smear campaign of nasty rumors and trashy photographs. Suddenly notorious, Raye has to find a way out of the web of deceit that she's helped to build, and back to the relationships that matter.
Adele Griffin's riveting novel explores the issues of generation Facebook: the desire to be someone else, real versus online friends, and the pitfalls and fallouts of posting your personal life online for all the world to judge.
I ordered this from Book Depository a while ago, and IT FINALLY CAME!!! SO EXCITED!!! It sounds really good, and I've heard excellent things about it. I absolutely love the cover!

The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade
Pub. date: August 2010
A gripping new series combines Steampunk, spying, and a fantastic Victorian London.
The mysterious Mr. Socrates rescues Modo, a child in a traveling freak show. Modo is a hunchback with an amazing ability to transform his appearance, and Mr. Socrates raises him in isolation as an agent for the Permanent Association, a spy agency behind Brittania’s efforts to rule the empire. At 14, Modo is left on the streets of London to fend for himself. When he encounters Octavia Milkweed, another Association agent, the two uncover a plot by the Clockword Guild behind the murders of important men. Furthermore, a mad scientist is turning orphan children into automatons to further the goals of the Guild. Modo and Octavia journey deep into the tunnels under London and discover a terrifying plot against the British government. It’s up to them to save their country.
Ask and ye shall receive, or in this case blog and ye shall receive. ;) Really looking forward to reading this, but will wait because, honestly, the next book is a higher priority. I have a lot of steampunky goodness to look forward to! ^_^

Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld and Keith Thompson (SIGNED!)
Pub. date: October 2010
The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers.
Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan's peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.
Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what's ahead.
So so so so sooooooo excited about this!!! Not only was the first one amazing (as well all the other books I've read by him), but I got this one SIGNED! And not the signed of all my other signed books, which I won in contests and simply arrived in the mail with an author's signature. I finally managed to make it to a book signing! It was so much fun! I'll post more about the event later.
 
Borrowed

Kiss Me Kill Me by Lauren Henderson
Pub. date: January 2008
When 16-year-old Scarlett Wakefield transfers from St. Tabby’s to Wakefield Hall Collegiate, she is relieved that no one knows her dark, haunting secret. A few months ago, Scarlett was invited to an elite party with a guest list full of the hottest names in British society, including Dan McAndrew. Before the party, Scarlett had only imagined what it would be like to have her first kiss with Dan, but on the penthouse terrace, Dan leaned in close and she no longer had to wonder. Their kiss was beautiful and perfect and magical, and then . . . Dan McAndrew took his last breath as she held him in her arms. No one knows how or why Dan died, and everyone at St. Tabby’s believes Scarlett had something to do with it. But now that she’s safely hidden away at Wakefield Hall, Scarlett would rather forget that it ever happened. Only she can’t. Especially when she receives an anonymous note that will set her on the path to clearing her name and finding out what really happened to the first and last boy she kissed.
Hmm, Kiss Me Kill Me, I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You. I'm seeing a pattern here, and it's a little disturbing. xD Though, beyond titles, I don't think they have much in common. Anyway, I saw this on Random Buzzers a little while ago, and thought it sounded interesting, so I looked for it at my library. Surprise, surprise, they had it! And it was checked in with no waiting list! So I ordered it, and it came in the same day as The Julian Game, which was also a day before I bought Behemoth. Library books usually have priority over books I own, but I'm going to have to make an exception this time. Sorry, Kiss Me Kill Me, but I'm afraid I'll have to send you back unread and check you out another time.

Anyway, that's all I got this week. I'd say this was one of my better book weeks. So excited to read all of these!

Eclectically yours,

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Daykeepers Grimoire by Christy Raedeke

Can one (super smart) girl
(who just wants to be discovered)
decipher the cryptic Mayan calendar prophecy and SAVE THE WORLD?
When her safe-cracker mom and code-breaker dad inherit a dreary Scottish castle, sixteen-year-old Caity Mac Fireland is not happy. Ripped from her cushy life and friends in San Francisco, Caity’s secret fantasy of being discovered by a Hollywood agent, talent scout, or even just a pageant coach seems more unlikely than ever.
But when Caity stumbles across a hidden room in the castle, its walls covered in strange symbols, her life takes a bizarre turn. She finds herself center stage in an international conspiracy involving warring secret societies, assassins, the suppressed revelations of the Mayan Calendar and the year 2012, plus the fate of humanity.
With the help of her friend Justine back home, and Alex, a gorgeous and mysterious Scottish boy, Caity must race to decipher the code and reveal its message to the world before time runs out.
I had very high hopes for The Daykeeper's Grimiore, and it met every one of them. I absolutely loved this book! From start to finish, though there were a few things I didn't totally like, I wouldn't change a thing.
Caity is officially one of my all time favorite characters! She was amusing, smart, and just a tad bit creepy when it came to Alex (in a hilarious, laugh out loud way). My other favorite character is Mr. Papers. I don't usually like animals in books that much (particularly ones that play a fairly big role, like Mr. Papers did), and I really don't like monkeys that much, but I loved Mr. Papers! He was adorable! And he did origami! How can you not love that?
Caity and Mr. P weren't the only good characters. Justine, Caity's friend in San Francisco, was really cool and kind of funny. I really started to like her when she had to do all the "spy" work for Caity. She's definitely a friend I'd like to have if I ever had to save the world.
Alex was an okay character, though I honestly can't remember that much about him (and I failed to make any notes on him).
This book had something that many YA books have been lacking: adults. I was a little shocked by the strong adult presence (even though Caity's parents were often out of the picture, though not unreasonably so). It was so weird, yet nice, to read a YA book where the teens weren't like little adults in an adult-free world.
I liked the mystery in the book, of never knowing who can be trusted, as well as the build-up to the reveal of the prophecy. Raedeke's writing is fantastic, it pulls you right into the story. This book was nearly impossible to put down.
Prophecy of Days: The Daykeeper's Grimiore was an excellent and original start to a promising new series, and one of the best debuts I've ever read. I highly recommend it.

I give The Daykeeper's Grimiore four roller skates.
Cover: I really like it! It has an interesting font, and a lot of important elements from the book, and I like the colors.

Eclectically yours,

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wish List Wednesday 29

What?


The Hunchback Assignments

by Arthur Slade

Monday, October 18, 2010

Blogoversary Day 2 4: Hauntingly Eclectic INTERNATIONAL Blogoversary Giveaway (CLOSED)

I promised a treat for our international readers yesterday the other day, and now it's time to deliver (actually, it was supposed to be delivered Saturday, but I kinda forgot xP). We couldn't leave you out of the blogoversary giveaway love, so here's your chance to win...

$10 to a book of your choice from Book Depository!

To enter, fill out the form below.
Rules:

CONTEST CLOSED!

Good luck to everyone that enters! And don't forget to check back here later in the week for the SuPeR sEcReT sUrPrIsE I mentioned the other day. ;)

US followers, don't forget to enter for the Eclectically Haunted prize pack here!

Eclectically yours,

Blogoversary Day 4: Guest Review by Golden Eagle from The Eagle's Aerial Perspective


Today I am very happy to welcome The Golden Eagle from The Eagle's Aerial Perspective!


Title: Foundation
Author: Isaac Asimov
Publisher: Bantam Books
Genre: Science Fiction
Page Count: 244
Rating: 5 out of 5
Cover Rating: 3.5 out of 5. At first I thought it was too garish, but it grew on me. The man in the wheelchair fits into the story perfectly, and I suppose the orange-ness isn't so bad. It is eye-catching, and that's a big plus.

Back flap:

For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire had ruled supreme. Now it is dying a slow death from entropy and corruption. Only psychohistorian Hari Seldon cane see the future--a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and intergalactic warfare. To preserve the accumulated wisdom of the ages and save mankind from oblivion, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire and leads them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy. There they will serve as a beacon of hope for future generations. He calls this sanctuary Foundation. And we are its inheritors.

My expectations: High. I loved I, Robot and liked Nemesis so I was really looking forward to digging into this trilogy.

My expectations were met!

About the book: If you've ever read science fiction, you've probably heard of Isaac Asimov, who was well-known for this very trilogy. Foundation (and the books following it) is complex, interesting, and reveals parts of human nature.

There is a lot of politics, scheming, and conspiracy in this book. Politicians, Emperors, scientists, and other leaders are all arguing about one thing--the fate of the human race. And Hari Seldon, the founder of Foundation, knows what that fate is. The Empire, however, doesn't want to hear it, for he is predicting their future disorder and eventual fall from power. They give him the option of death or exile; Seldon, through careful planning, chooses exile to a far-off planet in the Periphery, knowing that they'd give him that choice.

  • Plot:
Very, very good. The usual YA plot holds nothing against the events that occur in this book. Subtle manipulation, careful plotting, and influencing those around them result in many different people sliding in and out of power in surprising ways--all according to Hari Seldon's plan, of course.

  • Characters:
Hari Seldon was a genius, in the most literal sense. He knew what was going to happen by calculation via his extensive knowledge of psychohistory, and therefore can predict the probabilities of mob reactions. He's cold and brilliant.

Salvor Hardin (I keep getting him confused with Hari Seldon) was ingenious. He knew what he was going when he tried to become mayor and get through the Encyclopedists who ruled Foundation. He was an interesting character to watch.

Limmar Ponyets was devious. He knows trading, and he knows how to manipulate people into doing what he wants them to do. His plots are rather unpredictable.

Hober Mallow was similar to Salvor Hardin--aiming for the mayoralty and he certainly wasn't going to let much get in his way to do it.

There are lots of other characters. Each part is a different time in history, so almost every new part (there are 5) means a new cast. But the secondary characters are all very good and memorable for their own reasons--they show different personalities and attitudes.

  • Setting/Other Factors:
I love space, space-travel, SF, and books with politics in them, so this was right up my alley. The idea of Foundation was intriguing, and while right now we're still on Earth, it does raise the question: is the rise and fall of humanity completely inevitable?

Other: There are no women! Except for one man's wife (who took a very muted position against all the other figures) there are no major characters who are female! That sort of got to me. I want men and women in the books I read, and not stereotyped views, either. But other than that, there was nothing else that might make people question whether they should read it.

Do I recommend this book? Yes! Absolutely.

-----The Golden Eagle

Thanks for stopping by, Golden Eagle! Fantastic review! I may just have to read that now. :)

Eclectically yours,

Friday, October 15, 2010

Blogoversary Day 1: Eclectically Haunted Blogoversary Giveaway Extravaganza!!! CLOSED

In one week, my blog will officially be 2 years old. TWO! Looking at all the other blogs out there that have just recently turned one makes me feel old. I can't believe my blog has lasted this long. When I made it, I kinda thought blogging was a phase that I would grow out of in a few months. I'm so glad I didn't! I love blogging, but more than that, I love the YA book blogosphere. Not only are bloggers very nice, but I've discovered a LOT of great books through blogging.

I'd like to give a BIG, HUGE THANK YOU to all my followers for sticking with me, and actually taking the time to read anything I write. You guys rock! ^_^

Enough warm and fuzzies. The title said giveaway, and I know you guys are all much more excited about that than my blogging anecdotes. ;) Besides, why thank you with simple words when I can give you ~PrIzEs~?

Orchid from The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia and I have teamed up to celebrate our blogoversaries. I am very happy to present...
The Eclectically Haunted Blogoversary GiveawayExtravaganza!!!

We've prepared a GREAT prize pack with some of our favorite books, plus swag, all for one winner!


Books:
 Swag:
  • A Match Made in High School pencil
  • A Match Made in High School t-shirt (size medium)
  • Immortals bookmark
  • Signed Personal Demons bookmark
  • 4 Chronicles of Vladimir Tod vampire smiley buttons

Are you excited yet? That's what I thought. Bet you want to know how to enter now, huh? Hold on, you have to read the rules first.

Rules:
  • Contest is open to US mailing addresses only (sorry, international readers! But don't cry, we have a treat for you too.)
  • Must be 13 years or older to enter
  • Ends at 11:59 pm (eastern) on October 28
  • You MUST follow both my blog and The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia to enter
CONTEST CLOSED!
I have a fun surprise planned for all the entrants later this week, so be sure to watch this space.

Good luck to all who enter! These all are really good books, so may the odds be ever in your favor! ;D

Eclectically yours,

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wish List Wednesday 28

What?


Whisper

by Phoebe Kitanidis

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Nightshade Cover Remake at The Book Vixen

The Book Vixen is hosting a cover remake contest for Nightshade by Andrea Cremer, part of the Fall Into Fantasy event hosted by The Bookish Type. One winner will get a signed finished copy of Nightshade.



Here's the original cover:

And here's my cover:

What do you think? Personally, I'm rather pleased with how it turned out, and think it might be my best cover remake yet. :)

Eclectically yours,

Saturday, October 9, 2010

24 Hour Read-A-Thon Update

Chapters Read:
Tenth Grade Bleeds, 4
Rowan of Rin, 1

Currently Reading: Rowan of Rin

Hours Reading: 3

Kind of slow day. Hopefully I'll be able to get more reading done tonight.

Eclectically yours,

Friday, October 8, 2010

Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon

Despite hardly getting any reading done during the last read-a-thon I signed up for, I decided to sign up for the Dewey's 24 Hour Read-A-Thon. What can I say? I'm addicted to reading. Hopefully I'll be able to make a decent dent in my TBR pile (and get closer to completing the 100+ Reading Challenge).
The read-a-thon starts tomorrow morning. Click HERE to sign up!

Eclectically yours,

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wish List Wednesday 27

What?


Accomplice


by Eireann Corrigan

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Teaser Tuesday 6

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
This week's teaser is from The Falcon's Malteser by Anthony Horowitz.
We’d hit it off—him and me. The way he was looking at my head, I figured he’d like to hit that off, too.
page 21


Eclectically yours,