Friday, August 10, 2012

Summer Wrap-Up Read-A-Thon Day 7 + Giveaways For Participants!


First Adrian Ivashkov is in the final match for the YA Crush Tourney today! Please vote for him!

My reading progress so far

The Lost Girl   Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)

Read half of this yesterday and today I plan to finish it!


Feel free to leave your updates in the comments or your update links!
#SWUR Happy Reading!

August 4

Some Like it Paranormal & In Between – Show us your TBR - Ends 8/8 - INT
8:00am Jessica  @ Wickedly Bookish - Wicked Summer Cover Challenge - Ends 8/12 - INT
2:00pm Misa @ Skyway AvenueRewrite the Synopsis - Ends 8/30 - INT

August 5
8:00am Trini @ Book Lovers ReviewHOTTER than Summer BOYS - Ends 8/12 - US/CAN

August 6

8:00am Emily @ Falling for YA – Cover Love Challenge - Ends 8/12
2:00pm Shae @ Understanding Shae’s Story - Summer Vacations - Ends 8/12 - US
6:00pm Mackenzie @ Oh For the Love of Books!Summer Party Challenge - Ends 8/12 - INT

August 7

8:00am Amanda @ Pearl the Book Girl - Book Puzzle Challenge - Ends 8/12 - US
2:00pm Allison @ Abibliophobic Mystery Title Challenge - Ends 8/12 - US

August 8
8:00am Daphne @ Winged ReviewsSummer Couples - Ends 8/12 - INT

August 9
8:00am Rachel @ Unforgettable Books The Flower Challenge - Ends 8/12

August 10
8:00am Montana @ The Book BellesLaughing Out Loud Challenge - Ends 8/16 - INT Onyx
6:00pm Shreya @ Chocolate Coated ReviewsBook Cover Challenge - Canada/US

August 11
8:00am Patrick @ The BookshelvesTitle Story Challenge - Ends 8/14 - US - The Hunt Audio Book
2:00pm Stephanie @ A Dream Within a DreamParanormal Summer -
Ends 8/17 - INT

August 12
8:00am Bekka @ Pretty Deadly ReviewsVolleyball by the Beach - INT
2:00pm Margie @ Bumbles and Fairy-TalesQuote Challenge
6:00pm END OF THE READ-A-THON Some Like it Paranormal & In Between - INT - Wrap Up and Photo Album.

Wrap Up Photo Album Challenge 
We're giving you a heads-up on what the final challenge of the read-a-thon will be so you get the chance to prepare. We want to know about the places you read this summer, if you went on vacations to a nice place, the beach or a nice reading place in your home. For your last post we want you to show us some pictures of these places, you don't have to be in the pictures. So pick up your books and pick up your cameras for the week, we're looking forward to see your reading places :)

Giveaways for participants!

Must have signed up for the Read-A-Thon
Must have participated at least once with an update or in a challenge
Must be 13+ years old and under 18 must have parents permission
(INT) giveaways are open to anyone that the Book Depository ships free to
There is a wide range of genres so look through the prizes carefully 
You can enter for as many as you are interested in
Some are US ONLY
Thanks for participating and good luck!

Prize 1: Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen 

Water for Elephants
As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the Great Depression, and for Jacob the circus was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was ultimately their only hope for survival.

Prize 2: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones
"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973."
So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on earth continue without her -- her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling. Out of unspeakable tragedy and loss, THE LOVELY BONES succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy.

Prize 3: Glitter Baby by Susan Elizabeth Phillips 

Glitter Baby
Welcome to the world of the Glitter Baby
Fleur Savagar is the most beautiful woman in the world . . . to everyone but herself. With her oversized hands and paddle-boat feet, her streaky blond hair and funny green eyes, she lives a life filled with secrets that began before she was born. That was when her bewitching mother left home to find James Dean and met Errol Flynn instead. Now Fleur has to grow up quickly, and life won't make that easy.
Jake Koranda is both New York's most brilliant playwright and Hollywood's hottest actor. Difficult, talented, and tormented, he has no patience for international glamour girls, not even ones with beautiful bodies and smart-aleck mouths. But there's more to the Glitter Baby than shine, and Fleur's tougher than Jake expects. Even with the odds stacked against her, she's fiercely determined to discover the woman she's destined to be.An ugly duckling who can't believe she's turned into a swan . . . A tough-guy movie star with a haunted past . . . In a land of broken dreams, can two unlikely lovers trust their hearts?

Prize 4: Good In Bed by Jennifer Weiner 

Good in Bed (Cannie Shapiro, #1)
For twenty-eight years, things have been tripping along nicely for Cannie Shapiro. Sure, her mother has come charging out of the closet, and her father has long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her friends, her rat terrier, Nifkin, and her job as pop culture reporter for The Philadelphia Examiner. She's even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body.
But the day she opens up a national women's magazine and sees the words "Loving a Larger Woman" above her ex-boyfriend's byline, Cannie is plunged into misery...and the most amazing year of her life. From Philadelphia to Hollywood and back home again, she charts a new course for herself: mourning her losses, facing her past, and figuring out who she is and who she can become.

 Prize 5: Vanishing Acts, Mercy, Plain Truth, & My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult 

Vanishing Acts   Mercy   Plain Truth   My Sister's Keeper

Prize 6: Cirque Du Freak Series by Darren Shan Books 1-7 

A Living Nightmare (Cirque Du Freak, #1)   The Vampire's Assistant (Cirque Du Freak, #2)   Tunnels of Blood (Cirque Du Freak, #3)   Vampire Mountain (Cirque Du Freak, #4)  Trials of Death (Cirque Du Freak, #5)   The Vampire Prince (Cirque Du Freak, #6)   Hunters of the Dusk (Cirque Du Freak, #7)
In the tradition of Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot, Cirque Du Freak is the frightening saga of a young boy whose visit to a mysterious freak show leads him on a journey into a dark world of vampires. Filled with grotesque creatures, murderous vampires, and a petrifying ending, Cirque Du Freak will chill, thrill, and leave readers begging for more.

Prize 7: Crime of Fashion Series by Ellen Byerrum Books 1-6

Killer Hair (Crime of Fashion, #1)   Designer Knockoff (Crime of Fashion, #2)   Hostile Makeover (Crime of Fashion, #3)   Raiders of the Lost Corset (Crime of Fashion, #4)   Grave Apparel (Crime of Fashion, #5)   Armed and Glamorous (Crime of Fashion, #6)
Home of the helmet hairdo and Congressional comb-over, Washington, D.C. is a hotbed of fashion faux pas. If anyone should know, it's "Crimes of Fashion" columnist Lacey Smithsonian. She dishes out advice to the scandal-scorched and clothing-clueless, doing her part to change this town-one fashion victim at a time... An up-and-coming stylist, Angie Woods had a reputation for rescuing down-and-out looks-and careers-all with a pair of scissors. But when Angie is found with a drastic haircut and a razor in her hand, the police assume she committed suicide. Lacey knew the stylist and suspects something more sinister-that the story may lie with Angie's star client, a White House staffer with a salacious website. With the help of a hunky ex-cop, Lacey must root out the truth...

Prize 8: Shatter Souls by Mary Lindsey 

Shattered Souls (Souls #1)
Lenzi hears voices and has visions - gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can't help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she's a reincarnated Speaker - someone who can talk to and help lost souls - and that he has been her Protector for centuries. Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn't make a decision soon.

Prize 9: Reign or Shine & Reign Check by Michelle Rowen 

Reign or Shine (Demon Princess, #1)   Reign Check (Demon Princess, #2)
As if trying to fit in at a new school isn't stressful enough, sixteen-year-old Nikki Donovan just found out that her long-lost father is, in fact, the demon king of the Shadowlands—the world that separates and protects us from the Underworld. When she is brought there by the mysterious—and surprisingly cute—messenger Michael, she learns that her father is dying, and he wants her to assume the throne. To complicate matters, a war is brewing between the Shadowlands and the Underworld, her half-demon qualities are manifesting, and her growing feelings for Michael are completely forbidden. Ruling a kingdom, navigating a secret crush, and still making it home by curfew—what's a teenage demon princess to do?

Prize 10: Vampire Chronicles Series by Anne Rice Books 1-4

Complete Vampire Chronicles (Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the body Thief)
This is the story of Louis, as told in his own words, of his journey through mortal and immortal life. He recounts becoming a vampire at the hands of the radiant and sinister Lestat and how he became indoctrinated, unwillingly, into the vampire way of life. His story ebbs and flows through the streets of New Orleans, defining crucial moments such as his discovery of the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfort her with the last breaths of humanity he has inside. Yet, he makes Claudia a vampire, trapping her womanly passion, will, and intelligence inside the body of a small child. Louis and Claudia form a seemingly unbreakable alliance and even "settle down" for a while in the opulent French Quarter. Louis remembers Claudia's struggle to understand herself and the hatred they both have for Lestat that sends them halfway across the world to seek others of their kind. Louis and Claudia are desperate to find somewhere they belong, to find others who understand, and someone who knows what and why they are.


  1. How are you liking Cursed so far? You gotta read Obsidian and Onyx!

    Im doing ok so far. I read Biting Cold by Chloe Neill, Beautiful Disaster by Jaime McGuire and I started Girl of Nightmares today.

    1. Cursed was good. Just finished it. It was kind of similar to other books but still enjoyable. I do need to read Obsidian and Half-Blood. I haven't read anything else by her. Beautiful Disaster was good but yes a disaster lol. Really excited to read Girl of Nightmares.

  2. I hope you enjoyed Cursed! I soo want to read it

    I'm doing good with my challenge so far, only one mook left to read and it's... *gasp* Last Sacrifice!! <3

    1. Cursed was good. I read it right after Unravel Me though and they had kind of similar ideas. Girl that can't touch and has to train to control it. Both great reads though. Last Sacrifice! YAY! Although my poor Adrian :-(

  3. Thank you so much for sponsoring the Read-a-thon. I had a lot of fun visiting blogs and reading the tweets. I look forward to joining one of your events at some future date.


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