‘The Reader’ Giveaway and the Books I Can’t Live Without!

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Traci Chee’s The Reader (available September 13th) is a book about books, which is basically a win-win. In The Reader, Sefia’s world isn’t supposed to have books – but when Sefia discovers one, it could be the key to her saving one person she loves and avenging the death of another. Check out the details:

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Giveaway: Win Hollie Overton’s ‘Baby Doll’ and Safe and Sound Prize Pack

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I’m going to present you with a conundrum: You want to check out Hollie Overton’s new thriller, Baby Doll, available July 12th, but you’re worried that it might be a little too creepy for your summer poolside reading. Fear not, So Fetch Daily has the fix! Enter to win the Safe and Sound prize pack, which contains a copy of Baby Doll as well as a cozy throw and a corkscrew so you can curl up safely on the couch to read the book’s twists and turns.

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Giveaway: ‘The Haters’ by Jesse Andrews

If you’re a YA fan, you’re probably familiar with Jesse Andrews’ debut novel, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, a book which is far funnier than its title might initially suggest. I had a chance to check out Andrews’ second novel, The Haters (In stores now!), and I can assure you that he keeps the laughs coming. The Haters tells the story of a couple of friends attending jazz camp whose lives are turned upside-down by a mysterious girl who suggests ditching jazz camp for a cross-country tour for the group’s brand new band.

We all know road trip stories are perfect for summer, so listen up: you can enter below to win your very own copy of The Haters to put at the top of your summer to-read pile! You’ll also win a Spotify premium 3-month subscription gift card to make sure your own summer road trip tunes are on point!

One (1) winner receives:

  • a copy of The Haters and branded bumper sticker;
  • plus a Spotify premium 3-month subscription gift card.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jesse Andrews’s debut novel, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, was published to critical acclaim and starred reviews. His adaptation of the book for the big screen won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Jesse is also a musician and screenwriter. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Visit Jesse at www.jesseandrews.com.

Re-read Rick Yancey’s ‘The Infinite Sea’ for a Chance to Win ‘5th Wave’ Swag!

Re-read Rick Yancey’s ‘The Infinite Sea’ for a Chance to Win ‘5th Wave’ Swag!It is now officially less than three months until the final book in Rick Yancey’s 5th Wave trilogy, The Last Star, hits shelves! What if I told you that you could refresh your memory on the story and pick up some amazing prizes by participating in the March read-along of book two, The Infinite Sea? I mean, if you’re like me you were going to re-read The Infinite Sea anyway, so why not enter to win some cool stuff in the process?

Click here to enter The Infinite Sea read-along sweepstakes for a chance to win signed copies of all three books in The 5th Wave series and phone call with author Rick Yancey.

The Last Star will be available on May 24th. What questions are you most looking forward to having answered?

 

Giveaway: ‘The Immortals’ by Jordanna Max Brodsky Goddess Prize Pack

Giveaway: ‘The Immortals’ by Jordanna Max Brodsky Goddess Prize PackEver wondered what it might be like if Greek Gods lived in the modern world, but they were no longer worshiped and limited in power? The Daily Quirk has partnered with Orbit Books to offer a giveaway of Jordanna Max Brodsky’s The Immortals, a book about exactly that – so if your answer to the question above was either “yes, of course!” or “no, but now I do!” then this is the giveaway for you!

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(Image Credit: Orbit Books)

Here’s more about The Immortals:

Manhattan has many secrets. Some are older than the city itself.

The city sleeps. Selene DiSilva walks her dog along the banks of the Hudson. She is alone—just the way she likes it. She doesn’t believe in friends, and she doesn’t speak to her family. Most of them are simply too dangerous.

In the predawn calm, Selene finds the body of a young woman washed ashore, gruesomely mutilated and wreathed in laurel. Her ancient rage returns. And so does the memory of a promise she made long ago—when her name was Artemis.

The Immortals will be available in stores February 16th, but you can check out an excerpt of the first chapter of The Immortals here, and enter the giveaway below to win the Goddess Prize Pack:

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One (1) winner receives:

  •         a copy of The Immortals
  •         and a branded “GODDESS” sweatshirt.

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Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Orbit Books.

Visit http://www.olympusbound.com/ to learn more about The Immortals and author Jordanna Max Brodsky. You can also follow Jordanna on Twitter @jordannabrodsky or visit her official website.

Life Lessons from ‘I Was Here’ Author Gayle Forman

Life Lessons from ‘I Was Here’ Author Gayle FormanGayle Forman has a knack for writing prose not only beautiful, but impactful. Regardless of what she’s saying, it always packs an emotional punch. In honor of the paperback release of Forman’s I Was Here, we’re participating in a giveaway of Forman’s entire paperback collection –  and I’m going to share one of my favorite quotes from a Forman novel.

Forman’s Just One Day tells the story of Allyson, a girl who spends a life-changing day with a near-stranger, Willem, during a trip abroad. The follow-up book, Just One Year, tells Willem’s story as he attempts to track down Allyson, without even knowing her real name. Throughout the course of the book Willem struggles with the line between leaving everything up to fate and making his own fate. Just when Willem is starting to give up hope, he gets this much-needed reality check:

“Nothing happens without intention, Willem. Nothing. This theory of yours – life is ruled by accidents – isn’t that just one huge excuse for passivity?”

I love this quote because it doesn’t discount the fact that strange, unexpected things can happen that change the course of your life, but realistically points out the necessity of trying when there is something you want. It’s easy for teenagers to romanticize the idea of fate and things happening for a reason. It’s a nice notion, until you end up with the short end of the stick and think that’s just the way it is. But it’s really not – through Willem, Forman shows the importance of making an effort. Things may not always go your way, but sometimes they will, and you never know if you don’t try.

Keep reading for a giveaway, and let us know your favorite Gayle Forman quotes or life lessons in the comments!


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And now for the giveaway! Whether you’re a longtime Gayle Forman fan looking to complete your collection, or you’re just getting started, this giveaway will give you everything you need to catch up on all things Gayle Forman.

Five winners will receive paperback copies of:

  • I Was Here
  • Just One Day / Just One Year / Just One Night (Box Set)
  • If I Stay / Where She Went (Box Set)

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Open to US addresses only. Prizing courtesy of Penguin Young Readers. Giveaway closes 2/15/16.


To learn more about Gayle Forman, visit her official website or follow her on twitter @gayleforman.

Book Review and Giveaway: ‘Frozen Tides’ by Morgan Rhodes

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Head’s up – there’s a giveaway for Frozen Tides at the end of this review. I think I avoided spoilers completely in my review, but if you’re uber cautious about it, you may want to jump to the bottom of the page for the giveaway!

Call me crazy, but I jumped into Frozen Tides having not read any of the previous Falling Kingdoms books (despite my best intentions). I had read A Book of Spirits & Thieves, which has some crossover universe stuff, but the story and characters are basically totally different. I thought maybe it would be hard for me to get into Frozen Tides without context, but to my surprise, it wasn’t even a little hard! I realize if you’re reading this, you’re probably more familiar with the series than I am, so I’ll avoid recapping and get to the point and hopefully this will make some sense!

The book is told from several alternating perspectives who readers familiar with the series probably already know – Cleo, Jonas, Magnus, Amara, and Lucia.. I did consult with the list of characters at the beginning of the book a few times when I first started reading, just to help me keep track of how the characters were related to each other, but it didn’t take me long to pick up. Context for the characters’ backstories was readily available within the narrative without being distracting. And story-wise, Frozen Tides totally stands on its own. It’s possible that there may have been more of an emotional punch at certain points of the story if I had three books’ worth of investment in the characters involved, but I didn’t feel like my experience with Frozen Tides was lacking.

Another surprising thing for me was how I wasn’t particularly put off by the magical piece of this story. I’m not a big fan of fantasy books, particularly when they involve magic (or magical creatures), but as it was presented in this book, I actually enjoyed it. Maybe it’s more of a layman’s take on fantasy and that’s why I enjoyed it, or maybe it’s just Rhodes’ writing style, but it totally worked for me. The story feels epic, with elements of danger and adventure and romance and fantastic world-building, so there’s a little something for whatever tickles your fancy.

I don’t want to spoil things, of course, but throughout the course of Frozen Tides, some characters find themselves making unlikely alliances (and betrayals!) and others reassess their plights. It was interesting – and quite enjoyable – for me to try to sort out who is supposed to be good and who is supposed to be bad at this unique time in the character development when many of the characters fall into a gray area. I particularly enjoyed Cleo & Magnus’s storyline and complex relationship, but all the perspectives were unique and engaging, and ultimately tied together in an important way. I also loved how the Amara character continually challenged my perceptions. Is she really a villain when her intentions are based in something good?

Related: It’s great that Rhodes gives these characters reasons for their actions, although by the end of the book I was like, “C’mon guys, enough with the avenging,” as it appears book 5 will feature more of that. At a certain point the vengeance starts to feel very juvenile, although I think that’s part of Rhodes’ point.

Even with juggling a pretty hefty pile of character perspectives, Rhodes managed to make me feel a connection to each narrator, even without having any context to them from previous books. I also get the feeling that she really knows where she is going with this story and is building each book carefully to reach that ending.

When it was all said and done, rather than being frustrated or overwhelmed by jumping into the middle of a series, I found myself truly enjoying Frozen Tides and bumping up all the Falling Kingdoms books on my to-read list. I hope other readers who are a bit hesitant about fantasy will consider giving this series a chance; you may also be pleasantly surprised!


And now the giveaway! Whether you’ve been waiting with bated breath for Frozen Tides to come out or are new to the series and had your interest piqued by my review, this is a great chance to get your hands on a copy of the book – just enter below.

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Tara Talks: Episode Thirty Six (The One with Giveaways!)

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GIVEAWAY: Alexandra Bracken’s ‘The Darkest Minds’ Novella Collection, ‘Through the Dark’

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Here at The Daily Quirk, we’re big fans of The Darkest Minds series, about a dystopian world where a disease affecting only children left adults in fear of kids with new special powers. (Check out the trailer here.) Continue reading

‘The Revolution of Ivy’ Exclusive Trailer Release and Giveaway

The Revolution of Ivy by Amy EngelIf you’re a fan of Amy Engel’s The Book of Ivy, you’ve probably been waiting (rather impatiently) to see what becomes of Ivy in the book’s sequel, The Revolution of Ivy. I know I have. Continue reading

Giveaway: ‘A Thousand Nights’ prize pack and sneak peek

AThousandNightsCover-199x300Now that we’re turning the corner into fall, the days are getting shorter and cooler, the perfect opportunity to settle in with a book full of mystery and magic. E.K. Johnston’s A Thousand Nights may be classified as young adult, but this retelling of 1,000 Arabian Nights will appeal to all readers thanks to its unusual narrative style and lack of common YA tropes.  If you’re not familiar with the source material, check out the description of A Thousand Nights:

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow.  But back in their village her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air in it’s place.

Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments.  She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun sets and rises, and she is not dead. Night after night Lo-Melkhiin comes to her, and listens to the stories she tells and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

The words she speaks to him every night are given strange life of their own. She makes things appear.  Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to rule of a monster.

To celebrate the release of A Thousand Nights, The Daily Quirk is hosting a Pretty Things in a Dangerous Place giveaway. One winner will receive:

  •        A copy of A Thousand Nights
  •        A branded nail polish set & tea bag dispenser

Enter below for your chance to win, and click here for a sneak peak at A Thousand Nights and more information on author E.K. Johnston.

 

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Percy Pack: ‘Magnus Chase’ Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway

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Happy fall, Percy fans! The release of Rick Riordan’s newest novel, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, is just around the corner on October 6th. But we have some special treats for those of you that just can’t wait to get your hands on Magnus Chase. Continue reading

‘The Young Elites’-inspired villain identity and ‘The Rose Society’ giveaway

'The Young Elites'-inspired villain identity and 'The Rose Society' giveaway

Have you ever been in a situation where someone makes you so angry you really wish you could get a little revenge? I mean, of course you have. We all have. But most of us reign in our wrath in the name of general human decency and keeping the peace. Still, though, it’s fun to imagine ourselves as an intimidating supervillain, which is exactly what I’m going to do as part of a fun tie-in to the upcoming release of the second book in Marie Lu’s The Young Elites series, The Rose Society! Continue reading

Giveaway: Stephanie Clifford’s ‘Everybody Rise’ and $50 BaubleBar Gift Card

 

Giveaway: Stephanie Clifford's 'Everybody Rise' and $50 BaubleBar Gift CardAre you looking for a fun, witty book to add to your summer reading list? Then look no further than Stephanie Clifford’s Everybody Rise, the tale of Evelyn, an ambitious 20-something who is forced to fit in with society’s upper crust (and is ultimately seduced by it) during the economic doldrums of the early 2000s. From St. Martin’s Press:

It’s 2006 in the Manhattan of the young and glamorous. Money and class are colliding in a city that is about to go over a financial precipice and take much of the country with it. At 26, bright, funny and socially anxious Evelyn Beegan is determined to carve her own path in life and free herself from the influence of her social-climbing mother, who propelled her through prep school and onto the Upper East Side. Evelyn has long felt like an outsider to her privileged peers, but when she gets a job at a social network aimed at the elite, she’s forced to embrace them.

Recruiting new members for the site, Evelyn steps into a promised land of Adirondack camps, Newport cottages and Southampton clubs thick with socialites and Wall Streeters. Despite herself, Evelyn finds the lure of belonging intoxicating, and starts trying to pass as old money herself. When her father, a crusading class-action lawyer, is indicted for bribery, Evelyn must contend with her own family’s downfall as she keeps up appearances in her new life, grasping with increasing desperation as the ground underneath her begins to give way.

Bracing, hilarious and often poignant, Stephanie Clifford’s debut offers a thoroughly modern take on classic American themes – money, ambition, family, friendship – and on the universal longing to fit in.

Evelyn becomes infatuated by the finer things in life, but everyone deserves to feel fabulous! Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a copy of Everybody Rise, along with a $50 BaubleBar gift card, courtesy of St. Martin’s Press. When you’re done there, be sure to check out chapter 1 of Everybody Rise for a sneak peak!

Learn more about author Stephanie Clifford at StephanieClifford.net, and check her out on Twitter.

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One winner receives:

  • A copy of Everybody Rise;
  • plus a $50 BaubleBar gift card

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