Thursday, December 29, 2011

Reviews Can Make Your Day!

I woke-up this morning with a cold so bad that I couldn't (or maybe wouldn't) get out of bed--finally dragged myself up at 2pm feeling terrible until I saw this review over at The Kostiuk Crew . Here's a snippet:

"...She could not put this read down, she even took it with us on our little vacation and the only time she stopped reading is when we are swimming. She had the book done by the end of that night and kept telling K little pieces here and their so he was ready to start reading himself. He started reading it on the car ride home and if you could hear the noises coming from this kid you would have busted up laughing to. He was giggling and huh and the noises just kept coming when he was reading."

Throw in a 5-star review on Amazon and I fell about a thousand times better. Who needs antibiotics when you have book reviewers!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Best of 2011 Giveaway Hop

I'm thrilled to be part of the I am a Reader, not a Writer - Best of 2011 Giveaway Blog Hop. I had a terrible time selecting the "best" book I've read this year. So, I've chosen three great books. The contest winner can pick the one they would like:

The Supernaturalist (hardback) by Eoin Colfer. Colfer is best known for his Artemis Fowl series. While that's a good series, frankly, I think The Supernaturalist is so much better. Maybe, it hasn't found more popularity because it's aimed at male teenage readers (elusive creatures, indeed). Read my Goodreads review here.

Ender's Game (paperback) by Orson Scott Card is an adult book, but the MC is a Middle Grade boy and it's another great book for the teen reader. It's Orson Scott Card's most famous novel and a great choice for any kids who's outgrowing more juvenile, MG sci-fi.

The Tiger Rising (paperback) by Kate Dicamillo proves that DiCamillo is truly an artist. If the other two books made you go, yuck sci-fi then pick this one. It's a magical book about a boy and girl who find a Tiger--but it's really so much more.

Or course the winner will also get a signed copy of Super Zombie Juice Mega Bomb. All the books have been gently read, but are in almost new condition. I'll ship the two books anywhere in the US that the postal service will deliver to (P.O. boxes are fine).

A winner will be picked on or around Jan 1st 2012; only the winner's first name and last initial will be posted, but the winner must provide a complete name and shipping address.

Good luck and be sure to check out I am a Reader, Not a Writer for more sites hosting giveaways!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays -- and Lots of Reviews

I haven't updated my blog in quite a while; I've been swamped at work (due to the holidays). But I wanted to be sure to take a minute and wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

I've also been remiss in posting SZJMB reviews and there's a lot of them. Hopefully, I haven't left anyone out:

First, way back in November Kayla Merritt did a great review over at The Bee's Knees Reviews closing her review with, "I would highly reccomend it for young readers over ten and zombie fans alike."

Author (in progress), Loren DeShon says, "SZJMB should be enjoyable to any young adult fan of the genre. " in his review.

The Little Library Muse calls it, "a must read." And even lists her favorite quote from the book.

The Alaskan Bookie did a great Mother-Daughter review. They loved the title and cover, but thought the ending was a bit sad. My reply, don't get too down, wait for book two!

Greta at Paranormal Wastelands asked her son to do the review and then interviewed him.

Alexa Loves Books closes her review with, "It's definitely one entertaining read!"

Wow, that's a bunch of reviews. Hopefully, they will spur sales; last month was great, but things have been dragging in December.

Again, I hope everyone has a great Christmas!