Saturday, July 20, 2013

Giveaway: ARC of Hideous Love by Stephanie Hemphill

Release Date: 10/01/2013
Published by: Balzer + Bray

If you follow me on twitter, you know that I was super excited to have won an ARC from the #ARCParty that Epic Reads was hosting. You know that I was super excited when something from NY arrived. Then I opened the package and read the first page, and a part of that excitement withered.

I can't read verse novels. I really can't, and I totally must have missed the announcement that Hideous Love was one (more than that: I didn't read the synopsis all the way through? I don't know. Tweeting while watching the #TeaTime video and the other streaming tweets was pretty overwhelming for me.). A part of me has always wanted to try Ellen Hopkins' work, but I also know that I wouldn't have the attention span to follow through the read. (No, I promise you, even if I tried, I would not enjoy this style of story telling.) So let me give Hideous Love to someone who will appreciate the ARC more.

Hideous Love: The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein by Stephanie Hemphill

From award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill comes the fascinating story of Mary Shelley, a brilliant teenager who wrote one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time: Frankenstein.

An all-consuming love affair.

A family torn apart by scandal.

A young author on the brink of greatness.

Hideous Love is the fascinating story of Gothic novelist Mary Shelley, who as a teen girl fled her restrictive home only to find herself in the shadow of a brilliant but moody boyfriend, famed poet Percy Shelley. It is the story of the mastermind behind one of the most iconic figures in all of literature: a monster constructed out of dead bodies and brought to life by the tragic Dr. Frankenstein.

Mary wrote Frankenstein at the age of nineteen, but inspiration for the monster came from her life-the atmospheric European settings she visited, the dramas swirling around her, and the stimulating philosophical discussions with the greatest minds of the period, like her close friend, Lord Byron.

This luminous verse novel from award-winning author Stephanie Hemphill reveals how Mary Shelley became one of the most celebrated authors in history.


23 comments:

  1. Ah :( I don't really like verse novels either. I wanted to review a book (I don't remember what its title was, but I was so excited at the time), but put it down since I just couldn't get into it even if it was in a free-verse type of verse. The premise sounds awesome though.

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  2. I just reviewed this the other day. It definitly is unique and takes a certain state of mind to want to read. Some Frankenstein fans may like it. It's not super exciting and I don't suggest you do any reading up on Mary Shelley and her life so that you are surprised while reading, otherwise it will be super boring.

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  3. I want to read this one because I like my history to come in the form of fiction. Sure, it means I might have some funny ideas about the past, but it generally encourages me to research the era more thoroughly.

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  4. Yeah, the premise does sound awesome, right? I think that's part of why I missed the part about it being a verse novel. I only recently started to like the idea of poetry slams, and it still takes me sooo long to get into a poem... so the verse novel? Doomed with me from the start. Sorry that you couldn't get into that book either!

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  5. I've actually only recently started reading books in verse. They're not as bad as I thought. Some of them I really enjoy reading. Maybe this will be one of those. (:

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  6. I only just discovered yesterday that this book was written in verse. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet! Although I'm not the biggest fan of verse, I haven't really read very many to be able to say it just doesn't work for me. I've entered your giveaway though, so I guess I'm curious enough to want to give it try. :) Thanks for offering your copy!

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  7. looks and sounds awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

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  8. I love Mary Shelly (any writers, especially young ones, from that time period actually!) and would be so interested in reading how her life affected her writing of Frankenstein. Also, I love verse! There's something so detailed and beautiful about it!

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  9. Ah - I feel your pain. I requested this on Edelweiss, was thrilled to be approved, and then when I put the book on my weekly post, someone said, "oh, the one in verse?"
    *strike terror music*
    I just can't read stories written in verse. Those kind of books should be clearly labeled with a reader's advisory warning!

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  10. What really gets me is how awesome the concept sounded. And then I felt foolish when I saw, in the synopsis, the part about it being a verse novel. What, with Ellen Hopkins and other verse novels being so popular, sometimes I feel like I'm missing out - but I'm with you: I can't and definitely cue that music!

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  11. Christina Kim Ahn HickeyJuly 20, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    Oh dear, in verse? I'm willing to give it a try, but I have the same reservations as you do.

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  12. I LOVE novels in verse. I automatically buy them. Doesn't matter what they're about. Ellen Hopkins is one of my favorite authors. I've read Stephanie Hemphill's YOUR OWN, SYLVIA and own her WICKED GIRLS as well. I would love to get my hands on this equally awesome sounding novel.

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  13. Julia Rain WellmanJuly 27, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    I'm a gothic novel junkie. It's the atmosphere.

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  14. Riley @ Reading Books in BedAugust 1, 2013 at 5:34 AM

    Mary Shelley is seriously the coolest person ever. Verse novels are very hit or miss for me, but I mean, THE SUBJECT MATTER! A book about the teenage girl that INVENTED SCIENCE FICTION. Yesssss.

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  15. Because I absolutely adore gothic novels!
    This book sounds really exciting!!

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  16. The cover is beautiful but the consuming love affair and family scandal. sounds great! Thanks!

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  17. the subject matter sounds interesting

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  18. I love the fact that it's about Mary Shelley! I'm studying Frankenstein, so this should be interesting :P Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

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  19. I haven't read Frankenstein, though I've wanted to for a while. I think this book is so cool because it's actually about the girl who wrote it instead of the actual story. :b

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  20. I haven't heard about this book till now. Would love to read it, get to know a bit more about that gothic soul Mary Shelley, it should be a great read! Thanks! :)

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  21. Mary Shelley, no doubt. The real life author of such a gothic and deep story appeals to my sense of curiosity and wonder. Thanks :-)

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  22. I really loved Frankenstein when I read it. I'm pretty excited to read about Mary Shelley (even if it IS fiction). I'm hoping maybe this book will extend the love.

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  23. I've never read frankenstein but this book sounds so interesting and the cover is gorgeous!

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