Wednesday, March 11, 2015

4 Year Blogoversary Giveaway

Guess what?

I've been blogging for about four years now.


Okay, so I don't know the exact date because I remember deleting some of my very first posts (I mean, c'mon, who doesn't get embarrassed by their earlier work?)... buuuut I know that I started blogging in March and we're here to celebrate!

First I'd like to thank all of you for being so wonderful <3. Readers, friends. There's no doubt that I would not have continued all these years were it not for the community and you wonderful, wonderful people. Thanks!

Second let's hope it's "four years and counting." I have no plans to quit any time soon, but I do wonder whether I'll be able to keep up with blogging if I get accepted into graduate school.

Third let's not dwell on those sad things. Let's celebrate!

I posted about the February YA Buzz Books from HarperCollins in my February Recap.

All That Burns by Ryan Graudin | Goodreads
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Published by: HarperTeen

In this thrilling sequel to All That Glows, the worlds of magic and mortal are colliding as London celebrates its new king, marking an era of unity between the Faery realm and the human one. Emrys, the Faery guard to the British royal family, sacrificed her powers to be with King Richard, choosing love over immortality. But now, as Emrys struggles to navigate her place between the Faery queen’s court and London’s lavish galas, danger looms beyond the Thames.When a prisoner with dark, strange magic breaks out of Queen Titania’s labyrinthine prison, endangering Emrys's king and sparking an uprising, Emrys must make the hardest decision of all.

Will she reclaim her magic to save Richard’s life and lose him forever? Or stay powerless as the kingdom goes down in flames?

Unleashed by Sophie Jordan | Goodreads
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Published by: HarperTeen

Unleashed, the romantic, high-stakes sequel to New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan's Uninvited, is perfect for fans of James Patterson's Confessions of a Murder Suspect.

Davy has spent the last few months trying to come to terms with the fact that she tested positive for the kill gene HTS (also known as Homicidal Tendency Syndrome). She swore she would not let it change her, and that her DNA did not define her . . . but then she killed a man.

Now on the run, Davy must decide whether she'll be ruled by the kill gene or if she'll follow her heart and fight for her right to live free. But with her own potential for violence lying right beneath the surface, Davy doesn't even know if she can trust herself.

No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss | Goodreads
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Published by: Greenwillow Books

Abigail’s parents have made mistake after mistake, and now they've lost everything. She’s left to decide: Does she still believe in them? Or is it time to believe in herself? Fans of Sara Zarr, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell will connect with this moving debut.

Abigail doesn't know how her dad found Brother John. Maybe it was the billboards. Or the radio. What she does know is that he never should have made that first donation. Or the next, or the next. Her parents shouldn't have sold their house. Or packed Abigail and her twin brother, Aaron, into their old van to drive across the country to San Francisco, to be there with Brother John for the "end of the world." Because of course the end didn't come. And now they're living in their van. And Aaron’s disappearing to who-knows-where every night. Their family is falling apart. All Abigail wants is to hold them together, to get them back to the place where things were right. But maybe it’s too big a task for one teenage girl. Bryan Bliss’s thoughtful, literary debut novel is about losing everything—and about what you will do for the people you love.

Better than Perfect by Melissa Kantor | Goodreads
Release Date: February 17, 2015
Published by: HarperTeen

Juliet Newman has it all. A picture-perfect family; a handsome, loving boyfriend; and a foolproof life plan: ace her SATs, get accepted into Harvard early decision, and live happily ever after.

But when her dad moves out and her mom loses it, Juliet begins questioning the rules she’s always lived by. And to make everything even more complicated there’s Declan, the gorgeous boy who makes her feel alive and spontaneous—and who’s totally off-limits. Torn between the life she always thought she wanted and one she never knew was possible, Juliet begins to wonder: What if perfect isn't all it’s cracked up to be?

Melissa Kantor once again delivers a tale that is equal parts surprising, humorous, heartbreaking, and romantic. Powerful and honest, Juliet’s story brilliantly portrays the highs and lows of life in high school and will resonate with any reader who has experienced either.

This is for US readers only.
Sorry, but with the amount of shipping I'll be doing in this post, I need to cut back somewhere.
Ends 04/15.

And we have some other ARCs.

So, funny story. In the summer or fall of 2014 (? don't remember - it was a WHILE ago), Francesca Zappia, author of Made You Up, asked me whether I wanted to be put on her ARC spreadsheet. I said sure. I was definitely going to read and purchase MYU no matter what, so why not read the ARC and post a review to help promote her novel? But the time passed and passed. I saw some other people with Chessie's physical ARCs. So I downloaded MYU from Edelweiss, read the e-ARC, and posted my very lengthy Goodreads review. I basically assumed that I wasn't going to get an ARC, and then the first week of March, this arrives.

Wait... what??? Now I'm wondering whether me being on Chessie's list was the reason why I'd received the YA Buzz Books from HarperCollins. No idea but now I've got some other ARCs to give away to y'all as well.

And yes.

You really, really, really want to read Made You Up. It's fantastic.

Which is why I'm posting about Made You Up but withholding a giveaway for that ARC until my interview with Chessie later this month :).

Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman | Goodreads
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Published by: Balzer + Bray

The girl known as Gretchen Whitestone has a secret: She used to be part of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle. More than a year after she made an enemy of her old family friend and fled Munich, she lives with a kindly English family, posing as an ordinary German immigrant, and is preparing to graduate from high school. Her love, Daniel Cohen, is a reporter in town. For the first time in her life, Gretchen is content.

But then, Daniel gets a telegram that sends him back to Germany, and Gretchen’s world turns upside-down. And when she receives word that Daniel is wanted for murder, she has to face the danger she thought she’d escaped-and return to her homeland.

Gretchen must do everything she can to avoid capture and recognition, even though saving Daniel will mean consorting with her former friends, the Nazi elite. And as they work to clear Daniel’s name, Gretchen and Daniel discover a deadly conspiracy stretching from the slums of Berlin to the Reichstag itself. Can they dig up the explosive truth and get out in time-or will Hitler discover them first?

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia | Goodreads
Release Date: May 19, 2015
Published by: Greenwillow Books

Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion. This is a compelling and provoking literary debut that will appeal to fans of Wes Anderson, Silver Linings Playbook, and Liar.

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn't she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal. 

Funny, provoking, and ultimately moving, this debut novel featuring the quintessential unreliable narrator will have readers turning the pages and trying to figure out what is real and what is made up.

Lies I Told by Michelle Zink | Goodreads
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Published by: HarperTeen

What if, after spending a lifetime deceiving everyone around you, you discovered the biggest lies were the ones you've told yourself?

Grace Fontaine has everything: beauty, money, confidence, and the perfect family.

But it’s all a lie.

Grace has been adopted into a family of thieves who con affluent people out of money, jewelry, art, and anything else of value. Grace has never had any difficulty pulling off a job, but when things start to go wrong on the Fontaines' biggest heist yet, Grace finds herself breaking more and more of the rules designed to keep her from getting caught...including the most important one of all: never fall for your mark.

Perfect for fans of Ally Carter, Cecily von Ziegesar, and Gail Carriger, this thrilling, high-stakes novel deftly explores the roles of identity and loyalty while offering a window into the world of the rich and fabulous.

Encore to an Empty Room by Kevin Emerson | Goodreads
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Published by: Katherine Tegen

Summer always wanted Dangerheart—the band of talented exiles she manages—to find success. Now that they've become an overnight sensation, her hard work is really starting to pay off.

So how come her life seems to be snapping like an old guitar string?

Maybe it's because part of her knows that college applications are due soon, but another part of her can't imagine leaving her life behind—especially when the band is on the verge of a record deal and her relationship is becoming something more than she ever dreamed of. And especially when there's a chance of finding another missing song written by the famous dead rocker who is also Caleb's father.

But are Caleb, the band's future, and the lost songs more important than college? Summer will have to decide. It's time to choose who she wants to be, even if that might mean kissing Caleb good-bye.

Filled with infectious music, mystery, and romance, this electrifying sequel to Kevin Emerson's Exile doesn't miss a beat.

This giveaway is for US & INT readers.
Help spread the word for these yet-to-be-released books!
Ends 04/15.

And that's it! I'd love it if you gave me feedback on my blog and booktube channel. What do y'all think? I've been considering getting rid of book byte videos. That's an extra couple of hours, and they seem to be the least popular videos on the channel... What posts do you like here? Dislike? What do you want to see more of? Same goes for videos.

Thanks again! :) :) :) have a great day.


  1. Congratulations on your blogoversary Christina! Four years is an amazing accomplishment, here's hoping there's many more wonderful years of blogging for you to come, as I simply adore reading your posts!

  2. Happy blogoversary! Four years is a huge deal!

    I've already read Sophie's Uninvited last year and liked it very much. Time flew by so fast and I can't believe the sequel's already out. I need to read it because not knowing how a story ends sucks.

  3. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY sweet Christina :) It's good to hear you aren't thinking about quitting any time soon, because the blogoversary needs you! I love your videos, but if it takes so long to record Book byte I would say, get rid of it :)

  4. Happy four years! I also just hit four years, so I'm well aware of the time commitment (and ups and downs) for such an accomplishment. As a grad student, I can say that it is possible to maintain a blog AND grad school it up, so I hope you are able to devote some time to your hobbies and passions throughout such a major life transition (I'm on year 5 of grad school,'s just become like regular life for me at this point).

    As for your giveaway, I have to say I'm super excited about the Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke. I loved the Prisoner of Night and Fog SO SO SO much because I love Germany and Munich and that book just took me back there (albeit, at a less pleasant time in history). I forgot to request a physical ARC, so I would love to have one to add to my bookshelf and wave around in YouTube videos (oh, and read. Yes, I would also read it!)

  5. Happy blogoversary! That's so awesome that you've been blogging for a whole four years! Hopefully I'll be in the same place next year. :) It's quite an accomplishment! Thank you so much for the giveaway, I am most excited for No Parking at the End Times because I love post-apocalyptic books and I love how this one is kind of a spin on one.

  6. FOUR YEARS that's crazy! I'm so excited for you! This makes me wonder how long I've been blogging... I should really keep track of that shiz. I'm going to piggyback on Tara's comment about grad school: You will hate your life sometimes, but you will keep blogging because it's an important step in the fight for sanity. I'm a fourth year now and I still manage to blog between TAing, tutoring, 4-5 clients, group therapy, classes, research, lab work, and meetings. Somehow.

    As for books, I'm so very psyched for Unleashed! I read Uninvited last year (it came out last year, right?) and really enjoyed it. The romance was a little expected, but I thought the premise was cool and I liked how much of a badass Davy is...and how she's forced into doing the very things that society was afraid of her doing. Given my research interests (hem, murderers and such), it's right up my alley. I also want to read Made You Up and Conspiracy of Blood, once I actually read Prisoner of Night and Fog. So many books...


    Sarcasm & Lemons

  7. Happy Blogoversary!

    I'm very excited about Lies I Told. Never read books about thieves before but I have Gallagher Girls series in my room, waiting for me to read. So this book attracted me.

  8. I'm super excited for Mirrored by Alex Flinn. Admittedly Snow White has never been my favourite fairy tale in any telling but there is something about how Flinn spins her tales that makes me believe I will love this twist. So, I will wait patiently (not really) until September so that I can get my hands on it.

    Congrats on 4 years! That is so amazing <3 It's seriously not as easy as so many people think it is and though I have only been following for about a year I have always enjoyed your reviews :)

    Rafflecopter: Elizabeth Holme

  9. I'm most excited about Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke, because I LOVE historical fiction novels and this post-WWII one seems really interesting. I don't think I've read from the german perspective yet.
    Congrats on blogging for four years!

  10. Wow…four years, that's incredible! Congrats!

    I've heard great things about Made You Up, I'll definitely be reading that one. And Unleashed! I really liked Uninvited so I'm looking forward to reading it. And I think it's a duology, so yay! ~Pam

  11. To be blogging after 4 years is amazing, congratulations! I love your Bookish Rounds posts and usually try to hold off reading them until I have a good chunk of free time as I love all the various links & highlights! I can't even imagine how long it must take you to compile them!
    I can't wait to read Conspiracy of Blood & Smoke as I loved the first book in the series, I'm even tempted to read it again soon!

  12. HAPPY FOUR YEAR BLOGOVERSARY, CHRISTINA! That's such a wonderful achievement! I hope you have many more! :D

  13. Congratulations! Four years is a long time, considering you have been blogging as long as you have been in high school (which I think is AMAZING!). I hope you continue all of your awesome work and I cannot wait to see what comes next.

  14. Wow Four Years! And here's to many many more! The book I'm most excited to read is No parking at end times, because the premise just seems so interesting/a little ridiculous

  15. I think I am most excited about Better than Perfect by Melissa Kantor because All That Burns and Unleashed are sequels, and I haven't read the first book. And No Parking at the End Times doesn't seem to be my kind of book.

  16. Happy Blogoversary! It's amazing that you've been blogging for 4 years. I'd love to read Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke even though I haven't been able to read the first book yet because there is something fascinating about books from the WWII era.

  17. Happy Blogoversary!!! 4 years is a long time. I'm coming up on 4 years this July... it just seems crazy. Wishing you many more happy years of blogging. :D

  18. Happy Blogoversary! :-D I love your 'Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds' posts - I've found lots of interesting content which I probably wouldn't have come across if not for your posts! So please keep them coming :-D

    I am superrrrr excited for Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke - Prisoner of Night and Fog was one of my favourite reads of 2014! and I adore historical fiction in general.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway and I hope blogging continues to bring you happiness and many more wonderful books x

  19. HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY, DEAR CHRISTINA! <3 Four years is amazing. Here's to another wonderful year of blogging ahead!

  20. Happy Blogoversary!! :D
    The books I’m most excited about are Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke and Unleashed because I absolutely ADORED Prisoner of Night and Fog and Uninvited and can’t wait to find out what happens next (although I’m sad that Unleashed is the final book!). Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :D

  21. I am most excited for Unleashed, I haven't read Uninvited yet, but I have wanted to read it since it came out and it sounds amazing!
    Happy Blogoversary!!

  22. Happy Blogoversary! I’m most excited about Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke because I absolutely love historical fiction!

  23. I'm most excited for Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke 'cause Prisoner of Night and Fog was one of my favorite books last year. I don't read much of historical fiction, but a friend recommended me this one and I really loved it. Thanks for the giveaway and happy blogoversary! :)

  24. Happy Blogoversary to youuuuuuuuuuuuu! I'm most excited for Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke, because the ending of Prisoner of Night and Fog was excruciating. And Historical Fiction is fantastic.

  25. Better than Perfect by Melissa Kantor because I love the blurb

  26. Happy Blogoversary!! I am most excited for Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke because I have heard that book one was fantastic and it seems like an nice change up from my typical fantasy reads.

  27. Happy Blogoversary! Most excited for Unleashed, because I love the dystopian world Sophie created and the concept behind it.

  28. Congratulations!!! I'm excited for all the books, but especially for no parking at the end of times because it seems really intriguing and Conspiracy of blood and smoke because the first book is one of my favourites!


  29. Happy blogoversary! I'm really excited for Conspiracy of blood and smoke. I finally bought Prisoner of Night and Fog last week and it would be great if I could read the books back to back.


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