Wed, November 5, 2014

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater Giveaway

Friends! I told you earlier this week that, though I am a massive Maggie Stiefvater fan, I haven’t gotten into the Raven Cycle series yet. Well, that’s all about to change for me and for YOU, too.

I’m reading the books, and giving you the chance to win your own copies to read them too. One winner (U.S. only) will receive The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue


…plus a limited-edition tarot deck. Maggie designed The Raven Cycle Tarot, a Major Arcana 22-card deck inspired by The Raven Cycle series. The cards will be revealed in a 22-stop blog tour running Nov. 1–22. Check the THIS IS TEEN Pinterest page for all of the tour posts.


If you love the series but haven’t gotten to the just-released book three yet, click here to read the prologue and or here to get the prologue audio excerpt.

Good luck & happy reading!

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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About The Raven Cycle
Mystery, romance and the supernatural combine in this series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

Book 1: The Raven Boys

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Book 2: The Dream Thieves

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after….

Book 3: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Maggie Stiefvater

About the Author
Entertainment Weekly has called Maggie Stiefvater, “one of the finest YA novelists writing today.” Maggie Stiefvater is a writer, artist, and musician and the New York Times bestselling author of Shiver, hailed by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as, “a lyrical tale,” and by BookPage as, “beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages.” There are more than 1.8 million copies of the Shiver trilogy in print. Since publication, rights to thirty-six foreign editions of Shiver have been licensed. Linger, the second book in the Shiver trilogy, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. The Scorpio Races (2011) was named to the following best of the year lists for 2011: Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, The Horn Book and Kirkus Reviews. In addition, The Scorpio Races was named a 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association and a New York Times Notable Children’s Book. Time Magazine called, The Raven Boys, Book #1 in Stiefvater’s latest New York Times bestselling series The Raven Cycle, “A flirtier kind of horror-fantasy, aimed at teens clutching tattered Twilight and Sandman paperbacks….Stiefvater’s quirky prose has ample nerdy pleasures.” Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her family. (Photo credit: Robert Severi)

Praise for the Series

“Equal parts thriller and mystery, with a measured dash of romance sprinkled on top…Maggie has woven such a unique, intriguing narrative that I struggled for comparisons..”—

“[A] well-paced neo-Gothic thriller about a teenage fivesome’s search for the supernatural . . .”— New York Times Book Review

“Simultaneously complex and simple, compulsively readable, marvelously wrought.”— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Stiefvater’s can’t-put-it-down paranormal adventure will leave you clamoring for book 2.”— Entertainment Weekly

“[A] tour de force of characterization, and while there is no lack of event or mystery, it is the way Stiefvater’s people live in the reader’s imagination that makes this such a memorable read.”— Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Mon, October 20, 2014

The Heir Chronicles Giveaway

Can you guys believe I — the big fantasy fan — have only read one (gasp! one!) Cinda Williams Chima book? I’ve heard so many good things about her Seven Realms & The Heir Chronicles series…but I really have no excuse.

Are you a fan? Should I read them? Let me know in the comments!

If you are dying to have your own copies of these books or, like me, haven’t tried them yet — you’re in luck. In honor of the release of The Heir Chronicles: The Sorcerer Heir by Cinda Williams Chima on Oct. 21, I’m giving aways the COMPLETE Heir Chronicles series.

Yeah, major, I know.

Check below for more info — and remember to let me know what you think about these books. Good luck and happy reading!


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The can’t-miss finale to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.

The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds (Warriors, Seers, Enchanters, and Sorcerers) still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely. Old friends and foes return as new threats arise in this stunning and revelatory conclusion to the beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.

The Sorcerer Heir is a self-contained story, accessible to readers just discovering the Heir series, but loyal fans will be rewarded by visits from characters they love (and love to hate) from the earlier installments.

The Heir Chronicles series will keep readers glued to their seats through riveting fight scenes, deadly political machinations, burgeoning romance, and the unfolding intrigues of a contemporary magical world.

Series order:
The Warrior Heir
The Wizard Heir
The Dragon Heir
The Enchanter Heir
The Sorcerer Heir

Praise for the series:
“Chima offers a pitch-perfect blend of high fantasy and small-town reality…” –The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

“Chima uses her pen like a wand and crafts a wonderfully rich web of magic, while thankfully leaving some dangling threads for subsequent tales.” –VOYA (starred review)

“A smoldering story soaked in tears, sweat and blood, constantly threatening to blaze into an inferno. Spellbinding.” –Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Cinda Williams Chima

Cinda Williams Chima is the New York Times bestselling author of The Warrior Heir, The Wizard Heir, The Dragon Heir, The Enchanter Heir, and the four books of the Seven Realms series: The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne, and The Crimson Crown. Cinda is a graduate of The University of Akron and Case Western Reserve University. She lives in Ohio with her family.


Winner receives the complete The Heir Chronicles series. Prizing & samples courtesy of Disney Hyperion. Giveaway open to U.S. addresses only.

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Wed, October 1, 2014

In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken Giveaway


Alexandra Bracken’s conclusion to The Darkest Minds series, In the Afterlight, is in stores Oct. 28 and I cannot wait! To get everyone ready for the finale — and to celebrate the release of the eBook novellas in the series — there are 50 giveaways going on across the book blogosphere and I have a GREAT one. Each is themed on one of the Psi-groups in the book, and mine is Orange, aka Mind Control.

Read on for more info on the series and enter to win. Good luck!


Book 1: The Darkest Minds (read my review)
eBook Novella 1.5: In Time
Book 2: Never Fade (read my review)
eBook Novella 2.5: Sparks Rise
Book 3: In the Afterlight


Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there’s no guarantee you’re fully in control, and everything comes with a price.

When the Children’s League disbands, Ruby rises up as a leader and forms an unlikely allegiance with Liam’s brother, Cole, who has a volatile secret of his own. There are still thousands of other Psi kids suffering in government “rehabilitation camps” all over the country. Freeing them–revealing the governments unspeakable abuses in the process–is the mission Ruby has claimed since her own escape from Thurmond, the worst camp in the country.

But not everyone is supportive of the plan Ruby and Cole craft to free the camps. As tensions rise, competing ideals threaten the mission to uncover the cause of IANN, the disease that killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others with powers the government will kill to keep contained. With the fate of a generation in their hands, there is no room for error. One wrong move could be the spark that sets the world on fire.

ABOUT SPARKS RISE (The Darkest Minds: 2.5 e-Book release)
Available online Sept. 2, 2014
This new eBook novella connects the last two novels in The Darkest Minds trilogy.

Sam didn’t think things could get worse at Thurmand rehabilitation camp. Then the Reds arrive. Everyone assumed the kids with firepower had been killed years ago. Instead they were taken away, brainwashed, and returned as terrifyingly effective guards. To her horror, Sam recognizes one of them: Lucas, the one spark of light in Sam’s dark childhood.

Lucas has a deadly secret–he beat the brutal training that turned his fellow Reds into mindless drones. When Sam defends herself against an attack by a vile PSF guard and faces a harrowing punishment, Lucas must risk his everything to save her.

Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She recently relocated to New York City, where she worked in publishing and lives in a charming apartment overflowing with books.

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Keep track of your memories! Enter for your chance to win a tripod and telephoto lens for your camera-phone plus The Darkest Minds series & tote bag. Prizing & samples courtesy of Disney-Hyperion. Giveaway open to U.S. addresses only.


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Thu, September 25, 2014

Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl – Movie Giveaway

I am SO EXCITED that Gillian Flynn’s book Gone Girl is about to come out as a movie. My book club already has a date set up so we can all go together. If you haven’t read the book yet, this is the post for you!

You guys, it is SO GOOD. I recommend it to EVERYONE. Read it. Stay away from spoilers. Then go see the movie! (I’ll totally review it in an upcoming Week in Review post once I see it)

The prize pack includes:
· A movie tie-in edition of the book
· A $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters

If you’ve read the book — well, enter anyway. Then check out below for a laugh when you go check out the Pinterest page the movie made for Amy’s character. Oh, that Amy…

Good luck!



About the film
Directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn – unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Release: October 3, 2014
Director: David Fincher
Screenplay by: Gillian Flynn, based upon the novel written by Gillian Flynn
Produced by: Arnon Milchan, Joshua Donen, Reese Witherspoon, Ceán Chaffin
Cast: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry


Amy Dunne is missing. Her Pinterest page has been found. #GoneGirl

Gone Girl’s Amy Dunne has a Pinterest account you can explore. In the upcoming movie thriller Gone Girl by David Fincher, ‘Amazing Amy’ Dunne (Rosamund Pike) has gone missing and all eyes are on her husband Nick (Ben Affleck.) Everyone is wondering ‘Did Nick kill his wife?’

As evidence mounts and speculation rises, Amy’s past is coming into focus on Pinterest. What was she like? What were her interests? Did she leave any clues? Explore for yourself at

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Tue, September 16, 2014

Megan McCafferty’s Back-to-School Advice + Giveaway


Jessica Darling's It List #2 book cover

By Megan McCafferty
Author of Jessica Darling’s It List 2: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Friends, Foes & Faux Friends (Jessica Darling’s It List #2)

Junior high was an awful, awkward time for me. None of my elementary school friends were in my classes. My designer clothes were all the wrong brands or if they were the right brands they were the weird Irregulars from Marshalls that couldn’t be sold at the cool department stores. I had a haircut unsuitable for ANYONE’S face shape. The harder I tried, the worse it got. I’d prove it to you by showing off my seventh grade school picture but ALL DIGITAL AND HARD COPIES HAVE BEEN DESTROYED.

So here’s my back-to-school advice: DO NOT TRY SO HARD TO BE COOL.

You’d be amazed by how much more you can get done if you stop wasting your time trying to be cool. Put that energy toward more worthwhile pursuits! For me, these activities were running, theater, and writing. And guess what? When you do what you love THE FUN WILL FOLLOW. It’s no coincidence that my fondest memories of my teen years involve track team sleepovers, opening nights and creative arts festivals.

Pursue your passion and I promise you’ll find yourself surrounded by people who appreciate what you do. And that is the coolest thing ever.

To get you in the back-to-school mood with JD & crew, Megan shared her back-to-school advice, and now I’m sharing a treat of my own: An autographed copy of the second Jessica Darling’s It List book for giveaway.


Here’s mine:


BIG SMOOCHES to my darling friend Jamie for getting it signed for me. Want your own? Enter to win! And long live Marcus Flutie!

About the book:
Jessica Darling is getting the hang of seventh grade — finally! While her old BFF, Bridget, is busy talking (nonstop) about her new boyfriend, Burke, Jessica tries to fit in with her new friends, Sara, Manda, and Hope. The IT List instructions from her sister, Bethany, and an epic slumber party may help Jessica secure her spot in the cool clique, but does she even want it?

Megan McCafferty’s It List series introduces readers to Jessica Darling, an unabashedly brainy seventh grader who stays true to herself, even if it means being (totally not) cool.

Check it out on Goodreads


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And PS just because I never get sick of the geektastic hilarity that is this gif of me meeting Megan and spazzing:


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