Posts tagged ‘signed’

August 17th, 2011

Provo is Bleepin’ Awesome

by Madeleine Rex

I know I’ve been about as attentive to my blog as I am to my brother’s Military Channel shows, and for that I apologize. I was in Utah visiting family for the first time in years, so there was a profuse amount of talking. And eating. We Rexes are better eaters than talkers, but we’re best when we combine the two.

Anyway, it just so happened that I was visiting the precise week that Kiersten White was! She had a signing at the Provo City Library (which is just so phenomenal it’s mind-boggling. If I end up going to college in Utah, I’ll spend more time in that library than my dorm room). I was fortunate enough to get a last-minute ticket to her signing on Tuesday the 2nd.

My mind’s still reeling. I just met Kiersten White! And she’s so fantabulistical (yes, she’s so awesome that a new word was in order), guys. Really.

Her little rants were hilarious, and she managed to be just as funny while answering questions thoughtfully. I was impressed by how many questions were related to publishing and writing. I’d never been to a signing that seemed so dense with writers. It was wonderful to be in the same room with dozens of people who, like me, live, breath, and devour books!

Kiersten and I have corresponded before, and I’d let her know I was coming. Still, it was wonderful to introduce myself at the actual signing table and know she knew me. How exciting is that?! She was super sweet and bubbly and signed my and my cousin’s books with cute personal messages. I was oozing happiness the rest of the day, and my family laughed at me when I got back to my grandma’s.

I encourage you all to grasp any chance you have to meet Kiersten. As I said: she’s fantabulistical!

But if you don’t have a chance, I have good news for you!

While Kierten was setting up the signing table, the library gave away five paperback copies of Paranormalcy (they had handed out raffle tickets at the door). And… I got one! And because I already have two copies of Paranormalcy, I thought I’d give it away.

Even better news? It’s signed. It says To a Wordbird, followed by Kiersten’s signature.

To enter this giveaway, post a comment here by September 10th and include explain why you are a wordbird!

(Sorry, but this giveaway is NOT International. Another time, I promise!)

September 2nd, 2010

CLOSED! – A Megalodon of a Giveaway! (Wordbird's One!)

by Madeleine Rex

Yes. Yes, it is that big. And I have no idea what “Taucher” and whatever that other thing is mean either.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (WHICH MIGHT BE AWHILE. SORRY!).

Oh my gosh!!! Wordbird turned one year old yesterday! Madeleine Rex has been blogging for a year. And I haven’t been that irritating or destroyed the World Wide Web accidentally with some wacky Rex Virus. Mission accomplished.

I hope you guys have enjoyed the past year as much as I have. I’ve met so many wonderful people over that time period. I can honestly say that joining this online community is the best thing I’ve ever done for my writing and bookish life . I have so many incredible friends here, all because my dear mother encouraged me to start a blog. I don’t think either of us really thought this would go anywhere… but, surprisingly, it has (and that might just be because you guys have boring day jobs, but I’d like to think there’s more to it than that – and that you guys love your jobs). I’m grateful for you support and friendship.

So, I’m giving you books! Lots of them.

(Links are to my reviews.)

 

  • Amazon Books 10$ Gift Card
  • The Devouring by Simon Holt (old ARC – new condition – Thanks, LB!)
  • Soulstice by Simon Holt (old ARC – new condition – Thanks, LB!)
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (HB – new)
  • Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick (old ARC – new condition – Thanks, LB!)
  • Happyface by Stephen Emond (old ARC – new condition – Thanks, LB!)
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore (PB)
  • Fire by Kristin Cashore (PB)
  • The Iron King by Julie Kagawa (PB)
  • The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa (PB)
  • Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (old ARC – used – signed)
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (HB)

This giveaway is not international. I sincerely apologize. I simply can’t afford the shipping costs.

The “Grand Prize” winner will receive five books and the Amazon $1o gift card. The second winner will pick three of the remaining books, and the third winner will win the last three.

To enter the giveaway, use the form linked below.

No, not the one over there! Here.

This giveaway ends on Monday, October 4th. Extended to October 20th! We’ve had 151 entrants so far! (Edited October 4th)

So exciting!

Thanks again to Little Brown for the wonderful package of four books! I never cease to be amazed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 17th, 2010

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl; Review

by Madeleine Rex

Title: Beautiful Darkness

Author(s): Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia

Published: October 12th, 2010

Number of Pages: 512

Rating: 4/5

Review Sent to Little Brown*:

Thrilling, adventurous, and altogether entertaining, Beautiful Darkness is an astounding addition to the Caster Chronicles Series. Although I was unsure whether or not Beautiful Darkness had what it took to compete with book one in the series, my worries were put at rest by the end of the novel. The characters we fell in love with in Beautiful Creatures, and some incredible new faces, make this book not only interesting, but fun. And the absolutely epic ending doesn’t hurt a bit. The honest truth? Beautiful Darkness is one shocking and intoxicating read.

Synopsis:

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena’s family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan’s eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there’s no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town’s tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems. [From Goodreads]

Review:

First of all, I have to say thanks for the millionth time to both Miranda (for grabbing me this ARC at ALA) and Little Brown (because they were going to send it to me anyway)! I was beyond thrilled to get my booksnobbish hands on this book!

In Beautiful Creatures (review), we were dunked head-first into the world of Casters. In Beautiful Darkness, we’re drowned. It’s incredible. (And, uh, that metaphor was creepier than I intended. Sorry. I seriously doubt the authors are homicidal.)

For the first two hundred pages or so, I thought the plot was moving slowly. As Lena pulled away from Ethan – and not simply away, but in the wrong direction, I became more and more irritated with her. I was glad that Ethan had ways of amusing himself without her, but his justified confusion, sadness, and, occasionally, anger was painful to read. Originally, I was disappointed that Kami and Margaret where going in the direction they were. So often in sequels with a romantic focus, the plotline is completely overshadowed by some dilemma that is pulling the couple apart. After all the happily-ever-after-the-lovebirds-are-together-at-last of the first book/movie, the writers seem to always take this way of creating tension. As the plot moved forward, however, and particularly in the latter half of the book, the love story, though still a focal point, was less overpowering.

One of the other things I noticed that isn’t entirely positive (as most of this review will be, trust me) was Ethan’s voice lapsing into something that didn’t quite resemble the thoughts of a sixteen-year-old boy (in my opinion). The dialogue was always spot-on and incredibly entertaining, but when Ethan described certain elements of his surroundings, or even his feelings, the word choice was too poetic. Something I would think, but I can’t imagine my dad or brother thinking. They’re not stupid. They’re just male. However, though I noticed it, the poetic words were beautiful and nicely placed. The writing was great. Just a bit off, in my opinion. Again, I only noticed this occasionally, and even that might have had to do with the fact that I’m trying to keep the voice in my WIP compliant with what I believe a seventeen-year-old boy’s would be.

Now that I’ve gotten through my few peeves with the book, I can proceed to tell you how much fun this book is! You know how The Dark Knight is an incredible movie, but Batman Begins is the more enjoyable of the two? It’s because Batman Begins is fun. It’s a wholly enjoyable experience. Beautiful Darkness is that sort of book. I was amazed by the adventure aspects, mostly in the second half of the book. I was completely engrossed in the story, and the entire thing was simply mind-boggling. I absolutely love it. It reminded me of reading the Harry Potter books for the first time. Every HP ending was so gripping and wonderfully written, and I felt the way I felt then while following Ethan through the tunnels. I admire Kami and Margaret so much for their ability to construct such a fabulous ending. The adventure and ending of this book are top-notch. And, as with Beautiful Creatures, they end with a cliffhanger. Like a TV show you’re hypnotized by and then the screen goes black. It takes you a minute to focus on the dreaded words: To Be Continued…

The characters in this book are tons of fun to hang out with, too. The more people in the scene, the better. Link was back and more lovable than ever, and… uh, other characters rocked too. (I have never had so much trouble holding the spoilers back! I feel like I need to spit it all out. I need a minute to compose myself and zip my blabbing mouth shut…) Okay! Anyway, the characters make this book what it is. Every single one of them is so multifaceted. I cannot wait to see more of them in the next book, and, quite honestly, I’m probably going to have random daydreams about them until book three is released.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t think I would like Beautiful Darkness as much as the first book in the series, but once the story took a turn about mid-way through the book, I was hooked. And, in the end, I enjoyed this book more.

You guys, prepare to be shocked. Hold onto your socks.

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*Thanks!