January Book Haul + Squirrel Girl Giveaway

As per usual, my haul this month is jam packed with way more books than I was expecting to purchase, but in my defense, I didn’t buy all of them.  And even better, there’s a Squirrel Girl giveaway I’m holding which I talk about in the beginning of the video!  I partnered with Marvel Press to be able to offer this giveaway to everyone so I wish you good luck and happy reading! If you don’t win, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World is currently on sale in bookstores everywhere.  You can read an excerpt from the book or the synopsis below:

Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green moved from sunny California to the suburbs of New Jersey. She must start at a new school, make new friends, and continue to hide her fluffy tail. Yep, Doreen has the powers of… a squirrel!

After failing at several attempts to find her new BFF, Doreen feels lonely and trapped, like a caged animal. Then one day Doreen uses her extraordinary powers to stop a group of troublemakers from causing mischief in the neighborhood, and her whole life changes. Everyone at school is talking about it! Doreen contemplates becoming a full-fledged Super Hero. And thus, Squirrel Girl is born!

She saves cats from trees, keeps the sidewalks clean, and prevents vandalism. All is well until a real-life Super Villain steps out of the shadows and declares Squirrel Girl is archenemy. Can Doreen balance being a teenager and a Super Hero? Or will she go… NUTS?

GIVEAWAY

One (1) copy of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale and branded Squirrel Girl ears.

Giveaway open to US addresses only.

Prizing and samples provided by Marvel Press.

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Furthermore Book Look OOTD + GIVEAWAY!

Hi Bookworms! I have another exciting giveaway to share with you today! I partnered with Penguin Teen to give one lucky reader a copy of Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi as well as some of Tahereh’s favorite things which include Rifle Paper Co journals (MY FAVORITE) and a super cute letter opener!  Tahereh’s new book has major Alice in Wonderland vibes so I was really happy to have been chosen to work on this.  In honor of Furthermore‘s release, I put together a Book Look in which I wore the brightest colors I could find in my closet.  This is the first book look that I’ve ever filmed for my YouTube channel but you can see the rest of my Book Look photos here. Good luck and below is a synopsis of the book!!

The bestselling author of the Shatter Me series takes readers beyond the limits of their imagination in this captivating new middle grade adventure where color is currency, adventure is inevitable, and friendship is found in the most unexpected places. 

There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.

But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit–and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself–and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.

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Summer of Sailor Scouts: Sailor Moon Book Tag, Kick Off + GIVEAWAY

Summer of Sailor Scouts

Earlier this year, Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cee of The Novel Hermit, Cristina of Girl in the Pages, Sierra of SDavReads & I all discovered that we shared a mutual love and appreciation for Sailor Moon! After exchanging plenty of flailing tweets and constantly bringing up our love for this magical girl story, we felt it was only right to celebrate it – and that’s what happening this July. Every week will feature a brand new blog post per day from each of us, and we’re so excited to be sharing the Sailor Moon love with all our readers!  Today we’re kicking off the Summer of Sailor Scouts with an Original Sailor Moon Book Tag that we all collaborated on and we’re going to be giving away 2 Sailor Moon Funko’s of your choice to a lucky winner!  Below is my video answering the tag, links to all of the Summer of Sailor Scouts hosts and the Rafflecopter for the giveaway!

*Side note: Cee created the beautiful Summer of Sailor Scouts graphic for us and for anyone who’s a Sailor Moon fan, you may notice that the planets are in the order in which we meet the Guardians in the series!

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Alexa – Alexa Loves Books: Blog – Channel

Cee – The Novel Hermit: Blog

Cristina – Girl in the Pages: Blog

Sierra – SDAV Reads: Blog

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GIVEAWAY: Sisters Starring Tina Fey & Amy Poehler

I was so happy when I found out that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were teaming up to release a new film together.  They’re two of the most intelligent and hilarious women and they’re also best friends.  They’re basically the best female duo in Hollywood.  It must’ve been a blast to film together and I can’t wait to see what they’ve created.

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Synopsis

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reunite for Sisters, a new film from Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore about two disconnected sisters summoned home to clean out their childhood bedroom before their parents sell the family house.  Looking to recapture their glory days, they throw one final high-school-style party for their classmates, which turns into the cathartic rager that a bunch of ground-down adults really need. 

Fey produces the comedy alongside Jay Roach (Meet the Parents series) and John Lyons (Austin Powers in Goldmember), and Poehler executive produces alongside Jeff Richmond and Brian Bell from a script by Paula Pell (TV’s Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock).

Starring Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, James Brolin, John Cena, John Leguizamo and Dianne Wiest

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Trailer

GIVEAWAY

One (1) ban.do Giant Gem Speaker, SISTERS Sweatshirt, T-shirt, and party cup will be given away.  Prize pack is valued at $100 and provided by Universal Pictures.  Open to US addresses only.

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Official Links

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Like SISTERS on Facebook

Follow @SistersMovie on Twitter and Instagram

Visit the official website

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GIVEAWAY: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

I discovered Passenger by Alexandra Bracken in the weeks leading up to BEA last May and I’ve been eagerly awaiting it’s release ever since.  As I said in this video, two of the main factors that really drew me to this book are 1) time travel and 2) pirates.  I had been hesitant to read the ARC I waited in line for (for hours I might add) because I heard that an updated draft had already been completed that would make many changes to the book’s final published story.  I decided to table it and wait until I could read the book Alexandra Bracken intended the reader to read.  Little did I know that an updated copy would be showing up at my doorstep a couple of months early!  Passenger is my most anticipated read of 2016 and I feel so blessed to be afforded the opportunity to check it out in 2015.  But the most exciting part of this story is that Disney Hyperion is also allowing me to giveaway a copy of Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger to one lucky blog reader!

If you’re like me and you feel like you can’t wait until January 5th for the official release, Disney has been kind enough to provide us with an e-book sampler to tide us over until then.

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About the Book

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles, but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods–a powerful family in the Colonies–and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, his passenger, can find. In order to protect her, Nick must ensure she brings it back to them–whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.

GIVEAWAY

One (1) copy of Passenger by Alexandra Bracken will be given away.  Prize is provided by Disney-Hyperion and will ship early January following the release of the book.  Open to US addresses only.

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PRE-ORDER LINKS

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Learn More

Learn more at un-requiredreading.com

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GIVEAWAY: Once Upon A Time: Red’s Untold Tale By Wendy Toliver

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Some of my favorite types of stories are fairy tales so I have been loving that retellings have grown popular in past few years.  And when it comes to fairy tales, Disney is the ultimate master of preserving classics and piecing together a story that is both accessible, enjoyable, and an instant classic which is why I am so excited to be a part of their Fairy Tale 2.0!  The three books Disney Hyperion is celebrating on this blog tour are A Whole New World (an Aladdin retelling where Jafar finds the lamp first), A Frozen Heart (the backstory of Elsa and Anna told in alternating perspectives), and the book I’ll be focusing on, Once Upon a Time: Red’s Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver (which tells the popular character Red’s story while she wasn’t on Once Upon a Time).  If you follow the #FairyTale2pt0 hashtag, you’ll be able to enter giveaways for the other books as well!  Here is the synopsis to Red’s Untold Tale:

Red is 16 and lives with Granny in a cottage in the village, where boarding up the house and hiding during Wolfstime is a means of survival. Red help’s Granny with Granny’s baked good business, catering as well as door-to-door sales. Red has a constant internal battle between her wild side and her strict, overprotective upbringing, and the issue of “control” as she discovers she has a hot temper when the “mean girls” push her too far. (“When we learn to control it, we needn’t fear it,” Rumpelstiltskin says in the series.) She has flashbacks to her 13th year when she received her cloak and the nickname “Red.” She is plagued by nightmares that she doesn’t understand, but the Once Upon a Time fans will recognize them as her wolf side coming out. Red balances the difficult times with Granny at home and the girls at school with an emerging and satisfying romance with Peter.

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One winner will receive 1) Copy of Red’s Untold Tale 2) plus FAIRY TALE 2.0 tank, notepad, cosmetic pouch & pillow. Prizing is courtesy of Disney Hyperion and open to US Residents.

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The Marvels By Brian Selznick Sneak Peek & GIVEAWAY

I am so beyond excited to be part of the teaser tour for Brian Selznick’s third novel, The Marvels.  I absolutely ADORED his previous work The Invention of Hugo Cabret and I cannot wait to dive into his latest book.  Just like his previous novels, The Marvels includes the beautifully sketched artwork Selznick is known for but this time he’s doing it a little bit different.  The Marvels actually tells two stories, the first is over 400 pages and is told exclusively through illustrations and the second is told through prose but we’re pretty certain those stories will interconnect.  The first takes place in 1776 and follows Billy Marvel who is the sole survivor in a shipwreck aboard The Kraken. He becomes involved in a theater in London where generations of his family star in a plethora of Shakespeare plays.  The second story take place in 1990 and follows a young runaway named Joseph Jervis who travels to his uncle’s home in London and begins searching through his uncle’s belongings in an effort to uncover the truth about his history.

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I was sent a box of clues to help decipher the mystery of the interconnected stories as well!  The first clue is an audio recording read by Brian Selznick himself.  There’s so much information in it! The clip talks all about different generations of actors with the last name Marvel (who I’m assuming are related to Billy Marvel) and the lives they led playing different roles in Shakespeare plays at the Royal Theater.  The clip is three and a half minutes long  and I couldn’t help wishing it were longer!

The next clue I pulled out of the box is probably the coolest thing I have ever received because it’s a PIRATE SHIP or a regular ship but who knows.  Since The Marvels synopsis tells us that Billy Marvel survived a shipwreck aboard The Kraken, I’m hoping for pirates of some kind.  This clue is an item found in Joseph’s uncles house so I’m mostly curious how he’s connected to the shipwreck and presumably to Billy Marvel.  Maybe he’s one of those guys obsessed with history? Or maybe that history hits close to home and he’s related to Billy Marvel? Only time will tell!

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Lastly, I also received a framed print of The Kraken which is signed by Brian Selznick himself (MAJOR FANGIRLING ENSUE).  The waves in the photo look very unsettled so I’m guessing that this print is a still of the ship during the storm responsible for taking it down. Another big hint is the giant bolt of lightening striking the boat on the starboard side.  I also love how the ship is named The Kraken.  It makes the mystery of all these interconnected lives that much more intriguing.

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GIVEAWAY

One winner will receive 1) a hand-signed print 2) custom The Marvels jigsaw puzzle, and 3) a copy of the book. Prizing is courtesy of Scholastic and open to US residents.

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Brian Selznick will be doing a book tour for The Marvels in case you’d like to meet him yourself or get a copy of the book signed and the full schedule has just been posted here!  You can also view the book trailer  (which is really beautiful and whimsical) below.

And don’t forget to check out the other stops on the tour for more clues!

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BookTube: 1,000 Subscribers + GIVEAWAY

Hello bookworms! This Friday I reached my first big YouTube milestone! I reached 1,000 subscribers and as a huge thank you to everyone who has been so supportive, I’m hosting a giveaway! I’ll be giving away a book of your choice worth up to $20 from Book Depository (I chose Book Depository because then, the contest can be open internationally!).  In order to enter you must be subscribed to my YouTube channel and once you’ve done that, you can unlock a bunch more entries!  Good luck and thank you all so much!!!

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GIVEAWAY: Trollhunters by Guillermo del Toro & Daniel Kraus

Guillermo del Toro’s film Pan’s Labyrinth has always been a favorite of mine because despite having only watched it once, the beautifully haunting images have made a lasting impression on my mind.  Also Pacific Rim is bae.  So when I heard that del Toro would be changing it up and releasing his first YA novel, I was incredibly excited!  His new book was written with Daniel Kraus and illustrated (in color!) by Sean Murray.  I’ve already been sent a copy of the book to read and review and let me tell you, it looks awesome!  You can enter below to win a prize pack provided by Disney-Hyperion or order a copy of your own on Amazon.  Here’s the synopsis:

“You are food. Those muscles you flex to walk, lift, and talk? They’re patties of meat topped with chewy tendon. That skin you’ve paid so much attention to in mirrors? It’s delicious to the right tongues, a casserole of succulent tissue. And those bones that give you the strength to make your way in the world? They rattle between teeth as the marrow is sucked down slobbering throats. These facts are unpleasant but useful. There are things out there, you see, that don’t cower in holes to be captured by us and cooked over our fires. These things have their own ways of trapping their kills, their own fires, their own appetites.”

Jim Sturges is your typical teen in suburban San Bernardino— one with an embarrassingly overprotective dad, a best friend named “Tubby” who shares his hatred of all things torturous (like gym class), and a crush on a girl who doesn’t know he exists. But everything changes for Jim when a 45-year old mystery resurfaces, threatening the lives of everyone in his seemingly sleepy town. Soon Jim has to team up with a band of unlikely (and some un-human) heroes to battle the monsters he never knew existed.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Guillermo del Toro is best known for his critically acclaimed feature films, such as Pan’s Labyrinth, Helllboy, The Hobbit, andPacific Rim, as well as his best-selling Strain Trilogy.

Daniel Kraus is the award-winning author of Scowler and Rotters, and is the director of six feature films. He lives with his wife in Chicago.

From Pan’s Labyrinth to Hellboy to his best-selling novel The Strain, del Toro has captured the imagination through his works. His co-author Daniel Kraus is another award-winning author and filmmaker with a penchant for horror stories. Kraus’ debut novel, The Monster Variations, was selected for New York Public Library’s “100 Best Stuff for Teens.” Fangoria called Rotters, his Bram Stoker-finalist and Odyssey Award-winning second novel, “a new horror classic.” Kraus’ 2013 title, Scowler, also won an Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults.

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR

Sean Murray is an illustrator, concept artist, author and teacher known for his work on video games such as Dungeons & Dragons Online and The Lord of the Rings Online, as well as the creator of The World of Gateway, which includes his fantasy guidebook Gateway: The Book of Wizards and the upcoming card game Gateway Uprising.

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Here’s an illustration from the book!

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TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN prize pack

Avoid becoming a monster’s next meal! One (1) winner will receive:

  • Branded Trollhunters zip-up hoodie;
  • Branded Trollhunters pin;
  • Candy bones and brains;
  • and a copy of Trollhunters.

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A Darker Shade Of Magic Blog Tour + GIVEAWAY!

Hi there, and welcome to Red London!  I’m so excited to be participating in the blog tour for A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab and in the London I would prefer to live in, given the choice.  I’ve already read and reviewed ADSOM which I’m positive is going to be my favorite book of 2015.  There’s thievery and magic and pirates and parallel London’s and it’s absolutely perfect in every way.  I’m a huge fangirl of Victoria aka VE Schwab so I was over the moon when Tor reached out to me about the book’s official blog tour which entails (wait for it) a question answered by Victoria herself!  But that’s not all, Tor is also giving away a hardcover copy of A Darker Shade of Magic along with a double-sided signed poster featuring the US and UK covers of ADSOM, and they’re willing to ship internationally!

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So without further adieu, here is the question I asked Victoria, along with her answer:

Q:  You’ve expressed on various forms of social media that you’re also a huge Marvel fan so I’m very curious, if you were given the chance to write a story arc for one superhero, who would it be and why?

A: Loki. Hands down. As a card-carrying Slytherin, this shouldn’t be a surprise. It’s not just his stylish black-and-green attire or the fact he’s been played by Tom Hiddleston, but Loki is one of my favorite things: complicated. He’s a true grey character, an anti-hero to some, an anti-villain to others, and I would love the chance to play with that.

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*Giveaway*

Win a copy of A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab & a signed double-sided poster

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A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC

V.E. Schwab

A Tor Hardcover

978-0-7653-7645-9 / 0-7653-7645-8

$25.99 | 400p.

Ebook: 978-1-4668-5137-5 / 1-4668-5137-6 | $12.99

On Sale February 24, 2015

Print – IndieBound, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books A Million, Powell’s, Walmart.

E-Book – Kindle, Nook, iBooks, eBooks, Google Play, Kobo

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If you can’t get enough ADSOM, you can check out the book trailer or take this Buzzfeed quiz to see which London you belong in.

Also, make sure to check out the other stops on the A Darker Shade of Magic Blog Tour!

February 17 — Vampire Book Club — Red London

February 18 — The Eater of Books — White London

February 19 — Icey Books — Grey London

February 20 — Effortlessly Reading — Red London

February 21 – Cuddlebuggery – White London

February 22 — JessBella Reads — Grey London

February 23 — Istyria Book Blog — Red London

February 24 — Stories and Sweeties — White London

February 25 — Please Feed the Bookworm — Grey London

February 26 — The Nerd Herd Reads — Red London

February 27 — Novel Heartbeat — White London

February 28 — The Flyleaf Review — Grey London

March 1 — Addicted 2 Novels — Red London

March 2 — Books, Bones, and Buffy — White London

March 3 — My Friends are Fiction — Grey London

March 4 — Super Space Chick — Red London

March 5 — The Midnight Garden — White London

March 6 — Amaterasu Reads — Grey London

March 7 — Fiction Freak — Red London

March 8 — The Escapist — White London

March 9 — Addicted Readers — Grey London

March 10 — Bookish Antics — Red London

March 11 — The Social Potato — White London

March 12 — Young Adult Hollywood — White London

March 13 — The Modge Podge Bookshelf — Red London

March 14 — A Dream Within A Dream — White London

March 15 — Fandom Monthly Magazine — Grey London

March 16 — The Nocturnal Library — Red London

March 17 – Reading with ABC – White London

March 18 – Moonlight Gleam Reviews – Grey London

March 19 – Book Munchies – Red London

March 20 – Poisoned Rationality – White London

March 21 – Blood Bookaholic – Grey London

March 22 – Live to Read – Red London

March 23 — There Were Books Involved — White London

March 24 — My Bookish Ways — Only time will tell…

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