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300 Follower Giveaway

I seemed to have skipped over the 200 mark rather quickly, and now it's time to do a 300 Follower Giveaway. Since I missed celebrating the 200 mark, I thought I would make it up at 300.

Here's what I'm going to give away:

1 ARC copy of ...



Contest Rules:
open to US/CAN only.Contest will end on July 301st Youmustbe15yearsoldorolder. (These books are a little graphic for younger readers.)To enter the giveaway, please complete the form below.

Review: Back When You Were Easier to Love (Emily Wing Smith)

Back When You Were Easier to Love Emily Wing Smith
Product DetailsReading level: Young Adult                                                                                                                                                     Hardcover:304 pages                                                                                                                                                               Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (April 28, 2011)                                                                                                                       ISBN-10: 0525421998                                                                                                                                                                                Source: ARC from publisher in exchange for an honest review
What's worse than getting dumped? Not even knowing if you've been dumped. Joy got no goodbye, and certainly no explanation when Zan - the love of her life a…

Splash Into Summer Giveaway Winner

As the time for SplashIntoSummer-- an awesome all mermaid event hosted by Bonnie at A BackwardsStory-- ends, I find myself a little sad. I love mermaids! It's a childhood interest that never went away. I have really enjoyed Bonnie's event. If you didn't get a chance to check it out, you can always hop over there and read the posts. Sarah Porter did a great guest post about mermaids, and there are a few giveaways too.

One giveaway is a LIMITEDEDITION Weeki Wachee Springs mermaid calendar. It's the only city of LIVE mermaids! I'm sure those that entered the contest are curious to know if they won. Well, wait no longer...

The lucky winner of the calendar is Harpreet from A SparkofInterest --BooksforTeens! Congratulations! I hope you enjoy the calendar. I thought it had a nifty retro feel. Plus, all proceeds from the calendar sales go to protecting Florida's State Parks (which WWS is one of the oldest). It's a win-win situation for everyone!

Blog Hops and Follow Friday (22)

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly (book) blog hop hosted by Parajunkee. This week's feature is Angela from Angela's Anxious Life. This week's question is on a more personal note: What do I do when I am not reading?

I try to read as much as I can because it is my escape. Everyone has their "thing" that helps them relax. My thing is reading. During the school year (August-June) I am surrounded by moody middle schoolers. All of my time is spent grading papers, making tests, tutoring, trying to speak to parents, planning with other teachers, looking for new jobs (we all have those days), and reading/searching the internet for things to use in the classroom. With only 24 hours in a day, that takes up most of my free time.

Periodically, I go to a movie with the kids or shopping for shoes. Most Friday nights the hubs and I rent a redbox movie when the kids go to the grandparents' house--he watches while I read on the couch.

I also moonlight as a domestic diva i…

Mini-Review: Planet Middle School (Nikki Grimes)

Planet Middle School  Nikki Grimes 

Product Details
Reading level: Ages 9-12Hardcover: 160 pagesPublisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (September 13, 2011)ISBN-10: 1599902842Source: ARC from publisher in exchange for an honest review For twelve years, Joylin Johnson's life has been just fine, thank you very much. A game of basketball with the boys-especially her friend Jake-was all it took to put a smile on her face. Baggy jeans, T-shirt, and hair in a ponytail were easy choices. Then suddenly the world seemed to turn upside down, and everything changed at once. Her best girl friend is now flirting with her best guy friend. Her clothes seem all wrong. Jake is acting weird, and basketball isn't the same. And worst of all, there is this guy, Santiago, who appears from . . . where? What lengths will Joy go to-and whom will she become-to attract his attention?
This "story" was written as narrative prose (poetry) so it flew by. I'm not sure it even took me a full …

Mythological Mondays (8)

Mythological Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Bonnie at  A Backwards Story. Mythological Mondays bring attention to all things myth related.

For my role in MM this week, I originally wrote up a post about one of my recent reads (Fury by Elizabeth Miles). But then I stumbled on something amazing while on Goodreads. Therefore, Fury will have to wait. You can still check out my review, though.  

It is no surprise that I am a HUGE fan of Rick Riordan. I loved the Percy Jackson books. I've found that a lot of people were fans of Percy (like Team Edward and Harry Pottery), but I"m a fan of the books (not just the characters). I am so disappointed when I hear people say that they don't like Riordan's new series, Heroes of Olympus, because Percy isn't in them. Personally, I can't see how you dislike a book that blends Greek and Roman mythology. It's pure genius!



In my effort to share the awesomeness and participate in MM, I wanted to share the FIRST CHAPTER of th…