Beautiful Days Giveaway

I just finished reading Beautiful Days. Unfortunately, I am up to my neck in books at my house and have no where to put this lovely book now that I'm done. My TBR shelf is hogging all the room in my study. That just goes to show that one person's misfortune is another person's ticket to a hot giveaway! The giveaway will run from October 15-21, 2011.  Hope you enjoy!

  • Open to US and Canada mailing addresses only. 
  •  This is a hardback edition of Anna Godbersen's book, Beautiful Days. You can check out my review here if you want more information.
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Review: Beautiful Days (Anna Godbersen)

Product Details:
Reading level: YA
Pages: 358
Publisher: HarperCollins (September 20, 2011)
ISBN 9780061962684
Source: My own personal copy

Beautiful Days (Bright Young Things, #2)For the bright young things of 1929, the beautiful days seem endless, filled with romance and heartbreak, adventure and intrigue, friendship and rivalry.
After a month in New York, Cordelia Grey and Letty Larkspur are small-town girls no longer. They spend their afternoons with Astrid Donal at the Greys’ lush Long Island estate and their nights in Manhattan’s bustling metropolis. But Letty’s not content to be a mere socialite. She is ready at last to chase her Broadway dreams—no matter the cost.
Cordelia is still reeling from the death of her father at the hands of Thom Hale, the man she thought she loved. Now she is set to honor Darius Grey’s legacy . . . and take her revenge.
Promised to Cordelia’s half brother, Astrid is caught up in a world of dazzling jewels and glittering nights—and the sparkle is blinding. Charlie Grey is a gangster playing a dangerous game; and for Astrid, Cordelia, and Letty, the stakes could be deadly.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe comes the second book in an epic series set in the dizzying last summer of the Jazz Age.

My Take:
This one didn't do it for me. I am SO disappointed to say that because I really like this series. I loved The Luxe books, but the second book in the Bright Young Things series falls flat. Now, don't get me wrong. It's still a good book; it just wasn't my favorite.

With the first book in the series I got all moony-eyed right along with Cordelia over Thom Hale. The ending of that book left me emotionally charged and dying to know what was going to happen. With all of the anticipation I had for this book, I'm a little disappointed with how things turned out. I'm not a fan of Max Darby. At all. He annoys me. Granted by the end of the book I felt a little better about him, but that doesn't change the fact I had to suffer through 1/3 of the book with him in my way. Plus, I just know he's going to end up being a bigger jerk than Thom. I just know it. That does not make me happy.

Then there were the subplots. I love how this story is told through alternating points of view. Well, actually, it's still written in a 3rd person point of view more or less, but the focus alternates on the different girls. I like that. I think it's really well written for such a hard task. The story moves along well enough, except that it dragged in parts. I didn't find myself enraptured in the girls' stories like before. I felt like the purpose of this book was to move the overall (and unknown) plot along. I'm sure the remaining books are going to be HUGE! Letty and Astrid came off as whiny and needy, which bothered me. Cordelia seemed so detached that I didn't care for that either. I really have mixed feelings on this one. My favorite parts dealt with Grady, but I am not at all happy about that outcome. 

All of the elements of Anna Godbersen's writing that I adore are evident. It reads like a tabloid article from the 1920s. Her use of descriptive language is great as always. At times, I felt like I was in the story-- like an observer in the spectacles. But other times I read felt like a reader. If you liked the first book, you need to read this one. It serves as a foundational piece to the remainder of the story that is to come. But honestly, I would just read reviews and summaries to find out what happened. Unless you get a copy for free and want something to do.

Books you need to read NOW

I have found myself putting in my two cent when I noticed other people's "Waiting on Wednesday" or "In My Mailbox" posts lately. I see books that they want or received that I have already read. Then, suddenly, I'm pushing books. Granted it's a late better for your health than pushing other things, but the effect is the same on my wallet. I would spend all my money on books (and shoes) if I could. I'm pretty sure there is a program for this "disorder" that I have, but that would imply admitting there is a problem. I'm happy living in denial at the moment.

After pushing the third or fourth book yesterday on unsuspecting bloggers, I decided I would make a list... A list of all the amazing books I think you should read. Right now. If you haven't heard of these books, well, it's time to crawl out from under that rock and get to the library. You deserve to read these books. In fact, you need to read these books.

Clicking on the pictures should take you to my reviews of these books, but I make no promises. It's early and I've only had one cup of coffee thus far. 

This book is grrreat (in my Tony the Tiger voice). Seriously. The MC is snarky and sarcastic and just plain awesome. You'll love it. I promise.

The Eleventh Plague

When you read this one, you need to be familiar with Lord of the Flies. If you haven't read that piece of literary brilliance, then go do it.  After you have flogged yourself for not reading Lord of the Flies, you can read The Eleventh Plague and marvel at the thought provoking content.

Going Underground

Another thought provoking masterpiece. This book deserves to be discussed with every teenager you know. It's real. It's beautiful...and it has the funniest talking parrot I have ever read about.

Stay with Me     The Probability of Miracles

Like contemporary reads? Then check out these emotional powerhouses. You'll experience every emotion possible while reading these books, and you'll love every minute of it. You can't help but fall in love with these characters.

If you've read any of these, I would LOVE to know what you think. I'm always looking for someone to talk books with.

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