The Demon’s Lexicon Trilogy Giveaway

UPDATE: CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!

I was fortunate enough to be able to meet Sarah Rees Brennan at the Diversity in YA tour stop in Cambridge, MA in May and get signed copies of the Demon’s Lexicon and Demon’s Covenant to giveaway to one lucky person. Since the Demon’s Surrender’s also out, I am going to also be giving away a finished copy of that book along with a signed book plate for it. So I am going to be giving away the trilogy for the conclusion of Sarah Rees Brennan week and as a kick off of my blogoversary which is today! All you have to do is fill out the form below.

The contest will run for a week, from today June 17, 2011 until next Friday June 24, 2011. This contest is open INTERNATIONALLY. Fill out the form below.

My Blogoversary!!!

Today is marks my one year anniversary of blogging. I’m kind of still in shocking it has been a whole year. I am so proud of myself that I have managed to keep this blog going and am so glad that I am still having so much fun doing this!

I want to say that it has been a great first year of blogging. I’ve met so many wonderful people and authors and I have loved it. I even got to go to BEA for the first time which was great. I’m looking forward to continuing blogging for as long as it remains enjoyable.

To celebrate my blogoversary, for the next week I will be doing giveaways to give back to all the people who read and visit my blog as a thank you. I’m kicking this week off with a giveaway of the complete Demon’s Lexicon series as a conclusion for Sarah Rees Brennan week and as a kick off for my blogoversary. Check back everyday for a new giveaway. There are some pretty good ones!!

And thank you so much to everyone who reads my blog and comments and talks to me on twitter. You’ve made me so proud to be a blogger and made this whole experience so much more enjoyable.

Blogoversary Giveaways coming up this week
The Demon’s Lexicon Series by Sarah Rees Brennan (signed)
The Lost Saint by Bree Despain (ARC)
Intertwined by Gena Showalter
Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken (signed)
Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (ARC)
Red Glove by Holly Black (signed)
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare (signed)
Forever by Maggie Stiefvater (ARC)

The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan

The Demon’s Surrender

Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: June 14, 2011
Series or Standalone: The Demon’s Lexicon #3
ISBN: 1416963839
Format: ARC           
Pages: 400
Source: Borrowed
Websites:
Rating: 4.5 Stars
I was super excited to read the final installment in the Demon’s Lexicon series. I couldn’t have been more satisfied with the ending of the series.
Initially, I was very worried about this book. Like the previous two books in the series, this book is told from the point of view of another character. The first book was told by Nick’s point of view and the second from Mae’s point of view. The final book is told from Sin’s point of view, and this worried me a bit. Sin was more of a secondary character in the first two books so I was a bit worried about how the narration of the central story line would play out. However, I ended up really liking Sin as a narrator and the story played out perfectly. I really liked learning more about Sin and I loved her personality. She was probably one of the best people to tell the conclusion of this story and I really loved learning her back story.
I have to say, most of my fears about Sin as the narrator stemmed from the fact that I really wanted Nick and Mae together. I worried that because Sin was the narrator we would get none of the private scenes between those Nick and Mae, but Sarah Rees Brennan handled it well. We still got many private scenes between other characters as well.
The plot picked up from where we left after the Demon’s Covenant. I was really happy with were Sarah Rees Brennan took the story. I think the twist in this book could really rival the twist from the first book, and that was a huge twist. I knew things were going too well for it too remain so happy, and boy did she deliver a shocking twist. Sarah Rees Brennan was probably the evilest in this book to her characters, but it made the story so great and was done to the benefit of the story, so I can forgive her for her evilness.
I was very happy with how all the characters story lines were settled. I really enjoyed seeing whom everyone kind of ended up with and seeing the amazing growth of nearly every character in this book. The characters were put through very difficult times in this books, I really liked watching them growing and becoming stronger because of these difficulties. And I have to say, I was very happy with who ended up with who in the end. It was perfect.
The emotions were running high in this final installment of the Demon’s Lexicon series. It was another emotional roller coaster. I was happy, I was angry, and I was sad. At parts I was crying. And then there were those scenes that just made me so giddy and happy. They were perfect and I could not have wanted anything else. And my favorite scene was one of the most emotional for me. That scene that Sin overhears between Nick and Mae. My favorite, even if it was very emotional. Trust me you will understand when you read it.
I was really happy with how this series concluded. The ending wrapped up the main story line, but did not leave everything wrapped in a perfect package. Instead, things in the ending were still a bit shaking with the characters. The characters and their world still had always to go before everything to be settled perfectly and the ending demonstrates that. I was really happy with where the characters were all heading in the future, even though we do not know if everything they plan for will occur. The ending was very bittersweet for me because it was the last time I’d hear these characters stories. I really liked that the ending did wrap up every little detail and solve every problem, because that is not real. The ending felt real and I loved that.
It’s really hard to say goodbye to this series because it really is one of my favorites. I will never forget reading the ending of Demon’s Lexicon and my awe at the twist at the end. I will never forget all the incredible twists and turns that Sarah Rees Brennan has taken me on. I love this series and I want everyone to read. I am deeply sadden that this GREAT series has ended and that I will never read more about Nick, Mae, Jamie, Alan, Sin and everyone else, but thankfully I can always reread this series and there are always more books to come from Sarah Rees Brennan.
If you have never read this series, I highly suggest that you read it. It is one of the best series I have ever read and I DO force it onto people. It is a must read for everyone! 

The Demon’s Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan

The Demon’s Covenant
Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date: May 18, 2010
Series or Standalone: The Demon’s Lexicon # 2
ISBN: 1416963812
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 440
Source: Bought
Websites:
Rating: 5 Stars
As I said in my Demon’s Lexicon review, I am a huge fan of this series. And I have to say, The Demon’s Covenant, hands down, is my favorite book in the series. This book is made of win. Every time I read this book it gets better and better.
The second book in the Demon’s Lexicon series is told from Mae’s point of view instead of Nick’s as it was in the first book. I love that this book is from Mae’s perspective. I love Mae. She is probably my favorite character and to her be the central character was AWESOME. She has just an incredible personality and I love her voice. In this book, we really see Mae grow a lot of the first book. She no longer has to solely rely on the Ryves brothers. She is willing to fight back in anyway possible. She becomes and incredible strong character and I really loved the growth in her character.
I was really glad the whole gang from the first book were back in action for this book. I want to get this review spoiler free for the first book because I do not want to give away THAT TWIST, but we see everyone trying to deal with the consequences of that twist in this book. I really loved learning more about Alan and Nick’s childhood in this book to through the diary entries of their Dad that Mae reads. It’s really interesting to see how they were raised effected the people they are now. I also really loved the impact this had on Nick. And I’m gonna stop there about that so not to say anything spoilery.
In this book, I really liked that we got to delve deeper into Nick and Alan’s world. We got to see a lot more of the Goblin Market and more of Sin which I loved because I love the world of the Goblin Market, much like Mae does. I also really liked learning more about the Warlocks and different Warlocks circles. They play a big part in this book. I also liked that Jamie had a more important role in this book. He becomes extremely important. And we learn more about Alan too. And man, Alan, I wanted to hit you over the head some times. Let’s just say he is still not everything he appears to be. 
And I have to talk about the plot. This book was a rollercoaster ride. My emotions were everywhere. The plot was amazing and literally kept me on the edge of my seat, turning pages until I got to the end. And then the ending. I think I tried to will more pages to appear at the end of this book because I wanted more. Once again, there are great twists and turns in this book that had me cursing the brilliance of the evil Sarah Rees Brennan. And boy, does Sarah Rees Brennan know how to deliver an emotional punch. I will admit, I did tear up towards the end of this book.
I also really need to talk about the ROMANCE. Sarah Rees Brenna writes some of the best kissing scenes I have ever read. And the sexual tension. It’s great. Personally, I really want Nick with Mae, even though there are tons of obstacles in there way and more are constantly being added, but still, I want them together. Badly. And then there is that one scene, on the roof, in the rain. *sigh* That scene. Yeah, you will get what I mean when you read it. Sarah Rees Brennan can definitely play with your emotions in the best of ways as well as deliver shocking blows.
This second book in this trilogy surpass it’s predecessor. The second book is not some filler book that has you waiting for the all the action in the conclusion, but extremely important and sets the stage for the final book. Even after reading The Demon’s Surrender, this book is still my favorite. Everything is just spot on perfect, the writing, the characters, the plot, the romance, the twists, everything. I love this book so much that I own three copies, a UK, US and eBook version. I stayed up to get it on my Nook the night it was released I was that excited. And it so worth it. One of my favorite books of all time and of 2010.

Waiting on Wednesday (53) – All These Things I’ve Done

All These Things I’ve Done
Gabrielle Zevin
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
To be released: September 27, 2011
Summary (from Goodreads):
In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city’s most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.’s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she’s to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight—at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.
I’ve heard some really great things about this book. I’m really sad that I missed it at BEA, but I cannot wait to read it. I really like Gabrielle Zevin’s previous books and this one sounds really good. Cannot wait!
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event highlighting exciting upcoming releases. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan

The Demon’s Lexicon
Sarah Rees Brennan
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date: June 2, 2009
Series or Standalone: The Demon’s Lexicon #1
ISBN: 1416963790
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336           
Source: Bought
Websites:
Rating: 4.5 Stars
I just want to start off by saying that this book is the first book in one of my favorite series. Seriously. You do not want to know how many times I have read this book (It’s a lot). I first read this book way back in June of 2009 when it was a featured book on PulseIT. I remember reading it in one sitting and staying up way to late for a school night. Every time I go back and read it, it becomes better and better.
Let me start off by talking about the characters. I love every single character in this book well except for the bad guys. I’m just gonna go through the characters in this book and just rattle off some of my favorite things about them. Nick Ryves: dark, brooding, sexy and deadly. That basically sums him up in a nutshell. Also, he makes me laugh, a lot. He’s got a lot of great one liners. Alan Ryves: Oh Alan. *sigh* Alan is Nick’s older brother. He’s is geeky, but extremely caring. He has this endearing characteristic. He also is not all he appears to be. Mae Crawford: HANDS DOWN MY FAVORITE CHARACTER! I am Team MAE! She has pink hair, is spunky and feisty and will do anything to save her brother. Plus she is just awesome. Jamie Crawford: Mae’s little brother. Jamie is also pretty awesome. I should just be on team Crawford, cause I love Jamie too, even though Jamie is gay. Jamie is the most vulnerable character I would say, but he is also pretty funny. Nick and his unlikely friendship is also one of my favorite parts of this book. Sin: You just sort of meet Sin in this book, butt still you learn a bit about her, like she dances at the Goblin Market and is the one who will eventually take it over. And she’s also pretty awesome. So that’s my take on the characters in this book. Bascially they are all awesome. They are each their own person too. The character in this book come alive off the page.
This book series reminds me of a British version of the television show Supernatural.It is just as awesome as well. There is a lot of butt kicking of warlocks and demons and such. And there are two brothers who fight these bad things. Its amazing.
So I want to talk about how this book’s twist completely left me blindsided. I have to say, this was probably one of the first books I had ever read where I was completely AWESTRUCK by the twist at the end. I had no idea it was coming. First time I read the book I remember sitting there thinking “No, no, no. That cannot be true. That cannot happen.” But alas, it did. Bravo to Sarah Rees Brennan for an amazing twist that completely took me by surprise. Literally, I had no clue. However, upon going back and reading the book, you see little hints and little clues that are super obvious once you know the twist. And I love that.
Besides being awesome, this book is also really humorous. Sarah Rees Brennan has a great balance of seriousness with humor. Seriously, I giggle a lot when I read this book. But also, there are some really serious parts that are written extremely well. Also, Sarah Rees Brennan is and evil genius. I swear she takes pleasure out of torturing her characters, and this is just the beginning. And I mean that in the nicest way possible. You learn that when things in this series seem good, something bad is gonna happen. And it makes you gasp and kind of freak out and yell with your fist shaking “Curses Sarah Rees Breenan!” Or at least this book does that to me.
Basically, this book is just awesome. It’s a great first book in a series that really gets the ball rolling. I feel like more people need to read this book series, because a lot of people haven’t. I have to say, I love this series so much I have two different editions of it, the UK and US version. People most go out and read it!

Sarah Rees Brennan Week!

Sarah Rees Brennan Week

Today kicks off the first day of Sarah Rees Brennan week on the blog. This lovely little event is hosted by Heidi at YA Bibliophile and Jacinda and Jasmine at The Reading Housewives of Indiana. To find out more about this week visit here or click the button at the beginning of this post.

Basically, since the final book in the Demon’s Lexicon series, the Demon’s Surrender comes out this week, we are celebrating the awesomeness that is Sarah Rees Brennan by talking about the books, posting reviews, having giveaways and such.

So I really love the Demon’s Lexicon series, like I love it a lot, so I was immediately on board. I have reviews of the series coming up this week along with a giveaway at the end of the week. So stay tuned!!

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

The Girl in the Steel Corset
Kady Cross
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: May 24, 2011
Series or Standalone: Series: Steampunk Chronicles #1
ISBN: 0373210337
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 477
Source: BEA
Websites:
Rating: 4 Stars
The Girl in the Steel Corset has solidified my love for the steampunk genre. Before this book, I had only read a few books that could be classified as Steampunk and I really loved them, but it might have been just because of the authors. But this book proved to me how  AWESOME, steampunk really is.
I have to say that this book was one of the books I read instead of studying for finals. I couldn’t put it down once I started it. I really loved how the steampunk element of the book wasn’t overbearing, like it sometimes can be. Instead, the use of machines and science gave the book a bit of a paranormal air, but it still felt realistic.
The characters in this book were pretty awesome. Lets start with Finley for example. She can kick some serious butt, but the butt kicking brings out her dark side, a huge problem for Finley. I also want to say the English major nerd in me loved the comparison of Finely to Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and love how she and her father might have been the inspiration for that story in the book. One of my favorite characters though has to be Jack Dandy. He is a mystery and a bit of a bad boy. I cannot wait to find out more about him in the next book in the series. The band of characters in this book really made me think of a Victorian type of X-Men. Each character had some unique quality that made them different from normal people. They have banned together to try to figure out who the Machinist is. Each character had their own powers and their own flaws, which I really liked.
I do have to say, I felt a bit confused by the plot at times. It kind of felt like we were in the middle of a series instead the first book of the series, because sometimes I thought I was missing things. But as the book went on, I became more settled into the plot. I did really enjoy reading this book though and wanted to find out what happened next. My one wish for this book was that their was more romance! There were inklings of it but not enough for my taste. I really would have liked more on that front, but it is the first in a series, so hopefully a lot more will come.
This book was a great mixture of Victorian England, adventure, mystery, suspense and action. This book is also gorgeous! I love that cover!! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait to read the next book to see what happens next.
  

Waiting on Wednesday (52) – Wings of the Wicked

Wings of the Wicked
Courtney Allison Moulton
Publisher: Harper Collins
To be released: 2012
Summary (from Goodreads):
Life as the Preliator is harder than Ellie ever imagined.
Balancing real life with the responsibility of being Heaven’s warrior is a challenge for Ellie. Her relationship with Will has become all business, though they both long for each other. And now that the secret of who she really is has come out, so have Hell’s strongest reapers. Grown bold and more vicious, the demonic threaten her in the light of day and stalk her in the night.
She’s been warned.
Cadan, a demonic reaper, comes to her with information about Bastian’s new plan to destroy Ellie’s soul and use an ancient relic to wake all the souls of the damned and unleash them upon humanity. As she fights to stay ahead of Bastian’s schemes , the revelations about those closest to her awaken a dark power within Ellie that threatens to destroy everything—including herself.
She’ll be betrayed.
Treachery comes even from those whom she loves, and Ellie is broken by the deaths of those who stood beside her in this Heavenly war. Still, she must find a way to save the world, herself, and her love for Will. If she fails, there will be hell to pay.
OMG! SWOON! This cover is gorgeous plus I REALLY cannot wait to read the next book in this series. I really loved Angelfire and cannot wait to read the next book in the series. The cover for this book was just released and Courtney Allison Moulton is holding a giveaway with some great prizes on her blog too. Click here to find out about the contest. But anyways, I really want this book. I loved the first one and cannot wait to find out what happens next in this series. Super excited.
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event highlighting exciting upcoming releases. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.