Friday, December 10, 2010

Best I've Read 2010 Day 5

More awesome authors! More Awesome contests! Let the awesomeness commence :)
Today we have: Nancy Werlin, Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson, Jeri Smith-Ready, Scott Westerfeld and Michelle Zink

Nancy Werlin
Author of Impossible and Extraordinary

By Nancy Werlin
Released September 7, 2010
Published by Dial

Summary: Phoebe finds herself drawn to Mallory, the strange and secretive new kid in school, and the two girls become as close as sisters . . . until Mallory's magnetic older brother, Ryland, shows up during their junior year. Ryland has an immediate, exciting hold on Phoebe, but a dangerous hold, for she begins to question her feelings about her best friend and, worse, about herself. Soon she'll discover the shocking truth about Ryland and Mallory: that these two are visitors from the faerie realm who have come to collect on an age-old debt. Generations ago, the faerie queen promised Pheobe's ancestor five extraordinary sons in exchange for the sacrifice of one ordinary female heir. But in hundreds of years there hasn't been a single ordinary girl in the family, and now the faeries are dying. Could Phoebe be the first ordinary one? Could she save the faeries, or is she special enough to save herself?

Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson
Authors of Th Familiars

The Familiars
By Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson
Published by Harper Collins

Book Summary:
(from Goodreads)
After three young wizard apprentices are kidnapped by the evil queen of a distant land, it is up to their familiars, their magical animal companions -- a street smart alley cat, a precocious blue jay, and a bumbling tree frog -- to save them.

I also have an interview to share!

What is your favorite sport to watch on TV?
Andrew- Football
Adam - poker

Are you a loner ir social butterfly?
Andrew- Somewhere closer to loner
Adam - loner

How do you react to a bad review?
Andrew- Defensively at first, then I forget about it
Adam- think of reviewer as embittered struggling writer

If it was the end of the world and you could only save 5 books , which ones would it be?
Andrew- The Bible, the dictionary, the collected works of William Shakespeare, The Life of Pi, Harry Potter
Adam - Five that I wrote.

If not a writer, you would have been?
Andrew- A sport's broadcaster for ESPN
Adam - Videogame designer

What is your favorite book that has been made into a movie?
Andrew- Where the Wild Things Are
Adam - Prisoner of Azkaban

Jeri Smith-Ready
Author of one of my favorite books Shade

By Jeri Smith-Ready
Published by Simon Pulse
Released on April 15, 2010

Summary: Love ties them together. Death can't tear them apart. Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan's band playing a critical gig and Aura's plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend's life. She never thought it would be his last. Logan's sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He's gone. Well, sort of. Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and hear ghosts. This mysterious ability has always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she can undo it. But not with Logan's violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost. It doesn't help that Aura's new friend Zachary is so understanding—and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit. As Aura's relationships with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura's heart?and clues to the secret of the Shift.

Scott Westerfeld
Author of Leviathan and Behemoth

Behemoth (Leviathan #2)
By Scott Westerfield
Published by Simon Pulse
September 25, 2010

Summary: The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers.
Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan's peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.

Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what's ahead.

Summary: Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She's a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn's paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.


Michelle Zink
Author of the Phophecy of the Sisters series

Guardian of the Gate
: Michelle Zink
Published by: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: 8-1-2010

Summary: The ultimate battle between sisters is nearing, and its outcome could have catastrophic consequences. As sixteen year-old Lia Milthorpe searches for a way to end the prophecy, her twin sister Alice hones the skills she'll need to defeat Lia. Alice will stop at nothing to reclaim her sister's role in the prophecy, and that's not the only thing she wants: There's also Lia's boyfriend James.

Lia and Alice always knew the Prophecy would turn those closest to them against them. But they didn't know what betrayal could lead them to do. In the end, only one sister will be left standing


Giveway time!!! I have two awesome packages to give away today- one is US only and the other is open to US & Canada! Simply fill out the form below to enter.

Package ONE:
• 1 Extraordinary ARC by Nancy Werlin
• 1 copy of The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson
• 1 copy of Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
• 1 copy of Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
• 1 copy of Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

Giveaway TWO (Open to U.S. & Canada - No P.O. Boxes):
• 1 copy of Guardian of the Gate by Michelle Zink


  1. I love hearing from Adam and Andrew. They are so much like me!

  2. what an Awesome Package!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  3. Great post! Thank you for the lovely offers! I really appreciate it!

  4. another incredible give away! thank you so much for the chance to win and the choices!

  5. Wahoo! Great gift packages. Thanks for a chance to win!

  6. Thank you so much for another great giveaway!

  7. Awesome prize pack! Thanks for the chance to win!