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ALA Swag Giveaway

Hey, it's my first giveaway!

I made the rounds at the ALA exhibit hall last month and picked up plenty of advanced reading copies. So I'm sharing the bounty. I'll be choosing not one, but THREE lucky people to choose a book.

I'm keeping the rules simple. Contests that give X amount of points for tweeting or following or liking and then expect you to keep track of how many points you have end up hurting my head. So just leave a comment below with your email address and your top pick, plus a back-up pick, out of the seven choices.

That's it.

(If you still want to tweet or follow or whatnot, then you are made of awesome.)

You have until 11:59 pm PST on August 18, 2012 to enter. The three winners will be chosen using Please make sure to leave an e-mail address with your comment. Sorry, but U.S. entries only.

Up for grabs are:
Choke by Diana Lopez A Beautiful Lie by Ifran Master My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher The Raven Boys by Maggie S…

Innocent Darkness Book Review

Title:Innocent Darkness
Author: Suzanne Lazear
Publisher: Flux
Publication Date: August 8, 2012
ISBN-13: 978-0738732480

408 pp.

ARC from publisher via Netgalley

Sometimes you wish a book was as good as its cover. While the cover for Suzanne Lazear's Innocent Darkness is dazzling, the book is less so.

Noli is a young mechanically-minded woman living in early 20th century Los Angeles. This is an alternative universe where steampunk is crossed with fairies. The fairy Otherworld needs to sacrifice a girl with Spark once every seven years to survive. The last sacrifice was botched and so the Queen's hunstman, Kevighn Silver, must find an extra-Sparky girl to repair the damage.

Noli doesn't realize that her best friend/next-door-neighbor/love interest V is an exiled fae prince who has been protecting her since she is an extra-Sparky girl. When Noli gets into trouble one too many times for her mechanical shenanigans, she gets sent to a school for wayward girls.

V isn't around to p…

Reader's Corner - June 2012 Update

--> June turned out to be a month of middles. I finished reading Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear (review pending), but mostly got to the middle of other books I’m reading.

I did finish A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but that hardly counts because it’s a novella. And now I’m in the middle of The Sign of Four.

I’m in the middle of Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. This book is one that I come to every now and then for inspiration rather than something I want to barrel right through.

I’m in the middle of Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. I downloaded this title ages ago when I found it was available for free, but never got around to reading it. I did finally get around to transferring it from my computer to my Nook, so hopefully I’ll finish it soon(ish).

Here's a bonus video of Cory talking about Little Brother: