July Giveaway: Half Bad by Sally Green

Hello, Readers!

In 2014, I was fortunate to have received dozens and dozens of books, from publishers, friends, authors, and contests. Among all of these acquisitions, however, were a number of duplicates.

So, in 2015, I’ve decided to feature one of these duplicate books each month, and offer that book as a giveaway to one of you! Yes, it’s The Year of Giveaways!

This month, the spotlight is on: Half Blood by Sally Green

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Wanted by no one.
Hunted by everyone.

Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus. Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Half Bad is an international sensation and the start of a brilliant trilogy: a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive.

If you would like to win a copy of this excellent book, here’s what you need to do:

Rules:

  • Must be an e-mail or WordPress subscriber.
  • –Must be 13+ with parental permission if under 18.
  • –Winners must respond to e-mail within 48-hours or new winner selected.
  • –Winners chosen randomly through Rafflecopter.
  • -Giveaway ends at 11pm Central Time (USA) on the last day of the month.

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Hot Topics and Cool Reads: June 2015 In Review

 

downloadWow! Where has the time gone? I can’t believe more than half this year is already over. Summer “officially” began about a week ago, but here in the Midwestern United States we usually begin experiencing the hot and humid weather about 3 weeks sooner. This year, though, we’re having a really pleasant couple of weeks (except for quite a bit of rain).

As of tomorrow, we’ll have completed 6 full months of #TBR2015RBR, which is a little scary considering I’ve only read/reviewed 4 of my 12 books (but I’m working on #5 right now!). I’ve also presented the first six books in my Year of Giveaways! I hope folks have been enjoying the giveaways so far – the next one will be announced tomorrow (July 1st).

Here are some more of the month’s highlights:

Books Read in June:

My Tender Matador by Pedro Lemebel (5 out of 5): A beautiful Chilean novel with a gay transgender protagonist who narrates his life through the lens of the Chilean revolution. Beautiful writing, interesting perspective. I’m really beginning to love Chilean literature (like that of Isabel Allende and Pablo Neruda).

Misery by Stephen King (4 out of 5): I jumped-into a read-along for this one a few days late, but I caught up quickly. I’ve read quite a bit of King – he’s so much fun, so interesting. Misery, though, has been one of my favorites. I think the fact that this one is so meta – a writer’s story about the horrors of being a writer – makes it all the more creepy and terrifying. Annie Wilkes is a villain I won’t soon forget!

Saga, Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan (5 out of 5): I am absolutely loving the Saga series. It has reinvigorated my interest in and love for comic books/graphic novels. I find this series to be both imaginative and realistic, socially progressive and historically-informed. It’s a perfect balance of “what is” and “what could be.” As I sit here writing this, I’m immediately beginning to think, why aren’t I reading Volume 4 right now?!

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire #2) by George R.R. Martin (4 out of 5): I got this series last Christmas (2013) and haven’t had time to read it. I have been watching the television show, which I love (at least, I loved until this season – most of which I found kind of slow and disappointing, until the final few episodes). It’s weird that I actually feel a little spoiled by watching the show first. The adaptation is so good, that all I can think about while reading the books is the show’s characters. Still, it’s a great and complicated world, with fast-paced but intricate story-lines and good writing. I hope to read the next book soon.

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Checkpoint 6! #TBR2015RBR

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Welcome to the June Check-in for our 2015 TBR Pile Challenge! We’re half-way done! 

Question of the Month: What are your reading plans/goals for the next 6 months? 

My Progress: 4 of 12 Completed 

Here I am, stuck at 4 of my 12 books, which now puts me about 2 books behind. I can’t believe I haven’t read any challenge books since January!

I’ll try my best to read another challenge book this month so that I can stay at least near to goal. I started off the year so strong – – what a bummer! I’ve been in a very strange reading (or non-reading) mood these last couple months, though – – perhaps too burned out from my studies & just needing a break from structure. But I’ll be back to it! 

How are you doing?

If you read and review any challenge books this month, please link-up on the widget below. This Mr. Linky will be open until June 30, so any books that you complete this month (and post thoughts for), can be linked-up in this first checkpoint.

There’s no challenge giveaway this month, but do checkout my June choice for the Year of Giveaways! And congratulations to the May giveaway winner, Melissa of Avid Reader’s Musings!

Keep up the great work and best of luck to you as we head into the second half of this year-long challenge!

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Month in Review: May 2015

downloadAs the White Rabbit said, “I’m Late! I’m Late! For a very important date!”

I’m not quite sure how this happened, but here we are mid-June and I’ve completely forgotten to post my monthly wrap-up and review for the month of May! How silly of me… 

We’re now about half-way into the month of June, which means we’ve now finished five months of #TBR2015RBR and have presented the first five books in Roof Beam Reader’s Year of Giveaways,

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June Giveaway: All the Light We Cannot See

Hello, Readers!

In 2014, I was fortunate to have received dozens and dozens of books, from publishers, friends, authors, and contests. Among all of these acquisitions, however, were a number of duplicates.

So, in 2015, I’ve decided to feature one of these duplicate books each month, and offer that book as a giveaway to one of you! Yes, it’s The Year of Giveaways!

This month, the spotlight is on: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer

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Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When Marie-Laure is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris, and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

If you would like to win a copy of this highly acclaimed book, here’s what you need to do:

Rules:

  • Must be an e-mail or WordPress subscriber.
  • –Must be 13+ with parental permission if under 18.
  • –Winners must respond to e-mail within 48-hours or new winner selected.
  • –Winners chosen randomly through Rafflecopter.
  • -Giveaway ends at 11pm Central Time (USA) on the last day of the month.

Congratulations to the winner: Becca of I’m Lost in Books

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