October 13, 2011

Book Giveaway! - Where is Dewey when I need him...

No, not the duck...the Dewey with the Decimal System.

I have a lot of books. Not enough of course...I could use many many more...but a lot.

And I lose track of which ones I've purchased. The root of this problem may lay with Amazon. I love them but their cart lets me add duplicates and then I'll buy a book but later I'll find it in my cart and it will look really good...so I'll buy it again. Most of the time I can return them but I have a few where time ran out or they were used, so I was stuck.


But not for you!

I will be giving away three today (well actually four but I'm going to give two of them together as they are sort of a series) which works out well since I think I only have three readers...maybe four. You each get a book! ;-)

I was going to do the giveaway over on my "book" page...but I don't think anyone knows it exists so...here we go:

The Woodcutter by Kate Danley

I actually won this book on Goodreads First Reads. And now i'm paying it forward. If you like it and want to be nice to the author, go here after you've read it, and leave a review. It's her first novel and she needs all the good press!
Cinderella is dead and one of Odin's hellhounds has gone rogue. The Woodcutter, protector of peace between the Twelve Kingdoms of Man and the Realm of Faerie, is charged with finding the beast and returning him to the Wild Hunt. Unfortunately, it seems the forces of evil have other plans. It is a race against time as the Woodcutter travels east of the sun and west of the moon, up beanstalks and down to the bowels of the earth to unravel a mystery that can only be described as Grimm.

I really liked this book. I get nervous about retellings of fairytales but this is a different take on things and very entertaining. It's a little dark so probably better for high school age and up but very clean.

The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

This is one that I double-bought. I've been loving Robin McKinley lately and this is the first book in her Damar series. Well actually it's the second book...but it's a prequel...so I would read it first. Amen.
Aerin is the only child of the king of Damar, and should be his rightful heir. But she is also the daughter of a witchwoman of the North, who died when she was born, and the Damarians cannot trust her.

But Aerin's destiny is greater than her father's people know, for it leads her to battle with Maur, the Black Dragon, and into the wilder Damarian Hills, where she meets the wizard Luthe. It is he who at last tells her the truth about her mother, and he also gives over to her hand the Blue Sword, Gonturan. But such gifts as these bear a great price, a price Aerin only begins to realize when she faces the evil mage, Agsded, who has seized the Hero's Crown, greatest treasure and secret strength of Damar.

If you like fantasy, you will enjoy this book. Very exciting. Strong hero and heroine. Listed as a Young Adult novel but very clean. I would say high school and up again.

The Truth-Teller's Tale and The Dream-Maker's Magic by Sharon Shinn

There are actually three in this "series" but you can read these two just fine without the first...which is good because I don't have the first one to give!
 Innkeeper’s daughters Adele and Eleda are “mirror twins, ”—identical twins whose looks are reflections of each other’s —and their special talents are like mirrors, too. Adele is a Safe-Keeper, entrusted with hearing and never revealing others’ secrets; Eleda is a Truth-Teller, who cannot tell a lie when asked a direct question. The town of Merendon relies on the twins, no one more than their best friend, Roelynn Karro, whose strict, wealthy father is determined to marry her off to the prince. When the girls are seventeen, a handsome dancing-master and his apprentice come to stay at the inn, and thus begins a chain of romance, mistaken identity, and some very surprising truths and falsehoods.

Kellen's mother has always insisted that her only child was born male, not female—so Kellen has been raised as a boy. At school, she meets Gryffin, whose mind is as strong as his legs are damaged, and the two become friends and allies. A few years later, the two get jobs working at an inn nearby. When it is discovered that Gryffin is the kingdom's new Dream-Maker—someone whose mere presence can help dreams come true—he is whisked away to the castle, leaving Kellen behind. By now, their friendship is shading into something more. Will it endure?

I am loving Sharon Shinn right now too. Her books are very entertaining. These would probably appeal more to girls...they are a bit romantic...but still have adventure and intrigue. They are "Young Adult" and the School Library Journal rates them for grade 8 and up.


Just leave me a comment with your favorite book from your high school years. If you can't think of one, just say hey. I will leave the contest open for one week when I will draw three winners randomly and announce them Friday morning (21st).

Thanks for visiting!


Jayne said...

First comment! Oh yeah!


Favorite book was... Hmmmm... I was really into historical fiction for a while. The killer angels, the work and the glory series, and that one about the revolutionary war... Ahhhg what's it called? It was good:)
Also a fair share of Jane Austen. Naturally.

karla said...

"Hmmmm" never heard of it Jayne. Who is the author? Title and author or I think you are disqualified.
"All Things Bright and Beautiful" by James Herriot. Now remember it was the 70's when I was in high school. But this book has always been on my bookshelves, my children have read this endearing book about a country vet and his adventures with friends - two legged and four legged.

Kate said...

Normally i would agree with you on title and author mom...but I think you two will be my only comments so you will each just get a book! :-)

I've had over 100 visits to the blog this morning...and only you have commented mom. I think i may make the blog private....

Mac said...

Wait! Me too! As you may know, I'm a pretty major geek. Although less now than when I was in High School. I was reading a lot of Star Wars books back then (and other things, but that's what I remember), and my favorites of those are the Dark Force Rising trilogy by Timothy Zahn. Good stuff. Ooh and the The Dark is Rising series (these are non-star wars) by Susan Cooper. Not very long books, but extremely hard to put down. I recommend them to everyone, especially those interested in british mythology, time travel, light vs. dark, stuff like that.

Sue said...

My favorite book from high school was The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck. It was my introduction to Chinese culture and I still love reading about it today. The Lisa See books are great. I've been listening to them (books on CD).

Jayne said...

Oh Sue, isn't Pearl S. Buck wonderful? The Good Earth is the first one of hers that I read too, and I've read many more since then. Love love love.

Aimee said...

Well, I'm not even sure I can remember what I was reading in high school except things like the Grapes of Wrath and that was not my favorite. So, I'll just say hey! :) I've read a couple Sharon Shinn books, but not these ones. They look good.

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Amanda said...

You know I read this blog and wrote this beautifully long comment about my love for scripts when I was in high school and my phone made me sign in on a different page and I lost it all. I was not about to type it out on the little phone keyboard again but here I am, babbling on and on in a comment and not fulfilling the rules. Love me anyway. :)

Kate said...

I read the Good Earth in high school and then again as an adult woman and it was an entirely different read. Just sayin. Oh, this is Karla

Michelle S said...

I can't remember that far back to high school! Also, I did a LOT of reading so there are too many to choose from.

But, I'm always up for a new book so count me in!

karla said...

I can't pick just one! I loved Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, The Witch of Blackbird Pond and The Hero and the Crown series...

Kat said...

I loved anything romance, especially Dorothy Keddington and Jane Austen.
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Kori said...

I have alway loved Harry Potter. Percy Jackson is also a must. And I have recently discovered a love for Shakespeare, particularily Hamlet

Janaan said...

I read the first two Harry Potter books in high school and started my love affair with them...

thompson said...

I think this is so fun with the book giveaway! your blog is so fun I never get board reading it! Katie you are so fun and so cute!