Guys, I can't believe it! But thanks to you, here I am, having 100 followers for this blog of mine. I know that many have accomplished more in such a short time, but since this was pretty on-off with me this past year, I'm totally okay with being a late bloomer, so to speak. 😉
I want to thank everyone who comes by here regularly, I love you a lot, but I also want to thank those who only come here every once in a while, leaving a comment for me to read in glee. You are one awesome community, and I'm glad I started blogging!
In this first celebration (while the second isn't that far away -- my bloggoversary in June), I chose to give away one of my favorite books, and the winner can chose if s/he wants a YA or adult novel. What is up for grabs exactly, you can see right below.
You can win one of those prizes!
On my fourteenth birthday when the sakura was in full bloom, the men came to kill us. We saw them come, Aimi and me. We were excited, because we did not know how to be frightened. We had never seen soldiers before.
Suzume is a shadow-weaver. She can create mantles of darkness and light, walk unseen in the middle of the day, change her face. She can be anyone she wants to be. Except herself.
Suzume died officially the day the Prince's men accused her father of treason. Now even she is no longer sure of her true identity.
Is she the girl of noble birth living under the tyranny of her mother’s new husband, Lord Terayama? A lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama’s kitchens? Or Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Lands?
Everyone knows Yue is destined to capture the heart of a prince. Only she knows that she is determined to use his power to destroy Terayama.
And nothing will stop her. Not even love.
I read this in the beginning of 2012 and it instantly became an all time favorite of mine. It's magical, it's about beauty and revenge, and has Japanese culture as it's base. I like to say it's Memoirs of a Geisha in YA and with a bit of magic.
A storm strikes on the night Laura Shane is born in 1955, and there is a strangeness about the weather that people will remember for years. As the dazzling blue-white jagged bolts of lightning split the heavens, a stranger materialises out of the raging blizzard to guard Laura from the not so tender mercies of a drunken doctor and ensure her safe passage into the world, before disappearing back into the night. Eight years later, Laura meets her mysterious saviour again, when he saves her from the perverted and deadly intentions of a durg-crazed robber.
Throughout her childhood, even more terrifying troubles beset the young girl, but with increasing courage, she finds the strength to prevail - even without the intervention of the stranger.
In time she marries and has a son, while also finding success as a novelist. Gradually the memory of her strange guardian and the troubles of her youth dim in the light of her happiness. Until the lightning strikes once more and shatters her world.
This time the stranger has become the angel of death. As Laura flees with her young son, Chris, she knkows she must prepare for the final confrontation that will come with the powerful forces that stalk her. The adventure - and the terror - has only just begun.
I read Lightning the first time when I was like 14, and actually too young to understand it's full capacity. However, I fell in love with the characters and even liked the Sci-Fi aspect it had to it (I'm usually not much for that, too complicated). Since then, I read this book about 12 times. Enough said.
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Because I am so thankful for every single comment, my top three commentators Jen from Dream Reads, Suzanne from Paranormal Pages, and Jennifer from Some Like It Paranormal each get one extra entry for this giveaway. Love you to death!