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Donut Days – a tasty YA read

When I read the flap copy for DONUT DAYS I was intrigued by the premise–a girl growing up with evangelical parents, and her push for some personal freedom. Then I read the book. Wow! Zielin tackles the subject matter with fresh wit and a light touch. The pages turned themselves, and by the end, I loved every character.

You can win a signed copy of DONUT DAYS by commenting on my xillion prizes giveaway here.

Zielin has a new book out:

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Flash Burnout — best debut YA novel of 2009!

Even before FLASH BURNOUT by L.K. Madigan before it won the William C. Morris Award, I knew it was a winner. For one, the main character hooked my right away. Blake has the attitude of a teen boy, but not in a distracting or annoying way. He’s funny, imperfect, occasionally rough around the edges, and lovable from start to finish. And I appreciated that the story had depth–a look at how Blake’s best friend deals with her mom’s drug addiction and homeless–without getting overly dark. It made me laugh and cry, which is my favorite kind of read.

You can win a signed copy by leaving a comment after my xillion prizes giveaway post here.

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Haven by Beverly Patt–Don’t miss this one!

Here is a gem that may have slipped under your radar–HAVEN by Beverly Patt. It’s the story of a boy who wants a thing badly, and the girl who bribes him to help her run away. Patt tells the tale masterfully. She makes you laugh and ache inside at the same time. By the end of her novel, I wanted to pack up these characters and take them home with me.

Leave a comment after my xillion prizes giveaway post for a chance to win a signed copy of HAVEN! You won’t be sorry.

My apologies to those of you who love this cover … but to me it seems a little dark and dour, a poor match to the charming and heart-warming novel beneath. Just my opinion!

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Lipstick Apology–win it here

LIPSTICK APOLOGY by Jennifer Jabaley has a fascinating premise. Just before dying in a plane crash, Emily’s mom writes her a mysterious message, “Emily please forgive me”. This drives the story, but this book is so much more than that. I absolutely fell in love with every character. Jennifer handles the tragedy and loss with senstivity, but the underlying sadness doesn’t drag the story down. It’s a heart-warming book that made me laugh a lot.

And you can win a signed copy by leaving a comment after my xillion prizes giveaway post here.

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Secrets of Truth and Beauty–win it here!

SECRETS OF TRUTH AND BEAUTY by Megan Frazer captured me from the first page. It’s a poignant, sometimes funny, and very real story of a girl who runs away from her controlling parents to find her sister, a sister her parents hid from her. As you know, I love stories about sisters. And the setting, a boarding house for misfits, was unusual, yet perfect for the story.

You can win a signed copy of SECRETS OF TRUTH AND BEAUTY by leaving a comment after my xillion prizes giveaway post.

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Shadowed Summer–a contemporary ghost story

The words that come to mind when reading Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell are … atmospheric … haunting … beautiful … gothic … truer than true. I loved this book! It’s a contemporary YA set in the south with very real characters, poignant and relatable. A great plot. And one sexy ghost!

You can win a signed copy by entering my xillion prizes give away here.

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Struts and Frets — win it here, and rock on!

I love stories from the boy’s point of view. STRUTS AND FRETS by Jon Skovron totally satisfies–it has a hip yet geeky main character, a three-dimensional love interest, an engaging plot, and depth. I especially appreciated  insider look into an Indie rock band, and the rockin’ soundtrack.

You can win a signed copy in my xillion prizes giveaway by entering here!

And look for something entirely different from Jon Skovron next year–a demon novel called MISFIT!

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TMI by Sarah Quigley — Win it here!

TMI has so much to recommend it–an interesting plot, true to life characters, and hilarity. From the moment I opened this book, I was laughing. Becca is the perfect funny and clueless girl. The story is cute, but the consequences of Becca’s mistakes are not sugar-coated, which makes for a very satisfying read.

You can win a copy by entering my xillion prizes giveaway here.

Sarah sometimes gets asked if she is the girl on the cover. She isn’t, but she’s at least as adorable.

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20 Boy Summer has been challenged–win a copy here!

I absolutely adore Sarah Ockler’s debut novel TWENTY BOY SUMMER for the way it addresses grief and loss so poignantly, for the authenticity of her characters, and the story itself.

Recently, her book was challenged in a hateful way. Read about it, and Sarah’s eloquent thoughts on censorship here. Enter to win a copy of her book at my xillion prizes giveaway.

You can also win a “filthy books” prize pack: SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson, SLAUGHTER HOUSE FIVE by Kurt Vonnegut, and TWENTY BOY SUMMER by Sarah Ockler here.

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My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters Giveaway

Here’s another book you can win in the Xillion Prizes Giveaway–MY BIG NOSE AND OTHER NATURAL DISASTERS by Sydney Salter.

Sydney is my funny-bone twin. Her novel about body image, choosing potential boyfriends, and surviving horrific summer jobs made me crack up again and again. So if you like to laugh, be sure to enter.

You can also win a copy of Sydney Salter’s newest YA, SWOON AT YOUR OWN RISK. It’s at the top of my TBR pile!

Don’t you just love this cover, btw? It won an award at the Bookbuilders of Boston annual book show this year.

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