Monday, October 17, 2011

Vengeance Cover Reveal Blog Hop

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I think most everyone has heard about Michelle Madow’s debut novel, Remembrance, around the blogosphere. For those who have read it, I’m sure you’ll be happy to hear that a short story happening right after the events in Remembrance is going to be released during the holiday season. It’s titled Vengeance, but it seems to be missing it’s cover. *gasp*

During this Cover Reveal Blog Hop, each blog will tease you with a piece of the cover and give you a fun fact about the upcoming book. As a bonus, Michelle will be answering fun questions about Remembrance. So make sure to follow the participating blogs during the week so you can take in all this excitement!
On the 21st, Michelle will reveal the full cover on her blog and announce a winner on the 22nd. Yup! That means there’s a (huge) giveaway! I’ll get to that in a bit. 😉
If you haven’t read Remembrance yet, here’s what you’re missing:

Michelle Madow
Released July 25th, 2011
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New Hampshire high school junior Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England … but she doesn’t know it yet.

Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie’s school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can’t stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can’t she seem to get him out of her mind?

Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, the pair of them soon find that fighting fate isn’t going to be easy.

Click here for my review 
(Includes an interview with Michelle)


Bonus question to Michelle about Remembrance: How did you choose the names Lizzie and Drew?

Lizzie parallels Lizzy from Pride and Prejudice, but since the two of them are individual characters (I intended for my Lizzie to be her own person instead of a modernized Elizabeth Bennet), I changed the spelling to make this clear. I also liked that Lizzie is a shortened version of the British name Elizabeth, which is what she went by in her past life. Drew’s name originally came to me from Taylor Swift’s song “Teardrops on my Guitar,” but it also worked because it starts with a D (much like Mr. Darcy!) and is a shortened version of the British name Andrew. It was almost like their names were meant to be!

 without further ado,


Vengeance fun fact: 
Vengeance is told from Chelsea’s point of view.
That’s pretty neat! Michelle made her side characters as real and as fun to read about than her protagonist, so it’s going to be very interesting to get inside Chelsea’s head and see what’s going on with her.
Make sure to add Vengeance to your Goodreads To-Read shelf. Also, if you head over to Michelle’s blog you can get to know her, and subscribing to her email list will give you access to all her book news (you’ll get a nice, shiny reminder when Vengeance is released!).

Don’t forget to hop onto the other blogs this week to get some more facts and pieces of the cover:

But… Wait… You mentioned a giveaway? Of course!

Giveaway details

All throughout the week, Michelle is hosting a giveaway on her blog to celebrate Vengeance’s cover reveal. Here’s what’s up for grabs to ONE lucky winner (International!):

  • A signed copy of Vengeance (not included in picture)
  • A signed copy of Remembrance
  • a mask resembling the one on the cover of Remembrance,
  • three signed jumbo Remembrance bookmarks, 
  • and two Remembrance stickers.

——–> Click here to enter! <——–

500 Followers Celebration!

Posted by on 10/16/2011 • 558 Comments

I’m incredibly excited to have reached 500 followers already and I have only been blogging for a bit over a month! It’s amazing! I have already made tons of new blogger friends that I adore and I’m completely in love with my new hobby. I hope that you’re all enjoying my blog and that it lives up to your expectations! 😉

To thank you all for being so awesome, I am throwing a GIVEAWAY!

Winner will choose a book from this top rated list:


Giveaway details:Open Internationally (as long as The Book Depository ships to you)Must be a GFC followerLeave a comment with your GFC follower name and email address to enter.

Extra entries:+1 if you follow me on Twitter @Giselleco+1 if you like my…

In My Mailbox (5)

Posted by on 10/16/2011 • 89 Comments

“In My Mailbox” is a meme, created by Kristi at The Story Siren, that features books I’ve  received/ purchased/ borrowed during the current week.   I was hoping to get the books I ordered from Book Depository this week but they didn’t come *cry*. Lola is in there. So come Friday, depressed that I didn’t get my order yet, I went shopping (for books, of course). =D Here’s what I bought (notice the awesomesauce placemats that match my blog -total coincidence!) :    1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare 2. Fire by Kristin Cashore 3. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan I have received for review:                                          Click here for my review That is all for me this week. I think I’m the only one left who hasn’t read…

Review: Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

Posted by on 10/15/2011 • 12 Comments

Faefever (Fever, #3)Karen Marie MoningReleased September, 2008by Random House Publishing Group

He calls me his Queen of the Night. I’d die for him. I’d kill for him, too.

When MacKayla Lane receives a torn page from her dead sister’s journal, she is stunned by Alina’s desperate words. And now MacKayla knows that her sister’s killer is close. But evil is closer. And suddenly the sidhe-seer is on the hunt; For answers. For revenge. And for an ancient book of dark magic so evil, it corrupts anyone who touches it.

Mac’s quest for the Sinsar Dubh takes her into the mean, shape-shifting streets of Dublin, with a suspicious cop on her tail. Forced into a dangerous triangle of alliance with V’lane, an insatiable Fae prince of lethally erotic tastes, and…

Fresh Batch (Oct 16th-22nd)

Posted by on 10/15/2011 • 9 Comments

This week’s hot releases

Fresh Batch features some of the hottest releases this upcoming week. The books to feature are exclusively chosen by Giselle.

Flavour of the week:                       On The Fringe      Courtney King Walker

Claire is struggling to overcome the murder of her childhood friend and secret crush, Daniel. Everyone else seems to be moving on with their lives, but she’s still trying to cope. The fact that she finds herself alone and drowning on her 16th birthday isn’t helping.

Neither is thinking she sees Daniel’s face in murky water as she mysteriously resurfaces. But something happened during those four and a half minutes that will make her realize it was not just her imagination.

As Claire…

Review: Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

Posted by on 10/14/2011 • 31 Comments

Dearly, DepartedLia HabelRelease date: October 18thby Random House Publishing GroupFormat: Ebook

Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?

The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune and now plans to marry her niece…

Review: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Posted by on 10/13/2011 • 7 Comments

City of Ashes(The Mortal Instruments, #2)Cassandra ClarePublished March 25th, 2008by Simon & Schuster

A murderer is loose in New York City …

… and the victims are Downworlder children. Clary Fray and her fellow Shadowhunters have a strong suspicion that Valentine, Clary’s father, may be behind the killings. But if he is the murderer, then what’s his true motive? To make matters worse, the second of the Mortal Instruments, the Soul-Sword, has been stolen, and the mysterious Inquisitor has arrived to investigate, with his eyes vigilantly targeted on Clary’s brother, Jace.

Clary will need to face some terrifying demons and even more terrifying family decisions. No one said that the life of a Shadowhunter would be easy.

City of Ashes is the sequel to City of Bones. It’s…

WoW (5)

Posted by on 10/12/2011 • 57 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  With October upon us, my WoWs this month will feature books that would be perfect for a Halloween read. My pick this week:

                                    The Vanishing Game                                     Kate Kay Myers

                                    Release date: February 14th, 2012

Jocelyn’s twin brother Jack was the only family she had growing up in a world of foster homes-and now he’s dead, and she has nothing. Then she gets a cryptic letter from “Jason December”-the code name her brother used to use when they were children at Seale House, a terrifying foster home that they believed had dark powers. Only one other person knows about Jason December: Noah,…