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The Radleys Blog Tour and Giveaway

29 Sep, 2011 by in matt haig, radleys, simon schuster 17 comments

Fire and Ice is thrilled to be today’s stop on The Radley’s Blog Tour! Read an excerpt below and be sure to enter to win their giveaway for a copy of THE RADLEYS in both hardcover and paperback signed by author Matt Haig and some blood-red hot chocolate by commenting on this post!

The Radleys
by Matt Haig
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 7th 2011
by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
ISBN 1451610335

Just about everyone knows a family like the Radleys. Many of us grew up next door to one. They are a modern family, averagely content, averagely dysfunctional, living in a staid and quiet suburban English town. Peter is an overworked doctor whose wife, Helen, has become increasingly remote and uncommunicative. Rowan, their teenage son, is being bullied at school, and their anemic daughter, Clara, has recently become a vegan. They are typical, that is, save for one devastating exception: Peter and Helen are vampires and have—for seventeen years—been abstaining by choice from a life of chasing blood in the hope that their children could live normal lives.

One night, Clara finds herself driven to commit a shocking—and disturbingly satisfying—act of violence, and her parents are forced to explain their history of shadows and lies. A police investigation is launched that uncovers a richness of vampire history heretofore unknown to the general public. And when the malevolent and alluring Uncle Will, a practicing vampire, arrives to throw the police off Clara’s trail, he winds up throwing the whole house into temptation and turmoil and unleashing a host of dark secrets that threaten the Radleys’ marriage.

The Radleys is a moving, thrilling, and radiant domestic novel that explores with daring the lengths a parent will go to protect a child, what it costs you to deny your identity, the undeniable appeal of sin, and the everlasting, iridescent bonds of family love. Read it and ask what we grow into when we grow up, and what we gain—and lose—when we deny our appetites.

About the author : Matt Haig is the author of The Last Family in England, a UK bestseller narrated by a Labrador; The Dead Fathers Club, a widely acclaimed update of Hamlet featuring an eleven-year-old boy; and The Possession of Mr. Cave, a horror story about an overprotective father. His work has been translated into twenty-four languages. He lives in York, England, with the writer Andrea Semple and their two children.

Giveaway: Each Friday, we will select one person who commented on all participating blogs for that week to win a prize. The winner will be announced each Monday on Helen and Rowan’s twitter accounts @Helen_Radley and @rowanradley and in the next Monday’s blogger’s post.

The prize will be a copy of THE RADLEYS in both hardcover and paperback signed by author Matt Haig and some blood-red hot chocolate.

This Week’s Blog Tour Stops for the Radley’s

Monday September 26.
Sara @ http://www.novelnovice.com/
Tuesday September 27.
Tirzah @ http://www.thecompulsivereader.com/
Wednesday September 28.
Noa @ http://www.paperbackdolls.com/
Thursday September 29.
Heather @ http://www.fireandicephoto.blogspot.com/
Friday September 30.
Heidi @ http://www.yabibliophile.com/

Watch The Radleys book trailer
Follow Helen and Rowan’s twitter accounts: @Helen_Radley and @rowanradley
Visit the Radley’s webpage including a great quiz to find out: ARE YOU A RADLEY?

The Radleys by Matt Haig

Comment here and on each of the blog tour stops this week to enter win the huge prize pack! Visit the blog tour page for a list of all the blogs participating and more chances to win next week.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer Review and T-Shirt Giveaway

27 Sep, 2011 by in michelle hodkin, simon schuster, tshirt giveaway, who is mara dyer 19 comments

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
by Michelle Hodkin

Hardcover, 464 pages
Published:
September 27th 2011
by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
ISBN 1442421762

book source: BEA
3 stars

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

Hmmmm. This is one of those really hard reviews to write because there is so much you can’t say! Plus the plot of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is shrouded in mystery and suspense and I want to keep it that way. So here’s what I will say…

What I liked: The cover is a five. Wow. Beautiful. I could frame it! The author is awesome. I met her at BEA and she responds well to her fans.

This book sucked me in because I love psychological thrillers. Mara is dealing with some heavy duty issues such as PTSD and hallucinations which I really like to see addressed so openly in YA literature. I have a love-hate relationship with both the main characters. Mara has quite the trashy mouth which for me is hard to read. I like that she tells it like she sees it, just maybe not so colorfully. Main bad boy Noah was the love ’em leave ’em type before Mara came along. Even though I seriously wonder why both of them acted the way they did at times I was still rooting for them. By far the best character of the book was Mara’s brother Daniel. It is so refreshing to see a good strong sibling relationship!

What didn’t I like? There were some holes in plot and at times I was scratching my head wondering what in the world was going on. Santaria? The missing shop and priest?
Where did Mara’s best friend Jaime go- I mean I know he was grounded…but? Didn’t enjoy the paranormal elements. Also a little too much foreshadowing for my taste.

I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. So…I predict this book will be huge. While it was captivating, I still personally have very mixed feelings about it. In short, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is steeping in eery atmospheric undertones. It’s definitely one you’ll read all in one sitting.

Content- heavy swearing and violence, sexual tension and violence, petting, underage smoking. Not recommended for younger teens.

Find author Michelle Hodkin on her website here. Thanks so much to Simon & Schuster for the advanced reading copy!

Fire and Ice is giving away one “Who is Mara Dyer” black t-shirt courtesy of author Michelle Hodkin to our readers. To enter to win fill out this form. Giveaway is open internationally and ends October 11, 2011.

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Perfect Signed ARC Giveaway

30 May, 2011 by in simon schuster 59 comments

Perfect
by Ellen Hopkins
Hardcover, 544 pages
Expected publication:

September 13th 2011
by Margaret K. McElderry
ISBN1416983244

series: Impulse #2

Everyone has something, someone, somewhere else that they’d rather be. For four high-school seniors, their goals of perfection are just as different as the paths they take to get there.

Cara’s parents’ unrealistic expectations have already sent her twin brother Conner spiraling toward suicide. For her, perfect means rejecting their ideals to take a chance on a new kind of love. Kendra covets the perfect face and body—no matter what surgeries and drugs she needs to get there. To score his perfect home run—on the field and off—Sean will sacrifice more than he can ever win back. And Andre realizes to follow his heart and achieve his perfect performance, he’ll be living a life his ancestors would never understand.

Everyone wants to be perfect, but when perfection loses its meaning, how far will you go? What would you give up to be perfect?

A riveting and startling companion to the bestselling Impulse, Ellen Hopkins’s Perfect exposes the harsh truths about what it takes to grow up and grow into our own skins, our own selves.
Content warning: for older teens or adults due to language and themes.


Our first giveaway from BEA is a signed advanced reading copy of Perfect by Ellen Hopkins. Must be 18 or older to enter and have a U.S. mailing address. Click here to enter.

Beyonders Book Birthday Giveaway

15 Mar, 2011 by in book giveaway, simon schuster 2 comments

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO
Beyonders
A World Without Heroes
by Brandon Mull
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published March 15th 2011
by Aladdin
ISBN 141699792X
series: Beyonders #1

Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable–until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he’s ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcomed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.
In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor, and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.

Simon Schuster has donated five finished copies of Beyonders World Without Heroes to our readers at Fire and Ice. Entries must have a US mailing address. Ends April 15, 2011. Fill out this form to enter. And if you are in Utah be sure to stop by the launch party tonight at Cottonwood High School at 7 PM. We’ll be there!

Book Review- Possession by Elana Johnson

07 Mar, 2011 by in Possession, simon schuster, utah authors 6 comments

Possession
By Elana Johnson
Expected publication: June 7, 2011
by Simon & Schuster
ISBN 139781442417618
5 stars
Summary: Girls don’t walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn…and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi’s future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.

But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they’re set on convincing Vi to become one of them…starting by brainwashing Zenn. Vi can’t leave Zenn in the Thinkers’ hands, but she’s wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous–everything Zenn’s not. Vi can’t quite trust Jag and can’t quite resist him, but she also can’t give up on Zenn. This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.

I first picked up this book from Simon Schuster as an E-ARC and then last week when I got a paper copy in the mail you know what I did? Something I’ve only ever done with a handful of books…I read it again. The paper in my hands and the awesome cover was too big a temptation to pass up. I loved Possession even more the second time around with it’s layers of meaning and depth. Once you know what’s going on with the main characters and reach the surprise ending, I’m sure you will want to do the same.

I felt an immediate draw to Possession’s protagonist Vi with her sarcastic, fiery personality. She is one strong 15 year old who stands up for herself and isn’t afraid to throw punches. Victoria Schoenfeld is a water worker living in the Goodlands with mom after her father went missing and sister died working in the hands of the government. Vi’s a free thinker who’s had more than one brush with the law. So when she’s caught crossing borders to meet her match Zenn, a newly recruited special forces agent, the Greenies want consequences for Vi. They wish to rule a society where their model citizens, Goodies are “walking paper dolls” devoid of personality. All must plug into transmissions including messages about not lying and sticking to the rules. But Vi has stopped plugging in and has a mind of her own. Those in charge have an upper hand with advanced technology capable of modifying memories, scanning fingerprints and tracking identities. Vi can feel the tech in her bones and though her father invented it, she’s not convinced it’s not all that it seems. In the end it’s a choice for Vi between “control or don’t control, alone or together, Zenn or Jag, duty or death.” (p.366)

Jag…oh Jag. Bad boy who likes to read, leader of the Resistance, lover of wicked hair and distributor of hair gel & illegal tech. He stole my heart with his laughter, calmness, and laid back personality. He’ll snag yours the first time he utters the words “nice” and shrugs his shoulders. But readers beware that Jag is not alone in his efforts to win Vi and freedom, Zenn is fighting behind enemy lines.

Elana Johnson is genius. She’s crafted characters that push and pull you in all directions. There is not a clear cut line between what is bad and what is good. The last 1/3 of the book feels like a choose your own adventure quest for the truth, full of action and suspense. Possession is an ingenious mix of dystopian, paranormal and science fiction that had me thinking long after I finished the book. If you’re a fan of Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series, prepare yourself for something even more mind blowing. Control or be controlled? Join the Resistance.

Waiting on Wednesday- Beyonders

02 Mar, 2011 by in giveaway, simon schuster 1 comment

Our Waiting on Wednesday is Beyonders book #1: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull…

Hardcover, 464 pages
Expected publication: March 15th 2011
by Aladdin
ISBN141699792X
series: Beyonders #1

Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable–until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he’s ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcomed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.
In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor, and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.

Simon & Schuster just released the trailer yesterday! View it on their site here. Also, author Brandon Mull is hosting a release party for all of you in Utah, Tuesday March 15th at Cottonwood High School. Click on the invite for details.


And, finally…to make the wait a little easier, Fire and Ice is giving away an exclusive Beyonders tote bag courtesy of Simon & Schuster. Fill out this form to enter. Be sure to check back on release day, March 15th for a five book giveaway!


Waiting on Wednesday-Possession

22 Dec, 2010 by in Possession, simon schuster 8 comments

Our Waiting on Wednesday is by one of our favorite local authors, Elana Johnson. We met at the Provo Library Teen Book Fest, standing in line for Scott Westerfeld’s book signing and it has been non-stop fun ever since. Her book Possession has an amazing cover…can NOT wait to get my hands on one!

Possession
By Elana Johnson
publication: June 7th 2011
by Simon & Schuster
ISBN 139781442417618

Summary: Girls don’t walk with boys, and they never even think about kissing them. But no one makes Vi want to break the Rules more than Zenn…and since the Thinkers have chosen him as Vi’s future match, how much trouble can one kiss cause? The Thinkers may have brainwashed the rest of the population, but Vi is determined to think for herself.

But the Thinkers are unusually persuasive, and they’re set on convincing Vi to become one of them…starting by brainwashing Zenn. Vi can’t leave Zenn in the Thinkers’ hands, but she’s wary of joining the rebellion, especially since that means teaming up with Jag. Jag is egotistical, charismatic, and dangerous–everything Zenn’s not. Vi can’t quite trust Jag and can’t quite resist him, but she also can’t give up on Zenn. This is a game of control or be controlled. And Vi has no choice but to play.

Elana lives and teaches elementary school in central Utah. She maintains a personal writing blog and contributes to a debut YA science fiction/dystopian blog, both of which can be found through http://elanajohnson.com/. Follow @ElanaJ on twitter.

Morgan Matson BIR2010 Teaser Giveaway

14 Dec, 2010 by in Morgan Matson, simon schuster 8 comments

We have a second great teaser book giveaway for you today.

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
by Morgan Matson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Released: May 4, 2010
http://twitter.com/morgan_m

Book Summary: Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew–just in time for Amy’s senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she’s always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy’s mother’s old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she’s surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road–diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards–this is the story of one girl’s journey to find herself.

Giveaway:
One copy of Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour shipped to the US only. Click here to enter!

Orson Scott Card Teaser Giveaway

14 Dec, 2010 by in orson scott card, pathfinder, Simon Pulse, simon schuster 6 comments

Welcome to day 9, our final day of the Best I’ve Read 2010. Our first teaser book giveaway today is

Pathfinder
By: Orson Scott Card
Published by: Simon Pulse
Card’s website: http://www.hatrack.com/
Book summary (from author website):
A powerful secret. A dangerous path.

Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him — secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

Rigg’s birthright sets him on a path that leaves him caught between two factions, one that wants him crowned and one that wants him dead. He will be forced to question everything he thinks he knows, choose who to trust, and push the limits of his talent . . . or forfeit control of his destiny.

We have 2 copies of Pathfinder to give away courtesy of Orson Scott Card and Simon Schuster. To enter to win one, please fill out this form.

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BIR2010 YA Prize Pack #1

10 Dec, 2010 by in simon schuster 11 comments

We are so excited with the response we’ve had for out Best I’ve Read 2010 Giveaways. Welcome to all of our new followers and readers! Be sure to click on BIR right sidebar button to be routed to our main contest page. Giveways are going daily until December 15th on 8 other blogs as well!

Our Prize Pack today is for two YA books: Secondhand Charm by Julie Berry and Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry.

Secondhand Charm
By Julie Berry
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 12th 2010
by Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books
http://bookgargoyle.blogspot.com/

Summary: In a secluded village, magic sparkles on the edges of the forest. There, a young girl named Evie possesses unusually strong powers as a healer. A gypsy’s charms—no more than trinkets when worn by others—are remarkably potent when Evie ties them around her neck. Her talents, and charms, have not escaped the notice of the shy stonemason’s apprentice. But Evie wants more than a quiet village and the boy next-door. When the young king’s carriage arrives one day, and his footman has fallen ill, Evie might just get her chance after all . . .

Berry’s debut novel garnered glowing reviews and strong sales—and now she’s done it again with a beautifully woven tale to keep all readers, young and old, absolutely charmed.


Rot & Ruin
By Jonathan Maberry
Published by Simon & Schuster
Released: October 5, 2010
http://jonathanmaberry.com/

Summary: In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.

Win both books, open to ship to the US only by entering below. Giveaway ends December 15, 2010.

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