2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tuesday's Novel Spotlight (40)

Welcome everyone to a late edition of Tuesday's Novel Spotlight! I would have done this earlier but with my house in complete chaos because of construction and allergies attacking my eyes left and right I just had no time. But finally I can and I have a book to show you all!

Loss by Jackie Morse Kessler!

Fifteen-year-old Billy Ballard is the kid that everyone picks on. But things change drastically when Death tells Billy he must stand in as Pestilence, the White Rider of the Apocalypse. Now armed with a Bow that allows him to strike disease from a distance, Billy lashes out at his tormentors...and accidentally causes an outbreak of meningitis. Horrified by his actions, Billy begs Death to take back the Bow. For that to happen, says Death, Billy must track down the real White Rider, and stop him from unleashing something awful on humanity-something that could make the Black Plague look like a summer cold. Does one bullied teenager have the strength to stand his ground-and the courage to save the world?

The Story: Once again Jackie Morse Kessler brings an issue in the real world and makes it into something entertaining to read. Like the other two I'm deeply intrigued on how Billy's world is going to come and how the whole bully actions will come into play. Now Pestilence isn't exactly my favorite Apocalypse, but I'm more afraid of him than any of the others. 

The Cover: I know I like the other two covers but this one has to be my favorite. I seriously love the purple tones! It's not bright and all up in your face and it's not dark to see. It's a mild color that blends in together with the designs and such. But it sets it apart from the other covers and I like that. 

The Verdict: If I hadn't just had problems with my card and gone on a book buying ban using my credit card I would have had it already or ordered it right now. As it is, I'm only going to buy books using the tips I get at work (which is only change and once I reach $50 I will use it to buy a B&N Gift Card and order all the books I need to. Otherwise I am getting this so freaking soon! 

What are your thoughts on the author, story and cover? Leave the comments down below! 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Book Review: The Darkening Dream

Title: The Darkening Dream
Author: Andy Gavin
Pages: 379
Rating: O for Outstanding
Review: Think of Salem, Massachusetts and you would think of the Salem Witch Trials, but we aren’t in the 1600’s. The year is 1913 and tales of witches are long gone, substituted by those of the vampires. Aside from them being called vampires, what do these vampires have in common with those that we know of in today’s world? Absolutely nothing. When Andy Gavin went back in time with The Darkening Dream, he not only brought us to old traditions but to old rules. Farewell to the vampires that sparkle and fall in love with teenage girls and hello to the vampires who burn in the sun, sleep in a coffin and attack for pleasure.

     Having received an email from Andy to review his novel, I was a bit hesitant at first. Vampires aren‘t generally on my reading list, but how many spoiled apples did I have to go through before I finally gave up? With each word he typed though, I became more and more curious. He revealed the fact that he was co-creator of Naughty Dog, and when I finally saw the cover for the novel I just couldn’t turn it down at all. How could this man, this creator of games such as Crash Bandicoot and Jak & Daxter, create a novel about vampires to hold my attention. Not to mention he added Egyptian gods to the mix. A weird mix but yet I set off on the journey.

     The Darkening Dream treats us to a dark story about a girl named Sarah who stumbles into some trouble because of these visions she’s having. With the help of Alex, a Greek Immigrant and her twin friends, Anne and Sam, she sets off on this terrifying adventure against an elderly vampire, a demon-loving Puritan warlock, Egyptian gods, all in the name of saving the holy trumpet of the Archangel Gabriel. While the plot-line might seem a bit of random and something on the path of comedy, it is the complete opposite. Never have I seen such an odd group come together so well and truly terrify me and the characters.

     I absolutely loved the characters both the good and the bad. They were all written so well, with each of their personalities shining through on the pages brightly. From the very beginning, the story, the writing, the characters all seemed so fresh and new. From the very beginning, you become connected to these characters and yearn to learn more. They’re all written with secrets behind them that makes you want to bring out your shovel and dig a little deeper than what the author has given. He made me connect to each and everyone of them in their own little ways. Of course the credit is given to the way he writes.

     Like I said before, Andy Gavin gave me this refreshing new story that seriously set out against serious competitors and set the table for them. I was completely surprised at how amazing the writing was for someone who was only a debut author. I immediately connected to the words and could not let go. I grabbed each and every word and let it sink in as the story formed. Everything from the characters, to the way they spoke, to the way he narrated their actions was just perfectly written to the dot. The mixture of the Egyptian gods in the end actually made sense and made one think that anything is possible and can be taken seriously. Even after being finished with the story, it still amazes me how well it was written.

     To go a little deeper into the characters, I’d have to focus on the vampires because after all this a vampire novel. The way they were shown simply amazed me. I longed for a novel where I would get killer vampires who attacked for blood and kept to their old traditions of turning into fog and bats, of sleeping in their coffin and staying away from the sun. Knowing that these vampires had a rows of sharp-fanged teeth got me excited for who their victims would be. But when the excitement went down I realized, this put the fear I had of vampires back in its place. Reading in the dead of night with only a book light on and no type of noise whatsoever, I found myself extremely uncomfortable during one part where the 900-year-old vampire torments the characters outside of their home. Knowing that he couldn’t get in but wouldn’t leave them alone seriously set me on edge and even writing about it now I’m getting that feeling again. The fear of how I felt when I was younger had suddenly hit me and I had to put the book down for a few minutes and turn the lights on.

     I’ve always been afraid of vampires when I was younger, all the thanks should be given to my sister, but with current vampire novels it became sort of a joke. So I thank you, Andy Gavin, for making that fear return again and for reminding me why years ago I had to sleep with two beanie bag babies tight on my neck. A simple childish phobia that had long gone is beginning to return and I couldn’t be more happier to welcome it with opened arms. Let’s just hope that there’s a sequel, especially with that killer ending.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Author Interview - Andy Gavin

Whoa! I haven't visited this specific post in the longest. But hello everyone! For those of you who have been following me, it's another one of those posts! To those who are newly following me, I introduce to you, an Author Interview! Finally, after months I had the chance to interview another author and I think this time the author deserves a standing ovation because they broke an arm while I sent the questions in. That is dedication to his fanbase really. But who is this he? Well it is none other than Andy Gavin! Let us get right to it!

The Author

Who is Andy Gavin?
I'm a lifelong creator and explorer of worlds. As far back as first grade I remember spending most of the school day in one day dream or another. I had a huge notebook stuffed with drawings, story bits, and concepts for an elaborate Sci-Fi/Fantasy world I cobbled together from bits of Star Wars, Narnia, and Battlestar Galactica. By fourth or fifth grade not only was I losing myself in every fantasy or Sci-Fi novel I could, but I was building Dungeons & Dragons castles and caverns on paper. Then from 1980 on the computer.

Over the following decades I wrote dozens of stories and created and published over a dozen video games all set in alternative universes. And as an avid reader (over 10,000 novels and who knows how many non-fiction volumes) it was no surprise that I eventually decided to write some books of my own.

Why did you take this big transaction from games to novels?
From at least high school on I always intended to write a bunch of novels. Work just got in the way.

And the thing about making games is that you can no longer do it mostly by yourself. These days, most games are big teams of over a hundred people, with budgets over 50 million dollars. All that means that it's not about your creative expression (most of the time), but about getting it done, well, on time, and on budget. And the roll of team lead is largely about fire fighting and resource (achem people) wrangling.

So, I really wanted to focus directly on the creative aspects. Dozens of story ideas have been bouncing around in my head for years, and I felt it was time to let a couple of them out.

Growing up, which novels were your favorite and did any of them influence your writing today?
The 1st real novel I ever read was Isaac Asimov's David Starr, Space Ranger. That started me off bright and early (seven or eight) with my long pattern of reading speculative fiction. I pretty much only read fantasy, science fiction, or supernatural novels. I probably read every fantasy or science fiction book in the kids section of the library - and the 1970s were a great era for this kind of stuff.

Is there on book in the world today that you wish you were the author of?
Harry Potter so I would be a billionaire! Actually, while I love those books, I would be more proud of writing something like Hyperion by Dan Simmons. This is an incredible novel with a huge scope.

The Novel

Where did the idea for The Darkening Dream come from?
There are two answers to that, the visceral and the cerebral. With The Darkening Dream, the visceral part was this image I had - and some might consider me disturbed - of a dead tree silhouetted against an orange sky, a naked body bound to it, disemboweled, and bleeding out. The sound of a colossal horn or gong blares. The blood glistens black in the sunset light. Bats circle the sky and wolves bay in the distance. But sacrifice isn't just about killing. It's a contract. Someone is bargaining with the gods. 

And on the cerebral side, I've always been a huge vampire fan and I've read and watched a large percentage of the oeuvre. But also as a history buff I wanted to write a supernatural story that was more grounded in real history and legend. I'm always thinking, "that could have been so much better if they didn't make up the historical back-story" so I started with the villains. What kind of ancient evil creatures might still be around? What do they want? And what legitimate human reason would they have to destroy the world (Buffy-style)? I don't exactly answer the question in The Darkening Dream, because the motives of 5,000-year-old baddies should be mysterious. But trust me, they have a plan, and the sheer audacity of it will literally shake the foundations of the heavens.

Why did you choose vampires and were you afraid or nervous of bringing them back to their original roots?
I've been obsessed with vampires for decades. Not because they are romantic, but because they are undead - and I really mean undead - and because older ones are creatures that have stretched across the centuries. But it always bugs me in stories full of supernatural where they touch on the historical roots of superstitions but don't bother to do the research. I always felt that, as they say, "truth is stranger than fiction" - if, like, you count myth as truth - and so I wanted to write a fast paced supernatural action story where the spooky stuff is all based on real spooky stuff. and truly, the real deal is much more creepy.

Where did the idea of adding Egyptian gods come from and did you at one point feel as if it wouldn't fit in with the story?
While the vampires were the 1st villains I added to the roster, they didn't really have the full motivation, the truly deep and ancient grievance, required to plot the destruction of the world. But the old gods? They're really pissed. I mean, if you were an ancient deity, and used to being, you know, King of Heaven or something, wouldn't you be angry that no one believes in you anymore? That no one offers sacrifice? That your cult statues have all been torn down? That your temples are all crumbling ruins? And who would you blame? Well, the "new" gods seem pretty good targets for jealousy.

What do you honestly think of your finished novel, The Darkening Dream?
Overall, I'm very pleased with how it turned out. I think it fundamentally does what I intended: to show a historical version of our world where all the cool creepy stuff that ought to be real, is. But there are things I would've done differently. It was my 1st novel and I learned a lot of lessons along the way. I certainly would've started the story with more of a hook. The book has a very gradual ramp up to the midpoint, after which the pace is lightning fast. But it's easier to sell a book that opens with a bang. I spent a lot of time in revision trying to restructure the beginning, and while it did change, I was never 100% satisfied with it. I probably also would've used a simpler POV structure. Early versions of the book were much longer with many more subplots. The loss of some of these renders the complex POV system a bit overkill.

With the amazing ending the novel had, are you going to write a sequel or leave it up to the reader's imagination?
The Darkening Dream began for me with a vision of the last scene, and the story is in many ways a kind of prequel. I have a detailed outline for the 2nd book, but I haven't started yet. After the enormous number of drafts I did on the book, I wanted to write something different. My 2nd novel is a totally difference universe. It's lighter, a young adult time travel adventure called Untimed.

Future Novels

We know that you are releasing a novel called Untimed later this year. Could you tell us a bit about it? 
I do have a second finished novel (it's been through four major drafts and a full line edit). It's called Untimed and is a YA time travel novel that chronicles the crazy adventures of a boy no one remembers, who falls through a hole in time and finds himself lost in the past. It's very different with an extremely immediate first person present voice (in this book the only thing anyone can hold on to is the present). It rocks. Seriously rocks.

Aside from that novel, do you plan on writing anything else or are you leaving it at that?
I have a lot more novels in me. The Darkening Dream is at least a 3 or 4 book story, so is Untimed. I also have notes for a huge epic fantasy series and a couple sci-fi novels. 

Would you ever go back to the world in The Darkening Dream and write another story with different characters and perhaps even a different creature? (Witches, Hags, Banshee, etc. etc.)
For sure. I have an outline for the story of Constantine and Isabella in the 1450s and I think al-Nasir's story would be great. And that is just the beginning. You can find supernatural in any time and place.

Do you have any words of wisdom and advice to people who are aspiring authors and to the readers of your books?
The simplest and the most time consuming advice for would-be-writers is to read. Read everything you can. In your genre, in other genres, non-fiction. Everything. Of course if you're one of those people who just never reads but somehow has the burning desire to be a writer ... perhaps you should think again. Next, take your craft seriously. Read books on writing and editing, on plot and structure. Editing, and I mean professional editing, is really very important. A surprising number of published books aren't even well edited. They're overwritten and redundant, like this sentence, Patience. It takes a long time to improve and you'll end up doing a lot of waiting on both of yourself and others.

Fan Questions

Because you are already known outside of the book realm, I got some people to ask some questions for you.

How did the idea of Crash, along with Jak & Daxter come up?
(Mike: It really is an interesting read so check it out)

Who would you cast as Sarah, Anne, Emily, Sam and Alex if there were ever a movie version of The Darkening Dream? 
I don't actually spend much time thinking about that as I see them as their own people. (Mike: Best answer I ever got for this question) But... The girl we cast for the cover nails Sarah's look. (Model Dana Melanie) A young Rachel Wiess would've been perfect. Failing the time warp, perhaps Nina Dobrev, but she's too tall and by the time it got made too old. Constantine: Christopher Lee for sure, but we can only hope he'll still be around =D. And while we're going for dream cast, I think George Clooney could actually carry al-Nasir. He has the intensity and Nasir sees himself as charming. Steve Buscemi might make a great Parris. Paul Giamatti as Joseph. Chloe Grace Moretz as Emily. And last, but not least, perhaps Anton Yelchin as Alex.

If you could be any character from a book and their story would be your life, who would it be? 
Lazarus Long from Robert A. Heinlein's Time enough for love. The title says it all - if you read into the innuendo. Or maybe Dune's Paul Atreides. I have always had an affinity for messianic worms.

And with that the interview is concluded. I would like to thank Andy Gavin for taking his time away from writing and answering these questions. Even with a broken arm! And I'd advise you all to come back tomorrow to read the interview on his novel The Darkening Dream.

If you want to look up more information on Andy, you can visit him at his site All-Things-Andy-Gavin.com
Check out more information on his debut novel, The Darkening Dream.
But don't forget to look up his upcoming novel, Untimed.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Can't Find A Bookmark's Giveaway!

What's up ma dudes?! >.> I'm just kidding! How are you guys doing today on this lovely day. The weather is so amazing right now! It makes reading more enjoyable, looking at books even better and joining giveaways even more fun than they already are. Luckily for you, all of those three have been combined! 

Ky over at Can't Find A Bookmark is giving away a copy of both Through Her Eyes and Forgive My Fins to a lucky winner in the U.S. Both books are simply amazing and if you haven't heard of them you're missing out. But lucky for you, Kyleigh has written a review for each of them so click the links below to view them.

Through Her Eyes
Forgive My Fins

Now what exactly do you have to do to enter the giveaway? It's easy, you just have to follow one of Jennifer Archer's site (twitter, blog, or facebook) and follow Kyleigh's blog and you'll be done. Well, then you just have to fill out the form but it's very easy. Where's the form you ask? For that you'll have to go to Ky's blog, otherwise you'd never visit her and this post would've been pointless. So take a few minutes and head on over to Can't Find A Bookmark's Giveaway, read what it tells you and then follow what it says. If you want to return to my blog after that, be my guest. But I seriously recommend you to look at her amazing reviews and everything else she writes.

The giveaway ends Friday, 23 March, 2012 so you have a few days left to enter. And trust me, you WANT to enter.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tuesday's Novel Spotlight (39)

Welcome to Tuesday, the magical day of Book Releases. Today another batch of books have set out into the world and begin to fight for our attention. But only one book will be interesting enough to be showcased on the blog. This week it's....

Starters by Lissa Price!

In the future, teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. One girl discovers her renter plans to do more than party-her body will commit murder, if her mind can't stop it. Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first-the very young and very old. With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they go on the run, living as squatters, and fighting off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as enders, who get to be young again. Callie's neurochip malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her rich enter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, even dating Blake, the grandson of a senator. It's a fairy-tale new life . . . until she uncovers the Body Bank's horrible plan. . . . 

The Story: I absolutely LOVE Dystopian novels so this sounds right up my alley. The only problem I have with it is the love aspect of it. I'm cautious of Dystopian novels that involve love because of Matched by Ally Condie. I was expecting one thing with it and a whole different thing happened. But the whole renting your body to an older person reminds me of prostitution and this is a really cool idea. 

The Cover: The cover looks pretty cool but I think it will look better in person. You can't exactly see what the cover really looks like until it's in your hands because it could have a different texture on it and such. But I think the cover will look amazing in person if they make it all cool and not just all glossy.

The Verdict: All in all, I will be checking out this book very soon. I love anything Dystopian and just because I got one bad book doesn't mean they all will. I'll be sure to check out reviews on this book before buying though. But if I happen to walk into a bookstore this Thursday, I'll definitely get this book.

Let me know your thoughts on the cover and the story, and if you'll be buying it or not. If you have already reviewed this book, leave a link down below in the comments for me to check out. No spoilers of course. 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Cover Reveal: Light by Michael Grant

Lately it feels like I've been behind on the times of cover reveals. I've been seeing new book covers days after they've been released. And it's just the same with this one, only thing is, I'm not the only one. When Michael Grant shared a picture of his computer's background, we noticed how he put all the covers of his book together and thought it was cute. That is until we noticed there was one more book cover than we know about. He just showed us Light and apparently it's been out for a few days already.

Light by Michael Grant is the final book in his Gone Series, a series where kids are left behind in a bubbled area and forced to survive with no adults. Filled with superpowers, drama and thrilling action, it's sad to see the final book so close to us. But have no Fear, this book should only be released next year. Haha I just made a pun. The fifth book Fear is set to be released 03 April, 2012 and I seriously can't wait for it.

I have to say this is my favorite cover. It just looks smoother and I love the colors of it they're very neutral colors and don't scream at you. And I'm sure this will be the best book of the series as well. Every book before this has been such a crazy adventure, I mean it's seriously one of the best books I've read. Just full of deaths and twists and lies and turns it's beyond crazy. So I can only imagine the big bang before the series finishes.

What do you guys think of the cover and are you excited for the finale?! Leave your comments down below!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tuesday's Novel Spotlight (38)

Hello everybody! Welcome to another Epic Day of Book Releases. This week we see a group of sequels being brought out into the world but one debut is sure to make its mark in their territory. I present to you....

Embrace by Jessica Shirvington! 

It starts with a whisper: "It's time for you to know who you are..."

On her 17th birthday, everything will change for Violet Eden. The boy she loves will betray her. Her enemy will save her. She will have to decide just how much she's willing to sacrifice.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Embrace is a compelling novel of good and evil, seductive desires and impossible choices. A centuries old war betwen fallen angels and the protectors of humanity chooses a new fighter. It's a battle Violet doesn't want, but she lives her life by two rules: don't run and don't quit. If angels seek vengeance and humans are the warriors, you could do a lot worse than betting on Violet Eden. 

The Story: I just have to say it right here. I am getting sick and tired of Love Triangles being in almost every single Young Adult novel out there! It is so hard to find an actual YA novel that doesn't center itself around a love triangle. And the thing that pisses me off is how they make the girl to be the savior of the world when she does nothing because either the boys are protecting her and won't let her do anything or she just is too in love to do anything. It needs to stop. Now.

The Cover: Fortunately the cover is amazing. I love the smoke wings on her back and the font with the smoke. I think it's very eerie and mystical and could feature a girl who actually kicks ass. Without the help of  a guy or two. 

The Verdict: Unfortunately I will not buy this novel. I'll look at some reviews online to see what people are saying and unless it manages to shut me up and being different, this book is a no go for me.

Let me know if you'll be buying this book. Or if you already have read it, let me know what you thought in the comments below.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Cover Reveal: Rift by Andrea Cremer

Hey guys! Wow, this is crazy! I've posted every day since Monday! What is going on?! Haha sike nah but seriously. I saw this cover yesterday at the same time I saw Reached by Ally Condie. But at that time I didn't feel like commenting on it without looking more at it. Which I am now glad of. The more I look at this cover the more I seem to like it better than I first did. 

Rift by Andrea Cremer is a prequel to the Nightshade Trilogy. The thing is I kind of expected the cover to match the Nightshade Trilogy a bit but maybe it will. I'm hoping the spine is blue just like the spine for the other three because that would look pretty cool all together.

The girl is really pretty in this picture and I love the weapon that she's holding, which by the way is an actual weapon. I do feel as if her arm is slightly in an awkward placement. I am pretty excited to read this since I LOVED Nightshade. I read Wolfsbane and didn't really like it but let's see how Bloodrose does as I read it soon.

Rift has a release date of 07 August, 2012 so be sure to mark your calenders and get your copy then!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Cover Reveal: Reached by Ally Condie

So I have NO idea how I didn't know about this cover reveal but apparently I missed it completely until my friend Ky from Can't Find A Bookmark pointed it out to me. But I present to you the cover for the third and final (I think) book in the Matched Trilogy....

Reached by Ally Condie!

Now we all know how I feel about Matched, if you don't know check out my review of Matched here. But the covers are just truly amazing. I still remember when Crossed came out and I did a cover reveal for that one. And now we're on the last book, just crazy.

But how do I feel about it? I like it. Kinda. To me it'll probably look better in person as the other two but the first one was just amazing and the second one looked epic. I think it's because the girl in this cover looks completely different than on the first two. On the first two she had reddish-brownish hair where this one is black. Not to mention she looks darker here than on the first two covers.

Also I feel like the first E looks a bit awkward only because the second E is full.

But either way I do like it and I can't wait to buy it on 13 November, 2012. I still haven't read Crossed yet but I will soon. Or perhaps I'll save it to read with this one right after.

What do you guys think of the cover?

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Cover Reveal: The Kill Order by James Dashner

When James Dashner announced that he would be adding a fourth novel to The Maze Runner Series, everyone went crazy. When he announced that it would be a prequel, everyone grew deaf from the screams. But now that the cover is finally out, Chaos walks the grounds of Earth! Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the cover of.......

The Kill Order by James Dashner!

I know I'm a bit late but in my defense I was at work and they prohibit us from using the phone. So while I was able to sneak a look at the cover at 9, I wasn't able to post anything about it. But either way I'm here now.

Let me start by saying, this is by far the best cover of the series in my opinion! I am in LOVE with it! The whole thing screams Dystopian to me and with it being my favorite genre I am freaking out with how good it looks. I love the fire on the houses and how everything towards the front looks dead and in ruins. Love the sun at the top burning and looking as if it is about to explode.

The cover reminds me of The Scorch Trials so it kinda looks like a before and after. But I seriously love how if you look behind the ruins, and the cracked floors and fire you see a peaceful beautiful neighborhood. James Dashner said that this book won't be what we expect. Thinking that because it's a prequel, I seriously thought it would be mostly talk and such but looking at the cover, it looks like it's going to be action packed and chaotic!

The book will be released August 14th and I need to pre-order my copy right now!

Let me know what you all think about the cover as well!

The Hunger Games Epic Giveaway Winners!

Welcome all to the 74th Hunger Games Giveaway. Okay it's more like the first but we're just going to act like I'm part of the Capitol and have been doing this since day one. No judging.

I just want to start off by saying Thank You to each and every one of you guys that entered. You guys are beyond awesome and were able to get me 80+ entries. Not only that but I finally passed 400 followers which is awesome! Now to tell you guys who won. I'd just like to say that I wish I could have given away more things or that I could have made it international, but I'm not rich at this moment and it's pretty expensive. But who knows in the future?!

But let's begin!!!!!!

The winner of the Female Tribute Pin is......

Mandy R!

Congratulations Mandy and have fun in the games! (By games I completely mean watching the movie and in no way am going to kidnap you all and force you to fight to the death on television) =)

The winner of the Male Tribute Pin is.....

Pablo M!

Congratulations Pablo and I also wish you luck in the games! If you would like to give your congratulations to Pablo and follow him, you can check him out at his blog right here; La Naturaleza De Los Libros which is a blog directed towards our Spanish speaking friends. So if you're Spanish or can read Spanish I suggest checking it out because it's awesome!

And now the moment we have all been waiting for! The one who gets all the glory! The one who we know will win The Hunger Games because they have the amazing shirt.

The winner of The Hunger Games Shirt is.....






Emily AKA Doodle! 

Congratulations Emily on getting this awesome piece of merchandise! I hope you wear it proud to the games and make sure it's known that you are a fan of the Games! Check Emily out on her awesome blog where you'll be able to follow; Doodle's Book Blog!

Now I would just like to thank everybody, once again for joining in on the fun. I'll be sending you all an email shortly so keep an eye out for that. Hopefully this will happen again next year with our 75th Hunger Games! I heard it's going to be a blast!
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