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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Halloween Reading List & Giveaway

                                    **SKIP TO BOTTOM FOR GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES**
 As I've said before, I LOVE Halloween. Just... everything about it. So, in order to get ready, I've decided to create a reading list, consisting of five books that I want to have read by Halloween.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

 "Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.
So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.
When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.
But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life."

 The Name of The Star by Maureen Johnson

 "The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon "Rippermania" takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities."

 Dearly, Deaperted by Lia Habel

 "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 off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horrible—until she’s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.

But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, she’s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting “The Laz,” a fatal virus that raises the dead—and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, there’s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire."

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor
 
 "Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out....read more at Goodreads."

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

 "Mara Dyer believes life can't 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 strangely unharmed.
There is.
 She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.
She's wrong."

 What's on your reading list this Halloween?


--------------------------------------GIVEAWAY----------------------------------

GUIDELINES:
 -You can pick ONE of the five books listed above.
 -Leave a comment containing your email and which book you would prefer.
 -There will be one winner.
 -The contest will close at midnight on Halloween.
 -It IS International! Yay!
 -You can Get an +1 entry by TWEETING! So TWEET! Be sure to leave the link in the comment and to @ mention @PenandInkChick in the tweet!

15 Comments:

Sahina

They sound awesome! :D I'm debating on ordering Anna Dressed In Blood and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, heard so many good things about both so I wana check them out too! :)

Juan Roca

Thanks a lot for the giveaway, and for making it international!! I'd pick Anna Dressed in Blood, I've heard ONLY great stuff about it and wanna check it out so badly! I wanna read The Name of the Star also but, as it's only one, it'd be Anna! :)

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Brielle

Ah, you got these? IOWA IS AWESOME WITH ITS BOOKSTORES. WANT! MARA DYER AHHHH.

Ahem.

Yeah. I pick Mara Dyer, if I won.
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Camille

Anna Dressed in Blood is my pick. ;))))

Email: camillemariemorales(at)hotmail(dot)com

Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/camibandlover/status/126478655865102336

Thanks for the giveawayyyyy! :) HOPE I WIN! xD

Lucia (iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books)

So many awesome books. >.< I would love The Name of the Star! Squee!

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Book Passion for Life

Awesome post and thanks so much for the giveaway!!!

My pick will be Daughter of Smoke and Bone! Squee! Thank you so much for a chance to win :)

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Donna

Mocha ღ Latte(Cupcake and a Latte)

Thank you so much for the SPECTACULAR giveaway!
My Pick: Anna

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CYP @ A Bookalicious Story

Wow, that's a great list!
My pick: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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whispering words

Thank you so mcuh for the giveaway! I would love to read a daughter of smoke and bone! heard such good things about it.

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SimplyMe

Awesome Giveaway! Great list of books for Halloween, I would love The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer :] Thanks for the giveaway!

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Jeanne

Thank you so much for the chance to win♥
I would like to read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer :)
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Anna

Ah~May~Zing giveaaway that is a tough list to choose one it took me a while but I picked one Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake


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Erinberry

I'd love to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Kristi

Wow, amazing books! But I'd love to win Dearly, Departed. Thanks for the chance.

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kristina shields

thx so much! awesome books to choose from!

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