Thursday, April 4, 2013

March Rewind & Review


I know I say it every month, but wow! What a month! I feel like my world went squealing into overdrive. Not only have I gotten better at doing more than one review a week, but I did THREE giveaways this month, as well as planned and hosted an entire freaking blog tour. That blog tour is the reason that Rewind & Review is late this month. I wanted to keep everything together.

With this month being so busy, it's more likely than ever that something cool may have slipped under your radar. Check out everything below, and pay special attention to the Ally Carter giveaway, as it's still open.
My Reviews

My Meme Posts

Blog Tour Posts

Other Fun Posts

As busy as my blog schedule has been, it doesn't compare in scope to my ever-expanding bookshelf. I was blessed with the double whammy of an unusually fruitful thrift store trip (to the point that I vowed no more trips for the rest of the month) and an unexpected spate of accepted requests from Edelweiss.

It helps to remember that this is a MONTH'S worth of incoming books, as opposed to most sites' week or two's worth. Still, my bookshelves are very happy.

Stuff I Won
  • A prize pack from from Christina at A Reader of Fictions that included signed copies of: 
    • Skylark by Meagan Spooner, 
    • Shades of Earth by Beth Revis, and 
    • Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans.
  • Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum (from Figment via Twitter contest)
  • The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination (anthology) edited by John Joseph Adams (from
  • ARC of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (from
  • Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff (from Kathleen at Writing, Reading, & Life)
  • A prize pack from Marissa Meyer that included signed copies of: 
    • The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats, 
    • Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic, 
    • Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook, 
    • Storybound by Marissa Burt [not pictured], 
    • Cinder by Marissa Meyer, 
    • Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf, and
    • Velveteen by Daniel Marks.

Stuff I Bought
  • Germs by Judith Miller, Stephen Engelberg, and William Broad
  • Son of the Black Stallion by Walter Farley
  • The Black Stallion and Satan by Walter Farley
  • Choose Your Own Adventure: The Brilliant Dr. Wogan by R.A. Montgomery
  • A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones
  • The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (all three books on my Kindle for FIVE BUCKS)
  • The Lost Book of Tales 1 by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Lost Book of Tales 2 by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Lays of Belerand by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Shaping of Middle-Earth by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Lost Road and Other Writings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter
  • I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
  • Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
  • I Am Not a Serial Killer by Dan Wells
  • Detective Stories compiled by Philip Pullman
  • The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
  • I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
  • Arthur: King of the Middle March (bk 3) by Kevin Crossley-Holland
  • Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorland (bk 1) by John Flanagan
  • Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
  • The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
  • Stormbreaker (Alex Ryder #1) by Anthony Horowitz
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  • Afternoon on the Amazon (Magic Tree House #6) by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Mummies in the Morning (MTH #3) by Mary Pope Osborne
  • The Magician's Nephew (Narnia #1) by C.S. Lewis
  • SIGNED Perfect Scoundrels (Heist #3) by Ally Carter (to give away - see fun post)
  • SIGNED Cinderellis and the Glass Hill by Gail Carson Levine

Stuff I Received:
  • SIGNED Mangaman [not pictured] and I Hunt Killers pb by Barry Lyga, plus signed postcards (from the author for a giveaway)
  • Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross (from the publisher for review)
  • Zenn Scarlett by Christian Schoon (via NetGalley)
  • Transparent by Natalie Whipple (via Edelweiss)
  • Arclight by Josin McQuein (via Edelweiss)
  • In the After by Demitria Lunetta (via Edelweiss)
  • Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith (via Edelweiss)
  • You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle (via Edelweiss)
  • Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike (via Edelweiss)
  • Reboot by Amy Tintera (via Edelweiss)
  • Unearthly and Hallowed (UK editions) by Cynthia Hand (from Radiant Shadows)
  • A whole lotta swag, some signed some not, from Sarah Skilton (of Bruised fame) [not pictured]
  • ARC of Furious by Jill Wolfson (from the publisher for review)
  • Mastiff by Tamora Pierce (from my parents for Easter)
  • A whole lotta signed A Wounded Name swag from Dot Hutchison [not pictured]

I'm still considering making R&R a weekly thing instead of a monthly thing. Perhaps I'll put it up to a vote soon...

Lastly, here are some of the best bits of my March:

A Few Of My Favorite March Blog Moments:

  • Being able to give away lots of pretty things to you all
  • Hitting the thrift store jackpot, book-wise
  • Going to my very first book signing and getting to meet Ally Carter and Gail Carson Levine
  • Making Ally Carter laugh
  • Secretly organizing the Attack of the Assassins! blog tour with fellow fans
  • Actually pulling off Attack of the Assassins! successfully and enjoying such a great response from you all
  • Pulling off my first (and probably last) vlog - in costume, no less!
  • Hearing from more and more people who are going to BEA
  • Getting lost on Tumblr and being completely okay with it
  • Getting to hype Books, Biscuits, & Tea in a Blogger Spotlight post
  • Receiving great feedback on my PLL post (so much that I had to write a second post!)
  • Going off on an entire Disney Channel movie tangent with fellow bloggers that had started out connected to books, I promise!

A super-huge (and long-winded) thanks to Christina, Figment, Tor, Kathleen, Marissa Meyer, HarperCollins, Barry Lyga, NetGalley, Edelweiss, Radiant Shadows, Sarah Skilton, Dot Hutchison, my parents, and MacMillan for all my lovely things.

And an even bigger (but much shorter) thanks to every last one of you who visited, commented, entered, tweeted, retweeted or otherwise interacted with me over the last month, because I love getting to know each and every one of you. (Except whoever searched "Why it sucks to be shelver," because that's just not nice.)

As for April...