Giveaway: Beastly by Alex Flinn


Beastly a few days ago and I absolutely LOVED it. I have decided to giveaway a paperback copy(ies)!

I am a beast.
A beast!
Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright. I am a monster.
You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll, stay this way forever ruined unless I can break the spell.
Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly…beastly. (Goodreads)

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At this point I am only giving away one copy. However, if I read 100 followers, I will have another winner and then another for every hundred after that. You also have a choice of which cover you want, the original or the movie tie in.

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  • Beastly by Alex Flinn

    Book Title: Beastly
    Author:
    Genres: , , ,
    Publisher: (Imprint of )
    Release Date: October 1, 2007
    Format: Paperback (300 pages)
    Dates Read: June 14 to 18, 2011
    Rating:
    Goodreads | Amazon

    I am a beast.
    A beast!
    Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog but a horrible new creature who walks upright. I am a monster.
    You think I'm talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It's no deformity, no disease. And I'll, stay this way forever ruined unless I can break the spell.
    Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I'll tell you. I'll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and the perfect life. And then, I'll tell you how I became perfectly...beastly.

    I don’t even know what to say. Beastly was just absolutely amazing. I really wanted to read it, but once I had it in my possession, I couldn’t wait.

    I love how Beastly was written from Kyle/Adrian’s point of view because you got to be on a more personal level. You were able to feel what he was feeling and watch him grow into a whole new person. He goes from being this stuck-up, full-of-himself snob to this deeply caring person who doesn’t care what people think of him.

    When he was the beast he saw that the people he thought were his friends really weren’t and I think he didn’t see it before because he was just so full of himself. This put him in a place where he no longer felt that and he got to see what it felt like to be the outsider. And I think the name changing and all was perfect because he really did become Adrian King - a whole new person, and Kyle Kingsbury no longer existed.

    Beastly definitely has a moral to it, the old cliche “Never judge a book by it’s cover.” Not everyone see’s that and are too focused on looks, which is really sad because there is someone so different and beautiful deep down.

    I even loved Magda and Will. There characters were such a big part in helping him to become who he ended up being. Will couldn’t see him, so he wasn’t so defensive and opened up more easily because Will focused on who the person was. And he wasn’t afraid to tell Kyle/Adrian what he really thought and what a jerk he was while everyone was to scared he would sick his daddy on them or something.

    And Magda… I knew there was something going on there, but I never expected that. But she cared for Kyle/Adrian and was his friend even after the way he treated her.

    There was a few things I didn’t not expect from the ending, but it was definitely different from the Disney version of the story. This event that he kept saying was a curse ended up being a blessing and gave him a much better and happier life. He learned what love was and even friendship and that it doesn’t matter what people think, you have to do what makes you happy.

    This cover is beautiful, and even more so once you read the story. It’s simple, but also symbolic in a way. The rose plays such a big part in Beastly and I think it says enough without there being an elaborate cover.

    Rumors by Anna Godbersen

    Book Title: Rumors
    Author:
    Series: #2
    Genres: , , , ,
    Publisher:
    Release Date: June 1, 2008
    Format: Paperback (423 pages)
    Dates Read: June 07 to 14, 2011
    Rating:
    Goodreads | Amazon

    After bidding good-bye to New York's brightest star, Elizabeth Holland, rumors continue to fly about her untimely demise.

    All eyes are on those closest to the dearly departed: her mischievous sister, Diana, now the family's only hope for redemption; New York's most notorious cad, Henry Schoon-maker, the flame Elizabeth never extinguished; the seductive Penelope Hayes, poised to claim all that her best friend left behind—including Henry; even Elizabeth's scheming former maid, Lina Broud, who discovers that while money matters and breeding counts, gossip is the new currency.

    As old friends become rivals, Manhattan's most dazzling socialites find their futures threatened by whispers from the past. In this delicious sequel to The Luxe, nothing is more dangerous than a scandal . . . or more precious than a secret.

    So I loved this book but not as much as I loved The Luxe. There was definitely a lot to keep you wondering, but Rumors was a bit more predictable.

    I loved being able to see how Elizabeth and Will were living in California and seeing how her “death” affected everyone back in New York. I’m still totally in love with her character because she mostly goes with the flow of things, but she also does what she wants also. It’s kind of cute how she seems to want to rebel but still plays by the rules. Almost like someone who thinks breaking the teachers pencil is extremely bad.

    Henry changed so much in this book from how he was in the first and I think a lot of that has to do with Diana. He wasn’t my favorite in The Luxe, but I love how he stopped putting up this cool guy front and showed who he really was. People expected him to be upset about Elizabeth’s death, but he didn’t seen like it would really bother him and it would just be an act, but it really did get to him.

    I still really don’t like Penelope at all and now I don’t like Lina because she has grown to be too much like Penelope. I just hate how they both are so full of themselves and they’re both pretenders and fakes. However, they do make the story more interesting and I don’t think there would be much to it if they weren’t the way they are.

    I’m totally disappointed with the ending though. It’s not that it was bad, I just wish it wouldn’t have ended that way. I hope that things end up working out and it ends up being one of those things where they lead you to believe it’s true but in the next book, it turns out to not be. It’s really hard to give my opinion on it because I don’t want to give away any spoilers because you definitely don’t expect this to happen. I can’t wait to see where the story goes from here.

    I love this cover. I love the cover of The Luxe more but this one is still beautiful. And I think I’m starting to see that the first one it was suppose to be Elizabeth and I think this is suppose to be Penelope. I guess the other two will be Lina and Diana. It may not be, but they way they are described, it seems as though it fits.

    In My Mailbox (1)


    In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren


    Rumors (The Luxe #2) by Anna Godbersen (Goodreads | Amazon)
    Envy (The Luxe #3) by Anna Godbersen (GoodreadsAmazon)
    Splendor (The Luxe #4) by Anna Godbersen (GoodreadsAmazon)
    Beastly by Alex Flinn (GoodreadsAmazon)
    Iron King by Julie Kagawa (GoodreadsAmazon)
    Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa (GoodreadsAmazon)
    Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa (GoodreadsAmazon)
    Need by Carrie Jones (GoodreadsAmazon)
    Captivate by Carrie Jones (GoodreadsAmazon)
    Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey (GoodreadsAmazon)

    These are the books I actually received in my last order from Borders (except Perfect You which I received awhile ago but just recently found that I had it)

    The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting (GoodreadsAmazon)
    Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult (GoodreadsAmazon)
    Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott (GoodreadsAmazon)
    Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (GoodreadsAmazon)
    Heart of the Matter by Emily Griffin (GoodreadsAmazon)

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    The magic book fairy pops out of your cereal box and says "you and your favorite character (from a book of course) can switch places!" Who are you going to switch with?

    Zoey Redbird from the House of Night series. Hands down. Why? Ever since I started reading the books, I always wondered what it would be like to be her. Even though her life isn’t exactly easy, she has so many friends, and her powers. How awesome would it be to be able to control all those elements?! It would be pretty freaking awesome!

    The Luxe by Anna Godbersen

    Book Title: The Luxe
    Author:
    Series: #1
    Genres: , , , ,
    Publisher:
    Release Date: November 20, 2007
    Format: Paperback (433 pages)
    Dates Read: May 25 to June 02, 2011
    Rating:
    Goodreads | Amazon

    Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn.
    Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions.
    White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups.
    This is Manhattan, 1899.

    Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan's social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City's elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone—from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud—threatens Elizabeth's and Diana's golden future.

    With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love. But when her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl whose glittering life lit up the city's gossip pages is swallowed by the rough current. As all of New York grieves, some begin to wonder whether life at the top proved too much for this ethereal beauty, or if, perhaps, someone wanted to see Manhattan's most celebrated daughter disappear...

    In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.

    When I originally saw this book, I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not, but I wanted to give it a shot because the  synopsis sounded interesting. I’m so glad I didn’t because this book had me hooked from page one.

    The book starts off with the prologue being about the funeral of Elizabeth Holland and is very vague about what had happen. Then the book goes back and goes through all the events leading up to her death. There is the feel of a mystery because you find yourself constantly trying to figure out what happened or even who did it. And there is so much drama and secrets, you can help but to side with someone and point fingers at another.

    Elizabeth is definitely my favorite character because she does what she needs to do, but she is also able to live and do what she wants without making herself look bad. Carrying on a secret relationship then being forced into marrying someone else. I don’t know how she was able to keep her cool. And that “best friend” of hers, Penelope. She was definitely a fun character and added a lot to the story, but she really irritated me sometimes. She is the girl that pretends to be your friend so she can learn all your secrets and make herself look better by making you stuck in your shadow.  I found my self very surprised when it came to Henry. In the beginning the book he comes off as a guy who only cares about himself and nothing else really matters. By the middle, you see a totally different side of him and I grew to really like him.

    I love how there was so much detail without it being boring and seeming like just pointless fill in stuff. And the way each chapter was focused on a different character. With books like these, you find yourself wondering what is going on with other characters and you usually only hear about one. It’s nice to get all sides of the story, especially because it makes it harder to guess what will happen in the end.

    The ending both surprised me and didn’t surprise me. I loved the way it ended though, epecially because it opens up so much more for the story to continue. You’re left wanting more and wondering where the story will go and what will happen with all the characters as a result.

    This cover though? Wow! There were times when I stopped reading just to look at it. It is absolutely gorgeous! I love the color pink they chose and they way they have the dress set. And the gold writing fit so well. The cover definitely fits the story perfectly.

    Spells by Aprilynne Pike

    Book Title: Spells
    Author:
    Series: #2
    Genres: , ,
    Publisher: (Imprint of )
    Release Date: May 4, 2010
    Format: Paperback (359 pages)
    Dates Read: 5/20-5/25/11
    Rating:
    Goodreads | Amazon

    Six months have passed since Laurel saved the gateway to the faerie realm of Avalon. Now she must spend her summer there, honing her skills as a Fall faerie. But her human family and friends are still in mortal danger--and the gateway to Avalon is more compromised than ever.

    When it comes time to protect those she loves, will she depend on David, her human boyfriend, for help? Or will she turn to Tamani, the electrifying faerie with whom her connection is undeniable?

    Wings is a series?!”

    That was exactly my first thought when I first added Wings to my read list when I joined Goodreads and saw that there were more books. I absolutely loved Wings and I was so said when it ended. I was overly excited to read Spells and it did not disappoint me at all.

    I totally wish I had Laurel as a best friend. She really put up with a lot. She was thrown into this life and expect to act like that’s how it’s always been for her and that she never lived her life thinking she was human.

    And those boys! How does she choose? I really don’t blame her at all for have such a hard time with it. She has David, who has been there with her through all of it and didn’t think any different of her. He is a total sweetheart and the kind of guy every girl wants. And he is part of the life she has always known. Then there is Tamani, who is a total sweetheart too with the bad boy side and he is also a faerie. He’s loved her for as long as he known her. All I have to say, is good luck!

    There were some parts in this book that actually gave me the creeps. When she first comes across the trolls again, it sounds like something that would happen in a scary movie. I definitely would have died of a heart attack if I had been in those situations. Then again, I’m a huge chicken, so for others, it probably isn’t that creepy.

    The only things I’m not crazy about is the cover. It seems way too boring for this book. Don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty, but it just doesn’t fit. There should be something…more to it. The way the describe the flowers they bloom and stuff, they aren’t so simple and I think the cover should have reflected it more.

    The ending was absolutely perfect because it makes you want to read more. It’s so vague about what exactly is going to happen in the next book. I really wish I would have bought the third book just so I could start reading as soon as I finished.