Guess what, contest winners! Your books FINALLY arrived from the UK! Look, here's a picture of them:

I'll be mailing them out first thing on Tuesday! Look for them in your mailboxes!

The newest from Taylor, MacLaurin, and more!

No. They aren't YA authors, but they're the reason I'm not reading. My brain currently looks like this:

*sigh* I actually chose this life. Does that make me crazy? Probably.

I read FOUR books last week. FOUR! I was so pleased with myself. Doesn't look like I'll reach that quota this week, but I'm trying. Taylor, MacLaurin, and power series are putting up quite the fight.

Luckily, there's just a little more than two weeks of this calculus crash-course left.
*double sigh*

I miss sleep.

P.S. I probably made some mistakes up there. Feel free to point them out.

The Gardener-- S.A. Bodeen

Release Date: May 25, 2010 TODAY!!
Pages: 240
Genre: Sci-fi

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Review: I haven't included a summary. You are welcome to read one, but be aware that whatever summary you read will tell you everything there is to know about this book. It really made me mad. Even the back of the book gave everything away!

This isn't usually a problem, but it was with this book. Why? IT'S FAR TOO SHORT! This easily could have turned into a series. Easily. Instead, the author included a 2 page epilogue that wrapped everything up in a very annoying way. I wanted more conflict!It took me less than 3 hours to read. I wanted more! More! The premise is so good!

Plus, there's more of that annoying "instantaneous love" in this book. The book only spans a couple of days, and yet by the end two of the characters are "soul mates." That can work if those two days had been full of getting-to-know-you action adventure, but they weren't. There were small moments of action, then LARGE moments of talking.

One thing I really liked about this book was that YOU have to decide who is good and who is evil. The book only kind of tells you what to think, but mostly it's up to you to choose. That was nice.

Maybe it's because I had such high hopes for this book, but The Gardener definitely fell off it's pedestal. I still think it's worth reading (hence the 3.5 rating), but it's not the epic sci-fi you think it should be. Certainly eerie and thought-provoking, but not epic.

The Gardener is most certainly unique story, but there's just not enough energy to capture the reluctant reader. The mystery was revealed in slow and prolonged ways, and the spastic action sequences and ending just fell a bit short of captivating.

The Line-- Teri Hall

Release Date: March 4, 2010
Pages: 219
Genre: Dystopian

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An invisible, uncrossable physical barrier encloses the Unified States. The Line is the part of the border that lopped off part of the country, dooming the inhabitants to an unknown fate when the enemy used a banned weapon. It’s said that bizarre creatures and superhumans live on the other side, in Away. Nobody except tough old Ms. Moore would ever live next to the Line.
Nobody but Rachel and her mother, who went to live there after Rachel’s dad died in the last war. It’s a safe, quiet life. Until Rachel finds a mysterious recorded message that can only have come from Away. The voice is asking for help.

Who sent the message? Why is her mother so protective? And to what lengths is Rachel willing to go in order to do what she thinks is right?
Review: This was a GREAT beginning to a book. But that's all it was: a beginning. This book was far too short. The next book in the series is called Away and comes out in 2011. I think that both books could have been easily merged into one book. As it was, I flipped the last page many times thinking "is this really the end?"

I can tell that there is going to be a lot of really cool stuff in this series, but The Line only set it up. It didn't have a whole lot of action itself.

If you like the Uglies series, you'll probably like this. But if you want my advice, wait until the next book comes out before you read The Line. That way it'll feel like you're reading just one book.

*The Body Finder-- Kimberly Derting

Release Date: March 16, 2010
Pages: 327
Genre: Suspense, Paranormal

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A serial killer on the loose. A girl with a morbid ability. And the boy who would never let anything happen to her.

Violet Ambrose can find the dead. Or at least, those who have been murdered. She can sense the echoes they leave behind... and the imprints they leave on their killers. As if that weren't enough to deal with during junior year, she also has a sudden, inexplicable, and consuming crush on her best friend since childhood, Jay Heaton.

Now a serial killer has begun terrorizing Violet's small town... and she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him."
Review: I was completely engrossed by this book. Completely. Couldn't put it down. Started it Thursday morning, finished it Thursday night. SO GOOD! I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. There are little bits where you see through the killer's eyes and I got chills!

Okay. Now that I have that out of the way, I can get on my soapbox.

STATEMENT: I don't believe in high school romance.

Or, maybe that's incorrect. Let me amend that by saying that I never had high school romance. I have known plenty of couples who knew each other in high school and have lived happily ever after. However, I just don't understand how that can happen 'cause it never happened to me. Please be aware of this as I give my only criticism of this book:

The romance seemed fake. Oh, not all the time. Only when the characters were making out violently. When they were laughing and joking with each other, I thought it was really sweet. I personally think that the story could have been just as (if not more) effective by just having that sweet, fun romance. Just sayin'.

That, and the book's mild profanity(not a criticism, just a comment) will prevent me from purchasing it. However, I STRONGLY (ooh look, that one is bold, underlined, italicized AND all-caps) recommend you pick it up from your library. Or buy it, if that's your cup of tea.

*Lies-- Michael Grant (#3 in GONE series, possible SPOILERS!)

Release Date: May 4, 2010
Pages: 464
Genre: Sci-Fi

Series: Gone (#1), Hunger (#2)
It happens in one night: a girl who died now walks among the living, Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach, and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most - Drake. But Sam and Caine defeated him along with the Darkness - or so they thought. As Perdido Beach burns, battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake. And the prophetess Orsay and her companion, Nerezza, are preaching that death will set them all free. As life in the FAYZ becomes more desperate, no one knows who they can trust
Review: Those of you who have read my reviews of the first two books in this series (see links above) know that I LOVE this series. They're so action packed and detailed! Often books this detailed get old fast. Not Grant's books. The detail sucks you in, makes you feel like you know the characters. You don't doubt the decisions they make because of course that's what they'd do. Pschaw.

With that said, Lies was kind of a let-down. Hence the only one * rating (which means semi-squeaky book, by the way).

It was only "kind of" a let-down because this series needed a book like this. Lies was very much a bridge book. There wasn't a whole lot of paranormal activity or conflict. Just a bunch of kids having normal problems. Or... as normal as problems can be when you live in a supernatural bubble. The adventure didn't happen until the end, and it was minimal. I can tell that this is building up to something big, so I'm pretty excited for Plague the 4th book in the series coming out in 2011.

Lies definitely provided GONE fans a chance to take a deep breath, but as a consequence didn't have the same energy of the other two books.

Win an E-reader!

Wahoo. This is a GREAT blog I just discovered and she's giving away an E-Reader or a $100 gift card to amazon! C'mon over and say Enna Isilee recommended you to get +5 entries!

Click here for Details!

Meet St3ve

This is St3ve.

Hopefully St3ve will be a recurring thing here on Squeaky Books. He does take a lot of time to draw though (with my minimal skill in art).

Any guesses on what he's here for? He's going to host something...

Brontë Sisters, ATTACK!

Okay, you may not be a fan of the Bronte sisters (personally I really dislike Wuthering Heights but LOVE Jane Eyre), but you've got to admit that this is pretty darn funny.

Thanks, Debbie, for bringing this to my attention!

AHH!!! We did it! AND How not to raise a reader.

NOTE TO CONTEST WINNERS: I'm having some trouble with getting your books to you from the UK. Please be patient. I'll let you know when they ship.


WOAH! We just jumped right over the 200 followers mark and into 202!! Hurrah!! I'm so pleased. I shall immediately begin gathering up books to give away. Hurrah!

In the meantime, read this poster that Heather Z. posted on her blog. So true, so sad.

13 Treasures-- Michelle Harrison

Release Date: April 12, 2010
Pages: 355
Genre: Fantasy/Fairy Tale

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No one else can see the evil fairies that rouse Tanya from her sleep, torturing her at the slightest mention of their existence, but they are as real to the 13-year-old as anything she's ever known. She cannot rid herself of them, nor can she ignore them. But it is her insistence on responding to them that has her banished to her grandmother's secluded countryside manor.

There is much to explore and even more to fear in the woods surrounding the estate. But, the forest isn't the only source of dark secrets, and Tanya soon finds herself entangled in a mystery that could trap her in the fairy realm forever
Review: This was a really nice read. Sweet, easy story. My only problem is that it wasn't very... fantastical. The fairies almost seemed like a backstory. I wanted to see them more! C'mon! The 13 Treasures were hardly every discussed. The fairies were never there. And there were some pretty clear plot holes.

However, like I said, I really did like it. Hence the 4.5 stars. The thing that would have pushed it over the edge onto a 5 would be if it had filled in those plot holes. I won't say anything specific, because you should read it and get your own opinion.

If you do read it, let me know!

More winnings, and a TBR pile!

All right, first off, the winner of my followers recommendation contest is KIRTHI! Yay Kirthi! She recommended GABY. Hi, Gaby! Glad to have you as a follower! Kirthi, I need you to e-mail me so I can put in your order for Forest Born UK edition.

Okay. Now. I haven't had much time to read (Guys, college is hard.) So my TBR pile just keeps building, and building, and building. My grandma recently commented on the largeness of her TBR pile, so I decided to show you guys mine. I couldn't do it in a picture though, this required a video:

INSANE! The books include:

Girls acting Catty, Leslie Margolis
Split, Stefan Petrucha
Wereling, Steve Feasey
The Midnight Charter, David Whitley
She Thief, Daniel Finn
Copper Sun, Sharon Draper (Readergirlz)
The Secret Life of Prince Charming,  (Readergirlz)
The Karma Club, Jessica Brody
Living Dead Girl, Elizabeth Scott (Readergirlz)
Underkingdom, Jonathan Culverhouse
Inside Out, Maria V. Snyder (read 6/10/10)
Heroes of the Valley, Jonathan Stroud
ZAN-GAH: A prehistoric adventure, Allan Richard Shickman
ZAN-GAH: And the beautiful Country, Allan Richard Shickman
Perchance to Dream, Lisa Mantchev

Coriolanus, William Shakespeare
The Iron King, July Kagawa (Read 6/12/10)
Sea Glass, Maria V. Snyder
Sweethearts, Sara Zarr
Ballad, Maggie Stiefvater
Lament, Maggie Stiefvater
Princess of the Midnight Ball, Jessica Day George
Inkdeath, Cornelia Funke
School's out Forever, James Patterson
Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, James Patterson
The Swan Kingdom, Zoe Marriott
Rampant, Diana Peterfreund (Read 6/13/10)
Fire, Kristin Cashore
A Conspiracy of Kings, Megan Whalen Turner
The Devouring, Simon Holt (Read 6/14/10)
Lies, Michael Grant (Read 5/19/10)
Grimm's Complete Fairy Tales, Brothers Grimm

The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows,
Something Borrowed, Emily Giffin
The Inferior, Peadar O Guilin
The Demon King, Cinda Williams Chima
Calamity Jack, Shannon Hale

Beatrice and Virgil, Yann Martel

If I'm counting correctly that's THIRTY-NINE (39) BOOKS!!! And the crazy thing is, I really do want to read them all.

As soon as the term is over, I'm going to have a read-a-thon. ...while working two jobs.


But I will admit looking at the pile makes me very happy, and excited. Yay for reading!

You lucky Goose!

Wahoo! Time to announce the winners! I did pick three, because we had 47 entries and I wanted roughly a 1 in 15 shot at winning. Otherwise it's just no fun!

Before I announce the winners, some random facts:

My copies of these books just arrived. They are even more gorgeous in person! Seriously! I love them. I'll definitely be giving another one of these away in my 200 followers contest. I just love them so much! This means I now own 3 copies of B1000, 2 copies of PA, 3 copies of RS, 4 copies of EB, and 4 copies of GG! Heh. Do you think I'm overdoing it? ;)

Also, I found it very interesting how the different books you guys wanted were distributed, here's a graph I made:

Only 4% wanted Enna Burning! That one's my favorite! *sigh* I guess the rest of the world doesn't think the same as me. I should be used to that by now. ;)

But I'm about to show you that statistics aren't everything, because here come the WINNERS!

I picked the winners using RANDOM.org, as usual. Just 3 randomly selected numbers. All up to fate. And this is what happened... the winners, in no particular order, are:

(she wins The Goose Girl)
(she wins Enna Burning)
(she wins River Secrets)

How cool is that?! I did not mess with these results at all, and yet my three winners were all DIFFERENT Bayern books! I thought for sure neither of the Enna Burning people would win. But they did! And just out of curiosity I kept generating random numbers to see how long it would take to find a B100 winner. It took me 11 times! That's really unlikely! Don't you just love randomness? It's so... random!

Sigh. Aren't giveaway's great? Oh. And if you didn't win, don't despair! You can still win my followers recommendation contest, or stay tuned for my 200 followers giveaway (only 2 more!), which will be featuring these titles as well!

Happy hunting!

.... I don't know why I said that.

C'est FINI!

It's over! Stop the presses! The results are in!

Please allow 24 hours for processing...

I'll have the winner, as well as some cool stats, posted tomorrow. And by tomorrow I mean 12:00am May 7th. See you then! (or not... 'cause I'll actually be asleep. Yay for scheduled posting!)

One more day!

You have one more day to enter my giveaway! And that's not 24 hours, folks. It's more like... *counts*... 15 hours! Dun, dun, DUN! *dramatic music*

I've gotten enough entrants to DEFINITELY give away 2 books, just a few more and I'll give away 3!

Click here to enter the giveaway!

Oh, and you guys have done GREAT at getting more followers. Only three more!

Despair. And then hope again!

Giveaway ends in just TWO DAYS! Hurry and enter if you haven't yet.

Also, very few people have recommended followers to win FB! Or those followers aren't filling out the form. Is there no love for Forest Born? ;) That one ends in SIX DAYS

*sigh* I didn't make it to Borders before the coupon expired. My local borders isn't really local, it's a 30 minute drive to get there, and I just didn't have the time.

But, most of you probably saw that they just sent out ANOTHER coupon for 33% off anything!

I love Borders.

I took all the books you recommended and put them into a list. I'm a patron of three different libraries (Yes, three) and so I searched all those to see which of your books I couldn't find at a library. The only one I couldn't find anywhere was The Devouring by Simon Holt (recommended by Milli, thanks!). It looks super-creepy and good! So I'm gonna try and head down there today and grab it.

You guys are so great. You suggested so many great books that I've never even HEARD of before! I'm so excited. Much love to my blogger friends!

'course... I'll be more excited when my 7-week calculus binge is over. Then I can actually READ again!

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