Young Adult Giveaway Hop

Hey there Epic Readers! Today we're kicking off our participation in the Young Adult Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Down The Rabbit Hole with a review of the first book in the Animorph Series by Katherine A. Applegate, which is titled The Invasion. This is going to be part of a Review Series we're going to call Oldies But Goodies. The winner of this Giveaway will receive the choice of either the eBook version or the print version of The Invasion. Please enter the Giveaway with this FORM.

The Invasion (Animorphs - Book 1)
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Paperback: 192 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; 

Reprint edition (May 1, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0545291518
ISBN-13: 978-0545291514


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Synopsis:

The wildly popular series by K.A. Applegate is back! The first six books of Animorphs return, with striking new lenticular covers that morph.

The Earth is being invaded, but no one knows about it. When Jake, Rachel, Tobias, Cassie, and Marco stumble upon a downed alien spaceship and its dying pilot, they're given an incredible power -- they can transform into any animal they touch. With it, they become Animorphs, the unlikely champions in a secret war for the planet. And the enemies they're fighting could be anyone, even the people closest to them. So begins K.A. Applegate's epic series about five normal kids with a limitless amount of forms and abilities.


Our Review:

First I'd like to tell you how we discovered this series...
Our family goes camping every year, and when we go camping we don't take a TV with us - Yeah, I know, rustic right? So when Sia, Nick and Maggie were younger, we'd take a book along with us (usually a Harry Potter book) and I'd read the book aloud for an hour or so every night before we went to bed. Well, one year there was no new Harry Potter book out, and I didn't bring a book to read, consequently causing a general air of discontent and grumbles among the campers. So, I went to a nearby used bookstore and found three Animorph books that looked like they might be interesting. I didn't know anything about the series, and the three books I found were not in sequence, but we started with the earliest number available, which was Book #5 - The Predator - and we were hooked! During the week we were camping, we finished two of the three books, and when we got home, Nick insisted that we visit the library to see if we could find more books in the series. 

After doing a little research online, I discovered that there were 54 books in the series, with an additional 10 books that were about the same characters in the series, but are adventures outside the Animorph storyline. So, for the next six months, I worked diligently piecing together the entire series, bidding for the books on eBay, because at that time many of the books were out of print. But my hard work paid off and Nick received all 64 books for Christmas that year. And yes, we read every single book aloud, and we still have the entire collection.

Now, on to my review of The Invasion:  

Each book of the series is narrated by one of the five main characters, which (IMHO) makes each book an exceptionally unique experience. 

In this book Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Tobias and Marco meet Prince Elfangor-Sirinial-Shamtul, an Andalite warrior, when he crash lands on Earth. The group of friends learn from the Prince that the Earth is being invaded by aliens called Yeerks, but no one knows about the Yeerks, because the aliens are parasitic and are hidden inside humans. 

 Prince Elfangor has been mortally wounded in a battle with the Yeerks, and the Yeerks are tracking his location, so there's little time for him to explain the situation to Jake, Rachel, Cassie, Tobias and Marco and get them to understand the danger the Yeerks pose to the Earth. But he does make them understand that they must fight the Yeerks or all of humanity will be lost, and he gives them a piece of Andalite technology, which the Yeerks don't possess - The ability to Morph. This technology allows them to absorb the DNA from an animal and store it in their bodies, so that they can morph into any animal they've touched. 

After the Prince gives the kids the ability to Morph, things start to move pretty fast, and it's like that in every single book. The stories are exciting and often times humorous. In one of the books (I won't tell you which one), the leader of the Yeerks (Visser Three, who is just about as evil as they come) is sprayed by a skunk, who is also one of the kids. I laughed so hard at that scene, tears were running down my face, and I had to stop reading so I could catch my breath.

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nyway, this is a wonderful series of books, I'd even go so far as to say they are Epic. If you're anything like us, when you find a good book, you wish it would just go on forever - I would highly recommend these books. They don't go on forever, but there are enough of them that it takes quite a span of time to get through them all. I'm going to give The Invasion a Five Star Rating.





Young Adult Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Down The Rabbit Hole.


Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop

From January 13th through January 18th, we're participating in the
Dreaming of Books Giveaway Hop hosted by
I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf.
The rules are that we have to give away something that a Reader, a Blogger and a Author would enjoy. So we thought, since everyone enjoys music, we'd do something a little different and give away the epic Imaginaerum by Nightwish. You have your choice of either the CD, which has 26 songs (some are instrumentals) or the Amazon MP3 download, which has 13 songs.
Amazon says, "The cinematic storytelling, symphonic flourishes, shredding guitar work and chugging rhythms mastered by Nightwish across their expansive and impressive career has ensured the hugely influential band a place in the heavy metal pantheon that is unique and unrivaled in the field."

Details:
1 CD or 1 Album download (Winner's Choice) open to US only.
Drawing for the giveaway will be held on January 17, 2012.
Submit your name and email address in this FORM to be entered in the drawing. One entry per person please. Follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook for an extra chance to win!

The Winner will be announce Thursday, January 19th!
Listen to the MP3 Clips Below to hear songs from Imaginaerum:





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Book Giveaway and Review - Young Adult Faeries & Fantasy Hop

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Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen; First Edition Edition (September 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765327228
ISBN-13: 978-0765327222
Author Website: Kiki Hamilton




 

Congratulations to Sally Michelle Shaw - Sally won a hardcover copy of THE FAERIE RING by Kiki Hamilton!

The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic.

Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen's son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.

Prince, pauper, and thief--all must work together to secure the treaty... 

Epic Review:

The Faerie Ring is definitely an Epic YA read, seamlessly blending elements of Oliver Twist, Cinderella and the paranormal Otherworld of The Fey together into a uniquely creative mystery set in Victorian England.

Sixteen-year-old Tiki at first seems to be a hardened pickpocket and the leader of a ragged group of orphaned thieves, who are living in a rickety, abandoned clock maker’s shop. But as the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Tiki isn’t what she appears to be and the children she cares for have become a family, with Tiki taking on the role of mother to Shamus, Fiona, Toots and four-year-old Clara. And when Tiki is presented with the irresistible opportunity to steal a beautiful ring from Queen Victoria, she throws caution to the wind and grabs the chance with both hands. She’s sure she’s found the way to take her family out of poverty by selling the ring. But, the ring is not simply a ring. It’s a powerful vessel, entrusted to the British royal family to conceal and protect, which holds the peace between the human and Fey worlds. A Faerie Ring.

Enter Rieker, an enigmatic fellow thief who happens to show up at unexpected times and places to rescue Tiki from fantastic and frightening creatures, and who also seems to know a great deal about the ring Tiki has stolen. There’s no question this handsome, brooding stranger has secrets that, when revealed, will surprise you. And Tiki also has secrets, some she keeps close such as the unusual birthmark that encircles her wrist, her life before she became a pickpocket and the fact that she’s drawn to Rieker even though she’s sure he can’t be trusted. Others secrets are simply hints and intuitions that Tiki initially shrugs off as her imagination. The movement of shadow out of the corner of your eye sometimes should not be ignored.

I found The Faerie Ring to be a wonderfully entertaining book with, to my mind, an unusual and original premise. I loved it, and I highly recommend it as an amazing story! The only complaint I have is that there’s still some unanswered questions about Tiki’s history, which I hope is an indication of a sequel in the works. I agree completely with the rating of this book. I’d have no problem with my thirteen-year-old daughter reading it. Should they make this book into a movie? I’d sign the petition - I give The Faerie Ring four and a half stars!



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