Friday, February 25, 2011

Book Review: Deadly

Deadly by Julie Chibbaro
A mysterious outbreak of typhoid fever is sweeping turn-of-the-century New York. Every week more people fall ill, and despite thorough investigation, there's no cause in sight. It's not until the city's most unlikely scientist -- sixteen-year-old Prudence Galewski -- takes a job as an assistant in a laboratory that the evidence begins to fall into place. It seems one person has worked in every home the fever has ravaged: Mary Mallon, an Irish immigrant dubbed "Typhoid Mary" by the press. Includes a historical note by the author. [Source]

I received this book for review through 1 ARC Tours. I chose to join this tour because I wanted something new to read (as if my TBR list isn't long enough) and because the author lives locally near where I live. I love to support local authors and artists.

I am not much of a science fiction fan, so I was a bit nervous about reading this book. I am also not a SCIENCE fan, so the thought of reading about viruses and laboratories made me a bit queasy.

Luckily, because this book is written during the 1900's and through the eyes of a teenage girl, so the scientific terms were kept to a minimum. There were many hand-drawn illustrations included, such as a model of a microscope, that added the whole feel of the novel. As Prudence progressed in her job, the illustrations became more and more complex.

Prudence was a very likable character. I truly felt bad for her when her friends didn't understand her, and when her mother tried to prevent her from getting her dream job. I was so happy for her when her mother finally stood up for her!

The beginning of the book was a little slow; however, that's because Prudence's life was slow at the time. I like that she didn't despair or get too whiny. I was also very pleased with her self-control later on when she discovered her feelings for a certain man. Despite her one little mishap, she was humble and modest.


Friday, February 18, 2011

february 18 - 666 Follower Giveaway

Amanda Leigh, aka Not-Really-Southern Vamp Chick, is having a HUGE giveaway to celebrate reaching 666 followers! There are going to be at least 3 winners, and she has a HUGE stack of books to give out.

CLICK here for more info!

but don't enter. i want to win.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Reading Resolutions and Books with Love Giveway WINNERS

The Reading Resolutions Giveaway winner was chosen using

Comment #97 was left by jacmom (jacindahinten@...). Congrats jacmom!

The Books with Love Giveaway winner was also chosen using

Comment #55 was left by Joy Tamsin David (joy glee g@...). Congrats Joy!

Each of you has won a $15 amazon email gift card.

Both winners have been emailed, and must respond with 48 hours, or a new winner(s) will be drawn.

*Please note: I cannot be held accountable if my email to you regarding winning a giveaway goes into your spam folder. Using your email address as a primary source of contact for a giveaways means that you are responsible for checking your email folders, including your spam.

Books With Love Giveaway is OVER!

The Books With Love Giveaway Hop is over! Thanks to everyone who entered.

The winner will be posted tonight, along with the Reading Resolution Giveaway winner that I never posted in January.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A favor...

HarperTeen (a publishing company) is having a contest on fb around the new book by Lauren Oliver, Delirium. I read an ARC of this novel back in November, and absolutely loved it! I haven't published my review of it yet, but I did give it 5 out of 5 stars.

The contest is all about showing off what you love. I'd love you all forever and ever if you would please go vote for my entry! CLICK HERE. All you have to do is Like my entry, and you can vote once per day.

Please please please!

CLICK HERE to see my entry and Like it!

Thank you!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Books With Love Hop!

Once Upon a Twilight

Welcome to the i heart reading giveaway in the
Valentine's Day Books With Love Blog Hop!

I am going to be giving away a $15 Amazon email gift card so you can buy some books you love.

How to enter: Comment on THIS POST ONLY with your email address and your means of following. You MUST be a follower, either through email or GFC, so be sure to specify your means of following.

This giveaway ends on Wednesday, Feb 16, so the winner will be chosen using and posted on Thursday. If you entered my Reading Resolutions Giveaway back in January, that winner will also be posted at the same time.

Here are some more blogs giving away Valentine's Day prizes.

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