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REACHED by ALLY CONDIE Giveaway!

Hey, Matched fans! Turns out I ended up with an extra finished copy of REACHED by Ally Condie, the final book in the MATCHED trilogy, so I decided to do a giveaway for one lucky person to win a copy! It’s brand new, never been read.

The runner up will received a signed poster featuring the covers of the MATCHED trilogy (seen below), signed by Ally Condie herself.

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The only stipulation I have is that the address I’m shipping to must be a US or Canada residence (sorry, international friends!) and the winner of the book must respond within 48 hours or else the prize is forfeited to the next person. Once the book winner confirms, I’ll send out an email to the runner-up who will be the poster winner. Deal? Great!

To get started, just click the link below to enter the Rafflecopter!

Enter the Rafflecopter form here!

UPDATE 12/27: Congrats to Tara from The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shhh as the winner of the hardcover copy and Cait from The Hopeful Heroine as the winner of the poster! Both have been sent emails and tweets to notify them of their prizes!

Ally Condie Author Signing Event – November 14, 2012

Event: Ally Condie apperance and book signing
Location: Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, IL
Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Here’s a little recap from the Ally Condie event this past Wednesday!

The majority of the we had Q&A with Ally which was so much fun! She’s incredibly nice and it really felt like we were just having a dialogue. She used to be a high school teacher (before she had her first child) so she felt totally natural being up in front of a crowd and it was so nice.

Um… I didn’t take very good notes on this questions? But I actually got the chance to ask her a question which was how long it usually takes her to write a first draft. I’m still in the wake of being entirely upset with NaNo so I while I was  admittedly a little bitter still, I’m trying to actually come up with a better-suited story line for me to actually take my time on so I was entirely curious to talk to an actual author and see how long her first drafts take her! She responded with about 9 months for a fully readable first draft so that also made me feel like PHEW. I think I can actually take my time on a novel and with the right topic, do it right.

Yay, signed copy!

We got to hear how Ally came up with the idea for Matched (based on a Junior Prom she once chaperoned combined with a discussion between her and her husband about marriage) and so the idea was born!
Ally also said that as far as covers go, she has no say in the matter, but she really does love them! I guess the girl on the front cover is actually the photographer. She takes self-portraits and then they get turned into the covers that we see. I thought that was really interesting!

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I always love meeting authors whose books I enjoy, but it’s also great to meet authors whose books I haven’t read yet (or in this case, the middle of the series). I think meeting someone first and then being able to read their work, you really get to see a lot more of their personality in the book so I’m really looking forward to reading Reached!

Series Catch-Up 2012: Intro Post/Goals

Series Catch-Up 2012 has begun! Here is my intro post to let you guys know what I’m working on these next two months.

What is Series Catch-Up? If you missed the original post with explanation and rules, check it out here and I hope that you’ll sign up to join us! Basically, it’s a dedication to catch up on or complete as many series as you can November and December. I know I’m in the middle of WAY too many series and I thought this would be a nice way to help us organize our thoughts and clear up some of the many books I’m sure we all have in our TBR piles, probably quie a few that we’ve been pushing back!

Here are my goals for Series Catch-Up 2012:

  • Read Fire (Graceling #2) and Bitterblue (Graceling #3) by Kristin Cashore – TO COMPLETE
  • Read Spirit Bound (VA #5) and Last Sacrifice (#6) by Richelle Mead – TO COMPLETE
  • Read The Kill Order by James Dashner – TO COMPLETE
  • Currently reading Insurgent (Divergent #2) by Veronica Roth – CATCHING UP
  • Read Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie – TO COMPLETE
  • Read Messenger (The Giver #3) by Lois Lowry and maybe Son as well??

Other possibilities should I end up with incredible amounts of time (not likely!!):

  • Seeing Redd (The Looking Glass Wars #2) by Frank Beddor
  • All Together Dead (Sookie #7)
  • Fearless Fourteen (Stephanie Plum #14) by Janet Evanovich
  • Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter
  • City of Ashes (TMI #2) by Cassandra Clare

Okay, I do have lots more series that I’ve started, but those are the ones I’m most anxious about and the most realistic goals! And I know those are probably unrealistic goals to complete ALL of those so you know I’ll have stuff to update about at the end of the challenge and what I hope to complete in the future!
I also have other books that I need to read for review, book clubs, and features so I’ll have to fit those in my reading schedule as well and not just read entirely the series that I’m trying to catch up on. But those are the only exceptions for me!!! Well…. hopefully!

I’m also looking forward to participating in both of the mini-challenges as well! I love talking about my favorite series and it’ll be a nice way to get introduced to other new ones (should you desire to take on another one)!

Crossed (Matched #2) – Ally Condie

Crossed (Matched #2) – Ally CondieTitle: Crossed (Matched #2) by Ally Condie
Publishing Info: November 1, 2011 by Penguin
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: May 7, 2012

    The highly anticipated second book in the Matched trilogy! Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky--taken by Society to his certain death--only to find that he has escaped into the majestic, but treacherous, canyons. On this wild frontier are glimmers of a different life . . . and the enthralling promise of rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices everything to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game. On the edge of Society, nothing is as expected, and crosses and double crosses make Cassia's path more twisted than ever.

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Ah, another sequel that I just don’t know where to place on the rating scale. I keep finding that especially with novels that follow this pattern (once utopian society, realizations occur and image shattered, commence breakaway from society), I get so wrapped up and enthralled by the first book that once the whole setting/tone/goal changes in the second book, it’s just so different that I don’t know how to compare (I felt the same way about Pandemonium and connecting it back to Delirium and on a smaller scale with The Hunger Games/Catching Fire/Mockingjay). It was definitely an interesting story and I thought it really picked up in the middle once it was a little more than Cassia and Ky playing catch up with each other and there were bigger obstacles ahead. Overall, I felt like it was a good story, but I didn’t feel like the characters were developed as much as I wanted. I still felt like they were a little flat, a lot more so than in Matched, and even though their history was revealed a bit more, I didn’t feel a lot of personality coming from Cassia or Ky.

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3.5/5 stars
Close to 4 stars, but still just not as good as I wanted it to be. It just felt too disjointed from the first book to me.

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Delirium (Book #1)/Pandemonim (Book #2) by Lauren Oliver – Almost exact same story lines and feels in both the first and second books for these two series. I think if you liked Matched, you’ll like Delirium. If you liked Crossed, you’ll like Pandemonium. Almost eerily similar!
…OR…
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau – This was a quick and easy read with a similar structured society and until that society is disrupted. This is more of a younger audience (I think it was maybe around 11 or 12 year olds?) with a little bit of age-appropriate crushes, but not quite the romances that are developed in Matched/Crossed. I enjoyed this one though! Interesting concept.