Wednesday, January 30, 2013


After yesterday’s cover reveal of Cheryl Rainfield’s STAINED, I think it’s a great time to host a contest! How about a book giveaway?!

I happen to be ditzy enough to have pre-ordered VICTORIA SCHWAB’s THE ARCHIVED twice! That’s how excited I was to get her latest novel. I fell in love with Schwab’s writing while reading her debut novel, THE NEAR WITCH! You can click on the cover of The Near Witch below to read my review:

Here's the prize up for grabs:

I won’t make anybody jump through hoops for a book giveaway. I don’t think it’s fair…it only frustrates the participants, no? So, here’s how complicated this contest is—LEAVE A COMMENT ON THIS POST BY FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1st, 2013 at 5PM my time (Toronto, Ontario). That’s it and that’s all. Simply leave a comment. I will use to pick a winner. You can only enter once.

The winner will be announced right here on TRY THIS BOOK ON FOR SIZE. The next step…all the winner will have to do is email their mailing address and I'll send them a fresh brand spanking new HARD COVER COPY of VICTORIA SCHWAB’s THE ARCHIVED.

My idiocy is somebody else’s gain. (-: I’m almost finished reading this book, and I can guarantee that the winner is in for an amazing treat! Such a great story, well told!


Good luck!

Now, should you wish to purchase either THE NEAR WITCH or THE ARCHIVED (I highly recommend both books!) please go to the following link:

Victoria Schwab's author page on

Follow Victoria Schwab on Twitter: @veschwab


Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.

Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn't just dangerous-it's a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da's death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hard-won redemption.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Cover Reveal! Cheryl Rainfield's STAINED!

It's cover reveal time!

I'm a big fan of CHERYL RAINFIELD. Her fiction is biting, relevant and true. She covers YA issues like nobody's business, yet she never comes off as preachy. Great stories, great issues, important reads and intuitive intelligent characters.

Today I have the privilege of sharing a cover reveal of Rainfield's next novel, STAINED! 

What is STAINED about?
In this heart-wrenching and suspenseful teen thriller, sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for "normal." Born with a port-wine stain covering half her face, all her life she’s been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when she’s abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had, become a hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside. It’s that—or succumb to a killer.

Sometimes you have to be your own hero.

When will STAINED be released?
Nov 19, 2013

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Here's what Cheryl Rainfield has to say about STAINED:
Like I did with SCARS and HUNTED, I drew on some of my own experiences of bullying, abuse, and trauma to write STAINED and to give it greater emotional depth. Like Sarah in STAINED, I experienced abduction, imprisonment, periods of forced starvation, mind control, and having my life threatened. And like Sarah, I tried hard to fight against my abuser, keep my own sense of self, and escape. I hope readers will see Sarah's strength and courage, and appreciate her emotional growth as she reclaims herself.

Where can you pre-order a copy of STAINED?
Where can you read my reviews of Cheryl Rainfield's previous books?

Where can you watch the book trailer for STAINED?