Tuesday, July 2, 2013

30 Days of Giveaways! ~ Day 2

Day 1 Winner of Ring of Secrets is:

Bonnie Roof!

If that's not you, no worries! Your name's still in the hat for today--and you can enter everything again! Plus, the whole week's entries will be eligible for the $15 Bath & Body gift card. The form is still at the bottom of the post. 

I had a blast yesterday reading some of the creative nicknames you guys have gained over the years. =) Mine of "Boat" came about like this: Roseanna Banana...became Banana Boat...became Boat. My sister also dubbed me "Pooky" in high school, and her kids now call me "Aunt Pooky." That one's pretty special too. ;-)

Now, for those of you new to Writing Roseanna, I usually take Tuesdays off. BUT, whenever I have a book review to post, that goes up on Tuesdays. Used to be called Story Time Tuesdays, back when I actually read a book a week. These days... ;-)

But as it happens, I do have a few book reviews that need posted on here anyway, so you're in luck! Today is one of my all-time favorites, a young adult novel by my best friend and critique partner, Stephanie Morrill. I posted a bit about it when the book came out, but not a full review. Here it is, complete with links to Amazon and Smashwords.

And in case I don't stress it enough in the review itself: THIS BOOK IS AWESOME. As in, awesome. I've read it a gazillion times and loved it more each time through--which is saying something. Buy it for your teens, buy it for yourself, doesn't matter. It's just too amazing to pass up!

The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet
by Stephanie Morrill


Out of five stars, I give this book a seven. Maybe an eight.

Stephanie Morrill has an amazing way of breathing life and sass into her teen characters, of creating a world and a life that I not only click with, but which feels like MY world. That's exactly the feeling I got as I read THE REVISED LIFE OF ELLIE SWEET.

I love this book. I love Ellie. I love Palmer and Chase and the cast of snippy friends, I love the family that stood behind her when it mattered, I love the dreams and crushed hopes and sometimes-cruel reality that made her grow into a person I could love even more.

This is a book I would recommend over and again. Definitely for any teens out there, who will fall in love with Ellie...and Palmer...and Chase. And also for any adults who know what it is to chase a dream. This is seriously one of my most favorite books ever, of any genre. Ellie Sweet is my new best friend--I can't wait to see more of her in the sequel!

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My question of the day to you is:

What's the best book you've read so far in 2013?

(Quick note on the technical side of the giveaway--I'm using the same widget for one week, so entering on Monday could win you a book on, say, Thursday. This is so the whole week's entries are good for the bonus prize [this week's being that $15 gift card to Bath & Body Works]. After I do that drawing, I'll start with a fresh widget for next week though. Capice?)
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52 comments:

  1. I would have to say The Key on the Quilt and The Shadow on the Quilt, as I'm waiting for The Message on the Quilt, Stephanie Grace Whitson did a wonderful job on the first two books and I can hardly wait to read the last one.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. It's been a while since I've read any Stephanie Grace Whitson, but I enjoyed those I have--I should pick some more of hers up sometime! These sound good!

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  2. "Team Of Rivals"


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    1. Oo, Lincoln. Having just turned in a Civil War manuscript, this one grabbed my attention. =) Good to know it's good!

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  3. And suddenly I forget every book I've read this year... One of my favorites was definitely Once Upon a Prince by Rachel Hauck. I just loved it. :)

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    1. Isn't that always the way? I always go blank at those questions too, and you get to see the articulate side of me, going "Uhhhhh....." ;-)

      I haven't read this one yet, but I saw it and thought it looked great. =)

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  4. I have really enjoyed The Painted Sky series by Murray Pura, of course part of that is because I am personal friends of a Diana Flowers (a great book reviewer) and she and her buddy reviewers were characters in the book. It is fun reading a book with a character in it, that was named and given some of the characteristics of someone whom I know. I would love to be entered in your contests!
    Vicki

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    1. I didn't know he'd done that!! How very cool. Diana's a sweetheart! I have another of Murray's books sitting here on my shelf (Ashton Park) but haven't had the chance to read it yet.

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  5. Since I missed the 1st day of your contest and the stories about nicknames, I thought I would share mine. My middle name was Lee and my Aunt Mary had given each of the cousins (there were a lot of us, since there were 7 sisters in my mom's family). My nickname, became Vicki Lee-Lee and when I got into kindergarten, and my teacher asked us to each tell our name, I said my name was Vicki Lee-Lee and I was quite upset, when my teacher informed me that was NOT my name! When I turned 12, I began babysitting my Aunt Mary's toddler daughter and I decided that since Mary had given each of the other cousins nicknames, that I should give my cousin Cheryldean a nickname--she became Cheryl Deanie-Bopper, Boom-Bombay! Her nickname did not stick like the others--I don't understand why--maybe it was a bit too long? You think? LOL
    Vicki Lee-Lee ;-)

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    1. LOL. Mysterious, that. =) And how dare your teacher insist that wasn't your name! The nerve. ;-)

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  6. A SHORT HISTORY OF NEARLY EVERYTHING by Bill Bryson was a lot of fun to read.

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  7. I haven't gotten to read as much as I would like but I have read a few great books this year. Hard to pick just one. Two that come to mind are from two of my favorite authors.

    The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson
    Ring of Secrets by Roseanna White

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    1. Extra points for Terri's excellent taste in reading. ;-)

      I don't have Melanie's latest yet, though I'm eager to get it. I loved her first two!

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    2. It's a must have!!! Loved it. I loved both other books, too, and can't wait for book 4! She is a sweet friend and I can't wait for more from her. AND YOU!!! More more...Keep them coming!

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  8. I also loved The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet!

    Other books I've liked this year are There You'll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones and Submerged by Dani Pettrey.

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    1. Jenny B. is such a great writer! I gave that one to my niece for Christmas. And I just adored the Russian tie-in in Submerged. We read that one for our bookclub and did a Skype call with Dani. Fun!

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  9. Adoring Addie Leslie Gould
    The Baby Compromise Linda Ford
    The Prodigal Son Returns Jan Drexler
    Have a great week.

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    1. I haven't heard of those second two--will have to look them up. =)

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  10. It changes nearly on a book by book basis, but as of last week, Jen Turano's "A Change of Fortune" and "A Most Peculiar Circumstance" win for the most hilarious. It's not that often I laugh out loud when reading books, so they were quite memorable!

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    1. LOL. I know how that is. =) And I love laughing while reading. Nothing else quite like it.

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  11. I recently bought that book and can't wait to read it!!

    Goodness that is a hard question, but at the moment I would say A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund and Invisibly by Ginny Yttrup!

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    1. You'll LOVE it!! And I thought both of those looked great!

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  12. That is a tough one! I think I'll have to go with "A Passion Most Pure" by Julie Lessman - mostly because I just finished it last night and it was AMAZING!!!

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    1. Oo, yes!! That's one of my favorite's too, and Julie is so wonderful--love that lady. =)

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  13. Wow. That's an incredibly kind review. Thank you, friend :)

    Other than Whispers from The Shadows and Circle of Spies, my favorite book that I've read so far this year is Glass Girl by Laura Anderson Kurk. Such a beautiful message but gorgeous writing too. I also loved Lola and The Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. Great stuff.

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    1. =) I know I'm biased, but seriously. So love that book--and so need the sequel, so get back to work, woman!

      And Laura's book will be reviewed here next Tuesday. Seriously beautiful story, for sure!

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  14. I really enjoyed reading "Blowing On Dandelions" by Miralee Ferrell.

    Katie

    johnsonk133 at yahoo dot com

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    1. I've read Miralee's others but not that one yet. She's a great writer though, so I'm sure it's awesome! And a wonderful woman to boot. =) I've enjoyed hanging with her some at writers conferences.

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  15. Does the answer "your newest two books" count? :)

    But more seriously, kidding aside, your books are some of the best fiction I have read so far this year. I love your books and I reread two of the Zion Covenant (Bodie Thoene) series books recently. Those are the best fiction books so far, I think. In non-fiction, I reread "The Birth Order Book" (Dr. Kevin Leman) and am working my way through "I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist" (Norman L. Geisler and Frank Turek).

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    1. What about you? What have you enjoyed this year?

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    2. Well of course my books count. ;-) And that's a nice list!

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    3. As for my faves thus far...hmm. Definitely Stephanie's. Also PAINT CHIPS by Susie Finkbeiner (not for the faint of heart, but SO GOOD). GLASS GIRL was awesome (YA). I enjoyed Julie Klassen's latest...I'm staring at my bookshelf trying to remember when I read which ones, LOL.

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  16. Probably With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo. I was one of three YA category judges for the INSPY awards this year, and that was our winner of choice :) http://emilyrachellewrites.blogspot.com/2013/07/inspy-2013-winners.html

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  17. My favorite book this year was Wishing on Willows.

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    1. Haven't read that one yet, but I've met Katie! (And I love your screen name.) =)

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  18. There's a few great books I've read this year, Roseanna.
    Sweet Sanctuary by Kim Vogel Sawyer
    When the Smoke Clears by Lynette Eason
    Though My Heart Is Torn by Joanne Bischof

    I could continue...

    Blessings,
    Andrea

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  19. Off limits by Sawyer Bennett

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  20. The best book I have read so far this year is three books as I have read the Dream Trilogy by Nora Roberts and I loved each of them.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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    1. I'm a Nora Roberts fan too. =) I think I've read almost all of them.

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  21. Flight of the Earls: An Heirs of Ireland novel by Michael K. Reynolds, ©2013 ~ I am looking forward to book 2, In Golden Splendor, releasing July 15. A following of Irish immigrants to America mid-1800s. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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  22. This is always the hardest question for me! I read a LOT (I've read 128 so far this year) so picking a favorite is quite hard! I just posted a list of my favorites on my blog and I couldn't keep it below 20. So I decided to list the last amazing book I read which was Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin. Her whole Wings of Glory Series is AMAZING!

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    1. I KNOW!! I've read that series, though haven't started her next one yet. Love them!

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  23. Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer was wonderful.

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    1. I've heard nothing but good things about this one. =)

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  24. Forsaken Dreams by M.L. Tyndall was fantastic, and so was Choices of the Heart by Laurie Alice Eakes. So many good books coming out, my kingdom for more time to read! :)

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    1. Two of my favorite authors--and good friends! I'm reading Forsaken Dreams right now, and have Choices of the Heart sitting here waiting for a spare minute. The Midwives series is great!!

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  25. The Girls Still Got It by Liz Curtis Higgs

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    1. Would you believe I haven't read anything by Liz Curtis Higgs? I have to remedy that. Everyone speaks so highly of her!

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  26. I enjoyed With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin.

    -Claire

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  27. I really enjoyed Forsaken Dreams by M.L. Tyndall.
    -Kelsey

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