Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Karma Bites…and Sometimes It Gives You Books

RE: Will She Ever Stop Giving Away ARCs Giveaway

The prizes are:

Nightshade Pegasus Nightshade CityJane Austens Best Friend The witches kitchen
ARC of NIGHTSHADE by Andrea Cremer
ARC of PEGASUS by Robin McKinley
Hard Cover NIGHTSHADE CITY by Hilary Wagner
ARC of THE WITCHES’ KITCHEN by Allen Williams
And the winners are:
1. AMT
2. Shannon O’Donnell
3. Bookish in a Box
4. Hanna
5. Riv Re
Congratulations! Please email me a list with your prize preferences (with the book you want most at #1) and an address where I can ship your book! Big thank you to all who entered!! I appreciate every one of you. I will have another giveaway soon. Promise! I’ve got some really great prizes lined up.
I know I normally review books on Thursdays, and it’s only Wednesday. But you just never know when the next Thursday will roll around, so I want to point you in the direction of a book I read recently that I think you might enjoy.


by Stacy Kramer and Valerie Thomas

Karma Bites

Goodreads description: Life seems to have it in for Franny Flanders.

Her best friends aren’t speaking, her parents just divorced, and her hippie grandmother has moved in. The only karma Franny’s got is bad karma.

Then Franny gets her hands on a box of magic recipes that could fix all of her problems. It could even change the world! Finally, life is looking up.

But Franny is about to learn that magic and karma aren’t to be played with. When you mess with the universe, it can bite back in unexpected ways.

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a middle grade book, but there was something about this premise that really got my attention (karma…magic recipes…hippie grandmother—love it).  And I’m so glad I read it. What a fun story. Franny is such an amazing character—freaking hilarious, for starters. She’s full of spunk and ridiculous energy, but she’s also insecure and freaks out like any good tween would do. This girl is the very definition of what it is to be twelve years old, and KARMA BITES defines middle school—the cliques, the unwritten rules, and the consequences of breaking them.

Oh my word, middle school sucks. And KARMA BITES illustrates just how badly, but in such a comical way. We see the hardships of middle school BFFery, the heartbreak of tween loooooove, the suck-arse nature of having to deal with crabby middle school teachers and the principal everybody loves to hate, and the horrors of cafeteria food. There are also the mean girls. Of course. Because it’s just not middle school without the mean girls whose heads you wish karma would just bite right off. And Franny? So adorable. I wanted to pinch her cheeks just to make her eyes roll. So. Pre. Teen.

Oh. And did I mention magic? Because there is plenty of it. At first, it’s like a freaking miracle for all the awesomeness it brings into her life . But it just would not be middle school if something as cool as magic didn’t go completely screwy. But this is really where the book makes you fly through it. Cracked me up, this girl, all her shenanigans (and believe me, I don’t use a word like shenanigans lightly). She’s like an updated, twelve-year old Lucille Ball, but if you have a heart AT ALL and a memory of being twelve, then you will cringe and probably get a little heartburn because OMG, I remember feeling EXACTLY as she feels in this. Oh the drama, the heartbreak, the SHUT-UP-THAT-DID-NOT-JUST-HAPPEN moments that make you want to dig a hole and crawl into it. I totally could’ve been Franny (if I’d had red hair, a little more spunk, and way more nerve).

KARMA BITES is such a funny read, but it has heart, too. And you will never see monks in the same way again. Seriously.

P.S. I know I aimed this review at adults, but it’s only because I don’t have a lot of ten-twelve year olds following my blog. BUT. I think tweens (and probably a few years younger/older) would enjoy KARMA BITES as well.

P.P.S. KARMA BITES is now available.


  1. Congrats to the winners! And that book sounds really cute, I'll have to check it out! Thanks for the review. You rock my socks long lost twin sister of mine. ;) Okay, I'm obviously sleep-deprived when I start rhyming in my comments. I should go to bed. But I do have to say you are so brave for chemically straightening your hair! I've thought about it in the past, but I just can't part with my curls. Even though they drive my bonkers, I think I'd have an identity crisis if I didn't have my "curly hair" to fall back on. Okay, now I'm rambling too. Definitely time for bed.

  2. Shucks...I thought I was Jane Austen's best friend!

    I am living with an 11-year-old and it is rather scary. Maybe I should read this book, too. Kids this age really like magic, don't they? Mine is so stuck on "Lord of the Rings". She read the first of the trilogy and is begging me to get her the second which I will not until she finishes some Twain and Jules Verne (which she also loves once she gets started but is hooked on MAGIC).

    Anyway, better magic than other tweens her age stuck on latin american soaps like Il Mucho di Patti (to misphrase), Hanna Montana and the like!

  3. Congrats to the winners!

    That book looks so cute. Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. Yay to the winners!!!! :-) Brilliant ARCs giveaways, thank you!

    Awwww what a lovely book! I love the name Franny Flanders!! I think kids have the best books written for them!! Not fair! LOL! Take care

  5. Holy cow, but Shannon O'Donnell is made of win! She takes home prizes in, like, every blog contest she enters!

    Congratulations to her and the rest of the winners. :)

  6. Sounds like a great book - I'll have to pick it up for my classroom! :)

    Congrats to the lucky winners!

  7. Sounds great and I love the cover! Congrats to the winners.

  8. It is a cute cover!
    Congrats, winner and thanks as always for your generosity, Carol!

  9. These reviews are great because I have a daughter and...admittedly she's only 11 months old...but that doesn't mean I can't get the jump on her and build up an idea of great stories that I can get for her in the years to come.

    I already had a decent collection of books for her as soon as I knew what we were having. I ran to the book shop and went nuts in the children's section.

  10. Congrats, you lucky people, you! And thanks for the review. I'm always looking for stuff to pass off to my kids.

  11. I wrote this book and I love this review!! Thanks, glad you enjoyed it as much as you did.

    Valerie Thomas

  12. The book sounds like a winner. I'll have to buy myself a copy. :-)

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, Carol!!! I am uber-excited about this and will email you shortly.

  13. Thanks for the review Carol. It made my day!

    Stacy Kramer

  14. Congrats to all the winners!

  15. I'm very happy for the lucky winners. Thanks for the insightful review. I envy you going to all those conventions and meeting fellow writers. All I meet are road signs on all my blood runs.

    Have a great tomorrow, Roland

  16. Congrats to the winners!! I was so close, one letter off.

  17. I have an eleven-year-old daughter. Thanks for the recommendation!

    And congrats to the winners!

  18. Congrats to the winners ;o) Aw, sounds like a great book!! Hope you are doing well!


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