Thursday, July 7, 2011

2 ARCs, 2 Days: Win Win

Dang. I have a dilemma. There are two fabulous books being released next week that I had intended to review on a Bookanista Thursday before their release. But I'm running out of time. So, today you get two reviews.

Oh. And two ARC giveaways.

Eh. Win win.

Dilemma solved.

Book 1...

BAD TASTE IN BOYS by Carrie Harris


BadTasteinBoys
Summary:

Someone's been a very bad zombie.

Kate Grable is horrified to find out that the football coach has given the team steroids. Worse yet, the steroids are having an unexpected effect, turning hot gridiron hunks into mindless flesh-eating zombies. No one is safe--not her cute crush Aaron, not her dorky brother, Jonah . . . not even Kate!

She's got to find an antidote--before her entire high school ends up eating each other. So Kate, her best girlfriend, Rocky, and Aaron stage a frantic battle to save their town. . . and stay hormonally human.


MY REVIEW
The summary of this book gives you a hint about what to expect--you get a sense of the voice, and you probably have an idea that the book is humorous. But what you don't get from the summary is how truly brilliant the book is. Harris' zombies are not like any kind of zombie you've experienced before. Well, okay, they are. They eat people and they have limbs coming off and stuff. But it's not a scary book. Creepy, yes. And there are definitely moments of tension. But it's so freaking funny. Like, holy-crapola-no-freaking-way-did-she-just-say-that kind of funny.

BAD TASTE IN BOYS doesn't take itself very seriously. It's kind of a zombie spoof with a kickass story and a voice that takes the cake. Kate Grable is a nearly-reformed geek with razor sharp wit. She's hilarious, whether she's poking fun at the numbskulls in her school or herself. Scenes that would otherwise be terrifying (hello, attack of the zombified football team) have you cracking up as she stops to remark about the absurdity of the situation (hello, appendages falling off)--much in the same way audiences might comment when they're watching zombie movies.

But BAD TASTE IN BOYS does more than just make you laugh. You get a dash of romance, which is sweet and touching--and also funny, given that Kate is using the zombification as an opportunity to hook up with her quarterback crush. There's a real softness to the book too in Kate's relationship with her brother--there's more to lose than just herself. And somehow, Harris pulls off zombies in a school setting. I must admit at first I was dubious. How does one continue to go to school when there are zombies running around? But it all just comes together. In one book you get epileptic seizures, cheerleaders, science experiments, homecoming, puke that smells like something truly...original, and zombies.

Nice guys are good to take home to Mama. But everyone knows you get your kicks from bad zombies. BAD TASTE IN BOYS is great fun and truly unforgettable.

See below for the ARC giveaway!

But first, Book 2...



TEXAS GOTHIC
by Rosemary Clement-Moore


Texas Gothic
Summary: Amy Goodnight's family is far from normal. She comes from a line of witches, but tries her best to stay far outside the family business. Her summer gig? Ranch-sitting for her aunt with her wacky but beautiful sister. Only the Goodnight Ranch is even less normal than it normally is. Bodies are being discovered, a ghost is on the prowl, and everywhere she turns, the hot neighbor cowboy is in her face.


MY REVIEW
The best books for me tend to be the ones that are not so easily classified, ones that don't have an obvious location on the bookstore bookshelf. TEXAS GOTHIC is one of these. It's a YA romance...and a mystery...and a paranormal...with supernatural elements...and freaking hilarious. It seems like a lot to invest in one story, but Clement-Moore pulls it off well.

Amy is the kind of character we all wish we could be like--intelligent, independent, strong, and remarkably witty. But Amy is flawed, too: headstrong and sometimes foolish. Young, really. The flaws make her feel genuine and relatable. She gets into some gorgeous scrapes which made me wonder why in the world I wasn't packing up and moving to Texas to surround myself with hot cowboys.

The romance in this is hot. Beautiful tension with a nice build-up. Amy resists her cowboy at nearly every turn, much in the same way that she resists her heritage as a witch and her special ability. She's the quintessential resistor, which adds an element of friction to a situation that is already complicated. You know, bodies and ghosts and people getting hurt and all sorts of spooky stuff happening. There are two kinds of creepy in this--the Moaning Myrtle from Harry Potter creepy, and the Zuul from Ghostbusters creepy. The first is charming and will have you laughing, and the latter will have you whipping through the pages. But TEXAS GOTHIC is not so terrifying you'll be lying in the dark after you finish reading, jumping at every sound. It's the kind of scary you can safely read before bedtime...

TEXAS GOTHIC is a fun romance with beautiful writing: a vivid setting, snappy wit and clever turns of phrase. It's also a spooky page-turner, which combines the paranormal with the supernatural in an original way. Above all, it's an entertaining, memorable read.


GIVEAWAY: BAD TASTE IN BOYS and TEXAS GOTHIC


And now I offer you a chance to win the ARCs of BAD TASTE IN BOYS and TEXAS GOTHIC. This giveaway is international, but I'm only offering it for TWO DAYS. So HURRY. The giveaway ends Saturday July 9, midnight EST. 

Enter to win: ARC of BAD TASTE IN BOYS and ARC of TEXAS GOTHIC International Giveaway

Good luck, and thank you!


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GIVEAWAYS IN PROGRESS:

wildefire Today is the last day to enter to win an ARC of Karsten Knight's WILDEFIRE. You have until midnight EST.







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Enter to win a Personalized, Signed Hard Cover of A SCARY SCENE IN A SCARY MOVIE by Matt Blackstone. Ends July 12, midnight EST.






Personal Demons Original Sin Enter to win a Signed copy of PERSONAL DEMONS and a copy of ORIGINAL SIN by Lisa Desrochers. Ends July 13, midnight EST.





Are you a little curious about tomorrow's giveaway? Hm. Maybe come back, yeah?

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Be sure to check out what the other Bookanistas are highlighting today:

Elana Johnson celebrates A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie
LiLa Roecker adores Torn
Christine Fonseca is crazy about Cryer’s Cross – with giveaway
Beth Revis interviews Goddess Test author Aimee Carter – with giveaway
Carolina M Valdez delights in Texas Gothic AND Bad Taste in Boys – with giveaways
Jessi Kirby is giddy about Hourglass
Shana Silver fawns over Forever
Jen Hayley is hot for Wildfire
Matt Blackstone savors Something Like Hope
Stasia Ward Kehoe jumps for Bumped
Veronica Rossi  devours Bad Taste in Boys

91 comments:

  1. Ah!!! I am so excited :) This makes me happy. Pick me, universe, pick me!!!

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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  2. I would love to win this.
    Sheilagh Lee @SweetSheil Twitter
    http://sheilaghlee.blogspot.com/
    http://deadwrite.blogspot.com/

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  3. I'm not really into zombies but I really want to read Bad Taste in Boys! Isn't that cover just awesome?

    Great giveaway!

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  4. they both sound extremely good! :)

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  5. I like how you indicate in your review how fun these books are despite of their creepiness. I'm more intrigue with Texas Gothic and I'll be checking the book soon.

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  6. Bad Taste in Boys sounds entertaining, a fun read for the summer. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  7. Eeep! *excited* Both these books sound very interesting... but Bad Taste in Boys just looks so good! I've discovered a fondness for zombie books particularly since the last three I read were A-mazing.

    isamlq (sassyreads)
    isa6357(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  8. Bad Taste in Boys looks so funny! I love the font for Texas Gothic (I'm in love with most gothic fonts, so ignore me) and the cover too. I've had the briefest conversation ever with Carrie, and I swear, that woman is Funny with a capital F!

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  9. Thanks, Carol! I've been wanting to read Bad Taste in Boys since I first heard about it. Texas Gothic sounds interesting too.

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  10. I've heard a lot of good stuff about Bad Taste In Boys, but surprisingly this is the first I've heard of Texas Gothic. But both sound great!

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  11. Awesome! :) Bad Taste in Boys.. good! .) Thank you.. !

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  12. This is amazing!!
    These books have been on my list forever.

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  13. I love your reviews for both!! They are so vivid, Bad Taste in Boys reminds of Buffy for some reason- bizzare and creepy looking vampires and other such monsters..:P! Texas Gothic looked and sounded interesting, but after your review perhaps its is a good read too!Thank you so much for hosting international!!I would love to win these books!

    manu[dot]bookworm[at]gmail[dot]com

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  14. I'm so dying to read Bad Taste In Boys; the cover is stunning and it'd be good research for my 'is zombie love possible?' idea. And, y'know, it just sounds awesome. I hadn't heard of Texas Gothic before, but a ghost story with witches and cowboys: what's not to like?

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  15. Thank you for the giveaway!!! :) I would love to win!

    Nikita
    bookworm.nikita (at) gmail (dot) com

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  16. Thanks for the giveaway. I'd love to read bad taste in boys. I love the cover! :)

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  17. What an awesome giveaway! Thanks so much - Bad Taste in Boys has been on my TBR pile for aaaages :D

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  18. Fabulous! I've been waiting for both of these!

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  19. Thanks for sharing. I hadn't heard about the second book. Both sound good.

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  20. These books seem like so much fun! Thank you for sharing.

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  21. Anything that has Zombies involved is: For. The. Win.

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  22. I'm in! Redheaded covers - got to love them! :)
    impy80(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  23. I have been wanting to read Texas Gothic.

    Thanks!

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  24. Texas Gothic sounds like fun and a nice mix of genres. Thank you for the giveaway

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  25. I would love to read these books.

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  26. very time i see that cover of Bad Taste in Boys, i lick my lips. And then i'm sad they're not coated in sugar

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  27. How did I miss Texas Gothic? This is the first I've seen of it. I've been thinking maybe it's time for me to go on a little gothic bender. This is definitely on the list!

    BTIB has been on the list. I follow Carrie Harris's hilarious blog.

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  28. Ouuuu both of those books are awesome looking! Thanks for the giveaway C:

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  29. Both books sound like a good read! Thanks for another awesome giveaway!

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  30. These both sound great! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  31. These both sound so good! You can't go wrong with witches and zombies!

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  32. Both of these books sound right up my alley. Great reviews! :)

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  33. -Eeeep! I really extremely want to read this book! They have both been on my wish-list for a long time! :D Thank you for the chance! ♥

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    Sierra
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  34. Such a great giveaway. I can't wait for either of these books. Thanks, Carol!

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  35. I've been dying to read Bad Taste In Boys. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  36. What a cool idea. I can't wait to read Bad Taste in Boys!

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  37. I'm really looking forward to both of these books. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  38. Both books sounds awesome, especially Texas Gothic!

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  39. I've been waiting for Bad Taste in Boys, and now I'm curious about Texas Gothic! Thanks for the awesome string of giveaways!

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  40. Zombies + witches? Hell to the yeah! :)
    Thanks so much for the giveaway and making it international!

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  41. I want these books. And I want them baaaaaaaaaaaad.

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  42. It sounds so great!
    Thank you for the chance to win!

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  43. Bad taste in boys sounds great, fingers crossed!

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  44. I love a good romance. Texas Gothic sounds like it's right up my alley. Thanks for the review.

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  45. Bad Taste in Boys sounds awesome. Even if I don't win, I may just have to pick up a copy anyway.

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  46. I'm not a big zombie fan but Carrie is so funny that I know I'm going to love Bad Taste in Boys. I've had that on my wishlist for so long and it's finally going to be released soon! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  47. Both of those books look amazing! Great reviews as always. :)

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  48. Wow - you are THE place for giveaways! I really want to read Texas Gothic.

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  49. These looks great, but I admit, I can't wait for Texas Gothic! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  50. Oh, my! You've been a busy reader!

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  51. I'd love to win! :)

    valialind(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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  52. Great reviews...and awesome giveaways.

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  53. Oh both of these really look interesting. Great giveaway!

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  54. Ohh Squee! Count me in! These are both two awesome looking premised reads. I cannot wait.

    terilhack at gmail dot com

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  55. Yes! I have been waiting for a while for these. I will love them lots ;)

    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

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  56. WOW! You are just the giveaway queen!! Awesome. They all look SO good!

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  57. What an awesome giveaway! Bad Taste in Boys looks absolutely amazing, can't wait to read it!

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  58. these are some awesome giveaways! thanks so much :)

    Diana

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  59. You have some of the best giveaways!

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  60. I've been wanting to read BTIB! Hope I win!

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  61. I REALLY want to read Bad Taste in Boys!! Texas Gothic looks great too!
    Thanks!

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  62. I would love to read Bad Taste in Boys... I love that cover! Thanks for this giveaway :)

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  63. Eeek! I haven't heard much about Texas Gothic, but I really Really REALLY want to read Bad Taste in Boys! Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy! :D

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  64. Oh, I'd love to read Bad Taste in Boys. Thanks for this!

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  65. I don't know if I'm still on time to enter this, but I hope I am, because those are some of my most awaited reads for 2011 (;

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  66. I'm really interested in Bad Taste in Boys. Even its description sounds quirky and interesting!

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  67. You have quite a following....enter me and MAYBE I'll win ;) Thanks!

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  68. Woohoo...you are doing quite the ARC-apalooza, love! :)

    (you know I've been away on vacation...thus, I apologize for not stopping in lately or pimping your fab giveaways)

    Bad Taste in Boys has long been on my list *crosses fingers*...but, strangely, I hadn't even heard of Texas Gothic.

    Love and miss you,
    Lola

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  69. I have heard so many great things about both of these books! And I love your reviews! Thanks for another awesome giveaway!

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  70. Totally dig Zombie stories, and I am glad they are coming out with more and more! These are 2 more books I cannot wait to get my paws on!!! Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway! :)

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  71. Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  72. Dying for both. DYING, I SAY! :0 thanks!!!

    Americangirlie1991 at yahoo dot com

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  73. thanks for the giveaway and for making it international!!
    i'm waiting to read these books!

    Janhvi
    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

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  74. Brilliant thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  75. Thank you again so much for the opportunity to win these books!

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  76. very cool
    nicolepalmgold@msn.com

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  77. Awesome cover art!! Glad I found you blog :D
    Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

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  78. Wonderful giveaway :) Thanks so much! I just found your blog, and it's AMAZING!

    -Carina L. Tai
    alicia.aatran@yahoo.com

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  79. Ohhh, I've heard so many good things about BAD TASTE IN BOYS!!! Would love to win that one - thanks for the chance!

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  80. If it makes me laugh, I want to read it. Bad Taste in Boys sounds like a great read.

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  81. Both books are on my TBR. Thank you so much for the giveaways!

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  82. I find these both amazing (goodreads and TBR), and hello, zombies and witches? Count me in.

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  83. Man, these look amazing. The second I saw the cover of BAD TASTE IN BOYS I fell for it, and doubly so when I heard what it was about. And TEXAS GOTHIC sounds fantastic!

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  84. great giveaway. really want to read texas gothic.

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  85. Thanks for the giveaway! Especially that it's open to international participants!

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  86. Ill definitely add them to my TBR list
    Thanks!!

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