Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year 2013 Giveaway Hop

WinterHaven Books is excited to take part in the Happy New Year 2013 Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader Not a Writer and Babs Book Bistro. We are offering one lucky WinterHaven Follower the choice between one of the two books:

Signed Copy of The Diviners by Libba Bray
Signed Copy of I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Simply fill out the rafflecopter and let us know which book you'd like to win. 
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Good luck and Happy New Year!!

For more chances to win some awesome prizes on this hop, be sure to check out these participating blogs:

Sunday, December 30, 2012

WinterHaven's 2012 Favorites

Today we are all getting together to discuss our favorites from 2012!  Let me tell you this was not easy with all the amazing books that came out this year!  When I started sorting through my shelves from this year I realized that 2012 has to have been one of the best yet!  So after much deliberation here are our picks for 2012...
Quintana of Charyn (Lumatere Chronicles, #3) Splintered Deity (Covenant, #3)
Favorite book
Amber: Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchatta
Arlene: Quintana of Charyn by Melina Marchatta
Crystal: Splintered by A.G. Howard
Tina: Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Blood Debt The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence, #1) Shadows (The Rephaim, #1) The Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys, #1)
Favorite couple
Amber: Drake & Camille (Blood Debt by Nancy Straight)
Arlene: Callie & Kayden (The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen)
Crystal: Gaby & Rafa (Shadows by Paula Weston)
Tina: Beau & Ashton (The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines)

Until I Die (Revenants, #2) Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #1) Luminosity (The Raven Chronicles, #1) The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1)
Favorite Cover
Amber: Until I Die by Amy Plum
Arlene: Masque of Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Crystal: Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas
Tina: The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1) Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1) Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #1) Obsidian (Lux, #1)
Favorite Series
Amber: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Arlene: The Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta
Crystal: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Tina: Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Rachel  Harris Colleen Hoover Jennifer Shaw Wolf Tara Sue Me
Favorite Debut Author
Amber: Rachel Harris
Arlene: Colleen Hoover
Crystal: Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Tina: Tara Sue Me

Living Violet (The Cambion Chronicles, #1) A Straight Line To My Heart The Hallowed Ones (The Hallowed Ones, #1) Deity (Covenant, #3)
Favorite Scene
Amber: "It doesn't take much to make me happy, but the simplest things are sometimes the hardest to get. But when it finally arrives, heaven help those who try to take it away from me."-Living Violet by Jamie Reed
Arlene: A straight line to my Heart by Condon when this note was delivered
I like you but you mightn’t feel the same about me, and I wouldn’t blame you. To save us both from any awkward moments, I’ve figured out an easy way to do this. Nod if you’re even slightly interested in getting to know me. Write me a ten page explanation if you’re not.
Crystal: I don't have a quote since the scene is too long to post here and you really have to read the entire passage, but the one that stands out the most in my brain was THE freezer scene in The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle. I am still having nightmares from that and holy HALE was it brilliant!
Tina:  Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Alex and Aiden. The "I know" scene-
"Alex," Aiden ordered, pleaded really. His voice was thick, gruff. "Alex, please..."
I hesitated for an instant, but I had to see it. I just had to. Carefully, I tugged the chain up. My breath caught in my throat as I lifted the chain until it was completely out from underneath his shirt.."

Haze (The Rephaim, #2) Legacy (Night School, #2)
Most wanted 2013 book
Amber: Isla & the Happy Ever After by Stephanie Perkins ( Cover TBA)
Arlene: Isla & the Happy Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (Cover TBA)
Crystal: Haze by Paula Weston
Tina: Legacy by C.J. Daugherty

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3) The List The Blood Keeper (The Blood Journals, #2) Blood Prophecy (Drake Chronicles, #6)
Honorable mention:
Amber: The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead
Arlene: The List by Siobhan Vivian
Crystal: The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton
Tina: Blood Prophecy by Alyxandra Harvey

The Golden Lily (Bloodlines, #2) The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence, #1) Splintered
Best Kiss:
Amber: Adrian & Sydney (The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead)
Arlene: Callie and the rain  (The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen)
Crystal: Alyssa & Jeb (Splintered by A.G. Howard)
Tina: Adrian & Sydney (The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead)

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence, #1) The Fault in Our Stars Flawed Betwixt
Best Cry:
Amber: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden
Arlene: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Crystal: Flawed by Kate Avelynn
Tina: Betwixt by Melissa Peral

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence, #1) The Night She Disappeared Breaking Beautiful Opal (Lux, #3)
Best Shocker:
Amber: The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen
Arlene: The Night She Disappeared by April Henry
Crystal: Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Tina: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 Whew!  That was tough!  There are so many more that I know we all wanted to name but if we didn't limit it to one then this list would have gone on forever lol!  I hope everyone had a wonderful reading year!

Amber, Arlene, Tina and I want to wish everyone a very Happy and Safe New Year!  Thanks for making this past blogging year wonderful and here's to all the awesome reviews to come!  *clicks glasses*  

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Woohoo Winners!!

So many winners to announce!!  I won't keep you in suspense any longer here they are!!

Sleigh Tour Ultimate Winner:
Laurie @ Reader Girls Blog 

Winter's Shadow & Winter's Light:
Jennifer W.

Mid Winter's Eve Giveaway Hop:
Crystal Y.

Master of Whitehall by Rick H. Veal:
Melissa B

All winners have been emailed!  We still have lots of fun giveaways going on so make sure to check out our Giveaways page!

Review: Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum

Revolution 19
Revolution 19 By Gregg Rosenblum
Publisher: Harper Teen
Expected Pub Date: January 8, 2013
Purchase: B&N / Amazon
Twenty years ago, the robots designed to fight our wars abandoned the battlefields. Then they turned their weapons on us.
Only a few escaped the robot revolution of 2071. Kevin, Nick, and Cass are lucky —they live with their parents in a secret human community in the woods. Then their village is detected and wiped out. Hopeful that other survivors have been captured by bots, the teens risk everything to save the only people they have left in the world—by infiltrating a city controlled by their greatest enemies.
Revolution 19 is a cinematic thriller unlike anything else. With a dynamic cast of characters, this surefire blockbuster has everything teen readers want—action, drama, mystery, and romance. Written by debut novelist Gregg Rosenblum, this gripping story shouldn’t be missed.

My Thoughts:
Revolution 19 is a fantastic debut by Gregg Rosenblum. Not only is the cover awesome, but the story was unique, and even better than I had imagined. This was an easy read, and very easily draws the reader into the story-line.

A Robot Revolution erupted twenty years ago. The designed bots that were designed to fight the wars. These bots became so advanced and in the process began taking over the very people who relied on them. Survivors captured were taken to the city, and others that had escaped lived out in the wilderness. There were Freeposts set up where survivors lived. It was like their make-shift community. Using scavaged goods, (pre-Revolution) they created shelters and other facilities.

Kevin, Nick and Cass were siblings among this specific Freepost, and on a "school" lesson, a tech piece is found. Kevin hid this from his family, but what he didn't know, is that what he found would essentially catch the eye of the bots.

It was too late once Nick figured out what his brother had hidden from them. The bots came. The bots killed. The journey to escape these advanced tech bots was adrenaline packed. These bots aren't small, little robots that you picture in a children's book. They were at least eight feet tall and wide as two men.

When their parents didn't show up, they immediately knew they were taken to the city. Everyone in the Freepost believed those captured and taken to the city were used as slaves. I loved how the author twisted the view of the Freeposters, and the ones that lived within the city's thoughts about how each other lived. On their mission to find their parents, they meet a few new friends that hesitantly assist them and ultimately add excitement into this thrilling story.

This ends off on a cliffhanger, and I absolutely cannot wait to find out how the next installment will pan out. I really liked the characters and their courage they displayed. Whether it was a sacrifice or a complete idiotic attempt to saving their parents, it all panned out allowing more adventure and adversity into this fun and exciting story.

Thank you Harper Teen for providing this ARC

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Stacking the Shelves (27)

A weekly meme hosted by, Tynga's Reviews, that features the books we bought, borrowed, were gifted, and were given for review. 
I really hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!  It was craziness at my house and I am exhausted!  I am so ready for a few days of just hibernating and reading my bookies off lol!  This past week was the official end to our Sleigh Tour, I am so sad to see it go but boy oh boy was it fun!  I am really looking forward to our Cupid Hop though so make sure to keep a look out for that =) 
Here is a recap of our week...



Sleigh Tour:

WinterHaven Fun:

Waves of Fiction Giveaways (18 & Over only please)
Follower Appreciation Giveaway--Jennifer Probst bundle!
Nora Roberts bundle--All four books from the Bride Quartet Series
Between all the festivities and our full schedule it was an exciting week! 
Now on to the fun part!  I don't know about you but my family knows I want books for Christmas and from the looks of my roomies stacks I am thinking their families know the same lol!  Take a look at what landed in our happy hands this week...

 Catherine Return to Me
For Review:
Catherine by April Lindner
Return to Me by Justina Chen Headley

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2) Finale (Hush, Hush, #4) The Darkest Minds After Dark (The 19th Year, #1) Touched (Sense Thieves, #1) Hopeless The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence, #1) The Farm (The Farm, #1)
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
After Dark by Emi Gayle
Touched by Corrine Jackson
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen
The Farm by Emily McKay
Fallen Too Far (Fallen Too Far, #1)
Fallen to Far by Abbi Glines

*Special Thanks to Little Brown Books for Young Readers*

Just when we think we might have our piles under control BAM this happens lol!  I am really looking forward to seeing every ones reviews because these all look amazing!  I hope everyone has just as much fun this week!  Leave me a link so I can see all your pretties =)