Thursday, 2 August 2012

Second Blogoversary Giveaway!

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Hey, everyone. Guess what? It's my blogoversary! My SECOND blogoversary, in fact. I am actually quite astounded that I've been blogging for two years. It seems like I started yesterday, but nope, it's been two whole years since I posted my first post. And blogging has seriously been an awesome experience. I have met so many amazing people from all over the world (you know who you are) and the blogging community is just one of the best ever (and you can say its had its fair share of drama, but which community hasn't?). Thank you to my followers, everyone who reads this blog, who comments or even just stumbles across it searching for something Harry Potter related (my traffic sources tell me a lot of people are Harry Potter fans :P). It means so much to me that people actually want listen to what I have to say! And so to celebrate this day, I'm hosting a giveaway for everyone, which includes some books I've really enjoyed this year and ones that I'm really looking forward to!

Giveaway rules:
- Open to wherever The Book Depository ships
- Ends August 31st 2012
- Must be aged 13 or over
- Following and spreading the word not required, but you can earn extra entries!

Here's what you can win:





There will be one winner, who can choose one book from the pictures above! (books that have not yet been released will be pre-orders)

Books pictured (links go to Goodreads):

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielson
Losing Lila by Sarah Alderson
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Foretold by Jana Oliver
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rage Within by Jeyn Roberts
Saving June by Hannah Harrington

BUT, that is not all. As many people have gathered, I am a huge, huge fan of Hunting Lila (see my review here) and I am determined everyone should read this series. So the awesome Sarah Alderson, who is the author of the series, has kindly given me an AMAZING Losing Lila snippet to share with you all to get you excited about Losing Lila, which is one of my most anticipated books of the year (and which is actually released today!). I don't know about you guys, but this snippet makes me want to read the book EVEN more than I already did, which is saying something. Thanks again to Sarah, and here's the snippet:

'First I need to do something.’ He pulled me closer towards him until our lips were almost touching.
‘What might that be?’ I managed to stutter, closing my eyes, anticipating the warmth of his lips against mine. But the kiss didn’t come. I opened my eyes. Alex had jumped to his feet.
‘Swim,’ he said, grinning at me. ‘Come on.’
‘Swim?’ I pouted, unable to hide my disappointment that he wanted to swim rather than make out with me.
Alex pulled his T-shirt off in one swift move. My eyes fell straightaway to his chest – which was tanned, smooth and ripped with muscle, and which, when you studied it as I had done, in detail, you discovered wasn’t a six-pack but actually a twelve-pack.
My eyes flitted to the shadowed hollows where his hips disappeared into his shorts, causing a flutter in parts of my body that up until three weeks ago had been flutter-dormant. Alex’s hands dropped to his shorts and he started undoing his belt.
I reassessed the swimming option. I could definitely do swimming.
He shrugged off his shorts, but before I could catch an eyeful of anything, he was off, jogging towards the water. I paused for a nanosecond, weighing up my embarrassment at stripping naked over my desire to follow him. With a deep breath, I tore off my dress then kicked off my underwear and started running towards the sea, praying Nate wasn’t doing a fly-by.
The water was warm and flat as a bath. I could see Alex in the distance, his skin gleaming in the now inky moonlight. When I got close to him, his hand snaked under the water, wrapped round my waist and pulled me towards him. I didn’t resist because I’d forgotten in that instant how to swim. And then he kissed me and I prayed silently and fervently that he took my shudder to be the effect of the water.
I tried sticking myself onto him like a barnacle, but eventually Alex managed to pull himself free, holding my wrists in his hand so I couldn’t reattach. His resolve was as solid as a nuclear bunker’s walls. Alex had said there were always chinks. But I couldn’t seem to find the one in his armour. He swam two long strokes away from me. I trod water and stayed where I was, feeling confused, glad that the night was dark enough to hide my expression.
‘I’m just trying to protect your honour,’ he said, guessing it anyway.
I groaned and rolled my eyes. When was he going to understand that I was happy for him to protect every other part of me, just not my honour?


!! What do you guys think?

I also have some other things to share about the books I'm giving away! As you may know, I luuuurved Daughter of Smoke and Bone (review here). The UK cover of the sequel, Days of Blood and Starlight, recently released (and it's above somewhere), but there's also a very cool animated cover, which I love! Here it is:


And Seraphina, another book I adored (see review here), has a great prequel which you can read for free here! :)

Anyway, that's enough bookish info. To enter the giveaway, just fill out this form.  

Good luck, everyone! :)

53 comments:

  1. Mwah! Happy blogoversary! :)

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  2. Gongrats on 2 years, Liz! :)

    Love that extract from Losing Lila!

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  3. Oh maaaaaan, Liz! I can't believe it's been 2 years already! Not that I've been around the whole time but wow. I still remember your 1 year blogoversary and it feels like yesterday! :) Congratulations times about a million -- I hope you're blogging FOREVER (seriously, I'm going to kidnap you and force you to blog if you ever decide to call it quits).

    Yeah soooooo... that excerpt? *DIES* I think I understand all these things you guys have been saying for like the past millenium (or year... whatever). Will you disown me if I admit that I still haven't read it? :D

    AND OMG. I know, right? O_O I get so many hits from HP-related searches. HELLOOOOOOO, POTTERHEADS! <3

    Anyway, HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY, LIZ!!! Your blog is one of the best around, I don't know what I would do without it :') I hope this year is just fabulous :) <3

    Sonia

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  4. Happy Blogoversary!! And your second! Congrats!

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  5. Happy 2nd Blogoversary Liz! :)

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  6. Happy second blogoversary! I'm still over 8 months away from my first, but I hope to have my blog around for as long as you have had yours!

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  7. Congrats!! Happy Blogoversary :)

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  8. Yaaaay blogoversary!! Big big congrats for you! I'm so glad you started blogging ;)

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  9. Congratulations. The Form was well-thought out. I had fun filling it. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  10. Congratulations. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Tore923@aol.com

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  11. HAPPY 2 YEARS! :D

    Also, that animated cover is AMAZING. I cannot wait for the sequel!

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  12. Happy Blogoversary!
    And thanks a lot for the giveaway :)

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  13. Happy blogoversary! I feel bad when I see all these generous giveaways. I need to do more. I've only ever done one. :(

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  14. Happy 2nd Blogoversary!
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  15. Congrats!!! A 2nd blog anniversary is no small feat so really well done!!! And what an amazing giveaway! You really do spoil us fans of urs :p Hope you have a wonderful new year of reading and blogging!

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  16. Happy 2nd Blogoversary, Liz! Hope there is many more to come. How exciting for you! :)

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  17. happy 2nd blogoversary....i love ur giveaway !!!
    thx u so much :)

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  18. Well done on your 2nd Blogoversary! It's a great blogging world we live in isnt ?!
    Losing Lila is just awesome and will not disappoint fans of Sarah Alderson!
    Thanks for a great giveaway opportunity:)

    Marissa
    Novels On The Run

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  19. Happy blogoversary! :D Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. Please enter me in the draw – thank you x

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  21. Thanks for this giveaway - and pretty epic questions by the way...I hope you liked my answers

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  22. Happy blogoversary and thank you!

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  23. Happy 2nd Blogoversary!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway and the fun questions for us to answer : )

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  24. EEEEEEEE Liz! Happy 2nd Blogoversary! I can't believe it's been 2 years since you blogged! Keep up the AMAZING and AWESOME blog, Liz ;) And that Losing Lila excerpt is FANTASTIC. I seriously adore Sarah Alderson and her books too! ♥

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  25. loving this giveaway always need more books

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  26. Happy Blogoversary! Thank you for the giveaway.

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  27. haha! love the form. Happy Blogoversary!

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  28. Happy Blogoversary! I love the selection of books you've given us to choose from :D

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  29. Happy blogversary!!! Congrats :) Great choice of books!!

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  30. Fantastic choice of books, I love your review on Seraphina x

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  31. Happy Blogoversary! Thanks for the giveaway :)


    xxx

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  32. LIZ LIZ LIZ LIZ LIZ LIZ LIZZZZZZZZZ!! Two years? TWO YEARS?! How does time fly by so fast?? HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY! Seriously, the bloggy community is only better off for the amazing (and slightly crazy) UK bloggers in it's circle. It just wouldn't be the same without you, so I hope to see you around for at least 10 more years.

    Hahaha and I saw Sonia's comment above... I GET THE SAME! HP Week clearly made waves on Google :P My top searches relate to Harry Potter and zombies...

    AND THAT LOSING LILA EXCERPT. ALEX. NAKED. IN THE WATER. AND HE HAS A TWELVE PACK. Would you believe me if I said it gets even BETTER throughout the rest of the book? <3 I can't WAIT for you to read it!!

    And thank you so so so much for the amazing giveaway!

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  33. Wow, filling out the form was so much fun! Thank you so much for the giveaway! Happy Blogoversary!

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  34. awesome giveaway! and awesome books!

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  35. Happy 2nd Blogoversary! May you have more blogging years to come! :D

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  36. I am so excited about this giveaway. There is such a wide selection of books.

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  37. Congratulations & thank you.

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  38. Congrats on the 2 years! And great form! I had a blast filling it out!

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  39. Happy blogoversary!!! And thank you for the giveaway!

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  40. Happy blogoversary and a big THANK YOU for the giveaway :) !! I love your books selction, they all look amazing !

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  41. Happy Blogoversary! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  42. Happy Blogoversary and thanks a lot for this giveaway:)

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  43. Thanks for a great giveaway!!!
    Good luck to everyone!!!

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  44. I discovered your blog thanks to this giveaway and it's lovely! Subscribed :D
    I wish Daughter of Blood and Starlight soooo bad! Here in Italy we'll have to wait a lot to read it. Usually I'm not very lucky, but this time - who knows ;)

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  45. Wow! This is such a great giveaway! So many awesome books.

    Happy 2nd Blogoversary! :D

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  46. Happy Blogoversary!!! thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  47. Happy blogoversary! That form was awesome lol

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  48. I love all the +1 tasks on your entry form - very quirky!

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  49. That's the most fun I've had filling out a form!

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