Monday, May 28, 2012

Blog Tour - Becoming A Butterfly by Mia Castile (Review and Giveaway)

Becoming A Butterfly        

16 year old Lacey was never the center of attention, unless she was tripping, stammering, or being deposited into a pool by the local popular kids. All she wanted was to fit in, until one night when everything changed. 
Jade and Tasha, her two best friends, helped her create an online personality that was everything she wanted to be - and it was only the beginning. In doing so she attracted the attention of Henry, her lifelong crush and next door neighbor. Unfortunately it was Farrah, her online personality and not herself, he was interested in. 
She also attracted Chase the brooding, quiet, anti-social new kid of Brownsburg High School, who easily figured out her secret and blackmailed her. They forged a friendship that was both unique and complicated. 
Lacey must decide if revealing herself to Henry and her entire school as the cool, charming, and funny Farrah is worth possibly losing him forever, and she finds herself needing to make an even harder decision than she ever thought possible. When did the lines between truth and lies get so blurred?
Becoming a Butterfly is a story about coming of age and finding yourself when you never knew you were lost.


Welcome to Lady Reader's Bookstuff and thank you for stopping by to celebrate the release of Becoming A Butterfly by Mia Castile. 

My Thoughts:

I was thrilled to join the blog tour for this novel because I knew it to be an "issue book" -- one that is realistic and would make you think about life. I jumped in head first, as always, not exactly knowing what I was getting into when I started reading. I found myself enthralled. Mia Castile has written something that most teens, more than we know, actually go through. 
Imagine high school and being the odd one out. Feeling like you would do or be anything to be noticed. Lacey is a typical teen girl with a great family, two best friends and nothing would be better if her long time crush would just notice her and have the same feelings. The thing is...he is best friends with the two that continue to bully and make fun of Lacey. As soon as Lacey and her friends concoct and act on a complete off the wall spontaneous idea to boost her popularity everything slowly starts spiraling out of control. After awhile she drifts apart from her best friends, spends less and less time at home and becomes someone she doesn't even know. She's been so blinded and consumed with this new invented world she has created she doesn't even notice the signs of a terrifying, yet all too real problem that is happening right in front of her eyes. Will Lacey snap back to reality and do what's right before it's too late?

I was very impressed to see how Mia took the story and turned into something that so many kids/teens/people can relate to. There are so many who have the same problems or issues and just don't speak up. Initially I thought this was a stand alone novel and when I finished I was surprised to find that it is actually book one in a series. I am very anxious to continue the journey with these kids and see where they take things from here.  I definitely recommend Becoming A Butterfly for a realistic fiction read.

*This novel was received by the publisher in return for an honest review.
Find Mia and Becoming A Butterfly:

Thanks to Mia and Entwined Publishing one person will win a finished paperback copy of Becoming A Butterfly and signed swag. Yay!

The Deets:
1. One entry per person.
2. You must be 16 or older.
3. Giveaway is open to US residents only.
4. Giveaway ends June 3rd

Enter Giveaway --> HERE!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop!

I am offering one person the complete Need series by Carrie Jones.
That's four beautiful hardcover finished copies.

Need (Need, #1)  Captivate (Need, #2)  Entice (Need, #3)  Endure (Need, #4)

Need by Carrie Jones
Captivate (Need, #2) by Carrie Jones
Entice (Need, #3) by Carrie Jones
Endure (Need, #4) by Carrie Jones

The Deets:
1. One entry per person.
2. You must be 13 or older.
3. Giveaway is International
4. Giveaway ends June 1st

 Enter Giveaway --> HERE!

Make sure you check out the rest of the stellar blogs participating in the hop below.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Winner! #AndrewSmithSaturdays #PATH #readAlong

The Winner of The Andrew Smith Saturdays very first prize is:

Christi The Teen Librarian!

Christi will receive her very own copy of:

with random swag [yay!]

[the winner has already been notified]
Thanks to everyone that entered and to everyone that is signed up to join us for the 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Andrew Smith Saturdays! {Schedule & Giveaway} @marburyjack @MacKidsBooks #ReadALong

This summer, heads will explode.

Four book bloggers are taking a trip into the incredibly exciting territory known as Andrew Smith’s mind. We hope you will join Smash Attack Reads, Not Now...I’m Reading, Roof Beam Reader and Lady Reader’s Bookstuff on this journey! This will be a 4 month read-a-long featuring one of Andrew’s books each month as a celebration for his new release, Passenger, the sequel to The Marbury Lens, which will be released on October 2, 2012.

The designated blog will host the discussion each week for the designated book, and there will be opportunities to win the books and other swag throughout the event. So put that library card or credit card to good use and get prepared for four months of awesome!

Where to buy:


June: In the Path of Falling Objects (Hosted by Lady Reader’s Bookstuff)
  • 6/2: Part One: Pages 2-62
  • 6/9: Part Two: Pages 63-129
  • 6/16: Part Three: Pages 130-195
  • 6/23: Part Four: Pages 196-267
  • 6/30: Part Five: Pages 268-323
July: Stick (Hosted by Roof Beam Reader)
  • 7/7: First (Part 1): Pages 2-59
  • 7/14: First (Part 2): Pages 60-103
  • 7/21: Next (Part 1): Pages 107-216
  • 7/28: Next (Part 2): Pages 216-292
August: Ghost Medicine (Hosted by Not Now...I’m Reading)
  • 8/4: Chapter 1 - 8
  • 8/11: Chapter 9 - 15
  • 8/18: Chapter 16 - 22
  • 8/25: Chapter 23 - 29
September: The Marbury Lens (Hosted by Smash Attack Reads)
  • 9/8: Part One: The Amethyst Hour, Chapters 1-17
  • 9/15: Part Two: The Strange Boys, Chapters 18-30
  • 9/22: Part Three: Blackpool, Chapters 21-42
  • 9/29: Part Four: Chapters 43-48
  • 10/6: Part Five: Seth, Chapters 49-59


You must register for this event and participate in order to be eligible for prizes.


Amy @ Lady Reader’s Bookstuff (that's me!) is offering up one copy of In the Path of Falling Objects, as she is hosting the discussion for this book in June.

Open to US only. Must be 14 and older. Please enter the giveaway on only one of the 4 host blogs. Duplicate entries will be deleted. Giveaway is open 5/12/12 12:01 AM until 5/18/12 11:59 PM.

In the Path of Falling Objects

Awesome reading material: Check.

Mind-fuckery: Check

Discussion with other lovers of the written word: Check

Please join us in celebrating the amazing
Andrew Smith!

April A to Z Challenge Reflections #AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z

This is the end of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.
I am going to take a few moments to reflect over the past month and wrap things up a bit.

Honestly, I can't believe I made it. This was a very difficult challenge for me--considering some obstacles I had to overcome throughout the month. There were several times I wanted to quit..but didn't. I am proud that I can say that I completed this challenge. I wish I would have been able to visit more blogs during the month. [I still plan on doing so] I appreciate every single person that came to visit and comment on any one of my posts and I always tried to respond to comments as did my guest bloggers. 

Participating in this challenge allowed me to write and post about some of the serious topics that I so strongly believe in, things that I hope that others care about as well. I was also able to write about other things that I just have a passion for. These things I wouldn't normally blog about. However, now I think I just might start writing about some of those things. Because they make me happy. As for participating in the challenge next year? Absolutely. 

ciao bella!