Book recs and a giveaway!

I recently read two books that just about blew my mind with their amazingness. Both of these are much-hyped new releases that COMPLETELY, TOTALLY 100% live up to the hype. You guys. If you haven’t already, you must must must read ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS and MATCHED.

From Goodreads: Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris—until she meets Étienne St. Clair: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. As winter melts into spring, will a year of romantic near-misses end with the French kiss Anna—and readers—have long awaited?

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS features one of the most likeable main characters I’ve read in YA fiction. I found myself identifying—and sympathizing—with Anna from page 1 until the end. And then there’s St. Clair. Oh, St. Clair, how I love you. Stephanie Perkins captured the feelings and intensity of blossoming love perfectly, and she created the ideal love interest in dear St. Clair. He’s charming, witty, caring, sensitive—everything I want in such a character. I didn’t want this book to end, but, alas, it did. After I sulked around, stomped my feet and whined about the unfairness of it all for a while, I jumped into another book.

MATCHED by Ally Condie.

From Goodreads: Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

MATCHED was both entertaining and thought-provoking. Ally Condie created quite a believable dystopian world in which the Society dictates every facet of your life, from huge decisions such as who you marry, to tiny ones such as the amount you eat for dinner. Almost from the get-go, I found myself cheering for Cassia to rebel, and her journey is not disappointing. I wound up flying through this book because I simply could not put it down.

And now for the giveaway part! I loved these books so much that I want to share them with you. One lucky winner will win a copy of either ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS or MATCHED. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, telling me which book you’re dying to read. That’s it! I’ll leave this open the rest of the week, and then on Friday I’ll pick a winner at random. There’s no need to be a blog follower, but if you are, you are AWESOME and I’ll give you another entry. Same thing if you blog or tweet about it. Not necessary but very nice, so you’ll get another entry for being cool.

Yay and happy reading!

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13 Responses

  1. Kara Mustafa says:

    I've heard a lot about MATCHED so I'm definitely curious to read for myself 🙂

  2. Alicia Gregoire says:

    I love contests!

    If I had to choose, I'd go with Anna and the French Kiss, though both are on my TBR.

  3. Rachel Searles says:

    I'm looking forward to reading both of these, although I guess if I had to choose, I would read Matched first.

  4. Susan says:

    WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I haven't read either of these! I REALLY want ANNA, so….can I please??? 🙂

    I'll tweet the contest now!

  5. Laura Pauling says:

    I loved Anna and the French Kiss! Everything you said. So I'd love to read Matched. Great contest. I followed.

  6. Yahong Chi says:

    I'd love to read either of those – Anna and the French Kiss has gotten a lot of (good) hype, so I'm extra eager about that.

  7. Kulsuma says:

    Please count me in for Matched if this is international.


  8. Meredith says:

    Yep! International entries are certainly allowed! 🙂

  9. Marquita Hockaday says:

    I am dying to read both, but I have to go for ANNA more because my cuz raves about it all the time. And I am most def. a blog followers. Thanks for the contest 🙂

  10. Aleeza says:

    okay, so i wrote this whole long friggin' comment praising anna and then accidentally closed the window. don't you HATE it when that happens!?
    basically i was saying how much i adoredddd anna, and have been raving about it endlessly to anyone who'd listen. i own it as an ebook, and would LOVE to win a hardcover copy.
    and iv got matched lined up in my TBR pile, and will read it very soon. your review makes me want to read it even more!
    ive blogged about the contest in this post, at the end of it.
    and, im a new follower! you've got a really nice blog. 🙂
    thanks for the contest!

  11. Jess says:

    Ooo, these both sound really good! I'd love to enter the giveaway, so I followed your blog [which I would do even if you weren't giving anything away–always helps to suck up, right? 😉 ] and added a link to your contest in my blog sidebar. Thanks!

  12. Alison Miller says:

    I've heard a lot about both these books! Especially Anna. Adding to my list!

  13. Stephanie Skeem says:

    Hiya Crusader,
    Anne And Gilbert are one of my favorites too.

    Hope you have a great day.


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