#YASH Book Giveway & Blog Hop ~ Review

So last weekend I participated in the Spring 2016 YASH Book Giveaway & Blog Hop! Honestly, this was one of the most fun activities I’ve done in a long time.

So what is it exactly? #YASH is a young adult scavenger hunt hosted by one of my personal favorite authors, Colleen Houck. She, as well as 179 other authors (for those non math people, that’s a total of 180) created an online blog hop where you “hopped” from one blog to the next to find a hidden number, as well as read exclusive and behind-the-scenes content from some of today’s most popular young adult authors. And not only that, you had the opportunity to discover new books and meet new authors, as well as discuss and talk with people of like interest also participating in the contests.

Wait, contests? So there’s more than one? Yep. So the main idea of all the authors coming together is to share their books. So Colleen created 9 teams with 20 authors in each team. And remember that magic number I was talking about? Well on each author’s blog, there was a hidden number and after finding all of the numbers in each team, you added them all up and entered the total into 1 of 9 giveaways to be entered into a raffle to win great books! And the best part, IT’S ALL FREE!

Not only that, but on certain individual blog pages, some authors even hosted their own mini giveaway in celebration of YASH. So while I had a chance at 9 regular raffles, I probably entered about 20-30 individual raffles from the authors as well.
No, it’s not a completely easy, worry-free jackpot, but it was totally worth it. After 4 hours and endless blogging, I won something!!! And it’s only my first time! I actually won 2 books from Colleen Houck herself! She’s basically my biggest literary role model and I can’t believe I have the great opportunity of devouring (in the nicest person way possible) and definitely reviewing her books.
More specifically I won the first book in each of her series, TIGERS CURSE and REAWAKENED. I got them in the mail on Friday, so they basically shipped in 2 days! Needless to say, I’ll definitely be rereading both series in the coming weeks.

 Which reminds me, stay tuned to my blog for upcoming reviews for Colleen Houck’s books.

Okay, now I’m getting a little off topic. The point is, this book scavenger hunt was epic. I got exclusive never before seen content from some of my favorite authors. I learned about new books and went way overboard on adding them to my TBR shelf on Goodreads. I also met new authors. (Some of them even followed me back on Twitter and Tumblr!) Nothing is cooler than an author wanting to meet and share with their readers!  And I won free books! Though I must say, even if I hadn’t won anything, it would have still been worth it. Please don’t underestimate this: Those 4 hours were some the best in my life. Me, sitting in bed with 2 bookmarked books on my nightstand and me snuggling under my blankets with fuzzy sock and my computer on my lap.

So for those of you interested in all of the thing I stated before, you should definitely try out the YASH contest next time it’s running. It runs twice a year in spring and fall, so if you missed out, don’t worry, it’ll run again in the fall!


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Top 4 Most Anticipated Books of 2016

1. Recreated (The Reawakened Series) By Colleen Houck

August 2, 2016

I’m definitely excited for this sequel. I love Lily & Amon’s relationship and struggles as well as the 2 brothers. Humor and love and compassion all surrounded the first book and I can’t wait to read more. Book 1 in the Reawakened series is REAWAKENED.

So lets go back to the beginning. Lilliana Young has a simple outlook on life. She wants freedom, happiness, and romance that you can only find in books. Her parents on the other hand, like the hand-fed, silver spoon treatment. So to get away, she visits the Metropolitan Museum and stumbles upon a mummy who is not quite as dead as he is supposed to be. Amon, the ancient prince of Egypt has awaken and takes her on a wild, chaotic, heart-flipping adventure through Egypt where they must resurrect his two dead brothers, and must stop the evil forces that arise. I have to say, your left with quite a cliff hanger, so this is definitely at the top of my to-be-read book list. (No spoilers)51KiM23UddL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_

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Book: Recreated (The Reawakened Series Book 2)
Author: Colleen Houck
Number of Books in Series: 1 Published
Publisher: Delacorte Press, Listening Library
Published Date: August 2nd, 2016
Estimated Number of Pages: 416

ISBN-13: 978-0385376563

ISBN-10: 038537660X

 

2. A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses) By Sarah J. Mass

May 3, 2016

Book 2, here I come. soon, Hopefully! This story picks up right after the first one. But the supposedly happily-ever-after might not happen with the dark Lord Rhysand in the picture. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, catch up with A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES.

Books ones has a semblance to the Beauty and the Beast Tale, with a unique and captivating twist. Feyre is hunting in the woods, when she finds a wolf a kills it. She returns home only to find that the wolf she killed was the Beast’s friend, and to save her family she must come with him and live out her days in a magical land fraught with danger. Only, the beast isn’t as scary as he first appears. The human behind the beastly mask is Tamlin, and strong man filled with love and compassion, if only Feyre is willing to accept him. Now add in a crazy witchy type protagonist and the book gets even better.

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Book: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses Book 2)
Author: Sarah J. Mass
Number of Books in Series: 1 Published
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Published Date:May 3rd, 2016
Estimated Number of Pages: 640

ISBN-13: 978-1619634466

ISBN-10: 1619634465

 

3. The Crown (The Selection Series) By Kiera Cass

May 3, 2016

Instead of going all of the way back to the beginning, you could technically start with Book 4 of the Selection series, THE HEIR.Or you can fall in love with the whole book series and read all 4 books. Oh, and don’t forget the novellas. Book one is called THE SELECTION.

Hmm, okay, where to start? The first generation of books follows America Singer as she gets thrust into a competition to vie for Prince Maxon’s interest. Of coarse, she left her broken heart behind and must now pretend to show interest in someone she believes she can’t love. But being at the castle provides for her family, and she was always the person to lay down her life for her family. Except, how is she going to stay long enough when she’s competing with 35 other women.

Now, if your starting from book 4, then by now you realize that America and Prince Maxon (Now the king) have fallen madly in love, were married, and have had children. Now their daughter, Princess Eadlyn, must host her own Selection to find the person shes supposed to be with for the rest of her life. But, she doesn’t want to. At all. So the story continues with this girl’s fiercely independent side battling with her responsibility and duty to her country.

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Book: The Crown (The Selection Series Book 5)
Author: Kiera Cass
Number of Books in Series: 5 Books , 4 Novellas
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Published Date: May 3rd, 2016
Number of Pages: 288

ISBN-13: 9780062310668

ISBN-10: 0062310666

 

4. Glass Sword (Red Queen Series) By Victoria Aveyard

FeBruary 9, 2016

Yes, I am aware this book is already published. However this book was highly anticipated at the beginning of the year and is now highly acclaimed. I unfortunately, have not read the book yet. Start from the beginning with RED QUEEN.

In this universe, your one of two kinds of people. A red blooded person, or silver blooded royalty. And then there is Mare Borrow. Shes both, and then again, neither. Only silver blooded people have special powers. But so does Mare, and she’s as red blooded as it gets. So when royalty finds out about her, they start to get nervous. She threatens the royal line, Which includes the two very handsome princely brothers. Now she has to become just like them, a royal, but is completely under their control…

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Book: Glass Sword  (Red Queen Series Book 2)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Number of Books in Series: 2 Published
Publisher:  HarperTeen
Published Date: February 9th 2016
Number of Pages: 469

ISBN-13: 9780062310668

ISBN-10: 0062310666


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