blo Teens Read and Write: December 2010

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone! We hope you're well and wish you the best! So guys, what's your New Year's resolution?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Can't get a better price than Amazon's free e-books!
Click the links and snap these up! 

Beasts and BFFsBFFs and Beasts by Shannon Delaney. A Bonus 13 to Life Prequel Story. Meet Jessie Gillmansen as she realizes that things might not be what they seem in the town of Junction.

Retro DemonologyRetro Demonology by Jana Oliver. A Demon Trapper’s bonus story. Before Riley Blackthorne can take on Grade Five demons, she has to trap her very first. Her debut solo trapping experience should be a breeze, just a harmless Grade One after all. But throw in some dippy hippies (whose peace signs and Patchouli really aren’t driving any demons away), one mischievous demon, and a run-in with the police, and Riley might not be able to pull it off...

Remedial MagicRemedial Magic by Jenna Black. Delve deeper into the world of the fae with a Faeriewalker bonus story.
Having a prodigy for an older brother is not so fun…especially one who is magic wiz-kid. But Kimber has a plan to finally step out of his shadow.

ReaperReaper by Rachel Vincent. Tod Hudson was a typical teenager. He liked girls, sports, food and tolerated his younger brother, Nash. In fact, he had his whole life in front of him--and due to his bean sidheheritage, it was going to be a very long life indeed. And then the car accident occurred.
Suddenly Tod's future wasn't so sure, and he had to make a choice. Life... Death... or something Between....  
An ebook exclusive Soul Screamers series novella.

The Middle PassageThe Middle Passage by Julia Golding. Summer 1792.  Our favourite adventurer, Cat Royal, is sailing home from the Caribbean in the company of Billy Shepherd.  They stumble into a mystery in the Azores involving stargazers, thieves and far too many wasps.  A novella free to download.– A wonderful short novel by the prize winning author of The Diamond of Drury Lane series

House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings)
The House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo. Book 1 of the Dreamhouse Kings series. 

Wish (Wish (Quality))Wish by Alexandra Bullen. Olivia looks up from the wreckage of many months following the death of her twin to find herself uprooted across the country to San Francisco by her grieving attorney-mother and inconsolable contractor-father. Without Violet as a social and emotional crutch, Olivia doesn't know how she'll go on. The touch of magic is subtle as the teen stumbles upon a hole-in-the-wall seamstress who agrees to mend an old dress of Violet's.

Barnes and Noble is having a sale and here are links to coupons for 30% off the box sets of HUNGER GAMES, HARRY POTTER, and HOUSE OF NIGHT. They expire Jan 3, 2011. 

In-Store Coupon Link HERE
Online Coupon Link HERE

Happy Shopping! 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Shelves are overflowing and we need room for more great books in 2011, so we thought, hey, LET'S HAVE SOME CONTESTS! Keep an eye out over the next few weeks. First up, one winner will receive the first two books in Alyxandra Harvey's fun and fast paced Drake Family Chronicles with those hunky vampire Drake brothers.


Contest Info:
  • to enter, please fill out the form below
  • entrants must be 13 years of age or older
  • contest deadline is January 23, 2011
  • contest open to US residents only
  • One Entry per person


We forgot to announce...
We've got winners! 

  • Paranormalcy International:  Kelly Peres
  • Hunger: Demi Torway
  • Brenna Yovanoff Charm Bracelet: Mia Thermopolis
  • The Replacement:   -Melissa-
  • Paranormalcy US: Margay,  Nicole, and Alice
  • Nightshade: Raissa Lopes

Congratulations to all!

Monday, December 27, 2010


W.C. Peever, the author of QUEST FOR MERLIN'S MAP: Jumper Chronicles I is having a Writing Contest for Teens. 

Check out all the details HERE. But the basic rules are that you submit your version for the first chapter of the second book in his series. The winner will have their chapter published along side Peever's own when the second book comes out! What a treat for a talented young author!

Look for our review of QUEST FOR MERLIN'S MAP coming soon, but in the meantime, all you young writers should check out the contest!

Quick Notes: 
No Fee
Open until 5/5/11 
For ages 11-18 living in US, UK or Canada

Saturday, December 25, 2010


All of us here at Teens Read and Write wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy the holidays and stay awesome!

Friday, December 24, 2010


It's Christmas Eve and time to spread some holiday cheer!

Rachel @ Parajunkee's View and Parajunkee's Design is a fantastic web designer and now you have a chance to win some of her amazing talents!

She designed our website and our buttons which we absolutely love! Not only is she extremely talented but she is the most wonderful person! We wanted to do a contest where we gave away $20 worth of her design brilliance. When we approached her about doing it she GENEROUSLY offered to donate it!
Isn't she amazing!

So in honor or her kindness and overall awesomeness here is what you have to do for the contest...


That's it! Do something nice for someone and leave a comment telling us what it is. Obviously you'll be on the honor system here. And it doesn't have to cost a thing or take a lot of time. Just something nice!

We can't wait to see what you all do. We know all you guys are among the greatest, sweetest, generous, loving, giving, kind people out there!

And while one lucky winner will get a spectacular Parjunkee Design, we'll do our part by personally baking cookies for two other winners! We'll even video tape us baking them!

Leave a Comment Telling Everyone the Nice Thing You Did 
- Fill out the form below (Only US Entries should leave their mailing address)
- Open Internationally for Parajunkee's Design
- Open to US addresses for Fresh Baked Cookies 
- Enter by Jan 7, 2011

Now Go Forth and Spread Some Love and Good Cheer!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

LOSING FAITH by Denise Jaden / Review + Giveaway

by Denise Jaden
Teen Fiction

When Brie's sister, Faith, dies suddenly, Brie's world falls apart. As she goes through the bizarre and devastating process of mourning the sister she never understood and barely even liked, everything in her life seems to spiral farther and farther off course. Her parents are a mess, her friends don’t know how to treat her, and her perfect boyfriend suddenly seems anything but. As Brie settles into her new normal, she encounters more questions than closure: Certain facts about the way Faith died just don't line up. Brie soon uncovers a dark and twisted secret about Faith’s final night...a secret that puts her own life in danger.

Brie's world falls apart quickly which gives a nice - okay maybe not nice but dramatic - kickstart to the plot of LOSING FAITH. Between her sister's death, her parents emotionally checking out and her boyfriend and best friend hitting her with a mega-betrayal, life sucks. Sure she could roll over and play dead but that isn't our heroine's way, and that's what I like about her.

She's a tough cookie and instead of wallowing in self-pity, she gets her spunk on and starts investigating. After dumping her rotten boyfriend and crappy best girlfriend - smart girl - she unravels the lies surrounding her sister's death and the crazy machinations of a fanatical religious cult.   
She makes new friends in the quirky goth Tessa and sweet natured home-schooled guy, Alis, whose family has a dark connection to Faith and her mysterious death. On their sometimes humorous sleuthing adventures they find out what really happened to Faith and Brie goes on a journey of self-discovery. 

The writing is solid - Jaden captures the teen voice well. Brie comes across as strong, struggling, intelligent - not perfect but real. The plot stays steady, the romance runs a more slow/tender trend and the religious cult aspect adds a fresh angle. As the end approaches the tension rises and excitement builds for the dramatic climax.

LOSING FAITH gives you a lot of realistic emotional bang for your buck - grief, loss, betrayal, humor, self-discovery, friendship, budding romance - driven by memorable characters and a unique premise. Denise Jaden's debut is an well-written emotional contemporary adventure that mystery fans will enjoy.  

Check out the two videos below - the LOSING FAITH book trailer and Denise discussing the novel. Now about that giveaway... 

::Giveaway Details::
  • Please fill out the form below
  • Entrants must be 13 years of age or older
  • Deadline is January 16, 2011
  • Open US residents only

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