Banned Books Week: Giveaway Hop

I have a few thing planned in honor of Banned Books Week.  
  • Banned books week giveaways - You're there!
  • Guest post from Brigid Kemmerer - Monday
  • Guest post from Cheryl Rainfield - Wednesday


The first is one hardback of 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil.

Why I picked it

I chose this book because a big box store had at one point decided to not carry Gretchen's other book, Ten, in their stores for whatever reason.

Althought I haven't read 3:59 yet, I have read Ten (my review) and I see no reason to warrant a store to not carry it. Sure it's a whodunit about teens being murdered but it's not THAT scary of a book. There are much worse things on their shelves.

About the book

Josie Byrne's life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she's betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can't get worse.

Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time - 3:59a.m.

Jo's life is everything Josie wants: she's popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they're just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror - Jo.

Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgangers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo's perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.

But Jo's world is far from perfect. not only is Nick not Jo's boyfriend, he hates her. Jo's mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.

By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there's a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it's too late?

Ten on Goodreads, Amazon (Kindle book is $2.99 right now), and Barnes & Noble
Gretchen McNeil's Website


The second book I'm giving away is either a preorder of Cheryl Rainfield's book, Stained, which releases October 1st OR Scars by Cheryl Rainfield (my review). The winner will get to choose which book they would like. This giveaway is open internationally as long as Book Depository ships to your country.

Why I picked it

Parents have complained about the cover of Scars being on book store shelves because the image is too 'real'. I'm sure this is the same reason why the cover of Stained was changed before it has even released, the image was too 'real'. Well yes, it is real. Cheryl writes about real issues that teens face. It's not meant to traumatize teens or give them ideas that weren't previously in their heads but to help them realize that there ARE other solutions. Her books help teens realize that there IS a light at the end of the tunnel if you're in a dark place and don't know how to get out.

About the books

In this heart-wrenching and suspenseful teen thriller, sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for "normal". Born with a  port-wine stain covering half her face, all her life she's been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when she's abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never know she had, become a hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face and find the beauty and strength she has inside. It's that - or succumb to a killer.

Click here to see the original cover for Stained.

Stained on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble
Cheryl Rainfield's Website

Kendra, fifteen, hasn't felt safe since she began to recall devastating memories of childhood sexual abuse, especially because she still can't remember the most important detail - her abuser's identity. Frightened, Kendra believes someone is always watching and following her, leaving menacing messages only she understands. If she lets her guard down even for a minute, it could cost Kendra her life. To relieve the pressure, Kendra cuts; aside from her brilliantly expressive artwork, it's her only way of coping. Since her own mother is too self-absorbed to hear her cries for help, Kendra finds support in others instead: from her therapist and her art teacher, from Sandy, the close family friend who encourages her artwork, and from Meghan, the classmate who's becoming a friend and maybe more. But the truth about Kendra's abuse is just waiting to explode, with startling unforeseen consequences. Scars is the unforgettable story of one girl's frightening path to the truth.

Scars on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble




  1. Hi. I just wanted to say that 3:59 isn't banned at BN. They're even having Ms. McNeil do signed author events. I thought the idea of them banning her was strange since well, as a promoter of literacy banning anyone seems odd. Anyhow, just thought you'd want to know..

  2. Thanks for participating! I just finished 3:59 -- loved it.


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