December 7, 2011

Holiday Hop Winners!!!!!

The winners of our Holiday Hop giveaway are:

Mary Ward and Kim!!

Congrats to everyone who entered and to everyone who supports the X-treme Readers by reading and sharing our blog!!!

December 2, 2011

Book Lover's Holiday Giveaway Hop!!!!

It's time for another Giveaway Hop!!  To get into the holiday spirit we are participating in the Book Lover's Holiday Giveaway Hop sponsored by I am a Reader, Not a Writer and Kid Lit Frenzy!!

Two lucky winners will receive a copy of Dave Barry's Christmas classic The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog plus some cool holiday swag!!

Pulitzer Prize–winning humorist Barry spins a nostalgic tale about a boy and his dog on Christmas Eve, 1960. Junior high schooler Doug Barnes is playing a shepherd in the Christmas pageant at the bat-infested Episcopal Church. When the Barnes family dog dies on Christmas Eve, Doug and his father end up adopting a shelter dog, Walter, a charmer who manages to wreck the pageant. Accompanying Barry's snappy narrative are photos and goofy advertisements from the period. Barry is a crowd pleaser and doesn't disappoint with this tale.

Don't forget to stop by the Criminal Pages True Crime and Mystery Review Blog for another great giveaway!!!  Also, below the entry form is a list of links to all the blogs participating in the hop!!

November 22, 2011


The winner of our The Pledge giveaway is Angie!!!!!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered!!!!

November 14, 2011

New Giveaway!! Win a Copy of The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed. 

To celebrate the release of Kimberly Derting's new novel The Pledge we are giving away one copy of the book along with some cool Pledge swag, including a laminated passport to the country of Ludania signed by Kimberly Derting!!  This contest is open to US residents only.

November 6, 2011

Review by Landis: Go Ask Alice

This groundbreaking classic is more compelling than ever for today's readers. A sensation when it was first published and a perennial bestseller ever since, this real-life diary charts an anonymous teenage girl's struggle with the seductive--and often fatal--world of drugs.

5 out of 5 stars

In Go Ask Alice, you look through the eyes of a young girl with drug addiction.  A normal girl with a loving family, friends, a home, who looses herself in the high.  This story is touching, dark and unexpected.  Through this book, you will understand the physical and emotional effects drugs have.
The first time she used drugs, it was accidental. Just a game at a friend’s house involving LSD.  She swore she’d never do it again, but that vow was soon overlooked.  Next thing you know it, her and a friend are runaways in San Fransisco, struggling just to survive.  After a while, they realize that they can’t live on their own, and went back home, promising each other that they were both done with drugs.  Again, that promise was broken.  She finds herself lonely and broken, once again.
Not long after her 16th birthday, she is found facedown in her bathroom, dead.  You will feel her pain, her struggle, page after page.  Each entry more unbelieveable than the one before. This story is unforgettable. 

November 3, 2011

New Review At Daisy Chain Book Reviews

The summer after junior year of high school looks bleak for Alton Richards. His girlfriend has dumped him, he has no money and no job, and his parents insist that he drive his great-uncle Lester, who is old, blind, very sick, and very rich, to his bridge club four times a week and be his cardturner. 
     But Alton's parents aren't the only ones trying to worm their way into Lester Trapp's good graces. There is Trapp's longtime housekeeper, his alluring young nurse, and the crazy Castaneda family.
     Alton soon finds himself intrigued by his uncle, by the game of bridge, and especially by the pretty and shy Toni Castaneda, as he struggles to figure out what it all means, and ultimately to figure out the meaning of his own life.

Check out my review at Daisy Chain Book Reviews!!!!

November 2, 2011

Spooktacular Giveaway Winners!!!!!!!

We have our winners!!!!!  Congrats to Emma from the Our Books, Our Voice Blog and Holly S.

They have each won a copy of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick and a Halloween swag pack!!!!!

Our next giveaway is coming up in 2 weeks.  We will be giving away a copy of Kimberly Dertings new novel The Pledge along with some cool swag signed by Kimberly Derting herself!!

November 1, 2011

Review by Steffani: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.  In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart

4 out of 5 stars

Simone Elkeles' novel Perfect Chemistry is a heart warming and very suspenseful story. Alex Fuentes and Brittany Ellis are the most unexpected couple at Fairfield High School, located in a suburb of Chicago. It is a book you don't want to put down.

Brittany Ellis tries to be perfect for her family, although her family is far from perfect. She is the captain of the pom pom squad and has the perfect boyfriend, Colin Adams. They make up the Golden Couple and without each other the world would be "whacked" out of alignment. Fairfield is also home to some members of the Mexican gang the Latino Blood. Alex Fuentes is one of the most feared members.

From the first time Brittany and Alex encounter each other, there is a reaction of personalities, both of them hiding something from the rest of the world. Simone Elkeles does an extraordinary job of showing that two people can be the ultimate couple, especially when it is not expected.

Read our interview with Simone Elkeles below!!

How did growing up in the suburbs of Chicago influence the plot and setting of Perfect Chemistry?

Perfect Chemistry is loosely based off of Highland Park High School, which was my rival high school growing up.  The setting is definitely familiar to me, because it’s close to where I grew up.  There is a big Hispanic community on one side of “the tracks” (yes, there are literally tracks separating the town) and kids who live in mansions on Lake Michigan on the other side.  They all go to the same high school, and I thought it would be great to see what would happen if two people from different sides fell for each other.  I’m a girl who was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs.  I know Chicago – it’s in my blood!  I think it’s hard to write about Chi-Town unless you’ve lived here.

What was your inspiration in creating the Fuentes brothers and how did you manage to make them so irresistible? 

Seriously, Alex was first based off of this Mexican guy who works at my bagel store.  Besides making the best bagels in the Chicagoland area, he’s got charisma and swagger that can’t be ignored.  You can’t help but focus on him when you walk in the store.  When he smiles, you smile right along with him.  I think the Fuentes brothers are so irresistible because they’re not only super hot looking, they’ve also got the biggest hearts.  When they love, they love with all of their heart and soul.  It’s also super sexy to be so dedicated to your family that you’d do anything for them – even sacrifice yourself.  I think you fall in love with Alex, Carlos, and Luis Fuentes for different reasons because they’re so different- I’m so thankful my fans love them as much as I do!

Have you done any work with teens affected by gangs?

Yes.  I have spoken with boys at juvenile detention centers in the United States, and I also have fans that have been in gangs.  I met with some of them for research on Chain Reaction and it was definitely eye-opening and heartbreaking at the same time. These teens have been through so much, and have seen too much violence in their young lives – more violence than anyone should see in a lifetime!

What advice do you have for teens who find themselves in the same situations as Alex and Carlos?

My fans who relate to Alex and Carlos find themselves wanting to be like Alex and Carlos – they want to clean up their lives and be a hero.  It’s not easy to do, but it’s definitely possible!  I hope my books give inspiration to teens in those situations.

How long did it take to write each of the Perfect Chemistry novels?

Perfect Chemistry I wrote in four months, but kept rewriting it over five years.  Rules of Attraction took about 4-5 months. Chain Reaction I re-wrote three times over nine months.  

Is there a certain process you go through when writing the books?

Nope.  I don’t write off of an outline, so I just write “Chapter 1” and start typing.  The stories usually come to me as I’m writing them.  Sometimes it’s easier to write at my office where I have no distractions, and sometimes I have to go to a coffee shop where I welcome the background noise. I have no specific process.  Because I had a harder time writing Chain Reaction, I cut pictures out of magazines to represent each character and glued them to a poster board to help me.

Are there any plans for a movie based on Perfect Chemistry? I know we would love to see one!

My film agent, Michelle Weiner at CAA, thinks Perfect Chemistry would make a great television series.  Cross your fingers that a film or series is made, because I’d love to see my characters come to life on the big or small screen!

Can you tell us a little about what it was like on the set of the Chain Reaction book trailer?

It was amazing, surreal, and super emotional. Seeing my characters come to life, as I’d always imagined them, is completely mind-blowing.  I was giddy and dorky the entire time, loving every single second of it.  It was also stressful, because we had to film it in one day instead of the planned two days (long story) so all the scenes had to be done quick and we had to move on to the next scene/location before we lost any daylight.  I loved working with my longtime friend from high school Pete Jones who directed the trailer, and producer Judd Nissen really put the pieces together in such a quick timeframe I have no clue how he did it – I was really thankful for his expertise.  Watching the Director of Photography Dean Bushala on set was amazing- he’s seriously a genius with a camera and I’d love to work with him again.  If you were there, you wouldn’t know it was just a book trailer- you would have thought you’d walked on set of a major motion picture. 

The covers of the Perfect Chemistry books definitely add to their appeal and the cover of Chain Reaction is by far the hottest.  What did you think when you first saw it?

I thought the cover for Chain Reaction was hot, and I loved that Nikki looked Hispanic, but I didn’t know how I’d incorporate that shower cover scene into the book.  I got the cover before I wrote the book, which is the same thing that happened to me with Rules of Attraction.  I love the covers for the Perfect Chemistry series – they’re edgy and sexy just like the books!

Now that the Perfect Chemistry trilogy is completed what can your fans expect next?

I’m going to be writing a story about a girl who falls for a boy who just came out of rehab.  The story will hit close to home, because when I was a senior in high school I met and started dating a boy who’d just come out of rehab and had been an alcoholic/drug addict since he was 12 years old.  It will not be auto-biographical, but I assure you a lot of it will be first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to date a recovering alcoholic/drug addict as a teen.  I still remember going to Cocaine Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings before our dates.  The boy taught me how to live hard, laugh hard, and love hard –something I still carry to this day. I probably wouldn’t be writing romance if it weren’t for that relationship, where I loved so deeply and our relationship became so intense the boy became part of my soul.

Spooktacular Giveaway is closed :)

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our giveaway!!  We went from 50 to 113 followers in 7 days - WOW!!!!!  The X-treme reading class will meet tomorrow and draw the winners!!!  I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!!

October 24, 2011

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!!!!

Happy Halloween!!!

To get into the Halloween Spirit the X-treme Readers are participating in the very awesome Spooktacular Giveaway Hop sponsored by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and The Diary of a Bookworm!!

We will be giving away TWO cute and creepy Halloween prize packs that will include a copy of Becca Fitzpatrick's paranormal romance Hush, Hush signed to you from the X-treme Readers and some awesome Halloween themed swag (including handmade Halloween gift tags and bookmarks made by Jen)!!!!

Our giveaway is for US residents only and is super easy to enter.  Just leave a comment on this post with an e-mail address we can reach you at after the giveaway hop is over.  For extra entries you can also complete the following tasks:

+1 Follow our blog
+1 "Like" our Facebook fan page
+1 Tweet a link to this post with the name @xtremereader (only one Tweet per entry)

Be sure to let us know in your comment how many extra entries you have and if you are already a follower or a Facebook friend you automatically earn the extra entries!!!

Winners will be pulled from a bucket by the X-treme Readers  and announced here on November 2nd (we're kind of old school).

Here is the list of links to all participating blogs: