Christmas Giveaway at Celina’s Books and Magazines

My good friend Celina is having a giveaway of trade paperback copies of Howl’s Moving Castle and Castle in Air over at her site. Click here for the details. Howl was actually the book that started our friendship. πŸ™‚ I remember buying copies of the first two Chrestomanci volumes from Celina and she sent me an email to ask if I’ve read Howl. That’s how our daily email exchanges started. She’s giving away a copy of the book because it’s one of the reasons she started reading YA.

To join the giveaway, you just have to leave a comment on her site, telling her the books that you’re grateful for. Giveaway ends December 22 and open to everyone in the Philippines. So head on over there to join!

Queen’s Thief Giveaway

Yay, it’s December already! Christmas is just around the corner. What better way to celebrate the season than by having a giveaway? πŸ™‚ You all know that one of my all-time favorites is the Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner. I have signed paperback copies of The Thief, The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia and they’re looking for a new home! Haven’t heard of this series (and whyyyyy, may I ask)? Click here to check out my review. If you’ve never read these books, you really should pick them up soon.

I’m going to ask a little favor from the winner. Please post a review of the series either on your blog or Amazon or Goodreads. If you don’t have a blog, you can do a guest post here. I just want to know what you think of the books and of course, provide more coverage about it.

To join the giveaway, leave a comment on where you’re planning to post your review as well as the name of your favorite thief in fiction. No need to include your email address since the WordPress comment system already asks you to do that. Giveaway ends December 17, 2010. Oh and did I say it’s international? Because it is. πŸ™‚ But I’ll be sending it through surface mail if ever so it might take some time to arrive. The winner will be chosen using

Green Rider Giveaway Winner!

The winner for my giveaway of the Green Rider series by Kristen Britain is:



Congratulations, Evert! Her answer to my question of what her favorite epic fantasy series is this:

I love the Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis because every time I read the series, I learn something new and get new insights! The stories do not get old. I can recommend this series to both kids and adults and I think they will both enjoy reading them.

Some of the other answers were The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, the Warhead series, the Temeraire series, Graceling and Fire, the Prydain Chronicles (check out kcathy’s comment in the post, it’s already a mini review of sorts :)), A Song of Ice and Fire series, the Dragonlance series and the last answer is the Green Rider series. It’s funny because I don’t consider the Harry Potter books as epic fantasy because they’re set in this world, the wizarding world exists side by side with the Muggle community. Epic fantasy for me are stories set in a made up world.

Anyway, thank you to everyone who joined! I appreciate all the comments and I’m sorry there could only be one winner. Don’t worry, I will probably have another giveaway on November.

Happy Halloween, everyone! Here’s a carved squash (yes, it’s not a pumpkin) that I found in the restaurant that we ate at yesterday:

Giveaway: Green Rider Series

It’s time for another giveaway here at Chachic’s Book Nook! This time, I will be giving away the three books in the Green Rider series by Kristen Britain: Green Rider, First Rider’s Call, The High King’s Tomb. I don’t have reviews of these three because I read them before I had a blog. Click on the titles to see their Goodreads pages and you can browse through the reviews there. This is an epic fantasy series that’s pretty easy to get into, I just didn’t fall in love with it.

The first and third book are in trade paperback editions and the second is in mass market edition. I don’t know either why the second wasn’t available in trade paperback. Anyway, to join the giveaway, leave a comment and answer this question: What’s your favorite epic fantasy book or series and why? πŸ™‚ Giveaway will end October 29, the winner will be chosen through, anyone in the Philippines can join (sorry international followers!)

Mortal Instruments Giveaway Winner!

I posted about my giveaway of a set of the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare a couple of weeks back. Those who wanted to enter were required to leave a comment and mention what review of mine is their favorite and why. To everyone who participated, thank you so much for the lovely comments! I cannot tell you how much I appreciate all of them. Your answers have given me more reasons to find happiness in blogging. Sadly, I have to choose only one winner and that is:


Anne chose my review of The Sky is Everywhere as her favorite and this is what she said:

I came across this book last May and upon reading the summary, dismissed it as just another love triangle, which, frankly, I was getting tired of since the Twilight franchise came out in cinemas.

It was only last month when I saw the quote you posted from the book that something caught in my throat. I checked your review here and the two quotes you posted in Goodreads and I have to admit, I was pretty choked up. My sister and I have not spoken to each other for eight years and reading your review awakened in me the sense of loss I had pretended was not there. I instantly regretted not getting the book when you pointed out that it was not just about a love triangle but the grief that Lennie had to go through and what she did to overcome it. And as if these were not enough for me to go running to the nearest bookstore, you also said that the book had snippets of poetry, which I would never have known just by reading the book jacket. And seeing as how I love poetry and I do write mine, sometimes on my loss, I had no choice but to hunt for the book. I did find it and read it in one sitting, almost sobbing at times. It was this book that strengthened my resolve to fix things with my sister, before it was too late.

Thank you Chachic for helping me rediscover this book. It touched my life more than you could ever know and for that i will always be grateful to you. =)

It’s such a touching anecdote. I never knew I could affect readers in that way! Reading is my passion and I just love giving recommendations whenever I can. Thank you all for the heartwarming comments. πŸ™‚ I replied to all of them if you want to go back and check them out. Whenever I feel down or if ever I get lazy when it comes to blogging, I’ll go back to that post and see what you all said.

Congrats Anne! I will be contacting you in a bit to ask for your address so I can send the books within the week. To those who didn’t win, don’t worry because I’ll be having more giveaways. I still need to clean out my bookshelf and let go of the books that I don’t want to keep.

Giveaway: Mortal Instruments Trilogy

Last week, I won two blog giveaways: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins from Jason of Taking a Break and Echoes by Melinda Metz from Bella of A Girl Reads a Book. Thanks again, Jason and Bella! It was a great book week for me, what with the Mockingjay Launch Party and everything else. So I thought I’d make someone else happy by having a giveaway of my own. This week, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare is being released. So in celebration of that, I’m giving away the Mortal Instruments trilogy – trade paperback copies of City of Bones and City of Ashes and a hardcover of City of Glass. These are my personal copies but I only read them once so they’re like brand-new, no spine creases or anything like that. I don’t have reviews of these but click on the titles to browse through the books’ Goodreads pages, where there are plenty of reviews for the series.

I’m doing something different with the mechanics of this giveaway. To join the giveaway, please go through my reviews and tell me what’s your favorite and why. Did my review convince you to get that book? Do you like the way it’s written? I’m doing this because I’m hoping to get some feedback. πŸ™‚ Contest ends September 15, 2010 and only those in the Philippines are eligible to join. Sorry international readers! I’m also taking a page out of Jason’s book and choosing the winner based on the answer and not using like I did with my other giveaways. Good luck and I look forward to your answers.

Giveaway of a Shannon Hale Book!

Hey everyone, I’m excited to announce that I’m hosting a contest as part of
Enna Isilee’s Birthday Bash 2010
Presented by Squeaky Books

From August 23rd until September 22nd, Enna Isilee at Squeaky Books is having a HUGE bash to celebrate her birthday! There are twelve contests, tons of author interviews, and guest posts from over a dozen different YA book bloggers. And I get to host a contest!

I get to give away ANY one of Shannon Hale’s YA books β€” UK edition! These books are BEAUTIFUL, and entering is simple. Just fill out the form (with optional bonus entries). You have until September 21st at 11:59 MST to enter. US and Canada only so sorry international readers! All winners will be announced on Enna Isilee’s birthday (September 22nd) on Enna Isilee’s blog (Squeaky Books). And today, I’m featured by Ennalee over at Squeaky Books, where I talk about my birthday this year. You should totally go check it out.

Without further ado, enter to win! Click below.

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Tall Story Giveaway Winner

The winner of my giveaway of a signed copy of Tall Story by Candy Gourlay is:


Her favorite Asian character is Alex Trese from the comics, Trese by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo. Congratulations, isaw08! I’ll email you in a bit to ask for your address. Thank you to all those who joined. I enjoyed reading your answers. They made me curious about all of the Asian characters that you mentioned and I might check out those movies, books or TV shows in the future.

Review and Giveaway: Tall Story by Candy Gourlay

So I talked about Candy Gourlay’s Tall Story launch in this post over here. I finally got a chance to read my signed copy and I’m excited to share this book with you guys with a giveaway.

Here’s the summary of the book from the official site:

Andi hasn’t seen her brother for eight years and when he steps off the plane from the Philippines, she cannot believe her eyes. He’s tall. EIGHT FOOT TALL.

But Bernardo is not what he seems. Bernardo is a hero, Bernardo works miracles, and Bernardo has an amazing story to tell.

This book is more middle grade or younger YA for me, just to give you guys fair warning. The story is told in alternating perspectives of Bernardo and Andi (real name: Amandolina, such an old school Filipino name). Andi is a thirteen-year-old girl who lives in London with her parents. She has a half-brother named Bernardo and he lives in the Philippines. Their mum came to the UK to work as a nurse and that’s when she met Andi’s father, who also works as a nurse. They’ve been trying to get Bernardo to the UK ever since they settled down but the immigration process is taking a long time. Andi can’t wait to meet her brother because she’s crazy about basketball and her mum says Bernardo is tall. Also, basketball is a popular sport in the Philippines so Bernardo must love basketball! Bernardo is sixteen when he receives the news that he can finally go to his family in the UK. The story focuses on Bernardo’s experiences as he adjusts to a new life in a foreign country with a family that he loves but doesn’t really know. Bernardo is tall, awkward and shy but he strives to do all that he can for his friends and family. Andi is a spirited tomboy of a girl and she’s determined to play basketball even if she doesn’t have the height for it. I think it was a good idea to tell the story from both of their points of view because it gives the readers a better idea of the whole situation. It’s easier for us to understand what both of them were going through.

Tall Story is a heartwarming, hilarious tale about friendship and family and how certain bonds can transcend the physical distance. As cheesy as this sounds, I really think this book shows how people can be involved in each other’s lives even if they are continents apart. And this happens all of the time! I have friends and family all over the world and even if I don’t see them that often, I still feel the connection. A lot of you readers and book blogger friends live abroad and even if I haven’t met you in person, I feel like I know you. Isn’t that amazing? Most people have relatives and friends abroad so I have a feeling a lot of us can relate to Bernardo’s story and how hard it is to live away from those you love. I think it’s great that a Filipino author with a young adult book has been published internationally because I’d love for you guys to read this book. It has a wonderful blend of contemporary fiction and Filipino mythology, resulting in a cohesive story that has a lot of heart. Superstition plays a big part in this story because Filipinos are big on superstition, probably more so in the provinces.

I also think Candy Gourlay’s portrayal of Filipinos in foreign countries is pretty accurate. Andi’s mum gets carded whenever she buys wine because she’s such a small person. I’m five foot flat and I had the same problem when I went to the States for a vacation. Whenever I ordered alcohol, the servers would ask for my ID and they couldn’t believe that I was twenty-four years old at that time. They all used to think I was seventeen or younger. Also, Andi doesn’t understand why her mum calls her aunt in the Philippines when they spend most of their time on the phone saying “Hello? Can you hear me? Hello? Hello?” That is EXACTLY how my aunt in the States talks to my grandmother! They use up the call card just saying “Hello.”

Check out this nifty book trailer created by the author’s brother. I find the accents so funny! I mean it’s funny to hear a distinct UK accent side by side with a Filipino accent. Watch it to see what I mean.

All in all, a lovely debut from Candy Gourlay and I’m going to watch out for more of her books. I’m giving away one SIGNED copy of Tall Story to residents of the Philippines. To join, just leave a comment and answer the question: Who is your favorite Asian character? It can be from a book, TV show or movie. Sorry, international friends! International shipping is so expensive but you guys can buy Tall Story from The Book Depository, here. The winner will be randomly chosen using on August 6, Friday.

Beauty Giveaway Winner

The winner of Beauty by Robin McKinley and The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker, according to is MBLC! Congratulations, I’ll send you an email to ask for your mailing address. Thank you to all those who joined. πŸ™‚ Don’t worry if you didn’t win this time, you can join again in future giveaways in this blog.