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Welcome to the INCARNATE Theater Treasure Hunt!

This week, 48 bloggers are celebrating the release of INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows by participating in a treasure hunt with clues, activities, and lots of prizes including signed books and handknit fingerless mitts. You’ve reached a CLUE blog, which means somewhere on this page is a clue to finding the hidden page and grand prize entry form on Jodi’s website. Follow 26 clues to get there!

For more information on the INCARNATE Theater Treasure Hunt, check out Jodi’s post. www.jodimeadows.com

Music was something that was very important to Jodi and today we are very lucky to have her pick a song from her playlist and tell us a little bit about why it was important to her. Here is what Jodi had to say:

Make This Go On Forever, by Snow Patrol – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4giE9QhJ48
I’m not sure how I wrote books before Snow Patrol. I love all their music, but the chorus of “Make This Go On Forever” is especially relevant to INCARNATE. This is definitely a Sam song. Though he cares about Ana, he doesn’t always know how to deal with her because she’s so different from everyone he’s known. While they fight, and he has ethical questions about their relationship, he desperately wants to make it work.

My clue is to help you get an extra entry into the grand prize drawing. When you reach the password-protected page (using the clues from other bloggers!), you’ll find a form to enter the grand-prize drawing. One question on the form will say, “What’s the secret blogger word?”

The answer to that is a six-letter word. Five other bloggers and I have clues to this one. Unscramble the word and enter it for an extra chance to win!

My clue is . . . S.

Here are the links to follow the treasure hunt onto the next part:

The Night Bookmobile
Never To Be Told
Book Loving Mom

As an extra for you all if you head over to my “Few and Far Between” page (its my giveaway page for those unfamiliar) it will lead to information on how to win a few things from me =)

You can follow Jodi Meadows on twitter @jodimeadows
Jodi Website
Jodi Facebook Page

Hannah

Review “Replication: The Jason Experiment” by Jill Williamson

Replication

Title: Replication: The Jason Experiment
By: Jill Williamson
Published by: Zondervan
Released on: December 27, 2011
Source: Netgalley

“Replication: The Jason Experiment” was a really unique book. I have never read a book about cloning before or the effects on the clones and this was really pulled me in. I will admit the beginning was a tad slow but once the action starts coming it doesn’t stop.

J:3:3 is a Jason, one of the dozens that live at an underground facility called Jason Farms. When Abby Goyer moves to Alaska she never envisioned that she would stumble across the workings of a “mad scientist”.

She is shocked one night to find a boy in her room that looks just like JD Kane, even more shocking is that he is not JD Kane.

There are a lot of really good questions discussed in this book dealing with the creation of humans and it was interesting to read about them. For example is a clone a human? They are not created naturally as humans are, instead they are created in a lab and grown from there.

Through the course of the book we get to see Abby’s relationship with her father grow, and that was really something that I loved. There was a lot of character growth and it was interesting to see that.

We also get to see Marty (J:3:3) grow from a clone into a human. We get to see him evolve and share many new experiences with the characters in the book.

Abby has unwavering faith as the book goes forward and I really believe that it was her strength that guided everyone in this town. Abby is a strong character and we could gain a lot by having more female protagonists such as her in YA books.

Overall I really liked this book and if you are looking for something completely unique, filled with action, small hints at romance, and a good faith driven story you will really like this book. I give it four stars.

Hannah
@Hannah_TBV

Review “Bloodrose” by Andrea Cremer

Bloodrose

Title: Bloodrose
By: Andrea Cremer
Published by: Philomel
Released on: January 3rd, 2012
Source: Purchased book

I am a huge fan of the Nightshade series by Andrea Cremer and so I was so excited to finally be able to read Bloodrose, which is the third book. I have two things to say about this book: it was completely amazing and I have never felt so conflicted about the ending of a book before.

From the very first page Andrea Cremer really gets us started. There is not a single moment in this book that was uneventful, not one time where I was bored.

There was the introduction of a love triangle. We get to see both Shay and Ren together and see how they interact with each other and how Calla responds to both of them. I am going to admit that I did not like certain aspects of this and I wish that Calla had been stronger in her opinions but I do understand her reasons for acting the way that she did.

Parts of this book were shocking and sad and I wouldn’t change anything about that. Those parts of the story really added to the overall feeling that this was a war, and in war sometimes bad things happen.

So the real kicker is the ending. I am going to admit when I first finished this book, I hated the ending. I was so upset words could not describe. I would tell you all exactly why I didn’t like it but I do not want to spoil anything for you all.

The thing that kept pulling at me and made me feel guilty for not liking it was because it was just so perfect for the series. The ending is extremely shocking and as someone who prides themselves on being able to predict endings I was blown away. I understand completely why Andrea Cremer chose this ending and I will give her major props for following through with what she believed in instead of just going down the beaten path with it.

My reasons for not liking the ending at first was just because I really thought it was going to go another way and I had my heart set on it. I was a little devastated at first, but after giving myself over a week to really think about it I cannot fault the ending. It really was a perfect ending to these books. It was not at all what I was expecting and I am glad I didn’t write the review when I first finished it because it would not have been pretty.

After rereading the book and specifically the ending multiple times, while I won’t say that its my favorite, I can say that it is the perfect ending to these books. I do not mind it so much now as I did when I first finished reading it.

The characters in the book were perfectly happy with what happened to them and so I felt a bit selfish by wanting it to end a certain way. All I can say to everyone out there is go into these books with an open mind, don’t have your heart set on it ending one way because I can guarantee all of you that you are never going to guess how it all ends.

I would most definitely recommend this book series to everyone! I didn’t realize how much I loved these books until I finished reading Bloodrose and I know that all of you will love them too.

Even though I have given you all my opinion of Bloodrose I hope that you read this book with an open mind and do not let me thoughts sway your opinion of what happens. I hope that you all really love these books just as I love them. Some of you are going to LOVE the ending the first time that you read it and some of you, like me, are going to need some time to digest what happens.

Bloodrose has the perfect balance of romance and action and it really shows the beauty in nature and in wolves.

Overall these are truly amazing books and for Bloodrose I will give it four stars!

Hannah
@Hannah_TBV

“Inheritance” Book Review by Alex

Inheritance Review

Inheritance

Derûndânn (“greetings” in Paolini’s dwarvish)! I’m Alex. This being my first review, I am determined to persuade you into the reading of the series/book I’m about to discuss. Ready yourself because the level of excitement I had while reading this book may be displayed sporadically and without control.

The Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini started with Eragon, a book that was gifted to me at a fairly young age. I delved inside the story of the farmhand nephew who stumbled upon what he thought was just a simple rock. I followed his journey as he befriended, mourned, fell in love, and learned about the responsibility that now had fallen on his shoulders. The descriptive story sucked me into another world, unable to snap free until hunger or exhaustion overpowered the book’s power. I experienced flights with Eragon on his beloved dragon Saphira to Farthen Dûr, the dwarves’ home; or to Ellesméra, the elves. To me, the series resembled Harry Potter in how it influenced my life.

A few years ago when I heard that Paolini actually needed to turn the trilogy into a four-book-series, I was ecstatic… one of my favorite stories wasn’t going to end as fast as I anticipated. While reading the third book, I understood why he had to. One of two important plotlines had yet to be laid out. And, the main plot line, the dealing with Galbatorix by Eragon and Saphira, had not occurred either. Foreshadowing played a huge part into the story. In the first book, Eragon had a vision of the future. This vision also included another dragon, a dragon that had yet to be introduced and a rider that had yet to realize. Anyway, the first three books were beautifully written and left many unanswered questions that Paolini would come to include in the final book… Inheritance.

Of all books, I have never been overtaken by emotion. However, when I read the last few chapters of this book, I couldn’t help but tear up (force myself to stop reading to allow myself to calm down). During the time between Brisingr (the 3rd book) and Inheritance, I had time to contemplate the remaining questions that were still unanswered. I had my suspicions, and as I read Inheritance, they turned out to be true. Some of these made me angry beforehand, but when I read them, I saw they were necessary. I was left aghast on numerous occasions. Usually a happy surprise. I will say, there was a certain person (of royalty) that I wanted Eragon to murder. That was the only time I became angry. As I neared the end, a piece of the story I had forgotten was brought back into the story. This is the point I began to weep. I felt as if everyone had forgotten this event. Anyway, it soon led into the ending, which added to my sadness.

I really loved Inheritance, and I really loved the series. There were some things I wish happened another way, but I understood why they were necessary. I 100% recommend these books. I believe you will fall in love with the story… just as I did.

Alex
@alxanderthgreat

You can follow Christopher Paolini @InheritanceCP