the super-duper YA book giveaway

I’m going to be occupied with family adventures and responsibilities this week, but I thought I’d give you all something to do while I’m gone: WIN BOOKS!

But not just any books. No. This week you get a chance to win 3 books written by 3 of my very good friends, all debut authors within the past year. (The first from last December, the latest from… today, with Cindy snuggled in the middle.)

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That’s Break by Hannah Moskowitz, Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon, and Handcuffs by Bethany Griffin. They’re all very different YA books, but they’re all very good, and YOU KNOW YOU WANT THEM. (Click the titles for descriptions/reviews in case you aren’t sure why you want them.)

Since there are three books this time I’m going to make winning them sliiiiightly more difficult than previous giveaways, but only slightly:

TO WIN:

What is the last book you read, and do you give it a thumbs-up or thumbs-down?

Please post your answer in the comments section below.

The contest will be open for one week; in other words I will choose a winner on… Tuesday September 1st! What a great way to start the month.

In case you still aren’t sure if you want these books, look how pretty they will be on your shelf:

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Monkey and hockey puck not included. Have at!

(psst–I’m paying postage! you no longer have any excuses.)

(pssst 2–these aren’t my copies that I’m giving away, obv.)

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dragons and dragons and dragons, oh my

The Sci-Fi channel pretty much made my life yesterday by showing nothing but dragon movies ALL DAY. I got to see such classics as Dragon Storm, George and the Dragon, and of course everybody’s favorite: Dungeons and Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God. Really, there’s nothing like a good cheesy dragon movie to brighten up the day.

But really, they were incredibly cheesy. Awful, some might say. But I actually kinda like really bad fantasy movies. (shhhh, don’t tell anyone.) So I had a good time.

But it made me wonder: are there good dragon movies? It is not a genre I have explored in any great detail. I know there are quite a few, and have even specifically avoided some (Sean Connery != my idea of a dragon). Really I haven’t looked into the genre much because I am dubious of fantasy special effects and would rather just read fantasy and imagine my own dragons than watch an obviously CGI lizard thrash around on-screen.

However, I have decided to expand my horizons. So over the next few months I am going to watch as many dragon movies as humanly possible. When I feel I have exhausted the genre, I will report back with my definitive list of top ten dragon movies of all time.

Soooo…

Any suggestions? What dragon movies do you like, what dragon movies should I watch because they’re masterpieces or standards, what dragon movies don’t you like but I should probably watch anyway because they have dragons in them?

Anyone? This is important.