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100 Follower Giveaway
When I reach 100 followers, four Wonderlanders will be chosen to receive a $5 gift card at either Amazon or Barnes and Noble (and those of you who have Kindles or Nooks know this can mean up to $5 books). Two will be chosen for the highest number of comments and the other winners will be selected at random. All you have to do is follow, no other action is necessary to be entered in the drawing.

I will email you if you are a winner. You must reply this email and tell me your preference between Amazon and BN or another name will be drawn after a week.

Wonderland Current Population (Total from All Follower Widgets): 39

Current Leaderboard for First Two Prizes (Other Two are Drawn at Random)
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1 point for comment on meme

Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books 14
Katrina @ Kindred Dreamheart 9
Rapunzel @ Escape the Tower 9
Vivi @ Vivaciously, Vivian 7
Steph @ Steph’s Stacks 7



If you get on the leaderboard, you will be emailed. If you would like to receive a monthly email about rankings, email me at annie-in-wonderland@live.com.

30 Follower Giveaway
Thank you to all those who helped me reach thrilling thirty! Emails have already been sent to my first 30 followers, who are all eligble for an ebook each. Some of you have not replied the message I sent (most likely to the email associated with your Blogger account as that’s the only Follow widget I had at the time). You can still email me now at annie-in-wonderland@live.com if this is you and you have not received your ebook yet. I still have some which have not been sent out.

Thank you Citizens, Residents, and Natives of Wonderland, and happy reading!

3 comments:

  1. This is so cool. Thanks for the giveaway, Annie. Glad I made the cut!

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    1. You're welcome Katrina! Thanks for being a Star Citizen 🙂

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  2. Yaaah~!! That's the spirit, Annie! <3 Early planning FTW! Heehee, I feel super honoured to be on your Leaderboard! Nice giveaway too, I'm looking forward to it! *o*

    Oh, and about the email..hmmm.. most likely went to viyemelle@yahoo.ca, but if you want to reach me quickly in the future, manshu1006@yahoo.ca is probably better!

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Annie in Wonderland Book Review: Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers

Ismae uses her supernatural gifts and the training she received at the convent for the daughters of the god of death, as an assassin, bringing justice and fighting for the independence of her country. Her biggest assignment yet is to infiltrate the court where war, arranged marriages, and fatal betrayal is brewing. She must find out who is behind the treason and dispatch them before they murder the young ruler and others for whom Ismae cares, all while pretending to be a lady of court and keeping her identity her secret. 


13035363This is fantasy, history, romance and murder mystery with suspense, intrigue, and female empowerment. Ismae is a girl of action who doesn’t sit still or get pushed around. She’s always fighting, spying, taking risks and crossing lines but does so with a strong sense of duty and responsibility. She is, after all, a trained assassin. She seeks to kill justly and do what’s right, but where magic and betrayal collide, the lines around what is right, becomes blurry. 

The romance is well-developed and compelling, rebels against the cloying insta-love that appears too frequently in our genre, and truly has substance embedded in character, not just chance and good looks. I like romance served with a hearty side of emotional conflict, and this one had as much as there could be, yet parts of it sneak up on you subtly. 

Over the course of the book, Ismae gains learns to let emotions seep through her wall of hard logic and pragmatism, and also develops critical thinking – learning to appreciate those she trusts and obeys while acknowledging they are only human, and to think for herself despite everything she’s always been taught. The first of these is about finding balancing in her personality which we all could use, and the second is a theme which teenagers and young adults grapple with. This was a unique and unforgettable highlight of this year’s readings!

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Annie in Wonderland Book Review: December 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers

Ismae uses her supernatural gifts and the training she received at the convent for the daughters of the god of death, as an assassin, bringing justice and fighting for the independence of her country. Her biggest assignment yet is to infiltrate the court where war, arranged marriages, and fatal betrayal is brewing. She must find out who is behind the treason and dispatch them before they murder the young ruler and others for whom Ismae cares, all while pretending to be a lady of court and keeping her identity her secret. 


13035363This is fantasy, history, romance and murder mystery with suspense, intrigue, and female empowerment. Ismae is a girl of action who doesn’t sit still or get pushed around. She’s always fighting, spying, taking risks and crossing lines but does so with a strong sense of duty and responsibility. She is, after all, a trained assassin. She seeks to kill justly and do what’s right, but where magic and betrayal collide, the lines around what is right, becomes blurry. 

The romance is well-developed and compelling, rebels against the cloying insta-love that appears too frequently in our genre, and truly has substance embedded in character, not just chance and good looks. I like romance served with a hearty side of emotional conflict, and this one had as much as there could be, yet parts of it sneak up on you subtly. 

Over the course of the book, Ismae gains learns to let emotions seep through her wall of hard logic and pragmatism, and also develops critical thinking – learning to appreciate those she trusts and obeys while acknowledging they are only human, and to think for herself despite everything she’s always been taught. The first of these is about finding balancing in her personality which we all could use, and the second is a theme which teenagers and young adults grapple with. This was a unique and unforgettable highlight of this year’s readings!

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Annie in Wonderland Book Review: April 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Beautiful Creatures by by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl


~ Summary ~

Ethan is plagued by all too realistic dreams of trying to hold on, against all odds, to someone he can’t bear to lose. Hauntingly, he meets this person and finds that she can speak to him in her mind. Lena warns Ethan to stay away from her, because on her sixteenth birthday, like all Casters, she will be claimed either back the Dark or the Light. She is haunted by suspicions that she will go Dark, and become more of a danger to him, the closer they become. However, Dark Casters are already attacking Lena, and Ethan seems to be the only thing that can protect her. He fights to hold on and do whatever he must to save her from being taken by the Darkness.

~ Plot ~ 
Suspense and mystery are introduced early on and the action builds at a gripping pace. I was fascinated from the start by the psychic bond of dreams and telepathy between the main character and his love interest. The author instilled an itchiness to solve the mystery of the visions that bind them together. Every moment holds rising tension of what might happen if they don’t succeed in finding a way to break Lena free from an ancient curse to enable her to choose Light rather than doing evil. The only thing that would have made this novel better would be at least a subtle temptation to go Dark in the first two thirds of the plot, and also more development of how Lena’s magic works and what all it entails. However, the latter may be delved into during future installments. The ending catered to my preferences in delivering a well-finishes closer rather than a trailer for the sequel. 
~ Characters ~
The characters were all quirky and believable, with not a single cookie-cutter among the main cast. The author couldn’t have picked a more perfect setting than Gatlin, nor developed it more intricately. This small town, closed-minded to anything new or extraordinary, harbors secrets beyond what any of its inhabitants could fathom. Lena was intriguing and compelling, along with her family of Casters, all with unique abilities. At times it felt like Ethan too easily accepted all Lena’s strangeness, but it’s believable that having so many dreams of losing someone who evokes such strong feelings, and then meeting that someone in person, can build immediate an immediate bond. It was immensely more likable, interesting, and compelling than the vast majority of cases of insta-love. 
~ Rating ~


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Annie in Wonderland Book Review: June 2013

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Bloodlines and Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead

In this spin-off of the beloved Vampire Academy series, Sydney the Alchemist poses as a bodyguard of sorts against the myriad of things that go wrong when Jill Mastrano goes into hiding at a human prep academy.


Plot:
While each book contains at least one thrilling, life-or-death battle, they seem to encompass less danger and excitement throughout in comparison with the Vampire Academy series. A prominent theme is Sydney moving from the humans = good, vampires = bad mantra grilled into her by the Alchemists, questioning the system she’s blindly subscribed to all her life, and overcome the racial barriers in a desired but forbidden romance.
Characters:

Sydney Sage is the polar opposite of Rose. Instead of shouting “Why did you do that, stupid?” every other chapter the way I did with Rose, I related to Sydney – she’s a lot more like me. However, Rose clearly makes the more exciting and unpredictable character.

Lovers of Adrian will rejoice in his prominence in this series. I wasn’t too fond of him in VA, but he quickly made my favorites list in Bloodlines, demonstrating a depth of character behind his devil-may-care attitude. Adrian is even more Sydney’s opposite than Rose, and Bloodlines has them bringing out the best in each other.  

I hope this in-the-writing series will see Sydney throw off the chains of the Alchemist cult (at least that’s what I see it as) and join the vampire cause. 

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Annie in Wonderland Book Review: Beautiful Creatures by by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Beautiful Creatures by by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl


~ Summary ~

Ethan is plagued by all too realistic dreams of trying to hold on, against all odds, to someone he can’t bear to lose. Hauntingly, he meets this person and finds that she can speak to him in her mind. Lena warns Ethan to stay away from her, because on her sixteenth birthday, like all Casters, she will be claimed either back the Dark or the Light. She is haunted by suspicions that she will go Dark, and become more of a danger to him, the closer they become. However, Dark Casters are already attacking Lena, and Ethan seems to be the only thing that can protect her. He fights to hold on and do whatever he must to save her from being taken by the Darkness.

~ Plot ~ 
Suspense and mystery are introduced early on and the action builds at a gripping pace. I was fascinated from the start by the psychic bond of dreams and telepathy between the main character and his love interest. The author instilled an itchiness to solve the mystery of the visions that bind them together. Every moment holds rising tension of what might happen if they don’t succeed in finding a way to break Lena free from an ancient curse to enable her to choose Light rather than doing evil. The only thing that would have made this novel better would be at least a subtle temptation to go Dark in the first two thirds of the plot, and also more development of how Lena’s magic works and what all it entails. However, the latter may be delved into during future installments. The ending catered to my preferences in delivering a well-finishes closer rather than a trailer for the sequel. 
~ Characters ~
The characters were all quirky and believable, with not a single cookie-cutter among the main cast. The author couldn’t have picked a more perfect setting than Gatlin, nor developed it more intricately. This small town, closed-minded to anything new or extraordinary, harbors secrets beyond what any of its inhabitants could fathom. Lena was intriguing and compelling, along with her family of Casters, all with unique abilities. At times it felt like Ethan too easily accepted all Lena’s strangeness, but it’s believable that having so many dreams of losing someone who evokes such strong feelings, and then meeting that someone in person, can build immediate an immediate bond. It was immensely more likable, interesting, and compelling than the vast majority of cases of insta-love. 
~ Rating ~


Annie in Wonderland Book Review: Bloodlines and Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Bloodlines and Golden Lily (Bloodlines #2) by Richelle Mead

In this spin-off of the beloved Vampire Academy series, Sydney the Alchemist poses as a bodyguard of sorts against the myriad of things that go wrong when Jill Mastrano goes into hiding at a human prep academy.


Plot:
While each book contains at least one thrilling, life-or-death battle, they seem to encompass less danger and excitement throughout in comparison with the Vampire Academy series. A prominent theme is Sydney moving from the humans = good, vampires = bad mantra grilled into her by the Alchemists, questioning the system she’s blindly subscribed to all her life, and overcome the racial barriers in a desired but forbidden romance.
Characters:

Sydney Sage is the polar opposite of Rose. Instead of shouting “Why did you do that, stupid?” every other chapter the way I did with Rose, I related to Sydney – she’s a lot more like me. However, Rose clearly makes the more exciting and unpredictable character.

Lovers of Adrian will rejoice in his prominence in this series. I wasn’t too fond of him in VA, but he quickly made my favorites list in Bloodlines, demonstrating a depth of character behind his devil-may-care attitude. Adrian is even more Sydney’s opposite than Rose, and Bloodlines has them bringing out the best in each other.  

I hope this in-the-writing series will see Sydney throw off the chains of the Alchemist cult (at least that’s what I see it as) and join the vampire cause. 

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  1. This was a really well written review. It makes me want to grab the novels. Thank you.

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  2. Terrific blog you have here. I really like the color theme, it's really quite eye catching. Thanks for sharing this wonderful review. I'm definitely interested in picking this book up soon. Keep up the great work on this lovely blog. Good Books To Read

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  3. lovely blog. I've heard a lot about this series. Thinking I'll be adding to my tbr

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