Once Upon a Con Series by Ashley Poston Giveaway (US Only)

The Prize

Quirk Books has graciously provided us with a set of the Once Upon a Con series by Ashley Poston to give away!

The prize includes:

  • Geekerella (paperback)
  • The Princess and the Fangirl (paperback)
  • Bookish and the Beast (paperback)
  • “Once at Midnight” (short story)
  • “Once Upon a Princess” (short story)
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More about the Books

Geekerella

Summary:

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

From My Review:

This book will resonate with readers who have ever felt out-of-place or who ever just dreamed of something this unlikely happening to them. “Cinderella” is all about the right circumstances converging to make someone’s life brighter than it had been before, and Poston taps into that to write a compelling take that walks the line between normal high school life and fantasy. Definitely a recommended read from me.

The Princess and the Fangirl

Princess and the Fangirl

Summary:

The Prince and the Pauper gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming young adult novel set in the Geekerella universe by national bestselling author Ashley Poston.

Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone—the actress who plays Princess Amara—wants nothing more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this year’s ExcelsiCon isn’t her last, she’ll consider her career derailed.

When a case of mistaken identity throws look-a-likes Imogen and Jess together, they quickly become enemies. But when the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, and all signs point to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. That’s easier said than done when the girls step into each other’s shoes and discover new romantic possibilities, as well as the other side of intense fandom. As these “princesses” race to find the script-leaker, they must rescue themselves from their own expectations, and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.

From My Review:

The Princess and the Fangirl, a geeky take on “The Prince and the Pauper,” is a must-read for anyone who enjoyed the companion novel Geekerella.  This book has all the fun and all the pop culture references of the first book, but with a bit more of a serious take fandom, responsibility, and finding your passions.

Bookish and the Beast

Summary:

In the third book in Ashley Poston’s Once Upon a Con series, Beauty and the Beast is retold in the beloved Starfield universe.

Rosie Thorne is feeling stuck—on her college application essays, in her small town, and on that mysterious General Sond cosplayer she met at ExcelsiCon. Most of all, she’s stuck in her grief over her mother’s death. Her only solace was her late mother’s library of rare Starfield novels, but even that disappeared when they sold it to pay off hospital bills.

On the other hand, Vance Reigns has been Hollywood royalty for as long as he can remember—with all the privilege and scrutiny that entails. When a tabloid scandal catches up to him, he’s forced to hide out somewhere the paparazzi would never expect to find him: Small Town USA. At least there’s a library in the house. Too bad he doesn’t read.

When Rosie and Vance’s paths collide and a rare book is accidentally destroyed, Rosie finds herself working to repay the debt. And while most Starfield superfans would jump at the chance to work in close proximity to the Vance Reigns, Rosie has discovered something about Vance: he’s a jerk, and she can’t stand him. The feeling is mutual.

But as Vance and Rosie begrudgingly get to know each other, their careful masks come off—and they may just find that there’s more risk in shutting each other out than in opening their hearts.

From My Review:

Part of the fun of this series is how it revels in nerd/fan/con culture, and that’s certainly present in Bookish and the Beast, though the action not does occur at a con as it does in the first two books. References to Poston’s invented Starfield fandom abound, of course, but there are also nods to everything from Star Wars to Harry Potter to Avatar: The Last Airbender, as well as a general love of science fiction and fantasy. Readers who also love these fandoms will feel right at home in this book.

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GIVEAWAY RULES

  • The giveaway is open to US residents only. (Sorry, shipping costs, etc.)
  • You should be 18 years or older to enter or have your parents’ permission.
  • We will email the winner once the giveaway closes.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond before we pick a new winner.
  • You do not need to be a follower of our blog, though you can get extra entries for this.
  • Anyone found cheating will be disqualified from this and any future giveaways.
  • We are not responsible for lost or damaged prizes.
  • We will not do anything with your address besides ship the prize to you.

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2019 Tolkien Reading Event Giveaway

Tolkien Reading Event 2019

Every year on March 25, the anniversary of the Downfall of Sauron, the Tolkien Society hosts Tolkien Reading Day. This year’s theme is Tolkien and the Mysterious. The primary goal is to promote the reading of the works of J.R R. Tolkien! To celebrate, Pages Unbound will be hosting two weeks of Tolkien-related posts. In addition to our own thoughts, we will be featuring a number of guest posts!


Giveaway Details

To kick off our Tolkien Reading Event 2019, we are giving away a Tolkien book to one lucky fan!  You will be able to choose any Tolkien book you like from the Book Depository, valued up to $11.50 USD.

You can see some of the available Tolkien books here.

Giveaway Rules

    • The giveaway is open internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to you.
    • You should be 18 years or older to enter or have your parents’ permission.
    • We will email the winner once the giveaway closes.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond before we pick a new winner.
    • You do not need to be a follower of our blog, though you can get extra entries for this.
    • Anyone found cheating will be disqualified from this and any future giveaways.
    • We are not responsible for lost or damaged prizes.
    • We will not do anything with your address besides ship the prize to you.

Click here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway.

Lord of the Rings Bookmark Set Giveaway

Tolkien Reading Event 2017
Every year on March 25, the anniversary of the Downfall of Sauron, the Tolkien Society hosts Tolkien Reading Day. This year’s theme is Poetry and Songs in Tolkien’s Fiction. The primary goal is to promote the reading of the works of J.R R. Tolkien! To celebrate, Pages Unbound will be hosting two weeks of Tolkien-related posts. In addition to our own thoughts, we will be featuring a number of guest posts!

Giveaway Details

Lord of the Rings Bookmarks

To kick off our 2017 Tolkien Reading Event, we are offering a set of six Lord of the Rings character bookmarks to one lucky reader! The set includes: Arwen, Galadriel, Eowyn, Boormir and Saruman and Gandalf (who are not pictured). The bookmarks are made of laminated cardstock (and the backs are just white).

The character clip art is from CuteGraphicSupply on Etsy. You can always purchase your own and design your own bookmarks if you don’t win the giveaway! The shop also has clip art for other popular fandoms like Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, and Star Wars.

Giveaway Rules

  • The giveaway is open internationally.
  • You should be 13 years or older to enter.
  • We will email the winner once the giveaway closes.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond before we pick a new winner.
  • You do not need to be a follower of our blog, though you can get extra entries for this.
  • Anyone found cheating will be disqualified from this and any future giveaways.
  • We are not responsible for lost or damaged prizes.
  • We will not do anything with your address besides ship the prize to you.

Click Here to Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway

Tolkien Reading Event Giveaway #2: Defending Middle-Earth (US Only)

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Giveaway Details

One lucky winner will receive a paperback of Defending Middle-Earth: Tolkien: Myth and Modernity by Patrick Curry.  I have read this book and enjoyed it.  It’s a short and approachable read for anyone interested in Tolkien studies. For more information, check out the Goodreads page.

Defending Middle Earth

Giveaway Rules

  • The giveaway is open only to US residents.
  • You should be 13 years or older to enter.
  • We will email the winner once the giveaway closes.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond before we pick a new winner.
  • You do not need to be a follower of our blog, though you can get extra entries for this.
  • Anyone found cheating will be disqualified from this and any future giveaways.
  • We are not responsible for lost or damaged prizes.
  • We will not do anything with your address besides ship the prize to you.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY.

*If you are an international follower, you can enter our other Tolkien giveaway here.

Tolkien Reading Event Giveaway #1: Book of Your Choice

Tolkien Event 2016

Giveaway Details

To kick off our Tolkien Reading Event 2016, we are giving away a Tolkien book to one lucky fan!  You will be able to choose any Tolkien book you like from the Book Depository, valued up to $11 USD.

You can see some of the available Tolkien books here.

Giveaway Rules

  • The giveaway is open internationally as long as the Book Depository ships to you.
  • You should be 13 years or older to enter.
  • We will email the winner once the giveaway closes.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond before we pick a new winner.
  • You do not need to be a follower of our blog, though you can get extra entries for this.
  • Anyone found cheating will be disqualified from this and any future giveaways.
  • We are not responsible for lost or damaged prizes.
  • We will not do anything with your address besides ship the prize to you.

CLICK HERE TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY.

Tolkien Reading Event 2016: Introduction Post

Tolkien Event 2016

Every year on March 25, the anniversary of the Downfall of Sauron, the Tolkien Society hosts Tolkien Reading Day. This year’s theme is Life, Death, and Immortality. The primary goal is to promote the reading of the works of J.R R. Tolkien! To celebrate, Pages Unbound will be hosting two weeks of Tolkien-related posts. In addition to our own thoughts, we will be featuring guest posts and interviews!

Post Schedule

Twitter Chat

Join us for a Twitter chat on Friday, March 25 at 8:00 pm EST.  Follow @pagesunbound for questions and use #JRRchat.  Anyone is welcome to join!

Giveaways

More Tolkien Resources

If you can’t wait for this year’s Tolkien posts, you can check out what we’ve done with past Tolkien Reading Celebrations here.

Giveaway: ARC of A Whole New World by Liz Braswell (US Only)

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Description

(1) physical ARC of A Whole New World (Twisted Tales #1) by Liz Braswell.

(The book was published in September.  This is an ARC I received at ALA, have read, and decided to give away.  Mini rune stone not included.)

Official Summary

Welcome to a new YA series that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. Each book asks the question: What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed? This dark and daring version ofAladdin twists the original story with the question: What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie?

When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.

What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.

Enter the Giveaway

Please click here to enter the giveaway.

Ends Nov. 23, 2015.

Giveaway Policy

  • The giveaway is open to those with US mailing addresses only.
  • The winner must be 13 years or older.
  • The giveaway winner has 48 hrs to respond after being informed he or she has won.  In the case of no response, we will choose another winner.
  • We are not responsible for any damage or nondelivery of the prize.
  • We will not use the winner’s personal information to do anything besides send the prize.
  • Anyone found to be cheating by entering multiple times or lying about entries will be disqualified from the giveaway and from future giveaways.

Find Your Commonplace: A Renaissance-Inspired Reading Event

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The Event

In this event, bloggers will create a virtual commonplace book.  You’ll spend roughly one month documenting your reading: collecting quotes, pictures, screenshots, or other tidbits that fascinate you.  At the end of the event, you’ll create a post to share what you collected with others.  It’s as simple as that!

What’s a Commonplace Book?

Commonplace books were used by early modern (Renaissance) readers to collect parts of books that were interesting to them.  Some readers carefully copied down quotes or observations into a journal; others simply cut the passages they liked straight out of the book and pasted them into the commonplace book.  Sometimes readers even stitched passages from several books together in order to form a new text!

But what exactly should you do to participate?

Really, whatever you want!  You can create a post where you simply share notable quotes you encountered during the month.  If you like graphics, you can create a virtual scrapbook or journal page.  Use your imagination!

You can also collect whatever you want!  You can collect inspirational quotes or beautiful passages.  You can collect everything related to a single topic that interests you (reading, love, diversity).  You can collect a hodge podge of things that just happened to catch your attention.  There’s no wrong way to do this!

Finally, you should feel free to gather passages from anything that you read, not just novels.  Magazines, Twitter, the posters on the subway, and other blogs are all fair game!

The Nitty Gritty Details

Sign Ups

You can sign up beginning today, October 18 by using the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post and continue to sign up any time before the end of the event.  Just leave yourself enough time to collect your passages!

The Due Date

You should post your completed collection on your own blog on Friday, November 20.  We’d love for you to include your passages, a brief explanation of what you decided to collect, and a link back to Pages Unbound. We’ll have another Mr. Linky here for you to submit your post, so everyone can blog hop to the different commonplace posts!

Share

If you think this sounds like a fun event, please spread the word on social media or your blog!

Click the Mr. Linky Image Below to Sign Up!

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Giveaway

Joining the event will get you five bonus entries in our giveaway for a copy of A Whole New World by Liz Braswell (US only).  Enter here.

Giveaway: ARC of Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce (US Only)

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Description

(1) physical ARC of the 2015 edition of Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce.  (Note that there are other editions of the book in print.)

Official Summary

Discover a land of enchantment, legend, and adventure in this first book of the Immortals series, featuring an updated cover for longtime fans and fresh converts alike, and including an all-new afterword from Tamora Pierce.

Thirteen-year-old Daine has always had a special connection with animals, but only when she’s forced to leave home does she realize it’s more than a knack; it’s magic. With this wild magic, not only can Daine speak to animals, but she can also make them obey her. Daine takes a job handling horses for the Queen’s Riders, where she meets the master mage Numair and becomes his student.

Under Numair’s guidance, Daine explores the scope of her magic. But she encounters other beings, too, who are not so gentle. These terrifying creatures, called Immortals, have been imprisoned in the Divine Realms for the past four hundred years, but now someone has broken the barrier. And it’s up to Daine and her friends to defend their world from an Immortal attack.

Enter the Giveaway

Please click here to enter the giveaway.  There is a free entry available, but you get bonus entries for being a follower.

Ends Sept. 12, 2015.

Giveaway Policy

  • The giveaway is open to those with US mailing addresses only.
  • The winner must be 13 years or older.
  • The giveaway winner has 48 hrs to respond after being informed he or she has won.  In the case of no response, we will choose another winner.
  • We are not responsible for any damage or nondelivery of the prize.
  • We will not use the winner’s personal information to do anything besides send the prize.
  • Anyone found to be cheating by entering multiple times or lying about entries will be disqualified from the giveaway and from future giveaways.

Princess Academy Blog Tour: Guest Post by Shannon Hale (+Giveaway)

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We are very excited to be part of the Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters blog tour today!  We love Shannon Hale’s books at Pages Unbound and have read and reviewed just about all of them! Today we are featuring a guest post by Hale (5 Tips for Surviving a Princess Academy), mini-reviews of all three books in the Princess Academy series, and a giveaway!  You can also find a schedule of the entire blog tour at the bottom of the page.

Top 5 Tips for Surviving a Princess Academy

1. Learn to walk with a boot on your head.

2. Read books after everyone else has gone to bed.

3. Memorize all the rules.

4. Break all the rules that ought to be broken.

5. Save your friends from uncertain danger.

About the Author

Shannon HaleShannon Hale is the Newbery Honor–winning and New York Times bestselling author of the Princess Academy series; Book of a Thousand Days; The Books of Bayern; Dangerous; and the graphic novels Rapunzel’s Revenge and Calamity Jack. She also wrote three novels for adults, including Austenland, now a major motion picture starring Keri Russell. She and her husband, the author Dean Hale, have four children and live near Salt Lake City, Utah. Visit Shannon online at http://www.shannonhale.com and on Twitter at @HaleShannon.

Reviews: The Princess Academy Series

Here are excerpts from my previously posted reviews of the Princess Academy series.  If you would like to read the full reviews, please click on the titles.

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Palace of Stone

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The Forgotten Sisters

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Giveaway

To celebrate the release of The Forgotten Sisters, Bloomsbury is giving away a set of the entire Princess Academy series featuring their new covers! (US only)

Click Here to Enter the Giveaway

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Tour Schedule