Friday, 5 April 2013

Friday Memes and GIVEAWAY of 'Arabella's Shadows'!

Today I have an amazing giveaway for you: 'Arabella's Shadows' by Fleur Gaskin! Hop over here for more info and an excerpt and here's a synopsis:

Everything in Arabelle's life is coming together. She has confidence, great friends, she's even dating Naak, a wealthy Thai socialite. But there are too many models in Bangkok. Arabelle’s broke, she can’t find an agent in New York, and Naak isn’t as wonderful as he first appears. Slowly the Shadows creep back into Arabelle’s mind, bringing with them thoughts of hopelessness and despair. The vile Shadows know something Arabelle’s refusing to remember and, if she’s not careful, they’ll use it to destroy her. Based on a true story, Arabelle’s Shadows takes us on a journey through the struggles of growing up, not quite making it as an international model, and attempting to overcome a crushing depression.

Does that sound like your kind of book? Then join the giveaway and win a free E-book of 'Arabella's Shadows'!

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Alison Can Read Feature & Follow
And now, onto the memes. Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read and this weeks' qst is:

Have you ever read a book that you thought you would hate -- ? Did you end up hating it? Did you end up loving it? Or would you never do that?

I have started books, even though I thought I might despise them. One of them was 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' by Stieg Larsson. Everyone had read it and was raving about it and there was a movie coming out so I decided there was no better way to spend my week of freedom than to read the Millenium trilogy. I finished 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' the same day. The same thing happened with the sequel, 'The Girl who played with Fire'. I took a bit longer, 2 days, with the final one, but I truly enjoyed it.

Although I think the saying 'Don't judge a book by its cover' (what else are you supposed to judge a book by if not the cover and backside?), I do think that you need to give books a try if you think there is a chance you might enjoy it. For that reason I started reading the Mortal Instruments series. Unfortunately, I wasn't that amazed by it. I quite liked it, it was fun, but there were plot holes as gaping as the hole in my wallet and I only really liked one character.

For the next two memes, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and Friday 56, hosted by Freda's VoiceBB is from 'Breakfast of Champions' and F56 is from 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'.

'This is a tale of a meeting of two lonesome, skinny, fairly old white men on a planet which was dying fast.'
This is such an understated way of starting such a genius novel. And it is an indication of how funny it is as well!

'You should say the first romance of your life. You will always be loved, and you will always be in love with love. There are exquisite things in store for you. This is merely the beginning.’
Harry is such a terrible influence on Dorian, but the sentiment here is almost nice!

So, how about your memes? Don't forget to join the giveaway, all you have to do is leave your email and name in a comment! Good Luck :)


  1. Really enjoyed this post! Please check out my FF? :)

    The Mile Long Bookshelf

  2. Wow! I like those snippets...thanks for sharing. Here's MY FRIDAY MEMES POST

  3. Thanks for stopping by The Paperback Princesses. I still haven't got around to reading Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - one day perhaps!

    Loved the quote from Dorian Gray - I love that book.

  4. I have The Picture of Dorian Gray on my bookshelf but have never read it. I think I need to crack this book open! The first sentence is so beautifully written. Poetry. Thanks for sharing! New follower!
    Happy Reading,
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

  5. Love that 56!! How romantic!!
    Arabelle's Shadows sounds kinda cool too!

  6. hi Juli :) thanks for stopping by! im already a follower, as you know ~~
    you always have the best books featured on these weekly memes. thanks for sharing! both of those books are on my to be read list. have a great weekend and thanks for the giveaway!

    (lenna -

  7. Good post! My book choice today is quite

    Here's my Friday Meme post

  8. I heard and still hear great things about The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, maybe I'll read it. Check out my FF at

  9. Wow, that is a big book. But very good ;) Thanks for stopping by my FF. Following you on GFC.

  10. I have heard that is a great series I need to check it out!

  11. I really liked reading The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo. I haven't read the second book yet.

    New GFC Follower
    Thanks for following

  12. I, too, have heard great things about "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo". I guess I'll pick it up one of these days. Not quite sure I'll be able to, though. It sounds a bit too visceral for me.

    One book I began and didn't think I would finish was "The Demon Trapper's Daughter". I hate zombies, and these creatures were part of the book. However, they weren't the flesh-eating kind, and I ended up loving this novel!

    I love your quotes from "Breakfast of Champions" and "The Picture of Dorian Gray". Well, they're the work of masters, after all!

    Thanks for sharing!! :)

  13. Swoon :)

  14. Sounds like a good book. Thanks for stopping by with the follow. New GFC follow for ya!