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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Light report--it was off last night! Perhaps someone complained or maybe the bulbs burned out. Or perhaps the power bill arrived. I can't imagine it's cheap to shine the equivalent of the sunniest day of the year on a continual basis.

Also! I am very excited to report that I am giving away a big United States Priority Mail mailing box!

(I know. You're thinking, a box? That merits a "!"? Elizabeth, um, maybe you've spent too much time staring at that crazy light.)"

But trust me, the box merits an ! And this is why:

There are twelve--yes, 12--books in this box and you could win them all!

I'm not listing the books in the box--it's a surprise!--and so, for your chance to win, all you have to do is tell me about a book you've read that's surprised you--a plot twist you never saw coming, characters that did something you weren't expecting, an ending that left you stunned, etc.

Tell me about a book that's surprised you by midnight EST this Friday, April 24th and then I'll pick one name at random and that person will win the box of books! (Please note that this contest is only open to US residents)


Blogger Thao said...

The book that has surprised me is The Center Of Everything by Laura Moriarty. I was so sure everything would go on as I predicted - happy and goofy and cute. But it turned out to be the opposite. I was left drowned in emotions and thoughts by the end.
And hey I saw a few familiar books in the box *grins*

April 21, 2009 8:41 AM  
Blogger tetewa said...

I've recently started reading the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. They always make me laugh out loud and there is always a mystery to be solved. Can't believe I waited so long to start reading these!

April 21, 2009 10:53 AM  
OpenID runforamsterdam said...

the endings of Jodi Picoult's books are almost always unexpected to me. like in the end of Salem Falls when Amos kisses his daughter, right after she just lost a case where she was supposedly 'raped.' The last sentences of her novels always throw me off.


April 21, 2009 10:57 AM  
Blogger lisa said...

how fun! and that's great news about the light...i am oddly drawn your telling of the saga with the light(s).

my biggest surprise for sure was Life of Pi. the twist/ending left my brow furrowed and my mouth open. even thinking back on it now blows my mind all over again!

thanks for the contest.

lisaschensted at gmail dot com

April 21, 2009 11:15 AM  
OpenID trudeau1031 said...

Ok, so I know this book is old news to most, but very recently I read The Sweet Far Things by Libba Bray... I will not give away the ending to unsuspecting readers, but good lord, I just cried, and cried, and cried. I just did not see it coming. Most authors don't have the nerve to do what she did. I'd imagine she got some very mean emails!



April 21, 2009 11:23 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

I"d have to agree that the ending of Sweet Far Thing surprised me too. But honestly and this could sound really naive on my part, I didn't see the plot twist coming at the end of Envy by Anna Godbersen.

April 21, 2009 11:34 AM  
OpenID luckygirl1112 said...

Okay the book that ever really surprised me was Revealers by Amanda Marrone because I was NOT expecting the end at all. It was down right hilarious.

April 21, 2009 11:36 AM  
Blogger Alicia said...

I think my biggest shock when reading was My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult! I've been surprised before in books, but this is the one that sticks out the most.

April 21, 2009 11:43 AM  
Blogger Ann Diana Dinh, said...

I think the book that surprised me the most was New Moon by Stephenie Meyer. When Edward left, that was so surprising. I literally cried because I never thought Edward would leave her like that and it was just so sad! It was really surprising because in the first book, she was talking about how they can't live without each other and then in the second book, he leaves. I was just super surprised.


April 21, 2009 11:46 AM  
Blogger Summer said...

I was surprised by Life as We Know it because it's like the end of the world, exciting, terrifying and heartfelt. Best part? There's a sequel.

April 21, 2009 11:49 AM  
Blogger jesslovesagoodstory said...

A book that surprised me was Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen. I've read many of her books but for some reason the character Nate really shocked me toward the end. It was like I was counting on him to be perfect and then Sarah Dessen threw a curve ball that surprised me as much as the main character Ruby. The two characters separately were very flawed but together they really helped each other. I think I was blinded by Ruby's problems that I couldn't understand that someone so seemingly perfect from Perkins Day could also have secrets of his own. It made me appreciate him more, though, in the end. I loved how the characters were so real.


April 21, 2009 12:36 PM  
Blogger Reverie said...

The last book that I remember truly surprising me is "Graceling" when the Katsagets to Po's castle and when they tell her Po is there... he turns out to be......

I was just as surprised as the character and to me that is what makes a GREAT book. If it can throw you a curve ball.


April 21, 2009 1:10 PM  
Blogger bridget3420 said...

A book that surprised me was Fahrenheit 451. We had to read it freshman year and I usually hated the books they made us read. But it's one of my all time fav's.

April 21, 2009 1:27 PM  
Blogger Senfaye said...

The biggest surprise for me was when in Something, Maybe Hannah stops liking said character and starts loving another said character. Another twist in a book was when in Order Of Odd Fish the main character Jo becomes a monster. Thanks Elizabeth!
-Senfaye :)

April 21, 2009 1:42 PM  
Blogger Meredith said...

I have to say that almost all of the Private series books have surprised me. I can never guess what is going to happen next. Rumors, the second book in the Luxe series really shocked me at the end. I was ready to throw the book across the room when I read the ending!

~Meredith F.
rosesremyfavorite at hotmail dot com

April 21, 2009 3:50 PM  
Blogger Diana Dang said...

I generally try to avoid US only contests but I refuse to let this one go! (Haha, will have it sent to Cali to my uncle if I win)

I have to say: Cold Hands, Warm Heart. I finished it yesterday and literally devoured it. The story is revolving a teen who is getting a heart transplant. I was ready for something emo crap (excuse my language but that was how I felt). Surprisingly, it wasn't as bad as I thought at all! In fact, I loved it! The story, the writing, the character, they were all phenomenal! I hope to get a review of it up this Friday or Saturday. =)

April 21, 2009 4:09 PM  
Blogger GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

A book that is really surprising me right now is The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams. It's out in May and it's amazing! My galley copy came with a million author blurbs, so it had high standards to live up to, but this book has so many turns, it's hard to put down.

I've also been surprised by Alyson Noel's Evermore, which took the familiar paranormal story and added some unique ideas to it.

As for some other great ones, I also love the plot twists thrown into The Luxe series-I never see them coming, and I've had to stop reading Jodi Piccolt because her twists break my heart!

April 21, 2009 4:23 PM  
Blogger Amee said...

Hmm...I will have to go with Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. I expected to dislike it because it was sort of sci-fi/fantasy but I ended up really enjoying it.

April 21, 2009 4:34 PM  
Blogger Alexa said...

How exciting!

Two books have shocked me lately and normally I see plot twists coming because you have to have some clues.

But Evernight by Claudia Gray completely threw me. I thought I knew exactly what was going to happen but then everything changed.

The best twist I've ever read though is in Fingersmith by Sarah Waters. It left me open mouthed and re-reading going what?, you are kidding me? But it's a great book.

Hope the light stays out for you.

April 21, 2009 4:47 PM  
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April 21, 2009 4:57 PM  
Blogger Taylor said...

The end of EVERY Private novel surprises me and then frustrates me because I have to wait months and months to see what is going to happen next. Kate Brian is good at the unexpected cliff hangers.
Thanks for this awesome opportunity by the way!! :)


April 21, 2009 4:57 PM  
Blogger Yan said...

Say the Word by Jeannine Garsee. The ending was slightly unpredicted because I had hoped she veered away from her father's control but alas no.

April 21, 2009 5:01 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Elizabeth said...

One of the most surprising endings I've read was the end of Howl's Moving Castle. Diana Wynne Jones wove the story line into such a beautifully complex net, and the characters' characteristics (redundant much?) played into an end that I didn't see coming

April 21, 2009 6:37 PM  
Blogger Pretty said...

Jodi Picoult's book My Sister's Keeper shocked me. I didn't expect something big to happen in the ending. It made me cry my heart out for a big part to happen.


April 21, 2009 7:05 PM  
OpenID beloved411 said...

I started reading Going Too Far by jennifer Echols I never imagened the conntection the characters had and the problem they faced Its a really meaningful book I recomand you read it

April 21, 2009 7:05 PM  
Blogger Janssen said...

I would die of happiness if I won.

I just read If I Stay this last week and, despite having read about 15 reviews, I was totally surprised at the direction of the story. I had no idea!

April 21, 2009 7:13 PM  
Blogger stephanie said...

Well, I'm currently reading Rampant and in the back summary, it said that all unicorns were savage beasts and would decapitate you in a second and that they could only be hunted down and killed by virgins descended from Alexander the Great. However, the thing that surprised me is that there are FIVE types of unicorns and that the smallest one is the size of a goat and that one can be "trained" and are especially nice to virgins descended from Alexander the Great while the other four kinds don't care if you're a virgin or not, they kill you either way. And the largest unicorn is supposedly the size of an elephant. Great, huh?


April 21, 2009 7:14 PM  
Blogger Kelsey said...

I think the book that surprised me the most was Nineteen Minutes because of the fact that I started crying in the very first chapter. It was sooo powerful.

April 21, 2009 7:40 PM  
OpenID bbllchc125 said...

Ummmm the book that surprised me is Inkspell it was shocking when at the end when farid is killed, i didn't c it coming when Dustfinger gave his life to the white ladies to save farid.


April 21, 2009 8:13 PM  
Blogger courick11 said...

The book that shocked me the most was City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. The ending just really threw me off balance because it was shocking. A relationship in the book became so twisted and confusing that it really just made you sad. The book really just grabbed me and when the end came I was lost in the story. The twist even caused me to cry, lol. Anyway, I'm sure if you read it you'd totally understand. It's a series, so rest assured loose ends are tied by the end!

-- Corey
PS: I really loved Perfect You!

April 21, 2009 8:19 PM  
Blogger shelburns said...

What a great contest!

I finished Going Too Far this weekend during the Read-a-Thon. I was hooked into the book, but wasn't prepared for the revelation that Meg got about the incident on the bridge. Never saw that coming! It's great when books do that to you.

shelcows AT gmail DOT com

April 21, 2009 8:30 PM  
Blogger Jacqueline said...

The Private Series by Kate Brian. All the books in her series ALWAYS surprises me, and always leaves me hanging. Kate does great cliffhangers, though sometimes I hate her for it. :) And her surprises leaves me stunned and very depressed. They always make me cry.


April 21, 2009 8:34 PM  
Blogger purplg8r said...

The book that most surprised me lately was The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. For a while I just did NOT want to read this book...I wasn't interested in reading a book about knitting (I know, I know, I should know better than to judge a book by its cover/title) but I just finished it and I loved it!


April 21, 2009 8:57 PM  
Blogger Nora said...

The last book that really surprised me was perfect fifths, by megan mccafferty. I'd been a little disappointed in the last two books, but this one was a total return to form.


April 21, 2009 9:48 PM  
Blogger Purdypirate said...

Holding Up The Earth by Diane Grey. It was the first YA book my school librarian let me check out. It had so many plot twists and things that were kinda like oh duh I can't believe I didn't notice that... Type things.

I wonder if I went back and read it now it'd be obvious what was gunna happen or not...


April 21, 2009 9:55 PM  
Blogger Brittani said...

I think the book that most surprised me was Ellen Hopkins' "Identical". I wasn't expecting the ending at all. I don't want to give it away just in case someone sees this hasn't read it. But the ending was shocking to me. But honestly it made sense! =D

- Brittani

April 21, 2009 10:30 PM  
Blogger iamliterate said...

I know I should have been expecting a John Green novel to have a twist, but Paper Towns threw me for a loop.


April 21, 2009 10:43 PM  
Blogger pepsivanilla said...

A book that surprised me is In Your Room by Jordanna Fraiberg. I didn't expect either of the main characters to find their own place in the other's world. I didn't think it would be such an awesome book either!


April 21, 2009 11:35 PM  
Blogger donnas said...

Evernight by Claudia Gray really surprised me at the end. It was not at all what I thought was going to happen or how it was going to turn out.

April 22, 2009 12:02 AM  
OpenID annemariewrites said...

The Wandering Unicorn by Manuel Mujica Lainez. It's an out-of-print book, but I adore it. The twist is so unique and heart-breaking. I loved it!!

April 22, 2009 12:16 AM  
Blogger Catt said...

I would have to say... City of Bones and City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. I mean... if you have read the book you will know why! Luckily, I found my happy ending in the last book so... I've lost my urge you sob for a love that could never be, LOL.

Other than that, I would have to say The Angels Trilogy by Lurlene McDaniel. I know someone had to die (it's Lurlene McDaniel after all) but, WOW. It had me going, "Oh em gee, I did not see that coming!" more than once. And of course, I did cry... now there is a love that could never be. *sigh*


April 22, 2009 12:24 AM  
Blogger Llehn said...

HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins! I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did!

April 22, 2009 1:30 AM  
Blogger Llehn said...

Forgot to add that I have a US mailing address!



April 22, 2009 4:22 AM  
Blogger Kate said...

What has recently surprised me is "When Dad Killed Mom." I expected an average book, but was surprised at the stream of consciousness narration and the somewhat complex depth to each character.

April 22, 2009 8:24 AM  
Blogger GirlwiththeBraids said...

I can't believe how TMI by Sarah Quigley turned out. I was really enjoying it at the beginning. :(


April 22, 2009 9:02 AM  
Blogger paperback.pixie said...

I actually just finished a book that surprised me: Fourth Comings by Megan McCafferty. I'm a big fan of the series, but I put off reading that book because I found out what happens at the end, and DID NOT like it. (I know, I'm a cheater.)

Anyway, since I wanted to read Perfect Fifths, I knew I had to read the previous one. I loved it -- and the ending still hurt, but I knew it was necessary.

Love this question! I'm getting some great recommendations from everyone :-)

Thanks, Elizabeth!! You can reach me at: paperback.pixie@gmail.com

April 22, 2009 12:20 PM  
Blogger TheBookworm said...

Promise of the Wolves really surprised me. I personally don't enjoy Anthropomorphic books but it was entertaining. I didn't finish it, but it did turn out better than my initial expectations.

Please enter me! :D


April 22, 2009 3:45 PM  
Blogger Lalaland said...

The Princess Bride. It was all over the place. At one point, I thought I figured out the ending, but then it was like BOOM! There was a twist that made you doubt your prediction.

April 22, 2009 5:11 PM  
Blogger sabrina57 said...

The book that has recently suprised me is Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott a.k.a. you. Ha ha.
But the reason it took me offgaurd (In a good way) was the fact that when I first started reading, I hated the grandma. Then I realized how selfish the dad was really being for wasting money, inspite of his family's financial issues. Then I realized that the grandma was right about everything, although she was still a bit too pushy sometimes. Then I ended up not really liking the dad anymore. I also was suprised by how blind Kate was when it came to Will. From the beggining of the book it was obvious. She pushed him away everytime! It was aggravating, but intringing. I read the whole book in a day. (: It's one of my favorites. Oh yeah, also the relationship with Anna suprised me too. I hoped she'd drop all her 'cool' so-called friends and make-up with Kate again. Because, after all, Kate deserved that. But then I realized that Anna was only using Kate as a back-up friend when she had no one else to go to. But Anna gave Kate nothing in return, which was so wrong. Anways, I haven't read any other books by you, but after that piece of work I know I will soon. (:

April 22, 2009 6:16 PM  
Blogger teenybits said...

I would have to say "The boy in Striped Pajamas". I was very suprised when the boy died.

April 22, 2009 6:59 PM  
Blogger Hillary said...

Oh My Gods by Tera Lynn Childs. The ending totally shocked me. It was completely unexpected and now I'm totally excited for the next one, Goddess Boot Camp, which will be available June 11th 20009!

April 22, 2009 7:26 PM  
Blogger val said...

I was suprised when I read harry potter and the half-blood prince. I was so sad and then the deathly hallows suprised me too.
I am on an itouch so I am not going to write much and no capitals


April 22, 2009 7:49 PM  
Blogger dreaming days away said...

A book that surprised me recently was How I live Now by Meg Rosoff. When i first started reading it, i almost gave up becuase the way it was written was very odd. I'm glad i gave it another shot, becuase the story was VERY orginal and unique, and the characters surprised me.
faithfulbrowneyes at yahoo.com

April 22, 2009 8:02 PM  
Blogger carebearick said...

This isn't really even a book, it's a short story in the anthology Love is Hell.

But Gabrielle Zevin's story, Fan Fictions, was SO surprising to me... it started out as this slightly boring everyday girl-fish-out-of-water and abruptly changed into something totally different. Like Twilight on crack or something. :D

April 23, 2009 12:59 AM  
Blogger Erika Lynn said...

a book that surprised me was Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. It wasn't the actual plot or anything that surprised me but the fact that the book hit so close to home for me and really did change my life. it shook me so hard it really made me cry...alot!

April 23, 2009 2:51 AM  
Blogger BriannaBean said...

The ending of Living Dead Girl. A sad surprise.

April 23, 2009 4:09 AM  
Blogger katayoun said...

WOW!! and then the book that i surprised me would be fisher's corbenic, never would have guessed it in million years and then in sapphique though i was ready i still couldn't even come near the ending and the answer (which i still don't understand) ....oooh talking about great books with twists and i just remembered, diana wynne jones' "fire and hemlock" tam lin story and i still was surprised and and still cannot really understand it! :)

April 23, 2009 7:14 AM  
Blogger Meg said...

I agree with what Reverie said. The entire end part of Graceling had me surprised - the part she mentioned as well as what happens with Po. Did not see that coming!

And congratulations on the light! I will knock on wood for you :)

April 23, 2009 10:18 AM  
Blogger Book Spot said...

Unwind which I finished recently surprised me because it really addressed/thought on a lot more moral and social issues than I had expected. I didn't go into it expecting that much from the book, but now I'm wondering if it wouldn't be much, much bigger if it weren't labeled 'YA' (people seem to have problems with that).

The Awakening by Kate Chopin surprised me, too when I read it with just how much I really did like it. :)

April 23, 2009 2:07 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I read confessions of a triple shot betty and was surprised to relate to it so much. i thought it would be chick lit superficial, but it so wasn't.

April 23, 2009 7:39 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

My Sister's Keeper had a very surprising ending!


April 23, 2009 11:58 PM  
OpenID alicia said...

The book that surprised me the most was Teach Me by R.A. Nelson. When the teacher dumps Nine, she goes crazy and I wasn't expecting that to happen at all.

-alicia g.

April 24, 2009 12:36 AM  
Blogger YA Book Realm said...

DEltora Quest: Return to Del by Emily Rodda. First read this series in the 6th grade and I LOVED them. The last book had a HUGE plot twist that worked perfectly. I remember being in awe at how clever it was, actually still am.

April 24, 2009 1:09 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I think that the Blue Blood Series by Melissa de la Cruz has surprised me the most because there are just so many plot twists and different relationships that I didn't see coming. Thanks for the contest!


April 24, 2009 1:07 PM  
Blogger Anatole said...

My goodness, I'm such a geek, but the ending to the Sailor Moon series always shocks me. Every once in a while I'll want to revist my past, and I'll pull out my messenger bag full of those books. *sigh* I miss the nineties.

April 24, 2009 4:55 PM  
Blogger Juanita said...

I'm making it in with 45 minutes left to spare - talk about good timing on my part :)

The book that most surprised me was the Hunger Games - mostly because I didn't realize it's going to be a trilogy. I reached the end, and it's not a cliff-hanger, but I was dying for more. Such a great book.

April 24, 2009 11:13 PM  

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