I just got out of my Cell Bio exam, which I most certainly failed, and now, I’m taking a small break before diving headlong into studying for the Anatomy exam tomorrow. For the next two week until the end of finals, I will probably be a hermit in my room, buried in notes and papers. However, I’m a hermit with a laptop, and that makes all the difference.

Some contest links, because everybody seems to be giving away books during the holidays season, which is awesome:

1) YA Highway is giving away 7 books to 2 winners.

2) Enchanted Inkpot is hosting a giveaway extravaganza. I will attempt to post synopses of 3-4 books here daily, starting with ones I’ve read or really want to read first. [blurbs taken from authors’ websites]

Silver PhoenixSilver Phoenix by Cindy Pon

on the day of her first betrothal meeting–and rejection–ai ling discovers a power welling deep within her. she can reach into other people’s spirits, hear their thoughts, see their dreams…and that’s just the beginning.

ai ling has been marked by the immortals; her destiny lies in the emperor’s palace, where a terrible evil has lived, stealing souls, for centuries. she must conquer this enemy and rescue her captive father, while mythical demons track her every step. and then she meets chen yong, a young man with a quest of his own, whose fate is intertwined with hers. here is a heart-stopping, breathtaking tale for fans of action, fantasy, and romance–of anything with the making of legend.

Faery RebelsFaery Rebels by R.J. Anderson

There are humans at the bottom of the garden, and a glimpse inside their forbidden House convinces the fierce young faery hunter known as Knife that they have knowledge that could help her dying people.

But if the human world has so much to offer, why is the faery Queen determined to keep her people away from it? Is there a connection between the House and the faeries’ loss of magic? And why is Knife so drawn to the young Paul McCormick — that strangest of creatures, a human male?

Fortune's FollyFortune’s Folly by Deva Fagan

Ever since her mother died and her father lost his shoemaking skills, Fortunata has survived by telling fake fortunes. But when she’s tricked into telling a grand fortune for a prince, she is faced with the impossible task of fulfilling her wild prophecy-or her father will be put to death.

Now Fortunata has to help Prince Leonato secure a magic sword, vanquish a wicked witch, discover a long-lost golden shoe, and rescue the princess who fits it. If only she hadn’t fallen in love with the prince herself. . . .

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