All good things must come to an end . . .

Even the 50K Giveaway Bonanza.

On December 6, 2010 the blog hit 50,000 views. Because of you, dear readers. Since then, to celebrate I’ve been giving away one book each week. Until now.

I can no longer afford the postage to host the weekly giveaways.

I had a great time hosting the giveaways and reading all of the lovely comments for each of them. It was really the perfect way to celebrate this amazing milestone for me and the blog. Thank you for helping me come so far and sharing the celebration with me.

Things at the blog will continue running normally–just without weekly giveaways.

If you are a member of Goodreads I will be listing books there through their bookswap feature. It’s easier for me to manage since I don’t have to pay shipping and it’s easier for people looking for books because you can search by title. (Each book costs the requester $3.50 to $4.50) The book swapping is a fun, clever feature on a fun, clever site and I recommend all of you check it out for books at a fair price. And also, of course, to share some of your own books.

It’s been great and it will continue to be great. Thank you, dear readers, for being so very, very awesome.

Hush, Hush: A (Rapid Fire) Review

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (2009)

Hush, Hush by Becca FitzpatrickI just couldn’t get into this book, I wanted to but it just wasn’t happening.

Mostly it’s my fault: I’m burnt out on paranormal romances and I have my own problems with angel stories.

But it’s also a little bit the books fault because I’m tired of books with smart, generally reasonable, heroines who seem to completely lose their minds and fall for not only a dangerous guy who spells trouble with a capital T (no, really, Nora says that in the book; his smile spells trouble), but a dangerous guy who spells trouble and starts off by acting like a complete jerk to her. The idea of a girl not being attracted to any of the local boys only to become attracted to an outsider jerk is troubling and problematic on many levels outside of the realm of this actual story. But getting back to Hush, Hush it was just kind of annoying.

Aside from that, and again this is something I should have known already, books about angels are necessarily religious because they borrow (duh) from biblical mythology and lore. Which is fine. But when you are not religious and don’t have that foundation it tends to make for a problematic reading experience. I had similar problems with Halo by Alexandra Adornetto.

Problems aside, the writing here feels solid. There’s suspense, action, romance (obviously and albeit problematically). Nora isn’t completely annoying (except for the whole falling for a jerk thing), the book will have appeal–just not for me.

The book design (aptly done by Lucy Ruth Cummins is also worth mentioning. I don’t love the cover art because it’s a bit, well, scary. But the fonts on the cover and in the book are very attractive*. The book pages feature a reverse design with the title and author name at the bottom with the page numbers instead of the top which also made things interesting.

*I have no idea which is which but if anyone cares the fonts used in the book are Seria, Lunix and Aviano.