Last Days of Freedom Giveaway Hop CLOSED

This giveaway is hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and The Elliot Review
Enter to win a YA book of your choice up to £10/~$16
shipped from Book Depository
* Giveaway ends on August 22, 2012 *
* Open to wherever Book Depository ships *
* You must be 13 years old or over * 
Good luck my lovelies! This is probably going to be the last giveaway I do for a while because I’m lacking the funds right now. Thank you all so, so much for being such wonderful people and for following this blog! I love you all, even those of you who don’t comment all that much *hearts*

Summer Book Talk: Day Five – Most Anticipated Books of the Summer and Giveaway!

Because I love lists and I love books, I decided to join these two things together and show you guys some of my most anticipated book of Summer 2012! And to make that even better, I thought I would also host a giveaway for any one of those books. I haven’t read any of these yet due to time constraints, but they have all been on my wishlist for a long time and I want to get to them all before the summer is over!
So these are my Top 8. There are loads more I’m looking forward to, and a couple of AMAZING ones I’ve already read. But these are the ones I’m just itching to read. Have you guys read any of them already? What did you think of them? TELL ME! I need to know!
On with the giveaway… 
– International as long as BD ships to you
– Must be 13 years old or over
– Must be a follower or subscriber
– Two winners, one book each
– Ends August 19th, 2012 at 12am GMT

Summer Book Talk: Day Two – Juhina from Maji Bookshelf!

For the second day of the event, I asked Juhina – one of the co-bloggers from Maji Bookshelf – to do a guest post matching the dystopian theme. Juhina brings up some really good points about female protagonists in dystopia, so read on to see what she has to say!


Hello Lovely readers! Just want to start off by thanking Amber for hosting me on her blog! And also hope you guys enjoy this post and keep the discussion alive by posting comments and your opinions!

Since Amber’s blog is hosting Dystopian world and novels, I wanted to spotlight the different types of dystopian female protagonists, how they are different from other genres and what are the main characteristics that define dystopian female protagonists, and also I will list 3 strong female protagonists and their strongest characteristic. Fun right? Let’s start off!

Let’s start off. To the new people to the world dystopia, here is the full definition:

“A dystopia is the idea of a society in a repressive and controlled state, often under the guise of being utopian”

The protagonists in dystopian novels are mainly female. Think of the first dystopian novel that pops in your head, is it The Hunger Games? Maybe Divergent? Or even Wither? All those have female protagonists and each one of them knows how to kick some butt!

The main characteristics a dystopian female protagonist usually possesses ranges from:

1. Strength, whether in combat or just mentally 
3. Level headed/Smart 
4. Selfless
5. Independent

Obviously there are many more characteristics that many dystopian female protagonists possess but these are the prominent characteristics found.

Here are the top five dystopian female protagonists that I love and wish to be more like them!

1. Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games: Now who doesn’t know Katniss? The girl who sacrificed her life just to save her little sister; The girl who helped Peeta survive and was also about to give up her life for. She is the definition of selflessness. She is not only selfless but has all the characteristics listed above. She is a strong fighter, her endurance levels are sky high, she is smart and level headed, and finally she is one independent woman!

2. Tris Prior, from Divergent: This girl knows how to hold her ground during a fight. She is stealthy, everyone underestimates her until she strikes. She is independent, has her own opinions and isn’t swayed easily and she sticks to what she believes in. Tris definitely has a more feminine side to Katniss but that is all due to the environment. All I can say is Tris knows how to survive.

3. June Iparis, from Legend: Now here is a girl who is not only a strong fighter, but is genius smart. She is the top of her class and is one of the best fighters out there. She loves her family and would do anything for them. We’ve got her a person you can totally count on!

What other dystopian female protagonists you find empowering? Ones that you love and wish to be more alike? Juliett from Shatter Me? Vi from Possession, Wanda from The Host? Aria from Under the Never Sky? You’ve got more? Let us know below! And also give us your opinion on this topic and what other characteristics you think female dystopian novels possess!

Thanks everyone for reading and participating in this discussion, and for whoever didn’t, come on! Let’s discuss!!

– Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

Thank you for your amazing post, Juhina! Okay, readers, I want to know your top three dystopian protagonists. Go!
The ladies from Maji Bookshelf are hosting an interview with Huntley Fitzpatrick, author of My Life Next Door, which was one of my most anticipated books of the summer! I haven’t got around to buying it yet, but I am so excited to read it once my TBR pile goes down a little!
Kindle and Me is hosting an interview with Brigid Kemmerer, author of the Elemental series! There is also an AMAZING giveaway, so be sure to go over there and check it out. Brigid gives some great insight to her work!