Monday, November 2, 2015

GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE FIRST ARC INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY!!!!



 Release date: May 17th 2016

Synopsis:
Maguire is bad luck. 

No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the rollercoaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch. 

It’s safest for Maguire to hide out in her room, where she can cause less damage and avoid meeting new people who she could hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. Jordy is confident, talented, and lucky, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away. But it turns out staying away is harder than she thought. 

From author Paula Stokes comes a funny and poignant novel about accepting the past, embracing the future, and learning to make your own luck. 


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22297294-girl-against-the-universe?from_search=true&search_version=service


Hey guys! Today I am more than happy and honoured to be part of the shared FIRST INTERNATIONAL ARC GIVEAWAY for Girl Against The Universe by Paula Stokes! You'll be introduced to one of my favourite characters in the book (oh boy, she made me laugh so much!) and DO NOT forget about the chance to win the very first ARC in the giveaway!!




I have been one of the lucky ones to read it early and I fell head over heels in love with the story, and Maguire, Jade, Penn, Jordy and the rest of the crew! 

There's a great balance between the more serious parts of the book and the absolutely delightful banterfluff moments (banterfluff is one of my fave maybe-words coined by Debby from Snuggly Oranges). 




I've recently re-read it and it managed to make me tear up again, make laugh out loud and shake my head, swoon and go all "aweeeeeeeeeeee!!" and simply adored this book as much or maybe even a lil bit more than the first time I read it! I've already have it preordered and I just cannot wait till I can add a finished copy to my library room!



Now over to Paula so she can tell you all about my fave character!!


Paula:  Jade is the first friend Maguire makes at her new school. She gets a lot of the book’s funniest lines and steals practically every scene she’s in. (She’s an aspiring stage actress, so I guess that makes sense, right?) Jade and Maguire have an honest and mutually supportive friendship that develops slowly throughout the book. Here’s more info on Jade: 


Name: Jade Lee
Age: 16
Grade: Junior
School: Pacific Point High School
Family: Mom, Dad (AKA the overlords), two older brothers who have both abandoned me for college
Hobbies: acting, tennis, watching movies, fashion design


Here’s what happens when Maguire first meets Jade:


A tall Asian girl wearing patterned kneesocks and a black tennis dress emblazoned with purple geometric shapes makes her way up the bleachers, scanning the rows like she’s looking for someone. She was also in my sixth-hour class. She sat in the back with me and redid her nail polish behind her book for most of the period. 

“Bloody hell,” she says to no one in particular, in what I think is a British accent. “I cannot believe I’m going to spend all semester with you turnips.” She passes everyone up and comes to sit by me. “You’re the new girl, yeah?” she asks. “Maguire?” 

“Yeah.” I scoot a little bit away as she drops her tennis bag on the ground. It’s more of a plain duffel strategically cut and sewn to convert it to a racquet bag. Tiny patches with slogans like “I think, therefore I am (better than you)” and “Death to pop music” cover the front of it.
“Right then,” she says. “I’m Jade.” She dusts off the bleachers with one hand before sitting down. She’s got fresh black and silver polish on every nail except for her thumb, which is adorned with a sunflower decal. 

“Jade.” I scoot back toward her. “Nice to meet you.” Okay, so it’s totally dumb to like someone for her name, but jade is lucky in several different cultures. I’m counting this as a good omen. 


Sooo, that was our introduction to Jade, and trust me... it only gets better (and funnier)!

Now, are you guys ready for the giveaway??


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About the author:

Paula Stokes writes stories about flawed characters with good hearts who sometimes make bad decisions. She’s the author of several YA novels, most recently Liars, Inc. and The Art of Lainey. Her writing has been translated into eleven foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands She also loves interacting with readers. Find her online at authorpaulastokes.com or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.


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35 comments:

  1. YOU USED A THOR GIF PILI!!!! You have no idea how much I needed that! *drools over Chris Hemsworth* Now if you could have just added the gif where he takes his shirt off.... ;-)

    Really looking forward to this book my friend:)

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    1. Happy to help my dear! Now I need to go search for the topless Thor GIF for future use!!

      And this is a good that I'm sure you'd love Jenny!!

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  2. I can't wait for this book!! Plus, THAT COVER *swoon* it's so pretty.
    I'm dying to read it!

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    1. Ain't it super gorgeous Lis?? And the book... YOU NEED TO READ IT! It's awesome!!

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  3. I only read "The art of Lainey" but I can't wait for this book. I love the cover and the synopsis sound fun and a breath of fresh air in contemporary YA. Thank you so much for this international giveaway!

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    1. If you liked Lainey, you'll probably love this one!

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  4. I SUPER LOVE THE CUTE COVER! IT'S MY FAVE COVER OUT OF ALL PAULA'S BOOKS! LOOKS SO FLUFFY AND CUDDLY! <3

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    1. YES! I adore the illustrated cover too!!

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  5. This was my pick last week. Love the cover and blurb. Seems like such an interesting story!

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    1. It's fantastic Shane! And I'm so in love with that cover!!

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  6. LOL. All the caps! I love your post title. Maguire is an interesting name, no? I think I'll give this one a shot but I've got low expectations when it comes to YA contemporary. Glad to hear that you loved it, Pili!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. It's just that I really love this book!! And it might end up being a Pili Pushed book, just so you know!

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  7. Jade and I share the same last name weeeeeeeee~!! I'm happy yayy~ Lol ok I sound like a crazy person XD I seriously love the cover! It's so cute! Ripple and I are super excited!! Thank you Paula and Pili for sharing everything <3 <3

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    1. That's so cool Eileen!! I cannot wait to see Ripple posing with this one!! =D

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  8. Aw, gorgeous post Pili :D I'm so glad you loved this book. And ah, you have made me curious about it :D It do sound pretty cute. <3 And hugs, thank you so much for the giveaway. Fingers crossed :)

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    1. Thank you sweetie!! This book is so cute! Best of luck!

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  9. Great giveaway Pili, Jade sounds like an awesome sassy character and diverse too! Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

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    1. Jade is awesome! Best of luck Jeann!

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  10. I am SO in love with this cover! The fact that they chose to use a tennis field FROM ABOVE is wonderful! I don't think I've ever seen that before on a book cover. And the field is, like, sideways. That gives an amazing effect. It looks so much more pretty than when the field had been drawn straight (on the cover I mean).

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  11. I get Claudia Kishi vibes from the character description of Jade, which (for someone who adored the Baby-Sitters Club the way I did) is automatically a plus for this book!

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  12. The character description of Jade gives me Claudia Kishi vibes (which is a good thing, because I adored the Baby-Sitters Club series). Makes me look forward to this book even more!

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  13. I love this excerpt Jade seems like an awesome character!

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  14. Jade sounds like an awesome character! I can't wait to read more about her!!

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  15. Jade sounds really cool! I can't wait to read about all these characters!

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  16. Can't wait to read more about jade and maguire's friendship. Jade seems like a nice friend to hang out with who knows what to do to make you feel better.

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  17. I was sold on Jade the minute Paula said they have a great friendship between them! I hope to see an awesome friendship like Bianca and Lainey's was in The Art of Lainey <3 Plus I love that Jade is Asian! Yay for diverse characters. :)

    Marianne Robles
    http://boricuanbookworms.com

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  18. Jade sounds like a cool character and I love that she's Asian. Sometimes the side characters can really enhance a book, especially a sassy best friend. :)

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  19. Female friendships are like my absolute fave in YA! I cannot wait to read this book. hot doctors, protagonist with profound bad luck, and now this. It just gets better and better!

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  20. When I first read about Jade, she just sounded like the coolest character ever. I am so excited for this and to see how Jade and Maguire get along. Too much excitement and waiting.

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  21. Sounds great! I'm excited to read more. What a sad way to put it "two older brothers who have both abandoned me for college." Yikes, making me feel guilty as an older sibling here Jade!

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  22. AHHHHH SHE HAS A BRITISH ACCENT. Unlucky, amazing girl with kickass british best friend and a swoony boy? GIMME.

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  23. This sounds awesome. I like Jade already and I love that maguire loves her because her name is a good luck charm!

    Lauren G.

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  24. In LAINEY, I almost wished that more focus had been on Bianca and Lainey's relationship, so I can't wait to see how the relationship between Jade and Maguire will be portrayed! Positive female friendship in YA is always a good thing. :D

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  25. I love banterfluff too, so the romance in Girl Against the Universe sounds like it's going to be awesome ;)

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  26. I can't wait to meet Jade! She sounds like an amazing character!!

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¡Muchas gracias por vuestros comentarios, leerlos me alegra el día!/ Thanks a lot for all your comments, reading them brightens my day!!