Thursday, October 6, 2011

Devil in the Red Heels + Giveaway!

Written by: Charlotte Bennardo and Natalie Zaman
Released: June 8, 2011 by Flux

Summary: Bickering frenemies Meg and Shar are doing some serious damage at a midnight sample sale when the fashionistas find themselves arguing over a pair of shoes-with fatal consequences. One innocent bystander later, the girls are suddenly at the mercy of Hades, Lord of the Underworld himself. To make them atone for what they've done, Hades forces the teens to become special-assignment Sirens, luring to the Underworld an individual whose unholy contract is up.
Finding that delicate balance between their fashion addiction and their new part-time job in the eternal hellfire biz turns out to be harder than Meg and Shar expected, especially when an entire pantheon of Greek deities decides to get involved. Then there's the matter of the fine print in their own contracts...
This was such a cute novel and I was lucky enough to obtain my copy at BEA during a signing. By the way, both authors are super sweet and during the signing you also got Sirenz pins AND a lucky cat cell phone charm – but more on those later.
I enjoyed reading this novel a lot and I even liked the alternating chapters between Meg and Shar (though sometimes I forgot and then was a little confused for a sentence or two). Still, all in all that wasn’t enough to make me put down my book (unless I had to, you know, be working... or I was sleeping) for any length of time.
I really enjoyed all the characters in this novel from our two main leading ladies to Hades and everyone in-between. I thought that they were all incredibly well-crafted and some even went against what I thought they would be like. Even Hades surprised me, and let’s just say that I wouldn’t have been able to deflect his advances for as long as one of these characters was able to!
Another aspect of this novel that I really loved as well how the Sirens were your legit bird-like ancient beasts with their luring abilities instead of what we relate to as sirens today – the classic mermaid types. This different take was so incredibly well done and I don’t think that I could gush about it enough even if I tried!
When receiving my signed copy, either Bennardo or Zaman (sorry, I can’t remember who!) said that this was a clean read, and it really was. There wasn’t any sexual scenes, the foul language was incredibly minimal and no really bad worse were used, and everything that happened was funny while still being appropriate. While I like my smuttyness in books, sometimes it’s just really nice to escape into a novel where I’m not only reading only for the dirty scenes.
Honestly, I don’t know what else I can say without going around in circles about how much I enjoyed this novel. So let’s just leave it at that and with a rating of 8/10!

And now, time for the promised giveaway! Thanks to the lovely Charlotte Bennardo and the amazingness of Twitter I have a Sirenz swag pack to giveaway! Seriously guys, this swag is amazing. There is a signed bookmark, buttons, feathers, charms, and CHOCOLATE! I’ll admit that I opened the pretty mesh bag to take a good peek at everything but I controlled myself and left everything in its original form for this giveaway. I’ll admit, the chocolate called my name with its red goodness!
So here’s the deal. Since I’m not made of money (and we’re dealing with chocolate which DOES have a shelf life) this contest is for Canadian/US residents only. That way the package won’t be lost in the mail for weeks. However, I’m also feeling super generous, so I’m going to throw in a copy of the novel as a part of the giveaway to go along with the swag pack so you’ll be able to fully enjoy the power of the swag! (and know what some of the stuff means...)

Here are the rules.
1.       Obviously you have to have a Canadian or US mailing address
2.       You DO NOT have to be a follower, although being one will give you extra brownie points in my books
3.       You must fill out the entry form COMPLETELY. I don’t want to see you lazy people skipping over questions. You know who you are! >:(
4.       Uhhhh... I can’t think of a fourth
5.       Oh, yeah. The contest will run until Halloween. And then I’ll use my amazing random number generator (i.e. whoever I ask to pick a random number) to choose the winner!
6.       I’ll e-mail the winner who then has 48 hours to respond with a mailing address. If they don’t, then I random number it again for a new winner, and so on.
7.       Yep, I think that’s it.
Good luck to everyone who enters!!

Fill out the form found here.
(let me know if there are any bugs)
Giveaway is CLOSED


Ashley @ Book Labyrinth said...

Sounds like a fun book and a very cool prize. Thanks for the giveaway! =)

Chrystal said...

Awesome giveaway! :)