Sunday, March 20, 2011

Frost Contest!

Bitter Frost                                  Forever Frost (Bitter Frost, #2)                       Silver Frost (Bitter Frost #3 of The Frost Series)

Hey Guys time for another contest! Up for grabs this time is the FROST SERIES by Kailin Gow. Swag package includes Bitter Frost (book 1) Forever Frost (book 2) and Silver Frost (book 3). In honor of Book 4: Frost Kisses being released Kailin has kindly donated these books to give away to one lucky fan of The Bookshelf! Thank you Kailin!!

Contest is INTERNATIONAL. Contest will Run from MARCH 20TH to APRIL 10TH. Please read ALL instructions carefully before commenting so that you know that you've completed everything required for this contest.

Here is what MUST be done:

1. 'LIKE' the facebook page: YA Books from Kailin Gow
2. 'LIKE' the facebook page: The Frost Series
3. Post about this contest on facebook
4. Post the Frost Kisses Book Trailer on facebook.
5. Change your facebook profile picture to Any of the Frost book covers (bitter frost, forever frost, silver frost OR frost kisses) for the duration of the contest. (you may switch between any of the frost covers during the contest)
6. Leave a comment with your name (first and last) and tell me why you would like to win these books :)

***If you want a chance to enter ANOTHER contest go out and buy FROST KISSES (book 4) you also get a gift with every purchase.*** Check it out on amazon: Frost Kisses (Bitter Frost #4 of The Frost Series)


All I have to say is that Kailin Gow is amazing! She has now offered a SIGNED ARC of Desire (first book in a new series out MAY 15, 2011). ARC will be given to the second place winner of The Frost Contest. So Enter the contest for your chance to win!

First Prize: Frost Series books 1-3
Runner Up: ARC of Desire
The contest will be running for 3 weeks. March 20th-April 10th. Keep posted to The Bookshelf for your chance to get more entries in this contest. The required elements are for your initial entry into the contest. Once done you don't HAVE to continue with the bonus entries, but if you do you get more chances to win The Frost Series Package :)

I will be posting random questions here on the blog (on this post) all you have to do is email me your answer ( for every right answer you get another entry. Simple right? It is! You may use whatever you wish to answer the questions, google, goodreads, facebook, kailin's blog (hint hint lol). Just no asking me or Kailin directly. Questions could be about anything really but I'll keep them pretty easy; as in you should be able to find the answer if you look :)

I'll post on The Bookshelf when a question goes up and you'll have 24 hours to answer that question. Once the 24 hours are up the question will no longer be 'in play' for a point (answer will be posted at the end of the 24 hours)

That's it, those are the rules. Play nice, play fair and most important have fun!!

Questions will be posted right here (remember to EMAIL me your answer. If you post the answer as a comment it won't count towards a point)


Question 1: Who is the winter prince in the frost series?
Answer: Kian

Question 2: What is Kailin Gow's publishing company?
Answer: Sparklesoup or The Edge Books (both accepted)

Question 3: What is the name of book 2 in the Wolf Fey-Frost series(out summer 2011)?
Answer: The Red Wolf

Question 4: Which series of Kailin's is being made into a TV series?
Answer: The Stoker Sisters Series

Question 5: What is Kailin's new years resolution?
Answer: to get in better shape and bring awareness to Autism with a marathon

Question 6: What is the name of Kailin Gow's Radio Show?
Answer: Women Who Write

Question 7: What are the 3As in 3As for Autism?
Answer: Actor, Artists and Authors

Question 8: (EXPIRES: Saturday apr. 9 @11pmEST) What is the name of book 5 in The Frost Series?
Answer: Midnight Frost

Question 9: (EXPIRES: Sunday apr. 10 @ 11amEST) Question 9: What series is the last name GREYSTONE from?
Answer: Pulse Series

Question 10: (EXPIRES: Sunday apr. 10 @ 10pmEST) From one of kailin's series(one of kailin's 'quotes', who said this: "There is no law stronger than that of magic."?
Answer: Kian

Monday, March 14, 2011

Overprotected Review!


Ashlyn: A lonely society princess living in New York City.

Daddy hired you to be my bodyguard.

Colin: Childhood enemy, now her protector.

Daddy thought I’d be safe. He thought I’d never fall in love. He thought he could keep me forever.

Charles: obsessed with keeping her safe, keeping her his, he hires the one person he knows she could never fall in love with: Colin.
Daddy was wrong.


I loved reading overprotected! It was a change from my usual reads (because it was something that could actually happen) and it was such a great choice for that genre! The book is well written, and the story develops so smoothly. A must read!

Overprotected is about a 17 year old girl named Ashlyn. Her father has been keeping a close eye on her since she was 5 years old when she was first kidnapped, since then she's had a bodyguard protecting her; or more like watching her every move. Ashlyn has been doing everything she can to gain her freedom, even if it mean trying to sneak off unprotected. As a lawyer, Ashlyn's father has the money to keep her safe, but Ashlyn has different plans. She wants a life of her own, and a chance to fall in love. Neither of which can happen as long as she's guarded by her father's hired hands.

When her father hires a new bodyguard to protect her she's in shock to find out that it's Colin; a childhood frenemy. As kids they were friends but Colin was the kid that always found ways to pick on her, and now he's back and in her life. Ashlyn's father hires Colin for that very reason, he hopes that her hatred towards colin will prevent her from falling for him. Another way of protecting her is preventing her from falling in love. But what happens when the one you're meant to hate is the one you fall in love with.

As Ashlyn's feeling towards Colin evolve, things become a little more complicated for Colin. Ashlyn is the job but his feelings for her are hard to control. As the drama between Colin and Ashlyn progresses, problems between her mother and father develop even further. Things aren't as they seen in her home, what she thinks is normal, is actually the opposite, and she soon realizes that things between her mother and father are strained.

The story progresses with her attendance at school, as well as with the occasional contact from Ashlyn's best friend Felicity. Ashlyn goes out for walks; supervised, as well as to her favourite bookstore. Just when you think Ashlyn is safe the unexpected happens.

Overprotected is a great read, filled with detail, romance, suspense and unexpected comedy. The characters had me from the beginning, and I didn't want to put it down.

Check out Overprotected by Jennifer Laurens

Buy it now! Overprotected on

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Girl Next Door Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered. We had a good number of entries but only one person will win a Signed copy of The Girl Next Door by Selene Castrovilla. 12 Runner-ups will receive signed bookmarks and as for everyone else who entered I'm sorry if you didn't win anything but maybe next time! I always have contest on my blog so keep checking in on The Bookshelf.

If you didn't win the book you can purchase your own copy here: The Girl Next Door on amazon :)

I used to calculate out winners. And now for the winner of the SIGNED book...... Congrats to: MINA ZENTENO.

Winners of the signed bookmarks are:



All the winners must email me their mailing address so that I can send them off to Selene so she can ship off your prizes. I won't be chasing down the winners so if you don't email me by March 17th your prize will be withdrawn.  Here is my Email:

Thanks again to Selene Castrovilla for donating these wonderful prizes I hope you enjoyed the contest and remember to check out her new book MELT coming out this FALL!

Keep checking in on The Bookshelf for all the latest books and contests!

Congrats again to the winners and thanks everyone for entering!

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Girl Next Door Contest

Hey guys time for another contest!!! This time up for grabs will be a SIGNED copy of The Girl Next Door by Selene Castrovilla. Contest will be open INTERNATIONALLY. THE GIRL NEXT DOOR is a Best YA Book of 2010! Best YA Books of 2010: A Literary Mixtape - GalleyCat

Here's what you have to do to enter.

1. Post about this contest on Facebook/twitter
2. Post the trailer for The Girl Next Door on Facebook: The Girl Next Door Trailer
3. 'Like' Selene Castrovilla's page for The Girl Next Door on Facebook
4. Follow my blog officially (by clicking follow on the right side of my blog)
5. leave a comment with your full name and how you found out about the contest (twitter or facebook)
6. 'LIKE' The Bookshelf on Facebook

and as a bonus entry change your profile picture on facebook to the cover of The Girl Next Door for the duration of the contest. (Be sure to tell me in your comment if you've done the bonus!)

Contest will run from March 7th 8:00am EST until March 11th 11:59pm EST

On March 12th I will pick a winner at random to win the signed copy of The Girl Next Door.
AND 12 more people will be chosen to win signed bookmarks :)

Thanks to Selene for donating this book! Here's a description:

In THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, two teens are forced to make some very grown-up decisions when one of them is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Seventeen year old Samantha has been best friends with Jesse since she moved into the New York high-rise apartment next door to his fourteen years ago. Jesse is their school's poster child for popularity: good-looking, a star athlete, even Romeo in the school play. On opening night he collapses on stage. That's when doctors discover the unthinkable: a tumor on his spine. His type of cancer is virtually incurable – 97% of those diagnosed die within ten months.

Jesse shuts down, refusing to see most of his friends. He submits to treatments of chemo and radiation, but he doesn't possess hope. Sam is the one person he’ll talk to. He convinces his mom to let her sleep in another bed in his room, saying he's afraid to die alone.

That’s when Jess and Sam make a startling, bittersweet discovery: they’ve been in love all along.

THE GIRL NEXT DOOR addresses the universal question: In an unpredictable world, how can we possibly feel safe?

Remember to check out Selene Castrovilla's website where you can read an excerpt for MELT her new novel coming out Fall 2011 as well as her first book Saved by the Music.

Good Luck everyone!!

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf

City of Fallen Angels: My thoughts...what are yours?

Spoilers: If you haven't read The Mortal Instruments books 1-3 you will find spoilers in this blog post!!!!

With the release of the fourth book in Cassandra Clare's The Mortal Instuments series fast approaching, I'd like to talk a little about this series. I'm super excited to find out what will happen in City of Fallen angels and I'd love to hear from you guys what you think will be happening with your favourite characters.

So far out of this series City of Glass was my favourite. I loved the detail in the city and the twist involving Sebastian, and of course finding out that Jace and Clary AREN'T brother and sister. lol

I think in COFA, Sebastian will make an appearance and more than likely stir up some trouble. Simon will obviously have a larger roll in this book, and i'm curious to see where his story is headed now that he is the most wanted vampire out there for being a Daylighter. Clary and Jace will be the main love focus; trying to work out their relationship, and the whole gang will be involved in the mystery of who is killing off shadowhunters.

I'm also curious to see who will be killed off in this book; will it be anyone we know as a favourite character or all just random chartacters? My favourite character is Jace, just because of his attitude and comedic commentary and I hope there's still plenty of him in this book.

Here's Cassandra Clare's top 10 list of what will NOT happen in COFA:

1. Alec and Magnus are not getting married no matter what Isabelle says.
2. Simon's band does not apply to a major label
3. Jace does not travel back in time to the Victorian era and get into a fight with Will
4. Jace does not travel back in time to the Victorian era and hit on Tessa
5. Clary does not rope Magnus into posing naked for her life drawing class
6. Luke does not need to get his tuxedo altered when he shows up at his wedding in wolf form
7. Max does not return from the dead leading a tiny zombie army
8. Church and Chairman Meow are not getting married no matter what Isabelle says.
9. Jace does not get addicted to Clary's Magical love gentlemen and starts stealing copies of it from her room.
10. Nobody takes a road trip to South Carolina.

Enjoy those little tidbits :)

Comment on this post and lets see what your thoughts are for this next book!!

Here's the description for City of Fallen Angels:

City of Fallen Angels takes place about eight weeks after the events of City of Glass. It continues the story begun in City of Bones, while also starting a new story, with new challenges and a new enemy to beset our protagonists. All the core characters from the Mortal Instruments series appear in it: Jace, Isabelle, Clary, Simon, Alec, Magnus, Luke, Jocelyn, Maia, and many more. (It even helps to have read The Clockwork Angel before you read CoFA, because some of the characters from the ID series do show up in it. However, it isn’t required.) City of Fallen Angels takes place two months after the events of City of Glass. In it, a mysterious someone’s killing the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine’s Circle and displaying their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to provoke hostility between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, leaving tensions running high in the city and disrupting Clary’s plan to lead as normal a life as she can — training to be a Shadowhunter, and pursuing her relationship with Jace. As Jace and Clary delve into the issue of the murdered Shadowhunters, they discover a mystery that has deeply personal consequences for them — consequences that may strengthen their relationship, or rip it apart forever. Meanwhile, internecine warfare among vampires is tearing the Downworld community apart, and only Simon — the Daylighter who everyone wants on their side — can decide the outcome; too bad he wants nothing to do with Downworld politics. Love, blood, betrayal and revenge: the stakes are higher than ever in City of Fallen Angels.

City of Fallen Angels will be released April 5, 2011. Preorder your copy today!
 City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments, Book 4) on

Also check out the COFA Widget at the bottom of my page! Add it to your blog to keep track of this books countdown!! AND stay tuned to The Bookshelf on Facebook for when I post the trailer for COFA!

Melissa Silva
The Bookshelf