Bout of Books Challenge & Giveaway!

 

And the winner is!!!

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Miki! Grats Miki, I’ll send you an email soon and get Entwined out to you by Thursday!

Today’s challenge is all about The Page 99 Test! It’s super easy and fun. The page 99 test gives you another way to look at the book and decide if you really want to pick it up. Now instead of just having a cover and synopsis and page one, which are all worked on very diligently by the author and publisher, now you also have page 99 to put the book to the test!

The Page 99 Challenge!

  • Choose a book that you have on your to read list.
  • Read page 99
  • Comment below and let us know how you feel! Did page 99 draw you in or push you away? Are you more curious or less?

Some rules and guidelines:

  • To be eligible for Entwined, you must be signed up for the Bout of Books 5.0 Read-a-Thon.
  • This challenge and giveaway will last for twenty-four hours, starting Aug 18th at 12:01 am to Aug 18th at 11:59 cst.
  • The prize is for one 1 hardback copy of Entwined. (International)
  • Winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter and I will post the winner no later than Tuesday! If that person doesn’t contact me within 2 days a new winner will be drawn!

Good luck everyone!

Entwined Page 99 Test

For an example, I thought it may be fun to have a look at Entwined’s page 99:

In a sleek, silky movement, the gentleman produced dainty teacups on saucers by cupping his hands together and unfolding them. Each teacup filled to the brim with tea; he slipped them into the water and blew, sending them drifting and bobbing to the girls like candles on tiny boats.

The girls scooped up the saucers from the water, all exclamations, and Ivy had slurped the last drop from her teacup before Azalea could stop her, smacking her lips with delight. Sighing, Azalea cautiously took a sip of tea, the flavor of butter and berries melted over her tongue, leaving nothing to swallow. Magic tea.

“I am a highborn gentleman,” he said as they pressed the teacups between their hands. “A lord. When the High King D’Eathe reigned, I was a member of his court.”

The girls inhaled a tight, hard breath, all at the same time. The gentleman smiled, tight-lipped.

“Ah, yes,” he said. “I was his friend, even. Ah, do take heart. I am not so villainous. I was only a boy.”

And then he spun a story with his smooth chocolate voice, so enthralling the girls forgot the teacups clasped in their hands and hung on every word.

Azalea imagined their small country when the gentleman had been young, with the city’s streets dirt and not paved, with the wood wild and the place new.

“I was young,” he said quietly. “And a fool.”

Book Review for Entwined

Ohhh! Ok. So this is a fantastical, young adult book. As you can tell by the small excerpt above. That is the page 99. And to be honest, I simply love it! It draws you in. Is this guy a villain or is he not? Is he showing the girls magic? What is he doing with them?

Win the book here: A Rafflecopter Giveaway

The prize is Entwined, hard cover. Only read once and is still in fabulous condition! International give away! And this only lasts for 24 hours so get in before the deadline!

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71 comments

  1. I checked out one of the books on my TBR list for this challenge, Covet, and yeah.. Page 99 hooked me!!!

    1. Awesome! Don’t you love when that happens?

  2. The Big Kitty by Claire Donally

    page 99 was boring! If I had to rely just on page 99 I never would have bought the book

    1. That happened to me for the The Map of Time. I was drowning in that page 99. The synopsis and cover are awesome but that’ll be a book I pick up later.

  3. I read Page 99 of Overbite by Meg Cabot and did find it interesting enough to push the book up on my TBR list. πŸ™‚

    1. YAY! I haven’t read that one, I’ll have to check it out. I think I like Meg Cabot. πŸ˜€

  4. That’s an interesting challenge πŸ˜€ It was really exciting !
    Here are my answers : http://ifmarybooks.blogspot.fr/2012/08/boutofbooks-read-thon-day-4.html

  5. Hello! Well, this is a nice challenge, I’m participating but there’s no need to enter me in the giveaway, I own that book already — it’s lovely, I love all the sisters, they make me laugh. And my favorite couple is Lord Teddie and Bramble, “I love you so much, my fingers hurt!” xD They’re hilarious!

    So here’s my Page 99 Test:
    I’m choosing Nevermore by Kelly Creagh. Page 99 it’s quite interesting because the protagonists are talking about books (imagine that!), specifically about Edgar Allan Poe’s work. I also enjoyed their interaction — awkward and yet friendly. I guess I’ll need to read this one soon.
    πŸ˜‰

    1. Entwined really caught me by surprise. I read the first couple of pages and for some reason put it down and picked it up only because I was doing the give away. I can’t believe it took me so long to read it!

      Ohhh Nevermore! Another on my to read soon list! LOL

  6. gatorade635 · · Reply

    Okay this went against every fiber of my being but I did it anyway! Page 99 of The Fruit of My Lipstick by Shelley Adina was pretty funny!

    1. Oh no! Why did it? Hopefully you had fun anyway!

      1. gatorade635 · ·

        I hate reading ahead!!

    2. Lol I’m the same: hate reading ahead, or *gasp* reading the end first.

      1. My hubby tends to read the end if he’s not enjoying a book OR even if he really likes a book but the character arc is harsh. I tell him that’s cheating but he never listens. LOL

  7. I chose Compulsively Mr Darcy for my test, and I have to admit it does make me want to hurry up with my review books and read it!

    1. Yay! I hope you had fun πŸ˜€

  8. All entered! Here’s my Page 99 Challenge, for On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves:
    http://musingsofabookshopgirl.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/bout-of-books-saturdays-challenges.html

    That’s also the link I used in the Rafflecopter form – if you need my BoB master post as well for checking my read-a-thon credentials, it’s here:
    http://musingsofabookshopgirl.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/bout-of-books-50.html

    Thanks! πŸ˜€

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  10. I was a little nervous about this challenge – what if there just happened to be huge spoilers on that particular page?! But it was fine, I quite enjoyed it actually. It’s a really interesting idea, thanks for sharing!

    My thoughts on the Page 99 challenge

  11. Hey there!
    This is an awesome challenge idea! I was just about to start Marked by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast and had a kind of “meh” feeling towards it – actually have had that feeling ever since I decided to try the series. Now that I’ve read page 99, I’m already in love with the main character’s voice and everything that’s going to happen before and after page 99 πŸ™‚

    1. That’s the plus to this little test. If it winds up being a really bad page 99 then you are kinda left feeling like, uhh why should I try this?! I’m glad it worked for you. Personally I like the series, I’m on book three. It’s fun but it gets kind of weird. For lack of a better term. She makes weird choices, just remember, she’s a teen with issues and you’ll like it just fine.

  12. I am reading The Map of Time and I have to be honest I went to page 99 and it was a little confusing! haha! http://angelasanxiouslife.blogspot.com/2012/08/bout-of-books-mini-challenges-for-day-6.html

  13. Thanks for posting the cover for Entwined. I’ve seen that picture on the internet once or twice before (without the book title) and without attribution. I fell in love with it instantly, but I didn’t know who the artist was. I may buy the book just so I can look at the picture. πŸ™‚

    1. The book is beautiful! If you’re participating in bout of books you should go for it! Maybe you’ll win!

  14. I picked up Messenger’s Angel by Heather Killough-Walden and page 99 definitely made me want to keep reading. Guess I know which book I’ll be picking up next for Bout-of-Books. LOL! Great challenge and thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    1. My pleasure, I’m glad you had fun!

  15. artsymusingsofabibliophile · · Reply

    I never knew about such a fun test. I like this =D

    Here’s my answer under Day 6.

    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile

    1. I use this on every book I buy now. Sadly it’s more difficult for ebooks!

    2. artsymusingsofabibliophile · · Reply

      Whoops, my email is sanashams[at]hotmail[dot]com, I put it wrong in the Rafflecopter widget.

      1. No worries! If you win I’ll send it to the email to this one. Good luck!!

  16. I have An Abundance of Katherines by John Green in my to-read pile. Page 99 is confusing… like 5 different characters were mentioned & I have no clue what’s going on. It doesn’t really hook me in, but I do still want to read it.

    Fun challenge btw!

    1. Thank you! Same thing with Map of Time. It was about a bunch of maps. I was like… uhhh. Hmm. It’s still on my to read list just not to read like, tomorrow!

  17. My choice is The Spinsters Vow by Enid Wilson. I can not put the page up here because I am using my iPhone but I will say that had I not wanted to read it before I so do now. Mr. Bennett looks to have been kidnapped. That to me raises a lot of questions. So now I am super excited to get started.

    1. Ohhh! That does sound exciting! My favorite page 99 so far has been Patient Zero. Definitely sounding intense and the entire book lived up to it! πŸ˜€

  18. I just did the page 99 test on a book on my TBR list. I picked Shatter Me. Now I really cannot wait to read this book. Time to finish my current read so I can start it!!

    1. Yay! Thank you so much for stopping by!

  19. What a FANTASTIC idea! I usually would read the very last page only, but that wasn’t a good indicator for me. The 99th page is awesome though because that’s usually right around where the story picks up steam.

    I chose to read page 99 of The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I’d started reading this book about two years ago, but wasn’t pulled in immediately so it’s been sitting on my shelf ever since.

    After reading page 99, I can definitely say that I’m intrigued. I’m going to have to move this up by TBR list so I can figure out what the eff is happening at that point in the book.

    1. YAY! That’s exactly what this little test is all about. It’s easy and fun and will hopefully help you choose. Glad you had fun!

  20. i’ve checked page 99 on a book from my TBR pile and i choose Chicagoland vampire book5 Drink deep by Chloe neil but the french version. It was a dialogue and it picked my interest because they are speaking about an investigation and i don’t know which one and the atmosphere seemed calm and that so rare so yes i want more^^ ( but first need to read the 4th book^^)

    1. Wow you’re an entire book ahead! That’s even better though since you know you want to read the series now. πŸ˜€

  21. I’ve been meaning to do this with a re-read. I have one on my list though I probably won’t get to it: Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis. Page 99 is all about a bright suburban morning…and Xanax and dead crows. Yep, the things I liked about this book. πŸ˜‰

  22. This was a really fun challenge! I wrote a blog post on my impressions of Page 99 in GIRL OF NIGHTMARES by Kendare Blake.

    My post

  23. I’ve chosen page 99 of Sin Undone by Larrissa Ione, the next novel that I’m going to read during this read-a-thon. I thought the beginning of page 99 was intriguing from what I know about Sin she’s pretty fearless and it sounds like this installment of the series will be full of action.
    Thanks for hosting this challenge!

    1. My pleasure! I’m glad you had fun!

  24. I chose For a Few Demons More, the 5th book in the Rachel Morgan series by Kim Harrison. In page 99 of my edition, Rachel and Jenks are discussing his daughter’s suitors. I wasn’t a big fan of Jenks at first, but now I adore him, and his relationship with Rachel. It’s reassuring to read about him after what transpired in the last book. This excerpt makes me more curious to read about what’s going on with Rachel and everyone this time around.

    1. Fantastic! I’ve actually only read one of her books but I’m trying to get into her writing style. I like her stories so I’m not sure what’s keeping me away. Recommend anything?

      1. When I read the first one in the Rachel Morgan series, I felt like there was something missing. But I liked the worldbuilding, and its trouble-prone heroine, so I gave the second one a shot. It was worth it – I felt the second book complemented the first and it gave me time to get used to KH’s writing. πŸ˜‰

      2. Good idea. I will have to do that, read the second one and then see if I’m more into it. It just drives me crazy because I can’t pinpoint what it is that is throwing me off!

  25. Oooooh I just did it for A Beautiful Dark and loved page 99!! Definitely reading this one next πŸ˜€

    1. I’m so glad you stopped by and had fun!

  26. I read Page 99 of Pleasures of a Tempted Lady by Jennifer Haymore and I read for 3 more pages before I realized I kept turning the pages and stopped πŸ˜€ It is exciting and can’t wait to read more! Thanks for the fun challenge!

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. HA! I’ve done that before! Gotta love books that get you that quickly! It’s great.

  27. I did mine with Soul Weaver, but I didn’t get much from the page 99. I know I won’t get to this before the readathon is over, and I’m thinking I may never get to it.

    1. Hmm.. I’ll have to look up Soul Weaver. Doesn’t sound familiar. Map of Time did the same thing to me. I’ll pick it up for sure, just not now. Hope you had fun!

  28. Sharon (Fictionally Inclined) · · Reply

    I love this idea for a challenge! I chose City of Bones. Read my page 99 excerpt here: http://fictionally-inclined.blogspot.com/2012/08/bout-of-books-50-goal-post-updates.html

  29. I picked The Greyfriar and got lucky since p. 99 was the start of a chapter! It was a lot more militaristic than I expected, but I’m not sure if it inspired me to move it up the list. Fun challenge!

  30. My account is being wonky, so sorry if this is a duplicate. I picked The Greyfriar and got lucky since p. 99 was the start of a chapter! It was a lot more militaristic than I expected, but I’m not sure if it inspired me to move it up the list. Fun challenge!

    1. No worries! And Thank you for stopping by! I’m glad you had fun πŸ˜€

  31. Really fun challenge! πŸ™‚ You can read my answer here.

    http://olivroquedeuumpum.blogspot.pt/2012/08/bout-of-books-50-updates.html

  32. Page 99 of Wolf Hall: A lovely medieval Christmas carol is sung at Henry VIII’s court (I LOVE Christmas) and then there is a lively interaction between Cromwell and Thomas More which illustrates More’s dislike for More. Hilary Mantel is such a talented author!

    Thanks for the challenge! It’s a favorite of mine. πŸ™‚

    1. Ohh yay! I’m currently reading that one! Gotta love the drama! Well, when it’s not in our lives anyway.

      And thank you for the kind words, I’m so glad you had fun! Thanks for stopping by!

  33. This book I recently picked up for the Library after discovering it the library. I brought it home and added to my TBR list. I have not had a chance to read it yet. I read page 99. I l liked the writing style. It was enough to think the book could be good but really didn’t give anything away.

    1. That’s the great thing about most books, page 99 shouldn’t be too far in to give too much info that you’re left with a bunch of spoilers but just enough to whet your appetite! πŸ˜€

  34. I chose The Heart of Myrial by Maggie Furey for my page 99 test, as I keep picking it up and putting it down on whether to read it or just pass it along. I’m still undecided after reading page 99! lol! The action on this page appears to be a small family packing up their belongings because they’re being thrown out of where they’ve been living. I may have to give it the 50 pages test to see if I really want to read it, it’s got good ratings on Goodreads, which is why I keep putting it back on the to read shelf instead of the to pass along shelf!

    Thanks for the challenge!

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  37. thank you, thank you!

    1. My pleasure! You should love it! It’s so magical and just plain fun with excellent characters!

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