Book Blogger Hop: Banned Books

Book Blogger Hop

Blogging Question: Banned Books Week ends on the 6th. How do you feel about books being challenged to be banned from libraries or schools? Have you read any banned books?

Its amazing how many GOOD books are on the Banned Book List.  I think it should almost be viewed as a compliment for someone to want to ban your book.  It means that your book is both popular and making a statement.  I also feel that people should have the freedom to WANT to ban a book.  I think that privately owned libraries or ones owned by religious entities shouldn’t hesitate to remove a book if they don’t agree with its contents.  However, government owned schools and libraries should NOT be banned from shelving certain books.  I don’t care how evil or wrong the contents.  This is America and we have the freedom to express ourselves through language without fear of being oppressed.

I am not against age-restricting materials.  Just like kids can’t purchase rated R movies or buy Playboy magazine, I wouldn’t be against kids not being able to purchase erotica or gory horror without parental permission.  That said, I probably would let my kid read whatever he wanted like my mom let me read whatever I wanted.

Banned books I’ve read on this list of 100 Most Challenged Books:

  1. Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
  2. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
  3. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  4. Forever by Judy Blume
  5. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
  6. Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
  7. The Witches by Roald Dahl
  8. Blubber by Judy Blume
  9. Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
  10. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  11. Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
  12. Cujo by Stephen King
  13. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  14. A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
  15. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
  16. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  17. Carrie by Stephen King
  18. The Dead Zone by Stephen King
  19. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  20. Private Parts by Howard Stern
  21. Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford
  22. Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
  23. Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
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Cover Reveal: Broken Aro by Jen Wylie

Broken Aro (The Broken Ones #1) by Jen Wylie

Publisher:  Untold Press

Genre: YA epic fantasy

Broken Aro released September 2012.  You can purchase it on Amazon for US or UK.  It is FREE today 10/5 for ebook download.

Overall Thoughts:

I hate to say that this cover left me speechless, so let me say instead that it left me thoughtless.  I looked at this cover and I liked it.  It took me a few minutes of staring to figure out why I liked this cover so much.  I think it is because the woman doesn’t look photoshopped to me.  She’s not perfect.  You can see the pores on her skin and her hair is a complete wet mess.  It looks like this is what Aro must look like right before she wakes up and finds herself in a world of hell.

Book Description:

Open your eyes to darkness. What do you see? Does the darkness frighten you? Now imagine the darkness being the cargo hold of a slave ship. Your city has fallen. Your family is most likely dead. You don’t know anyone around you, and some of them aren’t even human. Giving up would be so easy to do, but not for Arowyn Mason. Not after being raised in a military family with seven brothers. Every great story should begin with a plan. Aro’s was to escape and to survive.

Escape comes, but at a price. As they reach the shore, Aro and the other survivors learn that freedom doesn’t mean safety. The slavers want their property back and will do anything to get it. The party uses every ounce of their brute strength, a hearty helping of cunning, and even ancient magics to keep themselves alive. Sickness, danger, and even love surprise them at every turn. Dealing with danger becomes their way of life, but none of them ever considered that nothing can be quite as dangerous as a prophecy. Running turns into another race altogether as her world falls to pieces again and again.

What People are saying about Broken Aro:

“Reminiscent of the epic Lord of the Ring trilogy, Broken Aro is the first installment of a lively new series destined to enslave a new legion of fans for its author, Jen Wylie. Filled with dragons and fey, mortals and slavers, adventure and mythology, Broken Aro is grand adventure in an epic style, a complete stand alone novel that also leaves on eager for more!”

~ Rusty Fischer, author of Zombies Don’t Cry

“A page-turning tale of impossible love, unusual allies, betrayals, and
high adventure. I couldn’t put it down.”

~J.A. Campbell, author of Doc, Vampire-Hunting Dog

About the Author:

Jen Wylie resides in rural Ontario, Canada with her  two boys, Australian shepherd and a disagreeable amount of wildlife. In a cosmic twist of fate she dislikes the snow and cold.

Before settling down to raise a family, she attained a BA from Queens University and worked in retail and sales.

Thanks to her mother she acquired a love of books at an early age and began writing in public school. She constantly has stories floating around in her head, and finds it amazing most people don’t. Jennifer writes various forms of fantasy, both novels and short stories.

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Giveaways

Well, the prompt/linky for Booking thru Thursday is late this week, so instead let’s focus on GIVEAWAYS!  There are quite a few going on right now and even more upcoming.  But before we get to that, let me say congrats to all the lucky winners of the past few giveaways.

Antithesis Winners:
Print copy of the entire 5-book series 

  • #113: Name: Donna S

Ebook copies of the entire 5-book series

  • #17: Name: Natasha
  • #32: Name: Joy Flynn
  • #46: Name: Dennis Mummert

Any 1889 ebook of the winner’s choosing 

  • #68: Name: Giedre Sliumba
  • #118: Name: Yvette Ganoe
  • #49: Name: Victoria Zumbrum
  • #128: Name: sherry fundin
  • #52: Name: Kyle Newton

Ebook copy of Glimpse

  • Entry #21Jackie L.
  • Entry #28Lisa C.
  • Entry #46Ricki M.

Paperback/ebook copy of Flight

  • Entry #9Hillary R.

Didn’t win, don’t worry!  There are many giveaways still going on.  Enter for your chance to win some awesome prizes.

Banned Books Hop – ends October 6th

Jenny Pox – ends October 13th

The Sundering – ends October 17th

Cornerstone – ends tonight!

Bone Wire – ends November 1st


Stay Tuned for these Upcoming Giveaways:

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