Monthly Archives: April 2012

Winner Announcement! (+ Some News…)

I love announcing winners, but first: Some housekeeping!

Uno: To let you know about the giveaways coming up this week:

  • Tomorrow, May 1, is the last day to enter the Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop, where you can win an ARC of the fantastic Enchanted by Alethea Kontis. Enter now and then read my five star review!
  • Check out my coverage of the Into the Future Book Tour stop in Miami, FL with Veronica Rossi and Tahereh Mafi. Then enter to win a signed copy of their books, plus some cool swag!
  • Later this week I will be posting an exclusive interview with Lissa Price and will have yet another opportunity for you to win an ARC of Starters! Stay tuned!

Dos: What do you think of my new Rafflecopter giveaway format? Good, bad? Comment below!

Tres: To let you know who won the four fabulous prom books from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Because that’s what you really stopped by this post for, right?

And now, the WINNER
of the four prom books is…

Margie Cortina

Congratulations! Please email me at imakethegrade (at) gmail (dot) com with your mailing address so that the prizes may be mailed to you. You have 72 hours to respond before I select a new winner. Please note: These books are being mailed directly from the publisher.

And if you didn’t win, don’t worry! Stay tuned as we open up new giveaways this month. Fantastic prizes, blog tours, author interviews and more are on the schedule. So be sure to continue following Making the Grade so you don’t miss out!


Giveaway: Veronica Rossi + Tahereh Mafi Into the Future Book Tour

Even on the day of the event, I had fully believed I would NOT be attending the Veronica Rossi (Under the Never Sky) and Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me) signing this past weekend on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Books and Books, Inc. in Coral Gables, Florida. But thanks to a last minute change of heart on the part of my dear husband, I was able to make the 6 hour drive from Tampa to the Miami area. Along the way, I met up with fellow bloggers, Sarah Nicolas (YA Rebels) and Sarah (The Book Life) and her two fabulous friends. We had such a blast! I must say, if you ever have the chance to see these two authors together during the Into the Future Book Tour, DO NOT PASS UP THE OPPORTUNITY. They are a riot and two seriously awesome ladies.

GIVEAWAY ALERT! I picked up an extra autographed copy of each author’s book, plus some Shatter Me swag to give away here on Making the Grade! (Check out the photo of the items to the left.) One lucky winner will receive this Into the Future Prize Pack; which includes both signed books, plus the Shatter Me key chain also pictured!

Click here to enter this giveaway.

A few fun facts about Veronica Rossi and Tahereh Mafi:

  • For one thing, these two ladies have been touring for so long now this year, that they officially refer to each other as a “married couple”. If all marriages were as good as theirs, this would be a happy world indeed (and full of laughter, too!)
  • If you didn’t know already, Veronica Rossi’s second book in her series is titled Through the Ever Night. Tahereh Mafi’s next book is titled Unravel Me.
  • Shatter Me was originally titled Touching Juliette. Which brought up such questions as: “Who is touching Juliette?”, “Where are they touching her?” and “Does Juliette want to be touched?” The change to Shatter Me was probably a wise decision…
  • Tahereh Mafi has the best fashion sense EVER. From her Kate Spade typewriter purse to her super stylish yellow wedged sneaks (wish I had gotten a ph0to of those!)… I need her advice to help me fill my closet!
  • A certain bird tattoo in Shatter Me is awkwardly inspired by an identical tattoo on Tahereh’s brother. (Shower scene not included.)

Watch a video of Tahereh Mafi describing her book, Shatter Me:


Enter Now to Win an Into the Future Prize Pack!

One winner will receive a signed copy of Under the Never Sky & Shatter Me, + swag.
Open to US residents aged 13 and older only.
Giveaway ends at midnight on Friday, May 18, 2012.

Coming Soon: May 2012

I used to highlight the releases coming soon on a weekly basis, but I’ve decided to change things up and do it more on a monthly basis. I hope this works out better for you to plan your upcoming purchases! Let me know what you’ll be purchasing this month by leaving a comment below!

Week of May 1, 2012

InsurgentBitterblueBlack DawnDestinedThis Is So Not Happening
When You Were MineWhile He Was AwayWaitingSweet Evil
Tiger's Curse Paperback
WantedThe Last Princess

Week of May 8, 2012

City of Lost SoulsEndureHemlockUntil I DieObsidian
The HuntPretty AmyLadies in WaitingFirst Comes Love
The Summer My Life Began
BeautyKiss of Death

Week of May 15, 2012

Immortal HeartsRailseaGilt

Week of May 22, 2012

The EnchantressFatedThe Girl in the Clockwork CollarRuby RedThis Dark Endeavor
Of Poseidon

Week of May 29, 2012

DreamlessChangelingDark FrostDarkness Before Dawn