Wednesday, February 29, 2012

WoW: Magic Under Stone by Jaclyn Dolamore

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. She has a linky widget at her site each week for your post and to make it easy to find posts by other people.

The purpose of the meme is to spotlight books that we are eagerly anticipating. It is fun to take a look at what others are waiting for.

I have noticed that it has expanded my wishlist though. Be warned!


I am eager to receive Magic Under Stone by Jaclyn Dolamore. I really liked Magic Under Glass despite all the cover kerfluffle that went on when it was published. I can't wait to receive this one. It will be published tomorrow. I have pre-ordered my copy and expect it in a few days.


Here is the blurb from Amazon:
For star-crossed lovers Nimira and Erris, there can be no happily ever after until Erris is freed from the clockwork form in which his soul is trapped. And so they go in search of the sorcerer Ordoria Valdana, hoping he will know how to grant Erris real life again. When they learn that Valdana has mysteriously vanished, it's not long before Nimira decides to take matters into her own hands-and begins to study the sorcerer's spell books in secret. Yet even as she begins to understand the power and limitations of sorcery, it becomes clear that freeing Erris will bring danger-if not out-and-out war-as factions within the faerie world are prepared to stop at nothing to prevent him from regaining the throne.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Teaser Tuesday: Dark Eyes by William Richter

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week I am reading the ARC of Dark Eyes by William Richter. I got this one from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. It will be published on March 15. Here is what the product description at Amazon says:
Wally was adopted from a Russian orphanage as a child and grew up in a wealthy New York City family. At fifteen, her obsessive need to rebel led her to life on the streets.

Now the sixteen-year-old is beautiful and hardened, and she's just stumbled across the possibility of discovering who she really is. She'll stop at nothing to find her birth mother before Klesko - her darkeyed father - finds her. Because Klesko will stop at nothing to reclaim the fortune Wally's mother stole from him long ago. Even if that means murdering his own blood. But Wally's had her own killer training, and she's hungry for justice.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for teens, this debut thriller introduces our next big series heroine!

Here is my teaser:
"This is a most dangerous man," Wally read the note aloud, a chill passing through her as the words crossed her lips. "He has driven us apart. If you see him, you must run."



Monday, February 27, 2012

State of the Stack (Feb. 28, 2012)

This is my third State of the Stack post. It is my way to keep track of my review books and to hopefully reduce the stack that I have waiting for me. Here is my Review Books Spreadsheet.


Here is my physical review stack:
This month there are seventeen books on the stack. 

Here are the review books waiting for me on my Kindle:



Even though it doesn't look like it, I am keeping up with my review commitments. I read nine books from my review stack this month. Click on the title to see my review for:

Of course, I couldn't have a month when I didn't add to the stack. I got 10 more books for review (links go to Amazon). 

Ebooks
  • Until Next Time by Amy Lignor (blog tour; YA, Jan. 24; My post goes up April 12)
  • The Prophet by Amanda Stevens (NetGalley; Adult, April 24)
  • Grave Refrain by Sarah M. Glover (Publisher; Adult, Feb. 14))

Amazon Vine

Other Print Books
March looks like it will be a busy month. My goal is to accept 6 review books a month (3 YA and 3 Adult). However, March has nine books on the list. One will be published on the 15th, three on the 20th, and 5 on the 27th. They all sound really good but I need to start reading. 

I am just at the beginning of Dark Eyes by William Richter. It will be published on March 15.

What is the state of your stack?

Cover Reveal: Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas

This one is a long way out. But it is never too soon to put a good book on your radar.


LUMINOSITY (Luminosity, #1) by Stephanie Thomas (September 11, 2012)

Blurb:

"My name is Beatrice. When I was born, I was blessed with the Sight. I was immediately removed from my parents and enrolled in the Institution. At the age of twelve, I had my first true vision, earning my raven’s wings. And when I turned seventeen, one of my visions came true. Things haven’t been the same since.

The Institution depends on me to keep the City safe from our enemy, the Dreamcatchers, but I’m finding it harder to do while keeping a secret from everyone, including my best friend Gabe. It is a secret that could put us all in danger. A secret that could kill me and everyone close to me.

But the enemy has been coming to me in my dreams, and I think I’m falling in love with him. He says they’re coming. He says they’re angry. And I think I’ve already helped them win."

Paperback Available for Pre-Order from Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Luminosity-Stephanie-Thomas/dp/1620611279/ref=lh_ni_t


Sunday, February 26, 2012

In My YA Mailbox (Feb. 26, 2012)

The weekly In My Mailbox post is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is fun to see what everyone else gets in their mailboxes, shopping bags, and library visits. Click on the link to The Story Siren's site to see the rules and join in the fun.
 
I guarantee that your TBR pile will grow when you see all the wonderful books everyone gets. You will discover lots of great blogs and lots of books that you won't be able to live without.



I added six books to the stack this week. They are all print books and are a mixed bag of titles.
I chose Loss by Jackie Morse Kessler as one of my Amazon Vine picks this month because one of my friends has been raving about this series. She convinced me to check out Hunger from our Media Center which I did. I really liked it and see why she was so enthusiastic. Expect Rage to be in my mailbox next week. We don't have a copy in the Media Center and I want to read it before Loss.

I also got Fever by Lauren DeStefano. While I didn't love Wither, I was still interested enough to find out what happens next.
I got A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton because I did really love Darkness Becomes Her. I can't wait to read this one (though it may have to wait until April). 

I got Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson because I have never read it. My friend and I recently gave a presentation to a Junior English class about banned books and showed a clip from Anderson where she recites a poem she wrote from the letters she has received about the book. It made me curious.
I also ordered a keeper copy of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins with the movie tie-in cover. I have read this book but donated the copy to my Media Center. Now I want one to keep.

I also won a copy of Tempest by Julie Cross. I was somewhat surprised to win an ARC because I thought I was going to win a finished copy. I have heard good things about this book and am eager to read it too.


That was my collection for this week. What did you get?

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Book Review: Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

Hunger 
Author: Jackie Morse Kessler
Publication: Graphia; None edition (October 18, 2010)


Description: "Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world."


     Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

     Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home—her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power—and the courage to fight her own inner demons?

     A wildly original approach to the issue of eating disorders, Hunger is about the struggle to find balance in a world of extremes, and uses fantastic tropes to explore a difficult topic that touches the lives of many teens.


My Thoughts: What a fascinating combination of teenage "problem novel" and fantasy. Lisabeth is struggling with anorexia and is firmly in denial when she is drafted by Death to be the next Famine. Getting into the mind of a young woman who is anorexic was both fascinating and scary. Her inner voice kept telling her she was fat and Lisa couldn't silence it. She was drifting away from her boyfriend, her friends, and even life when Death shows up.


Lisa travels the world as Famine and sees real hunger first hand. She learns to use her own forced starvation to ease the plight of some people who are caught in a famine and learns her own strength. I liked how Lisabeth gained strength and confidence as she played the role of Famine. I liked the happy (or at least, hopeful) ending.


The characters were all interesting too. From Death who looks to Lisa like a dead grunge rocker, to War who tries to intimidate her, and Pestilence who tells her that they work well together which leads to the typical teenage reaction of "ew" from Lisa. Lisa's view of her family with a father who is idolized but who escapes into alcohol each night and a mother who is a pattern of perfection and who constantly snipes at Lisa help us to understand why she might have become anorexic. Both parents are busy with their own lives and concerns and tend to not really see Lisa. And, naturally, Lisa's defensiveness kicks in when her friend and boyfriend try to confront her about her anorexia. She goes out and makes a new friend who is bulimic but who looks to Lisa like she has everything together.


This story was quick to read but will certainly not be quickly forgotten. I recommend it to all teens. Lisa is worth getting to know.


Favorite Quote:
She couldn't tell you how she'd know when she'd finally achieved her goal; in truth, she didn't know. But what she felt with all her soul was that until she was thin, she would never be happy.

When she was thin, everything would be perfect.
I read this one from my school media center. You can buy a copy here.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Book Beginning & Friday 56: Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

Happy Friday everybody!!

Book Beginnings

Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages 
Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading. 
If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

The Friday 56
Rules:
  • Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
  • Turn to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Freda's Voice
  • Post a link along with your post back to Freda's Voice
Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.


I grabbed Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler today for two reasons. First, my colleague and one of my fellow teachers have both been raving about how good it is. And, second, I just chose Loss by Jackie Morse Kessler from the Amazon Vine program for review. Luckily, our library copy was on the shelf today.

Here is the product description:
"Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world."

Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

     Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home—her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power—and the courage to fight her own inner demons?

     A wildly original approach to the issue of eating disorders, Hunger is about the struggle to find balance in a world of extremes, and uses fantastic tropes to explore a difficult topic that touches the lives of many teens.
Beginning:
Lisabeth Lewis didn't mean to become Famine. She had a love affair with food, and she'd never liked horses (never mind the time she asked for a pony when she was eight; that was just a girl thing.)
Friday 56:
"Make it stop!" she screamed. "Oh, God, please, make it stop!"

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Book Review: Darkride by Laura Bradley Rede

Darkride
Author: Laura Bradley Rede
Publication: CreateSpace (January 9, 2012)


Description: Ander McNair used to be the favorite son of a great monster-hunting family – until he was bitten by a werewolf and the hunter became the hunted. Now anything that makes his pulse race, even a kiss from his girlfriend Cicely, is enough to turn him into a monster. When he finally has his chance to earn his cure by killing a vampire prince, Ander finds he has to choose between his own past and the future of the girl he loves. Can a guy who’s not even human learn what it means to be a man? Luke Marianez used to be an immortal vampire prince – until the witch he loved betrayed him and cursed him with the ability to die. Now he lives in the world of vampire blood bars where the waitresses are the drinks, and dreams about killing the last of the witch’s line so he can live forever. But revenge doesn’t just mean breaking the curse. He wants to break the girl's heart, too. Can Luke seduce Cicely without falling in love himself? Cicely Watson doesn’t believe in werewolves or vampires. She’s not even sure she believes in true love. But she’s about to discover what every werewolf knows: People change.


My Thoughts: This was a very enjoyable young adult paranormal with lots of romance including a very realistically done love triangle. The story is told by three narrators: 1) Cicely is your normal teenage girl except for the part she doesn't know - that she is the descendant of witches and is the subject of a prophecy whose death will allow some vampires to regain their immortality; 2) Ander is Cicely's best friend and secret crush who is keeping the secret that he is a werewolf who loses himself at the full moon and whenever he feels any strong emotion; and 3) Luke who is the vampire who wants revenge on Cicely because he was betrayed by her many times great grandmother who cast the curse that cost his family its immortality.


The viewpoint switches on a chapter by chapter basis between the three characters. Each chapter is their first person account. The story was filled with action, tension, difficult decisions, and touching romance. I was swept away by the story and the characters who were well-rounded, realistic people. I think I fell in love (at least a little bit) with all of the characters. I can easily see Cicely's dilemma. Both boys are completely lovable with their strengths and weaknesses and both love her. Fans of paranormal romances will enjoy this one and be looking forward to the sequel - Crossfire


Fans can check out www.darkridethenovel.com to find out more about the characters and can find out about the author at www.laurabradleyrede.com


Favorite Quote:
I stifle a pang of worry. I always worry about Cicely, especially when she is out of my sight--which is stupid when you stop to think about it. Cicely is actually safest away from me. The only monster in the woods is right here.
I received this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review. You can buy your copy here. It came out for the Kindle in December and in paperback in January.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WoW: Partials by Dan Wells

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. She has a linky widget at her site each week for your post and to make it easy to find posts by other people.

The purpose of the meme is to spotlight books that we are eagerly anticipating. It is fun to take a look at what others are waiting for.

I have noticed that it has expanded my wishlist though. Be warned!

I am eagerly waiting for Partials by Dan Wells. It will be published on Feb. 28. This book wasn't really on my radar until I read a glowing review on one of the many blogs I follow - Miss Remmers' Reviews. The title didn't really grab me, I haven't read anything else by the author, and I didn't know anything about the story. This one review convinced me that this story had to go on my TBR mountain.

Here is the summary from Amazon:
The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to only tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but, worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic-in-training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws have pushed what's left of humanity to the brink of civil war, and she's not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will find that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.

Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, takes readers on a pulsepounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival.


Has anyone else done this? Chosen a book because of a glowing review? Has anyone read this one?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Teaser Tuesday: Darkride by Laura Bradley Rede

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I was recently sent Darkride by Laura Bradley Rede to me for review. The author played on our Minnesota connection but I was intrigued by the paranormal aspects of this one as much as by the Minnesota setting. Here is the description:
Ander McNair used to be the favorite son of a great monster-hunting family – until he was bitten by a werewolf and the hunter became the hunted. Now anything that makes his pulse race, even a kiss from his girlfriend Cicely, is enough to turn him into a monster. When he finally has his chance to earn his cure by killing a vampire prince, Ander finds he has to choose between his own past and the future of the girl he loves. Can a guy who’s not even human learn what it means to be a man? Luke Marianez used to be an immortal vampire prince – until the witch he loved betrayed him and cursed him with the ability to die. Now he lives in the world of vampire blood bars where the waitresses are the drinks, and dreams about killing the last of the witch’s line so he can live forever. But revenge doesn’t just mean breaking the curse. He wants to break the girl's heart, too. Can Luke seduce Cicely without falling in love himself? Cicely Watson doesn’t believe in werewolves or vampires. She’s not even sure she believes in true love. But she’s about to discover what every werewolf knows: People change.

Teaser:
Ander is much taller than me and extremely strong. There's no way I could get away from him, even if I wanted to.

And of course I don't want to. What I want is for this to be a real hug.
I have just begun this one but I definitely like Cicely already.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Book Blogger Confessions (Feb. 20, 2012)

Book Blogger Confessions is a new Monday meme started by Tiger at Tiger's All-Consuming Books and Karen at For What It's Worth. The purpose of the meme is best stated by Karen here:
"Tiger and I thought it might be time to start a meme to discuss some of the frustrations that are unique to book bloggers. What happens when the hobby you love becomes more of a chore?
This meme will appear on the first and third Mondays of the month. Tiger or Karen will give us a question to respond to and a linky for sharing our responses and developing community.

This week's question is: Social networking with authors: Do you interact on Twitter/Facebook/etc with authors? Does it affect how you review their work or do you look at their books differently because you're on friendly terms with them?


The basic answer here is "no". I do follow a lot of authors on Twitter and may occasionally reply to one of their tweets but I don't think I have ever had a prolonged conversation with one. I do have a couple of authors I interact with through email but it hasn't affected the way I review their books yet. Generally speaking, I follow and email with them because I really like their work.


And Facebook - I don't follow or friend authors. I don't follow or friend anyone except my fellow game players. I mainly use Facebook to play games. It is really peripheral to my blogging life. I doubt I spend 30 minutes a week on Facebook doing anything other than playing games. I am currently addicted to the slot machine games.


I am actually not a big social networker of any kind. I tend to be quiet and introverted. I blog because it gives me a chance to talk about the books I am reading and the books and authors I like. While I follow a lot of blogs and lots of people follow me, I don't really consider that I have a close relationship with any of them.


Just call me "unfriendly."

Sunday, February 19, 2012

In My YA Mailbox (Feb. 19, 2012)

The weekly In My Mailbox post is hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren. It is fun to see what everyone else gets in their mailboxes, shopping bags, and library visits. Click on the link to The Story Siren's site to see the rules and join in the fun.
 
I guarantee that your TBR pile will grow when you see all the wonderful books everyone gets. You will discover lots of great blogs and lots of books that you won't be able to live without.



Here is what I got this week:
I was shopping at Amazon and found three books that I really wanted in the 4-for-3 group and was looking for a fourth book when I saw Unnatural by Michael Griffo. I liked the cover and blurb and thought I should give it a try. Anyone read this series?

I  seem to be on a quest to collect all things A Wrinkle in Time. This week I added the audiobook as read by the author.
I received a surprise package from Ksenia at Macmillan's Childrens' Group that contained an ARC of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. It is so new that they haven't even chosen a cover for it yet. This sounds like an interesting dystopia that I look forward to reading.

Another of my 4-for-3 books, and one that I went to Amazon to get, was The Hunger Games Tribute Guide. The book is part of the hype that is preceding the new movie. It is lovely and colorful and looks like a quick read since it is mostly pictures. 
Last, I brought home a book from my school media center because both my colleague and one of my fellow teachers have been raving about it. I am already about a third of the way through Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler and can see why they were so enthusiastic. I also thought I should read it because I just requested Loss by Kessler from the Amazon Vine program.

That was my mailbox this week. Did you get anything exciting?

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Book Review: Twilight the Graphic Novel Volume 2 by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim

Twilight the Graphic Novel Volume 2
Authors: Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim
Publication: Yen Press (October 11, 2011)


Description: Having uncovered the dark secret of her enigmatic classmate, Edward Cullen, Bella Swan embraces her feelings for him, trusting Edward to keep her safe despite the risks. When a rival clan of vampires makes its way into Forks, though, the danger to Bella has never been more real. Will she make the ultimate sacrifice to protect the people dearest to her?

The second volume of Twilight: The Graphic Novel completes the visual adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's worldwide bestselling debut novel and is a must-have for any collector's library.




My Thoughts: Besides the art, one thing I really like about graphic novel versions of regular print novels is that they distill the story to its essence. I had forgotten that the vampires has various psychic abilities too. Oh, I remembered that Alice had visions but I didn't remember that Edward could read minds. And, I don't think I ever knew that Jasper could affect emotions.


This volume starts with the baseball game and is concerned mostly with Bella trying to stay away from the tracker James. His tracking her was suspenseful but very brief as was her taking injury from fighting James. I had forgotten that he bit her and that Edward, along with Cullen, managed to suck the venom out of her to prevent her from becoming a vampire. 


The conflict between Edward and Bella about whether or not she should become a vampire is very clear in this one. Edward is beyond reluctant to turn her into a vampire. He wants her to live a full human life. He sees himself as a monster. Bella is as single-minded in her desire to become a vampire and stay with Edward forever.

I liked the art in this one. Bella does look a bit like Kristin Stewart but Edward doesn't look at all like Robert Pattinson. We only get glimpses of Jacob in this one and he is the much younger, pre-werewolf Jacob. I liked the style of the drawings and I liked that the last few pages added some color (other than the occasional blood red that appeared earlier).

This is a good companion to the novels and a good rendition of the story in another medium. Fans of graphic novels and of Twilight will want to add this one to their collection. Since it begins in the middle of Twilight, I strongly recommend reading Volume 1 first.


Favorite Quote:
I brought you to the prom because I don't want you to miss anything. I don't want my presence to take anything away from you. I want you to be human. I want your life to continue as it would have.
I bought this one because I have Volume 1. You can buy your copy here.


Friday, February 17, 2012

Book Beginning & Friday 56: Twilight: The Graphic Novel Volume 2

Happy Friday everybody!!

Book Beginnings

Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Katy at A Few More Pages 
Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading. 
If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

The Friday 56
Rules:
  • Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
  • Turn to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Freda's Voice
  • Post a link along with your post back to Freda's Voice
Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.


I am going through a graphic novel phase (probably because they are relatively quick to read and make me feel like I am making progress at reducing my TBR mountain). Twilight: the Graphic Novel Volume 2 by Stephenie Meyer and Young Kim was on the top of the stack. It has been there since the fall book fair at my high school media center. I had purchased Volume 1 at an earlier fair and had to get Volume 2. It begins right in the middle of the story.


Beginning:
I can't believe you've been coming here almost every night.
Friday 56:
There's a reason why we chose the Olympic Peninsula, one of the most sunless places in the world.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Follower Love Giveaway Hop Winner

A great big thank you to everyone who entered the Follower Love Giveaway Hop at my blog. And a special big thanks to Inspired Kathy at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and Rachael Renee Anderson for organizing this hop.

The winner (chosen by Random.org) was 

Janita who is a New Follower from the Netherlands

who chose 
Born at Midnight by C. C. Hunter
Switched by Amanda Hocking

for her books. Curiously, I had both of those books on my TBR stack. My autographed copy of Switched is still there but Born at Midnight was donated to my High School Media Center when I decided that I was never going to get a chance to read it and wanted to let my students read it.

Look for me to be hopping again 


and again


Meanwhile, I will be reading and reviewing books that I find interesting.

Congratulations again to the winner! And thanks again to everyone who entered.