Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Galstanberry #2 Tour *Book Review & Giveaway*





Last Winter, I did an interview with the author of the Galstanberry Girlz series, Garen S. Wolff, as well as held a giveaway for her first book. Recently, I was contacted to see if I would be interested in working with her again, this time, with her recently released SECOND book in the series, and all I could think was...OF COURSE!

Book Synopsis:

"May all Galstanberry girls pursue their dreams, persevere through obstacles, and live without regret!"

Being the Galstanberry school motto, Lillian, Brandi, Fei, Tabitha, and Nisha-five completely different girls from different parts of the country just coming into their own and learning the ropes at this new (and a little intimidating) school-are ready to take it to heart!

Lillian, the spunky, scholarship recipient, is just happy to be accepted to the prestigious Galstanberry academy, and doesn't see what the big deal is when she tells people she's on scholarship. She just wants to put her best foot forward no matter what, and that's why she eventually decides to take her love of writing to the next level in Galstanberry #2.

Brandi, the determined one of the lot of five sees things differently then others; Galstanberry is the most honorable school in the country and, thus, those chosen to go there are the most honored girls, but that doesn't mean it's not unlike any other all-girls school out there with it's cliques and girl drama! This is why she decides to set out to change things!

Fei, the confident, carefree one of the group, could care less what girls at the school think of her and what she does, especially her roommate, Meredith. She's content with being herself, and in her eyes, that's enough to be happy. Well, that and her breakdancing ;)

Tabitha, the sassy daughter of a wealthy Texas governor, is used to being popular-Status and wealth are important to her, and it's important that she keeps up that persona while at Galstanberry. So of course that means running for sixth grade class president!

Nisha, the clever Beverly Hills girl, is not so keen on being a partial scholarship recipient like her roommate, Lillian is; in fact, she would rather keep that little piece of information a secret from just about everyone, staff and student, at Galstanberry.


My Thoughts:

Even when I was a teenager, I wasn't that much into books directed at teens. I was always an advanced reader and would tackle books far beyond my reading level. My point: I never really got into teenager-y books.

So, to write this review, I'm going to try to channel my inner teenage girl :)

Aside from one, little pet peeve in particular, I really did enjoy reading this book. While sitting down and reading it on the couch, I visualized hundreds of little girls doing the exact same thing I was doing, and taking from it what Ms. Wolff set out to give them through her writing-Confidence in who they are as individuals, no matter what their background might be.

One of my absolute favorite quotes from the book: "Do NOT permit the noise from naysayers to drown out YOUR voice, YOUR ideas, and YOUR dreams."

Even though it was a quick read for myself, I think many young girls will find this book entertaining, enlightening, and just plain fun :)

My one big pet peeve, though-I was not a fan of the teenager-y talk found throughout the book-In fact, it kind of drove me a little nuts. But hey, that's just my preference! Like I said, advanced adult genre book reader here, where teenage speak is most definitely not found.


The Girlz of Galstanberry and Galstanberry #2 can be purchased as a paperback or e-book at any major online retailer, such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or on Garen's website, The Girlz of Galstanberry!



{The Giveaway}

A copy of Galstanberry #2 by Garen S. Wolff, a Tabitha Crawford collectible bookmark, AND the girlz stickers!







{The Rules}

1. You MUST include a way to reach you whether it be an email or blogger URL.
2. Each comment, mandatory and or extra, has to be separate.
3.
This contest is open to US residents only.



{Win It}

Visit The Girlz of Glastanberry Website and comment on anything you learned!



{Extra Entries}


1. Comment on one thing you learned about Garen in the author interview I did with her last year(1 extra)

2. Follow my blog through GFC(1 extra)

3. Subscribe to Me(2 extra)
*Located on the right-You can't miss it.

4. Follow Me and Garen on Twitter(2 extra-1 per follow)

5. Tweet this giveaway(1 extra daily)




RT:: #Win a Copy of Galstanberry #2 and a few other goodies! @TheEclecticE @GalstanberryFan  http://bit.ly/ok7p0O
#giveaway


6. Blog about this giveaway and leave a link(3 extra)

7. Become a fan of Garen and The Girlz on Facebook (1 extra)

8. Register at Battle of the Bands and vote for Case In Point
(5 extra for registering-1 extra per day for voting)


That's 1 mandatory entry + 45 possible extra entries which = 46 entries total!
Good Luck!






The Eclectic Element Disclaimer:: I received a copy of Galstanberry #2 by Garen S. Wolff so that I could accurately write an honest review of the book-All thoughts and opinions expressed in the above post are 100% mine and mine alone. This contest is open to US citizens only and will run from Wednesday, July 20, 2011 12:00 am central standard time until August 3, 2011 11:59 pm central standard time. The winner will be chosen via Random.org and will be contacted within 24 hours of the drawing. You have 72 hours to claim your prize and send me your shipping information-If I haven't heard from you within that time frame, I will choose another winner.


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 Galstanberry #2 Blog Tour, Next Stop: thecupcakesprinklesinlife.com

 Follow @GalstanberryFan and RT for a chance to win the Galstanberry Grand Gift: Books 1 + 2,  Stickers, and Bookmark!

Use this RT: Follow @GalstanberryFan, and RT this for a chance to win the Galstanberry Grand Gift! http://t.co/vdVLz4v #giveaway #contest
 
*Please note that the contest is for US residents only.




32 comments:

Julie said...

I learned that Garen Wolff is an '07 alum of Wellesley College! Very smart:)

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Julie said...

I am a GFC follower :)

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Julie said...

I follow you on Twitter: @jwitt33

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Julie said...

I follow Garen on Twitter: @jwitt33

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Terra H. said...

I learned that you can take a quiz to find out which Galstanberry you are. I also learned you can vote for which girl you'd like to be on the next bookmark. Thanks.
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Terra H. said...

follow your blog via GFC
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Terra H. said...

email subscriber #1
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Terra H. said...

email subscriber #2
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follow you on twitter, partymix25
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tweeted
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Diane52 said...

I learned that you can vote on what girl you would like to see on the next book mark.
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Diane52 said...

I follow via google

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cpage2323 said...

Well, first off I learned there is a second book! I learned garen is a med student!
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gfc follower(cpage2323)
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cpage2323 said...

from your interview i learned that garen attended private school throughout her life which helped inspire the galstanberry girls!
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cpage2323 said...

i follow you on twiter(@trixie420247)
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cpage2323 said...

i folow the girlz on twitter(@trixie420247)
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cpage2323 said...

i follow the girlz on fb(tina wofford page)
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Gianna said...

You can take polls on her site.

Gianna said...

She sees herself in each of the girls.

Gianna said...

Now following GFC (Gianna).

Gianna said...

I subscribed by email.

Gianna said...

I subscribed by email. 2

Gianna said...

I registered at Battle of the Bands.

Gianna said...

I registered at Battle of the Bands. 2

Gianna said...

I registered at Battle of the Bands. 3

Gianna said...

I registered at Battle of the Bands. 4

Gianna said...

I registered at Battle of the Bands. 5

Gianna said...

I voted for Case in Point.

Renee G said...

I learned that the series is set in New York.
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Renee G said...

Following you on twitter
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Renee G said...

Follow Garen on Twitter (@rsgrandinetti)
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