That’s right. Me. Out of 275 entries, I actually won an ARC of THE EXTRAORDINARY SECRETS OF APRIL, MAY, & JUNE, by Robin Benway over on the First Novels Club blog.
The premise of the book sounds awesome. Here’s the description posted on Amazon:
“I hugged my sisters and they fit against my sides like two jigsaw pieces that would never fit anywhere else. I couldn’t imagine ever letting them go again, like releasing them would be to surrender the best parts of myself.
Three sisters share a magical, unshakable bond in this witty high-concept novel from the critically acclaimed author of Audrey, Wait! Around the time of their parents’ divorce, sisters April, May, and June recover special powers from childhood—powers that come in handy navigating the hell that is high school. Powers that help them cope with the hardest year of their lives. But could they have a greater purpose?
April, the oldest and a bit of a worrier, can see the future. Middle-child May can literally disappear. And baby June reads minds—everyone’s but her own. When April gets a vision of disaster, the girls come together to save the day and reconcile their strained family. They realize that no matter what happens, powers or no powers, they’ll always have each other.
Because there’s one thing stronger than magic: sisterhood.”
But that wasn’t the only reason I wanted to read this book. I’m working on my own YA paranormal written from multiple points-of-view. I thought what better way to study how it’s done than to read Robin Benway's book written from three viewpoints.
So back to winning. Because I never win anything. Not lotto. Not the scratch tickets my favorite patient gives me each time I see her. Not raffle tickets. Nothing. Nada, zip, zero. But take me to see a hypnotist’s show or a comedian, have them ask for a “lucky audience participant,” um, yeah, that’s right. Do they not get that I’m scrunching down low in my seat for a reason?
But. Over the past year I have actually won four books. Four! All on amazingly awesome blogs like this one. Who knows, maybe my luck is changing. But I think I’ll stick with watching comedy on television, just in case.
Thanks again to the writers from the First Novels Club: Donna Gambale, Sara Konkowski, Janine Leaver Burgan, and Frankie Diane Mallis,
I’m almost done reading THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett—now, one of my all time favorite books ever and I know I will be reading it again and again. Written from multiple points-of-view about what it’s like to be a black maid and white woman in Mississippi during the 1960’s. Yes, it is that good that it’s still in hardcover when most others would already have gone to soft cover. But it’s worth every cent.