Thursday, February 11, 2010

Gone by Lisa McMann Review + Giveaway!

Gone by Lisa McMann

Review by: Lauren

Book Source: Publisher

Summary (from Amazon): Things should be great for Janie--she has graduated from high school and is spending her summer with Cabel, the guy she's totally in love with. But deep down she's panicking about how she's going to survive her future when getting sucked into other people's dreams is really starting to take its toll. Things get even more complicated when she meets her father for the very first time--and he's in a coma. As Janie uncovers his secret past, she begins to realize that the choice thought she had has more dire consequences than she ever imagined.

Review:

Gone is the third and final novel in the Wake series and personally, I believe this was quite a good novel. Janie has a big decision to make and her thought process felt realistic for someone in her position who didn't choose what life has given her, especially given that she's a teenager.

Cabel is still a wonderful literary boy that I would love to date, but he is a little less perfect in this novel...and I felt this was good. Sometimes I hate how great guys in books seem because it doesn't match up to a lot of people in real life. However, in Gone, Cabel is still a good guy who doesn't want to upset Janie by voicing his worries but he's a little more likely to snap and say the wrong thing at the wrong time...like guys, and girls, can do at times.

Just like the rest of the series, Gone is a fast read. There isn't a lot of mystery to this one...beyond what Janie will ultimately decide. I did like that we got a new look into Janie's mom beyond a drunk lady who happens to share the same house as our heroine. It gave us a way to feel more sympathy for this lady beyond the fact that she is sick.

Next part could be slightly spoilery!

It would have been cool if Janie and Cabel had another undercover mission, since the only one Janie was actually involved in occured during Fade. I can see why it wouldn't have fit in the overall premise of Gone but a selfish part of me still wishes we saw a little more of that aspect of the series.

Overall, I did enjoy Gone and I'm sad to see the end of Janie's journey. I'm really glad that Lisa McMann has a lot more books ready for us...it'll be nice to see something new from her for the first time! I can't wait!!

Giveaway (books from the publisher, will be mailed by me):

To Enter: Why do you like/want to read this series?

Open To: U.S. only I'm afraid. Shipping sucks these days!!

Ends: March 15

Winners: 2
Prize: Both winners will get a paperback copy of Wake and a hardcover of Fade (you'll have to find a copy of Gone on your own!)

Note: If I can, I'll try and get at least one book for each winner autographed by Lisa on March 2 when I see her in person!!!

Extra: 2 extra entries (leave TWO NEW comments) if you enter this giveaway:

REMEMBER!! You do not need to enter the White Cat giveaway if you do not want the book...you can get extra entries JUST FOR entering the Holey Donuts giveaway with my blog name as your referral. But if you want the ARC, you need to enter the donut giveaway too. This ends on February 28 though, so enter fast or you forfeit extra entries for this giveaway!

Giveaways going on for Gone:




62 comments:

Linda Kish said...

I would like to read it because I am intrigued by the cover


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donnas said...

I want to read Fade and Gone because I recently read Wake, thinking it was a interesting story idea and couldnt put it down. Finished the book in one night. Now really want to get my hands on the next 2.

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donnas said...

Entered the Holey Donuts/White Cat giveaway. - 1

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donnas said...

Entered the Holey Donuts/White Cat giveaway. - 2

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Linda Henderson said...

I have not read any of this series. I have been hearing and reading good things about it, so I would love to get a chance to read them.

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Jen said...

I would love to read this because I've heard such great things about the series.

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Abigail [All Things Urban Fantasy] said...

I want to read this series because of all the good reviews I keep seeing

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Abigail [All Things Urban Fantasy] said...

I entered the Holey Donuts/White Cat giveaway

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SiNn said...

Id like to readthis series becuase I never have it sounds good after reading your review and such I never heard of it before now so would be awesome to win

SiNn said...

I entered the White Cat give away

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SiNn said...

I sent off the comment and entered you in the holey donut giveaway as well

Rylie said...

Enter me, please!

-Rylie
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scottsgal said...

I've never read this series and have been reading good reviews of this book
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rhapsodyinbooks said...

I have heard good things about this series. Please enter me!

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Erin said...

I wanna read this series because dreams have always been something that intrigue me. I Just found out about this series a few weeks ago (I must be living under a rock)... So excited for the books though. :]

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~Erin D.

throuthehaze said...

I want to read this series because I have read reviews about it and everyone seems to love it. It sounds like a good series.

Raelena
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Amanda Leigh said...

I've been seeing great reviews on this series for a while, and I keep meaning to get this series so I would love to win it!

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Amanda Leigh said...

I entered the Holey Donuts/White Cat giveaway

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Amanda Leigh said...

I entered the Holey Donuts/White Cat ARC giveaway

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mindy said...

i would like to read this being it sounds very intriguing thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

jemscout425 said...

Because I've read a lot of good blog reviews of this series
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susan said...

I would like to read this because of the good reviews.

InABox said...

I want to read this series because the cover of Wake caught my eye on Amazon many moons ago, and I haven't had the chance to pick it up yet. Wake and Fade are sitting patiently on my wish list.

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typicalmemory-x said...

I want to read this series because I've seen it many times in the library, and have seen many different good reviews on them. I'm very anxious to read it, and review it myself. (:
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Kelsey O said...

I really like this series because I've always found dreams fascinating. They're so unique, unusual, and just plain weird. The first book is my favorite: I read it in one sitting.

Thanks,
Kelsey
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Haleyknitz said...

I've heard great stuff about this series.... and i've been wanting to read it for a while. the idea is very interesting...

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Haleyknitz said...

I entered the ARC contest :)

Haleyknitz said...

I entered the ARC cotest (2)

Haleyknitz said...

I entered the ARC contest (3)

Debs Desk said...

I read Wake and would love a chance to read the next two. Please include me.
Thanks
Debbie
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Nan said...

I want to read this because I've been hearing so much about these books.

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ExtremeReader said...

I want to read this series because I have heard how great it is!
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ExtremeReader said...

I entered the White Cat giveaway!

ExtremeReader said...

I entered the Holey Donuts giveaway!

Kate said...

I would love to win since I have heard amazing things about this series.

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Kate said...

Entered the Holey Donuts giveaway.

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Kate said...

Entered the Holey Donuts giveaway.

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Shanny said...

I entered the Holey Donuts/White Cat give away +2!

Shanny said...

I entered the Holey Donuts/White Cat give away +2!

Shanny said...

I have heard a bit about this series already. I am interested, definately. I work part time as a librarian and am always looking for new series and authors to entice the kids.

Shanny said...

I have heard a bit about this series already. I am interested, definately. I work part time as a librarian and am always looking for new series and authors to entice the kids.

Lindsay's Photographys said...

I would LOVE to win this!
Thankyou!! :D:D:D

-Lindsay

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K A K A R I said...

OMG, OMG, OMG! I am soooo excited for this contest. I've always wanted to read this series because it's so popular in blogs and on Amazon. Plus, it seems different from all the other supernatural books in the market. :D

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Misusedinnocence said...

I love the description, sounds like a great book!

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Deedles said...

I want to read this series because Lisa McMann is a new author to me and these books sound like I would really enjoy them.
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justpeachy36 said...

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Please enter me in the giveaway.

I have heard a lot of good things about these books and want to check them out for myself.

Kelly said...

I want to read these books because I have heard a lot about them on blogs and I love YA lit!
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Kelly said...

I entered the Holly Black ARC and Holey Doughnuts giveaway.
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Kelly said...

I entered tthe Holly Black ARC and Holey Doughnuts giveaway.
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BookFreak said...

Ive heard nothing but good things about this series. Everything ive read, make me want to get it more and more.

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Lori said...

I would love to win these books. I have read and heard nothing but good things, my curiousity is peeked.


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Retsbar2Go said...

I am intriqued and am interested in the series of these books.

Thanks for the opportunity

Retsbar2Go said...

I did the WhiteCat and Donut entry for you

#1

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Retsbar2Go said...

I did the WhiteCat and Donut entry for you

#2

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bison61 said...

I have not read the Wake series but after reading the review I'll have to check into these books

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Michelle @ The True Book Addict said...

A friend of mine recommended the series to me.

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Christa Holland said...

I love the cover art. I think the idea of entering into dreams is so interesting. I'd love to see how Lisa McMann handles it & where she takes her plot.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Marianna said...

I think this sounds like a fun, easy spring break read! I'd love to win! Thanks for the chance
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Heather Y said...

Thanks for hosting a great giveaway! I'm always up for a new series and a new author... thanks!

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Sherry @ Flipping Pages for All Ages said...

I want to read this series because I have heard amazing things about it!

Thanks so much!

Sherry
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Aik said...

I'd love to enter! Thanks!

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Nancye said...

I want to win these books because they sound very interesting. I have heard lots of positive comments about the books.

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