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Saturday, March 24, 2012

GIVEAWAY & REVIEW: DJ Rising by Love Maia @lbkids





Book Description

February 6, 2012
The first thing I hear is music. The first thing I've always heard is music.
Meet Marley, an unassuming high school junior who breathes in music like oxygen. In between caring for his heroin-addicted mother, and keeping his scholarship at a fancy prep school, he dreams of becoming a professional DJ.

When chance lands Marley his first real DJ job, his career as "DJ Ice" suddenly skyrockets. But when heart-rending disaster at home brings Marley crashing back down to earth, he is torn between obligation and following his dreams.

AAbout the Author

Love Maia has worked construction, flown planes, and starred in an infomercial. As a writer, she relates deeply to her main character, Marley, sharing his passion for music and his belief in dreaming big. She loves the freeing energy of the club world, as well as pizza, kickboxing, butterflies, death metal, and underground hip-hop. When not hard at work on her next novel, Love can be found playing drums in an alternative rock band at various bars and clubs around San Francisco.


 Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (February 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316121878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316121873
SOURCE:  PUBLISHER 

MY THOUGHTS
LOVED IT
Marley, a junior in high school that has an unusual after school job as a DJ.  He can mix songs on the fly, creating new music and soon becomes in demand.  He also must balance his new career with caring for his heroin addicted mother while keeping up his scholarship to a private prep school.  He tries desperately to hold it all together and at the same time trying to make a better life for his family.  I don't know much about the DJ world, but the descriptions in this book are so fascinating. Love Maia does a wonderful job creating this world and the characters that populate it are complex while easy to connect with.  I was almost in tears a few times while reading this.  I just felt heartbroken for Marley and all that he had to deal with.  At the same time, his smart mouth had me laughing a bit with his banter.  Maia is a new author to watch!  



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 Contest is open to anyone over 13 years old with a US  mailing address (sorry, no PO Boxes!)
This ends 4.7.12 midnight Pacific Time and the winner will be chosen by Random.org on 4.8.12.
Winner will have 48 hours to respond to email or a new winner will be chosen
This giveaway is sponsored byBloomsbury and  me  ONE WINNER.

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4 comments:

  1. I like your steampunkish blog header image! Did you design it yourself?

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  2. Thank you -- no - Lori at Pure Imagination / Use Your Imagination did the design - she is awesome. There is a link at the bottom of the page.

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  3. Sounds like an interesting book. I really like the cover. Thanks for having this giveaway.
    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  4. AND THE WINNER IS:

    JULIE

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