Valentine’s Day: Books with Love Hop

Once Upon a Twilight

It’s here…Valentine’s Day and what better gift to give or get than a book for all those lit lovers of us out there? Welcome to the Valentine’s Day “Books with Love Hop” hosted by Good Choice Reading. We have some fantastic blogs signed up to participate and some really great prizes to win for the book lover at heart. Here at Stiletto Storytime I am extremely excited to be able to offer up two copies of one of my recent reads The Transformation of Things by Jillian Cantor.

What if the reality you thought you knew was nothing but a fantasy?

Jennifer Levenworth has a great, big, pounding headache. It could be because her husband, a judge, is indicted on bribery charges, leaving her unsure about everything in her marriage. Or it could be caused by the media, who are relentlessly covering the story. Or because the friends Jennifer thought she knew and trusted have turned their backs on her in her greatest hour of need. And then the dreams begin…

And while Jennifer sleeps, she swears she can see—and hear — her friends’ and family’s most private moments. Soon Jennifer realizes she is actually learning the truth about their lives, leading her to also question everything she thought she knew about herself. But when the dreams start to reveal a startling reality, can Jennifer find the strength to ultimately transform her life?

The Transformation of Things by Jillian Cantor was a true surprise for me. It was a book that I may have let languish awhile on the shelf and may have even picked up randomly. The cover is really beautiful and striking but for some reason I didn’t dive in immediately. However once I began…I read straight through into the night and immediately planned to go about reading all of Jillian’s young adult novels as well. Nothing better than finding a new author you like and enjoying the discovery of all their works like literary presents you somehow magically have yet to open. Well…the only thing better is finding out that author is also a really nice individual and wonderful to work with which Jillian truly is.

While the novel is very contemporary and definitely modern day fiction there is an other-wordly quality to the book that really hooks the reader (or this reader at least). Our main character Jennifer is a woman in a situation that is completely plausible and then suddenly she begins to do things almost magical. This ability changes the book into something so much more than what it begins as. It’s a unique pairing that I really found intriguing. The themes in the book really stuck with me during my reading and afterwards. The idea of how moments in our life change everything in the blink of an eye. How a person’s reality is not always what it may seem. How we may never really know another person’s mind unless we somehow can “step into their shoes” like Jennifer does. The bringing together of all the character viewpoints through Jennifer really brought home the idea that you never truly know what another person is experiencing or going through…even perhaps those individuals closest to you. The Transformation of Things made me think and that is one of my favorite after-effects from a book and it doesn’t happen all that often. There is a rather big shift towards the end of the book that I cannot reveal. I know a lot of readers have said they were disappointed in the “twist” towards the end of the book. However while I felt it was unexpected and perhaps not necessary, the novel still did it for me. The writing, the wording, the interwoven ideas…it kept my attention long after the last page and I would recommend others give it a try.

As an extra treat to entice you…I will leave you with my favorite quote from the novel that really stuck with me:

“I came to a realization that if a moment could change your life, then another one could change it back, just as quickly, just as irreversibly.”

So does it sound good to you? If so…you’re in luck because Stiletto Storytime will be giving away  two SIGNED copies from the talented and generous Jillian Cantor herself. Just leave a comment below with your e-mail address and tell us what book you absolutely LOVE and why. I am always on the hunt for new books that others have enjoyed. This giveaway will be for US and Canada addresses only please. The Valentine’s Day:Books With Love Hop runs February 14th-16th 2011. Winners will be chosen by random number generator and notified by e-mail. Make sure to also check out all the other fantastic blogs participating in the hop! Good Luck & Happy Valentine’s Day from Stiletto Storytime!

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33 responses to “Valentine’s Day: Books with Love Hop

  1. Kate Hensel

    I totally love Waterland by Graham Swift.

    hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu

  2. Michelle

    Tipping the Velvet…it’s a lovely period piece and not your usual romance…

    GFC – geekdgirl

    methirteen AT yahoo DOT com

  3. Alicia Caldwell

    Which book didn’t I love. There’s so many to choose from. I guess I can tell you about one I read recently that kept me up all night. It was Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti. A quick read, which I love, and the way she tied every minuscule thing you don’t think much of with the ending was brilliant I thought. And talk about a great teen voice…this one is a must read.

    aliciacald at gmail dot com

  4. ikkinlala

    One book I absolutely love is the Oxford English Dictionary, because it reminds me of the interesting things about language and that there’s always something new to learn.

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

  5. Bri

    I absolutely loved The Hunger Games! The story kept surprising me and I fell in love with the characters. It was a series that got me to read outside of my genre comfort zone and because I liked it so much I plan to be more adventurous with my book choices in the future.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  6. Wow, this book sounds terrific! I recently read YOU KNOW WHEN THE MEN ARE GONE and adored it. I’ve been singing its praises to everyone I know.

  7. debbie

    I really loved the book the devotion of suspect x. It was a mystery that I thought was really good.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

  8. What a great Giveaway. I recently loved Fly Away Home for it’s honesty. Great book there.

    kwanawrites@yahoo.com

  9. Angie D

    I loved Water for Elephants. It drew me in from the beginning! I highly recommend it if you haven’t read it yet. Thanks for the giveaway!
    bangersis(at)msn(dot)com

  10. Ruthie B

    I just finished Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese…I know, I know, a little late but I absolutely loved it!

  11. Karina

    I’ve started reading The Hunger Games and I love it. The Hunger Games is so cool, it just sucks you in and it’s hard to stop reading.

    hufflepuffgrl13@yahoo.com

  12. I totally loved Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde because it was totally different from anything I have ever read.
    rickimc[at]aol[dot]com

  13. Linda Henderson

    I really loved A Werewolf In Manhattan by Vicki Lewis Thompson, I love all her books.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  14. It’s impossible to pick just one book that I love, but my absolute favorites are the first three books in the Kushiel’s Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey. These books are all about the power of a woman rising from poverty and the ultimate sacrifices made for love, all set against an absolutely stunning and sensual background.

    hopester777 at gmail dot com

  15. Linda Kish

    I loved Room.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  16. winnie

    I absolutely love all the books in the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost because it is the best of both urban fantasy and paranormal romance worlds and of course, gotta love Bones❤! The first book in the series is called Halfway to the Grave🙂

    chibi.pooh(at)gmail(dot)com

  17. Jennifer

    I love the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.

    jennifer.kalman at gmail dot com

  18. I’ll pick up and read anything by Jeff Shaara. He (and his father Michael, deceased) has related the great historical events in American history through the eyes of the major players by using excerpts from their personal diaries and letters. They are riveting reads for me!

    jim At gmpl . org

  19. Carol M

    Gone With the Wind
    It’s the best historical romance I’ve ever read!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

  20. Allie Clark

    I love so many books, but I absolutely loved The Hunger Games! I couldn’t put the book down!

    allieclark11@gmail.com

  21. SiNn

    My book i absolutly love is After The Night book by Linda Howard I love that book it gets me threw some rough times its like good place better to do well I think Lindas writing style rocks!

    mortalsinn@yahoo.com

  22. Maria (pronounced Mariah)

    I absolutely loved Shadowfever! It kept me on the edge of my seat till the very end!

    mmafsmith@gmail.com

  23. Soo hard to choose one book I loved! I will go with a recent read I loved, The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant. I don’t know what took me so long to read it, it’s my latest “go to” recommendation book. Well developed characters, great sense of setting, and one of those books that stir the soul.

    waitmantwillie at hotmail dot com

  24. et

    Oh! I love so many book but one of my favourites is Stargirl by Jerry Spenelli because I love how strong the Stargirl is and I like the impact she makes on people’s lives.
    ejhtan at gmail dot com

  25. Nicole S

    I’m almost finished reading the Hunger Games and it is great! First Young Adult book I have read and am so glad I did!

  26. Joy

    I loved September Sisters by Cantor, it was a great story about sisters and
    a quick read.
    jhoorm01atyahoodotcom

  27. I love SO many books…how am I supposed to pick just one?? Ugh….hmmm….okay…I’m gonna go with the LAST book I read that I loved. The Year of Fog by Michelle Redmond. I was GLUED to it….even woke up at 3am one night and picked the book up to read JUST ONE CHAPTER before I went back to sleep. It was that captivating to me.

  28. Laura H.

    Thanks for the giveaway and for participating in this blog hop! A book that I loved (and quite surprised by it too!) was “Twilight”. Chock full of romance!

    BornajhawkATaolDOTcom

  29. stilettostorytime

    Thanks to everyone who entered for this amazing chance at a signed copy from Jillian Cantor! I loved hearing the books you love and amazingly enough many of them were books I enjoy quite a bit as well. Our two lucky winners are…..Icedream and Allie Clark! Congrats to the winners and make sure to check back for more great giveaways here at Stiletto Storytime!

  30. Ren

    This sounds like such a great book, thanks for the chance to win a copy!
    renahe_90 (AT) hotmail (DOT) com

  31. Jessica

    Signed copies wow how wonderful. I simply love Still Missing the strength on the character is extrodinary.
    frellathon(at)gmail(dot)com

  32. I liked Allison Wynn Scotch’s Time of My Life. We all wonder, at one time or another at what might have been…this book lets the heroine to see if it was all its cracked up to be.
    sandybritchesomine@gmail.com

  33. Vicki Wurgler

    I love the book-Fireworks over Toccoa by Jeffrey Stepakoff, it’s a beautiful love tale of choices and consequences

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