Friday, February 3, 2012

Spread Love, Not Hate Blog Hop-Stand Together and Win Free Books Giveaway!

Spread Love, Not Hate

Spread <3, Not Hate is an inspiring Blog Hop hosted by K.C. Neal and K.M. Parr. Over 85 bloggers have gotten together to post about bullying and raise awareness! In doing my part I am posting my Top 5 book and Songs related to bullying and abuse and hope you visit the other blogs participating in this fabulous event :) Keep reading after the post for your chance to Stand Together Against Bullying and Win Free Books!!!

Bullying Top 5 ~ Books That Make You Think, Change and Spread the Love!

Title: The Scarlet Letter
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
.....a dark tale of love, crime, and revenge set in colonial New England. It revolves around a single, forbidden act of passion that forever alters the lives of three members of a small Puritan community

Why: I'm going to start off with a classic. Although not everyone loves The Scarlet Letter, I truly felt horrible for the struggles this woman and her daughter had to go through because of the sin she committed. I feel like the town was torn apart because of others close mindedness and the punishment of wearing the A (you might as well put a kick me sign on her back)! A true classic tale of how harsh the world can be...

Title: Generation Dead
Author: Daniel Waters
...All over the country, a strange phenomenon is occurring. Some teenagers who die aren't staying dead. But when they come back to life, they are no longer the same. Feared and misunderstood, they are doing their best to blend into a society that doesn’t want them.
The administration at Oakvale High attempts to be more welcoming of the “differently biotic." But the students don’t want to take classes or eat in the cafeteria next to someone who isn’t breathing. And there are no laws that exist to protect the “living impaired” from the people who want them to disappear—for good.

Why: This may seem like a strange pick, but if you haven't read Generation Dead yet, I suggest you do! Although aimed at young adults Generation Dead has many parallels of the harsh reality of bullying in real life and the pain of being different in high school. Anyone, any age can take something away from this book.

Title: Hate List
Author: Jennifer Brown
...Five months ago, Valerie Leftman's boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets...

Why: This is actually a book that is on my To-Read list but has gotten many great reviews and I cant wait to get to it. Sometimes what we say can have an impact on someone that we never expected. Sometimes what we say and do can make all the please, think before you write something harsh like Val and Nick did in this book.

Title: Amaranth
Author: Rachael Wade
...Knowledge changes everything…

Hoodoo-influenced Southern Louisiana seems like the perfect place for Camille to escape her abusive past and dysfunctional family. She doesn’t expect to fall in love with the handsome Gavin Devereaux and plummet into the world of Amaranth, a place of exile for reformed vampires.
Wrestling to escape a deadly ex-boyfriend while giving Gavin a chance, Camille is confronted with decisions that threaten not only her life, but the lives of her inhuman friends she has come to love. Entangled in her friends’ quest for freedom, she dives into their realm and faces the threats of Amaranth’s ruler—the mother of all vampires—and her own inner demons.

Now Camille must decide whether she will derail her life and make the ultimate sacrifice for the monsters that interrupted her bumpy path back to sanity—what she still wants so desperately—or escape with Gavin before it’s too late for both of them.

Why: This book really resonated with me because it touches on a topic that is very close to my heart. There are all kinds of bullying and physical/emotional violence in a relationship is one of them. I was physically and emotional abused in the past and just like Camille I came out stronger but it was hard and I hope that anyone in this situation can be so lucky.

And Number One on my Top 5 List is...
Title: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
...Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

Why: 13 Reasons touched me in a way I never thought it would. Whenever someone decideds to take their own life you are always left with one question..."why?" This books allows you to get inside the head of a young girl that was bullied with rumors and mocking and turned away by people she seeked help from. In the end you will find yourself reflecting back on what you have said to people and how you may have hurt them...which is good, because then, we can take the step toward changing :)

Bulling Top 5 ~ Songs That Make You Think, Change and Spread the Love!

 5. Alyssa Lies by Jason Michael Carroll Why: Alyssa Lies is about a little girl who is being abused at home and I cry every time I hear sad.
4. Nothing to Lose by Billy Talent Why: Nothing to lose reflects on high school and how we all felt when we didn't fit in....that was all of us at one point or another.
3. Why is Everybody Always Picking on Me? by Bloodhound Gang Why: This is taking a humorous approach as Bloodhound Gang always does but it still has a message. The music video explores the disease of katagelophobia, the medical condition of extreme fear of being the focus of ridicule from others.
2. Love the Way You Lie by Eminem ft. Rihanna Why: As a song that explores an abusive relationship, I love how emotional and true it is. Sometimes love is blind and we let people hurt us without seeing what they are doing.
And Number One on my Top 5 List...
1. Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Face Down

Do you feel like a man when you push her around?
Do you feel better now as she falls to the ground?
Well I'll tell you my friend, one day this world's going to end
as your lies crumble down, a new life she has found.

Face down in the dirt, she said,
"This doesn't hurt", she said,
"I finally had enough."

Giveaway Time!
In honor of Spread Love, Not Hate I am giving away a hardback copy of one of my favorite books about bullying, Thirteen Reasons Why *US Only*. Along with this awesome prise, the fabulous author Rachael Wade is offering a free eBook of her paranormal novel, Amaranth and her new short story about a woman who has been abused and isolated, The Soul’s Sonata!!!  *US Only* Read below for details :)

What you will Win:
*One hardback copy of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher  Read my Review Here
*One eBook Copy of Amaranth by Rachael Wade  Read my Review and Author Interview Here
*One eBook Copy of The Soul's Sonata by Rachael Wade

How To Enter:
1. Go to Stand Together - a incredible site whos goal is to reach 1 million pledges to stand together against bullying!
2. Take the pledge and get your Number (found at the "Get Your #" button on the Stand Together homepage)
3. Fill out the Raffle below and leave your pledge number in the "More Information" space.

Its as simple as that! I would love for you to send me your Pledge Number Pictures along with your name for me to post on Shadow Kisses Facebook, but this is not required. 
I'm number 166,625!
Send Pictures to paralover23(at)gmail(dot)com. Giveaway is US only because of shipping expenses, I'm so sorry. Even if you can not enter I hope you take the pledge! We are stronger in numbers :) Please fill out the raffle below and tweet/comment for extra entries!

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Patricia Lynne said...

Great list of books. I've only read Generation Dead, but that is a good example as well as a great story.

Jane Hanbury said...

Good luck with this event. I think it is great that you are all participating in this event.

Rachael Wade said...

Honored to be a part of this great event. As soon as I can upload a picture, I will share my pledge info.

Thanks, Cass!


Gwenny said...

Thanks for stopping by my post! I did see your post earlier but the contest was US only so I didn't enter, but just so you know I printed my number. I'm #167,238!

Gwenny said...

Oh and I forgot to mention, my favourite bullying song is Hold On by Good Charlotte.

Shawn Kirsten Maravel said...

This is a great cause and a generous giveaway to help spread the word about bullying! It takes so many forms sometimes it's hard to recognize but any form of bullying should not be tolerated.

We should all take the stand, and more importantly, we should stand behind it!

The Romance Bookie said...

Thirteen Reasons Why is amazing example! One of the best books ever written I think! :) Great post!

I've had "Generation Dead" sitting on my shelf for a few months, so I'm really looking forward to reading it :).

Leah Spiegel said...

Thirteen Reasons Why would be great! Love the message of the giveaway!!

FABR Steph said...

I love your list of books and songs that make you think. Dear Bully is another good one. There are a lot of amazing stories that stir up the emotion and thought process of the reader.
-FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews

Katie said...

I love the list of books(: I visited "Melinda Szymanik: I should be writing but..." She wrote a great post about anit-bullying.

The song I think is perfect for this cause is Hero by Superchick if you haven't heard it you really should check it out.

lil berry said...

I love that you are promoting this giveaway for anti-bullying, thank you for spreading the word :)

M. E. Franco said...

Thanks so much for this blog. My daughter loved your book picks. We will definitely check them out and take the pledge! Thanks for stopping by my blog as well and leaving a comment :)

Lisa ~ Bookworm Lisa said...

I visited Just Natalie. I like Geek Girl. The main character was mistreated and you can see the effect that it had on her and the damage that she went through mentally.

Stacy Juba said...

What a great event! I think this is a fantastic idea. I tweeted and shared on my Facebook page.

Emily @ Falling For YA said...

I loved Generation Dead. You really have a great list here and for a great cause!

AngelGirlJenn said...

i like the song hold on by good charlotte

Justine said...

Stopping by from the I Heart Blogging Blog Hop!

Carrie said...

I visited KC Neal's Blog!

FireStarBooks said...

This is an amazing cause! I remember the pain I went through when I was little. Thank you for doing this.

I really enjoyed The Guardian by Joyce Sweeney. It was a really powerful story.