Saturday, November 22, 2008

Fiercely Fawesome First Contest

So to appease the gods of switching blogs *cough* again *cough* we have decided to hold a contest. Actually, it is for a second reason as well. AKA: The ONE YEAR anniversary of MAELSTROM!!! A full of year of having the best partner in bloggery and crime that the world has ever known. A full year of procrastinating with ARCs. A full year of dancing whenever we received a comment (oh yeah. It never gets old.)

Either way. Here are the rules of ze contest. Medeia and I have compiled personal mini lists of our top five books that have been reviewed here on Maelstrom or Charybdis since November 23rd of 2007. Not all are double 7s, but looking back we have seen what we truly enjoyed the most. Here's the deal.

1. Pick one book from Aella's list that you would potentially like to win.

1.5. Pick one book from Medeia's list that you would potentially like to win.

2. E-mail us at maelstrombooks (at) gmail (dot) com with your choices or comment with them.

3. Advertiseadvertiseadvertise. We would be greatly honored if you would tell the world about the anniversary contest. For every different place advertised on you will receive an extra tag in the magical fedora of contest-dom, and two tags if it is a legit blog post.

4. Link us proof in comments or in your e-mails. We love to hear about them either way.

5. Have everything in by December 20th, when we will leave it all to the magical fedora of choosing.

This an all or nothing style contest. IF you win we will supply:

  • both books of your choice

  • mix of music from our uber-fab Maelstrom meetings

  • random bookmark I brought back from Ireland

  • UK copy of Artemis Fowl from a small, yet fawesome, shop in Killarney

Aella's List

1. Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill

2. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

3. Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan-Hyde

4. Suite Scarlett by Maureen J0hnson

5. Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Medeia's List

1. Hero-Type by Barry Lyga

2. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr

3. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

4. Airman by Eoin Colfer

5. The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams-Chima

I think that pretty much covers it. Anyway, we hope that you will continue to read us, even though we have ever so inconveniently moved twice now. And with no further ado, welcome back to Maelstrom! 1 year in the posting!

A-contesting we will go,
Aella Siofra


Caroline said...

Ah! You two never fail to be fawesome.

So does this mean the maelstrom is back? Or is it just the contest?

Either way, I'll definitely be entering/spreading the word.


Caroline said...


Well, nevermind.
Should have checked the charydbis before asking stupid questions. :)

And my choices are:
Wildwood Dancing from Aella's list and Ink Exchange from Medeia's.

RR2 said...

I'm so glad you two are back!!
Wildwood Dancing
HERO-TYPE ( I desperately want to read this one-I loooved his other books)

PS. I'll make a post about it soon!

*Heather* said...

Unwind and Hero-Type. But I actually should probably email that to you. So I can compile links to go with it.

I flove you guys! You are so awesome.

And does it count for me if Caroline posted on our blog?

Amee said...

Welcome back guys!

Yan said...

I would absolutely love love LOVE to win Suite Scarlett and Ink Exchange!

Congrats on your one year anniversary!!!!!~

Reader Rabbit said...

Welcome Back!

ellie_enchanted said...

OK, quick question: international? Pleasepleasepleaseplease?

Thank you.

Anyway, my picks are Suite Scarlett and Hero-Type.

TruBlu93 said...

I would love Suite Scarlett by Maureen J0hnson and Little Brother by Cory Doctorow.


I'll add this to my never ending list of contests on my blog.

TheBookworm said...

Awesome contest! Please enter me for these:

Aella's List
1.Chasing Windmills
by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Medeia's List
1.Little Brother
by Cory Doctorow
(I would have chose Warrior Heir, but I already own it! :)

I linked your contest at these places:

Book Divas or

Random Buzz or

Gotta go tell my sibs now! :)


Anonymous said...

My two choices are:

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier


Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr


Cassandra said...

eek! why do you guys keep switching blogs? *grumbles to self while changing bookmarks AGAIN*

actually, that's a good question. why do you change blogs? isn't one just the same as the other? except, you know, the color scheme and stuff...

Paradox said...

This is an incredible contest!!! I would love to win Unwind (I was blown away by this book) and Little Brother (ditto for this one). They are on my short list of favorite books, but I don't own them. :(

I posted on my blog about your contest:

I also posted about it on a message board:

Medeia said...

In answer to various questions:

Ellie_enchanted: Yes, our contest is international.

Cassandra (and anyone else who's wondering): We both answered your question on our personal blogs.

Aliceiszewinner (i can see the future remember??) said...

I love using twilight to my advantage!

shweet, im in!
even though i was told about it forever ago!
ok I would like....

Wildwood Dancing and
Little Brother

muahaha i have plans....
be afraid.

Anonymous said...


Great to see you guys are back! Enter me!

I would like Suite Scarlett and Ink Exchange!

AND I put the contest on the side bar of my blog:


and here:

JJ said...

It's a nice blog you have here. Here's my entry for your contest:
I would like Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson from Aella's list
and Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr from Medeia's list.

Lalaland said...

From Aella's list:
Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill

From Medeia's list:
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Here's a link to my blog.

Now I have to tell all of my friends. Congratulations on the One Year Anniversary! =D

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Fun!! I'd love Wildwood Dancing and Hero-Type.

lauren51990 AT aol DOT com

Lis and Chelle said...

From Aella's list Chasing Windmills and from Medeia's Ink Exchange. Posted here:

Ellie said...

Suite Scarlett from Aella's list and Ink Exchange from Medeia's.

Advertised on my sidebar;

pepsivanilla said...

Congrats on the anniversary AND coming back!

My choices would be Suite Scarlett from Aella's list and Ink Exchange from Medeia's :)


The Book Muncher said...

great contest :D i'd love Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill and Airman by Eoin Colfer

link: (you'll have to scroll around a little)

Yan said...

I linked it to my blog at the sidebar =)

my blog is pretty much new so I'm not sure how much is it going to help x.x sorry~

Liviania said...

My choices are Suite Scarlett and Hero-Type. This truly is a fawesome contest!

Book Spot said...

I emailled you when I couldn't comment but in case you didn't get it, I'll comment now too :)

My choices are Unwind & Hero-Type :)

Alyce said...

I pick Suite Scarlett and Airman.
akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

Alyce said...

Ok, totally didn't read the deadline. Sorry I missed this one!

Paradox said...

When will the winner be announced?