Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bookanistas Review and Giveaway, PINK SMOG, Becoming Weetzie.

Pink Smog is a mesmerizing, cuttingly real, and magical young adult novel written by the award winning author of the Weetzie Bat series, Francesca Lia Block. I'm so happy I have a brand new ARC to give away today!

Official Blurb:
The girl in the mirror wasn't who I wanted to be, and her life wasn't the one I wanted to have. Despite how much Louise insists, no one will call her Weetzie. It's her dad's nickname for her, but it won't stay put. Neither will her dad. Charlie left Louise and her mom and he took everything with him: her family, her home--and her understanding of who she's meant to be. But Los Angeles is a city full of strange angels, and Louise embarks on a journey to sift through the smog of her heartbreak, to grow her own wings, to become Weetzie.

If you haven't read Francesca Lia Block’s Weetzie Bat books, the above blurb might sound like a weird daydream, but if you have read the series, you'll probably get it right away! Pink Smog is a prequel to the first Weetzie Bat Novel that came out in 1989 and met with huge success--and continues to today. Pink Smog, told in the first person unlike the original series, is impossibly cool and dangerously poetic. I highly recommend the earlier series. Now, you can get them all in one contained book!

I love this haunting cover for
the original series.

Series Blurb:
Love is a dangerous angel. In five luminous novels, acclaimed writer Francesca Lia Block spins a saga of interwoven lives and beating hearts. These postmodern fairy tales take us to a magical Los Angeles, a place where life is a mystery, pain can lead to poetry, strangers become intertwined souls, and everyone is searching for the most beautiful and dangerous angel of all: love.

The New York Times calls the series, "Transcendent", and I'd have to wholeheartedly agree. 

Here is a quote from Weetzie Bat, to show you what I mean:
 “A kiss about apple pie a la mode with the vanilla creaminess melting in the pie heat. A kiss about chocolate, when you haven't eaten chocolate in a year. A kiss about palm trees speeding by, trailing pink clouds when you drive down the Strip sizzling with champagne. A kiss about spotlights fanning the sky and the swollen sea spilling like tears all over your legs.”- Francesca Lia Block

To enter the Pink Smog giveaway:
1. Follow this blog, because I will be soooo happy that you did. ;)
2. Leave a comment.
3. Since Pink Smog revolves around L.A., tell me your favorite book or movie that takes places in a big city, think booming metropolis! :)

4. Winner will be announced on Wednesday of next week! 

More fabtastic Bookanistas reviews and giveaways below! Check them out!

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Megan Miranda and  Debra Driza give stars to STARTERS 

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Nikki Katz praises PANDEMONIUM


  1. Cassie Owenburg3/15/2012

    I would so love to have this book! I read the Weetzie Bat series years ago. I had no idea there was a prequel! So cool!

    1. Cassie, if you loved the series, you'll love this too! It's great!

  2. I haven't read any of this series and i'm wondering how i've missed it because it sounds really good! I'm gonna have to read them all : )
    also, i follow with gfc alicia marie ezell and I don't know that I have a favorite book or movie but I love most everything that takes place in the new york area : )

    1. Ame, I know how you feel! I only discovered these a short while back! How could something so unique slip through like that?? ;)

    2. Oh, and I'm a huge fan of anything in old NYC or old London, like Gangs of NY, Sherlock Holmes, etc.

  3. Mary Peterson3/15/2012

    Me want! Please sign me up for this one!

  4. LOVED the Weetzie Bat stories, Francesca Lia Block has such a unique voice:)A movie that I loved, based in a metropolis... why not stick with L.A.? I'll go with L.A. Confidential because I love film noir:) Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Heather, I didn't even think of that movie! Great one! Film noir rules!!!

  5. 1. I'm a follower. ;)
    2. I haven't heard about this book, but it sure sounds intriguing!
    3. My favorite book that takes places in a big city is Shanghai Girls by Lisa See! The story is set in Shanghai, and later San Francisco in US.

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

    1. Aik, that book sounds awesome! You have sold me and forced me to add it to my TBR List! :)

  6. Sounds like a series I'd love! Thanks for the tip!

    As for books set in big cities - I love JD Robb's futuristic In Death series set in NYC - awesome :)


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