Saturday, December 1, 2012

Sleigh Tour Winter Book Review: Dash & Lily Book of Dares by Levithan and Cohn

Today I’m excited to host a review for the WinterHaven Sleigh TourThis week WinterHaven and a great group of sleigh bloggers are posting our choice of a Winter Book Review. To see who else is on the sleigh, you can go to our WinterHaven Sleigh Tour page for a list of participating blogs.

My Winter Book choice is Dash & Lily Book of Dares by
David Levithan and Rachel Cohn.  

My Thoughts
I loved this book. A.L.O.T.!! And all I can chalk it up to is the fact that I needed a good laugh. A downright, gut wrenching good laugh and this book did it. I literally laughed so much throughout the story that I’d stop and read passages to whatever family member was in listening distance because to me… it was comic brilliance. That is the true markings of a funny book IMO, when my family yells in surrender, “Enough! We know you’ve lost your mind!”

The dares were fun and exciting and the characters that made up this story warmed my heart. Their epistolary flirtation was continuously captivating and I didn’t want the red notebook journey to end. I wish I would have had the nerve to pull off a stunt like that when I was a teenager. What a hoot!

Dash is the king of hilarious!! I want to possess his snark. He is my snark hero. *applauds* His snarly, pensive, yet caring character was worthy of a fictional crush.

Favorite Dash lines:
"I’m looking for ‘Fat Hoochie Prom Queen.’ No response. It’s a BOOK, not a person."
"Hello, my name ees Lebkuchen Spice, and I vant to show you my coooooookies…."
"It looks like Animal and Miss Piggy had sex, and this was the spawn."
"Ex-squeamish me?!"
"With all due respect, if you’re forty three, then I’m a fetus."
"Because you know how a cow chews grass? And he or she chews and chews and chews? Well, green tea tastes like French-kissing that cow after it’s done chewing all that grass."

LMAO!
Lily is quirky and funny as hell! Props to her for giving it one more try after her epic, embarrassing debut to Dash. I loved her style and come on! I’m a sucker for animal lovers. My kind of girl… no doubt.

Favorite Lily lines:
"Do you speak Catalan? ‘No’ Lily responded. I said no in Catalan, but since the word sounds the same in English, Hermione didn’t notice."
"I had my two favorite dogs with me in the park – Lola and Dude, a little pug-Chi mix and a giant chocolate Lab. It’s true love between them. You can tell by how eagerly they sniff each other’s …."
“Okay!” Lilly screeched. “Let’s go upstairs! I love books about freaks.” Because I am one. You might be too. Let’s be freaks together?"
"Snap. Crackly. Dash yum. Ouch. Cursing – not so dashing."

Great book that’s a perfect read for the Christmas holidays! Don't make me dare you to read it... :P
4 Snowflakes
 As part of the festivities, WinterHaven Books is hosting an international give-away that will include a copy of Dash & Lily's Book of Dares (Signed by Levithan and Cohn) and a copy of Let it Snow (Authors Green, Johnson, and Myracle) for FOUR lucky winners. Good luck and happy holidays!
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34 comments:

  1. Great giveaway! :D... Love the cover of both books...

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  2. This was super funny and cute. Loved the Animal and Miss Piggy spawn. I remember totally cracking up at this. I think your family and mine had similar reactions! Awesome giveaway and lovely review. :)

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  3. Awesome giveaway. I *loved* Dash and Lily and really want to read Let it Snow. :)

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  4. Love your reviews! This has been on to read list or a whole! I've bumped them up based on your comments!

    Jaime @Fic Fare

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  5. I've read Dash & Lily's Book of Dares before and loved it, so I'll re-read it for Christmas! <3 Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. I read your review and now I want to read Dash & Lily Book of Dares - especially for the awesome comments and quotes xD

    Thanks for the oportunity to win <3

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  7. Thank you for the giveaway !!! I've heard a lot of good reviews about both books, it would be wonderful to read them :D !

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  8. Funny AND Festive? What more could you ask for?

    allisonmoyer at yahoo dot com

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  9. Read this book a while back. Loved it. And wow, awesome giveaway, ladies!

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  10. I LOOOOOOOVE John Green's books. And these are absolutely PERFECT for the season! Can't wait to read it :)

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  11. I'm always looking for a book with humor, especially around the holidays when I don't want to read anything too angsty. Dash and Lily's Book of Dares sounds like it would be perfect.

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  12. Thank you so much for this giveaway! Dash and Lily is one of my favorite Christmas/wintery books ever. It's just so exciting and nerdy and adorable, and I love how despite the fact that Dash and Lily are polar opposites, they can still share interesting, witty insights about life, and still mesh well together.

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  13. I didn't realize this one was going to be so funny! I just got a copy I ordered in the mail TODAY and I am looking forward to reading it. :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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  14. Thanks for the giveaway! I've heard many good things about David Levithan's books but I've never had a chance to read one so thanks for the opportunity. :)

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  15. awesome giveaway.. the covers are beautiful..

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  16. I'm glad to see another person who enjoyed Dash & Lily's Book of Dares. Maybe I should read it the next chance I get.

    -Angie @YA Novelties

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  17. Great review! I have this at my high school LMC and have never even given it a second glance b/c the cover doesn't appeal to me enough to get me to pick it up and read the description! This sounds great! I'll certainly be taking a look at it now! Cool giveaway too! We met David Levithan this fall; he is SO nice!

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  18. I love holiday reads!! Glad you liked them, I have to read them now, I've read so many great things about these books. Thank you for the international giveaway :)

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  19. Thanks for the giveaway! I LOVE the covers (✿ ♥‿♥)

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  20. So excited about these books, I`ve read so many good reviews. And I also love the covers.
    Thanks for making it international! ;)

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  21. I've been seeing these books EVERYWHERE lately. I'm jonesing to read them. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  22. These books are definitely on my need-to-get-soon list!

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  23. love the review and great giveaway!

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  24. I think Dash was cool too! I really enjoyed their interaction through that book of dares and found it exciting.

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  25. The book sounds great! Just what I need to read this holiday season.

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  26. I love Dash & Lily's Book of Dares! Sadly, I don't own a copy myself. Anything David Levithan co-writes is bound to be good anyway. I just fell in love with the concept of the novel.

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  27. Awesome giveaway!
    Thanks for participating in the blog tour!

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  28. OMG! OMG! I have heard a LOT about this books! Thank you so so much for the giveaway! I'm so excited! Keeping fingers crossed!
    GFC: Gisele Alvarado (There's no extra box on the form)

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  29. I would love a copy of those books! Thank you for this!

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  30. I love the snow. This giveaway is getting me excited for Christmas.

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  31. Thanks for the giveaway...heard a lot of good stuff about those books, good choice!

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  32. Hi there, the December edition of Books You Loved has just gone live today. Here is the link Books You Loved December Edition Please do pop by and link in a post about a book you loved. Maybe this one? Cheers

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