New Contest! Numbers by Rachel Ward

Monday March 8, 2010


Book Synopsis
Ever since she was child, Jem has kept a secret: Whenever she meets someone new, no matter who, as soon as she looks into their eyes, a number pops into her head. That number is a date: the date they will die. Burdened with such awful awareness, Jem avoids relationships. Until she meets Spider, another outsider, and takes a chance. The two plan a trip to the city. But while waiting to ride the Eye ferris wheel, Jem is terrified to see that all the other tourists in line flash the same number. Today's number. Today's date. Terrorists are going to attack London. Jem’s world is about to explode!


This is one of those books that starts out at a slower pace and then has an ending that kicks your a**. After I finished the book I kept going back and re-reading passages that I really liked. 

After Jem and Spider witness the terrorist attack in London they panic and runaway from it all. Their journey together shows that this book is more about building bonds, trust and love after you've been hurt and let down by others most of your young life. Don't get me wrong, Jem's horrific gift plays a key part in the story but the heart of the story is more about Jem, Spider and the people they meet along their journey.

I really liked this book. I loved Jem and Spider because they are imperfect and real and represent so many lost children out there. Physically and emotionally abandoned children who are victims by proxy of drug and alcohol abuse. There is a line in the book that Jem says to Spider that really struck me and says it all:

"Wouldn't it be good if you could start again?" I said. "I feel like my life's screwed up before I even got started."

As a middle school teacher/librarian I see these kids all the time. Maybe that's why this book really struck me and will stick with me for a long time. 

A wonderful debut novel that I totally recommend. I'm anticipating the follow up book The Chaos which will be published sometime in Spring 2011. 

References to drugs/alcohol/sex make this book appropriate for ages 14 and up.
 Check out the book website HERE and read the first chapter of Numbers!

Now for the contest!

Three (3) winners will receive:
  • NUM8ERS hardcover book

Books are valued at $17.99 each. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

Monday, March 8

Monday, April 5

+1 for commenting (MUST be a follower!)
+2 for each tweet on Twitter
+3 for a sidebar post
+5 for devoting a post about the contest on your blog

Good luck and thanks for entering!


misskallie2000 said...

They say being first to enter you will not win so here's hoping that is false.
I loved your review. I would love to win this book.

+1 I am a follower via GFC

I follow on twitter (@misskallie2000)

+2 I tweeted this contest few mins ago

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Amber Skye said...

Thanks for this contest!

+1 commenting (I am a follower)

Inked Books said...

+1 comment

Awesome contest!


Kelsey said...

I am an old follower of the blog.

I tweeted:

I linked to this contest on my blog's right sidebar:

Thanks for the contest and the entries!

Jessy said...

This one has been on my TBR list for awhile now. Please enter me


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xxsquigglesxx said...

+1 Please enter me!

+2 Tweet:


MarceJ said...

I can't wait to read this one, great review, I love the idea that it makes you want to go back and reread.

I'm not eligible for giveaway, have fun with it.

Dannie said...

Please enter me!


Marianna said...

I read that the ending is great, I wanna read this book so much!

+1 GFC follower
+2 Tweeted

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StephTheBookworm said...

Please enter me in. I'm a Google friend follower.


Michelle said...

Count me in, I'm looking forward to this one.

I'm a follower.
mmillet at gmail dot com

Cym Lowell said...

I am a follower and also have you on my blogroll!


Kelli Christine said...
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Kelli Christine said...

Great Contest!
I've been wanting to read this :)

+1 for commenting and I'm already a follower
+3 for a sidebar post

Lorielle said...

I really want to read this! I'm a follower. :)

Martha Lawson said...

I've been seeing this book alot on the blogs! It looks like areally good book. I can't wait to read it.

I follow

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

Lisa R said...

+1 follower alterlisa
Can't wait to get my hands on this book, although not a power I'd want.

+5 blogged

+2 tweeted

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Stephanie said...

I would love to read this book. Thanks for a great giveaway!

I'm an old follower.

icewoman96 at gmail dot com

windycindy said...

What a very interesting plot this book has! I don't think I would want the heroine's ability. I follow your via Google Friend Connect.....
Many thanks, Cindi

windycindy said...

"Tweet!" #1
Again, many thanks!

windycindy said...

"Tweet!" #2
Merci, Cindi

skyla11377 said...

This Book Has Such A Unique Idea. What A Hardship She Must Have To Endure With Such Knowledge. This Book Sounds Really Awesome. I Would Love To be Entered Into This Contest.

+1 I Am A Follower Of Your Blog.

+2 I Tweeted About This Contest On Twiter (@skyla11377).

+5 I Blogged About This Contest.


CrystalGB said...

Num8ers sounds good. Thanks for the contest.


Anonymous said...

Entered and retweeted.


justpeachy36 said...

Please enter me in the giveaway.

I am a follower.

donnas said...

Please include me.

+1 I am a follower
+2 tweet -
+3 sidebar -

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Jessica said...

I'm a follower.

shutupjessicasreading @ gmaildotcom

layla418 said...

This book sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway!

+1 for commenting

I'm a new follower

Christa Holland said...

I'm really looking forward to this book!


Thanks for the contest. : )

Stella (Ex Libris) said...

The synopsis of this books sounds excitinga nd I loved your review, amde me want to read Numbers even more!

Please enter me in the contest.

+1 I commented and am a follower
+2 I tweeted about this contest here:

stella.exlibris (at) gmail DOT com

Bookie said...

I've been seeing this one everywhere and the reviews have been good.

Please enter me.

+1 comment & follower
+2 tweeted


Sab H. said...

+1 for commenting
+3 for a sidebar post:

yabliss AT

Anna ♥ said...

I'm loving the story premise of this book. It sounds like it would be a truly powerful read, I would love to read it! Please count me in!

+1 Commented

+2 Tweeted:

+3 Sidebar:

Anna ♥

Lindsay's Photographys said...

I would LOVE to win this!
Thankyou! :D:D:D

Beverly said...

Thanks for the great contest!
+1 - following
+3 - side bar
+5 - posted about the contest with a link to you!

etirv said...

I would like to be entered! Already follow!


Misty said...

This has the craziest, coolest premise. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.
Thanks for the opp!
+1 commenting (follower,of course)
+2 tweet


kapri said...

Awesom contest. I really want to read this book.

+1 comment
+3 sidebar:


angie said...

I would love to win this book!
I am a follower
I tweeted
email bangersis(at)msn(dot)com

angel28140 said...

I would love to read Num8ers. Please count me in.

I am a follower (Lisa M. Basso)

angel28140 (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

SHANNABEBE569 said...

book sounds cool! trying to get back on my reading! =]
Thank You!

Anita Yancey said...

Great review. I am very interested in reading this book. It sounds great. Please enter me. Thanks!

I am a follower!


Mrs. Duff said...

G8 Review!
I follow

Hawkeyegirl said...

Nice review, great contest!

I follow and tweeted!

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Anne J said...

+1 I follow on google friend connect
+2 I tweeted

ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

tabby said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I'm a follower. :D
tabbylewis at hotmail dot com