Thursday, December 2, 2010

MATCHED by Ally Condie

Okay, so I was lucky enough to get an ARC of MATCHED.

Dude.

I don't even have words for how this book made me feel. You know how you read something and you can just feel the power? And all these chills are racing down your arms because you know you're in the hands of someone who knows how to use words to spark something? And you know you're never going to go gently because the story has gripped you that much?

Yeah, reading MATCHED is like that.

I could go on and on about the story, but you should just buy and read it. I found it pretty amazing in a "quiet" way. That is in no way a slam--in fact, I wish I could write quietly and have the impact MATCHED has. Sadly, I cannot.

I thought the writing was brilliant. It was the actual way Ally spun the words to create an emotional web that captured me most about MATCHED.

So yeah. Buy it. Read it. Love it. It's out now, and you can get it pretty much anywhere--so go!!


And hey! You could WIN IT right here! Ally lives just a few minutes from me, and I'm attending her book launch on Saturday. So leave a comment here, and you just might get a signed copy you can call your own!

Will you go gently??

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84 comments:

kellyhashway said...

You've convinced me. I'd love a chance to win a signed copy! I'm not sure if we're supposed to leave our email, so I will just in case. khashway(at)hotmail(dot)com
Thanks, Elana!

Emily White said...

I bought MATCHED on the 30th and finished it yesterday. It was definitely amazing!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Ooh, I can't wait to read this. I have it on reserve at the library. Lucky you that you get to meet Ally.

Christine Danek said...

I want a copy of this. It sounds so good. Great review!
christine(dot)danek(at)verizon(dot)net
Thanks.

Anne said...

I don't think I've heard a single bad thing about this book. I have to wait until we recoup from Christmas spending to pick it up but I can't wait. :D

Renae said...

I'm halfway through Matched and it is amazing!!! If I didn't have to work I'd be finished. Great review Elana!

Gail said...

I shall have to add that to my list of Must-reads.

Maybe I can win my own copy!

Rachael Harrie said...

Great review, can't wait to read it :)

Rach

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Good to hear you enjoyed it. Read another review two days ago and that reviewer gave it 3 out of 5. (Didn't connect with the two male characters.)

Paul Greci said...

Great review, Elana. I keep hearing awesome things about Matched. It's on my list!

Jamie Grey said...

I've been waiting for Matched to come out for months! I can't wait to read it! Even better if I win it :)

Jess said...

Oooo, pretty please?! I would love to get my hands on MATCHED (it's really cool that you get to meet Ally).

Kelly said...

I've heard such great things about Matched!!! Enjoy Ally's book launch! Fun!

Shelley Batt said...

I would love to get a chance to read a book that's written quietly but emotionally. Sounds interesting. Thank you for the opportunity.

Deni Krueger said...

I love your book reviews. Our bookstore here doesn't always carry some of the latest things...they have to offer what they know they can get off the shelf since we live overseas. Definitely one I will try to get!

spinney said...

Elana I LOVE the new blog design. Love.

S.P.

lynnrush said...

Awesome. I'll add this to my list to read. Sounds like a great book!!

chicleeblair said...

*sings* new books, new books, new books!

Janet Gurtler said...

I just bought a copy the other day but haven't started it yet because I know when I do nothing else will get done!

Christine Fonseca said...

I loved this book. After reading some books I just couldn't LOVE the way I wanted to, this one reminded me why I love to read and write!

Angela Felsted said...

Oh, I so want to read this! Please enter me, and I love, love, love your website's new header. It's classic.

Penelope said...

Ooh, this is definitely one I'd love to win!

Karen Akins said...

Ooh! Sign me up. :)

And I love your new blog header. Great tie in.

Jessica Hill said...

The cover for this is beautiful. I bought it Tuesday when it came out and I can't wait to start reading it. There's already so much love for it!

Abby Stevens said...

I'd love to win a copy of MATCHED! And I LOVE the new header!

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Me, me, me!!

Jenilyn Tolley said...

I got to read an ARC of it as well and, wow! You sum it up so well. Talk about breathless tension throughout the whole thing. Such an awesome book! I can't wait for the rest to come out.

Shari said...

I loved MATCHED! I would love another copy, too. I bought one for me, but I want one for my daughter, too. It's a totally amazing book.

Leah (aka Mary_not_Martha) said...

I can't wait to read this. Even the trailer gave me chills! I'm so glad you loved it - makes me want to read it even more. After reading some ARC reviews I thought it was out, went to B&N and sadly they told me I had to wait another month. I think I need to get myself and early Christmas gift....

Liz said...

I just requested this at the library!!

Michelle Merrill said...

I would love to win this book. I've heard so many awesome things about it and I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the review.

Sarah Nicolas said...

I've been looking forward to this book for a while! Now, if I could just find the time to make it to a bookstore!

Jordan McCollum said...

I met Ally last year, I've had this on my to read list for a while!

Kristen Knight said...

Elana, I'd love to go to her launch. When and where is it this Sat.?

LTM said...

cool. I'll have to check this one out. And I like your new look~ :o)

Nichole Giles said...

Book love! I *Heart* Matched!

Melissa said...

I'd love a chance to win this book!

melissa.wideen@gmail.com

This book sounds so good. I really want to read it. This is the best review I've read for it so far.

Patti said...

I saw the review of this book in EW and planned on buying it. Just a present for my husband to give me for Christmas.

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

LOVED MATCHED! You're right, it is quiet--and somehow that makes it even more powerful. NO idea how she did that, but I'm totally impressed. :)

Quinn said...

I've been hearing lots of good things about this book. I'd love to win a signed copy.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I saw this at Costco the other day and almost bought it. Now that black Friday is over, I may actually be able to get it! :-)

Lois D. Brown said...

I swear, there are so many great writers that live close to you. It's like there's a writing epidemic in your neck of the state.

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss elana! i like all you said about that book. im thinking is maybe too old for me. but for sure im gonna tell my brothers and my sister about it cause their lots more old than me. i hope you have fun at that book launch.
...hugs from lenny

Krispy said...

Don't enter me because I recently won a copy. Just wanted to pop in and say I am SO EXCITED to get my hands on this book and see what all the fuss is!

Lisa_Gibson said...

Loved this book as well! I also totally <3 the new look of the blog. Very, very pretty. :)
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Marsha Sigman said...

I can't wait to read this book! Now if I can just find the time to go pick it up!

I read the first chapter in an arc sampler and when it ended I was like...NOOOOOOO. It was that good.

Heather said...

Wow, really? That good? I'm blown away that you were so blown away. Now I have to read it.

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

I'm so excitd to read Matched. I've heard nothing but good things about it. :)

Elana Johnson said...

Dude, yeah, I loved this book. And Shannon, I so wish I could write in this quiet, powerful way. I would KILL to be able to do that, actually.

Kristen -- I emailed you!

Thank you all for the blog love! <3

Sara B. Larson said...

It is so good, isn't it? I'm excited to see you on saturday!

Donea Lee said...

Another one to add to my list! Yes - I love to find books that make me pause, just for a second, so I can say out loud, "Oh my gosh, this is SOOO good!"

Would love a signed copy! (she's not launching at KE, is she?) Thanks for the opportunity!

Jaime Theler said...

Oh, I want to win! I've been waiting for this book forever!

Lynsey Newton said...

I agree wholeheartedly, I LOVED this book so much that it quickly became one of my favourite books of the year! Would love a signed copy, thank you for the contest :)

Lynsey(AT)narrativelyspeaking(DOT)com

Taffy said...

I'm sorry. I can't promise to go gently. Will you ask that of us readers when your book comes out?? :)

I need to read this book.
THANKS ELANA!

taffy(dot)lovell@gmail.com

Matthew Rush said...

I love it when a book takes hold of you and won't let go. Sadly it doesn't happen as often now that I know more about writing, but happily when it does it's that much more powerful.

Luckily ... well you know.

owlandsparrow said...

I've heard so many amazing things about this book, too! Winning it would be awesome, but if I don't, at least it's in stores. :) Thanks for holding this contest!

Here's my email, in the lucky event I actually win:

olsonkayla (at) gmail (dot) com

:)

Niki Smith said...

Oh, nice! I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this.

reignofstars AT gmail.com

Rachel Searles said...

Looking forward to reading this book! I've heard nothing but great things about it.

Nicole said...

I've read great things about this book and I love a good dystopian. I have this on my wish list.

Brooke said...

I would LOVE to read Matched--it's on my wish list :)

Kaylie said...

I asked for a copy for Christmas, but I figure if I leave a comment here, my odds of actually getting a copy go up. That and being struck by lightning, right?

Melissa Gill said...

I've heard this book is great, now I want to read it more than ever. Thanks for the review.

mariska said...

Interesting! I would really like to have the chance to own the signed copy ;)

uniquas at ymail dot com

Theresa Milstein said...

I've been dying to read this for months. I tried every blog contest, but sadly - EPIC FAIL. Now I'm too guilty to buy it because I'm spending all this holiday money. But it's on my wish list. And after this post, I'm longing to read it more than ever. Pick me! ; )

Uniquely Moi Books said...

How aewsome you live so close and get to see her! I would LOVE to have this book! Thanks so much for the chance!

Amber Argyle said...

I saw this one a while back and I've wanted it ever since.I love her cover--ya Ally!

Sign me up. I wanna win it!

prplbookworm said...

this would be the BEST christmas present!! sign me up :)

nicolelmathias(at)gmail(dot)com

Tanya1224 said...

I'd love a chance to win this book! I've read a couple reviews already and they're all so good. Please count me in! Thanks
Tanyaw1224(at)yahoo(dot)com

Tere Kirkland said...

Dying to read this so I'd love a chance to win!

(Of course, the last time I entered a giveaway, I was lusting after the book—Shipbreaker—so hard I just gave up and downloaded it to my nook the next day. It was worth it!)

Allison said...

I keep hearing about this book! I want to READ IT... :D

allison.ridley(at)gmail(dot)com

Hannah Kincade said...

ooooh, I love a good quiet novel in the winter. Thanks!!

Lexie said...

Would love a chance to win this book!
lexie.bookbug(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Minas said...

I would love a signed copy! I really want to read Matched!

minas_1989(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jemi Fraser said...

I've heard SO many good things about this book! I can't wait to read it.

My writing style is more gentle than I'd like. I want to have an edgier vibe - but it comes off as fake when I try it! Gotta go with what's honest and true I guess. :)

A Pen In Neverland: Angela Peña Dahle said...

Oh I was already convinced before you posted! This one has been on my goodreads list for a while now but I'm trying to read them in order of when I listed them too. Thanks for this opportunity! I started reading it at the store!

wordrendezvous(at)gmail(dot)com

Dangerous With a Pen said...

I can't wait to read this, I have heard good things every time I have stumbled across reviews. The way some authors can truly spin words into gold is what draws me in, I'm a sucker for language!

Meredith said...

I bought my copy today! I'm about to dive into it right now, and I'm so excited!

Cinnamon said...

I've wanted to read this for so long. Thoroughly enjoying the distopian YA's coming out these days :D

WritingNut said...

Ooh.. I ordered it on the 30th, but it hasn't arrived yet. I'm on the edge of my seat awaiting its arrival!

Liesl said...

I've been looking forward to this book for months! And I'll bet here on Saturday too, so see you there!

L.T. Elliot said...

I'm looking forward to reading this--and to the signing on Saturday! I bet it will rock! =D

pensees said...

The book has great buzz and I'd love to read it!

Claire Dawn said...

Another book I've been looking forward to for a long, long time. As soon as my brain is unscrambled.

Riv Re said...

Not sure if the contest is still running, but I've been so excited for Matched!T Thanks so much for this contest!
rivkarno1(at)hotmail(dot)com

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