Carina Olsen

Things I love: Robert Pattinson. Disney. Studio Ghibli. My Cat. Books I love: Graceling. The Scorpio Races. Jellicoe Road. Shadow and Bone. Cinder. Plus lots more. ❤

Took a few flower pictures yesterday. <3 So pretty. A few more here :)


Remember those AMAZING portraits of Amy and Elder that Christine Tyler did for the Across the Universe series? I got her to make portraits of the main characters of my next book, The Body Electric, Jack and Ella!

As with the first two portraits, there is a TON of symbolism in these two. Bees and fireflies; trees and waves; torn flags and broken strings; colors and clothing. Seriously: nearly every aspect of these two illustrations holds a very important piece of symbolism relevant to the story. 

Here’s your mission—and a chance to win a complete signed trilogy of my first three books, plus a signed and numbered, limited edition of my new book, The Body Electricplus art cards with these illustrations printed on them! 

  • Examine the portraits of Jack and Ella closely—you can click on them to embiggen.
  • Reblog, tweet, and/or FB with a link describing what you think one thing in the illustration may symbolize. Example: ”I think the knife in Jack’s boot means he’s a soldier!” (If you FB or tweet, make sure you tag me so I see it.)

I will randomly select one winner to receive four signed books. All entries must be posted by midnight on August 1, 2014. Contest open internationally; if you’re younger than 18 years old, you need your parent/guardian’s permission to enter and receive a prize. Prize will be mailed when The Body Electric releases this fall. 

Winner will be announced in my newsletter, along with a cover reveal of The Body Electric and a full description of what each of the symbols in the illustrations actually mean. You can subscribe and see it all delivered in your email inbox!

Get entering! Let me know your guesses of what you think the symbolism in The Body Electric could be & win FOUR SIGNED BOOKS!

Oh! This is the best giveaway :D Thank you bethrevis <3 You are awesome. I cannot wait to read The Body Electric :D Especially since I LOVED your first three books so much. <3 Sigh. Anyway. I’m hoping this counts for the contest. And just a warning, I’m not the best at this, lol :)

Ella: 1. I think Ella’s dress sympolize that the book takes place in a warm place. (Which I think I already know, lol.) 2. I think the fireflies symbolize that there will be A LOT of bugs in this book, lol.

Jack: 1. I think the moons around Jack symbolize that a lot of time is passing. Or has passed. 2. I think the knife in Jack’s booth symbolize that he needs to protect himself from someone.

(Also, holy crap! The characters looks so damn adorable. I cannot wait to read this book. <3 Sigh. So excited. And oh, how I want to win this giveaway. Fingers crossed :D)

Website Reveal + WINTERSPELL Goodies!


Happy Thursday, lovely readers!

Today is an exciting day in Claire World, and not just because tonight is pizza night (BEST NIGHT OF THE WEEK).


Today, I am revealing my new website and am SO EXCITED to show you! Go and check it out!

Are you back? GOOD. Because to celebrate the shiny…

Omg. This is the BEST giveaway. <3 Thank you Claire :D *Fingers crossed* :)


Years ago, when I first started blogging about writing and my hopes of one day getting published, I ran my first book giveaway to celebrate my birthday. Now, July 5th is the day I set aside to thank you guys for reading my books, for listening to me ramble on Twitter and Tumblr, and for just generally being awesome, book-loving, YA-reading rockstars. You guys are the best birthday present a girl could ask for.

To celebrate I’m giving away ALL of my books, including an early ARC of This Shattered World, plus swag, across five different winners, open internationally*. I’ll be drawing one of the four basic prize winners each Saturday leading up to the final grand prize drawing from the entire pool of entrants on July 31. The first drawing is TONIGHT, so jump on it sooner rather than later!

FOUR BASIC PRIZES: Your choice of any one of the above books signed and personalized, plus signed swag. (ARC of This Shattered World, poster, and custom These Broken Stars necklace are only available for the grand prize.)

ONE GRAND PRIZE: EVERYTHING pictured above! All signed/personalized however you want them. 


  • Newsletter (+5): Enter by subscribing to the newsletter I share with amiekaufman. Each entry here is worth five points in the drawings. (If you already subscribe, you’ve already automatically got these points in the drawing!)
  • Twitter (+1): Retweet this tweet. (Can do this once a day for more points!)
  • Tumblr (+1): Reblog this post. (Can do this once a day for more points!) 

See below for contest fine print and basic contest policy/rules.

<3 Fingers crossed :)