Wednesday, August 3, 2011

GIANT CONTEST!!!! Five books including an ARC....

That's right, I'm holding a GIANT CONTEST!!!! You have the opportunity to win one of five YA/MG books. The contest closes August 10, at which time I will draw five names and the winners will be able to pick which book they want. Here are the choices:

ARC of After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven Wedel

Aimee and Alan have secrets. Both teens have unusual pasts, and abilities they prefer to keep hidden. But when they meet each other for the first time, in a cold Maine town, they can’t stop their secrets from spilling out. Strange things have been happening lately, and they both feel strongly that something, or someone, is haunting them. They’re wrong. Despite their unusual history and powers, it’s neither Aimee nor Alan who is truly haunted. It’s Alan’s cousin Courtney who, in a desperate plea to find her missing father, has invited a demon into her life—and into her body. Only together can Aimee and Alan exorcise the ghost. And they have to move quickly, before it devours not just Courtney, but everything around her…. Filled with heart-pounding romance, paranormal activity, and rich teen characters to love—and introducing an exciting new YA voice in Steven Wedel—this novel is exactly what Carrie Jones fans have been waiting for. Meet your next obsession.

Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey (signed!)

Sadima lives in a world where magic has been banned, leaving poor villagers prey to fakes and charlatans. A "magician" stole her family's few valuables and left Sadima's mother to die on the day Sadima was born. But vestiges of magic are hidden in old rhymes and hearth tales and in people like Sadima, who conceals her silent communication with animals for fear of rejection and ridicule. When rumors of her gift reach Somiss, a young nobleman obsessed with restoring magic, he sends Franklin, his lifelong servant, to find her. Sadima's joy at sharing her secret becomes love for the man she shares it with. But Franklin's irrevocable bond to the brilliant and dangerous Somiss traps her, too, and she faces a heartbreaking decision.

Centuries later magic has been restored, but it is available only to the wealthy and is strictly controlled by wizards within a sequestered academy of magic. Hahp, the expendable second son of a rich merchant, is forced into the academy and finds himself paired with Gerrard, a peasant boy inexplicably admitted with nine sons of privilege and wealth. Only one of the ten students will graduate — and the first academic requirement is survival.

Sadima's and Hahp's worlds are separated by generations, but their lives are connected in surprising and powerful ways in this brilliant first book of Kathleen Duey's dark, complex, and completely compelling trilogy.

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

For centuries mystical creatures of all description were gathered into a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite.

Kendra and her brother, Seth, have no idea that their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven. Inside the gated woods, ancient laws keep relative order among greedy trolls, mischievous satyrs, plotting witches, spiteful imps, and jealous fairies. However, when the rules get broken — Seth is a bit too curious and reckless for his own good — powerful forces of evil are unleashed, and Kendra and her brother face the greatest challenge of their lives. To save their family, Fablehaven, and perhaps even the world, Kendra and Seth must find the courage to do what they fear most.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

Eyes Like Stars by Lisa Mantchev

All her world’s a stage.

Bertie Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.

She’s not an orphan, but she has no parents.

She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own.

That is, until now.

Enter Stage Right

NATE. Dashing pirate. Will do anything to protect Bertie.

COBWEB, MOTH, MUSTARD SEED, and PEASEBLOSSOM. Four tiny and incredibly annoying fairies. BERTIE’S sidekicks.

ARIEL. Seductive air spirit and Bertie’s weakness. The symbol of impending doom.

BERTIE. Our heroine.

Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the actors of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book—an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family—and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.

Lisa Mantchev has written a debut novel that is dramatic, romantic, and witty, with an irresistible and irreverent cast of characters who are sure to enchant the audience.

Here are the rules:

+1 You must be a follower

+1 Commenting with your email address

+4 Tweeting this contest

+5 Blogging/Facebooking this contest

+1 Adding up your points in the comments section

I will choose five winners. The first name drawn will get to pick the book they want, and each subsequent winner can choose from the remaining books. This contest closes August 10. Sorry, only entries from the USA will be accepted!

Note: Since I spent all of Tuesday on airplanes (flying from NYC to California), this week's first page critique has been moved to Thursday.


  1. I do like me some ARCs.
    Graceling sure looks tempting. I'm in!

    I also shared this contest on my blog.
    (that makes it +8, right?)

  2. I also would like to have an ARC of something.

    Thanks. If I win I also live in SLC so postage will be real cheap.

  3. Kate, I'm in! Fablehaven looks good!


    I shared on facebook.

    8 Points

  4. I'm so in...



    commenting with email... mculi (at) aol (dot) com


    7 points

  5. Ahhh such pretty ARCs! Thanks so much for hosting! I think you have my email, but here it is for convenience and to show off my direction-following skills. ;)

    (+1) shayda (dot) bakhshi (at) gmail (dot) com

    (+1) Following!

    (+4) Here's a link to my tweet:!/ShaydaBakhshi/status/99645332857683969

    (+5) Giveaway notice posted at the top right on the good ol' blog! Link:

    (+1) For my adding skillz......

    TOTAL: 12

  6. contest sounds awesome i've heard amazing things about eyes like stars!!!

    +1 follower
    +1 putting email in comment (
    +1 adding up points!! (3 points)

    Thanks so much!!


  7. Okay - count me in! Glad I heard about this. I will be in for 12 POINTS! Going to twitter and FB now. I am a follower - I am commenting - and you will be on my blog tomorrow! Whoot-whoot!

    Oh yeah - abfowers @ msn (dot) com :)

  8. Thanks for the giveaway!!! My email is amylgree99(at)gmail(dot)com
    (+1) commenting
    (+1) for GFC follow AmyG
    (+4) for tweeting!/YASisterhood/status/102874570784120832
    (+5) for facebook)
    (+1) adding points
    Total of 12 points!!!

  9. thanks for the giveaway!!

    +1 comment
    +1 GFC: savanna ucinski
    +5 for facebook:!/profile.php?id=100001629713329

    total points: 7

  10. +1 comment, +1 to math!
    Total: 2

  11. Thank you so much for the bday wishes and it's great to meet you! Wow I didn't know Ali had a real teen CP!

    sophiathewriter at gmail

    +1 Follower
    +1 Commenting with your email address
    +4 Tweeting this contest!/sophthewriter/status/103303670581559297

    +5 Blogging/Facebooking this contest

    +1 Adding up your points in the comments section

    TOTAL +12