Time for an ARC giveaway! Since I returned from BEA, I've had the chance to peruse the ARCs I hoarded from various publishing booths. These are two of my favorites so far. Contest rules are at the bottom of the page.
Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first.
Okay, seriously? Who doesn't love Libba Bray? This book was right up my alley. It's long, but I read it in just a couple days, and I thought it was fantastic. Libba is the author of A Great and Terrible Beauty, among other novels for young adults. This is one you won't want to miss.
Where to even start? This is one of my favorite books of 2012. I had my reservations going in, simply because the plot didn't sound like something that would really hook me, but Sarah's writing grabbed me from the first sentence. Calaena was such a well-developed protagonist, with flaws and nuances that slowly revealed themselves throughout the book. She was tough and dangerous, but also girly, which I found rather refreshing; sometimes it seems like the two are mutually exclusive in YA fiction.
I also found Sarah's fantasy world to be absolutely fascinating. Here's the thing: often, when I read a fantasy book, I feel like the author only knows the bare minimum about their world - in other words, they explore it to the extent that it serves a basic purpose, but they don't have any deeper understanding of the geography, politics, magic systems, etc. With THRONE OF GLASS, I could tell that Sarah had worked out the complexities of her world down to the smallest of details. This understanding lends itself to a richer and more fulfilling story. I try to avoid in-depth reviews on this blog, because I hate spoilers, but suffice to say I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves a well-written, intricate, engaging fantasy novel.
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This contest is open to U.S. residents only (sorry, international peeps!). Open until July 20th.