Friday, July 6, 2012

ARC giveaway - Throne of Glass and The Diviners!

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.




After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.


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. 


How to enter:
+1 for following
+3 for tweeting/facebooking
+4 for blogging
+1 for commenting on this post with your name and email address
+1 for adding up your points and posting that number in the comments section


This contest is open to U.S. residents only (sorry, international peeps!). Open until July 20th. 

22 comments:

  1. I LOVE THE DIVINERS!!! I just read it and absolutely adooored it. I didn't get a chance to pick up ToG but that's okay - I read the original back in 2008. :-) I'm so glad you enjoyed these, Kate.

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  2. Throne of Glass had me at assassins :-)

    Angela Brown
    tomewriter(at)gmail(dot)com
    +1 - follower
    +1 - comment
    +1 - adding them up
    Total of 3 points

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  3. Following, tweeted, commenting, mad adding skillz=6 points

    ilimatodd AT gmail DOT com

    These books look awesome!

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  4. I keep hearing the most amazing things about THRONE OF GLASS! It's definitely on my to-read list. I'm following, tweeted, commenting, and adding all these up for 6 points.

    jeni.any.dots(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. Yay, I've heard such good things about these books! Thanks for doing a giveaway!
    +1 for following
    +3 for tweeting
    +1 for commenting
    +1 for adding it all up
    =6 points :D

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    1. Whoops forgot my email address: AOlivieri16(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. Fun, fun, FUN giveaway! I would LOVE to win that Throne of Glass!! :-D

    Katie McCurdy
    agirlslegacy(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Let's see...I follow, I tweeted, I commented, and I'm adding it up. So that makes it...6 Entries total! :-D

    Thanks!!

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  7. oh, i have a copy of diviners and i can't wait to dig into it!! glad you enjoyed it.

    no entry for me as diviners is already on my stuffed bookshelf :)

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  8. I want Thrown of Glass, you've totally hooked me. AND given just the right review. I prefer to know nothing about the specific storyline and I don't read jacket flaps (they give away too much), so your method was perfect!
    commenting, follow, tweeted.
    6 points for me!
    robear529 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  9. I'm currently borrowing Taryn's ARC of THRONE OF GLASS. I haven't started it yet, but it just bumped to the top of my TBR list, thanks to your blog post! But I totally want to win a copy of DIVINERS (and I'd be happy to have my own copy of THRONE OF GLASS for keeps)!

    Commented, following, tweeted, added = 6 points

    kathrynpurdie (AT) gmail (DOT) come

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  10. I can't wait to get my hands of Throne of Glass. I've read the current 3 novellas out and I'm hooked.
    +1 for following
    +1 for commenting
    +1 for adding
    =
    3 points

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  11. These both sound wonderful. It makes me happy inside just to read the summaries. I'm putting them on my Goodreads list right now.

    +1 for following
    +1 for commenting
    +1 for adding
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    3 points

    Brooke
    brookerbusse@yahoo.com

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  12. Thank you so much giveaway!! I am really excited to read both of them!!!

    +1 following as Angie
    +1 Commenting
    +1 Adding up totals

    3 entries.

    ajiehuang1997 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  13. +1 following
    +3 facebooking:
    http://www.facebook.com/sophiathewriter/posts/389832231076829
    +4 blogging (I'll be linking it on the next post and I'll add the link after I have it)
    +1 commenting
    sophiathewriter at gmail
    +1 adding up points

    TOTAL: +10 points

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  14. +1following GFC Bridget Howard
    +3 tweeted
    +1 commenting
    +1 adding up my points
    total 6
    Thanks for the great giveaway both books sound amazing!!!!
    bridget.howard(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  15. Oooh I can't wait to read The Diviners! I love Libba's books. I read Throne of Glass a couple weeks ago & really enjoyed it. Thanks for the chance to win!

    +3 for tweeting: https://twitter.com/Dani_Nguyen/status/223766824112754690
    +1 for commenting
    +1 for adding up your points

    total of +5 for me
    daniellesaunders1984(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  16. I am so excited for both of these books! Thank you so much for the giveaway. (:

    +1 for following
    +3 for tweeting [ https://twitter.com/cheerfulbuttons/status/225264442814894080 ]
    +1 for commenting
    +1 for adding up all points
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    Total of +6 ~

    email : screamforlove1@gmail.com

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  17. okay here's the blog post! http://sophiathewriter.blogspot.com/2012/07/wordless-wednesday-double-jacob.html

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  18. I'd love to win Throne of Glass.
    1 follower
    1 commenter
    1 adding up points
    3 total

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  19. I'm seriously jealous of your ARCs :-) Both of these sound awesome! Hope I win with my 6 awesome points.

    +1 for following
    +3 for tweeting
    +1 for commenting
    +1 for adding up points

    email: cjstapley at gmail

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  20. I'm seriously jealous of your ARCs :-) Both of these sound awesome! Hope I win with my 6 awesome points.

    +1 for following
    +3 for tweeting
    +1 for commenting
    +1 for adding up points

    email: cjstapley at gmail

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  21. Yes!! Really looking forward to this book!
    ~Sudha

    sudhamalee@hotmail.com

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