Wednesday, June 6, 2012

YA Book Giveaway!!

Let's change up the pace a bit from critiques! Today I'd like to host a giveaway for 4 YA books shown below. We'll call it my 400 Follower celebration--397 is close enough. Besides, I'm getting ready to move and can't take all my books with me. Thank you for connecting to my blog, new readers and old!

Easy Rules and How to Enter:
1. Be a Follower of this blog.
2. Leave a comment saying you'd like to enter.
3. Optional: to facilitate the awarding, tell me which book you'd like to win! (please say if you have a second choice, too)
4. Deadline for the random drawing is Tuesday, June 12 at 8 pm PST.
5. Winners will be announced on my Wednesday, June 13 post.

Note: Sorry, this giveaway is only open to US followers. If you are outside the US, please let me know in the comments if you'd like to win a FREE chapter critique instead!

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grow dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she disappears on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages--not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she's about to find out.

When one of the strangers--beautiful, haunted Akiva--fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

A LONG, LONG SLEEP by Anna Sheehan
Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for sixty-two years when she is woken by a kiss.

Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten sub-basement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now her parents and her first love are long dead, and Rose--hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire--is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat.

Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes--or be left without any future at all.

The ultimate (though unauthorized) companion guide to the Hunger Games trilogy.

For all those who adore Katniss and Peeta, and can't get enough, this companion guide to the Hunger Games series is a must-read. Go deeper into the post-apocalyptic world created by Suzanne Collins than you ever thought possible—an alternative future where boys and girls are chosen from twelve districts to compete in a televised fight-to-the-death. When sixteen-year-old Katniss learns that her little sister has been chosen, Kat steps up to fight in her place—and the games begin. This unauthorized guide takes the reader behind the stage.

The Hunger Games Companion includes fascinating background facts about the action in all three books, a revealing biography of the author, and amazing insights into the series’ main themes and features--from the nature of evil, to weaponry and rebellions, to surviving the end of the world.

STARTERS by Lissa Price
In the future, teens rent their bodies to seniors who want to be young again. One girl discovers her renter plans to do more than party--her body will commit murder, if her mind can't stop it.

Sixteen-year-old Callie lost her parents when the genocide spore wiped out everyone except those who were vaccinated first: the very young and very old. With no grandparents to claim Callie and her little brother, they live as squatters and fight off unclaimed renegades who would kill for a cookie. Hope comes via Prime Destinations, run by a mysterious figure known only as The Old Man. He hires teens to rent their bodies to seniors, known as Enders, who wish to be young again. Callie's neurochip malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her rich renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, even dating Blake, the grandson of a senator. It's a fairy-tale new life--until she uncovers the Body Bank's horrible plan…

Have you read these books yet?
Do you want to enter the giveaway? Let me know in the comments!
When you move to a new place, do you keep your books--or are you able to part with them and give them away?


  1. Yay books!
    (and wow, nearly 400 followers!)

    Here goes:
    1. check
    2. check
    3. Want. All. (but already am a proud owner of “Daughter of smoke and bone” which, by the way, is all sorts of brilliant.
    4. Made it in time!
    5. *crosses fingers*

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    1. I too am a proud owner of Smoke and Bone, which is one of the best books I've read recently, A Long Sleep sounds pretty cool, though :)

  2. What a fabulous selection of books! I'm in the UK so I won't make you send the books there - postage would cost more than the books! :)

  3. I would like to enter.

    Yes, I am a follower.

    Ooo! Starters looks fantastic!

  4. Count me in. The Hunger Games Companion.

  5. All over it! I totally follow, have for a while now (Fellow Campaigner), and I'd love to enter!

    First choice: Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

    Second Choice: Hunger Games Companion.

    Thanks so much for this awesome giveaway!

  6. I've read Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Beautiful writing.
    This is a fabulous giveaway. Good luck to those entering!!

  7. Great giveaway! I'd love to read Daughter of Smoke and Bone or Starters.

    I keep my books. I'll need another book shelf soon. :)

  8. Ooh, me, me! I would love the Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Second choice: A Long, Long Sleep.

    Thanks for having a contest and congrats on 400 followers!

  9. i would love to enter! daughter of smoke and bone, please. :) second choice would be starters. :)

  10. I'd love Starters. I already read Daughter of Smoke and bone...loved it!

  11. I haven't read these books but would love to be entered! I've been following you for a long time now :)

    Fun stuff, Carol!

  12. Hi Carol, I haven't been by in a while so thought I'd stop by and say hello!

    And I give most of my books to the library after reading them. Better than letting them collect dust in my garage.

  13. I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone enough that I am anxious for the sequel. But I haven't read Starters. Thanks for this contest and the opportunity!

  14. Wow! This is awesome! I would love to win A Long, Long Sleep or the Hunger Games Companion . . .and Congrats on your close to 400 followers!!!

  15. Awesome!! First Choice- A Long, Long Sleep. Second choice- Starters!

  16. Wow, 400 followers! Nice. I like the concept of Starters, cool.

    A couple of years ago I had to make a major move that involved leaving behind almost everything I owned. Including my books. That hurt. I've just begun to gather books again, in the past 8 months or so. I've moved twice, both times taking my books. And what books I did fin worth moving I gave away to second hand stores.

  17. Daughter of Smoke and Bone, sounds very interesting, that would be my pick if i win. I am a new follower, Oh, and 2nd choice would be A Long, Long, sleep. Sounds great too.
    I followed by GFC Michelle L.Lynn @

  18. I'm in :) I've had Daughter of Smoke and Bone for a while now :) Second choice: Starters

    Thanks for the giveaway!!

    - Keely
    Realms of an Open Mind

  19. Hi Carol. I haven't been by for a while, so it's my lucky day to come by and have a chance at this giveaway. Thank you. :)

    Starters would be my first choice, then A Long Long Sleep.

    Have a lovely Sunday!

  20. Ow no! I'm not a US resident, so count me out. (But good luck everyone!)

  21. Great giveaway carol! I read and loved dosab... So my first choice would be sleepers or a long long sleep. Good luck with your move!

  22. Thanks for the giveaway!
    My first choice would be Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and A Long Long Sleep my second choice.

  23. I'm following you and I would love to win Daughter's of Smoke or A Long Long Sleep.

  24. I read and loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone! I haven't read the others though so I would probably pick Starters :D

  25. I would like to enter. My first choice would be Daughter Of Smoke and Bone. Thank you!

  26. I'm a follower! I'd love to win Daughter of Smoke and Bone, otherwise A Long Long Sleep. Thanks so much for the giveaway!



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