the super-duper YA book giveaway

I’m going to be occupied with family adventures and responsibilities this week, but I thought I’d give you all something to do while I’m gone: WIN BOOKS!

But not just any books. No. This week you get a chance to win 3 books written by 3 of my very good friends, all debut authors within the past year. (The first from last December, the latest from… today, with Cindy snuggled in the middle.)

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That’s Break by Hannah Moskowitz, Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon, and Handcuffs by Bethany Griffin. They’re all very different YA books, but they’re all very good, and YOU KNOW YOU WANT THEM. (Click the titles for descriptions/reviews in case you aren’t sure why you want them.)

Since there are three books this time I’m going to make winning them sliiiiightly more difficult than previous giveaways, but only slightly:


What is the last book you read, and do you give it a thumbs-up or thumbs-down?

Please post your answer in the comments section below.

The contest will be open for one week; in other words I will choose a winner on… Tuesday September 1st! What a great way to start the month.

In case you still aren’t sure if you want these books, look how pretty they will be on your shelf:

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Monkey and hockey puck not included. Have at!

(psst–I’m paying postage! you no longer have any excuses.)

(pssst 2–these aren’t my copies that I’m giving away, obv.)


32 thoughts on “the super-duper YA book giveaway

  1. Oooh, pick me! I want all those books but I am an impovrished student who is already scraping the bottom of her bank account buying school books.

    The last book I read was The Ramen King and I: How the Inventor of Instant Noodles Fixed My Love Life and I *loved* it (thumbs up!). It’s a memoir of the author’s attempt to get the inventor of instant ramen noodles to hang out with him, and it’s full of fantastic (and mouth-watering) anecdotes about japanese food.

  2. The last book I read was Homeland by R.A Salvatore, first in the series of Tormented-Purple-Eyed-Angsty-Unicorn Loving Drizzt. (It’s like Angel from Buffy and Jake from Animorphs somehow metamorphosed into one tortured black guy.)

    Reading it was sort of like reading Oliver Twist; ever other chapter was about BAD! characters out for BAD! revenge, when I just wanted to get on to more stuish adventures of the purple-eyed, purple-prosed Drizzt (who btw conquered EVERY WEAPON EVER in two months u gaiz).

    Bad clean fun. :)



  3. I can’t do the last book but will do the last two since they are in a series: Wake and Fade by Lisa McMann. Loved them! Once I started I couldn’t put them down. Even reread both of them. The MC is a girl who falls into people’s dreams and she can’t help it. Definitely a big thumbs up!!

  4. Ditto the impoverished student thing… I read Three Cups of Tea (non-fiction, about this guy who builds schools for children who live in Pakistan’s mountains) just a couple days ago and I give it a thumbs UPPP. It was great.

  5. You guys are all reading these great books! *is jealous* I’m stuck saying the last book I read was called The Forbidden Room. It was one of those books I grabbed off the library shelf in desperation because there was NOTHING ELSE! And I have to say thumb-in-a-predominately-downward-direction. I think it may have just been too young for me, but I was yawning most of the way through it.

    On that note, pick meee!! I have a $33 library fee, so I can’t show my face in the library until I have money to pay it off! I miss reading. XD

  6. The last book I read was ‘Willow’ by Julia Hoban. Big big thumbs up – could not put it down and finished in 4 hours. Would love Shady’s Break and have been dying to read Handcuffs and Silver Pheonix.

  7. Um…I already have Handcuffs. It was the last book I read and it was a super duper major THUMBS UP!!!!

    Dude, are you giving one to one person and such or all three to one? I would LOVE either BREAK or SILVER PHOENIX and I’m dying to push HANDCUFFS on everyone who hasn’t read it yet!


    (see what I did there, with the contest question? my reading list groooows)

    (also I like how nobody actually gives a legit “thumbs-down” haha)

    @Amy: I think it’s appropriate that you are an impoverished student and your book entry is about Ramen :) (also I love the angry little icon you ended up with)

    @Margo: I died of laughter like 5 times while reading your comment.

    @Kody: All three go to one person! If you win you can give Handcuffs to the library or something?

    thanks for entering, everyone!

  9. Last book i read was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I give it three thumbs up. One for being so funny. Two for giving Mary and Kitty decent stories about there lives and Three because there are zombies in Meryton :)

  10. Not in the competition because yeah…postage all the way to SA would be failcakes. And anyway I own Handcuffs and Silver Phoenix. (Not Break because it just came out and my budget is whack this month and next :()

    But, I’m playing for fun.

    The last book I read was/is The Lies of Locke Lamora. I’m really enjoying it so I dunno why it’s taking me so long to read those last few chapters. Probably because I’m a serial reader so I have three other books on the go at the same time…

    Anyway, so far, a definite thumbs up. :D

  11. I’m halfway through Robert Harris’ The Ghost, a thriller about a ghostwriter writing the memoirs of a heavily fictionalised version of Tony Blair.

    The writing is often clunky and I wish Harris would get over his obsession with static stuff like scenery detail and introspection – story comes from characters *interacting*, not sitting alone in a room thinking for pages and pages. On the other hand, he can really nail a character detail, and I’m just familiar enough with politics to find the political allusions hilarious.

    I’d give it a cautious thumbs-up.

    (+1 to the poster above who’s reading The Lies of Locke Lamora, an awesome book of awesomes!)

  12. Ooh I hope I win! I really want to read Break and Handcuffs. I just looked at the summary for Silver Phoenix and it looks awesome! The title and the cover are just amazing. And you’re right, they do look great side by side. Awe, and cute monkey!

    Okay, enough of my rambling. The last book I read was The Secret Circle: The Initiation and The Captive Part 1. I’m going to have to give it thumbs down. The writing was okay but it moved a bit slow for me and nothing interesting really happened in the book, except maybe towards the end.

  13. The last book I read (or technically rearead for about the eighth or ninth time) was The Recruit by Robert Muchamore.

    Huge THUMBS UP! :D.

  14. The last book I read was Blood Promise by Richelle Mead. I stayed up all night to read it and give it a huge thumbs up.

  15. The last book I read was A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay, and it was AMAZING. Definitely a thumbs up. The characterization is spot-on and wonderfully deep, and yet it’s still sweeping and epic in scope. Several betas recommended I read some of his work, and now that I have I rally can’t believe I never ran across him before.

    Finding good high fantasy makes me very happy. :)

  16. The last book I read was AS YOU WISH by Jackson Pearce. It was a definite THUMBS UP!!! I loved it! It’s about a girl who somehow conjures up a genie and now has three wishes. However over the course of the book the two fall in love, and when she wishes her last wish he’ll have to leave. It’s a wonderful book, I recommend it to all!
    Stephanie :)

  17. Oooh, those books ARE pretty! The last book that I, er, actually finished (which says a lot about the quality of books I’ve had to read lately) was Purple Heart by Patricia McCormick, which I reviewed today on my blog. Patricia McCormick is simply a genius when it comes to writing about difficult subjects, and I feel like all of her books are a must-read, this one especially so because of the immediacy of the war situation in Iraq.

    stephxsu at gmail dot com

  18. the last book i read was the davinci code and i give it a thumbs up! i’m a HUGE fan of puzzles and crazy adventure books (which is why i absolutley ADORE silver phoenix and can’t wait to read the sequel) so it was PERFECT for me.

  19. The last book I finished was Camy Tang’s “Only Uni”, and I’m going to give it 5 out of 5 stars whenever I finally around to reviewing it on Amazon. The screwball comedy with substance that began in the first book of the series, “Sushi for One?”, continues here.

  20. Last book I read (while actually reread for the 10th time) is New Moon. With the recently released clips of the upcoming movie, I wanted to remember how those scenes tied into the plot (and of course found out that a few were likely added for hollywood effect).

  21. Oh – I forgot to add thumbs up on New Moon (but as I mentioned I was rereading it, you might have guessed that).

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