This week's vault is a little different from most. Why?
BECAUSE WE'RE GIVING AWAY SEVEN FREAKING AWESOME ARCS.
And why are we doing that?
Because, you guys, it's almost Valentine's Day. And that's a day all about love. And we here at YA Confidential are all about the love. For you guys. For everyone.
Which is why we're giving all of you a mission with today's question.
(That was NOT said in a cheerleader voice, in case you were wondering.)
(Not that there's anything wrong with cheerleaders or their voices.)
(I just know I come across as bubbly sometimes, and wouldn't want my tone to be misinterpreted.)
(Because my tone was very, very serious and spy-like.)
(Really, I'm just stalling because I know how bad you want to get to the good stuff!)
(Which starts riiiiiiiight now!)
The Question of the Day
It's getting close to the day of love. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make sure someone who needs it knows that they are loved. Or at least liked. Or at least not alone in the world. And here's the question part: Tell us, how will you complete the mission?
How it works: each operative will pick their favorite answer and send an ARC to that commenter. But you HAVE to follow through with the mission. And follow a few other rules.
First though? The ARCs*!!
From Alexandra: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.
From Alison: Gilt by Katherine Longshore
In the Tudor age, ambition, power and charismatic allure are essential and Catherine Howard has plenty of all three. Not to mention her loyal best friend, Kitty Tylney, to help cover her tracks. Kitty, the abandoned youngest daughter of minor aristocracy, owes everything to Cat – where she is, what she is, even who she is. Friend, flirt, and self-proclaimed Queen of Misrule, Cat reigns supreme in a loyal court of girls under the none-too-watchful eye of the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk.
When Cat worms her way into the heart of Henry VIII and becomes Queen of England, Kitty is thrown into the intoxicating Tudor Court. It’s a world of glittering jewels and elegant costumes, of gossip and deception. As the Queen’s right-hand-woman, Kitty goes from the girl nobody noticed to being caught between two men – the object of her affection and the object of her desire.
But the atmosphere of the court turns from dazzling to deadly, and Kitty is forced to learn the difference between trust and loyalty, love and lust, secrets and treason. And to accept the consequences when some lessons are learned too late
From Cambria: Lucky Fools by Coert Voorhees
David Ellison dreams of acting at Juilliard, but he's expected to attend nearby Stanford University, just like all of his classmates at hard-driving Oak Fields Prep. As if wasting his private school education weren't enough, David is also on track to destroy his relationship with his girlfriend, Ellen, when he finds himself falling for his new co-star, Vanessa.
With David's Juilliard audition approaching, and his relationship teetering on the brink of disaster, Oak Fields is thrown into chaos as a mysterious prankster begins attacking the school's highest achievers, determined to sabotage their college aspirations. Anyone who excels is a potential target, and David, the star of every play, could be next.
From Copil: 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad, Tara Chace
Three teenagers are going on the trip of a lifetime. Only one is coming back. It's been more than forty years since NASA sent the first men to the moon, and to grab some much-needed funding and attention, they decide to launch an historic international lottery in which three lucky teenagers can win a week-long trip to moon base DARLAH 2-a place that no one but top government officials even knew existed until now. The three winners, Antoine, Midori, and Mia, come from all over the world. But just before the scheduled launch, the teenagers each experience strange, inexplicable events. Little do they know that there was a reason NASA never sent anyone back there until now-a sinister reason. But the countdown has already begun. . .
From Cristin: The Book Of Blood And Shadow by Robin Wasserman
It was like a nightmare, but there was no waking up. When the night began, Nora had two best friends and an embarrassingly storybook one true love. When it ended, she had nothing but blood on her hands and an echoing scream that stopped only when the tranquilizers pierced her veins and left her in the merciful dark.
But the next morning, it was all still true: Chris was dead. His girlfriend Adriane, Nora's best friend, was catatonic. And Max, Nora's sweet, smart, soft-spoken Prince Charming, was gone. He was also—according to the police, according to her parents, according to everyone—a murderer.
Desperate to prove his innocence, Nora follows the trail of blood, no matter where it leads. It ultimately brings her to the ancient streets of Prague, where she is drawn into a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. For buried in a centuries-old manuscript is the secret to ultimate knowledge and communion with the divine; it is said that he who controls the Lumen Dei controls the world. Unbeknownst to her, Nora now holds the crucial key to unlocking its secrets. Her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries. Solving it may be the only way she can save her own life.
From Karen: Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
It all begins with a stupid question:
Are you a Global Vagabond?
No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path.
Bria's a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan's a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they've got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward.
But Bria comes to realize she can't run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back.
From Sara: The Selection by Kiera Cass
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself- and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
*Most of these ARCs have been pre-read :)
And now for the rules. (Yes, sorry, we had to have some to keep order!)
1. Leave your answer for today's question in the comments between now and March 1st.
2. Follow YA Confidential.
3. When you've completed your mission, blog about it! Or Facebook it. Or, if you don't have those things, email us with it. (YAConfidential at gmail) Make sure to post a link in our comments, so we can read all about it. By March 1st.
4. PASS ON THE LOVE. Promise us you'll share the things you loved about the the ARC after you've read it. Review it on your blog/twitter/amazon/word of mouth. It doesn't matter to us, just spread the awesome word.
5. PASS ON THE ARC. Since these came from ALA, a library organization, donate the ARC to your local library after you've read it. (Okay, unless it turns out to be your most favorite book of all time. Then you can keep it. But you have to spread the love about it DOUBLY. And, if you can, consider purchasing a copy when it comes out to support the author.)
A few other housekeeping items:
This giveaway is open internationally. Make sure we have a way to contact you if you win! March 1st is the deadline. ARCs will be mailed out by March 7th. If you don't want the ARC you win, you can select something else from the vault.
If you wanted to spread the word about this contest, we'll love you forever. Twitter, blogging, Facebook. Whatevs! (Our favorite hashtag is #yaconfidential...)
Oh, and check back next Thursday to see what we're each planning to do to complete the mission as well!