Today is YA CONFIDENTIAL's ONE YEAR anniversary! A year ago today, we launched this crazy idea of ours, with no idea how it would play out.
We are thankful beyond what we can express in a blog post for all of YOU who have made this blog such a fun place to visit. You've followed us, read our posts, left wonderful comments, sent us your first pages for teen critiques, and participated in our crazy activities.
To say thank you, we're hosting a giveaway. The Operatives have chosen books previously mentioned on this blog for YOU to win. And all you have to do is give us your email address to enter. There's nothing complicated here--no extra tweeting or blogging or commenting or anything. (If you WANT to tweet or RT or blog, we will love you forever. But you don't HAVE to!) No pressure, because this giveaway is for you. We'll be ordering a copy of each book from The Book Depository--so this giveaway is international as long as TBD ships to your address! (Here is a list of all the countries TBD delivers to!)
At the end of this post, you'll find a Rafflecopter. But don't scroll down yet--you still have to know what you can win!
So, what are our prizes and why do we love them so much?
JELLICOE ROAD - Melina Marchetta
RAILSEA - China Mieville
DEARLY, DEPARTED - Lia Habel
I'll point you in the direction of my review.
(Unlike Copil, I am still very much on the paper book ship and still do not have an ereader, and further I refuse to acknowledge their existence. If you want to win this book, you'll be getting the paperback. You can thank me in 100 years when nobody remembers what paper is and you can sell it for ton-o-moneys on ebay. (At which point I hope I'm dead.))
THE MARBURY LENS - Andrew Smith
Actually, I've never said it quite like that before, but close.
PERFECT - Ellen Hopkins
It’s no wonder teens claim that Ellen Hopkins is “the only one that gets me.”
Perfect is one of my favorites, and I think it’s because I can identify with so much of it. Sure, Ellen hits the reader with a surfeit of real teen issues: suicide, racism, stalking, anorexia, rape, sexual identity, but Perfect is more about teens feeling pressured to be “perfect.” By family, friends. Themselves. And it beautifully and frighteningly conveys the exhilaration and the consequences of striving to live up. About being who you are. Instead of who you’re expected to be.
Something I wish I could’ve done a better job of when I was sixteen.
THIS LULLABY - Sarah Dessen
DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE - Laini Taylor
No, but seriously, this book was a fantastic mix of magic and romance. I adored the world Laini Taylor created and I still think of this story whenever I see a hand print--or when one of my teeth ache. Although the concept of portal worlds have been done many times, the Chimera made the idea of Elsewhere feel fresh and original. Also, I wanted to meet almost every single member of the Chimera because they fascinated me. Daughter of Smoke and Bones was by far one of my favorite reads of the year. I'm excited to read the sequel, Days of Blood and Starlight.
GRAVE MERCY - Robin LaFevers
I mean, really. Do I need to say more?
Ten words: Why be the sheep when you can be the wolf?
(That's the tagline on the cover. You KNOW you're sold already.)
My word: Love.
That's it. There is no other word for how I felt about this book other than LOVE. Gorgeous writing with elements, at times, that reminded me of Melina Marchetta, in her Lumatere Chronicles--but at other times stood out with a sharp beauty all its own. The plot is kick-ass. The MC, Ismae, is even MORE kick-ass. I fell in love with this book on the first page and continued to be swept away until I closed it at the end.
STOLEN - Lucy Christopher
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Thank you to EVERYONE who has participated in some way in the past year! We would have nothing without you!
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