Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Armchair BEA: Giveaway & Best of 2012

Hello, Armchair BEA-ers! It's day two and the topic is giveaways and best of 2012 -- faves and BEA titles that'll hopefully become faves.

It's been a great 2012 so far in terms of books and I know there are some BIG, BIG titles still to come. So far, some of my favorites include:

The Rook by Daniel O'Malley -- a paranormal mystery of sorts that's a great blend of funny and weird sci-fi elements mixed in with a great mystery plot.

Pure by Julianna Baggott -- this one is a post-apocalyptic, dystopian being cross marketed for teen and adult markets, and rightly so! I loved it. So bleak and dark and utterly unique.

The Man From Primrose Lane by James Renner -- another cross-genre mystery/sci-fi read. Excellent plotting and unputdownable. I would love for every thriller fan out there to read and adore this book!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer -- so much fun! A cyborg Cinderella, futuristic YA read. A wonderfully creative twist on the classic fairy tale.

White Horse by Alex Adams -- another post-apocalyptic/post-outbreak read. Alex Adams's writing completely blew me away. Dark and gory but also elegant and amazing!

Killing Ghost by Christopher Ransom -- this one's a cheat. I actually read this one last year when it was only available in the UK as The Haunting of James Hastings. I loved it! Ransom's twist on the classic ghost story is chilling, to say the least. This is the US reprint from Cemetery Dance that's new out this year.

Now for the giveaway -- readers' choice from the titles listed above! I will order a copy of one of the titles listed above for one lucky winner (winner's choice). All you've got to do is leave me a comment here before midnight, June 17. Please include your email addy so I can get in touch with you if you win. Contest is open wherever Book Depository will ship. (Two things -- The Rook is unfortunately off the table for international giveaway as BD appears not to have it in stock, and I may have a special surprise if the winner is US and chooses Ransom.)

As for the upcoming 2012 releases, I would say the biggest BEA promoted book I'm anticipating this year is Justin Cronin's The Twelve. I zipped through The Passage and have been anxiously waiting to return to the story ever since.

Chase Novak's Breed from Mulholland is also pretty high on my must have list, as is Michael Koryta's latest, The Prophet. JK Rowling's adult debut is another one that BEA is apparently buzzing about and I'm dying to see what she has in store for us with The Casual Vacancy.

There are a ton of others, YA stuff like Danny Marks's Velveteen, Libba Bray's newest, The Diviners, and a whole slew of debuts. Jasper Fforde's The Last Dragonslayer is another must have on my list.

Frankly, if I were at BEA, I'd be like a kid in a freaking candy store and probably just as overwhelmed by the sheer mass of titles! My wishlist is a mile long and ever expanding!

The lovely Armchair BEA buttons I've been using were designed by Sarah of Puss Reboots (yesterday's button), Emily of Emily's Reading Room (today's button), and Nina of Nina Reads (sidebar button).


Kristina said...

I've only read Cinder from your list but the rest sound like books I would enjoy. Thanks for the giveaway!

Amritorupa Kanjilal said...

I would love to win a copy of Killing Ghost. Thanks for the giveaway. you have an awesome blog! following you now!

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Yael said...

I haven't read Cinder yet, but everyone says it's really good.

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Luisa Freiheit said...

I would love to get Cinder as everyone is saying that book is great. Ty very much for the giveaway :D


elena said...

I haven't read any books on your list besides Cinder! I've been meaning to read Pure though. I didn't realise J.K. Rowling's book would be at BEA, so interesting. Thanks for the giveaway. :) My e-mail is elena@novelsounds.net

Anonymous said...

Starting to think we have very similar tastes :? Loved The Rook, one of my favorites of the year, as well as White Horse, Cinder and Pure.Never heard of Killing Ghost, but now it's on my list.

I totally cannot wait for The Twelve. I'm also looking forward to Survivors by ZA Recht, one of my favorite Zombie authors who passed a way a few years ago with the final installment of his trilogy only partly written but outlined. Also, The Prophet by Michael Koryta.

Kate said...

I loved Cinder. It's one of my favourite reads so far of 2012 too.

Thanks for the giveaway.


Kristen said...

Cinder was a fantastic novel. Would love to win that to own!

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Cordelia Fitzgerald said...

I've heard amazing things about Pure by Julianna Baggott so I think that would be a great book to win.
Thanks for doing the giveaway!

West Virginia Red said...

they all look good.

Autumn Crochet said...

I've read The Rook, Pure and Cinder, but I think out of your list there White Horse sounds pretty good.

I can NOT Wait to get my hand on The Twelve!!


Tanya Patrice said...

I would love to win The Rook! From your list I've only read Cinder and I'm reading Pure now too.

Liviania said...

Great giveaway! It's hard to choose between that selection.

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Anonymous said...

What a bunch of great books!! Thanks for the giveaway. I hope you'll check out my BEA giveaway, too!


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mil said...

Thanks for the giveaway

throuthehaze said...

I would love to read Pure! Thanks for the giveaway!
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Catie @ Movies in my Head said...

I can't wait to read Cinder, it's been on my list for ages. Thanks for the giveaway!


Alessandra @Out of the Blue said...

I'm waiting anxiously for the new JK Rowling book, too.

I'd love a copy of White Horse. It sounds great.


brookea_2006 said...

I'd love Pure. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Ashley said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to read Cinder or Pure! Fingers crossed :)

ashley (at) booknook (dot) me

Dan said...

My choice is The Man Form Primrose Lane. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

ooh I think I'd have to say Cinder, if I did win.

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Kristin said...

I would choose Pure, thanks so much for the giveaway!

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Steph said...

Great picks! Almost all of these are on my TBR list!! I would LOVE to win a copy of The Rook! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!


Kaitlyn Kline said...

I would love Killing Ghost!! Thank you so much for the giveaway and happy ArmchairBEA :)


Stephanie said...

I've been hearing a lot about Pure.
And I can't wait for Justin Cronin's The Twelve! Eek!

Check out my giveaway at http://abookinhand.com/?p=2398

loreleimarsh said...

I'd love to read Cinder! I'm glad you joined ABEA! Tattooed Books
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Carrie Rundhaug said...

Thanks for such a great giveaway!!


Jennifer said...

I really want to read Pure.


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Rebecca said...

I would love to win The Rook! What a great giveaway. Thanks!

Angie said...

I would love Pure!! I've read Cinder and loved it, but have yet to read Pure.

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Books Ahoy said...

Thanks for the amazing giveaway!! I wouod love to win Cinder by Marissa Meyer


Cierra @ Books Ahoy :)

Christina2227 said...

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!
I'd love the chance to win Cinder.

I hope you have a great BEA-filled week!

~Christina (and the other Book Hookup Litbrarians)
The Book Hookup's Best of 2012

Anonymous said...

I would love to win a copy of Pure! It sounds like a book I would really enjoy reading, and the cover's so pretty!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Ellisa said...

I'm torn between Cinder and Killing Ghost. Maybe you can recommend which book is better?
Thank you for the giveaway :D happy BEA!
daesungie (at) gmail (dot) com

Becky LeJeune said...

@Ellisa -- they are both so great and so very different.

CINDER is a teen sci-fi twist on Cinderella. Creative and wonderfully unique as well as first in a series (trilogy, I believe).

Ransom is one of my absolute favorite authors and KILLING GHOST is very horror. His writing is always dark and twisted and scary! He is one of very few authors who scares the crap out of me.

Judith said...

Thanks for the giveaway (have you seen mine yet?) - I'd love to win White Horse, have had my eye on that one for a while.

jh303015 at gmail dot com

mbreakfield said...

The Rook sounds good to me. I could use some humor in my reading.

Amy said...

These are such interesting books to choose from, Thank you!

I think, if I win, I'd like White Horse. It sounds a little different than what I usually read and also quite riveting!

Thank you!

Leeanna said...
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Leeanna said...

Cinder! I adore that book.


Anonymous said...

Hi! Marissa Meyer tweeted about this contest and I'd love to enter. I've only read Cinder from the list you gave (and would love my own copy) but all your choices seem interesting. If I win please surprise me! firelizard88(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I have heard such great things about "Cinder" so I would no doubt choose that book if I were to win. Thanks for the giveaway and have a great week with Armchair BEA. Feel free to visit me over at Stiletto Storytime if you get a chance.

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Kali Skittles said...

I would choose Cinder.


Jasmine Rose said...

I read and loved Cinder, but I'd definitely choose to win Pure since I've been dying to get my hands on it all year :]


Dian Aesha said...


i would to win a copy cinder.
thanks for the giveaway..

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laceyblossom said...

I've been wanting to read Cinder for a long time! Thanks for the giveaway :)

A Backwards Story said...


TY for the giveaway from one bookseller to another! Great choices!

I'm in the US and would love love LOVE to win THE ROOK. I've been dying to read it and haven't had time to pick it up!!

Devan @ Book Strings said...

Ooo I really want to read Cinder. Fairy Tale Fanatic right here!


Cayce said...

I'd love to read Cinder, too :)

Thank you for the giveaway!

Spav said...

I would love to win Cinder. I've heard great things about it.


Donna said...

I've seen Pure and Cinder on a number of blogs.

Girl Who Reads

Jenna said...

Ooh Ive heard a lot of buzz about so many of those! Id love to win.

Papajm25 at gmail dot com