Giveaway! Free Books!

Inspired by this question Natasha from the Maw Books Blog asked in a recent review:

Who is an author that once you get hooked, you have to go back through their entire backlist?  For me it’s Richard Peck, Laurie Halse Anderson, Jacqueline Woodson and Anita Shreve.  You?

I’ve decided to give some books away!

There are three authors I can think of from the last 12 months or so that have had that effect on me, John Scalzi, Marcus Sedgewick and Tim Bowler. I’m still working away at all three projects at the moment and having great fun with each and every book by them.

Of course once you discover a new addiction, you just have to share it, right?

So I’m having this giveaway! And there will be two winners! One for the book by Marcus Sedgwick and one for the book by Tim Bowler that got me hooked on their works in the first place. (I’ve held a giveaway for Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi previously, so I’m wanting to push the other two this time around!)

Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick

[Read my Review of Floodland]

Imagine that a few years from now England is covered by water, and Norwich is an island. Zoe, left behind in the confusion when her parents escaped, survives there as best she can. Alone and desperate among marauding gangs, she manages to dig a derelict boat out of the mud and gets away to Eels Island. But Eels Island, whose raggle-taggle inhabitants are dominated by the strange boy Dooby, is full of danger too. The belief that she will one day find her parents spurs Zoe on to a dramatic escape in a story of courage and determination that leads to an unexpected and touching conclusion.

Starseeker by Tim Bowler

[Read my Review of Starseeker]

Luke is in trouble. Skin and the gang have a job for him. They want him to break into Mrs Little’s house and steal the jewellery box. They want him to prove that he’s got what it takes. That he’s part of the gang. But Luke finds more than just a jewellery box in the house. He finds something so unexpected it will change his life forever…

30 thoughts on “Giveaway! Free Books!

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  • June 8 at 12:16 am

    Okay folks, entry is now closed!
    I’ll post the winners later this week.

  • June 6 at 9:21 pm

    Please include me in your giveaway.

    A YA author that I would recommend would be Suzanne Collins.

  • June 6 at 2:09 am

    I would love a copy of Floodland!

    Recommended YA Authors? I read a lot of YA fantasy and some of my favorites are – Corneila Funke, Diana Wynne Jones and Sharon Shinn

  • June 6 at 12:47 am

    I’d love to be enter in this contest.

    I’d recommend Stephenie Meyer.

    I subscribe via email.

  • June 3 at 11:09 pm

    1. I would love to be entered for the chance to win Floodland. Awesome to find a dystopian YA that I’ve never read! And the whole global warming causing rising waters is so valid given that we are losing so many miles of ice shelves and glaciers every year.

    2. John Green came to mind right off the bat. Otherwise maybe Judy Blume or even some classic YA like Treasure Island or Huck Finn.

    3. I subscribe to your feed through Google Reader.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway Bart 🙂

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  • June 1 at 9:14 pm

    I haven’t heard of these two authors, but the books sound great!

    If I was recommending a YA author to someone who was skeptical of the genre I would recommend Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games) or Jeanne Duprau (City of Ember).

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  • June 1 at 2:29 pm

    I’d love to win this book.
    I’ve subscribe by email.
    I’ve just followed you on Twitter (seriouslykooky) and tweeted.
    I recommend Eragon by Christopher Paolini.
    I’ve put a link to your giveaway on my blog –

  • June 1 at 8:08 am

    Sheesh. All the good ones have been taken!! John Green and Halse Anderson were the first two that popped into my mind. Gennifer Choldenko wrote Al Capone Does my Shirts and it was fantastic!

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  • May 30 at 2:03 am

    Oh, I’d love to enter! If I were talking about YA to someone else, I would probably recommend Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. It’s about teenagers, but much deeper than that, and I think could show adults quite a bit. If they liked fantasy, I would have many more recommendations – Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr as a prime example of how fantastic YA lit is.

    I subscribe to your blog already – does that count? =)

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  • May 29 at 11:32 pm

    Hey, i already subscribe! You fill up my google reader too fast! I recommend John Connolly’s Book of Lost Things, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, and Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games.

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    • May 29 at 11:37 pm

      And you are comment #1500 on the blog, so you get a surprise 5 bonus entries! 🙂

  • May 29 at 7:21 pm

    Floodland sounds like a good story. If I had to recommend a YA book to an adult I’d have to go with either The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor or Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr.

  • May 29 at 6:35 pm

    Please, please, please enter me. Thanks!

    I would recommend Eragon, Eldest, and Briningr, by Christopher Paolini

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  • May 29 at 4:31 pm

    Well, I put the contest up in my sidebar with June as the deadline – I’m pretty sure that’s right.

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  • May 29 at 4:28 pm

    I’d love to read Floodland! It sounds so interesting, and I like distopian style worlds.

  • May 29 at 4:22 pm

    Well, I’m adding these titles to my wishlist, so eventually I’ll read them whether I win or not!

    Um –

    +2 I would definitely recommend Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins or Cindy Pon’s Silver Phoenix

    +2 subscriber – I came over here from my Google reader!

    Oh – I was in the process of adding this to my site – do you mean the deadline is 7th June?

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    • May 29 at 11:52 pm

      Ooops! No matter how many times you look through a post before publishing it…

      Yes that is exactly what I mean!

  • May 29 at 12:33 pm

    Hi recommending Young Adult i’d probably go for one of the crossover authors, Gaiman and Scalzi (Zoe’s Tale) are obvious choices, imaybe Maria V Snyder because her Poison Study was published as adult first and then YA.

  • May 29 at 8:25 am

    I haven’t read either of these authors yet so thanks for the suggestions. :0) Both books sound really good – especially Floodland. (I like a good dystopian book.) I’ll have to see if our library has it so I can read it. In the meantime, please enter me. I’d love to win either book. :0)


  • May 29 at 4:54 am

    Definitely count me in! I’ve been dying to read some Sedgwick ever since you started celebrating him! As for books that I would highly recommend…well, I’m going to have to take Nymeth’s idea and suggest John Green, but April Lurie is fantastic and Laurie Halse Anderson is just a literary genius that defies genres to me. And of course, I subscribe to your blog :p

    I got my book in the mail today Darren!!! and you sent me the most incredible bookplates ever. Seriously, amazing! I’m in love with them. Thanks so much 😀 You rock, my friend!

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    • May 29 at 6:55 am

      Count me in too! I love YA fiction – a lot actually – and I’ve never heard of either of these authors! I think if I were recommending books to a skeptical adult, I’d have to go with Laurie Halse Anderson. I’d probably go with Chains, because it raises so many issues without being an “issue book” (to me).

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    • May 29 at 11:41 pm

      No worries Chris! I couldn’t not get them once I saw them on the shelf at my local bookshop, they were just too perfect!

  • May 29 at 12:32 am

    1. That’s a lot of ways to enter! lol
    2. Hm… John Green, Melissa Marr, etc. I was never a big young adult reader, so this could be me this year!
    3. I read your blog through bloglines… That’s as fancy as I get! The rest of the stuff I don’t even really pay any attention to, so…

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  • May 28 at 11:01 pm

    I love them.

    I’d also recommend Stephanie Meyer.

    I’m a new follower.

  • May 28 at 9:21 pm

    1. Enter me, enter me!
    2. John Green hands down. Also Margo Lanagan.
    3. You know I’m a stalker subscriber and follower. And I’d feel greedy trying for more entries since I won the Scalzi giveaway 😛

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