Before I get into what is up for grabs this time, I’d like to offer my thanks to those who have and are currently serving this country to protect the freedom and safety of its citizens. This means those in the armed forces, but also those that serve in other ways, in our police, fire, and emergency medical departments. Those nurses, doctors, and public servants who we all rely on in different ways at different times. It is these people that allow the rest of us to live the kind of lives that we want to.
And this year, this week, in particular, I’d like to send my thoughts to those 19 brave firemen who lost their lives this weekend in trying to contain a wildfire.
For this giveaway, I’m making it a nice list of young adult books that I’ve received as ARCs for review. I will be listing four, you can pick your top two. This giveaway is open to everyone, even those that are outside of the U.S.! This giveaway is now closed. The prizes:
Choice 1: The Golden Spark by John Royce
Published: January 15th 2011 by Micron Press
Format: Paperback ARC (cover of the ARC differs from the cover on Goodreads)
Genre: Historical fiction/equestrian
A modern teenager is carried back into history by her Great Horse of legend, and uses her knowledge of horsemanship to survive humanity’s past. Engaging and fast-paced adventure entertains with excitement, humor and a colorful cast of accurately-portrayed historical characters from the European Renaissance.
Choice 2: Blood Song by Cat Adams
Published: June 8th 2010 by Tor Books
Format: Paperback ARCGenre: Urban Fantasy
Blood Song is the first book in a fantastic urban fantasy series by bestselling author Cat Adams.
Bodyguard Celia Graves has definitely accepted her share of weird assignments, both human and supernatural. But her newest job takes the cake. Guarding a Prince from terrorists and religious fundamentalists is hard enough, but it seems like the entire supernatural world is after this guy too. When she is betrayed by those she is employed to help, and everything goes horribly wrong, Celia wakes to find herself transformed.
Neither human nor vampire, Celia has become an Abomination—something that should not exist—and now both human and supernatural alike want her dead. With the help of a few loyal friends—a sexy mage, a powerful werewolf, and a psychic cop—Celia does her best to stay alive. On the run from her enemies, Celia must try to discover who is behind her transformation…before it’s too late.
Choice 3: Orleans by Sherri L. Smith
Published: March 7th 2013 by Putnam JuvenileFormat: Paperback ARC
First came the storms.
Then came the Fever.
And the Wall.
After a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever, the Gulf Coast has been quarantined. Years later, residents of the Outer States are under the assumption that life in the Delta is all but extinct… but in reality, a new primitive society has been born.
Fen de la Guerre is living with the O-Positive blood tribe in the Delta when they are ambushed. Left with her tribe leader’s newborn, Fen is determined to get the baby to a better life over the wall before her blood becomes tainted. Fen meets Daniel, a scientist from the Outer States who has snuck into the Delta illegally. Brought together by chance, kept together by danger, Fen and Daniel navigate the wasteland of Orleans. In the end, they are each other’s last hope for survival.
Sherri L. Smith delivers an expertly crafted story about a fierce heroine whose powerful voice and firm determination will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page.
Published: July 13th 2010 by Fyonhaireshizer PublishingFormat: Paperback
When the vile sorceress of Fyonhaireshizer kidnaps thirteen year old Mozan, prince of Mazolean, he has no choice but to lead four other abducted royal children on a quest to save their families and kingdom. They must battle dark spirits, gargoyles, one eyed ogres and their own internal demons before they ultimately unite in the kingdom of Mazolean. It is here they meet Anzon, The Lion King and where Mozan learns that his very existence fulfills an ancient and powerful prophecy.