Monday, February 6, 2012

Young adult authors tour to stop at Collegeville's Towne Book Center (BOOK GIVEAWAY)

Penguin Young Readers Group's Breathless Reads National Panel Tour will be making a stop in Collegeville later this month. What that means for you is I have a LOT of books to give away. And by a lot, I mean EIGHT brand new Penguin young adults novels from the esteemed publisher's Breathless Reads lineup.

Four Penguin authors: Marie Lu ("Legend"), Andrea Cremer (the "nightshade" series), Beth Revis (the "Across the Universe" series) and Jessica Spotswood ("Born Wicked), will be available on Saturday, February 18, beginning at 4 p.m. for book signings, autographs and discussions at Towne Book Center & Cafe in Providence Town Center (Routes 422 and 29, across the parking lot from Wegmans)

Learn more about the Breathless Reads tour on its Facebook page: or by calling the store at 610-454-0640.

But back to the free books. I have two copies each of the four authors' brand new "pulse-pounding" (according to Penguin publicity) hardcover books to give away to you, reader.

When they say young adult novels, note that these look like they're intended more for the "Twilight" and "Hunger Games" audience than younger young adults. They're about werewolves, bleak future worlds and star-crossed/doomed lovers. So, while they may appeal to adults as well, likely you'll want to pass them along to the young adult reader in your life.

Enter to win one of the following books by shooting me an email with your mailing address (so I can mail a book to you) at or posting it here as a comment. Be sure to state which book you fancy.


1) "Legend" by Marie Lu (G.P. Putnam's Sons, November 2011, $17.99, 305 pp., no age range given)

Book summary per the Legend website:

Los Angeles, California
Republic of America
Population: 20,174,282
The flooded coast of former Los Angeles. Two warring nations of North America — the Republic and the Colonies.Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, 15-year-old June is a prodigy. Obedient, passionate, and committed to her country, she is being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles.Born into the slums of the Republic’s Lake Sector, 15-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths — until the day June’s brother is murdered. And Day becomes the prime suspect. Now, caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival while June tries desperately to avenge her brother’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together and the sinister lengths their country will go to in order to keep its secrets.

Watch the "Legend" book trailer here

About the author:

Lu, 27,  is the art director at Online Alchemy, a video game company, and resides in Los Angeles.

2) "Bloodrose" by Andrea Cremer (Philomel Books, January 2012, $18.99, 406 pp., for ages 14 and up) The third book in the "Nightshade" series.

Book summary per the "Nightshade" series website:
Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there’s more at stake than fighting. There’s saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay’s wrath. There’s keeping Ansel safe, even if he’s been branded a traitor. There’s proving herself as the pack’s alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers’ magic once and for aSll. And then there’s deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is. In the final installment of the Nightshade trilogy, New York Times bestselling author Andrea Cremer creates a novel with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat until its final pages. A dynamic end to this breathtaking trilogy.

Watch the "Bloodrose" book trailer here.

About the author:

Cremer teaches history at Macalester College, St. Paul, MN., and has spent much of her career studying slavery and sexuality in European and early American history.

3) "A Million Suns" by Beth Revis (Razorbill, January 2012, $18.99, 400 pages, for ages 12 and up)

Book summary from the "Across the Universe" series website:

Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to wake up on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing, Amy's cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed.

Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed's passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir.

Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again.
Click here to watch a YouTube video interview with author Beth Revis.  
About the author:
Revis, a resident of North Carolina, is a former teacher. "A Million Suns" is her second novel.
4) "Born Wicked" by Jessica Spotswood (Putnam, February 2012, $17.99, 330 pp., ages 12 and up)
A summary of "Born Wicked from the author's website:
Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship — or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word ... especially after she finds her mother's diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood — not even from each other.
Click here to watch the "Born Wicked" book trailer.
About the author:
Spotswood is a native of Biglerville, Adams County, Pa. She refers to her hometown as a tiny one-stoplight town. She resides in Washington, D.C. "Born Wicked" is her debut novel.
Note: If you can't make it to the Collegeville Breathless Reads booksigning, there's one the next day, Sunday, February 19, at The Doylestown Bookshop, 16 S. Main St., Doylestown.

1 comment:

Michelle Karas said...

Congrats to Tracie R. and John G., both of the Pottstown, PA, area, who claimed all 8 books.

More book giveaways coming right up. Happy reading!