Monday, August 16, 2010

More Contest Love

WriteOnCon was great, wasn't it? That writing update I promised you isn't happening until the end of the week. Hopefully I'll be where I want to be by then.

But check out this contest. Shannon Whitney Messenger, one of the organizers of WriteOnCon, is giving away five amazing ARCs of books I've been dying to read (especially the first and the last). Here's Shannon's description:

PEGASUS by Robin McKinley (Available in November, 2010)

Because of a thousand-year-old alliance between humans and pegasi, Princess Sylviianel is ceremonially bound to Ebon, her own pegasus, on her twelfth birthday. The two species coexist peacefully, despite the language barriers separating them. Humans and pegasi both rely on specially trained Speaker magicians as the only means of real communication.

But it's different for Sylvi and Ebon. They can understand each other. They quickly grow close—so close that their bond becomes a threat to the status quo—and possibly to the future safety of their two nations.

New York Times bestselling author Robin McKinley weaves an unforgettable tale of unbreakable friendship, mythical creatures and courtly drama destined to become a classic.


MATCHED* by Ally Condie (Available September, 2010)
*Note: The ARC I have does not have the now famous cover, but otherwise it's exactly the same.

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.


VIRALS by Kathy Reichs (Available November 2010)

Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot—if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer's scent.

Fortunately, they are now more than friends— they're a pack. They are Virals.


THE SEARCH FOR WONDLA by Tony DiTerlizzi (Available September 2010)

When a marauder destroys the underground sanctuary that Eva Nine was raised in by the robot Muthr, the twelve-year-year-old girl is forced to flee aboveground. Eva Nine is searching for anyone else like her, for she knows that other humans exist, because of an item she treasures—a scrap of cardboard on which is depicted a young girl, an adult, and a robot, with the strange word, "WondLa." Tony DiTerlizzi honors traditional children's literature in this totally original space age adventure: one that is as complex as an alien planet, but as simple as a child's wish for a place to belong.

Breathtaking two-color illustrations throughout reveal another dimension of Tony DiTerlizzi's vision, and, for those readers with a webcam, the book also features Augmented Reality in several places, revealing additional information about Eva Nine's world.


THE KNEEBONE BOY By: Ellen Potter (Available September 2010)

Life in a small town can be pretty boring when everyone avoids you like the plague. But after their father unwittingly sends them to stay with an aunt who's away on holiday, the Hardscrabble children take off on an adventure that begins in the seedy streets of London and ends in a peculiar seaside village where legend has it a monstrous creature lives who is half boy and half animal...

In this wickedly dark, unusual, and compelling novel, Ellen Potter masterfully tells the tale of one deliciously strange family and a secret that changes everything.

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They all look amazing, don't they? Make sure you tell her I sent you.

And F.Y.I. - Stephanie Perkins is giving away her last copy of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS. I'm not entering, but you can tell her I sent you anyway. ;o)


  1. Ohmygosh I want that Pegasus ARC so badly. I really have no interest in the others. I just want Pegasus.

  2. I know, Q. I put that one down as my first choice.

  3. That PEGASUS cover is breathtaking, and THE KNEEBONE BOY's makes me want to read the book.

    Thanks for this heads-up, Myrna.

  4. What's the youngest age you think that Pegasus one would appeal to? I need a gift for someone, and it seems like you guys really liked that one.


  5. I gotta say, this is the first I've heard about Pegasus and I am already dying to read it? I think it's my inner eleven year old girl who would just love it.


  6. Sue, Pegasus doesn't come out until September. We haven't read it, but we want to. I'd guess it's YA, but would appeal to younger readers as well. I bet my eleven-year-old would love it as much as I would.

    But you've read Robin McKinley's other books, haven't you, Shelley?

  7. They do look amazing - thanks for the links!

  8. I read a Kathy Reichs book earlier this year. Bones to Ashes. Very good read, although I can do without exploitation of young children to drive the plot.

    Stephen Tremp

  9. You're welcome, Susan!

    I've never read anything by Kathy Reichs, Stephen, but I've read just about everything by Robin McKinley and Tony DiTerlizzi.

  10. I really want Matched!!! I find it very interesting that you have an ARC with a different cover. :)

  11. Thanks for the heads up! Now to have time to do all those extra entries... I love the cover of The Kneebone Boy.

  12. OK, more books to add to my very long "to-read" list! I can always count on you for good books to read.

  13. These sound delicious. Fun, fun, fun.

    I didn't do WriteOnCon. I'm feeling a little bit loser-ish, but after just coming out of that conference in LA and with my parents visiting, I just didn't have it in me. Too much information (in a good way, of course)!!

    Now, back to what I'm supposed to be doing: cooking dinner. :D


  14. GREAT contests! Thanks for letting me know about them.

    Have a wonderful weekend!