Jun 5, 2012

Armchair BEA Day 2: Best of 2012 & a giveaway!

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Welcome back to Armchair BEA! If you're not sure what it's all about be sure to visit the Armchair BEA headquarters. They sum up the event with:

So, what exactly does being a[n Armchair BEA] participant entail? First and foremost, you'll be able to celebrate and participate in an event that happens each year in New York City, Book Expo America, from the comfort of your very own home, hopefully a snugly armchair! Secondly, and we hope equally as important, you'll be able to meet new book bloggers and join together in a celebration of the wonderful community that comes out of book blogging. Last year we had over 600 participants, so you're bound to meet some new great bookish friends! Lastly, it means participating, however you're able to. This can be by posting, tweeting, discussing, or even by simply reading and commenting on participating blogs. Your level of participation is entirely up to you, but we hope you'll find something to get you involved in this fabulous event! 
Each of us has an entirely valid reason for not being able to make to BEA in NYC, including many of the organizers. Because of that the organizers and publicity team are working hard behind the scenes to give you an event that you won't soon forget!

-Posted from 2012 Participant Registration Now Open 

I haven't kept the closest eye on the books that are available at BEA mostly because I am always more interested in the authors. Collecting signed books is a hobby of mine, thus my attendance at author events & signings, but the books that I am most excited about are:

Alpha and Omega Cry Wolf graphic novel cover
 Alpha & Omega: Vol. 1: Cry Wolf (graphic novel) by Patrica Briggs
 This is the graphic novel version of the book with some exquisite artwork!
 Anna never knew werewolves existed, until the night she survived a violent attack... and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. Then Charles Cornick, the enforcer- and son- of the leader of the North American werewolves, came into her life.

Charles insists that not only is Anna his mate, but she is also a rare and valued Omega wolf. And it is Anna's inner strength and calming presence that will prove invaluable as she and Charles go on the hunt in search of a rogue werewolf- a creature bound in magic so dark that it could threaten all of the pack.

Following Christopher Creed cover
Following Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci
Years later . . . what really happened to Christopher Creed? When Torey Adams posts on his blog that a body has been found in Steepleton—four years after Christopher Creed disappeared—college reporter Mike Mavic sells his laptop and hops a plane to capture the story that will undoubtedly launch his journalistic career. But what Mike finds is a town suffering under a cloud of bad frequency and people with an underlying streak of meanness. To the teens of Steepleton, Chris is nothing more than history—but to Justin Creed, a teen obsessed with his older brother’s memory and balancing on the edge of sanity, discovering what really happened to Chris Creed is a matter of life and death.
The Raven Boys cover
Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Sacred by Elana K. Arnold
Sacred coverGrowing up on Catalina Island, off the California coast, Scarlett Wenderoth has led a fairly isolated life. After her brother dies, her isolation deepens as she withdraws into herself, shutting out her friends and boyfriend. Her parents, shattered by their own sorrow, fail to notice Scarlett's pain and sudden alarming thinness. Scarlett finds pleasure only on her horse, escaping to the heart of the island on long, solitary rides. One day, as she races around a bend, Scarlett is startled by a boy who raises his hand in warning and says one word: "Stop."

The boy—intense, beautiful—is Will Cohen, a newcomer to the island. For reasons he can't or won't explain, he's drawn to Scarlett and feels compelled to keep her safe. To keep her from wasting away. His meddling irritates Scarlett, though she can't deny her attraction to him. As their relationship blossoms into love, Scarlett's body slowly awakens at Will's touch. But just when her grief begins to ebb, she makes a startling discovery about Will, a discovery he's been grappling with himself. A discovery that threatens to force them apart. And if it does, Scarlett fears she will unravel all over again.

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Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

TILT is the story of three teens inter-related through their parents' family relationships and friendships. As their parents pull away, caught up in their own dilemmas, the kids' worlds tilt, through love--good and bad:

Mikayla, almost eighteen, is over-the-top in love with Dylan, who loves her back jealously. But what happens to that love when Mikayla gets pregnant the summer before their senior year, and decides to keep the baby?

Shane turns sixteen that same summer, and falls hard in love with his first boyfriend, Alex, who happens to be HIV positive. Shane has lived for four years with his little sister's impending death. Can he accept Alex's love, knowing his life, too, will be shortened?

Harley is fourteen—a good girl searching for new experiences, especially love from an older boy. She never expects to hurdle toward self-destructive extremes in order to define who she is and who she wants to be.

(all blurbs from Goodreads)

While I'm rather saddened that I will most likely have to wait until these books come to my local library, one of you lucky folks can win a book! It won't be one of the ones mentioned above, but you will have your choice between one of four novels. To enter, you must be 13 years or older & live in the US. Fill in the Rafflecopter information & you're good to go! Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Liviania said...

I can't wait for the new Christopher Creed book. It doesn't need a sequel, but I love Plum-Ucci's writing.

Jana said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! You've got some fun books on your list. :)

- Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl

Debbie's World of Books said...

I cannot wait for The Raven Boys!

Krazzyme(Young Readers) said...

AWESOME giveaway :)

Kristina said...

Looking forward to Raven Boys, somehow missed the Briggs graphic novel but love her

heather said...

I'm interested in Raven Boys. Thanks for the giveaway.

Mickey @ imabookshark said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!

Mickey @ imabookshark

PS - Come enter my giveaway! Thanks!

Smash Attack! said...

I LOVE Ellen Hopkins but I haven't read Tilt yet. And I'm really curious about The Raven Boys. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Yael said...

I hadn't heard of Sacred before. That could be interesting.

Kate said...

I'm a huge Alpha and Omega fan but graphic novels have never really been my thing.

That said - I did like the Moon Called graphic novel that I started reading in the library a few months go.

Silverlight said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!

Emmaleehelen said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait for the comic of alpha and omega either!

Jess (The Cozy Reader) said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Here's my Armchair BEA Best of 2012 post and my giveaway post for today!

Valia Lind said...

Oh I'd love to win Raised by Wolves!!! Thanks for sharing the books here!

Here are some of my favs:

Tina said...

Thanks for the great giveaway...Sacred and Alpha and Omega sound great...

Steph said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to read The Raven Boys!!

Alba said...

YES for The Raven Boys and Tilt!!! >.<
I cannot freaking wait!!!! I couldn't hold a giveaway-not entering yours either hehehe- but you're welcome to check
My best 2012 :D->

Samantha said...

I so excited to read Tilt! I love Ellen Hopkins!

Donna said...

Hi! Just seeing what everyone is offering.

Girl Who Reads

Bonnie Regan said...

Am so thrilled that another Ellen Hopkins book is coming out soon. Can't wait for The Raven Boys too. Great list! :)

Rebecca said...

What a great giveaway! I agree, Raven Boys looks awesome. :)

Christina2227 said...

Great giveaway, thanks for hosting!

I hope you have a great BEA-filled week!

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

Book Dragon said...

I'm a realizing that I didn't go through the whole BEA catalog! Tilt looks like I would have added it to my list.

Alisha (MyNeedToRead) said...

I'ver never before seen that particular cover for Alpha and Omega, but it looks absolutely stunning!

(thanks for the visit, btw! ^_^)

Stepping Out of the Page said...

Fantastic books - I think the look of the Ellen Hopkins book and Raven Boys look especially fantastic! I really want to get my hands on those. :)

New to your blog!
Stephanie @ Stepping Out of the Page