May 30, 2013

ArmchaIr BEA: Giveaway and Literature Topics

TOPIC:

The genre of discussion is general literary fiction. Which works of art have changed your life? Be creative and make a list outlining books featuring specific subjects (i.e., animals, recommended prize-winners, outstanding authors, etc.).

For me I dont really go outside the genres: UF, Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction Fantasy, Horror, NA, and YA. I'm not the type that reads a book because it wins an award, just love books that have a great synopsis/plot, memorable characters, so the topic of yesterday: genre fiction. I did have some books that really kick started my reading back a couple of years ago that I feel are outstanding authors.

My First YA:

China Garden by Liz Berry was my first true YA book that kick started my reading back in 1999. I loved the fairy tale type story and two young teens that discovery a bog family secret. It has a great mystery! I have read this book so many times, I lost count

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When Clare moves with her mother from London to Ravensmere, a historic English estate, she can't shake the feeling that the residents already know her, especially Mark, a maddeningly attractive biker. Clare also feels compelled to take midnight walks in Ravensmere's abandoned China Garden. Then her mother reveals that their own past is tragically linked to the estate. But when Clare discovers that Ravensmere is in grave danger, will she risk her future-and Mark's-to save it?

My First Recommendation:

Ill Wind by Rachel Caine was the first book I bought on my first day of working for Borders Books and Music. I worked for the company for 5 years as a supervisor recommending books and this was my first recommendation to a customer. After falling head over heels for this awesome story and this amazing author whom I still follow today, Caine was my go to recommendation for some looking for a good Urban Fantasy.

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First in the new Weather Warden series...

Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. Usually, all it takes is a wave of her hand to tame the most violent weather. But now, she's trying to outrun another kind of storm: accusations of corruption and murder. So, she's resorting to the very human tactic of running for her life...

Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful warden known. Unfortunately, he's stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn-making him the most wanted man on earth. Still, she's racing hard to find him-before the bad weather closes in fast...

For the giveaway I decided to go with my favorite of 2013 this year, Dare You To by Katie McGarry. I met her last year at ALA and loved her first book Pushing the Limits. I wanted to share the love here for Armchair BEA.

1 winner - ebook from Amazon of Dare You To

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20 comments:

  1. Katie McGarry is such a great writer! Pushing the Limits was amazing :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. I need to read Pushing the Limits, so that I can read my ARC of Dare You To...

    Great list :)

    Here's my Literary Fiction post. My giveaway is in a separate post.

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  3. I loved Pushing the Limits! Thank you for giving away a copy of Dare You To!

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  4. I have never read either of your first two recommendations although I have read other Rachel Caine books and love them.

    I have read and loved Pushing the Limits and am really looking forward to Dare You To!

    Thanks so much!

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  5. I really wanted to snag this galley from netgalley, but my review list was already too big. I so want to read it though! I like to step outside my usual romance and paranormal genres every now and then. It's a nice refresher and change of pace. I listened to the audio of Ill Wind a few months ago, thought it was really good! Happy armchair bea! Book Savvy Babes

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  6. Those books sounds awesome! I'm particularly interested in YA so I guess I'd have to check out China Garden! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  7. Those books sounds awesome! I'm particularly interested in YA so I guess I'd have to check out China Garden! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  8. Thanks for the chance to win, I've been wanting to read Katie McGarrys books.

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  9. I enjoy remember book first! Like my first series that made me interested in reading: Harry Potter and my first YA book (a book I found exactly in that section) Vampire Mountain by Darren Shan.

    I enjoyed Dare You To too; your lucky to have met the author!

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  10. aww wonderful! I heard her books where amazing and emotional! Great pick

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  11. Dare You To comes highly recommended. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  12. Stopping by again since I'm your friendly ABEA cheerleader for tonight. I like literary fiction or anything really that makes me yearn to read more. see the books I awarded the Thanks for Changing My Life Awards on my ABEA post today. I look forward to chatting with you more throughout the week. Keep up the good work!

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  13. China Garden was fantastic, and was my first real YA novel as well. :)

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  14. China Garden looks like an amazing book, I've to check it out. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  15. I have Pushing the Limits sitting on my bookshelf. I think having the second book would give me the push I need to read it already!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. Sold! I am adding "Ill Wind" by Rachel Caine to my TBR list.

    Thanks for the giveaway! I haven't read either of Katie McGarry's books.

    Tallulah A. @ MAD Hoydenish

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  17. Thanks for the great giveaway! :)

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