ARC Giveaway!!

It’s an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) giveaway, which means if you win you get to read these middle-grade fantasy novels before they are released in any bookstore in the entire world!  Three books are up for grabs to a winner chosen by random number drawing:

The first is Under Wildwood by Colin Meloy, the second book in the Wildwood Chronicles.

The second is Darkbeast by Morgan Keyes.

The third is The Peculiar, by Stefan Bachmann, a hotly anticipated steampunk alt-England fantasy from Greenwillow.

To Enter, all you have to do is leave a comment (be sure to leave your email address, too, so I can contact you if you win).  If you want, tell me the best book you’ve read in the last month or two.

And as proof that I have these actual ARC’s in my actual possession, here is a picture of them:


If this contest gets more than 200 entries, I’ll tell the funny story of how Stefan and I first met, years ago.

Contest ends at midnight on Friday.


Good luck!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on 08/22/2012 02:19 pm


  1. The best book I’ve read lately is Hidden Things, by Doyce Testerman. I was privileged to be a first-reader on this many years ago, and am so proud to see it in print! It’s a dark, urban fantasy, very similar in tone to Neil Gaiman and Charles de Lint.

    • Hey, I just saw that one in the library today and didn’t pick it up. Rats! I should have. Thanks for recommending it.

  2. The best book I’ve read recently has got to be Carol Berg’s Daemon Mage, the last in a wonderful high fantasy trilogy. Ms. Berg has a wonderful way with world creation giving her fantasies a marvelous depth.

  3. The best book I’ve read in the last two months is hard to choose as I have started to read the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini again.
    As I’m still reading Eldest I’ll name Eragon as the best book I’ve read in the last two months.

  4. Hello, the best book I have read (latley) is the demigod diaries by rick riordan, and the Hunger games. Very good books!
    I am now using my blog email, instead of the one I emailed you with.

  5. avatar Michelle Ross

    That’s a tough one. The best book I’ve read in the past month or two can not really be narrowed down to one. But the best series I have read in the past month or two would have to go to Tamora Pierce’s Immortals series.

  6. Ooo, tough question! Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein was an excellent YA historical fiction novel (set in WWII); I’d highly recommend it.

  7. What’s the best book I’ve read in the last couple of months??? That’s really hard, there’s been so many! I would probably have to say Atlantis Complex (Artemis Fowl series) by Eoin Colfer or Behind the Masks (Dear America series) by Susan Patron

  8. The best thing I’ve read recently was Daytripper, a magical realism graphic novel by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon.

  9. I’ve been reading more YA this summer than MG, and absolutely loved Insurgent by Veronica Roth (sequel to Divergent.) I also really enjoyed Girl of Fire and Thorns.

  10. The book I enjoyed the most in the last two months is probably Tuesdays at the Castle. It was a fun middle grade read with a delightful main character, danger, and humor. I loved how the castle becomes one of the characters.

  11. The books I most enjoyed in the past two months were Sabriel by Garth Nix and Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

  12. The best book in the past month was Kitty Steals the Show by Carrie Vaughn – I love this series!

  13. avatar Robert Tichy

    Recently read some Anne perry novels.

    If you get an ARC of riordan’s next Percy Jackson book, forget the contest and I’ll make a nice donation to the charity of your choice, Sarah!

  14. Awesome contest. I just read Shadow & Bone, Defiance, and Skylark, all great books. Right now I’m reading Crewel, another really good book.

    I’d love to get an ARC of your book when it comes out to share on my blog.

  15. oooh, I can commmment! Yes indeed!

  16. The best new book in the last few weeks has been An Imagined Life By Malouf, a very good version of the wolf boy story [moments in it made me think of Winterling..].

  17. avatar Laura Krentz

    I really enjoyed Goblin Secrets by Will Alexander. I’ve talked to him in person at a couple of local conventions. Masks are an important part of the story, and there’s a Baba Yaga-like character with Steampunk chicken legs!

  18. Eh, i think it was The Search for Wondla and A Hero for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi. I love his illustrations-the biology and architecture- and also the whole idea of what the world could be in the future. And of course Eva :) Young adult was A Want so Wicked by Suzanne Young. Oh my gosh, charlotte’s and harlin’s relationship just swells my heart. Best couple ever. sniff, sniff.

    charlotte+harlin=forever <3 :)

  19. I have re-read The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner.
    I love the way of Megan in picturing the love between Eugenides and Attolia Irene. It wasn’t been storied openly with dramatic words, but you could feel it strongly from the hidden message in each sentence (just like how Sarah have storied and pictured the relationship between Conn, Nevery and Benet).
    I love it very much, because it has been so heartwarming.
    You no need to said it out loud to the world that you love s/he or them, it has been enough when you and I know it deep within both hearts.

  20. Oh yay, I’m really looking forward to these books! The best books I’ve read recently have been by Melina Marchetta. Jellicoe Road, Saving Francesca, and The Piper’s Son were all incredible and impactful reads!

  21. Awesome chance to win! ive actually read one awesome YA – Stork by Wendy Delsol.. and a bunch of magic themed mysteries.. among them, books by Sofie Kelly, Bailey Cates, and ellery adams!

  22. The best fiction book I’ve read in the past month is hard to pick out because I read a lot of books. But the top three would be “Tuesdays at the Castle”, “The Magic Thief”, and “Once Burned”. The best non-fiction book is either “Sunken Treasure: Wil Wheaton’s Hot Cocoa Box Sampler” or “Shark Life…” by Peter Benchley.

  23. avatar Irene Santing

    The best fiction book I have read recently is… Um… Oh, I remember. I re-read the “finding the Fox” series by Ali Sparkes. Absolutely AMAZING! I’ve re-read that series like 6 times, which is a lot considering I unfortunately don’t own them. They’re up there with Harry Potter, prophet of panamindorah, Percy Jackson, and of course, the Magic Thief.

  24. avatar Wendy Kloiber

    Thanks Sarah, for doing this! Best book: The Fault in Our Stars.

  25. The best book i’ve read recently has to be Throne of Glass! Really awesome book.

    email is

  26. The best books I’ve read recently are Of Giants and Ice by Shelby Bach and The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer.

  27. The best book I’ve read during the summer was
    The Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan and in second
    place is Atherton House of Power by Patrick Carman .

    You keeping it live Sara !
    Thanks a bunch .

  28. The best book I’ve read recently is Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. Thanks for being a fantasticly wonderful author!!! :)

  29. wow these books are really interesting. i wonder if i could get lucky on this one

  30. the best book i have read from the past few days was Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro… it had five short stories and most of them were about music and the beauties of the night.

  31. best book i have read would be The Virgin Suicides… Jeffrey Eugenides was a wonderful storyteller in that book. i love how the narrative was executed

  32. We still wanna know the funny story of how you and Stefan first met. 😀

  33. Hey I’m writing a book and I’m wondering if you could give me any tips. It’s about a fifteen year old spy named Missy Kay and I’m kind of at a rough spot where I’m not sure where to go with it. I can’t beleive I’m actually going to blog to you! i’ve tried other authors before and they probably haven’t even read my emails. PLEASE RESPOND or send me a signed autograph or signed book or something. It would mean the world to me just to see you care.

  34. oh, and on the 39 clues messageboard they’ve created a Magic Thief Roleplay. Here’s the link:
    You might have to make an account to see it but it only takes a couple minutes and it will be worth it.

  35. Okay!

    When Stefan was a kid (he is still a kid to me) he was a reviewer for this really excellent review site in the UK, and he gave a wonderful, incisive review to the first Magic Thief book. And then the second book. And then the third book, in which he called Conn a “little crook,” which I thought was awesome and hilarious, at which point we became friends. Back then, I didn’t even know he was a writer, so I was beyond thrilled when he announced his publishing deal at an imprint at the same publisher in the US that does my books (HarperCollins). 😀

  36. I emailed you. Did you get it?

  37. And why does the little clock say 7:00 pm? It’s only 3 o’clock here.

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