Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Historical YA ARC Giveaway! NOW CLOSED

Remember when I went to ALA Midwinter a while back? And got all those ARCs? NOW I WANT TO GIVE THEM AWAY! I have two batches of books to offer up, and the first batch can be loosely categorized as historical YA (my favorite).

Here's what I have for you:

A finished copy of The Merchant's Daughter, by Melanie Dickerson (Zondervan)



and ARCs of:

Grave Mercy, by Robin LaFevers (Houghton Mifflin)

Mister Death's Blue-Eyed Girls, by Mary Downing Hahn (Clarion)

The Peculiars, by Maureen Doyle McQuerry (Amulet)

The Springsweet, by Saundra Mitchell (Harcourt)



THIS CONTEST IS OPEN INTERNATIONALLY!

How to enter:
(We're doing this old school, ya'll)

ALL you have to do is comment and tell me about one of your favorite YA historical novels.
(I'm always looking for recs!)

To gain more entries, you may do any or all of the following:

-- Tweet this giveaway (+1) For instance:
"Win fabulous ARCs at @soniagensler's Historical YA Giveway! http://tinyurl.com/7obxuz8 Pls RT."
-- Follow me on Twitter (+1)
-- Follow this blog (+1)

Please let me know what you've done in your comment. (If you already followed me here and at Twitter, you get credit for that!)

[I'd also love for you to follow my Facebook Author Page, but apparently I can't give you any cookies in return because FB will sue me, or something? So this is just a heads up that I have an author page. Hee!]

Deadline to enter: Sunday, March 11th, 11:59 pm (CST)

61 comments:

  1. Hello Sonia! I'm a big fan of The Revenant, of course, as well as your blog! (Also following on Twitter now, too, although Twitter still baffles me.) Another favorite YA historical read is Cleopatra's Moon, by Vicky Alvear Shecter. I love Judy Blundell's books too--What I Saw and How I Lied, and No Strings Attached. Great contest!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oooh, great recs! I met Vicky Alvear Shecter once and really liked her. Love Judy Blundell. Thanks, Melissa!

      Delete
  2. My current historical YA favorite is Cayla Kluver's Legacy series! If you haven't read it yet, you should definitely give it a try!

    +1 I tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/amaterasureads/status/177377131511296000
    +1 Twitter follower: @amaterasureads
    +1 Blog follower: Kai Agito (amaterasureads)

    I also liked your Facebook page!

    amaterasureads AT gmail DOT com

    ReplyDelete
  3. I must say Graceling by Kristin Cashore :D If that one counts. <3 It is Fantasy, but it is set far back in time. It is just amazing :) Also really liked Grave Mercy :D (Which I read via NetGalley) But oh! Thank you so so so much for this amazing giveaway. <3 So many amazing books :D Would love to win them all :)
    +1 follow your blog as Carina Olsen :D
    Love, Carina

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Carina! I adore everything by Kristin Cashore -- can't wait for BITTERBLUE!

      Delete
  4. Hi Sonia! Yay, contests. I really liked At the Sign of the Star by Katherine Sturtevant. That one might be considered middle grade, but I'd put the sequel, A True and Faithful Narrative, more in the range of YA. Interesting stories about the daughter of a bookseller in Restoration London.

    I also love The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope, which is fantasy but in a real-world historical setting.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ha ha! I love ALL those books, especially the Sturtevant sequel. Thanks for entering and yay for kindred spirits!

      Delete
  5. The Infernal Devices books by Cassandra Clare. Chime was my favorite, but I know you've read it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I need to finally give in to Cassie Clare. Everybody loves those books!

      Delete
  6. The Agency series by Y.S. Lee! Victorian girl spies - pretty much says it all. ;)

    (I have tweeted, followed and followed!)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I LOVE those books and have such an author crush on Y.S. Lee. Thanks for entering!

      Delete
  7. Hi Sonia, what a fun give-away, which I will tweet today! Already following you there and I loved The Revenant. I don't read a lot of YA, but I loved Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson. Definitely recommend it.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Great rec! That book is on my shelf -- great minds, eh? Thanks for entering!

      Delete
  8. Hi! I love Graceling! Im actually trying to add more variety into my readings :) Thanks for the chance!
    Btw, I'm a follower.

    valialind(AT)gmail(DOT)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Valia! Such a lovely name, btw. :)

      Delete
  9. There are a few YA historical books that I absolutely love. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, Michelle Zink's Prophecy of the Sisters series, Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen... I know there a few others, but I just cannot think of their title at the moment (fail).

    I know you said just one, but there were just too many that I loved to only mention one.

    Thanks so much for the great giveaway! =)

    Blog follower (Orchid)
    Twitter (HauntedOrchid)
    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/HauntedOrchid/status/177410237333123072

    ReplyDelete
  10. The Revenant definitely counts as one of my favorite YA historical fictions. :)

    It's been several years ago, but I recall really enjoying The Russians 7-book series by Judith Pella and Michael Phillips. It falls in the Christian fiction category as well, and although you know I typically don't enjoy those all that much, for a variety of reasons, I recall this series being one of those that doesn't beat you over the head with the faith aspects. Unfortunately, I think that series is difficult to find except in used formats now. And I don't own them, although I wish I did. I seem to remember borrowing them from my mother-in-law, but I don't think she owns them either as they are always doing book swaps with people.

    I was partial to the story, because it was set in a Russian historical era. So that may have colored my opion somewhat. I've often wanted to do a re-read, now that time has passed, to see if they live up to my memory.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the rec, my dear, and for entering! *hugs*

      Delete
  11. Ahhhh I can't pick one! So I'll pick two. Johnny Tremaine by Esther Forbes, and the Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The first I read as a kid, and it's stuck with me ever since. The second I read just recently, and it made me cry.
    LOVE Markus Zusak's Death personified. Seriously. And the man's language use is POETRY.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, I LOVE The Book Thief! Definitely a tearjerker, but not in a manipulative way at all. I never read Johnny Tremaine, not even when I was teaching. Hmmm.

      Thanks for entering!

      Delete
  12. Besides The Revenant by the wonderful Sonia Gensler, I really enjoyed A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw shucks, Jennifer! You're sweet!

      I am a HUGE fan of the Gemma Doyle series! Particularly the first and third books. :)

      Thanks for entering!

      Delete
  13. My favorites are the Luxe series by Anna Godberson.
    twitter: @deadtossedwaves
    GFC: Vivien
    tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/#!/deadtossedwaves/status/177539665816059904

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  14. I really liked The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S King. I'm not sure if it's technically a historical YA, although the main character is the reincarnated soul of a seventeenth century female pirate cursed to live out, well...I don't want to spoil it for you.

    I follow you everywhere already (did someone say stalker?)and I will now tweet for you, my dear. Glad to have you back among the plugged in and connected.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I keep hearing about that A.S. King book -- need to get on that. Thanks for entering and following the blog. etc.!

      Delete
  15. This is hard, but my favorite historical YA is The Season by Sarah MacLean.
    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/leasha_91/status/177558933173571585
    Twitter follower: @leasha_91
    Blog Follower.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for entering! The Season was sexy fun, wasn't it? :)

      Delete
  16. My favorite historical YA book is The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak. It made me bawl multiple times and the writing is phenomenal!

    --Follow w/ GFC: Sarika K.
    --Followed on Twitter: @sarikasarks
    --Tweeted about giveaway: https://twitter.com/#!/sarikasarks/status/177595484859408384

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I adore The Book Thief -- thanks for entering!

      Delete
  17. So, I don't read a lot of historical (hence the reason I want to win!) but one that I loved was WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead which IS TOO a historical, because it's set in the 70s.

    I tweeted.
    I follow you on twitter.
    You're on my blog roll. (Both right side links, and left side posts.)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ah, I adore WHEN YOU REACH ME. But it's hard to think that a book set during my childhood is considered historical. *is old*

      Thanks for entering!!!

      Delete
  18. My favorite historical YA is Fateful by Claudia Gray. I haven't read that many (although I've got a few on my TBR shelf). I also enjoy steampunk novels, although those are alternate histories.

    +1 blog follower
    +1 twitter follower (@sara_UFblog)

    Sara M
    sara_UFblog [at] yahoo [dot] com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oooh, I haven't read that one! Thanks for the rec and for entering!

      Delete
  19. Ooh, those look fabulous! My favorite classic historical YA is Elizabeth Marie Pope's The Perilous Gard. Have you read it yet? SO good! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're the second (or third?) entrant to list that book as a favorite historical. I enjoyed it! But it's been a loooong time.

      Thanks for entering!

      Delete
  20. Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray - I love ancient history and Cleopatra's daughter is the focus. I need to get the second book in the series, Song of the Nile!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oooh! Hadn't heard of this one -- thanks for the rec. And thanks for entering!

      Delete
  21. Do Laura Ingalls Wilder's books count? Because I grew up playing prairie girl, and they've inspired me ever since.

    I tweeted, and I follow you (@elizabethdehoff).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. YES, they count! I read those books until they fell apart, and I know they're a huge inspiration for my obsession with the 19th century. Thanks for entering!

      Delete
  22. I'm another big Graceling fan. Also, I'm not sure if these count as historicals, but I highly--as in I cannot recommend it enough--recommend The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak, and I also enjoyed Your Eyes in Stars by M.E. Kerr.

    Loved The Revenant!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Also tweeted and followed you :-)

      Delete
    2. The Book Thief definitely counts! LOVE that book. I will look into the Kerr book immediately. Thanks for entering!

      Delete
  23. My favorite YA historical fiction right now is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Also, the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, but I think it's more fantasy than historical fiction.

    Thanks for the giveaway!!
    ~Ana
    bluestar22yl@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Another fan of The Book Thief -- yay! Thanks for entering, Ana!

      Delete
  24. Love the giveaway. It's a rare treat to find such a good one outide the states.
    I love Graceling too, but I'll have to go for either The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin or The Secret Countess by Eva Ibbotson. Love them both :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oooh, I will check out The American Heiress. Am a HUGE fan of Eva Ibbotson's romantic historicals.

      Thanks for entering!

      Delete
  25. Thanks so much for the giveaway! My favorite YA historicals include Pirates and Witch Child by Celia Rees, and No Strings Attached by Judy Blundell.

    Stephanie

    thaliansmhc at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
  26. Awesome giveaway! I'm excited to read each of these books!!

    My favorite YA historical novel is probably Fallen Grace by Mary Hooper. It takes place during the time of Dickens and follows the story of sisters Grace and Lily as they try to survive being orphans on the streets of London. It's really good!

    I also tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/eli2squared/status/178604134008758273
    Followed your twitter: @eli2squared
    Followed the blog: GFC: Elisquared

    Thanks for the chance to win, and I loved getting all these great recommendations too!

    -Elisquared
    eliweibley AT gmail DOT com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ooooh, I like the sound of that book! Thanks for entering.

      Delete
  27. My favorite historical novel is Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher. It's about a taxi dancer during the 40's. I also love fantasy stories with strong historical settings: Chime by Franny Billingsley, Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier, and the Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell. Thanks for the giveway!

    teddycavygal at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm adding Ten Cents a Dance and Princess Curse to my TBR list! (Loved the other two.) Thanks for entering.

      Delete
  28. I reallly love Eva Ibbotson's book The Reluctant Heiress and also Ophelia by Lisa Klein! Thanks for the giveaway! Following on Twitter (@FearofLung) and tweeted about the giveaway here: https://twitter.com/#!/FearofLung/status/178872129771679744 ! Also following on GFC: Aspen Firefly. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm such a fan of Eva Ibbotson! Thanks for the recs and for entering.

      Delete
  29. Don't know what my favorite is, but I loved Lisa T. Bergren's River of Time series! A little time travel, but mostly historical fiction. :)

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/LooChiaPet/status/178937016040439810

    Total = 2

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ah! Will check out the River of Time series. Thanks for entering!

      Delete
  30. Sonia such a fun giveaway! I love Ann Rinaldis historical novels. And I love Revenant, of course!

    I'm also going to tweet and Facebook your contest. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Christy! Ann Rinaldi is such a mainstay of YA historical fiction -- yay!

      Delete