Tuesday 5 June 2012

Armchair BEA - Best of 2012 & Giveaway

 Today is the 2nd Day of Armchair BEA, there were some fantastic introduction posts yesterday and I lvoe how it brings the blogging community together.
Today is the big Giveaway day on all the blogs and I couldn't resist joining in. But you have to read my post before you find out what you could win! Or you could skip to the bold writing that says 'Giveaway', I won't tell if you do!

So today's recommended discussion topic is the “Best of 2012”: to share some of your favorite books so far this year, and/or the the books being promoted at BEA.
So I am going to do a top 10, number 1 will be my ultimate favourite but the rest won't be in any particular order. So here goes:

10. Double Cross by Malorie Blackman.

This is book 4 in the 'Noughts & Crosses' series which I adore and was another fantastic installment. Couldn't have asked for more.

9. A Million Suns by Beth Revis

This is book 2 in the 'Across the Universe' series and I have to say it just keeps getting better, Revis knows how to capture your heart and mind and make something incredible.

8.  Amy & Rogers Epic Detour

This is a sort of contemporary coming of age story, bitter sweet and fun. One to make you laugh and cry.

7.  The Pain Merchant by Janice Hardy

This is book 1 in a trilogy, back to high fantasy and magic, well written and a real page turner, I fell in love with this series.

6. The Fury by Alexander Gordon Smith

This is creepy, scary, and my worst nightmare, but fantastic, gripping and amazing all at the same time. Gordon Smith is one of those writers I can't put down and I know whatever he writes - I'm gonna read it!

5. Arise by Tara Hudson

This is book 2 in the 'Hereafter' series and I was even more hooked by this second installment, she is certainly a rising star.

4. Black Dawn by Rachel Caine

This is book 12 in the Morganville Vampires series, and Caine is still going strong. I am so excited every time one of these comes out. I <3 Myrnin!

3. The Gathering Dark by Leigh Bardugo

This is book 1 in the 'Grisha' trilogy. I just finished reading this yesterday and it was In-Cred-Able!!! So good, magic, mystery, romance, powers and great characters. WOW

2. A Touch Of Power by Maria V. Snyder

This is the first in a new series and she just blows my mind. Snyder is another author I just have to read. So incredible. High fantasy and fantastic writing.

And my all time favourite of this year so far is:

1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

This book was just so original and different from anything I had read before. Filled with mystery and intrigue, a sense of magic and wonder. It draws in your heart and your mind and stays with you long afterwards. It is just incredible! I can't recommend it strongly enough.

Which leads me to the Giveaway:


This competition is open INTERNATIONALLY, one (1) lucky winner will win a brand new paperback copy of 'The Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern.
Item will be bought and shipped from the 'Book Depository', the paperback was just released in the UK and is gorgeous. I am desperate to get my hands on a copy too, but I will offer all of you one first, aren't I nice? :D 

Here are the rules: 
1) Competition opens Tuesday 5th June
2) Competition closes on Tuesday 12th June Midnight GMT
3) Enter your Name, E-mail and Blog Link in the Linky List Below (email will be hidden, if you don't have a blog just enter your Facebook or Twitter page)
4) You Must be a Follower to enter!
5) One Name will be selected at random from the list.
6) Contest open Internationally

7) Winners will be contacted by e-mail
8) Winners will have 3 days to reply or another winner will be selected.

You MUST fill in the Linky form to be in with a chance to enter. Do NOT put your details in the comments section. 
I don't have time to go through all the comments or add you on the list myself. 
All you need to do is put your name/blog name in the box that says 'Contest Entry', a link to your blog/facebook in the box that says 'Link' and then your email address in the box that says 'Email'

P.S - There is also another Giveaway on my site from a Blog Tour, you can win an eBook copy of 'Waterspell' b Deborah J Lightfoot, click HERE to go to the post, find out more about the book and enter to win.

Good Luck!!!


Arianne said...

4. Black Dawn by Rachel Caine

This is book 12 in the Morganville Vampires series, and Caine is still going strong. I am so excited every time one of these comes out. I <3 Myrnin!

I love him too!!! such a character!

Suey said...

Wahoo! The Night Circus was my favorite book from last year! It's amazingly awesome, yes?

Miss Page-Turner said...

That's a great list! I really loved Amy & Roger's Epic Detour and recently read Morgan's second book. Second Chance Summer, which was just as awesome:)

Here is my list,http://misspageturnerscityofbooks.blogspot.de/2012/06/armchair-bea-tuesday-post-favourite.html

Kristina said...

Love Rachel Caine and Maria V Snyder. Great picks

Nea said...

Amy and Roger's Epic Detour totally rocks!! I love this book so much!! :) :) Awesome list and great giveaway! Enjoy aBEA! ;)

Karin Perry said...

I love Rachel Caine. Also, The Gathering Dark. That is the same as Shadow and Bone, right? Hmmm, different titles. How funny.

smiling_ina said...

What an awesome list!!!

Alexander Gordon Smith is one of my favorite authors!!! I LOVE his Escape from Furnace series. I was actually lucky enough and won a signed and personalized proof copy of The Fury! I still can't believe it!!! I will have to read it very, very soon. So glad to hear you loved it. :)

The Housework Can Wait said...

I've heard such great things about The Night Circus! Great giveaway!

Here's my Best of 2012!

Anonymous said...

I have been dying to read this book!

MWGerard said...

Very much want to read this one. Cheers from across the pond. I hope you enjoyed all the Jubilee festivities!

barmybex said...

Arianne - Myrnin is the best by far. Gotta love him

Suey - You bet!!!

Miss Page Turner, I loved it too. Really want to read her second book but not sure if I could handle it without crying!

Kristina - thanks!

Nea - thanks, glad you like

Karin - yes Gathering Dark is also called 'Shadow & Bone'. Don't know why they have to do that!

smiling - Gordon Smith is fab, I've met him and got the first Furnace book signed. He's so cool! Hope you read it and enjoy it soon. :D

Housework - it's fantastic, well worth the read.

Unknown - thanks, good luck. Jubilee was fab.

Lynn K. said...

Great list! I've only read Touch of Power and am waiting for Shadow and Bone but I have some of the rest on my to-try list. :)

Jennifer A said...

I think I entered it right! LOL! Thanks for such a fun giveaway! :)

barmybex said...

Lynn K - thanks! Hope you enjoy them! :D

Jennifer - Looks ok to me! Good luck. :D

Danielle B! said...

I really liked your list. I can't wait to read #'s 2 & 5! Thanks for the giveaway!