Saturday, September 21, 2013

Banned Books Week Hop!

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop!

In honor of Banned Books Week, I'm participating in a book giveaway hop hosted by Bookhounds and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer.

This year's Banned Books Week is September 22-28th. There's a lot of controversy about certain books and whether they are appropriate/not appropriate to be taught in school or even borrowed from a library. A lot of debate centers around censorship and what should/shouldn't be allowed. For more information you can check out the Banned Books Website.

You can also follow Banned Books Week on Facebook. To see what were the most challenged books of 2012, check out this article.

For my part, I'm participating in this hop as a way to raise awareness for Banned Books Week and I'm giving away some ARCs I picked up at the 2013 ALA conference in Chicago! You can also see a list of the other participating blogs at the bottom of this hop!

You can choose ONE of the following ARCs! 

The first book you can win is...
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas!

*Sequel to Throne of Glass.

An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice. 

Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?

*Summary provided by Goodreads.

The second book is...
The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson!

*Third book in the Fire and Thorns series.

The epic conclusion to Rae Carson's Fire and Thorns trilogy. The seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen will travel into the unknown realm of the enemy to win back her true love, save her country, and uncover the final secrets of her destiny.

Elisa is a fugitive in her own country. Her enemies have stolen the man she loves in order to lure her to the gate of darkness. As she and her daring companions take one last quest into unknown enemy territory to save Hector, Elisa will face hardships she's never imagined. And she will discover secrets about herself and her world that could change the course of history. She must rise up as champion-a champion to those who have hated her most.

*Summary provided by Goodreads.
The third option is...
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher!

Dear Mr. S. Harris,

Ignore the blob of red in the top left corner. It's jam, not blood, though I don't think I need to tell you the difference. It wasn't your wife's jam the police found on your shoe. . . .

Zoe has an unconventional pen pal-Mr. Stuart Harris, a Texas Death Row inmate and convicted murderer. But then again, Zoe has an unconventional story to tell. A story about how she fell for two boys, betrayed one of them, and killed the other.

Hidden away in her backyard shed in the middle of the night with a jam sandwich in one hand and a pen in the other, Zoe gives a voice to her heart and her fears after months of silence. Mr. Harris may never respond to Zoe's letters, but at least somebody will know her story-somebody who knows what it's like to kill a person you love. Only through her unusual confession can Zoe hope to atone for her mistakes that have torn lives apart, and work to put her own life back together again.

Rising literary star Annabel Pitcher pens a captivating second novel, rich with her distinctive balance between humor and heart. Annabel explores the themes of first love, guilt, and grief, introducing a character with a witty voice and true emotional resonance. 

And the fourth book is...
Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel!

A warning to all young ladies of delicate breeding who wish to embark upon lives of adventure: Don't.

Sixteen-year-old Peggy is a well-bred orphan who is coerced into posing as a lady in waiting at the palace of King George I. Life is grand, until Peggy starts to suspect that the girl she's impersonating might have been murdered. Unless Peggy can discover the truth, she might be doomed to the same terrible fate. But in a court of shadows and intrigue, anyone could be a spy—perhaps even the handsome young artist with whom Peggy is falling in love...

History and mystery spark in this effervescent series debut.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Rules for this hop: to enter you need to follow this blog and also enter using the Rafflecopter above. The giveaway is open until September 28th at midnight. You must live in the US to win. I will only use the info collected to contact the winner.

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