Mega Giveaway of EPIC Proportions

First of all, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Yes, you.

Thank you for making YA Books Central what it is today. After 14 years, we're still alive and kicking. And it's all because of you.

Only after a few months, over 1,000 of you have joined our new YABC Community and are actively writing reviews. We love reading your thoughts on books. We love that you share them with us and our readers. We love that you share our passion for books and authors. Thank you.

Over 1,000 of you are followers of our blog. That is incredible. Thank you for stopping by each week and checking out our posts. It means so much to us. Thank you.

Over 2,000 of you have liked us on Facebook. Thank you for staying connected through our pages: YA Books Central and the new Kids Books Central. We love sharing new releases with you and seeing your enthusiasm for new reviews and giveaways. We're proud to be a part of your Facebook experience. Thank you.

Over 4,000 of you stay connected to our reviews and giveaways on Twitter, and we're so glad to have your support. We hope our tweets are a welcome sight in your Twitter feed. Thank you for your conversation and opinions on bookish topics. Hanging out with you on Twitter is definitely a highlight of each day for me, both at @yabookscentral and @yabckidsThank you. 

Thank you to all those who enter our monthly giveaways. I'm always excited to show you what we have up for grabs each month. Your participation in YABC is what keeps us going. Thank you.

For the past few months, I've been humbled by our growing numbers in the YABC Community, on Twitter, and on Facebook. I wanted to show you my appreciation. I mentioned to a few of my author friends how I'd like to do a Mega Giveaway of EPIC Proportions to express my gratitude. And then you know what happened?

They wanted to donate items to the giveaway. Books, bookmarks, stickers, t-shirts -- anything they had on hand.

Of course, I welcomed their donations with open arms. And then things got out of hand in a very EPIC way.

They told their friends about my Mega Giveaway. Then they told their friends. And on and on it went until I had an office full to the BRIM with swag. And not just any swag. EPIC swag. 

Swag I'm going to give you RIGHT NOW. Just to show you how unbelievably thankful I am that you're a part of YA Books Central.

So....

Do you want a peek at the SWAG OF EPIC PROPORTIONS?

Check this out:

And that's nowhere near everything. That's just what I could fit in the photograph! We've got t-shirts, lanyards, temporary tattoos, SIGNED books, SIGNED bookmarks and bookplates, magnets, felt coffee sleeves, shuriken hair clips, a USB flash drive, bracelets, pens, notepads, keychains, and more. A whole lot more.

Now check this out: 

This is a huge gift pack from ADR3NALIN3, a new blog co-founded by a group of authors who write the dark side of middle grade and teen fiction. Full details on what's in this gift pack below.

So how do you win the EPIC SWAG or this awesome gift pack? Here are the deets:

#1) All you have to do is fill out the entry form below to enter. That's it!

#2) There will be FIVE winners. One winner will win the ADR3NALIN3 gift pack and four winners will win a swag pack of assorted goodies from all the donations we got in from the list of participating authors below. Each swag pack contains at least 5 books (most of them signed, and most of them coming out this year!), tons of bookmarks and stickers (some signed), and an assortment of other goodies. Believe me, these swag packs are made of AWESOME.

#3) Winners will be chosen at random using Random.org. This giveaway is open for entries from now until midnight, March 1st. Winners will be announced on Friday, March 2nd. Entrants must have a US mailing address.

#4) Thank you again for making YABooksCentral.com a part of your world. We appreciate it more than you'll ever know.

 

What's in the ADR3NALIN3 Gift Pack? Which authors donated to it?

- Jordan Dane: ON A DARK WING autographed paperback and a snack pack inspired by her main character.

- Ilsa J. Bick: DROWNING INSTINCT and ASHES autographed hardbacks

- Wendy Corsi Staub: LILY DALE: AWAKENING autographed hardback

- Jennifer Archer: THROUGH HER EYES authographed hardback

- Chris Grabenstein: CURIOSITY CAT autographed paperback and assorted bookmarks

- Dan Haring: OLDSOUL autographed ARC

- Carol M. Tanzman: DANCERGIRL autographed paperback

- Brett Battles: HERE COMES MR. TROUBLE autographed paperback

- A.G. Howard: A creepy Alice in Wonderland themed journal, ribbon bookmark, and a signed bookplate, in homage to SPLINTERED, her upcoming YA Alice in Wonderland spinoff

 

Which authors donated items to the Swag Packs?

Ellie James, author of SHATTERED DREAMS

Jay Kristoff, author of STORMDANCER

Sara Wilson Etienne, author of HARBINGER

E.C. Myers, author of FAIR COIN

PJ Sharon, author of HEAVEN IS FOR HEROES and ON THIN ICE

Kami Kinard, author of THE BOY PROJECT

Eileen Cook, author of UNRAVELING ISOBEL, GETTING REVENGE ON LAUREN WOOD and THE EDUCATION OF HAILEY KENDRICK

Lara Chapman, author of FLAWLESS

Sara Bennett-Wealer, author of RIVAL

Hilary Weisman Graham, author of REUNITED

K.M. Walton, author of CRACKED

Kathleen Peacock, author of HEMLOCK

Laurisa Reyes, author of THE ROCK OF IVANORE

Cole Gibsen, author of KATANA and BREATHLESS

Tracy Bilen, author of WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND

Gina Damico, author of CROAK

Niki Burnham, author of ROYALLY CRUSHED

Kiera Stewart, author of FETCHING

AC Gaughen, author of SCARLET

Jodi Meadows, author of INCARNATE

J.A. Templeton, author of THE DEEPEST CUT

Maureen Lipinski, author of SHADOW'S EDGE

Erin Cashman, author of THE EXCEPTIONALS

Elisa Ludwig, author of PRETTY CROOKED

P.T. Michelle, author of BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS

Eve Marie Mont, author of THE BREATH OF EYRE

Diana Renn, author of TOKYO HEIST

Victoria Schwab, author of THE NEAR WITCH

Jaime Reed, author of LIVING VIOLET

 

To enter, fill out the entry form below. Enter with confidence. We never sell your information or add you to a mailing list. We only use your information to contact you if you win. We delete all entries after winners have been chosen.

Please include your full name and full address. We will contact you via email if you are a winner. Good luck!

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Write Reviews - Win Books!

Why should you write reviews on YABooksCentral.com and KidsBooksCentral.com?

To win awesome books, that's why! (And to voice your opinion on your favorite -- and not so favorite -- books. But that goes without saying, right?)

Back to the winning. There are THREE super easy ways to win books from YABC, and here they are, in no particular order:

 

#1 - Write reviews!

That's right. All you have to do is write a review and you're automatically entered into our monthly Bag O' Books Giveaway! The more reviews you write, the better your odds!

What do you win? First, you get this awesome YABC totebag! Which, you have to admit, is totes cool. Then you get to pick THREE books from the coveted YABC Shelf to fill your bag! If you win, I'll send you photos of the current YABC Shelf for you to peruse. Pick out the three books you want and they're yours. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. (See how excited I am that you won?)

totebag+   newphotoyabcshelf   =  B O' B!

 

#2 - Earn Points!

As a YABC Community Member, you earn points each time you interact with the site. Write a review? Earn 20 points! Enter a book into our database? Earn 15 points! Comment on someone's review? 5 points! Add someone as a friend? 5 points! Post a status update? POINTS!!

Each month, the Community Member with the most points gets to pick a book from the YABC Shelf. Yes, the same shelf behind me in that ridiculous photo above, which is always stacked to the BRIM with the latest young adult and middle grade books from your favorite publishers. 

You can check on your current points total on your profile page at any time. Here's what your points bar will look like:

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If you enter a book into our database and your points don't show up immediately, don't worry! Your points will appear once the book has been approved by our staff. To speed things up, make sure you fill out the book listing form correctly and include a cover image of the book. (Missing info like release dates, ISBN numbers, or cover images will slow down the process.) Make sure to do a search for the book first! If you enter a book that is already in our system, you will not earn points for that listing entry. We don't want to take up your valuable time entering a book if it's already in our database. 

You can watch your progress on the Points Leaderboard, which is located at the bottom right of every page. It looks like this --->

If you're just starting out on YABC, don't feel discouraged if you are behind in points. If you don't win this month, there's always next month!

BONUS!

The Top YABC Community Member can reign supreme for an unlimited number of months. That means if you're #1 for two, five, ten months in a row, you win a book EVERY MONTH!  

That also means other members might be gunning for your spot. So come back often, write reviews, and win books!

 

#3 - Enter our Monthly Giveaways!

Every month we host amazing giveaways with prizes from your favorite publishers and authors. Make sure you come back each month and enter! Just fill out the entry form and you're done. We'll contact you if you win.

 

The fine print:

  • Remember, YABC is a fun-loving community with a positive vibe. If you don't win this month, there's always next month. Everyone has an equal opportunity to win, so no complaining if it isn't your lucky day.
  • You are always welcome to write a negative review if you don't like a certain book, but flaming reviews that attack authors or give away too many spoilers may be deleted at our discretion.
  • Reviews must have some merit to be eligible for our giveaways. Simply saying, "I liked it!" isn't enough.
  • Every giveaway is 100% legit. Winners are chosen randomly using Random.org.
  • Your privacy is very important to us -- we will NEVER sell your info. It will only be used to contact you in the event of winning. We will not add you to a mailing list or newsletter without your consent. Your address will only be used to mail prizes to you.
  • Winning the Bag O' Books and Top Community Member spot are open to international readers. Monthly giveaways hosted by publishers and authors are US only unless otherwise specified. 
  • If you win a book from YABC, we'd love it if you wrote a review of it, tweeted about it, or posted about it on Facebook. That would be BOSS. :)

 

Good luck! 

2011 YABC Reader's Choice Awards Results

2011 Reader's Choice Awards Results


We received twice as many votes this year for our 2nd annual YABC Reader's Choice Awards. Thank you, readers, for nominating and voting. There were a few clear winners and several close calls, but the final tally is in!


Without further ado, here are YOUR favorites for 2011! 
(Click on the cover images to see book reviews.)



Favorite Young Adult Novel of 2011


Divergent by Veronica Roth

~ RUNNERS UP ~

 
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Hourglass by Myra McEntire





Favorite Middle Grade Novel 2011


Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

 

~ RUNNERS UP ~


The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann






Favorite Children's/Picture Book 2011

 

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

~ RUNNERS UP ~

 

I Broke My Trunk! by Mo Willems
Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt






Favorite Young Adult Author 2011

 

Cassandra Clare

 

~ RUNNERS UP ~

Veronica Roth
Stephanie Perkins
Myra McEntire






Favorite Middle Grade Author 2011

 

Rick Riordan

 

~ RUNNERS UP ~

 

Lauren Oliver
Lisa McMann






Favorite Children's/Picture Book Author 2011

 


Mo Willems

 


~ RUNNERS UP ~

Melanie Watt
Kevin Henkes

Exclusive Diamond Ruby Giveaway

DR_cardHave you read Diamond Ruby by Joseph Wallace? If so, write a review of it here and Joseph Wallace will send you a Diamond Ruby baseball card!

That's right, everyone who writes a review will receive a baseball card. How cool is that?

And to top it off, each review of Diamond Ruby is entered into a drawing in April. Two (2) lucky winners will also receive a $25 gift card to your local bookstore of choice or Powell's online.

So get your review submitted today!

 

A few guidelines:

- Your review must be an actual review of Diamond Ruby by Joseph Wallace. One-liners that say something like, "It was awesome!" will not count. ;-)

- This giveaway will be open until the end of March, 2012, and will close on April 1st. If you won a copy of Diamond Ruby in our December giveaway, you should receive it ASAP so you can get your reading done and enter your review.

- Only reviewers with US mailing addresses are eligible.

 

A bit about Diamond Ruby:

Seventeen-year-old Ruby Thomas, newly responsible for her two young nieces after a devastating tragedy, is determined to keep her family safe in the vast, swirling world of 1920s New York City. She’s got street smarts, boundless determination, and one unusual skill: the ability to throw a ball as hard as the greatest pitchers in a baseball-mad city.

From Coney Island sideshows to the brand-new Yankee Stadium, Diamond Ruby chronicles the extraordinary life and times of a girl who rises from utter poverty to the kind of renown only the Roaring Twenties can bestow.

But her fame comes with a price, and Ruby must escape a deadly web of conspiracy and threats from Prohibition rumrunners, the Ku Klux Klan, and the gangster underworld.