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Today's the last day for entering my YA horror book trio give-away but fear not, as today I am opening a new give-away - this time a trio of MG/YA fantasy books.

First up is THE RETURNERS by Gemma Malley, which is a stand-alone YA fantasy set in the near future about a boy who discovers that his current life is not the first life he's ever lived:

A past life doesn’t mean a good one

Will Hodge’s life is a mess! His mother is dead, he has no friends and he is being followed by a strange group of people who tell him they know him. But Will can’t remember them ... at first. And when he does, he doesn’t like what he knows.

While Will is struggling with unsettling memories, he learns that his past is a lot deeper than many people’s. Is he strong enough to break links with the powerful hold that history has on him?

THE RETURNERS was released in the UK in April.

Secondly, there's THE BLACKHOPE ENIGMA by Teresa Flavin, which is about three children who discover that they can access a fantasy world within a medieval painting.

An old painting ...

A strange labyrinth ...

The sudden appearance of skeletons in a locked room ...

For centuries, Blackhope Tower has been shrouded in intrigue, which seems to centre around a curious painting hanging in the Mariner’s Chamber.

Its meaning has baffled historians, but when fourteen-year-old Sunni Forrest visits the tower, she finds herself transported to the very heart of the Blackhope enigma, and the painting itself. Can she and her friend Blaise overcome its dangers and evade their ruthless pursuers? And will they find their way home ... alive?

An age-old mystery is about to unravel.

THE BLACKHOPE ENIGMA is published this month in the UK.

Finally, we have THE THIN EXECUTIONER by Darren Shan, which is billed as the horror writer's first fantasy novel.

Jebel Rum’s biggest weakness ... is weakness. As the son of Wadi’s executioner, he’s expected to try out for his father’s job – except that he’s too skinny to wield the heavy axe. A laughing stock, Jebel embarks on a perilous quest. It is a dark, brutal, terrifying journey. But to Jebel Rum, the risk is worth it ...

to retrieve his honour ...

to wield unimaginable power ...

and to become ...


THE THIN EXECUTIONER was released in the UK in April.

All you have to do to win these books is leave a comment on this LJ telling me who your favourite fantasy writer is and why.


1. Leave a comment on this LJ giving the name of your favourite YA fantasy writer and the reason why.

2. The winner will be chosen at random using a random generator.

3. You don't have to have an LJ account or be a friend of this LJ to enter this contest but if you don't have an LJ account then please tell me how I can contact you if you win (e.g. leave an email address in your comment).

4. You can comment as many times as you want (e.g. to change your mind about your favourite book), but each individual only gets one contest entry.

5. Comments must be posted before 23:59 (British Summer Time) on Sunday 11th July 2010.

6. The winner will be notified by 23:59 on Tuesday 15th July by LJ message or email and must respond with their mailing address within 72 hours, or else another winner will be drawn.

7. The giveaway is open to anyone regardless of age or location BUT please note that the prize will be sent by post and I have no responsibility or liability for the vagaries of local mail systems.

8. Prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.

9. The Judge's (i.e. my) decision is final.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 4th, 2010 03:37 pm (UTC)
As I've said before, Garth Nix is my favourite YA Fantasy Author. This is because he crafts excellent stories with characters you can feel sympathetic for (even some of the ambivalent evil characters). He writes good strong female leads who still have faults and problems (that don't revolve around men!) And because he writes well written stories for young people! So many people write terrible stories for young people.

Er... I'll stop rambling now :P
Jul. 5th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
Alisha Souillet (ARC Contest)
the only option this thing gave me was to submit a comment anonymously...
So I'm Alisha Souillet for AW, my e-mail is

My favorite Fantasy author currently is Stephanie Meyer, I know, I know...
But honestly I have to pick her because, although, her writing is less than perfect I did love all her novels. She took a chance and wrote something that is no worldly known. She has advanced so much in the last few years with the movies and more novels. I am always glad to hear when a new author is able to write, sell and dominate a flooded industry and make millions, it gives little people like me hope, that one day I could maybe write the next great saga.
Whether people love her or hate her, she still managed to do what many only dream of!
Jul. 7th, 2010 12:49 am (UTC)
ARC Contest
Anon made a good point about Stephenie Meyer (it's spelt Stephenie! I didn't notice until months after when I was reading this article that bagged her out), that...even though she isn't a stellar writer, she wrote novels that introduced a new idea, and even brought in a whole hoard of vampire stuff (*sigh, and not the good sigh*). I guess that in itself is a great achievement, and encouraging for aspiring writers out there.

I'd have to say J.K. Rowling. I don't even have to say what for, because everyone knows the books, right? For me, she was the beginning of YA fantasy. She brought in magic and wonder to my otherwise quite dull life. She is a brilliant writer, her story plots and characters are great and lively. I will remember her and Harry Potter forever and ever.

...Hey, someone's got to say it. :P

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Jul. 13th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
Just wanted to say congratulations because the Random Number Generator picked you out to win the books - including the new Gemma Malley (which has worked out perfectly really).

If you wouldn't mind dropping me an email at caroline_hooton AT yahoo DOT com with your postal address, I'll drop them in the mail to you this week.
Jul. 13th, 2010 09:29 pm (UTC)
(Also, I like J K Rowling too - if it wasn't for Harry Potter, I'd never have discovered fanfic and would never have started writing my own stuff. I can't wait to see what she releases as her next project).
Jul. 7th, 2010 04:34 am (UTC)
This is *hard*! I'd have to say Diana Wynne Jones. The books she writes are all *completely* different. The characters are quirky and likable and funny.

I would have said Robin McKinley, but her last 3 books have been disappointing. But The Blue Sword and Beauty are two of my comfort reads.

I would also mention Megan Whalen Turner, but I'm not sure her books are really fantasy.
Jul. 11th, 2010 02:02 pm (UTC)
Terry Pratchett is consistantly mine. He's the one I can re-read any time, any day, anywhere, irregardless of which book it is that currently have in my hands. He takes standard fantasy and tilts it sideways, gives it a shake and then props it up with sticks to make sure it stays the way he wants it. He's created a fantastically layered world, which gets more delightful and complex with each re-reading. I know there are jokes I'm missing, but I don't care, because the ones I do get are so good anyway.
Jul. 11th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
Favorite YA fantasy writer...changes from time to time but for now I have to say Patricia Wrede, who subverts fairy tale stereotypes in a way that delights me and who consistently hands up interesting plots blended with a lot of humor. Hurrah for that.
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