I can’t begin to thank you all for the messages you left on the entry about my Dad, or that you’ve sent to me through Twitter or email. You might think words are inconsequential, but they have made a huge impact on both me and my family. It hits me a little more, day by day, that I won’t get to see him or speak with him, no matter how much I want to. I won’t be able to get his advice about something, or email him some random link about The Hobbit or Star Wars. Two things have been helping me through this: talking about Dad to people who knew him*, and having friends like you all.

(* I really thought that this would be impossibly difficult, but it actually brings a lot of comfort to hear dad speaking through others. He had such a distinct personality and sense of humor–whenever someone quotes him, I can actually hear his voice saying it. I ALSO heard the full story of how my parents met and how Debra Winger was a little SWIMFAN about my dad back when they worked at Magic Mountain in the 70s. Both stories for another time!)

Because I can’t think of another way to express my gratitude, I want to give away the only spare copy of The Darkest Minds I have right now.

Bonus: you will be one of the first people to read it, since I’m pretty sure BEA is the first time ARCs will be distributed–so you’d be getting it a full month early.

Double Bonus: It is a super foxy ARC.

See? Check out that shine! (Side note: that’s not a trident, it’s a Psi symbol. You will be one of the first to understand the significance!)

Triple bonus: Once you finish reading it, I will tell you and you alone one secret from the sequel, which I’m working on right now. I get to choose what it is, but you get to choose whether or not you want to lord the knowledge over your friends. OR, if you’re not into spoilers, I’ll give you some behind-the-scenes/backstory details about this story and the characters.

You guys requested that I host the contest here on the blog rather than on GoodReads, so I’m going to keep this very simple: you get entries one of two ways, by leaving me a comment here on AB.com or Livejournal recommending a book for me to read this summer, and by tweeting about it. That’s it. Take it away, Rafflecopter!

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Thank you guys so much again.

xoxo A


  • April 27, 2012 Reply


    The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa features a strong female protagonist in a post-apocalyptic vampire scenario, and it’s an enjoyable though somewhat sad read.

    Forgotten Country by Catherine Chung is a deeply moving story about family relationships (and cancer), so it might be a book to wait to read, but it is worth the time. Emperor of Maladies by Siddhartha Mukkerjee is a ‘biography’ of cancer in all its forms. When my mother was diagnosed with cancer, I found some solace in reading about it and about grief. Not that there’s much to be found, as I’m sure you know. I am incredibly sorry for your loss.

    Pure by Julianna Baggott is a pretty good dystopian.

    Finnikin of the Rock & Froi of the Exiles are brilliant, character-centric fantasy books and would make great summer reads.

  • April 27, 2012 Reply

    Jasmine Stairs

    Hello Alex!

    For fun summer recommendations, Stephanie Burgis’s Renegade Magic and Kat, Incorrigible are both wonderful MG fantasies about family and highwaymen and magic and sisterly relations. There is also romance. And I’d recommend anything by Garth Nix, because I worship at his shrine– oh, and the Flora trilogy, by Ysabeau S. Wilce, is wonderful! It takes a little to get into, because the world building is so in-your-face-edly different, but once you adjust it’s wonderful.

    • April 27, 2012 Reply

      Jasmine Stairs

      Wow, “wonderful” is really my word of the day. Sorry.

  • April 28, 2012 Reply

    Amy @ Kissed by Ink

    Although May is right around the corner and some don’t consider this month part of the summer, but Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock is a great read! If you love werewolves, this is a story for you. I couldn’t put it down!

  • April 28, 2012 Reply


    I mostly read paranormal YA books, but I like to read more contemporary books in the summer, so I’d recommend Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway. It came out a few years ago, so it’s not brand new, but I’ve always thought that older titles deserve as much love as new releases. Audrey, Wait! is one of the funniest books I’ve read, and I loved Audrey’s “voice.” I actually plan on re-reading this book this summer!

  • April 28, 2012 Reply

    Leah Sloan

    Huge fan of Brightly Woven and can’t wait to read Darkest MInds! I know you will not disappoint since your very first novel was so amazing;)

  • April 29, 2012 Reply

    Nicole Settle

    Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles. I read it so long ago but still love it and think about from time to time. I love a good journey story and I’m a fan of history so a story about a girl escaping from prison during the civil war and toss in a subtle love story with her interrogator and I’m a happy girl. It’s also always empowering watching others go through something harsh and make it out on the other side.

  • April 29, 2012 Reply

    hollie georgiana

    I second Kathleen’s suggestion of The Immortal Rules, it’s absolutely brilliant. I would also reccommend Eden by Keary Taylor, or Angelfall by Susan Ee, both amazing books.

  • April 29, 2012 Reply


    Oh, I can’t wait to read your new book. It sounds awesome. I would recommend reading The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe, I enjoyed it, I think it’s the first in the series.

  • April 30, 2012 Reply


    Legend by Marie Lu was, by far, the best book I’ve read this year :)

  • April 30, 2012 Reply


    Hi Alex, this is so incredibly generous of you!

    For book recommendations, I loved Julie Kagawa’s The Immortal Rules, like a few others on this post. If you’re looking for something to occupy a good chunk of the summer, may I recommend The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott? I like to think of it as a ‘grown-up’ Percy Jackson, with much more world mythology and historical characters. The sixth and final book is coming out next month!

    Hope you’re well x

  • April 30, 2012 Reply


    The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingslover. Great book! The sequel Pigs In Heaven is wonderful too :)

  • May 1, 2012 Reply


    I love fantasy, and it’s my favorite genre, so I’ll reccommend a fantasy book. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta is absolutely wonderful, and I can’t wait to read the sequel, Froi of the Exiles. Finnikin of the Rock has an amazing set of characters, a beautiful way of telling the story, and it did not have a boring page at all. Trust me, if you love fantasy, you need to find yourself a copy of this book immediately.

    Thank you so much for the chance to read The Darkest Minds! I’m very looking forward to it!


  • May 1, 2012 Reply


    Thank you for the giveaway! I would recommend that you read Richelle mead’s Storm Born series as well as Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore!

  • May 2, 2012 Reply


    I recommend A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan. It’s a futuristic retelling of Sleeping Beauty and so, so good.

  • May 3, 2012 Reply


    I would recommend Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, it is a fun mermaid book.

  • May 3, 2012 Reply


    I recommend Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. I can’t justify with words why this book is so amazing so I’ll just say that I loved it as much as I loved Brightly Woven. And you know how big of a BW fangirl I am …


  • May 3, 2012 Reply

    Sara @ The Hiding Spot

    My recent favorites are THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas and UNBREAK MY HEART by Melissa Walker. I’m ridiculously in love with both of those novels!

    Happy summer reading!

  • May 3, 2012 Reply

    Amanda Marie @BookLove101

    Have you read the summer series by Jenny Han!! It’s a pretty AMAZING series! :)

  • May 3, 2012 Reply

    Sab (YA Bliss)

    SUCH A RUSH by Jennifer Echols. It comes out in July, it’s realistic fiction with a kick-ass main character! She’s a teen PILOT. How awesome is that?

    I can’t wait for your book! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  • May 19, 2012 Reply


    um, obviously I know I’m to late for the contest, but I like giving book recommendations, The Books of Pellinor by Alison Croggon are amazing, The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley, also there’s this really good read called Brightly Woven that I read a couple years ago now (and several times sense then).

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