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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It's the YA SCRAMBLE! Huge Giveaway!

Today I'm excited to be part of a major event which includes a major giveaway! And when I say major, I mean major! Just look at all the awesome things you can win!

- ARC of The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab (with signed bookmark)
- Ebook of
Solstice by PJ Hoover (with trading cards)
- Ebook of
The Space Between by Alexandra Sokoloff
- Paperback copy of
Perception by Heather Cashman
- Signed paperback ARC of
Anathema by Kathleen Tucker
Chronicles of Vladimir Tod Gift Set (Trade Paperback of Eighth Grade Bites, Vlad Journal, Minion Bling Buttons and Vlad Tote)
- Signed paperback copy of
Between by Cyndi Tefft
- Signed hardcover of
Clarity by Kim Harrington
- ARC of
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
- Signed ARC of
Fury by Elizabeth Miles
- Signed paperback of
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
- ARC of
Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison
- Copy of
The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
- Winner's choice of 5 ebooks from a list of indie authors
- Signed paperback of
Sleepers by Megg Jensen
- Ebooks of
Soul Quest and The Guardian of Souls by Amy Jones
- Kindle copy of
Winnemucca by Laura Elliott (plus a guest post spot on her blog!)
- Paperback copy of
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Interested yet? Great! It is really easy to win.

Instructions for the YA Scramble:

1) Visit the first blog (based on list below).
2) Read the guest post.
3) Identify the PURPLE word.
4) Pick out the 3rd letter from the purple word.
5) Go to the next blog.
6) Repeat #3, #4, and #5 until you visited all 14 sites.
7) At the end, take all 14 of the 3rd letters from the PURPLE words and figure out the message near and dear to our hearts.
8) You will enter that unscrambled message ONCE into this form as your official entry for a chance to win some great prizes from fantastic authors and bloggers.

Participating Blogs - all must be visited (but start with the first):

Kaitlin Simpson
PJ Hoover
Cary Cummings
Heather Cashman
Kathleen Tucker
Jennifer Morris
Cyndi Tefft
Irish/ Gail
Danielle Bunner
Melissa Layton
T.R. Graves
Megg Jensen
Amy Jones
Laura Elliott


For my part in the YA Scramble, I'm thrilled to offer up this guest post from Kaitlin Simpson!


The First Thing We See – Covers in YA
by Kaitlin Simpson

Everybody likes covers, right? They can be these great, artistic representations of some of our favorite books. They draw our attention, appeal to the more creative, visual parts of our mind.

And, you know, they’re just downright cool.

Of course, people have different opinions on what they like visually. And some of the things I particularly have no taste for, others may like. But I’m going to go on and say what I feel works in YA covers.

A face/body shot can be done great, like with these:

WITHER by Lauren DeStefano - Really, everything about this cover is beautiful.

THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin – Another beautiful one. This body shot has so much mystery about it – no faces, two people, the water!

Covers that are simple (PRETTY!):

WILDEFIRE by Karsten Knight – How can you NOT like this? It is gorgeous. Probably one of my favorite covers of all time. It’s simple, symbolic, and, dare I say it, sexy.

Landscapes can be symbolic and gorgeous, as well. But these are even trickier to pull off. Some pretty ones, though:

UNDER THE STARS by Rebecca Rogers – A gorgeous landscape. It works, especially with the title.

BLOOD RED ROAD by Moira Young – Another landscape that is so simple, BUT SO AWESOME LOOKING.

So, basically, for me, it comes down to the design and layout. There should always be a balance of the color used – if multiple colors are being used. I like to look for representative and symbolic colors – or what I think will be.

What about you? What are some of you favorites and least favorite covers? Would love to hear!



(please make sure to leave your email so we can get in touch with you when you win)



For the next blog in the chain, please head to JENNIFER'S BLOG!


elin said...

thank you for this giveaway!
emilymeimei204 at yahoo dot com

Aeicha @ Word Spelunking said...

Awesome giveaway and unscramble event!

One of my favorite book covers is the cover to Cut by Patricia McCormick (the original 2000 cover). With the words "A tingle arced across my scalp. The floor tipped up at me and my body spiraled away. Then I was on the ceiling looking down, waiting to see what would happen next" flowing across the black background in looping letters, and the simple, bold red lines marring the title makes for a powerful image. I was in the bookstore when this cover caught my eye and I bought it right away without even perusing the inside...which I never do!

:) Aeicha

wordspelunker at gmail dot com

Krazzyme(Young Readers) said...

Thank you for the amazing giveaway!
I love the cover of Carrier of the Mark and Unbecoming of Mara Dyer!


Birgit said...

Awesome giveaway yet hard to unscramble (especially as one blog post/letter is still missing)!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome giveaway. I love the cover for Wildfire too. One of my favorites is the cover of The Shifter by Janice Hardy. I saw it on PW Children's Bookshelf and knew I had to have the book.

Janhvi said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
I'm in love with the cover of The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer too!
It was a bit tricky unscrambling the phrase but I think I got it!:)

justjanhvi at gmail dot com

Tamara said...

Hi! I love this hunt :D
I have soo many fav covers that I can't decide, but The Covenant series by Jennifer L. Armentrout is awesome!

JerseyGirl22 said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I really like hunts.

Laura Pauling said...

I love covers! :)

Okay, I got all the letters but this is going to be hard without any clues. :)

FreakChiq said...

Ugh, I suck at unscrambling and without any clues I suck even more. :)

Please enter me if your giveaway is open to international participants.



Llehn said...

Favorite cover is Brenna Yovanoff's The Replacement.


Bwyatt said...

I LOVE covers! I'm much more likely to pick up a book that has a pretty cover. I'm looking at the HALO cover right now, and I think its gorgeous! Thanks for the post and giveaway.

ArtemisG said...

Thanks for the great giveaway! YA Scramble is a great idea and my favorite cover this year is Die for Me By Amy Plum.

artgiote at gmail dot com

mirrormera92 said...

thanks for the giveaway! you all are awesome!

mirrormera92 at aol dot com


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
I love the covers!

ebaker said...

Thanks for this giveaway!! I love both of the covers you were talking about especially wither : )

roro said...

thank you for this giveaway!

rogcaprino [at] hotmail [dot] com

Sara @ Forever 17 Books said...

I love the cover for A Need So Beautiful! And Of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.

Thanks for the giveaway!


Laina said...

(I don't want to be entered in the contest.)

I love this post, but you know, it would have also been nice to see some covers that you didn't like, too, and why. :) Anyways, one of my favourite covers is Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. I love the feathers that go from black to red.

Unknown said...

I'm hear to echo Laina. Also, don't enter me in the contest.

I'd love to see what covers Kaitlin didn't like. I mean, we all don't like covers because of some reason. Why just focus on the positives? That's not accurate.

Like I really don't like the cover for Frost by Marianna Baer. There's too much noise, I think.

So, what covers don't you like?

PJ Hoover said...

Hey Laina and Ashelynn! Thanks for visiting, and thanks for the thoughts! I'm sure Kaitlin would love to post on her blog about what covers she didn't like. I bet she would if you asked her!
Thanks again for visiting :)

Unknown said...

(i totally meant "here" instead of "hear" in that first comment. clearly i should have stayed in bed.)

A little birdie told me that she had included it into her post. It's just somebody deemed it "too negative" for her blog.

Censorship: control over an idea or information.

You rewriting parts of KT's guest post and not wanting her to post the covers she doesn't like: censorship.

This isn't a gang up. It's telling you that you shouldn't have done that to KT. It was her assigned topic. You should have kept the post as is.

Lolawid said...

Great question! One of my least favorite covers is Divergent. I absolutely love the book, but didn't care so much for the cover. My favorite covers have got to be the Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima. They are kind of magical like the books.

Thanks for being part of this giveaway!

widsfam7 @ digis dot net

sablelexi said...

More than once a great cover has led me to a great book. I love some of the ones you mentioned (especially Wither and THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER). My absolute favorite covers though are the hardcover of Leviathan because I think it just looks cool, and The Ruby Key because the artwork and layout just work. There are no trends I like better than others, it really is just a book to book thing. Some books with just a face work, some don't. Sometimes a drawing works, sometimes it doesn't. It just needs to look cool to me.

jlynettes @ hotmail . com

Vivien said...

This is just awesome!! I can't wait to follow the rest :) I love scrambles...

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

ChickLitGirl said...


awesome giveaway!

KT Simpson said...

Hey everybody! Thanks for the comments so far, and I'll have to check out some of your favorite covers!

Also, if you suck at clues, know it has something to do with YA haha ;)

Sonya said...

One of my favorite covers is Graceling by Kristin Cashore.

I am terrible at word scrambles and not sure I found a purple word on one of the blogs besides a name.

Thanks again for the giveaway!
Sonyacullen at gmail

Patricia M said...

What an awesome idea. Thanks for the opportunity :D

patriciamendoza AT gmail DOT com

Nikki said...

I love book covers. I have found some of my favorite books from their lovely covers.

Amanda said...

thanks for the giveaway
amelno at yahoo dot com

Someone else already mentioned Graceling :) I love that cover. Also love the cover of Across the Universe.

Juana said...

Thanks for the chance!

I love nice covers I really like any cover that has the color purple on it. One of the book covers that I think is really pretty is The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen.

The covers that I don't like are covers that have only the title of the book.


Evie said...

I really like the Across the Universe, Fallen and Delirium covers. And I agree about the Wither one. It's really gorgeous!
Thanks a lot for the chance!
by.evie at yahoo dot com dot br

Library Lady said...

My favorite cover right now is After Obsession. I also really like the cover of Carrier of the Mark.

adsanders77 at gmail dot com

Nicole Mainardi said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!! These covers are all so great, but I have to say I love the cover for The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. And the book sounds amazing too!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

The (Mis)Adventures of a College Book Addict said...

I love book covers! Good thing my college major is ok with that :-) Thanks for the giveaway! This is a lot of fun


KR said...

Thanks for hosting this awesome blog event thingy! <3 it!

Unknown said...

this scramble is fun! lovin' it!

Unknown said...

I so hope I win! Then I can finally preorder TFIOS!


Khyla said...

Awesome giveaway and unscramble event!


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Sophia Chang said...
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Sophia Chang said...

(oops so hard I couldn't even leave my email! :P)

oh my goodness. This is probably the hardest giveaway I've ever entered. ::deep breath:: here goes!

sophiathewriter at gmail

Getting Your Read On said...

A good cover can really draw you to a book. I'm always telling my kids not to judge a book by it's cover, but I find myself doing it too. Thanks for the givaway!

brandonaimee At gmail dot com

Diana said...

This sounds like such a fun event! will definitely partake :) Thanks for hosting and the giveaway.


TheGirlOnFire said...
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Anki said...

Thanks for the great giveaway and fun hop! :)


Jana said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win♥