Spring YA Suspense ARC Bundle Giveaway!

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We love a good mystery, don’t you? There have been some great YA titles released this spring, so we’re celebrating by giving you a chance to win some of the books that are getting lots of buzz!

April Henry, Barry Lyga, Carol Lynch Williams, I Hunt Killers, Night She Disappeared, Miles from Ordinary

The Prizes:

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Miles from Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams
The Night She Disappeared by April Henry

We did a mini-tour for The Night She Disappeared, by the way, so check out Rachel’s, Arlene’s, Crystal’s reviews if you’d like to see their reactions. We’ll have a review round-up for the mini-tour we did for I Hunt Killers soon, too.

Enter the Giveaway!

All you have to do is use the Rafflecopter form to leave your email address AND leave us a comment below telling us what your favorite mystery/suspense novel is. You’ll also get extra entries for sharing the post on Facebook, pinning it on Pinterest, etc. And yes, this contest is open internationally. Good luck!

Our sincere thanks to Macmillan Teen, St. Martin’s Press, and Little Brown for their genorosity in furnishing the prizes.

I Hunt Killers, Barry Lyga, Miles from Ordinary, The Night She Disappeared

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124 Responses to “Spring YA Suspense ARC Bundle Giveaway!”

  1. Cayce

    My favorites are the books by Agatha Christie, especially the ones with Poirot :)
    And I also love the Bernard Rhodenbarr series by Lawrence Block.
    Thank you for the awesome giveaway! :)

  2. Unabridged Bookshelf

    Would it be sad to say anything Nancy Drew? I know that there are scary mysteries out there, and they are children’s books. They just hold a special place in my heart, because those mysteries got me reading. I think they will always be my favorite.

  3. fishgirl182

    maybe the silence of the lambs? i remember it being very creepy. thanks for the giveaway. i am dying to read i hunt killers!

  4. Birgit

    I really love the Aurora Teagarden mysteries by Charlaine Harris – quirky heroine, fun and keeps you guessing which a mystery should!

  5. Valia Lind

    Nothing YA so far! I like Michael Connolly and Robert Ludwig, I really need to get my hands on more YA thriller/mystery.

  6. Stephanie H.

    Hmm, I don’t think I read very many! I read Ultraviolet and The Name of the Star recently and those were good :)

  7. Enbrethiliel


    Your question makes me realise that I don’t read as many Mysteries as I’d like! The Arm of the Starfish by Madeleine L’Engle is an old YA Suspense novel that I discovered as a teen and that still managed to keep me on the edge of my seat although I knew from the beginning who the good guys were.

    I’ve actually given myself a special reading project called “Young Detectives”, in which I read and review Detective Stories written for Middle Grade and Young Adult readers. I haven’t got very far, though. =P The next novel I have lined up is The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd, and I’m hoping it becomes a favourite. =)

    Thanks for this chance to win some great ARCs!

  8. Stephanie Verhaegen

    I like this dutch writer Helen Vreeswijk’s books. They’re very exciting eventhough it’s in dutch and I normally read english books.

  9. Caroline

    I am incredibly old school, so as far as YA mystery/thrillers go, I never get tired of Nancy Drew. Low stakes sometimes, and definitely hit/miss, but… It’s Nancy. I definitely prefer the older ones, though.

  10. wdwebdev

    My absolute favorite mystery/thriller series is the “Mistress of the Art of Death” series by Ariana Franklin.

  11. tellingmelies

    Favorite mystery/suspense? Oh wow, I don’t even know. I was a huge fan of Stephen King for awhile, but then I found YA (yes, I did it backward haha). I loved Ruined by Paula Morris.

  12. Kelly L.

    How about Possession by AS Byatt. It’s not a traditional “mystery” but there’s a huge mystery element in the search for the secret lives of the poets.

    • Wendy Darling

      IMAGINARY GIRLS was one of my favorite books last year! I hope we get more news about the author’s next book soon, her inspiration board on Pinterest is pretty creepy and beautiful.

  13. Cillian Beyond Birthday

    Hi Wendy!
    Regarding mystery novels, I choose “Bag of Bones” by Stephen King and “And There Were None” by Agatha Christie.
    Stephen King is mostly categorized as “horror”, but many of his novels, IMO, are supernatural mysteries; Bag of Bones is one of them. There’s also Hearts in Atlantis (one of my favorite books by him) that has some supernatural elements, but it’s not necessarily horror.
    Anyways, thank you for doing this!

    • Blythe Harris

      Stephen King is my favorite author of all time. I loved Bag of Bones, but my favorite book by him is It, then The Shining then 11/22/63. Most people are shocked that The Stand isn’t in my top three, but it’s #4. I think Bag of Bones may be #5. Did you watch the mini-series? I was going to but I heard it was horrible so I deleted it off my DVR. If I ever have the urge to watch it, it’s on Netflix.

  14. Arlene

    I really enjoyed the Wake Series by Lisa McMann and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. Thank you for letting me read the ARC for The Night She Disappeared. It was great! So I’m dying to try the other two.

    Thanks so much for hosting this give-away. :)


  15. Skyla

    I used to love the Clue books because I was always really goo at figuring out who done it.

  16. Proserpine

    Hi! Thanks for this giveaway! I really enjoy Katy Reich mystery/thriller! A lot of them are taking place in Montreal, where I live so it’s pretty nice!


  17. Jeanz

    I like Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard as just when you think you have worked out who “A” is something happens to tell you its not that person at all and keeps you guessing! My daughter got me into these books too

  18. Maggie

    I really enjoyed Fury by Shirley Marr. I love the murder mystery as well as psychological aspect of it, all set in high school.

  19. Rachel

    Hi Wendy. Thanks for the mention up there! April’s book the Night She Disappeared was a great mystery/suspense read.

    I think some of my all-time favorite come from the queen of mystery: Agatha Christie. Sleeping Murder, The Hollow, and of course The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (she was so tricky in that one!)

    But a modern mystery series I loved was from Lisa Gardner. Quincy and Rainie in The Third Victim was really good!

    • Wendy Darling

      I’m glad you were able to participate in the mini-tour! And I love that so many people have mentioned Agatha Christie as their faves. It just goes to show how the oldies are still goodies. :)

      I’ve enjoyed the LG books, too–my sister is currently making her way through them!

  20. Ellisa

    My experience in this genre is actually, you can say, limited. I read a lot of Sidney Sheldon’s books and Agatha Christie’s ones, but still I think I don’t have an adequate experience with this genre since I have only read books written by those two authors, which explains why I can’t really pick, as it’ll do injustice to other mystery/thriller authors. But I love Sheldon’s books!

  21. Kelly

    What’s your favorite mystery/thriller and why?

    I don’t really read a lot of books that I consider to fall just under mystery or thriller. Seems like there is always some other prominent element involved. However, I love the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs. Each book in the series always has elements of both a mystery & thriller.

  22. Emily

    Anything by Lisa McMann and the Newflesh trilogy by Mira Grant.
    I love them so muchhhh!

    Thanks so much!

  23. Blissfulrains

    I honestly haven’t read many mystery/thrillers, so I think I might have to go with the classic Westing Game. I loved it as a kid, and I really still do! (:

  24. greenduckiesgirl

    I loved Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys when I was actually a young adult. The Secret Adversary and Partners in Crime are my two favorite Agatha Christie books. My favorite mystery suspense series is the JD Robb In Death books – especially since I get my sf fix as well.

  25. Desiree

    My favorite mystery/suspense is Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk. I also really loved thirteen reasons why by Jay Asher but I’m not sure if that one’s considered suspense or not.
    Thanks for the giveaway and good luck with the IBBA’s. I’ll be voting for you!

  26. Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings

    I am still smacking my head, how did I not get I Hunt Killers, so up my alley. As far as fav mystery book, I don’t know right off. I did recently enjoy the Vanishing Game. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  27. Leannessf

    I don’t normally read mystery, but I have to go with Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – just finished it and loved it!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  28. Agnieszka Nashi

    When I was younger – around middle grade – I used to love reading Stephen King’s books. I was such a lovely child. Now I’m making up for that time, reading mostly YA… ;D

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  29. Estelle

    I haven’t read a mystery/thriller in the longest time but I heard Barry Lyga read from I Hunt Killers this past weekend and I have to say, I was intrigued. When I was younger I used to love love Nancy Drew and Mary Higgins Clark if that counts. I’m not sure why I stopped reading those… Great giveaway! Just discovered your blog and looking forward to catching up in my reader.

    – Estelle from RatherBeReadingBlog.com

  30. starryeyedjen

    Great giveaway! I’m not entering because I already have I Hunt Killers waiting on my shelf, and I honestly don’t need to add the others to it, but they all sound great!

  31. Book Sake

    I think one of my recent faves is The Professionals. It was great how the “bad guys” were the ones I was rooting for, which is an odd thing with kidnappings!

    – Jessica @ Book Sake

  32. Owl In A Cloak

    I don’t as such have a favourite (I never do) so I’ll just name the last mystery/thriller I really liked which was Crooked House by Agatha Christie. AMAZINGAMAZINGAMAZING! It’s the classic expect-the-unexpected !

    • Wendy Darling

      I do like Agatha Christie! She has so many though, that it’s hard to figure out which ones to pick up. Thanks for pointing me towards that one. :)

  33. Melliane

    thanks for the giveaway! I think I would say the Douglas preston and Lincoln child series, it’s really amazing, a lot of good ideas in it.

  34. Krista

    I’ve always loved Dean Koontz. I haven’t read any of his books in awhile, but he remains a favorite author of mine.

  35. Koll

    Well. I’m not entirely sure if it can be called a thriller/mystery or not so don’t hate me if I’m wrong. But I did enjoy The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. One of the things that made it good was the fact that it wasn’t just from one POV.

  36. Jasprit

    I love Kate Atkinson’s When will there be good news, I found it to be a really gripping read, but it’s a really serious book though and so because I love some humour mixed with the mystery Janet Evanovich’s book are always fun to pick up too! Thanks for the giveaway Wendy! :)

  37. Fara

    OMG!!! That’s like easy. It’s totally The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. It was written beautifully and I practically read it overnight! And it’s also because of Noah Shaw. *sigh* *Noah* =D

  38. Jennifer L. Bielman

    I can’t think of my fav Thriller/Mystery but I know I would love to read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I heard that one is a lot of people’s favs.

  39. Erin W.

    My favourite mystery . . . anything Nancy Drew. The classics! But I also loved The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Thanks for the giveaway!

  40. Zoe

    I have only started to get into mystery novels but I have enjoyed Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday a lot and anxiously waiting for Social Suicide to come out.

  41. Rachel @ Unforgettable Books

    My favorite mystery I read is ordeal by innocence by agatha Christie! My favorite mystery I listened to by audiobook is a book I nicknamed creepy book, Door to December by dean kootz!

  42. Baggins

    I absolutely adore The Agency series by YS Lee, and I also loved The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison!

    • Baggins

      I forgot ‘why’…The Agency because Mary Quinn is awesome and they’re such addictive reads, and The Butterfly Clues because it was so tense, trying to figure it all out, and I loved how it all came together with links to Lo and her brother!

  43. Michelle

    I have two: Mary Stewart’s Moonspinners, and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler
    by E.L. Konigsburg because they were my firsts and started me on my love of mysteries!

  44. Doodle

    I haven’t read a lot of books in the mystery/thriller genre, but I’ve been looking into reading a few recently.

  45. Reve @ YA-Books.com

    Those all look fantastic! I’m fairly new to the mystery/thriller genre as a whole, so I can’t really say I have a favourite yet. But I’ve taken note of the recommendations on the comments here, so I’ll be sure to check them out!

  46. Vegan YA Nerds

    My most recent fave mystery is Fury by Shirley Marr and as for mystery/thrillers I used to read a lot Patricia Cornwall/Michael Connolly but I don’t have the time any more.

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  47. Bonnie Regan

    I’m a huge fan of Jeffery Deaver but my favorite book ever would be Perfume by Patrick Suskind. He’s such an amazing writer. :)

  48. twistingthelens

    That’s a tough one! I suppose recently I have really liked ‘The Expats’ by Chris Pavone. However, I am a Sherlock Holmes girl at heart. The classic mystery still holds up today.

  49. Sam

    Ahh, I can’t seem to think of one! I’m not sure what my FAVOURITE is, but I did really enjoy The Book of Blood and Shadow, Glimmer, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, and more recently, Unravelling! Loved that book! :)

    Thank you for the fab giveaway. :)

  50. Lynn K.

    I haven’t read any mystery/thriller books in awhile. Not mainly anyway, probably just a dash of m/t in the ones I’ve read. I’m definitely looking forward to I Hunt Killers though.

  51. Maree

    I have read a few different types of mysteries, but I think my favourite has to be The Shadow In The North by Phillip Pullman which I picked up on a whim at the library. As yet I haven’t read the other books in the series, but I am planning to finish them this year :) It was a wonderful mystery set in Victorian England with a marvellous and heartbreaking twist at the end. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time :)

    Maree @ Maree’s Musings

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, I loved the first Sally Lockhard mystery when I read it as a teenager, Maree! I think I may have to reread that again this year. I love Philip Pullman, too.

  52. Megan

    I don’t read a lot of mystery/thrillers, since it seems hardly anyone publishes a mystery/thriller anymore, but Pretty Little Liars wasn’t too bad. Thirteen Reasons Why was alright, too.

  53. Lexie

    Honestly? >_> I have a really awful time remembering, so I’m just going to say one that I am about 30 pages from finishing and completely i love with: A Million Suns. It’s as much a mystery/thriller as a sci-fi, and it’s absolutely incredible. The writing, the characters, and the crazy, ridiculously complex plot–high levels of awesome. I love it.

  54. Savannah Valdez

    My favorite thriller is one I just read called Ripper. I was surprised that I enjoyed it so much since I am not into thrillers very much.

    • Wendy Darling

      I remember seeing your tweet about it, Savvy! I can’t wait to read that one, it sounds like it’s right up my alley. :)

  55. Nicole

    Hmm actually Across the Universe by Beth Revis is like a mystery/thriller. It seems like there’s a crazy surprise every chapter! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  56. Chey

    I don’t read many mystery/thrillers so I’d have to say The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer :)

  57. Lena

    I love Nancy Drew but Untraceable by S.R. Johannes is a great mystery thriller!!!!! SO good!!!

  58. Steph

    Thanks for the great giveaway! I love suspense/thrillers. One of my favorites is Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn!

  59. Christina

    Probably The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. It’s a classic for a reason; it’s just so well-written and creepy. If you haven’t read it, you definitely should!

    • Wendy Darling

      I have had that on my TBR list forever, Christina! I actually can’t believe I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Thanks for the reminder. :)

  60. Becca H

    I love love loved the Wake series by Lisa McMann. It just had such a different, fresh writing style that I read them ALL in a day and a half.

  61. Janina

    When it comes to mystery, I very much enjoy reading Skandinavian authors. I really like Henning Mankell’s novels and also Stieg Larsson’s trilogy … I actually haven’t read that many YA mystery books, but I’m looking forward to changing that ;).

  62. Sandra

    My favorite mystery series is the Haunted Guesthouse series by EJ Copperman -they’re so much fun to read!

  63. ♥Iffath

    I loooove Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James and Entangled by Cat Clarke–really thrilling and hit me hard!

  64. Debbie

    I love Mara Dyer and the Sookie Stackhouse series because they always have great suspense and male leads to die for!

  65. Joanna

    Ohhhh these look exciting!

    My favourite mystery is definitely The Alienist by Caleb Carr, it pushes my every crime fiction button.

  66. Amy

    I love Mystery and Thrillers. I really enjoyed The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, I also read The Night She Disappeared and I enjoyed it, but wish there had been more actual mystery to it. I grew up loving Dean Koontz. He writes amazing Thrillers!!

  67. Sizzling Reads

    My favorite young-adult mystery/thriller would probably have to be The Weeping by O’Dell Hutchison! Adult mystery/thrillers? Anything by Tess Gerritsen, Leonard Goldberg and Lisa Gardner. They’re amazing writers!
    Thank you for this giveaway!

    Shana @ Sizzling Reads

  68. Kappi

    To pick one title is very hard for me. I love Mary Higgins Clark, Jonathan Kellerman, James Patterson to name a few authors. Mystery/ suspense is one of my favorite genres.

    Thank you so much for this giveaway!!

  69. kim

    As a child, I was really haunted by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s Jade Green. So that’s my pick!

  70. Tiffany

    Recently read, He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not, by Lena Diaz. It was a great read. Also love anything by Nina Bruhns.

  71. ahz1

    Favorite mystery – hmmm…I used to read mysteries a long time ago. Maybe Faye Kellerman’s Peter Decker series…Old favorite.

  72. Willinda

    I really love Millenium by Stieg Larsson. It´s mystery, thriller and for me kind of horror, but I really like it. I have read all the three books in like two days and it was absolutely epic!
    -Hanka Trskova

  73. Missie, The Unread Reader

    I’m racking my little brain trying to come up with something… eeeeeek. Um….

    I guess I’m gonna go with the Fever series by KMM. I mean, it’s a mix of everything, UF, thriller, mystery, romance. Highly addictive!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  74. Gisele

    I have only read I’m legend by Richard Matheson but it was fantastic and the movie too!

  75. heavenisabookstore

    Probably Sookie Stackhouse series even though it’s more of a scifi. It could be seen as a mystery/thriller since it was suspenseful and has lots of questionable characters.