spring giveaway: scifi & contemporary bundles

March 21, 2014 2014, giveaway, Wendy 123

spring giveaway 2014


Happy spring, everyone! As the weather turns warmer, I always feel like celebrating, and here on the blog we like to do that with some big giveaways. But first, some housekeeping.

A few updates from us:

    • We’re working on a super fun project with a group of amaaaazing authors that we’re very excited about. We just got the first submission in and we’re wriggling in our seats over how awesome this thing is going to be! We’re aiming to reveal this towards the end of April, so stay tuned for some deliriously fun shenanigans.


    • Are you all ready to fall in love with the charmingly retro read we’ve picked for our March book discussion? Beverly Cleary’s YA books aren’t nearly as well known as her MG, and that needs to change! If you think you can join the discussion of The Luckiest Girl on March 28th (that’s one week from today), I will personally send copies to at least a couple of people who tell me so below.


  • Please vote for our April discussion book, too! You can do that right at the top of the page on the sidebar. It’s been fascinating to watch how Anne of Green Gables and A Wrinkle in Time keep edging each other out, with poor Harriet the Spy lagging far behind. I actually thought Harriet would be the one people picked, but I’m happy with any of these three books. So far 179 readers have voted, which is AWESOME.


divider vine croppedOkay, on to the big giveaway!

We’re offering up  4 different bundles of new and upcoming YA releases that you’ve probably heard a lot about recently. These are mostly ARCS, but there are some pretty hardcover copies as well. The title links will take you to GoodReads, where you can learn more about the books and add it to your databases.

scifi bundle

Science Fiction Bundle

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci
Burn Out by Kristi Helvig
Control by Lydia Kang

lighthearted contemp
Lighthearted Contemporary Bundle

Being Sloane Jacobs by Lauren Morrill
Don’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
Road Rash by Mark Huntley Parsons


realistic fiction bundleRealistic Fiction Bundle

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor
And We Stay by Jennifer Hubbard
The Tyrant’s Daughter by J.C. Carleson
Goodbye Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell

dystopian apocalyptic

Dystopian/Utopian/Apocalyptic Bundle

The Rule of Three by Eric Walters + whistle
Acid by Emma Pass
Landry Park by Bethany Hagen


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How to Enter the Giveaways

All you have to do to enter is to leave your name and email in the Rafflecopter form, and leave a thoughtful comment below telling us which bundle(s) you’re most interested in winning and why. Remember, if you’re open to receiving more than one or all of them, your chances definitely improve. Open to US/Canadian residents aged 18 and up, or 13 and up with parental permission, see entry form for complete rules. 4 different winners will be chosen for the bundles.

Don’t forget that you may earn extra entries for tweeting or sharing on Pinterest/Tumblr/Facebook, etc! Feel free to grab the button above.

If you want a copy of The Luckiest Girl…well, this isn’t really a contest. I really, really want people to try out Beverly Cleary’s YA, so I’m gifting at least 2 Kindle copies to US residents on good faith to those who think they can make a reasonable dent in the book and discuss it with us next Friday, March 28th. Just leave a comment below telling me if you’re interested along with your email, and I’ll pick a couple of people within the next day or so. I already randomly gave away one ebook on Twitter and am feeling super generous these days, so you might as well take advantage while you can. ;) ETA: I’m limiting this to either regular visitors to this blog whose names I recognize, or those with established profiles I can easily find online. Handing these out is solely at my discretion, though I very much hope to do so to those who qualify.

So…are you in the mood for scifi or dystopians or romantic contemporaries or more serious realistic fiction? Tell us below. Hope you all are having a lovely spring so far!

Advance reading copies were provided by the publishers for the physical books in this giveaway. E-copies of The Luckiest Girl are gifted from The Midnight Garden.

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123 Responses to “spring giveaway: scifi & contemporary bundles”

  1. Shania

    Distopian bundle or even the scifi bundle! I’ve really been loving books like Legend, Divergent, Hunger Games, Slated therefore the dystopian bundle seems perfect!
    However, my love for scifi is going out of control! I’ve read Across the universe, Obsidian, Alienated and now I’m reading These Broken Stars and I just can’t get enough! oh my, I’m going a little book crazy.

  2. Keisha

    I need the Realistic Fiction bundle because I am actually getting tired of reading dystopian/science fiction/horror

  3. Rachel H.

    I’ve been getting super excited about YA sci-fi lately, but haven’t gotten my hands on any yet, so I’d me most excited to win the bundle including Tin Star!

  4. Ashley

    I’m really interested in winning the science fiction bundle. First of all because I adore sci fi, especially of the young adult edition. Also, I’d really like to read Control because a ton of booktubers read it in a monthly read along and I wasn’t able to get my hands on it and I’d love to be able to read it now.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  5. Michelle

    Hmm.. I’d have to say romantic contemporaries or the sci-fi bundle! They all look awesome, though! :0

    • Michelle

      To add onto my comment, I really want these books because I normally never win any contests or receive ARCs, so it will mean a lot to me if I have an ARC copy of some book before everyone else did. Plus, science fiction and romantic contemporaries are two of some of my favourite genres! :)
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  6. Alyn

    I would like the Science Fiction bundle because of all the bundles you listed, that is the genre that appeals to me the most. I thought of a really lame reason, but I decided not to write it because even just thinking about it now gives me this look like “what?”.

  7. Harleen Kaur

    OMG so excited for the Sci-Fi Bundle because of Plus One!!! It sounds sooo good and, I mean, look at that amazing cover.

  8. starryeyedjen

    Shenanigans? Super fun project? Amaaaaazing group of authors? Color me intrigued. Can’t wait for the end of April to find out what you’re planning! :) I’m thinking I’d probably most enjoy the Science Fiction bundle, followed closely by the Lighthearted Contemporary bundle. :)
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  9. Peyton

    I would be happy to win any of these bundles, but the two I am most interested in are the sci-fi and dystopian bundles. I’m interested in those because dystopias are the YA fiction of my heart and sci-fi is fast becoming my new love. The sci-fi also has, in my opinion, the prettiest covers, and I am shallow like that. Either way I will be reading all these new books!
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  10. Thomas

    I’d love to win the Realistic Fiction bundle, because I’m in need of some YA realistic fiction lately. I haven’t read anything by Melissa Kantor and Maybe One Day looks superb – a tearjerker and a complex story about friendship. Still, I’d be open to receiving any of the bundles if selected; the more books the better! Superb giveaway by the way, the connections and resources required for this is quite impressive.
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  11. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    All of the bundles have at least one book I’d love to read – so it’s just impossible for me to choose at all. I’ll say like Winnie the Pooh : yes, please both (or: all of the above, as may be).

    I’m so happy spring has arrived, even if I could possible enter a sneezing competition because of the pollen, but that’s OK, it’s sunny, it’s warming up, and soon, I’ll be able to wear shoes without socks again :D

    Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway! Good luck to everybody.
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  12. Christine T

    The Sci-Fi bundle looks the most interesting to me. Burn Out is already on my to-read list and after reading the synopsis of the other 3 novels, I wouldn’t mind reading those as well.

  13. Heidi D

    I’d consider myself lucky to win any of the bundles. I love books. I don’t discriminate, lol. At least one (or more) of the books in each of the bundles are on my to be read list. I love science fiction because of the world building. I enjoy contemporary because it allows me to connect more with the characters. The same can be said about realistic fiction. I can easily relate to the characters and situations. I find dystopian novels fascinating for their doomsday type scenarios.

  14. Belinda

    I would LOVE the Science Fiction or Dystopian/Utopian/Apocalyptic bundles. These are two of my favorite YA genres and I have been meaning to read Control for a while. The SciFi covers look beautiful, especially Plus One. I have always been a big fan of Dystopia (The Hunger Games, Legend, Divergent, and The Darkest Minds series hold spots 2-5 in my Top 5 favorite series of all time. They’re all behind Harry Potter which is at #1) and Utopian/Apocalyptic are also favorites of mine. I have high standards for these books though so I hope they live up to it! I would also like to win the Realistic Fiction bundle because I have had my eye on The Tyrant’s Daughter for a very long time. Maybe One Day also sounds like an interesting book. I love when a book focuses on friendships and not just relationships.

  15. Darith L.

    I’m gravitated toward the Realistic Fiction bundle. I think I’m at a point where I’m just overwhelmed with all the dystopian/sci-fi, action books. They are all starting to become too much. I’m ready to get back to a good dose of reality. :D

  16. Kelley

    I’m very interested in all of the books in the realistic fiction bundle. They’ve been on my radar for awhile and I’d love to read all four.

  17. Camille

    I really like the science fiction, realistic fiction, AND the dystopian bundles! Particularly the science fiction because Control seems really good. But dystopian novels are also my current obsession. No matter how over-saturated the market might be with these dystopian and apocalyptic books, I still can’t resist a great controlling government and/or struggles for survival. If I look at all the books I’m currently reading or have recently read, nearly every single one of them is futuristic or dystopian in some way (and yes, I count a novel about North Korea in this because -of course – a real-life dystopian society).

    This giveaway is great, by the way. I love how they’re in bundles!
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  18. Amanda R.

    I teach high school biology and I serve on our “literacy” committee. It’s our job to preview and recommend four or five books that our students can choose from for their summer read. They will present projects, etc. based on those books in August when we return to school. We’ve really increased the enthusiasm for reading by choosing books like Wonder, The Fault in Our Stars, The Hunger Games and last summer’s Divergent. I would love to have ANY of these bundles to read/review and share with my committee, finding books that really grab the YA audience can be tricky since there are so many out there!

    BTW, I really enjoy your blog! Found you via your Amazon reviews & Goodreads.
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  19. Alison

    I’m definitely most intrigued by the sci-fi bundle, but the lighthearted contemporary also look good.

  20. Emma Castro

    I’m torn between the sci fi and the dystopian bundles. Both seem like fantastic bundles and like books I would want to read!

  21. Angela

    I would love to win either the Science Fiction or Dystopian bundles, because all of the books sound amazing!

  22. Angela

    I would love to win either the Science Fiction or Dystopian bundle, because all of the books sound amazing! Plus I’ve been dying to read Control!

  23. Yusra

    Dystopian/Utopian/Apocalyptic Bundle and the Sci-fi bundle sound amazing, I’ve been seeing a lot of hype for Landry Park on goodreads and Control on book tube, I’m currently reading the 2nd book in the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy series and would love to get into more sci-fi books, then again my love for dystopian is equally tied. Ah! So hard to pick but I’m grateful for the chance!

  24. Victoria Ball

    First I want to thank you for this giveaway!

    I’m personally more interested in the scifi and dystopian bundles, but I also enjoy reading realistic fiction and contemporary romances and would like to read more of them, so I’m going to say I’m interested in all of the bundles!!

  25. Michelle Lee

    I would definitely pick the Realistic Fiction Bundle because I’ve always wanted to read Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor & And We Stay by Jennifer Hubbard! Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway! :)

  26. Rebecca

    I’d love to win any one of these bundles, but I’m mostly interested in the dystopian bundle, because Landry Park has been on my wishlist for a while. ACID sounds super interesting as well.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. sherry butcher

    Oh, i would love the SiFi bundle. I usually read Sifi then share with others like a libray or shelder.

  28. Jasprit

    Oh I can’t wait to see what this fun project will be about Wendy! I don’t know how I’m going to wait all the way until April for it though, I am like the most impatient person ever!!! All I know is that it will be all kinds of awesomeness! :)
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  29. bethany

    Appreciate the giveaways y’all do in an effort to share the goodies you get from publishers!

    Am curious about Fama’s newest, and have a feeling I’ll like SLOANE JACOBS despite some negative reviews… what can I say, I’m easy to please ;)

    Also!! I borrowed THE LLUCKIEST GIRL from the library but will likely make a bigger dent in it if I have an ebook to read on my phone wherever I go… *hint hint* ;)
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  30. Kate

    I find myself interested in the realistic bundle, even though I tend to be more of a scifi and dystopian girl myself. I’ve started ardently reading and reviewing all sorts of YA in prep for a possible teen librarian job and all of these look fabulous. I love the reviews here and these giveaways are just great.
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  31. Katherine Bush

    I’ve not heard of any of these books, actually (I know, I fail). I am a wide-ranging YA genre reader, so I’m venturing to guess I’d enjoy any of these bundles! But I’m going to go with the realistic fiction bundle or the sci-fi bundle! It’s always so exciting to read books without any preconceived notions of what will be in store for me.

  32. Kaniesha @ Deux Lectrices

    I’m mostly interested in the science fiction bundle – heavily biased to scifi in general but the realistic fiction bundle looks cool too. Not usually something I’d pick but I’m trying to branch out and broaden my horizons and all that.

    Thanks for the giveaway! Looking forward to the big thing happening in April. I hope everything goes smoothly!

  33. Amber

    How generous of you!!! The Contemporary and Realistic bundle looks like it’s right up my alley!

  34. Danielle Richardson

    I am VERY interested in the Sci-Fi bundle! I’ve been trying to read more books in this genre ever since I read The 5th Wave (which I LOVED), and I’ve been hearing some great things about Control by Lydia Kang. The realistic fiction bundle would probably be the next best one for me, especially because it contains Maybe One Day, which I’ve been wanting to read for some time. The dystopian bundle looks great too, but I already have Landry Park on my shelf (though I haven’t read it yet) so I’m going to avoid that one. It seems like almost everyone here is most interested in the Sci-Fi bundle as well… You’ve all got great taste! :P

  35. Natasha

    I would love the Science Fiction bundle because I can’t wait to read all the ones in that bundle, especially Plus One.
    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  36. Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia

    Normally I’d be all over the dystopian books, but I have all three of those checked out from the library right now! Gotta get my butt in gear to read them. So, I’d go with the sci-fi books. Of those, I’ve only read Tin Star, and I’m most looking forward to Plus One.
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    • Wendy Darling

      Well, I’m easily going to be spending at least $50 out of my own pocket on just this one giveaway already, so making this international really wasn’t an option. While we do have an international giveaway for THE RING AND THE CROWN going on right now, I’ve had to severely cut back on the overall number we do after seeing bills rack up in past years.

      I know you didn’t necessarily mean for your comment to make me feel guilty, but every time I see a sadface comment about international giveaways, please understand that it makes me feel pretty awful about having to exclude our friends overseas.

  37. Samantha Wallace

    I am interested in winning the Science Fiction bundle because they look they are really great books to read!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  38. Sydney

    I really like the Realistic Fiction, Sci-Fi, and Dystopian/Utopian/Post Apocalyptic bundles. I’ve really wanted to get my hands on Landry Park and Control but I think Maybe One Day is the one that excites me the most! I really hope to win one of these awesome prizes! Thanks for the AMAZING giveaway!
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    • Wendy Darling

      So basically, you’re up for anything that isn’t a potential downer, right? hee hee. I’m in that mood myself, so I can’t fault you for that!

  39. may

    I love all of them actually! :) The light-hearted contemp. is my favorite though.

  40. Erin

    I think I would love to win the Dystopian bundle but I don’t know I am eyeballing that SciFi bundle pretty hard! Either would be fantastic, wonderful giveaway idea by the way :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Hah, sounds like you’re firmly in the die hard scifi fan camp. I am, too!

      We did a big spring giveaway last year as well–maybe we’ll make this an annual thing. :)

  41. E

    I’d love to win the realistic fiction bundle! It sounds awesome. And I’m trying to get hold of a copy of The Luckiest Girl so I can read it by Friday. How does the discussion work? I’ve never done one before – do you use an instant messaging program or what? Just wondering how I could get involved…

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    • Wendy Darling

      Hi E! Basically, you just read the book and then come visit us on Friday, March 28th. We will have posted a discussion between us Midnight Garden girls about the book, and we’ll be chatting with you about it in the comments section. And by chat, I really do mean we DO have a conversation with you about how you felt about the book, we don’t just post and run. I know you visited The Golden Compass discussion we did–it will work just like that one. Let me know if you have specific questions.

  42. Elena

    I desperately want that sci-fi bundle. I’ve been on a huge sci-fi kick lately, and I know I’ve mentioned before how freaking sweet the emerging YA sci-fi trend is. The lighthearted contemporary one looks fun too.
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    • Wendy Darling

      I KNOW, I’m so happy with this surge in YA scifi. There have been some really good ones in the past year or so, too.

  43. Ashley D.

    Thanks for the great giveaway! Lots of good books to choose from… Plenty of these are already on my tbr list, and I’ve been dying to get my hands on Plus One and Burn Out in particular. :) So I’d definitely have to say I’m most interested in the Sci-Fi bundle, but the Dystopian one looks awesome too.

    • Wendy Darling

      I’m glad to hear so many of these titles are already on your TBR list! Hope they find their way to you soon one way or another. :)

  44. Ann

    Realistic Fiction Bundle would be my pick. The bundle has some of the books I’m really looking forward to reading Maybe One Day and The Tyrant’s Daughter.

    • Wendy Darling

      Both those books have been getting a lot of buzz–I haven’t read them myself yet, but the premises are pretty interesting.

    • Wendy Darling

      Aw, Brenda! <3 Thank you, we're very excited about this project! Look forward to sharing that, and to chatting with you next week about THE LUCKIEST GIRL. Then I can finally come visit your review, too! I'm so glad you're doing the challenge with us.

  45. Stephanie T.

    I like the Science Fiction bundle. Plus One and Tin Star are on my TBR, and I haven’t heard of Control or Burn Out yet, but they seem interesting. The Dystopian bundle looks appealing too, if only because I want to read Landry Park, not that the other books don’t look appealing, but I just haven’t heard or read much about them.

    • Wendy Darling

      So many people excited about the scifi bundles! There’s been such a surge in YA sci lately so I guess it’s not a surprise. I hope you’ll add the other titles to your TBR list if they interest you.

  46. Megan Thibault

    I’d love to read The Luckiest Girl Alive. I haven’t read any of her YA books and it sounds really really good – which I desperately need. The last few books I’ve read have just been OK. I just finished a book so I can definitely finish it by the 28th.

    All of the bundles look amazing and I’d be happy to win any of them! The dystopian bundle is the most enticing since I have all of them on my TBR list.

    Such an amazing giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!

    • Megan Thibault

      Oops…suppose to be The Luckiest Girl. I added a word

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, I should have added that the dystopian/utopian/apocalyptic bundle comes with a RULE OF THREE emergency whistle! Shoot, I’ll try to do that tomorrow.

  47. Amy

    The science fiction bundle would be my top choice I really want to read Plus One , Burn Out and Control. I already read Tin Star and didn’t like it. My second choice would be the realistic fiction bundle because all of the books look great . Really all of the bundles are great though. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

    • Wendy Darling

      I liked parts of TIN STAR, but I was left wanting more from other parts, too, so…I get that reaction. I hope you’ll like the other books on your list better!

    • Wendy Darling

      Isn’t that Jennifer Hubbard cover so pretty, too? I want those tights. But you know, she’s shivering, and obviously it’s because she’s not wearing a coat in the snow. WHERE IS HER COAT? Silly girl.

  48. Paige G

    The Lighthearted Contemporary bundle! All of them sound really cute and I need something cute and light to fully welcome Spring in!

  49. Sashana

    I’m literally salivating over all the books listed in this giveaway. I’ve got my eye set on the Lighthearted Contemporary Bundle and I’m ready to tweet daily!

    • Wendy Darling

      Literally salivating?! I demand to see photographic evidence. :P I’m glad you’re excited for the giveaway, though!

  50. Sarah F

    Would love to take home the Science Fiction Bundle. So anxious to get my hands on Plus One and Tin Star! What a great contest…thanks so much!

    • Wendy Darling

      It’s so funny how I ended up with so many scifi and fiction bundles. There are so many good ones publishing right now, though! Good luck with your entry.

  51. Christina @ My Life In Books

    I’d LOVE the Science Fiction bundle but I’d also enjoy the Dystopian/Utopian/Apocalyptic Bundle! Plus One, Tin Star, and Control are already on my Goodreads to-be-read shelf along with Laundry Park. I’d be over the moon if I won either bundle because they sound like such great stories. I’ve been on a sci-fi/dystopian kick lately but haven’t really found a great book to immerse myself in since….well….reading Divergent last year *le gasp* I need a good page-turning adventure right now and I think these are JUST the thing!
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    • Wendy Darling

      Ooo, I just saw the DIVERGENT film with Kate today–are you going to see it? We’re discussing here on the blog on Monday!

      I love scifi too, so…good choice, good choice. Both of those really fall under scifi, btw, but I had to figure out how to break up the bundles, hah.

    • Wendy Darling

      We’re lucky to have publisher contacts, so we really do try to share the love as much as we can, Marianne. :) Good luck with your entry!

  52. Vivien

    I as well am very eager to see what you guys have cooking up!!! You really do some of my favorite things here :D Unfortunately, I cannot commit to The Luckiest Girl at this time. I have a couple of stressful weeks. But I’ll for sure be reading the discussions along the way. I prefer the Science Fiction bundle but am open to all.

    • Wendy Darling

      Hee, thank you, Vivien! You are going to LOVE this thing. I love this thing so hard. It’s a little naughty, which is kind of fun. :D

      No worries on LUCKIEST GIRL…I hope you’ll try her YA sometime, though. :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Welll…I mentioned the possibility of this project happening awhile back on Twitter, so it’s not SUPER secret. But it’s a secret now, at least for a little while. ;)

  53. Holly

    After finally reading Cinder, I’m on a science fiction kick. So, the Sci-fi bundle is calling my name. I haven’t read any of these books. I’ll have to look into them all!

    • Wendy Darling

      Is it calling your name?! It seems like it’s calling a lot of people’s names, hah. I’m glad you have some titles to add to your list, at least.

  54. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    SO many good books you’ve got up there. Out of all of them I think I want to get to Landry Park or Plus One first. Landry Park hasn’t gotten great reviews (that I’ve seen), but I don’t care b/c I think the concept is awesome. Same thing with Plus One. That being said, I already have Landry Park, so I chose SCIENCE FICTION. HUGE surprise, I know ;)
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    • Wendy Darling

      Hah, I’m a big scifi fan as well, so I can hardly blame you there! It’s funny how much more scifi and contemporary I have right now, I seem to have very little PNR on hand. I haven’t found a lot of PNR YA that I”ve enjoyed lately.

    • Wendy Darling

      MONSTROUS BEAUTY was such an amazing book. This one is very different, but I hope you enjoy it, too. I liked both CONTROL and TIN STAR as well. :)