Get Involved: World Book Day YA Book Giveaways

The excellent guys behind World Book Day put together some amazing giveaways every month. This month, there are some really great YA novels to be won. Here are my favourites:

imageMichaela Clarke’s debut novel Tiger Thief will amaze and delight everyone who loves an absorbing story beautifully told. Sharat and his majestic white tiger, Emira, are two halves of the same soul. The thought of being separated is unbearable. So when Emira mysteriously disappears in the middle of their circus act, Sharat is devastated. He’s also determined to get her back, despite the force of the Empire being ranged against him. His journey will be perilous and revealing, and shot through with magic. A fantastic adventure story about a boy and his tiger for 8-12 year-olds, with amazing characters, landscapes and jinnis…

Publishers Nosy Crow are giving away 10 copies of Tiger Thief.

KC-pb-196x300Winner of the 2013 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, Ketchup Clouds is the stunning new novel from the highly-acclaimed author of My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.

Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret – a dark and terrible secret that she can’t confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder. Full of heartache yet humour, Zoe tells her story in the only way she can – in letters to the man in prison in America. Unable to sleep one night, she grabs a pen, takes a deep breath and begins her tale of love and betrayal.

Publishers Indigo (an imprint of Orion) are giving away ten sets of Ketchup Clouds and My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece.

Images and details taken from The World Book Day site where you can enter all of their giveaways*.

*May only be available to UK residents.

Free Books…So Hard To Resist! Damn You, Amazon!

Anyone who knows me will know that I’m not a fan of the e-book. The ‘K’ word makes me shudder. I like books. No wait, I LOVE books, physical books that you can touch and smell and crease the spines of. Real books that can sit on my real shelves not something digital and disposable like everything else is becoming.

I don’t really want to get into the debate of e-books wiping out print because everything that needs to be said on the matter has been. There are definitely some pros to e-publishing I’m not debating that, but nothing can beat holding and loving a real book for me. I do however, get really jealous of all the free books you can get with a Kindle or any other e-reader.

I love buying books from shops, whether it’s just Waterstones or an independent bookshop and I wish I could keep them in business but I can’t. I can’t justify spending £13 on a book when I can buy it on Amazon for £7. I don’t have that kind of cash. Most of my books end up coming from Amazon, charity shops & the odd car boot sale and http://www.readitswapit.com and I still end up spending a fortune. The lure of free books is really hard to resist so despite being unwilling to own a Kindle I do have the Kindle app installed on my laptop. Does that make me a hypocrite?

I’m only rambling on about this because I saw an offer on my Twitter feed for a new version of Tristan and Iseult which I’d be interested to read. The paperback is £6.99 and the Kindle version is of course free. DILEMMA.

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I have a copy of Rosemary Sutcliffe’s version which is old (1971) and battered and I love it…it will undoubtedly be on one of my upcoming Favourites Friday posts so I won’t gush about it too much yet. I’ve given in and ‘purchsed’ a Kindle copy, if you can purchase something that is free but now I feel a bit guilty.

Still, interested to see how they match up. You can ‘buy’ yours here.