**My love for ALL CAPS is fully evidenced in this blog post. You have been warned.**
So I've learned this very cool thing about the city I live in.
Fabulous people live here.
Fabulous WRITING people.
One of whom is the lovely Gwenda Bond, author of one of my new favorites, BLACKWOOD.
While I'd followed Gwenda on Twitter as soon as I found out she was in Lexington, I didn't actually meet her until a few weeks ago when I attended her launch celebration at Morris Book Shop. (And then I had the pleasure of running into her again when Libba Bray came to town. So basically, my life is awesome.)
Sidenote: Her twitter handle is @Gwenda, which pretty much means she runs the world, right?
Here's the thing- she's from Lexington, she writes YA, and she's so open and friendly with a great laugh. And me being ME, I immediately thought- "SHE SHALL BE MY FRIEND." (She's reading this going, "Megan may be a stalker." I swear I'm not.) But you know, I hadn't read her book yet. So there's always that awkward, "What if I don't like it?"
Which was just a SILLY concern because HOLY CRAP I loved it. I can't even tell you all the things about this book that are so great. Miranda. Phillips. Sidekick. The romance. The whole Lost Colony connection (because come on, who DOESN'T love the Roanoke mystery??). AND THE ENDING. The ending is fantastic.
Here's the back cover copy:
On Roanoke Island, the legend of the 114 people who mysteriously vanished from the Lost Colony hundreds of years ago is just an outdoor drama for the tourists, a story people tell. But when the island faces the sudden disappearance of 114 people now, an unlikely pair of 17-year-olds may be the only hope of bringing them back.
Miranda Blackwood, a misfit girl from the island's most infamous family, and Phillips Rawlings, an exiled teen criminal who hears the voices of the dead, must dodge everyone from federal agents to long-dead alchemists as they work to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony. The one thing they can't dodge is each other.I mean, RIGHT?? Who WOULDN'T want to read this book? (Sidenote: Did you NOTICE it has "MISFIT" in the cover copy?)
And guess what. I just happen to have a SECOND autographed copy, and because I think you're cute, I'm gonna give it away.
SO. To win your own signed copy of BLACKWOOD, leave a comment on this blog entry with the answer to the following question....
What's your favorite young adult novel OF ALL TIME? (OF ALL TIME! Oh, Kanye.)
This giveaway closes Friday, October 12, 2012, at 12:00pm EST. I'll use random.org to pick a winner from the comments. Come back to see if you won!
**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!**
Random.org chose #10, which is Jeigh!! I'm so excited because Jeigh mentioned one of my most favorite books of all time and I NEVER hear anyone talk about it anymore! Jeigh- I'll find you on Twitter! Congratulations!
Thanks to EVERYONE who entered. I love love love hearing about your favorite books!!