Armchair BEA 2012: BEA Books on My List + a Giveaway!

Posted June 5, 2012 by Jana in Giveaway / 86 Comments


Armchair BEA is a fun online event that those of us who could not attend BEA in New York City can participate in! There’s ways to network with other bloggers, posts on blogging tips, giveaways, and happenings at BEA from people who are there. Visit the Armchair BEA blog to see a schedule of events!

Today’s post consists of a few of the titles from the BEA 2012 Catalog that I would move Heaven and Earth to get if I were at the Javits Center. There are so many pretty covers and amazing sounding books! I can’t wait to get my hands on all of these! Scroll down to the bottom of this post for a giveaway I’m hosting in honor of amazing books everywhere!

Black City by Elizabeth Richards

In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable–they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed–but their feelings are too strong. When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

A Gift from Tiffany’s by Melissa Hill

When Ethan Greene lost his wife to cancer, he never thought he would be able to replace her… until one woman stepped in and showed him how to be happy again.  Now, on a romantic Christmas trip to New York City, he has a plan to show Vanessa just how important she is to him, and maybe even give his daughter, Daisy, a complete family again. He’s going to propose with a perfect ring from Tiffany’s.Gary Knowles and his girlfriend Rachel are on the trip-of-a-lifetime in New York, at the most magical time of year. The only thing missing is Gary’s gift for Rachel. On a last-minute Christmas Eve visit to Tiffany’s, he quickly picks out a charm bracelet for her, and heads back to their hotel. But, in a moment, one small mistake changes everything.

Reached by Ally Condie

After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising—and each other—Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.

Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Generations ago, a genetic experiment gone wrong—the Reduction—decimated humanity, giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Elliot North has always known her place in this world. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. Since then the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress, and Elliot’s estate is foundering, forcing her to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliot wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she let him go.

But Elliot soon discovers her old friend carries a secret—one that could change their society . . . or bring it to its knees. And again, she’s faced with a choice: cling to what she’s been raised to believe, or cast her lot with the only boy she’s ever loved, even if she’s lost him forever.

Inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, For Darkness Shows the Stars is a breathtaking romance about opening your mind to the future and your heart to the one person you know can break it.

The Lost Code by Kevin Emerson

The ozone is ravaged, ocean levels have risen, and the sun is a daily enemy. But global climate change is not something new in the Earth’s history.

No one will know this better than less-than-ordinary Owen Parker, who is about to discover that he is the descendant of a highly advanced ancient race—a race that took their technology too far and almost destroyed the Earth in the process.

Now it is Owen’s turn to make right in his world what went wrong thousands of years ago. If Owen can unlock the lost code in his very genes, he may rediscover the forgotten knowledge of his ancestry…and that less-than-ordinary can evolve into extraordinary.

So, what do you think? Are any of these on your list? Which books am I missing?

Now, on to the giveaway! I recently acquired an extra copy of Across the Universe, signed by Beth Revis (thanks to Tiffany Schmitt’s Breathless Reads Giveaway)! Interested? You should be! Sadly, I can only send this to US residents. I’m sorry. :)

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86 responses to “Armchair BEA 2012: BEA Books on My List + a Giveaway!

  1. Almost picked this one up at this library last weekend, but was at my limit for books.

    Nice to “meet” you here at Armchair BEA! Love the design of your blog. :)

  2. Hi Jana,
    Thank you so much for sharing your most wanted books. I have never heard of A Gift from Tiffany’s by Melissa Hill and after reading the blurb I definitely want this book!!! I added to my TBR pile. Thanks again for introducing me to a new author!!

  3. Hi there! Thanks for following me on Twitter. I’m following you back! Following your blog, too, coz it’s so cute! Love how it looks. :)

    I also posted about a giveaway on my blog if you’re interested! Amazon GCs and free books being given away by author Monique Domovitch. Check it out on my sidebar. :)

  4. Oh Gosh I want EVERYTHING on your list, too! I adore the covers for Crewel and For Darkness Shows the Stars – both of which I’ve heard GREAT things about and hope to read soon. I’m also lusting after Libba Bray’s The Diviners. What I would do for that!

    Thanks for doing the giveaway, too!

  5. I’m so excited for a lot of the books on your list!! Especially Crewel, The Raven Boys and For Darkness Shows the Stars! And The Lost Code!! I think I’d go crazy if I was actually at BEA ;) Here’s to hoping we can go together next year!!

  6. I want to say Reached, but now I’m leaning towards The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer because a) I’m a total gleek, and b) It’s a fairy tale!

  7. Love your list!! I’m so excited for Black City, The Raven Boys, Crewel, and For Darkness Shows the Stars. I think the book I’m most excited for at BEA is Prodigy by Marie Lu though. 2013 is so far away!

  8. I’m just checking out the giveaways. I already have a signed copy of Across the Universe. I’m bummed I’m not at BEA today as my most favorite author is signing his newest book that came out today.

    Girl Who Reads

  9. I haven’t read Of Poseidon or Wanderlove, but those are both big ones on my to be read list!! Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday. P.s. Great giveaway!!

  10. I have the book (and really liked it!) so I don’t need to be in the giveaway. But I am very much looking forward to Raven Boys. I’m reading The Scorpio Races now.

  11. I haven’t heard of Black City, I’m definitely going to have to look into it more. Most of the others are already on my (constantly-getting-bigger) TBR list.

    There’s so many books being featured at BEA, but one of the ones I’m truly anxious to get my hands on is Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.

    Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway! *fingers crossed*

    I hope you have a great BEA-filled week!

    ~Christina (and the other Book Hookup Litbrarians)
    The Book Hookup’s Best of 2012

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. I am most excited for For Darkness Shows the Stars because it combines YA with inspiration from Jane Austen (favorite classic author). Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. I’m ashamed to say I have not read this book yet! I think it’s hard to say what I’m waiting for, I don’t really know what there is! I am excited for things like My Life Next Door though. Idk if that is one of them there.

  14. Oh, right, BLACK CITY! That’s one I wanted to read, too. Huh. *blinks* Darklings? I thought Leigh Bardugo invented the term in SHADOW AND BONE. Now I want to research Darklings!! REACHED, yes, I must know how it ends!!! I really want CREWEL; that’s one of the ones I’m most-excited for! I’ve been wanting FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS since the publishing deal announced. I’m so glad I’ll finally have it to read this month!! Great choices!

  15. Most of the books you’ve listed sound fantastic! I’m buying For Darkness Shows the Stars for my Kindle as soon as it comes out next week. Peterfreund’s unicorn books really impressed me and this book sounds like just as much fun.

  16. I havent entered the giveaway as im in the uk but just wanted to say, some great books there…..i have Black City and Crewl on my list, i want to read A gift from tiffany as it sounds like my kinda book= i knew nothing about it till now so THANK YOU xx

  17. There are a few on your list I’m really interested in (Raven Boys, Crewel and For Darkness) but I really can’t wait to check out Fathomless by Jackson Pearce.

  18. We’ve got quite a few of the same choices! Black City, Crewel, The Raven Boys, For Darkness Shows the Stars – 2012 has already been fantastic, but I think the best is still to come!

    My Best of 2012

  19. Ooooh, everything sounds interesting! I would have to pick, A Gift from Tiffany, Crewel and The Lost Code definitely. They all sound right up my alley.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. I’m so excited for The Raven Boys! It’s torture to wait until the release day for that one. (entering giveaway under “Leann”)

    Thank you for the giveaway :)

  21. Eek! I’m not sure which books were part of BEA. I haven’t been following it. I know, I suck! Any ghost stories? I pick that then! LoL

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!