Saturday, November 12, 2011

New Crayons + Better World Books Giveaway Winner

I know I never officially announced the winners of my Better World Books giveaway but I did mail the books out to the winner already. Winner as in singular because I could not convince (apparently) my C. O. L. O. R. donors to enter the giveaway. So I chose to only select one regular winner. There will probably be another giveaway towards the holidays.

This is a rather old New Crayons because it's from when I checked my mailbox Halloween weekend. Yes it's been that long. I'm insanely busy. I sincerely apologize for neglecting the blog so much, especially since I have about 6 books to review. Without further ado

From publishers-Thank YOU!

Vanished by Sheela Chari

Eleven-year-old Neela dreams of being a famous musician, performing for admiring crowds on her traditional Indian stringed instrument. Her particular instrument used to be her grandmother’s—made of warm, rich wood, and intricately carved with a mysterious-looking dragon. When this special family heirloom vanishes from a local church, Neela is devastated. As she searches for it, strange clues surface: a teakettle ornamented with a familiar-looking dragon, a threatening note, a connection to a famous dead musician, and even a legendary curse. The clues point all the way to India, where it seems that Neela's intrument has a long history of vanishing and reappearing. If she is able to track it down, will she be able to stop it from disappearing again?

-Not only have I WoWed this book but I also had the lovely opportunity to interview the author

Circua Galacticus by Deva Fagan

Trix can deal with being an orphan charity case at a snotty boarding school. She can hold her own when everyone else tells her not to dream big dreams. She can even fight back against the mysterious stranger in a silver mask who tries to steal the meteorite her parents trusted her to protect.

But her life is about to change forever. The Circus Galacticus has come to town, bringing acts to amaze, delight, and terrify. And now the dazzling but enigmatic young Ringmaster has offered Trix the chance to be a part of it.
Soon Trix discovers an entire universe full of deadly enemies and potential friends, not to mention space leeches, ancient alien artifacts, and exploding chocolate desserts. And she just might unravel the secrets of her own past—if she can survive long enough.

-I was WoWing quite often about this book and even though the potential MG aspect of both books I received from publishers gives me pause for a second, in this case, it's DEVA FAGAN. So it doesn't matter what age group she writes for in my book.

From the author

Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress (Ash Mistry Chronicles, #1) by Sarwat Chadda

Release Date: Spring 2012

Weaves together contemporary and mythological India, about British-born Ash, whose father is offered a dream job in India, and discovers something is very wrong with mysterious millionaire Lord Savage, finding himself in a desperate battle to stop Savage’s master plan--the opening of the Iron Gates that have kept Ravana, the demon king, at bay for four millennia.

How excited am I for this book? I won't list all the reasons but there are many many. I will also do a WoW post for this book, probably in March/April. This book is the first book I plan on reading for Christmas break. afjlakdjfkadfa I'm beyond stoked! Thank you so much Mr. Chadda =D

What new books did you get this week? Have any 2012 YA (YA ONLY for now. Next week I will ask for MG) releases for me to add to my slowly-growing list?