Welcome to everyone visiting as part of the Best of 2013 Giveaway Hop! This hop is kindly hosted by Bookhounds and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. Head to those blogs to see the full list of participants, or see the linky at the end of this post.
If this is your first time here, Tea in the Treetops is written by a team of bloggers from around the world. This particular “Best Of” list consists of the books that I, Angelya, enjoyed the most through this year. I’ve linked my reviews for each of them after the title, many of which appear on my old blog, The Oaken Bookcase. I hope I can recommend one or two to you!
Angelya’s Favourites of 2013
Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky #2), Veronica Rossi (review) – The second book in this YA dystopian series. The world is covered by a strange, deadly sky. People either live in protected underground cities or in primitive tribes scattered over what’s left of the world. Sweet romance and great action.
The Wild Girl, Kate Forsyth (review) – A gorgeous tale of the family of Dortchen Wild, who lived next door to the Brothers Grimm in early-nineteenth-century Hessen. It not only reveals the source of many of the classic fairytales, but tells a bittersweet story of the war and its effect on the families.
The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker (review) – A golem is shipped to New York in the early twentieth century to start a new life with her master, but when he dies en route, she is forced to make her own way within the Jewish ex-pat community. She meets and falls for a Jinni of the Syrian desert, but this is not just their story – it is full of colourful characters and gorgeous descriptions of the city itself.
Crown of Midnight, (Throne of Glass #2), Sarah J Maas (review)- The second in this YA fantasy series, I have re-read most of it a few times already! With swoony romance and kick-arse action, you’ll either completely love Celaena, Chaol and Dorian, or you’ll roll your eyes at the whole romantic side and flip to the creepy bits. Cannot wait for book 3!
Mudlark, Chris Matthews (review) – The cover may look like a Dystopia but this is a fantastic debut high fantasy tale. Magic of Earth, Wind and Water is being held by the Fire mages. Lark starts at the bottom as a mudlark along the river, but gradually discovers his potential and helps the budding rebellion take back the magic.
Kinslayer (Lotus War #2), Jay Kristoff (review) – The continuation of last year’s favourite, Stormdancer, this dark fantasy keeps the tension high and the fingernails bitten all the way through. Yukiko and her thunder tiger Buruu are so awesome – their banter keeps this story lighter than its often heavy subject matter.
These Broken Stars, Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (review) – This one was an unexpected favourite for me! A story of love, survival and desperation on an alien (but not too alien) world, this YA Sci-fi kept me turning the pages all the way.
Shadows, Paula Weston (review) – I actually enjoyed this first book in the series slightly more than the second, but the series in general is great – an Aussie paranormal story about Angels and Demons, the storytelling style and local vernacular really hit the spot for me. I can’t wait to see what happens next.
Since it’s a giving time of year, I’d like to give away one of any of the books mentioned in this post. If you’d prefer the first book in a series instead, or an electronic copy, that’s fine!
The book will be shipped from The Book Depository, so the giveaway is open internationally as long as they ship to your country. If you’re not sure, check here. If, for any reason, the book you choose is not available from TBD (for example, Mudlark is only available as an e-book), I may ask you to choose a different option.
Please note, I will only accept entries via the rafflecopter form! Please don’t put your email into a comment, it won’t be included as an entry!
Sorry, but I can’t be responsible for books that get lost in the mail. I hope it reaches you in good condition!
The Rafflecopter form will be open until December 19th, then the winner will be notified by email. Please note I am expecting a baby in the next few weeks so if there’s a slight delay in getting emails/prizes out, that may be why! Good luck!