2014 Pre-Order Giveaway - Blind Date With a Book

I wanted to start 2014 off with some fun, and what's more fun than a book giveaway?

But I didn't just want to do a basic book giveaway, I wanted to make it a little extra exciting. So this is a Blind Date With a Book type giveaway, inspired by The YA Bookcase.

The YA books I've chosen to offer up cover a few different genres so hopefully there will be something that catches your eye. They are all 2014 releases and so will be pre-ordered for the winners.

There will be two winners. Everyone who enters will provide their top two "date" choices in the Rafflecopter and the winners will be informed which two books they picked and get to choose one of these two as their prize. If the book is not up for pre-order when the contest ends (Fall releases likely won't be), I'll purchase the pre-order when it becomes available.

Each of these books is either a standalone or first in a series so that you don't end up with one from your favourite series that you've already pre-ordered or the final book in a series you never started.

The wonderful authors of the books up for grabs have given you two clues to go on in picking your blind dates: the genre and a few words that describe the books, right from the mouths (well, fingers) of the people who wrote them.

Your potential blind dates:

#1: 20th Century Historical Romance:
Star-crossed, daring, independent, impossible love, high-wire adventure, pink.

#2: Contemporary Romantic Comedy:
Lighthearted, funny, sporty, swoony, thoughtful.

#3: Fantasy:
Decadent, dangerous, empowering, romantic.

#4: Sci-Fi Fairytale Retelling:
Adventurous, tech-y, interplanetary, romantic.

#5: Historical Fiction:
Hypnotizing, gothic, mind-altering, theatrical, romantic.

#6: Futuristic Thriller:
Intense, dark, mysterious, twisted, bloody.

#7: Realistic Fiction/Contemporary:
Gossip, small town, bad reputation, slut-shaming, secrets.

#8: Romantic Historical Thriller:
Mysterious, romantic, illusory, twisty.

#9: High Fantasy:
Intense, fast-paced, ancient magic, spunky MC, epic battles.

#10: Gothic, (Sort-of) Retelling.
Haunting, wistful, macabre, romantic.

Those sound pretty amazing, right? Lots of exciting choices... good luck picking between them all!

Some Rules (aka the not so fun but important part):
~ This giveaway is open Internationally, provided The Book Depository ships free to your country (check here).
~ Must be 13 or older to enter.
~ Winner will be chosen randomly and contacted via email. The winner has 48 hours to respond to my email, otherwise they forfeit their prize and I will choose another winner, who must abide by the same rules.
~ I am not responsible for lost or damaged packages from TBD.
No cheating! I have the right to disqualify entries as I see fit.
~ By entering the giveaway, you are agreeing to these rules.


  1. What a great idea for a giveaway! I could have quite happily picked every potential 'date' but in the end went for #3 (fantasy) & #10 (Gothic retelling) because these are probably my favorite categories and I'm always on the hunt for new titles I may not know about!

  2. This is one of the most interesting giveaway ideas I've seen. Great thinking!

    I picked #5, historical fiction, because mind altering isn't a descriptor you usually get with the genre and that makes me so curious! And #9, high fantasy, because I love spunky MCs and magic.

  3. I like all the romance & thriller suggestions. Love books that make me swoon and keep me on the edge of my seat.

  4. Such a wonderful idea for a giveaway! All of the options sound interesting, but I picked #2 and #7. I love contemporary romances. :)

  5. I picked number 2 & number 3 because who doesn't want a swoony romantic guy or a possible romantic bad boy. Since I can't have these hotties in my real life I would love to read about them instead. I love getting lost in the world of a good book. Thank you for this unique giveaway. I love it.

  6. Love this idea. I'm looking forward to too many 2014 books to even mention.

  7. I love all genres but I picked #1 and #7

  8. Sci-fi fairy tale retelling? Say again? That sounds awesome!
    So 4 and 10.
    Brea. (:

  9. WOW! What a fantastic idea for a giveaway! I'm intrigued!
    I'd love to get my hands on #3 and #7 *Fingers Crossed* ....

    1. WOW!! I won!
      Thank you so much already sent you the e-mail :)

  10. 1, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 9 all sound like Shae-ish books. *cuddles books* This is such an AMAZING idea, Jess!

  11. A sci-fi/fairy tale story sounds just up my alley! And intense, mysterious, twist and bloody sounds so dang ominous!

  12. this sounds interesting.. My favourite are Fantasy and Realistic Fiction/Contemporary,I love the genres and I read books of that kind mostly. I'm curious about what books they are :3

  13. I'm very interested in Historical Fiction. Ever since I read Grave Mercy, I've been looooving the genre.

  14. I like fantasy type stuff like Mortal Instruments etc.


  15. Probably fantasy and sci-fi fairytale retelling. I love those kinds of books! :D

  16. I picked #4 Sci-Fi Fairytale Retelling and #10 Gothic, (Sort-of) Retelling :). Thank you for the amazing giveaway!

  17. This is a very nice idea ;-)

    I pick #4: Sci-Fi Fairytale Retelling and #10: Gothic, (Sort-of) Retelling. Very curious about these two... from the description, they sound like my type of book hehe xD

    Thank you for the giveaway ^_^

    XX Ner

  18. Love this giveaway idea!! It's really cute. I picked #4 and #8 but I'd honestly take any of the books on the list haha! Will you release the titles once the contest is over so we can find out what they are? :)

  19. Oh so in for Sci-Fi Fairytale Retelling I love Sci-Fi and I love Fairytales only hold true I should love them together ^_^

  20. #6: Futuristic Thriller: cause it sounds interesting

  21. #9: High Fantasy and #3: Fantasy. I can't get enough of fantasy. Spunky MC's, epic battles and earth shattering romance sounds too good.

  22. #6! I LOVE twisted, dark bloody books, which is the main reason why I love watching Criminal Minds. ;D Yes, I'm weird.

  23. This is such a fun idea for a giveaway! I chose #2 and #5. Normally I always choose historical fiction but I thought it would be fun to try a contemporary. You know, the new year and all that.

  24. High fantasy one sounds something I'd want to read!

  25. I chose 2 and 3 which are Contemporary Romance and Fantasy since these are my two favourite genres


I'd love to hear what you think!