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Smugglivus 2010 Guest Publisher & YA ARC Giveaway: Kathryn McKenna of S&S UK

Welcome to Smugglivus 2010: Day 18

Throughout this month, we will have daily guests – authors, bloggers and publishers alike – looking back at their favorite reads of 2010, and looking forward to events and upcoming books in 2011.

Who: Kathryn McKenna, Children’s Marketing & Publicity Assistant for Simon and Schuster UK with a list of what to expect from S&S UK in 2011 and a most awesome and generous ARC giveaway!

Please give it up for Kat!

Smugglivus – beginning of 2011

Hi guys! I’m back, again, taking up my resident position at The Book Smugglers whilst surrounded by tinsel and Christmas cards and festive nibbles. I’m here to talk to you guys about what’s coming up for Simon & Schuster UK in the first half of 2011 – we’ve got some really exciting titles as always. 2011 is standing up to be one of our best publishing years yet, and with the teen/young adult market ever growing, our opportunities expand too, allowing us publish some varied and different teen fiction. In this post, I’ll be recommending everything from vampires to faeries to road trips, to give you a little taster of what’s in store… As ever, we’ll be giving away a copy of every single book in this post to one lucky reader – all you have to do is tell us in the comments which one you’re most excited about and why!

One quick bit of business before I proceed: back in my last post at The Book Smugglers, I gushed about The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff, which was a bit of a cheat as it doesn’t publish in the UK until January 2011. But my excitement took over as it often does, and I couldn’t resist talking about it as an upcoming read to add to your wishlist. Unquestionably, I’m STILL very excited about it, as publication draws so close, that I can’t resist reminding you all to pick up a copy in January – to read why, look back at my previous post here.

And now (drum roll please), I present to you the next batch of Simon & Schuster publications, coming to a bookshelf near you…

THE 13 SECRETS – Michelle Harrison (February)

The final instalment of Michelle Harrison’s stunning 13 trilogy, The 13 Secrets is one of our key reads at the beginning of 2011. The series has been going strong since its publication in 2009, with the first instalment, The 13 Treasures, winning the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize and winning the hearts of readers in the UK. Since then, the series has sold in excess of 100,000 copies – and for good reason. Dark, lyrical, expertly crafted, these books take on a new type of faerie story – one where the faeries are bad and magic is dark.

This close to the series does not disappoint its predecessors, with Harrison rounding off events neatly in a suspenseful climax. The hook in this instalment sees Red staying at Elvesden Manor with Tanya, Fabian and co., and suddenly faced with some of darker parts of her past… Forced to confront them, Red teams up once again with Tanya and Fabian for one last dark deed… but is all as it seems? Secrets will be revealed in all cases, and the sense of danger is higher than ever, making for an exciting, gripping finale.

If this hasn’t wet your taste buds enough, we’ve also produced an amazing trailer for The 13 Secrets. Check it out below…

CRUSADE: THE CURSED ONES – Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie (February)

Welcome to a world where the vampires do not sparkle… I’ve been describing this book to reviewers as ‘a vampire novel that takes its reader back to the unbeating heart of the genre…’ and that’s just exactly what it is. Written by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie, The Cursed Ones is the first instalment of a series that reflects what used to be absolutely irresistible about vampire fiction – we’re talking about a time when the vampires used to be BAD, wars used to be brutal, and the supernatural scary rather than sparkly…

While The Cursed Ones does contain the odd irresistibly sexy remorseful vampire (think Angel, but Spanish – and even hotter), the premise of this book rings back more to classic paranormal romance, a story of war and fear with a romantic thread that creates further complication. Vampires are starting an out and out war, that can only be assuaged by vampire hunters, one of which is our leading character. The first sequence in The Cursed Ones throws the reader straight into the action that can be expected throughout – debris, smoke, blood, fire and death all paint the surroundings of a world we see through the eyes of Jenn. The only human in a band of misfit vampire hunters (a werewolf, a witch, a martial arts expert, an Irishman with anger issues – and a vampire), Jenn’s experiences at her training camp in Spain have opened her eyes to a world of supernatural things that she never could have dreamed of experiencing… including falling in love with her vampire hunting partner, Antonio. When her family and hometown are endangered, and war seems to be getting out of hand, Jenn is forced to choose between love and honour, death and destruction, and saving her family…

The Cursed Ones is a hard book to resist, especially if you grew up in the Buffy generation. This book comprises a kick ass cast, and a return to what truly made the paranormal so exciting… and did I mention the cover is stunning? All the more reason to pick it up.

ROT & RUIN – Jonathan Maberry (March)

I love zombie stories – the opportunity for the metaphors they present is exciting, and who doesn’t love a bit of guts and gore? From classic instalments such as Shaun of the Dead, to Planet Terror, zombie fiction has gone down as some of the most revered film, television and literature experiences of all time. Now with brand new series The Walking Dead, the genre is currently experiencing a new lease on life (or, well, walking deadness). So I am hugely excited to present a brand new zombie novel for our list in the spring – Rot & Ruin.

From THE zombie author, Jonathan Maberry, comes his first venture in young adult fiction – a dark, thought provoking read about a world overtaken by a virus that has left the landscape barren – and many of its inhabitants undead. The setting is important to the story – desert like landscapes add atmosphere to this already haunting depiction of the future. Benny, the lead character, has lived his whole life only knowing the world as such – inhabited by zombies that are hunted and killed by zombie hunters. One of these hunters is Benny’s older brother Tom. Upon heading out with his brother and learning the unsettling way in which zombie hunters take to exterminating their prey, and seeing real zombies and the families that continue to protect them, Benny’s previous beliefs are called into question…

Rot & Ruin is exciting, gripping, gory, and intriguing. It excitingly explores the themes and metaphors I mentioned initially: those of humanity, loneliness, love and death, through its zombie characters. The humans are key to this tale too; brothers Benny and Tom take the reader through the unfamiliar horrors of this exciting new novel. The reading level is higher than some teen books and definitely has major crossover appeal – a perfectly crafted story that is both scary, exciting and moving, wrapped up in a lovely red package. Read this one on a dark night and be prepared not to put it down!

BIRTHMARKED – Caragh O’Brien (April)

In the future, in a world baked dry by the harsh sun, there are those who live inside the walled Enclave and those, like sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone, who live outside. Following in her mother’s footsteps Gaia has become a midwife, delivering babies in the world outside the wall and handing a quota over to be “advanced” into the privileged society of the Enclave. Gaia has always believed this is her duty, until the night her mother and father are arrested by the very people they so loyally serve. Now Gaia is forced to question everything she has been taught, but her choice is simple: enter the world of the Enclave to rescue her parents, or die trying.

Birthmarked sits perfectly beside the the likes of Matched (Ally Condie), The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins), Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro), The Declaration (Gemma Malley) – smart, gripping dystopian young adult fiction that battles current issues in a surrounding that allows them to be discussed more openly. Birthmarked takes on class, segregation, government among other topics that are thought provoking and often discussed in the guise of dystopia in teen fiction. Lead character, Gaia, leads us through a sympathetic story that will join the ranks of some of the classic teen fiction of our time.

DARKNESS BECOMES HER – Kelly Keaton (June)

Have I mentioned how much I love our covers? Well, to join the stunning collection you’ve seen so far is Darkness Becomes Her. Yes, that is the black and purple calling card of classic paranormal fiction you see. Yes, those are snakes (!). Yes, that is a wild mane of hair… all these things make up for an absolutely awesome addition to our Simon Pulse list.

Darkness Becomes Her is a dark reimagining of the Medusa myth – for those of you who missed that one in your history homework, Medusa was one of three Greek sisters with snakes for hair and a gaze that turns mortals to stone. Not quite as immediately menacing is lead character Ari, who has spent her life in a brilliantly re-imagined New Orleans landscape. While not menacing, she is definitely out of place with a shocking silver mane of hair and bright teal eyes. When she uncovers a cryptic and alarming message from her dead mother, and realises that the terrifying creatures that now haunt New Orleans, or New 2, are actually more afraid of her, Ari knows she is about to discover a disturbing truth about her destiny…

AMY & ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR – Morgan Matson (July)

What can I say about this book to truly get over just how much I loved it? Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour is one I just couldn’t leave off this list, as much as it is a little ahead of publication. Morgan Matson is undoubtedly a new big talent, the next teen author who so perfectly depicts real teenagers that you will be chomping at the bit for a next offering.

Let’s start with the plot before I get carried away with gushing. Amy Curry is our narrator, a seventeen year old who has recently suffered the awful loss of her father. Amy’s life has been turned upside down since- her confidence knocked as her feelings of responsibility for his death consume her, her brother in rehab after developing a bad drug habit, her mother living in another state on the other side of the country waiting for her family to join her. Amy’s job: to transport the family car and herself to Philadelphia where her new home will be. Amy’s problem: she hasn’t been in a car, let alone driven one, since she drove the one that caused her father’s death. The solution: Roger. The son of a friend, Roger steps up to transport himself, the car, and Amy on a five day meticulously planned road trip that will get them from A-Z (or, the West Coast to the East Coast). Roger, however, wants to be more imaginative and enjoy the road trip as best they can, and thus starts a story that deals with love, life, death, growing up, friendship… the journey that Amy & Roger embark on is life changing for both of them.

The bonds you will forge with both these characters (and those who support them) are undeniably strong; Matson clearly knows both characters inside out and leaves you feeling like you do too. The book is illustrated with postcards, photos (most of which Matson took herself upon her own venture on the same road trip), doodles and playlists. Music plays a large part in Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, as each playlist is created by Roger as one part of the journey. These multimedia elements create a layered feeling to it that you can further explore yourself after reading if you wish to. If you love Sarah Dessen and Jaclyn Moriarty, this is the one for you. This is the kind of book I could read over and over and over again, and I hope you all will, too.

We don’t have a finished cover for this book… I’ve seen a sneak peek and it’s stunning. Watch this space!

And that’s it! An exciting sneak peek at what’s to come in the next year, and as I mentioned please do let us know what you’re looking forward to – you’ll be immediately entered into the draw to win all six of these fab reads. Thanks for all staying through my rambles as ever, and I look forward to resuming my post in a few months. Until then… happy reading!

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@simonkids_UK) and visit for information on more upcoming titles!

You heard her! Comment away for a chance to win ALL six books. The contest is open to everyone and will run till Saturday January 1st 11:59 P.M. (PST). One entry per person, please. We will randomly pick the winner and post it on our January 2nd stash. Good luck!


  • Hann1bal
    December 25, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Am I first? I’m not sure, but that would be interesting. At any rate, this sounds interesting.

  • Eva SB
    December 25, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Several of these books are at the top og my TBR list – such a generous giveaway. Thanks

  • Donna S
    December 25, 2010 at 1:12 am

    Awesome giveaway. Thanks for the chance!

  • Kathleen
    December 25, 2010 at 1:17 am

    I’ve been looking forward to Darkness Becomes Her for a while! Thanks for the awesome giveaway 🙂

  • Kay Brown
    December 25, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Oooooh! Nifty contest!I’ve been hearing about …Epic Detour for a while now and want to read it so freaking bad!

  • Cindy
    December 25, 2010 at 1:36 am

    Lovely Christmas gift! These books sound really interesting !

  • CC
    December 25, 2010 at 2:18 am

    Yes, you’ve guessed it. I want them. I want them bad. So yes, I would be over the moon if I win (Pick me!!!). Merry Christmas!

  • mel butcher
    December 25, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Wow some great books there. I’m most looking forward to The Cursed Ones it looks amazing

  • Zoe
    December 25, 2010 at 2:51 am

    @Ana, when you said ‘everyone’, I hope that includes international readers too.

    All six books… What an awesome giveaway!

  • Rebecca
    December 25, 2010 at 2:56 am

    I can’t wait for Darkness becomes her by Kelly Keaton. It sounds absolutely awesome and just like a book for me! 🙂

    Merry Christmas. <3

  • Tiina
    December 25, 2010 at 2:56 am

    What a wonderful giveaway! All the books sound very interesting. Please, enter me.

  • Marg
    December 25, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Thank you so much for making this an international giveaway! Awesome prize pack.

  • Misha
    December 25, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Thanks for the fantastic giveaway ! 🙂 I am really looking forward to Darkness Becomes Her


  • Alice
    December 25, 2010 at 3:24 am

    Great giveaway! All those books look great

  • Nicola
    December 25, 2010 at 4:06 am

    Hey, yay for an international giveaway! And what an awesome bunch of books. I’m especially looking forward to Epic Detour, I think. Merry Xmas, everyone!

  • Ginny
    December 25, 2010 at 4:06 am

    I’m most looking forward to Crusade as I love a good vampire story & it’s a gorgeous cover.

  • Mieneke
    December 25, 2010 at 4:08 am

    Another amazing giveaway! I”d love to be entered.
    I think Birthmarked sounds amazing and that cover is just wow!! It’s definitely on my wishlist 😀

  • Sabrina @ about happy books
    December 25, 2010 at 4:16 am

    Thanks for this fantastic giveaway.

    Birthmarked sounds and looks wonderful. The cover art is amazing!

  • Greg
    December 25, 2010 at 4:50 am

    The beginning of the year looks really great… And a new Jonathan Mayberry. I also want an excuse to read some YA novels too.

  • Clover
    December 25, 2010 at 5:03 am

    Ooh! Look at all those great books 🙂 I think I’m most looking forward to Birthmarked! But I’m also really curious about the new cover of Amy and Roger! And what a great giveaway!

  • Brodie
    December 25, 2010 at 5:05 am

    Ahhhh! *lusts* I read one book description and think “YES! That is totally the one I’m looking forward to most” and get prepared to type a swoon-worthy comment, only to find the next book and the next and the next are making me all antsy and drooly. Um, so can my answer be ALL OF THEM? I have been lusting for Birthmarked for a few months though, the fact that she likened it to Matched and The Hunger Games makes it all the better. And did I just see Medusa? And zombies? adn vampires? And… *stops self*

    Sooo…. merry christmas. And please let me win *smiles big and bright*

  • Kay-c
    December 25, 2010 at 5:23 am

    Nice >_> another book to add to my TBR list.
    And not to mention. The covers <3 so attractive and tempting :3

    Thanks for the giveaway~

  • Ashley
    December 25, 2010 at 5:31 am

    I hadn’t heard of any of these before, but now I am definitely looking forward to Rot and Ruin and Birthmarked. I think i will keep an eye out for Darkness Becomes Her too…not too fond of paranormal romance, but I do love Greek myth retellings.

  • Cem
    December 25, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Wow want an awesome giveaway! Thank you!

    I love that cover for Darkness Becomes her! Stunning! It’s a book I’m really looking forward to as well, I like Kelly’s adult books, and this YA from her sounds just as exciting!

  • Beth F
    December 25, 2010 at 6:11 am

    They all look great but AMY & ROGER’S EPIC DETOUR sounds like there could be quite a lot there to think about and discuss.

    Merry Christmas and thanks for the great giveaway.

  • Chachic
    December 25, 2010 at 6:17 am

    The cover for Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour looks so cute! UK editions are awesome. 🙂

    Merry Christmas, you guys!

  • Lynossa
    December 25, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Wow, awesome giveaways. Thanks for Simon & Schuster and of course The Book Smugglers for this opportunity. I’ve been dying to read Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour; and I bet the other books are awesome!

    Thanks again ^^

  • Breiab
    December 25, 2010 at 6:18 am

    Definitely Looking forward to Rot and Ruin ( who doesn’t love a good zombie story?) and Darkness Becomes Her ( isn’t this author Kelly Gay???) Love her other work and this seems like a cool story that hasn’t been done before.

  • Sarah
    December 25, 2010 at 6:22 am

    I didn’t get a single book for Christmas 😥
    (at least I got some socks), so this would make up for a mediocre Christmas. All of these books sound amazing! 😀

  • Katy
    December 25, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Birthmarked, definitely, because it is my kind of book. I need something after The Hunger Games.

  • Queen N
    December 25, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Wow, what an awesome giveaway! Perfect as ‘late’ x-mas presents – to myself of course :). Can’t wait to read these! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Merry x-mas
    //Q N

  • Shy
    December 25, 2010 at 6:33 am

    Amazing books! I have heard couple of them but haven’t read any of them. Wonder how UK’s version of Amy & Roger’s Epic DeTour will look like though.

  • Deb
    December 25, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Awesome giveaway. It’s ROT AND RUIN and DARKNESS BECOMES HER for me. Happy Holidays and the best in the New Year, looking forward to following your blog!

  • katiebabs
    December 25, 2010 at 6:40 am

    I can’t wait for Birthmarked and Rot and Ruin.

    Happy Holidays Smuggles 🙂

  • chrizette
    December 25, 2010 at 6:51 am

    What a wonderful giveaway! Please enter me as wellm.

  • Poppy
    December 25, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Great Giveaway!

    DARKNESS BECOMES HER looks like a really interesting read. I like reimaginings of Greek Mythology 🙂

    Happy Holidays!

  • kim waller
    December 25, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Rot & ruin looks great! My 15 yr old is an avid reader and I like to read some of his books so that we have things to share and chat about. This book looks perfect for him and the fact that its pitched at a crossover level means that I may enjoy it too. He loves zombies and vampires at the moment and something to scare him a little 🙂

  • Cait H.
    December 25, 2010 at 7:13 am

    The Cursed Ones sounds amazing! Such a great giveaway, thank you. Merry Christmas!

  • Ashleigh
    December 25, 2010 at 7:13 am

    I am positively drooling, especially over Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour. And I keep seeing Birthmarked around too, but I have never had the sense to see what it’s about. Now it sounds interesting!

  • Lexie C.
    December 25, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Hi Kathryn! Thanks so much–I didn’t realize the next Crusade book was coming out so soon! And Rot & Ruin has been on my TBR list for a while now so I’d love to win!!

    Happy Smugglivus to all!

  • nicnix
    December 25, 2010 at 7:42 am

    This giveaway is gonna be so awesome!!! Count me in, please.:)

  • rhapsodyinbooks
    December 25, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Please enter me!

    nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

  • Arhcadia
    December 25, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Wow, these all sound like fantasttic twists on classic themes! Vampires, zombies and medusa! What’s not to love?

  • LiseO
    December 25, 2010 at 8:15 am

    this must be the greates giveaway EVER!
    seriously! I thought these books were so inviting in their own special way! they don’t look like the kind of “traditional” books that are so in right now! I loved the idea of faeries being bad and going back to the root of vampire-ism! I’m so sick of the vampire hype going on (although I’ve read several books like this and liked them ALOT)
    Zombies and dystopian novels that are compared to The Hunger Games? YES PLEASE! 😀

  • Lillie H.
    December 25, 2010 at 8:43 am

    I always find it interesting to compare the UK covers of books I want to read with the US. Most of the time the different style says much, not just about the artist, but also about how they perceive the important elements of the book. I really like the cover art on these 5 UK releases. Several of them are already on my wishlist/ to be bought list.

    Meet Christmas to those who celebrate, and Happy Holidays/ Saturday to those who don’t!

  • jpetroroy
    December 25, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Darkness Becomes Her looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Nikki-ann
    December 25, 2010 at 8:47 am

    These books look and sound great. S&S certainly do do excellently designed covers.

    Great giveaway!

  • Erin Golsen
    December 25, 2010 at 8:56 am

    What a great giveaway! I’m particularly intrigued by Birthmarked…

  • Leanne O Reilly
    December 25, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Wow, what an amazing giveaway. Whoever win’s this will be envied.

  • Lillian Maloney
    December 25, 2010 at 9:05 am

    Wow, all of these books sound fantastic! Especially Darkenss Becomes Her, as I’m a sucker for any aspect of Greek mythology.

  • Nicole D.
    December 25, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Darkness Becomes Her and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour are some of the books I look forward to reading.

    Merry Christmas all :D!!!!!!!!!!

  • Iffath
    December 25, 2010 at 9:32 am

    This is a pretty awesome giveaway..thank you!! Really looking forward to reading all of these books, especially The 13 Secrets and Darkness Becomes Her! xo

  • Lobo
    December 25, 2010 at 9:54 am

    These books look awsome!

  • curiousnomad
    December 25, 2010 at 9:57 am

    I’m a sucker for your contests. So here I am. Again. Count me in. Again. (WOOHOOO)

  • Tina
    December 25, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I’m looking forward to Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, though all of these books sounds like fun reads. Happy Holidays and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  • Jenn C.
    December 25, 2010 at 11:03 am

    13 Secrets sounds amazing, and would be just the motivation I need to remember to seek out the first 2 books in the series.

  • Noobling
    December 25, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Merry Christmas and please pick me! Thanks so much.

  • Lindsay Elizabeth
    December 25, 2010 at 11:21 am

    A chance to win six books? Count me in!

  • Deserae McGlothen
    December 25, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Ohmygosh, I’m SO excited! All of these titles look amazing and, in the words of Coldplay’s Speed of Sound, “if you never try, then you’ll never know.” This is a wonderful opportunity. Count me in!

  • Miss Print
    December 25, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about Rot & Ruin, looking forward to that a lot!

  • james
    December 25, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Would love to catch up on my reading for the new year and these awesome books are just what i need to get started.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Scribe Kira
    December 25, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE birthmarked. also, i’ll read any book!!! so all of these look super exciting!!!!!!=o) happy holidays!!!!! hope everyone received lots of wonderful books!!!!!!!=o)

  • heather
    December 25, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    “Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour” looks great! Definitely TBR.

  • clemmie3e
    December 25, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Thank you for this stellar giveaway! I would love to go on all six of these adventures. I think Roger and Amy’s Epic Detour is calling to me the loudest. Although 13 Secrets is making some significant noise of its own. (Did anyone see the recent and oh-so funny episode of Supernatural where Dean and Sam had a run-in with the fairy realm? Fight the fairies! 😀 )

  • Sarah
    December 25, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    These all sound great but I’m really looking forward to The Cursed Ones & Darkness Becomes Her. Thanks for hosting the great giveaway :o)

  • Stacy
    December 25, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I can’t wait for Rot & Ruin and Darkness Becomes Her!

    December 25, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    rot and ruin, for sure.

  • Jonathan Maberry
    December 25, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out for ROT & RUIN. After years of writing for adults that was my first teen novel, and in a lot of ways my most personal book. I dug pretty deep to tell Benny Imura’s tale.

    The second book, DUST & DECAY, is already done and delivered; and two days ago my agent closed a deal for me to write books #3 and #4.

    Also…thanks for the other recommendations on this list. I’ll be hunting them down.

    -Jonathan Maberry

  • elaing8
    December 25, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Great giveaway.Thanks for the chance to win.
    I’m looking forward to Crusade: The Cursed Ones by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie.Although I haven’t read the first one,I read some great reviews.I really want to read this series.

  • Katie
    December 25, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    I want to read “Darkness Becomes Her” the most out of all of these titles. I love Greek mythology, and Medusa us such a tragic figure (which most people don’t realize).

  • Amy
    December 25, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    I’ve read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and Birthmarked already (they’re out in America), and they’re pretty good.

  • JenM
    December 25, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I’d love to read birthmarked. I don’t usually read dystopian YA but the character’s occupation as a midwife is what caught my eye.
    Jen at delux dot com

  • Jenny N
    December 25, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks for the contest. I’m really liking some of the UK covers on the books mentioned.

  • Candace
    December 25, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Can’t wait for more Morganville, the Vampire Academy spin-off, and House of Night series!

  • Doreen R
    December 25, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    13 Secrets is definitely on my …I really want to read list. I love all the books you have mentioned. Thanks and Merry Christmas.

  • SandyG265
    December 25, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    I’m looking foward to Unfallen Dead by Mark Del Franco and River Marked by Patricia Briggs.

  • Jade Tyger
    December 25, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    Wow, looks like a great collection of YA. I’m finding a lot of innovative storytelling in YA these days. I’m looking forward to these new additions!

  • Llehn
    December 25, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Pick me, pick me!!!

  • Rachel
    December 25, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    I’ve been looking forward to “Rot & Ruin” for a while, but “Birthmarked” looks fabulous, too! I love YA sci-fi!

  • Breanne M.
    December 25, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    All of them, but probably 13 Secrets or Darkness Becomes Her the most.

  • Linda S
    December 25, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Open to everyone, including those of us in the US? The Cursed Ones looks especially interesting! I hope these are soon to be released in the US also.

  • Stephanie K.
    December 25, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Thanks for this amazing giveaway! All of these books sound interesting. The cover for Darkness Becomes Her is gorgeous!

  • Ashley Van Ette
    December 25, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    I’m looking forward to Birthmarked

  • Victoria Zumbrum
    December 25, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Great contest. Please enter me. All the books sounds really good.

  • maddbookish
    December 25, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Here’s hoping!

  • Dottie
    December 25, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Darkness Becomes Her looks excellent, can’t wait to give it a try!

    Count me in!

    Dottie 🙂

    Happy Holidays!

  • Carol Thompson
    December 25, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    A great giveaway with a really good selection of titles. It would be really good to win this one !

    To name one release I am looking forward to next year, The City of Fallen Angels. It sounds as if it is going to be really good.

    Thanks to you and the publisher for the giveaway and especially for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Much appreciated.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  • jennie m
    December 25, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    wow, what an amazing give away! thanks for the chance to win!

  • Jade
    December 25, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    I can’t believe it! I’ve heard of The Cursed Ones and I love it! It’s actually on my Wish List. The rest of the books sound brilliant as well, and to get all six? Awesome!
    Thank you so much for this chance! 😀
    (retweeted as well)
    I’m keeping my fingers crossed!


  • SGS
    December 26, 2010 at 12:11 am

    me please!

  • The Book Smugglers » Blog Archive » Smugglivus 2010: Week 5 Schedule
    December 26, 2010 at 2:29 am

    […] And don’t forget you can still enter the Big Awesome Christmas YA giveaway with 6 2011 titles from S&S UK. You can enter HERE. […]

  • Jim
    December 26, 2010 at 3:46 am

    Wow, they look great – particularly Darkness Becomes Her and Amy and Roger. Fingers crossed!

  • Dovile
    December 26, 2010 at 3:48 am

    I’m most interested in 13 Secrets, because it sound the most intriguing to me, and to Darkness Becomes Her, because I just like the cover:)
    Thanks for making this open to everyone!

  • Mel S
    December 26, 2010 at 3:51 am

    They all look great and I do love teh cover to Darkness Becomes Her (purple being my favourite colour!). I’m also excited about The Cursed Ones – I love Nancy Holder! 🙂

  • debp
    December 26, 2010 at 4:13 am

    All of these books sound so good, I would love to read them.

  • Stella (Ex Libris)
    December 26, 2010 at 5:13 am

    I agree Kathryn, the covers look fantastic! They are so eye catching and quality covers. I have heard so many friends rave and praise Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, I’m really curiosu about that one!

    Thank you and Merry Christmas! 🙂

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Charlotte
    December 26, 2010 at 5:43 am

    Hope on, hope ever!

    and thanks for the lovely Smugglivus.

  • Amy S
    December 26, 2010 at 7:02 am

    These all sound great, but I have to admit you really had me at the Angel reference. Happy holidays!

  • Maryam H
    December 26, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I’m really looking forward to Darkness becomes her!
    Great giveaway!

  • Audra Holtwick
    December 26, 2010 at 9:49 am

    The Cursed Ones looks to be a great read- Happy Holidays!!!!

  • Ellie
    December 26, 2010 at 10:08 am

    OMG! This giveaway rocks!!!! :mrgreen:

    They all sound sooo good! Hope I win!! ^^

  • Yam
    December 26, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Awesome giveaway! I bookmarked this post so I won’t forget the book titles 🙂

  • Elise Rodriguez
    December 26, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Wow, so many great titles. The Cursed Ones and Darkness Becomes Her look fantastic. Thanks.
    caliblue7 at gmail dot com

  • MarieC
    December 26, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    Wow, too many books for the next year…Thanks for adding to the list! :0)

  • morganne
    December 26, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Darkness becomes her and the cursed ones look really good!

  • April
    December 26, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    Wow! These all look fantastic, especially Darkness Becomes Her. I am all for dark re-imaginings of the Medusa myth.

  • SaraC
    December 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    These books sound great! Can’t wait to read some of them.

  • Chimney
    December 26, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    The Cursed Ones sounds interesting and since I have always been a sucker for Greek mythology, I will be checking out Darkness Becomes Her as well.

  • vvb
    December 26, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    the 2011 s&s line-up is looking good! exciting!

  • Ann
    December 26, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Looks awesome, wonderful giveaway.

  • Etta
    December 26, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    I’m really looking forward to Rot and Ruin, but all of these titles sound interesting.

  • Hannah
    December 26, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Oh, my gosh they all sound amazing! I’m so excited for the awesome books coming out next year – there are SO MANY. 😀 And thanks for holding this amazing and generous giveaway, that’s so lovely of you!

  • Katie A
    December 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Sounds lovely – can’t wait to read!

  • Elle
    December 26, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    I’m now looking forward to the release of all of these books, especially Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour.

  • Sarah B
    December 26, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    This giveaway is fantastic. I am most looking forward to Darkness Becomes Her and Birthmarked. I love all things mythology, and I’ve been reading a lot of dystopian YA recently

  • A'lina
    December 26, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    I’ve been looking forward to reading these! Great guest post! And thanks for the giveaway!

  • Chrizette
    December 26, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Rot and Ruin is my pick – I have heard so much about it and am waiting for a change to read it 🙂

  • Laura
    December 26, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    I’ve been waiting for Rot and Ruin and since Santa didn’t bring it for Christmas 😀 , I’ll toss my name in the hat for this contest!

  • Bella F.
    December 26, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    All of these sound exciting and are definitely going down on my to-read list:)

  • Mia
    December 27, 2010 at 9:21 am

    So, first I was going to say Rot & Ruin because Jonathan Mayberry is amazing. Then, Birthmarked came up and I love Dystopian novels. Then I read the description to Darkness Becomes Hers and I was sold. When was the last time anyone wrote about Gorgons?

  • diana mack
    December 27, 2010 at 9:50 am

    we love sara dessan at our house so the epic detour book stands out!

  • alana
    December 27, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I’ve already read Rot and Ruin and it completely blew me away. One of my all time favorite zombie books.

  • sarah
    December 27, 2010 at 10:33 am

    oooh pretty! i’m really interested in birthmarked!

  • Mrs. DeRaps
    December 27, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Oh my! What an awesome giveaway! I can’t wait for 2011…So many great new books. But, I do have some unfinished work left over from 2010.

  • Teri C.
    December 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Oh that is a stash I would love to have, With all these great reads I have missed the TBR pile in my house will grow! How did I miss them?
    Thank You!

  • Kaya H
    December 27, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Oh My that is a set to be had!
    Thank you for this amazing opportunity!

  • fairy_morgaine
    December 27, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Well I’m waiting for Rot and Ruin, after all I have yet to read about zombies and I’m curious 😳
    Thanks for the chance..

    fairy dot morgaine at gmail dot com

  • Anonymous
    December 27, 2010 at 4:10 pm

    I have been waiting to read these books for ages, the one I am most excited about is Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Amanda Lee
    December 27, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Birthmarked’s cover is absolutely gorgeous. And Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour looks like a wonderful book. 🙂

  • Adrienne
    December 27, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    All six in a give away!!! Count me in these all sound awesome… Hurray for things that go bump in the night!!!

  • Mezzowriter
    December 27, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Please sign me up! 🙂

  • Melanie L
    December 27, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    They all look really good. I’ve been wanting to read some of these for a while now, especially Rot and Ruin and Birthmarked.

  • Roob
    December 27, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    The covers are really really good. I especially love Birthmarked! And they all sound amazing. Thanks for the giveaway and making it international!

  • Sparkles
    December 28, 2010 at 2:41 am

    Wow! They all sound so interesting and the covers are beautiful. I’ll have to go with Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton. Re-imagining of the Medusa myth, I’m in. 😀 Thank you so much for making thins giveaway international :mrgreen:

  • Marlene Breakfield
    December 28, 2010 at 9:14 am

    The books sound great. Please enter me in the giveaway.

  • Megan
    December 28, 2010 at 9:37 am

    I read and loved Birthmarked! I’m looking forward to the others on this list as well!

  • Kaethe
    December 28, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I’m particularly interested in Birthmarked, but they all look great.

  • Angela
    December 29, 2010 at 2:42 am

    Wow, Simon & Schuster have some fabulous books with beautiful covers coming up over the next while. Amy & Roger’s Epic detour sounds intriguing and I can’t wait to see the completed cover. Rot & Ruin looks really good, you can’t beat a good zombie novel and it looks like the sort of thing both my daughter and myself would enjoy. Anyway I’d love to win these it’d be the perfect way to start 2011! 😀

  • Silvia Merrill
    December 29, 2010 at 6:03 am

    I read and loved Birthmarked! I’m looking forward to the others on this list as well!

  • Suzanne
    December 29, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    It feels me with excitement thinking about all the books in the world that i have yet to read. 😀 I love mythology, so i have to say the Darkness Becomes Her is my most anticipated read along with Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour, because who doesn’t want to go on a life-changing road trip?

  • Isabeleeta
    December 29, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I would love to read 13 secrets! Anything with the number 13 makes for on-the-edge-of-your-seat reading.

  • Throuthehaze
    December 30, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    A few of these are already on my wishlist but I am most looking forward to DARKNESS BECOMES HER by Kelly Keaton

  • Claudine San Miguel
    January 1, 2011 at 12:28 am

    ooooh. great contest 😀

  • mikhaila
    January 1, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    ooh, they all look so good, i don’t know which one i’d like the most 😀

  • Sam
    September 30, 2011 at 6:16 am

    Wow, all these books look amazing! I reckon Rot and Ruin and Birthmarked are the ones I am looking forward to the most. And the cover for Kelly Keaton’s book is breathtaking! Great Giveaway.

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