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The Novella Initiative Giveaway: Year One

To celebrate the release of Girl Reporter by Tansy Rayner Roberts, the fifth and last entry in our 2017 Novella Initiative lineup, we are thrilled to offer up a giveaway!


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YEAR ONE includes…


We have three sets of paperback copies + ebooks of all five titles in the Novella Initiative up for grabs! Three lucky winners will get to take home the complete Year One collection. The sweepstakes will run until Tuesday, December 26, and is open to everyone, everywhere. To enter use the form below and good luck!

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  • Kara
    December 19, 2017 at 6:12 am

    My favorite book of 2017 is probably The Boy On the Bridge by M.R. Carey. I loved it almost as much as I loved The Girl With All the Gifts.

  • Sandra E
    December 19, 2017 at 6:35 am

    My favourite book of 2017 is definitely Dim Sum Asylum by Rhys Ford. A close second though, has to be Megan Derr’s The Heart of the Lost Star.

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  • Mary Preston
    December 19, 2017 at 7:00 am

    My favorite was “The Anchoress” by Robyn Cadwallader.

  • John Smith
    December 19, 2017 at 7:27 am

    I read Uzumaki by Junji Ito this year, and that’s quite good!

  • Charles Payseur
    December 19, 2017 at 8:25 am

    I loved Reenu-Yu and Bearly a Lady and can’t wait to read more!

  • Tammy
    December 19, 2017 at 8:48 am

    It’s hard to pick ONE, but I’ll have to go with Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  • Chessa
    December 19, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Argh, I read so many good books in 2017, it’s so hard to choose my favorite! But if I think about it in terms of “which book do I want to put into the hands of everyone I know” then the answer would be The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

  • Anita Yancey
    December 19, 2017 at 9:54 am

    My favorite was Lie To Me by J.T. Ellison.

  • Lexi
    December 19, 2017 at 10:37 am

    I have four: Six Wakes, Thick as Thieves, Magpie Murders and a Closed and Common Orbit.

  • Donna
    December 19, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly. Another great Harry Bosch thriller. I have read them all!

  • Katharine
    December 19, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemison! That woman is a powerhouse who can make you feel every feeling possible with a single sentence.

    I am also eagerly awaiting Courtney Milan’s next release, which sadly did not appear this year, because the number of themes that women can explore with a single romance novel is ASTOUNDING. Her author’s note about the unrecognized contributions of female scientists in The Countess Conspiracy literally had me in tears.

  • Mary A
    December 19, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Thick as Thieves. I had been waiting on that one awhile and it did not disappoint. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Jennie
    December 19, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    I haven’t been able to read much due to concentration problems (thanks depression!) but I’ve got Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti and Binti: Home on my list to read before the third comes out.

  • Michele Fry
    December 19, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    The book I’ve raved about most incessantly is Martha Wells’ ‘The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red’.

    Also high on my list: Genevieve Cogman’s ‘The Lost Plot; Rod Duncan’s ‘The Queen of All Crows’, and Phillip Pullman’s ‘Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage’.

  • M. Newton
    December 19, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Definitely A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab!

  • Christina "DZA" Marie
    December 19, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    My favorite 2017 book is definitely “The Guns Above.” Sci-fi FTW!

  • Anonymous
    December 19, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    I cant pick one – so here are my top 5
    In Other Lands – Sarah Rees Brennan
    Winter Tide – Ruth Emery
    Black Wolves of Boston – Wen Spencer
    Refrigerator Monologues – Catherynne Valente
    Stars are Legion – Kameron Hurley

  • Wren
    December 20, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    So…hard…to pick just one. The Traitor Baru Cormorant? The One Hundred Nights of Hero? The Aleph and Other Stories by Jorge Luis Borges? All of these kept me awake through the night.

    Seth Dickinson’s The Traitor Baru Cormorant. God, this DESTROYED me.

  • Tia
    December 20, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    My favorite book of the year has to be The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin because OF COURSE! The whole series is phenomenal and I think that the last book ended perfectly. I although thought Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng, Jade City by Fonda Lee, The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley, and An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon are all brilliant as well.

  • C.N. Rowen
    December 21, 2017 at 12:11 am

    My favorite of 2017 has got to be House of Binding Thorns.

  • Barry R.
    December 21, 2017 at 8:31 am

    My favorite book from 2017 is Caroline’s Heart by Austin Chant.

  • Dovile
    December 21, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Triple Threat by by Gwenda Bond

  • Lillian
    December 21, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    So hard to just pick one! Especially since I fell in love with so many graphic novels this year like Clean Room and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I also found myself backtracking to older books new to me like Murder on the Orient Express and The Gunslinger. I think I have to go with Before I Fall, a gorgeous book that propelled me out a reading slump; I completely devoured it and cried at the end.

  • Francene
    December 21, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    I think three of my favorites this year have been novellas:
    Snowspelled by Stephanie Burgis
    ‘The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red’ by Martha Wells
    The Dream-quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson

  • moonstar merryheart
    December 21, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    the lost children trilogy, chop chop, dirk gentlys holistic detective agency

  • Koa
    December 21, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    My favourite books of this year: Courtney Milan’s The Brothers Sinister romance collection, and The Bromancers by Tansy Rayner Roberts.

  • Noelle
    December 22, 2017 at 11:07 am

    My favourite book of the year is definitely An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon, but the Hate U give by Angie Thomas was so amazing. I can not recommend them enough !

  • Debbie
    December 22, 2017 at 11:09 am

    My favorite book of 2017 would probably be either The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid or Difficult Women by Roxane Gay.

  • Elizabeth @ Earl Grey Editing
    December 23, 2017 at 3:43 am

    As others have said, it’s hard to pick one. But I think I’d go with The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman. Regency demon hunting FTW.

  • Jennifer
    December 23, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Strange the Dreamer

  • Robert Palmer
    December 23, 2017 at 7:28 am

    My favorite book of 2017 was Ron Rash’s The Risen. I didn’t read that much this year and most of what I read was forgettable, unfortunately. But The Risen had some deep morality undertones that really resonated (plus a character I couldn’t help but picture as being played by Noomi Rapace).

  • Margo-Lea
    December 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    I always have trouble picking just one favorite. In novellas, I liked All Systems Red (Murderbot #1) a lot. But I also liked River of Teeth & Taste of Marrow. And Red Threads of Fortune & Black Tides of Heaven. And I think there was a new Binti that was amazing. In novels I liked Raven Stratagem and Phantom Pains. Both great second books in trilogies. Provenance was my favorite standalone novel.
    Too much? But there’s so much great stuff out there. My TBR threatens to displace my clothing 🙂

  • Sarah
    December 24, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    I think my favorite read this year was “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas – genuine and powerful and unflinching. Definitely looking forward to her next novel.

  • Anna
    December 25, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Of the books published in 2017 that I read, my absolute stand out favourites were ‘Frogkisser’ by Garth Nix, and ‘One of Us is Lying’ by Karen M McManus.

  • Miss Susan
    December 25, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    I feel genuinely incapable of picking one favourite for the year but I did really enjoy Leah Thomas’ Because You’ll Never Meet Me duology.

  • Maija Reads
    December 25, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    My favourite book from 2017 is definitely The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin. What a great ending for the trilogy! I also loved Ursula Vernon’s collection Jackalope Wives and Other Stories.

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