Contest Time - YA Fantasy Showdown style.

Current Theme Song (aka what's playing on my ipod right now) Antebellum by Vienna Teng.

Alright, I know anyone who is reading this blog this week is waiting for my answer of whether or not there will be another YA Fantasy Showdown. That is coming tomorrow, I promise.

But if you have to wait, this is a pretty good day to wait, because it is time for a contest.

I was so dumbfounded by the response to the showdown. You guys really were the ones that made it so incredible (did you realize there were 33,000 hits the first day alone?). I could not stop reading the comments you left because you guys were just so awesome. I was humbled and in awe, really. And I would like to give a fraction of my gratitude back to you, if I can. So here's the deal:

I'm giving away one of those books.

The winner will get to pick a book from the tournament that they'd never heard before but are now curious about/itching to read. I'll buy it and lickety-split it over to you. :)

So what will it be?

The cool, soul-tormented Daniel?

The mysterious, but often hilarious shape-shifter Goranu?

The fashionable, nine-lived sorcerer, Christopher Chant?

The insanely powerful but oh-so-awesome Katsa or Alanna?

The pale-skinned girl who can travel into death, Sabriel?

The girl who loves food and can throw herself into other's spirits, Ai Ling?

The unicorn killer (evil unicorns, mind you), Astrid?

The Viking girl with a foul mouth and an axe to match, Thorgil?

Or perhaps you just want to find out who this mysterious winner is, Eugenides.

All you have to do to enter is... tell me which book you want. No strings, no "must follow, must tell people" bits. That isn't what this is about. I love stories. And I love sharing great stories with people. That is why I did the showdown in the first place. Sure it was to celebrate Mockingjay and because I was going stir crazy waiting for it to come, but more than that, it was for the worlds undiscovered and the hopes someone might find something new and marvelous they hadn't known existed before. I love that, and I love sharing it.

So fire away. Tell me which book you want if you win (and a way to contact you, preferably. I'll post the winner, but in case you miss that day). Happy hunting, and I hope you find some place wonderful along the way.

Contest runs through September 25th (2010) at, oh for old time's sake, 9:00 PM EST. :) Thanks everyone, for making this whole thing such a joy to do!

EDIT: You can choose ANY book from the tournament. These were just a sampling to get your juices going. :) Good luck, everyone!


Autumn said...

Evil unicorns piqued my curiosity so I'll pick Rampant!

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Jana said...

I would want The Thief. Although I had heard of an voted for Eugenides, I never thought he'd win! I am so happy he did! I only have the audiobook--I would like the book so I can re-read it sometime soon!

Katie said...

THE DARK DIVINE, definitely!! And I hope Daniel wins!!! I checked this one out of the library to read, but I'd love to own it.

This was an awesome showdown! I think my favorite was the short story written by Bree Despain about if Daniel and Jace met. SO COOL! Great idea!!!


Lady Dvora said...

The Graceling! Katsa is awesome and my sister had never read the book so I MUST introduce them :)


Kim said...

I'm dying to read Silver Pheonix. Thanks for the great contest!


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Rachel said...

I want Rampant because the library doesn't own it!

Em said...

Ah, definitely Silver Phoenix! I have been dying to read it (which is sad that it has gotten that far because my library system does own it - no need to die).

Onge said...

Thanks for the awesome Showdown and contest!!
I hadn't heard of most of these and I kind of want to read them all. Mostly I want to read Howl’s Moving Castle or Queen's Thief. Probably because I heard most about them. I'm not sure which to pick. If I win would you choose for me? :)

Anonymous said...

ah, so hard to choose. so many characters I had never heard of! but katsa really seemed interesting, so I'll go with Graceling.


thanks for organizing this, it was really cool!

Ghostie said...

The Dark Divine! It looks like a fantastic book. :]
I had so much fun with the YA Showdown!

Heather Zundel said...

Onge - If you wanted, I would definitely pick for you. If you win, just give me a list of some of your favorite books and I'll hook you up with something awesome. ^_^

And everyone, you know it can be any book from the tournament, right? This was only a sample list to get your juices going. :)

Ibberman said...

I would love The Thief because I love reading about thieves, and I onestly hadn't heard about it, whith surprises me, so I thank the Showdown for pointing my attention to it.
I would also love to have it, because, since I am moving to another country (from Denmark to England) in about a week, I really need a good book for when I get homesick, whith I am sure to be (at least at some point).

Leslie @ This is the Refrain said...

Little Sister looks so good! I'd love that one.T hanks for the opportunity.

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Anonymous said...

I think The Dark Divine sounds really good so I think I would want it :)

Jodi said...

After seeing what a bad a** Katsa is in the showdown, I've been dying to read Graceling.


Misty said...

WOW what a choice. I think I'll have to go with Little Sister.

Thanks for the wonderful time


Unknown said...

I want to read "Silver Phoenix"; the contest really piqued my interest, and I haven't been able to find it in local bookstores.

Thanks for the Showdown (Gen FTW!) and for the contest! (emtes4 @ aol)

BK Mattingly said...

I'll pick the Dark Divine. I've been dying to read that one. :) My email is I'm so excited!

An Old Fashioned Girl said...

GRACELING! Because my sister (LadyDvora who commented above) keeps telling me I have to read it and telling me all the best parts while still trying not to give anything important away story-wise.Believe me, it's very annoying;-) So I guess should just read it for myself!


Hannah said...

The Thief! I've been looking forward to it for so long :)


Kasey said...

The Thief, because reading about Eugenides has really made me want to read his story.


Meghan said...

I also have to choose The Thief. I had never heard of Eugenides before but he sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks so much for running this contest!

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Katie said...

I would have to go with Jace from Mortal Instruments. I liked the idea of him calling on runic tattoos.


firedancer731 said...

So hard to choose! Sabriel :)

Unknown said...

I've wanted to read Silver Phoenix since it came out! Although after looking into this contest, I realized I kinda want to read all the books I haven't read yet (about half the list approximately!) Thanks for the tourney and the contest!
Liz E.

Rachel said...

Christopher Chant!!!! He sounds so cool!!! Ive been wanting to read his books ever since His and Hermiones battle. my email is

Kemendraugh said...

Definitely the Thief. Mostly because I own lots of the others, but also because he beat my beloved Howl. BEAT HOWL? It cannot be! I must know this boy, and see what's so special about him :)

kemendraugh at gmail dot com

Laura V. said...

I would want The Thief. I had never heard about it, but apparently, it's epically awesome, because Eugenides won! Well, thanks so much for the amazing Showdown and the great contest!

Amanda Shea said...

Graceling! It's so nice of you to do I contest like this.

Hi, I'm Jennifer. said...

Goose Girl, by Shannon Hale
Thanks for this awesome contest!!

linz said...

I would want...Crown Duel.
Thanks for the contest!
The showdown was completly epic. You did an amazing job.

Shimon said...

Tough choice.

Already in the first round I was told that Gen was worth hunting down, so thanks to you I have already ordered and devoured the "Thief" series.

I'm going to have to go with Silver Phoenix.

I had been rooting for Bod to go the distance so I was quite intrigued by Ai Ling.

Thanks for an amazingly well done job.

Mindy said...

I would probably want Graceling. It sounds like an amazing book! Once again, thank you for this amazing contest! I had so much fun, even though I discovered it a bit late.

Mme Silver said...

I already went out and bout Graceling, Silver Phoenix, Little Sister, Dragonflight, Crown Duel and Hunger Games (two copies - one for my classroom and one for me!)

Next on my list is the Christopher chant books! That's what I would want!

Nova said...

I'd have to say The Dark Divine, mostly for its epic cover!

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By the way, I loved the showdown - wonderful idea, wonderfully carried out! Great job :)

maria said...

I really want howl's moving castle. Howl did so well in the contest, I mean he beat katsa for crying out loud. If a book has that many people who love it that much it has to be well worth the read. Besides that, That book has been on my reading list for a while now, it's just a matter of finally purchasing it with my college funds.
I also wanted to say thank you for this tournament. I got so excited over it, I spent a ridiculous amount of time watching the votes and talking to people about it who couldn't care less. Thank you for taking the time to bring all our favorite characters into existence.

GS said...

I would love to read The Hunger Games.

Unknown said...

I would love to read "The Thief!"

Thank you so much for doing the YA Fantasy showdown. You've given me so many more books to read!

Will you be posting any thoughts/comments on Mockingjay? I'm interested to hear your thoughts!


Heather Zundel said...

Thank you all so much for your sweet and thoughtful comments. I really appreciate them.

And your choices have been wonderful so far! I hope it is not too corny to say I wish all of you could win (I wish I had enough money to buy you all a book).

And who knows, I may add my thoughts about Mockingjay. I wasn't planning on it since my blog is focused on finding great unknown literature (it is my mission as a superhero as WriterGirl, you know), but... we'll see. ;) I do love it so.

Anonymous said...

GRACELING! I've wanted to read this book for such a long time, but I haven't had the chance to go out and buy it. :)

Anonymous said...

I have read the first book Gone and I would liek to read the second. Mocking Jay just came into the school library a week ago and I have already reserved it before it arived. I read the hunger games because of the YA Fantasy showdown. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for doing it! I always liked imagining how it would be like if characters from diffrent books came together and the shodown made my dreams come true.

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Melissa said...

If I won (which would happen in an alternate universe =P), I would LOVE to read Howl's Moving Castle! His personality really intrigues me in all of the "battles" that I've read on YA Fantasy Showdown. And I'd like to learn more about this Sophie!


Anica Lewis said...

Ooh, Silver Phoenix. I've been curious about that one for awhile.

XאּÞǾļÄŘЂξåяŹאּΧ said...

Hi. thank you for the very interesting show down!! was really excited to see half my favourite characters in that!
i would love to read hunger games. katniss sounds like a really really cool gal xD

P.S Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy is a pretty good read too! (just felt like reccomending some too)