Smugglers Stash

Smugglers’ Stash, News & Giveaway Winners

It is the END, my friends! THE END of YAAM! It was the best of months; we had loads of fun, we nearly collapsed under the stress but we.Did.It. And of course, we loved it! It is with a bit of sadness that we say goodbye to YAAM (until next year) and resume with the usual programme.

But before we move on, a little recap:

Books Reviewed: 32.

Some we loved, some we didn’t. One of them – Sisters Redbecame a heated discussion about Rape Culture.

Thea’s Favourite YAAM Book: We by John Dickinson (barely beating out Pod by Stephen Wallenfels)
Ana’s Favourite YAAM Book: The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty

Fabulous Guest Posts:

Michael Grant on writing the Gone Series
Zetta Elliott on Diversity in YA
Sarah Rees Brennan on Why Ya
Interview with Malinda Lo on LGTB
Zombies vs Unicorns: Diana Peterfreund and Carrie Ryan fight to the death (ours)
Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson on Inspirations and Influences
Karen Healey on awesome female characters

And of course, The Party, an open post where bloggers added their own links to posts about YA.

Thus, we hereby declare YAAM officially over! See you next year.

Giveaway winners

We have quite a few today:

The two winners of the anthology Zombies vs Unicorns are:

MarieC (comment# 27)

Sarah Olson (comment#78 )

The five winners of Dark Life by Kat Falls are:

Darren (comment#4 )

Caroline (comment#37 )

Melanie L (comment#28 )

John J (comment#62 )

Gerd D (comment#47 )

The two winners of The Familiars are:

Heloise (comment#20 )

Marco Miranda (comment#67 )

Congratulations! You know the drill. Send us an email (contact AT the book smugglers DOT com) with your snail mail address, and we’ll get your winnings out to you as soon as possible.


There is a new website around called The Contemps: A new website created by a group of YA authors with contemporary novels that releasing over the course of a year.

Some of their books are definitely on my radar!

This Week on The Book Smugglers

On Monday, I, Ana, talk about my new-found love for Jaclyn Moriarty and her books:

(You are probably thinking right now: WAIT A MINUTE, isn’t that YA? Didn’t you just say that YAAM was over? Well, I LIED. I can’t go cold turkey like that!! Please, take pity on me!)

On Tuesday, we post an exclusive video with author Brent Weeks, answering 3 interview questions from us. The video is part of Orbit’s awesome promo for the author’s new book, The Black Prism, which we will be reading very soon.

On Wednesday, I review my first Beth Kephart novel, Dangerous Neighbors:

Then, on Thursday we post our joint review of one of our most anticipated reads of 2010, The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson…

and finally on Friday, it is our turn to host the Official Mockingjay 13 District Blog Tour, as tributes from…

and Thea promised to rock it with her post about Katniss! Plus, we have a super cool giveaway! It is going to be awesome and I don’t even read the books (*ducks*) but I feel the tingly anticipation that reminds me of the good days of Harry Potter books! Good times.

And that’s it from us today! As usual, we remain….

They’re NINJAbread men. Get it? NINJAbread men.

~Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Smugglers

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  • Celine
    August 22, 2010 at 9:04 am

    *gasps* Ana! You haven’t read Hunger Gamesor Catching Fire??

    I am appalled, young lady. Utterly appalled.

  • Ana
    August 22, 2010 at 9:24 am

    I know, right? It’s CRAZY. BUT I am actually waiting for the last book so that I can read all three together! πŸ˜€

  • Celine
    August 22, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Good plan! I’ll be waiting with my gruby mitts out on the day of release ( mind you, I’ll have to fight off son, daughter and husband! It’s the only book that the entire family have all loved with equal fire.)

  • Nikki-ann
    August 22, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I’ve got Sisters Red sat waiting for me to read. I’ve read some good reviews about it. I enjoy YA books, even if I’m beyond that age group πŸ™‚

  • sue brandes
    August 22, 2010 at 11:02 am

    Congrats to the winners. sounds like some good books.

  • Darren @ Bart's Bookshelf
    August 22, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Corr, I won a book! πŸ™‚ Thanks for hosting some great giveaways!

  • danielle
    August 22, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    You HAVEN’T read Catching Fire? I’ve read it twice already! For shame.

  • KarenS
    August 22, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I’m looking forward to Monday. I bought The Ghosts of Ashbury Hugh based on your review (but haven’t read it yet) and I just saw The Year of Secret Assignments at Borders with a different cover, so I wonder if it has been reissued. I flipped to a random page and really liked what I read. Thinking about adding it to my to-buy list…

  • Nomes
    August 22, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    cool – just found you guys – so live all this linkage to check out.

    and Jaclyn Moriarty is my number one writerly crush! been reading her since Celia came out here in Australia in 2000 πŸ™‚ So proud of her new US surge. She’s brilliant and whimsical and funny and nails teenagers. I love her unique style.

    And, how cool are those ninja cookies!

  • martin
    August 22, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Who won the thief takers apprentice

  • orannia
    August 23, 2010 at 1:51 am

    Congrats to the winners! And oh The Black Prism looks good!

    Love the ninjabread men…or should that be ninjabreak persons?

  • Mrs. DeRaps
    August 23, 2010 at 5:55 am

    I can’t believe that there’s someone out there who hasn’t read the HG series, despite the proof (millions of fans) that it’s amazing. Oh well.

    Thanks for supporting great YA lit and conversations!

  • Carol Wong
    August 23, 2010 at 6:27 am

    Looking forward to the new books. Congrats to the winners. Where did you find the cookie cutters?

  • Ana
    August 23, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Martin: we announced the winner of Thief Taker’s last week:


  • Melanie L
    August 24, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Hey, I’m like Ana too. I have the first two books but haven’t read them yet because I’m waiting for Mockingjay to come in the mail. That way I can read all three back to back! πŸ™‚ Also, I see I won Dark Life. Thanks!!

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