Emptying the Nest: August 2012 Edition

So, we all have those books sitting on our shelves that we have already read and don't have a use for anymore. It doesn't mean that those books weren't great reads for us once upon a time. However, books are meant to be read so we here at Reading Lark will be giving our readers a chance to give some of our old books a new lease on life. All books are used, but still in good condition. All you have to do to enter is be a Reading Lark follower  and fill out the rafflecopter form. The form will also give you some ways to earn extra entries. We have made a slight change and will be doing this giveaway every other month instead of every month. This idea was originally inspired by the Secondhand Saturday event at Reading Teen.

Basic Rules:
* You must be 13 years old or older to enter the YA and Classic Giveaways.
* You must be 18 years or older to enter the Adult Giveaways.
* You must live in the country specified for each giveaway. We have options for readers in the United States, Canada, and the UK. Please pay careful attention to the labels for each giveaway!
* The August event runs from 8/11-25. Winners will be announced on 8/26.

Here are the books you could snag in August - You can enter to win as many of them as you'd like. Each giveaway has its own rafflecopter form and expectations. We have EIGHT awesome giveaways for you this month. It will be possible for you to win more than once if you enter for more than one book.

 All summaries from Goodreads.
*Note - Cover art may vary from the edition won.*

Giveaway #1: Nightfall (The Vampire Diaries: The Return #1)  by L.J. Smith (YA - Hardback) - US & CA ONLY!

Elena Gilbert is alive—again.

When Elena sacrificed herself to save the two vampire brothers who love her—the handsome, brooding Stefan and the sleek and dangerous Damon—she was consigned to a fate beyond death. Until a powerful supernatural force pulled her back.

Now Elena is not just human. She has powers and gifts that were bestowed on her in the afterlife. What’s more, her blood pulses with an overwhelming and unique force that makes her irresistible to any vampire.

Stefan wants to find a way to keep Elena safe so that they can make a life together. Damon, however, is driven by an insatiable desire for power, and wants Elena to rule as his princess. When Stefan is lured away from Fell’s Church, Damon seizes his chance to convince her that he is the brother she is meant to be with…

But a darkness is infiltrating the town, and Damon, always the hunter, is now the hunted; he becomes the prey of a malevolent creature that can possess him at will, and who desires not just Elena’s blood but her death.

Giveaway #2: A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young (YA - ARC) - US ONLY!

Elise is a normal seventeen-year-old girl until the day she wakes up in a desert park, with no idea who she is. 

After that episode, her life takes a bizarre turn. She’s experiencing unexpected flashes of insight into people’s lives—people she’s never met before. Strangers frighten her with warnings about the approaching Shadows. And although Elise has never had a boyfriend, she suddenly finds herself torn between two handsome but very different young men: Abe, the charming bad boy whose effect on her both seduces and frightens her, and the mysterious Harlin, who’s new to town but with whom Elise feels an urgent, elemental connection—almost as if they are soul mates.

Now Elise begins to question everything about her life. Why do these guys both want her so desperately? What are the Shadows? Why does the name Charlotte inspire a terrifying familiarity? And who is Elise, really?

Giveaway #3: Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann (YA - Hardback) - US ONLY!

Kendall loves her life in small town Cryer¹s Cross, Montana, but she also longs for something more. She knows the chances of going to school in New York are small, but she's not the type to give up easily. Even though it will mean leaving Nico, the world's sweetest boyfriend, behind.

But when Cryer's Cross is rocked by unspeakable tragedy, Kendall shoves her dreams aside and focuses on just one goal: help find her missing friends. Even if it means spending time with the one boy she shouldn't get close to... the one boy who makes her question everything she feels for Nico.

Determined to help and to stay true to the boy she's always loved, Kendall keeps up the search--and stumbles upon some frightening local history. She knows she can't stop digging, but Kendall is about to find out just how far the townspeople will go to keep their secrets buried...

Giveaway #4: Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz (YA - Hardback) - CA ONLY!

Schuyler Van Alen wants an explanation for the mysterious deaths of young vampires. With her best friend, Oliver, Schuyler travels to Italy in the hope of finding the one man who can help - her grandfather. Meanwhile, back in New York, preparations are feverishly underway for the Four Hundred Ball, an exclusive gala hosted by the city's wealthy, powerful, and unhuman - a true Blue Blood affair.

But it's at the after-party, a masquerade ball thrown by the cunning Mimi Force, that the real danger lurks. Hidden behind the masks is a revelation that will forever change the course of a young vampire's destiny.

Rich with glamour, attitude, and vampire lore, this second installment in the Blue Bloods saga will leave readers thirsting for more.

Giveaway #5: What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang (YA - ARC) - UK ONLY!

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t…

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable–hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet…for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything.

Giveaway #6: The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann (YA - Hardback) - UK ONLY!

Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths.
Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret—behind the mirage of the "death farm" there is instead a place called Artime.
In Artime, each child is taught to cultivate their creative abilities and learn how to use them magically, weaving spells through paintbrushes and musical instruments. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it's a wondrous transformation.
But it's a rare, unique occurence for twins to be separated between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron's bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artime that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle.

Giveaway #7: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (Adult - Paperback) - US & CA ONLY!

In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men. As the years pass, Lily and Snow Flower send messages on fans, compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. Together, they endure the agony of foot-binding, and reflect upon their arranged marriages, shared loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their deep friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart.

Giveaway #8: My Dear I Wanted to Tell You by Louisa Young (Adult - Hardback) - US & CA ONLY!

The lives of two very different couples--an officer and his aristocratic wife and a young soldier and his childhood sweetheart--are irrevocably intertwined and forever changed in this stunning World War I epic.


  1. Well, these books really look interesting. Thanks for making the UK part possible...

  2. oops! Sorry, the one I started to enter was for Canada only.

  3. I want to win A Want so Wicked because I really likes A Need so Beautiful :)

  4. I'm so sorry! I accidentally clicked into the entry for the UK only What's left of me giveaway. Can someone please remove my entry as I'm in the US? I'd really appreciate it; sorry my brain was foggy, and I didn't read the form all the way through.

  5. A Want So Wicked has really awesome Angel lore:)

    Thanks so much:)

  6. I LOVE Lisa McMann and this book sounds great:)

    Thank you:)

  7. I'd love to win What's Left of Me because it sounds like a perfect science fiction read that reminds me of The Host by Stephanie Meyers. I've been wanting to read it ever since I saw it on a Waiting on Wednesday somewhere. It looks so good!

    Since I'm from the Netherlands, in the small chance that I win, I'd like to pay for shipping (quite easy through Paypal). If that's not okay, don't mind my entries (:

  8. I'd like to win The Vampire Diaries book or Masquerade due to the story. Both are up my alley and I have them wish-listed. Thanks for offering them up!

  9. I'd light to win Nightfall because I've read the other books in the series! I would love to see what happens next:) Thanks!

  10. I'd love to win a Want so Wicked because I love books with love triangles and the whole story of this book sounds really intriguing. I'm curious what it is about. Thanks!

  11. I'd love to win Cryer's Cross because it looks very mysterious! I've seen a lot of good reviews about it too. Thanks!

  12. I loved A Need So Beautiful, so am really excited to read A Want So Wicked!


  13. I'd like to win any of these books since I love to read. But, I am especially interested in winning *Masquerade*, since it is Book #2 of *Blue Bloods*, a series that I recently purchased Books #1, #3, and #4 of from a thrift store.

  14. Oops, I noticed the one I was most interested in was a Canada only giveaway, so I cannot enter it, since I am in the US. But, other than it, I would love to win the TVD book, since I already have some of that series on my shelf, or a A Want So Wicked, because the cover is beautiful.

  15. A Want So Wicked by Suzanne Young because I mean its Suzanne Young were talking about she is such an amazing author :)


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