Wednesday, April 01, 2015 06:00

April retelling link-up | Giveaway!

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April has started. Are you still on schedule? At the end of this post you can put links to your challenge page/post and every review you post on your blog. Please make this easy to navigate by putting it like this:

UPDATE  @ your name/blog name.
REVIEW – book title @ your name/blog name.

Don't forget to tweet with the hash tag #fairytaleRC so I can keep up with your tweets!

It is almost my birthday (April 17th) and today I have something awesome to offer you. In my three years of blogging I have never hosted a giveaway before, but today I'm going to change that! I still need to pinch myself, because I find it hard to believe that I can offer you this wonderful prize. And no, it is not an April fool's joke.

Last month I was approached by Sam Edes from Pan Macmillan. Author Naomi Novik suggested they had to get in touch with me about her upcoming book Uprooted. This book is described as "a bold, new world rooted in folk stories and legends, as elemental as a Grimm fairy tale" and it's mainly a Beauty and the beast retelling. It will be published May 19th and it sounds like a perfect book for me and my blog.
“Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.” Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood. The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows— everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.
I am happy to announce that I can offer you 50 (YES, FIFTY) ARC's provided by the publisher Pan Macmillan. It's only available for European countries (please make sure you are eligible for the giveaway) and you must be aged 18 and older, or 13 and older with parental permission. Your details will be send to the publisher who will make sure you get your price. All you have to do is enter the Rafflecopter. Cheating is of no use, save yourself (and mostly me) the time.

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Mel@thedailyprophecy

Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.

38 comments:

  1. I LOVE fairytale retelling - I think I've read 10 so far this year! But I'm not in the challenge because I missed the sign up deadline. Sad faces. And Beauty and the Beast is my favourite fairytale f them all, so I'd love to read Uprooted!
    Beth x

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    1. You can always leave a link there, so I can add it to the master sign-up post :)!

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  2. I've always loved Rapunzel and its various versions - probably because I relate on the basis of long blonde hair :P I know it's not a book, but I adore the Tangled retelling. In terms of books, I loved Neil Gaiman's 'The Sleeper and the Spindle', a retelling of Sleeping Beauty. It was very interesting!

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    1. Haha, I know that feeling. Tangled is a great Disney movie :D

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  3. Hmmm, het is niet echt één sprookje, maar ik heb laatst Kissing The Witch gelezen van Emma Donoghue en dat is toch echt wel een aanrader!

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  4. Ohhh this is so cool! I've seen this book around the blogs (mostly on Waiting for Wednesday) and it looks awesome. Thanks for hosting this - and your birthday is a week before mine! :) (but I suspect I'm several of years older - I turn 28 this year).
    My favourite fairytales were Sleeping Beauty (the Grimm version, not the Disney one) and Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen - I love his fairytales!

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    1. 24, so we're not THAT far apart ;) Thumbelina is a great tale.

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  5. Awesome giveaway! Hope you have a fabulous birthday. :)

    Fairy tales have always been somthing I loved to read. I remember as a kid my favourite was Ashputtel (the Grimm's Fairy Tales version of Cinderella). I also love fairytale retellings. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier is probably my favourite. :)

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    1. YES, *high five* fellow Marillier fan :)

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  6. This giveaway is the best!
    My favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast, I'm so excited for the new movie, starring Emma Watson but at the same time I'm not that sure how it will turn out because I watched Cinderella and it was only okay, not great.
    I haven't read that many retellings, though I'm in the challenge but I love The Lunar Chronicles, Cruel Beauty and Dorothy Must Die wasn't bad either.

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    1. I actually adored Cinderella and I have even higher expectations from Beauty and the best. The cast looks amazing :)

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  7. Oh! THE PRECIOUS. Thank you so so much for this gooorgeous giveaway Mel. <3 You are all kinds of amazing. Fingers crossed :) And YAY for it almost being your birthday :D That is awesome. Also, yay for your amazing challenge too :) Thank you for sharing sweetie. <3 Favorite retellings.. Well. I didn't have an answer, until I saw comment above, saying The Lunar Chronicles. And oh my god, YESSS. That is my answer too. SO MUCH LOVE for those books :D

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  8. Eep, so sorry for slacking off with the challenge, Mel. I've been *reading* some retellings, but I've been crappy at reviewing them. :( And I haven't used the hashtag... I WILL START ASAP, THOUGH.

    Advance happy birthday, Mel! <3 That's a super fabulous giveaway, but unfortunately I don't live in Europe. :(

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    1. NO WORRIES. There should be no stress or pressure, only fun :D

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  9. I'm a huge fan of Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge and I loved Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. <3

    This giveaway is amaaazing, Mel!

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  10. I've been terrible at keeping up with this challenge! I've only read my second retelling so far but I've just started Cinder and so far I'm loving it!! Your giveaway sounds so awesome but I'm in the US so I can't enter. Congrats on your first giveaway though! Uprooted sounds amazing. I just read Beastkeeper which was also a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I was disappointed with it but Uprooted sounds fabulous and I'll definitely have to add it to by TBR. =)

    Also, Happy early birthday!!! =D

    - Jazzie @ The Book Dancer

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  11. I still haven't read anything for the challenge ^^; I'm going to the bookstore tomorrow and probably finally get Scarlet (and maybe Cress too, depends on how much money I have haha) though :D

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  12. I feel a little guilty with keeping up with challenges, but I guess I'll have to do a little harder, though. Uprooted looks like a very interesting book! I actually want to read it, haha :)

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

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    1. No worries. There are no rules and there should be no pressure. This challenge is just for the fun :)!

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  13. I've actually been eyeing Uprooted! I saw someone add it on Goodreads the other day and immediately went to check it out. :P Hopefully you enjoy it.

    I'm terrible at keeping up with challenges which is why I rarely join them. I was supposed to join one this year and read 50 books for something I can't remember, but I stopped keeping track and am way too lazy to go back. D: Alas.

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  14. Wow, this is an awesome giveaway! 50 ARCs to European readers is so generous! I currently have an eARC of this one and it's really great so far; a bit wordy, but the prose is awesome :) I hope your winners will like it!

    Faye at The Social Potato

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  15. Wow, what a giveaway! And what a fantastic giveaway to be your first one, Mel! I hope you have a truly marvellous, fairytale-esq birthday with lots of books and happiness! I’m totally adding Uprooted to my tbr, it sounds and looks incredible. Looking forward to reading your review of it! Have a happy week. Xx

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  16. Woah, this is such a fabulous and generous giveaway Mel! Congrats on being contacted by the publisher and I hope you have the best birthday ever, you deserve it girl!

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  17. OMG HOW IS IT APRIL ALREADY.

    It's almost your birthday!!! yay yay yay do you have any special plans?

    And this is SUPER cool. I know Maggie Stiefvater already blogged about this book (well maybe I don't *know* that, I think it was her I first heard about it from...), and you're right, it IS perfect for your blog. 50 ARCs(!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) for European countries. GIRL YOU ARE BECOMING SUCH A BIG BLOGGER, AND I LOVE IT. You deserve every bit of success.

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  18. I just wanted to let you know that I entered your giveaway because I was SO EXCITED for this book. Then I went back and read that it's for Europe only, so I don't qualify. I'm really sorry for messing that up!

    Fortunately, my library pre-ordered it, so I'm number one on the holds list. :D

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  19. I know Sleepy Hollow isn't a fairytale, but it's one of my favourites! But I guess the Disney version of Beauty & the Beast is my favourite fairytale... :p I'm such a sucker for retellings, the last one I read I think was Six Gun Snow White. It was fun but I just couldn't get into the writing that well. :(

    I'm SO psyched for this book! I love Novik's Temeraire series and I've been patiently waiting for this book for AGES!

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  20. I never tire of Beauty and The Beast retelling. The latest was A Court of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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  21. My favorite retelling is Splintered by AG Howard, very well done. Or the Lunar Chronicles!!
    My favorite fairytale.. Probably Sleeping Beauty!

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  22. I love the variety and different Arthurian Legend retellings

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  23. I am so excited for this book! I love all of Naomi Novik's work, thanks for doing this giveaway.

    My favourite fairytale to read retellings of is Cinderella, but if mythology counts, I havea huge soft spot for the myth of Hades and Persephone.

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  24. May I say I really like your blog? I've been following it since Bout of Books 11 read-a-thon and I enjoy your posts.

    My favourite fairy tale is "Beauty and the Beast" (the original tale), so my favourite retelling had to be Heart's Blood by Juliet Marillier (and since I read it, I've loved everything Marillier writes).

    Happy readings! Thank you for the giveaway. :)

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    1. Of course you can, thank you so much! :)

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