The False Prince ARC Giveaway!

A few weeks back, I went to ALA Midwinter and picked up (as one does) a bunch of Advance Reader Copies for books that are coming out in the next few months. Some of them I delivered, unread, to the local librarians who couldn’t attend. Some I read quickly and passed on to teachers and friends who might be able to use the book in their classrooms or book clubs this year.

And some of them were STOLEN by my sneaky SON, taken to the middle school, and traded back and forth by him and all his friends because Certain Books are amazingly irresistible.

The False Prince (The Ascendance Trilogy #1)

One of the very best of this last batch was The False Prince, by Jennifer Nielsen. I LOVED this book. And I am a terrible book reviewer, so I’m just going to say this is the exact sort of book I would have devoured as a kid – much like my son and his friends did this month. (Until I sneaked the ARC back out of one of his friend’s backpacks at a sleepover. You see? I can be sneaky, too! Apple, meet tree.)

Here’s the description, taken from Goodreads:

THE FALSE PRINCE is the thrilling first book in a brand-new trilogy filled with danger and deceit and hidden identities that will have readers rushing breathlessly to the end.

In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Four orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner’s motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword’s point — he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage’s rivals have their own agendas as well.

As Sage moves from a rundown orphanage to Conner’s sumptuous palace, layer upon layer of treachery and deceit unfold, until finally, a truth is revealed that, in the end, may very well prove more dangerous than all of the lies taken together.

An extraordinary adventure filled with danger and action, lies and deadly truths that will have readers clinging to the edge of their seats.

The book is coming out any day now*, and I will be buying at  least one copy for me, and possibly one for the boys’ school libraries, so I don’t need the ARC. But YOU DO, dear readers.

So, here’s the deal. All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me what book you’ve read (recently, or as a kid) that you would have STOLEN FROM YOUR MOTHER, if that had been the only way to get a copy.

That’s it. No blog follows, or any of that stuff. Although, if you wanted to follow my blog, that would be nice, too.

One entry per person, must leave a comment AND your emails address, U.S. only please (this time around). Contest will end on FRIDAY, March 16, at noon CST. Winner will have 72 hours to respond to my email, or I’ll pick another name from the hat. (Literally. My larcenous son is going to be pulling the name from an actual hat.)



Posted in Children's Fiction on 03/12/2012 09:48 am


  1. When I was in middle school, the teacher devoted a portion of the day to reading aloud. I’ll never forget Alan & Naomi by Myron Levoy. That story really stayed with me – and if I could have stolen it from my mother to read it again – I probably would have.

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  2. A resounding endorsement- a book worthy of breaking one of the commandments for! (Or is it two? Not counting.)
    The cover and your enthusiasm make it one I will look forward to.


  3. I just finished reading BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY, by Ruta Sepetys. Amazing.

    Looking forward to THE FALSE PRINCE.


  4. Oh!! I would have stolen “The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy” it’s a wonderful book!! 🙂


  5. I stole The Godfather from my sister because my mom told me I could not read it.


  6. Haha, what a great idea for a contest. I would have done it for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Man, I remember the insanity when the last book came out. Craziness!


  7. As a kid, I would have stolen either Caddie Woodlawn or The True Confessions of Charlottle Doyle – I read an reread those both so many times during my childhood!


  8. I would definitely steal Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. It’s so raw and powerful!

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  9. Because I remember them being sort of difficult to find, I would have stolen a book from the Dear America series. Historical fiction addictions begin early 🙂


  10. I would have stolen The Hunger Games!!! Love these books! Can’t wait for the movie anyway, here’s my funny story.
    So Im in sixth grade helping the librarian shelve books, when I see hunger games book 1 on the cart. I begin to ask if I could check it out, but before I couldn’t she removed that stack of books and put them on the desk telling me someone else had put them on hold(I also had it on hold but I could wait!). I wanted to steal it so bad (I would only have read a few pages before guilt overwhelmed me and I had to put it back) she had her back to me and it was inches from my fingertips, but then she turned back around and I had to pretend I was just reaching for a pen. :p
    So thats my funny and true sorry! I hope you liked it! I love reading and free books rule!


  11. Um…I stole a lot of books from my mother, but the Jackie Collins-type ones and just for the naughty bits. THE FALSE PRINCE definitely sounds likes something I might steal from her, too, but of course, for different reasons!

    No entry from me (I’m in Canada) but thanks for the book feature – so fun!


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