International Giveaway Inspired by Sad News

Β Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy, #1)The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare (Alex Wayfare, #1)

I’m sure you’ve heard the sad news from Angry Robot today about their YA division Strange Chemistry being axed. This is horrible news because they always brought new and exciting titles to young adult. You can read the article here.

This is tragic news to us as readers but I can’t imagine how it must feel for all the authors that have a debut or continuation of their series now canceled. This is devastating news. I’ve decided to do the only thing I can do beyond reviewing these titles and getting the word out there (which I will and am doing)- I’ll be giving away a copy of any Strange Chemistry title that you choose. Of course, it has to still be stocked and for sale. I’m highlighting Stolen SongbirdΒ by Danielle JensenΒ and The 57 Lives of Alex WayfareΒ by M.G. Buehrlen because these two are and have been on my radar. I’ve read Stolen Songbird and adored it…so much so I’ve yet to form my notes into a good enough review to post.

Here’s the link to the Strange Chemistry book list.

I wanted to update this post with a link to The Bibliophibian who has linked the posts they have found about the Strange Chemistry news as well as another giveaway.

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  1. says

    This is so sad! I really love the publisher, they always have such great titles and amazing covers.
    I’ve read Cassandra Rose Clarke’s book before and wanted to get Stolen Songbird really bad! Now I feel like I should buy all the already published titles real quick.

  2. Eileen Lee says

    I’ve read Stolen Songbird and really enjoyed it too!! I’d get The Wizard’s Promise by Cassandra Rose Clarke because I read her The Assassin’s Curse duology and really loved them so I’d like to read her new book!! I hope other publishing companies pick up the continuation of all these series >.<

  3. says

    Oh no! That’s really sad. Some of their novels I really enjoyed. I wonder why they were axed!? I couldn’t seem to see it on the link, a picture of The Vanishing Season appeared instead of the article, in case you didn’t know!? I think I would really like to read Stolen Songbird, I missed my chance to review it! Thanks for the giveaway! πŸ™‚

  4. says

    It’s such a shame that Strange Chemistry has ended. Personally I’d never read anything that they’ve published but I’ve only ever heard good things.

    The book that I’d want to win is The Wizard’s Promise by Cassandra Rose Clarke – it sounds amazing.

    Great giveaway!

  5. Danielle D says

    I have read a few of the Strange Chemistry books, like Alex Wayfare, Broken, Tainted, Cracked, The Assassin’s Curse, The Pirate’s Wish, The Wizard’s Promise. As for what I’d want to add before I can’t fid them, Stolen Sonngbird, Skulk, Playing Tyler. So sad to hear this news.

  6. says

    This is such an awesome gesture Kristen. I was devastated to here this news and even sadder for all of the authors. Thanks so much for the giveaway. I’m so dying to read Stolen Songbird.

  7. Miss Wisp says

    Stolen Songbird. One of the best books I’ve read this year. It’s beautiful. I was so sad to hear the news this morning. Wishing all the authors the best, Danielle L. Jensen especially.

  8. says

    It’s so sad! πŸ™ I read about earlier today and I was actually almost buying one of their books, Shift by Kim Curran. Now I don’t know if I should buy it and the second book, because the third book is cancelled during this close down. πŸ™

    But if I win I would like “Shift” – It sounds SO great and I wished I could buy all the books by Kim Curran.

  9. says

    SO SAD! I loved Cassandra Clarke’s Assassin books and i REALLY want to read Stolen Songbird! I’l have to find a copy before they’re gone!!

  10. says

    I’m so bummed out too!! Strange Chemistry always had fantastic and fresh books! I’ve already bought Stolen Songbird and a pair more titles that I loved on paperback… I’ll be sharing the giveaway, Kristen!

  11. says

    I haven’t had the chance to read any of their books yet, but have many of them on my to-read list. I guess I’ll have to hurry and stock up :(. I’m really sad Strange Chemistry was cancelled, I always thought they had great quality young adult books, different and interesting. I always looked forward to their new books.
    At least Angry Robot will stay, they have some really good books too. Thank you for this giveaway!

  12. says

    I actually haven’t read any, but I *think* I have a few titles from NetGalley, like Stolen Songbird. I hadn’t heard the news about Strange Chemistry, but then again, I’m still trying to follow the crazy world of publishing. It’s so great that you’re doing this and supporting the authors who must be devastated that their series or books are now cancelled. Thank you for such an awesome giveaway!

  13. says

    I’m so sad. There were a couple of upcoming books I was really looking forward to buy. One was Some fine Day by Kat Ross (I read the ARC and it was great), the other one was A Curse if Ash and Iron by Christine Norris πŸ™ I would love to read them in the future.

    In the meantime, for this giveaway, I would love to win: The 57 lives of Alex Warfare.

    Thank you for doing this πŸ™‚

  14. Kristia says

    That’s really sad news! πŸ™ I’ve read the Assassin’s curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke and I loved it! I bought the sequel as well but I haven’t read it yet. Thank you for the giveaway!

  15. Simonet says

    I haven’t read any of their books yet but a lot are on my TBR. I would love to read Stolen Songbird first.

  16. Carissa Angelene says

    I haven’t read any books from them, but if I win The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare, I would haha. Gonna add it on my TBR too.

  17. Christy says

    I haven’t read any Strange Chemistry titles but Stolen Songbird has been on my TBR list for awhile now.

  18. Gabby says

    I haven’t read any of these, and am saddened to hear about Strange Chemistry. Now that I’ve discovered them, I think I would love to read all of them. Think I would like to start with Stolen Songbird. Lots of praise (and desire) for it in the comments.

  19. Sarah K. says

    I haven’t read any Strange Chemistry books, but I have a few on my bookshelf. I would want Stolen Songbird.

  20. says

    I was so ad to hear about the news about Strange Chemistry and Exhibit A! My thoughts go to the authors affected. I’m very pleased to see giveaways like this one, and I’m also going to be buying up a couple SC titles that I’ve always wanted. Support the authors!

  21. Danielle D says

    I read Stolen Songbird as an e-ARC and I’d love to own a physical copy. I have several other Strange Chemistry titles on my Kindle that I haven’t gotten to yet, but they looked interesting. This is sad news – hopefully the authors can get picked up somewhere else!

  22. says

    I was so sad to hear that Strange Chem was closing! My book choice would have to be The Wizard’s Promise by Cassandra Rose Clarke to continue one of my favorite series!

  23. says

    I’ve read The Assassin’s Curse and Pirate’s Wish, and Zenn Scarlett. Loved them all! I’m really looking forward to reading Stolen Songbird!

  24. says

    I haven’t ready any yet but I have The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare on my bookshelf now and I am looking forward to reading it. The book I’d like to win would be Some Fine Day by Kat Ross. Thanks for the giveaway, but sad to hear the news :/

  25. says

    How sad. πŸ™ I don’t think I’ve read any Strange Chemistry titles yet, but I’ve been wanting to get my hands on The Almost Girl and the Emilie books for a while now. Thanks for the giveaway! πŸ˜‰

  26. says

    I’m so sad about this news! Strange Chemistry has, in my experience, put out books unlike any others. I’ve not read a book from them that I didn’t really enjoy. I’ve read both Stolen Songbird (actually I just went and bought myself a copy of that today, too!) and The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare, both of which I loved. I’ve read Laura Lam’s books and The Weight of Souls, too. All were excellent. πŸ™‚

  27. says

    This is very sad news! πŸ™ I have never heard of any of these Strange Chemistry titles. I will make sure to check out some of their books. Thank you for sharing!

  28. Desi ariyanis says

    so sad to hear the news, I’ve read Stolen songbird and it was amazing. I want Cassandra Clarke’s book

  29. says

    I’ve read The Holders and The Seers by Julianna Scott and I was SO excited for the third in the trilogy and now :\ I was/am looking forward to the two you’ve highlighted in the post as well. So sad about this!

  30. Schen says

    it’s just so sad a somehow-small company like this is ending.
    and even haven’t read a single published book from them πŸ™
    i wanted to delve on WHEN THE WORLD WAS FLAT especially,
    it once was a hype.
    oh, and thanks for the giveaway. πŸ™‚

  31. says

    This is so sad. I have to admit that I haven’t read any of their titles yet, but I’ve been wanting to. I hear nothing but great things about the books that they’ve been putting out, so this is really sad. The new books all looked amazing too. πŸ™

  32. Desnica says

    WHAT?! Strange Chemistry has been axed….that’s so terrible! I’ve loved all the Strange Chemistry books that I’ve read and have quite a few of their books on my TBR. I can’t believe that they were just axed.

  33. Breana M. says

    I don’t think I’ve read any of their titles before, but The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke sounds interesting.

  34. Adelynne says

    I’ve read a lot of Strange Chemistry’s books and I’m extremely disappointed to see it go. My favorites would have to be Cracked and Stolen Songbird. If I won, I’d probably want Crushed (if it was out by then) or The Pirate’s Wish. Thanks for the giveaway!

  35. Alyn Y says

    I haven’t read any books on their list but I have a handful of them on my TBR list. So sad to see them go. If I win, I’ll pick Assassin’s Curse.

  36. says

    I havent heard of this til now, it is really sad. I loved Stolen songbird, it is one of my favorites of 2014 and there is a few of their books I would love to read, mostly When the world was flat and The Almost girl. Thanks for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  37. says

    That’s sad news. :/ I’ve read The Weight of Souls, and I have Stolen Songbird on my shelf. Thanks for the giveaway, and if I win, I’ll want The Wizards Promise by Cassandra Rose Clarke.

  38. says

    I… have not read any titles by them yet. Sniffs. But so sad about the news πŸ™ I do have Stolen Songbird. <3 And I would love to win the second book you mention; The 57 Lives of A.. πŸ˜€ Thank you for the chance Kristen. <3 You are awesome.

  39. says

    I’ve always wanted to read Stolen Songbird. *sniffles* I’m really sad I’ve possibly missed out altogether now. (Though I suppose book sellers would still have them for awhile, right?!) I’m sad it’s closing. Poor authors!

  40. says

    This news is so disappointing! Strange Chemistry had such interesting and unique titles, it’s really sad to hear that they’re not going to be continuing πŸ™
    I’ve read Cassandra Rose Clarke’s titles- and loved them! And Skulk by Rosie Best, which was pretty good too.

  41. Bube says

    I have Stolen Songbird and plan to read πŸ™‚
    I would love to win The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare,sounds good πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the chance!

  42. says

    Such awful news, isn’t it. I loved the 57 Lives Of Alex Wayfare and was looking forward to the next book in the series.
    Thank you so much for the giveaway. If I won I would like The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard.

  43. says

    This makes me sad. What a shame πŸ™

    Do you know if all of those titles still going to be available as ebooks and such ?

    If I won I’d choose between Pantomime, The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare and The Almost Girl (they have been on my wishlist for a while). But a lot of these sound interesting.

  44. Alyssa says

    I loved Stolen Songbird so the news really bummed me out. I hope the author finds another publisher ASAP. I also really enjoyed The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare. I have kindle versions but I’m buying the books today as well.

  45. says

    That’s terrible to hear. Several authors of theirs had books to be released this year! And they were the end in trilogies! It’s too bad that they couldn’t somehow manage to make that happen for those authors still. Hopefully they’re able to self-pub or get picked up by another publisher soon.

  46. says

    Yay, thanks for this giveaway! (: I was so sad to hear this news too. ): I absolutely LOVE Laura Lam’s books. I don’t think I’ve read any other Strange Chemistry titles, but I’m hoping to win Eliza Crewe’s Cracked. But honestly, I want to check out like ALL OF THE STRANGE CHEM TITLES. I really want to read Cassandra Rose Clarke’s stuff as well, and 57 Lives, and Stolen Songbird. Seriously, I love this imprint! I’m so crushed. ):

  47. says

    I am sad about this news too. I read The 57 Lives and really liked it! I am invested in the series so I hope the author can find another way to get it published!! If I win I would choose Cracked by Eliza Crewe.

  48. says

    I read Stolen Songbird… I really enjoyed it and I really want to be able to read a sequel for it πŸ™ Hopefully the author will find a way to get the rest of the series out into the world! I am so crushed that Strange chemistry has been discontinued. If I win, I will choose Cracked or the 57 lives of Alex Wayfare. Thanks for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  49. says

    I’ve only read one Strange Chemistry book and it, well, I didn’t like it. But that’s irrelevant because they had SO MANY other books I wanted to try. Like the Assassin’s Curse books and Stolen Songbird. I’ll probably choose one of them if I win (and if not will probably end up buying because I want them before they go out of stock :/)

  50. says

    I really liked the Holders and The Seers from Strange Chemistry. I really hope the 3rd book gets published! I am really curious about Stolen Songbird.

  51. Courtney Whisenant says

    I read Stolen Songbird and was REALLY looking forward to the next book!! How sad πŸ™ There are several other books I’ve been wanting to read…The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare, Essence, The Wizard’s Promise, etc.

  52. says

    So sad to hear this news! Strange Chem was publishing some great and unique novels. I really loved Pantomime by Laura Lam when I read it when it first came out. I’m really looking forward to reading its sequel as well as Stolen Songbird and The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare.

  53. says

    I would choose Emilie and the Hollow World because I just received the second book from First Reads. I feel terrible because I think it was supposed to be a trilogy. I hope all of the Strange Chemistry authors can find new publishing homes. πŸ™

  54. Moira says

    This is disappointing as there are a few Strange Chemistry books that I was looking forward to reading. I would love to read The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare, Stolen Songbird, or The Almost Girl. There are a few more that I am going to have to get now.

  55. Lisamarie says

    I have not read any titles published by Strange Chemistry. I’ve been wanting to read Stolen Songbird.

  56. says

    I haven’t read any Strange Chemistry title, but I’ve been wanting to read The Assassin’s Curse or the 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare for some time now. Stolen Songbird also sounds quite interesting! Thank you for the great giveaway and it’s so sad that this imprint had to close. πŸ™

  57. says

    Such sad, sad news. I loved Cassandra Rose Clark’s Assassin’s Curse series, and I desperately want to read Stolen Songbird after reading so many awesome reviews for it. I need to stock up, I guess. πŸ™

  58. Lori Hopkins says

    Stolen Songbird sounds great…so sad to hear about the cancellation. What is wrong with publishers today? I would rather have a paper copy of a book any day of the week, no matter the cost!

  59. says

    This is such sad news! πŸ™
    I was looking forward to quite a few of their titles.
    I’ve only read Alex Wayfare, but I have Feather Bound waiting on my shelf and there are, again, a few others that I have been wanting to read.
    I would probably choose Stolen Songbird! It sounds so interesting!

  60. _Sandra_ says

    I just recently finished (and loved) Stolen Songbird, so I would definitely pick The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare.
    Thanks for a chance to win it! πŸ™‚

  61. says

    Have you read any of the Strange Chemistry titles? Not yet, which makes this even sadder πŸ™
    Which book would you want to win? I am interested in reading both The Woken Gods and Blackwood!

  62. Joanna W. says

    I recently discovered Strange Chemistry when I preordered Stolen Songbird. Like you, I absolutely adored that book and can’t wait for Hidden Huntress. On my ereader, I have The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare, but I haven’t had the chance to start it yet. If I was to win, I probably choose between Holders and Assassin’s Curse. I love fantasies, so they sound amazing to me. πŸ™‚

  63. says

    I have yet to read a Strange Chemistry book, unfortunately! (Though I do have Lisa Ann O’Kane’s ESSENCE on my Kindle.) I think I’d go with STOLEN SONGBIRD since I’ve heard some pretty good things about it. It’s a total bummer about the Strange Chemistry news! But thanks for the giveaway!

  64. Kara says

    No, I have not read a Strange Chemistry book, but I own Essence & I plan to crack into that as soon as I can. I am busy at the moment, but I can’t wait. I would like to win Stolen Songbird or The Assassin’s Curse.
    Thanks (: !


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