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Monday, April 30, 2012

YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes: Season Two

Welcome to the Tokyo Heist stop (the Land Sharks leg) on the YAmazing Race!

You're on the YAmazing Race with MGnificent prizes, a blog hop featuring over 50 debut authors of young adult and middle grade fiction. There are prize packs galore, featuring ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies), gift certificates, swag, and more! This contest is run by the Apocalypsies, a group of young adult, middle grade and picture book authors with debut books coming out in 2012. If you haven’t yet been to the Apocalypsies website and you want to run the race, please click here to start from the beginning and read the complete contest rules.

The race runs from 12:00 noon EST May 2 -- noon EST May 8. Please don't start until we give the official word on May 2.

This is season two of the race. If you ran in January, don't worry; we have fresh quiz questions to test your memory, and fresh debut authors participating.

Now on to the race! Here's a snapshot of Tokyo Heist. You'll need this information for the quiz ahead.

Sixteen-year-old Violet loves reading manga and wearing scarves made from kimono fabric, so she’s thrilled that her father’s new painting commission means getting out of her hometown of Seattle and taking a summer trip to Japan. But what starts as an exotic vacation quickly turns into a dangerous treasure hunt.

Her father’s newest clients, the Yamada family, are the victims of a high-profile art robbery: van Gogh sketches have been stolen from their home, and, until they can produce the corresponding painting, everyone's lives are in danger -- including Violet's and her father's.

Violet’s search for the missing van Gogh takes her from the Seattle Art Museum, to the yakuza-infested streets of Tokyo, to a secluded inn in Kyoto. As the mystery thickens, Violet’s not sure whom she can trust. But she knows one thing: she has to solve the mystery -- before it’s too late.

Got all that? Great! Store it away for the quiz!

Oh wait -- quiz! Hey, this is the LAST stop of the Land Sharks leg , so if you're ready to take the quiz, you can click here now!

If you'd like to linger here and catch your breath, you can enter my bonus contest. I'm giving away one signed hardcover copy of Tokyo Heist, which I'll mail out on release day, June 14. This contest is open internationally.

Click on this Rafflecopter thingie below (where it says "read more" if you don't see a white box) to enter. Good luck!

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Blogger Christina said...

Read and loved Shogun (old school) by James Clavell.

My WoW pick today also works: Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff, fellow Apocalypsie!

May 2, 2012 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Krista@Cubicleblindness said...

the only thing I can think of right now is 1q84..does that count? I read a book recently called secrets of the Noh, book 2 in a series where the girl lives in japan with her father, they are pretty good ya books

May 2, 2012 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger States of Decay said...

One of my favorite artists is Natalia Pierandrei - www.nati-art.com

May 2, 2012 at 1:37 PM  
Blogger Leeanna said...

I'm really excited about Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff.

May 2, 2012 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger melodyxmassacre92 said...

My favorite artist would have to be is Kanan Minami. I love all her manga books but my favorite would have to be Honey x Honey Drops(Mitsu x Mitsu Drops) :)

May 2, 2012 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

I have heard a lot lately about Battle Royale--I will have to read it!

May 2, 2012 at 3:42 PM  
Blogger B. C. Haysel said...

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May 2, 2012 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger B. C. Haysel said...

I'm probably a Hans Makart girl :)

May 2, 2012 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Lori M. Lee said...

Favorite manga right now is D.Gray-man. I'm also really looking forward to Ink by Amanda Sun.

May 2, 2012 at 3:56 PM  
Blogger Candace Hawkins said...

I'm not sure but I think Rurouni Kenshin is Japanese manga. It's been so long since I've thought of that story!

May 2, 2012 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger danya said...

I'll answer both questions! :D

I can recommend a wonderful MG/YA novel: Little Sister by Kara Dalkey. It's set in historical Japan and brimming with Japanese mythology.

One of my top fave artists is Renoir (I'm a big fan of impressionism) but I also really like a lot of Canadian artist Rob Gonsalves' work (magic realism).

May 2, 2012 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Shauna Buck said...

I Love Salvador Dali

May 2, 2012 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Doodle said...

Everyone I know keeps telling me to read Battle Royale because I like The Hunger Games.

May 2, 2012 at 6:01 PM  
Blogger MackenziLee said...

Sounds great! I cannot wait to read it!

May 2, 2012 at 6:04 PM  
Blogger molly.frenzel said...

I've been enamored with Japanese Geisha since I was a teenager and read Memoirs of a Geisha. At around the same time I went to the Van Gogh exhibit for my birthday at the Smithsonian. Words can't describe what his work looks like in person. Pictures, books, prints, etc. do not give it any justice. I love the Japanese culture and Van Gogh so this book sounds right up my alley. Thank you so much for the chance to read it!

May 2, 2012 at 6:20 PM  
Blogger roro said...

I'm really excited about Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff.

May 2, 2012 at 7:19 PM  
Blogger Joy said...

Two of my favorite artists are Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh. I just love their works, the colors, and movements in their strokes, everything.

May 2, 2012 at 7:46 PM  
Blogger Muggle Madness said...

My favorite artist is probably Vincent Van Gogh. His work is simply outstanding I simply find inspiration in his work.

May 2, 2012 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Nikki said...

The only manga I read (and mostly watch) is Ouran High School Host Club. It is the cutest!

May 2, 2012 at 9:06 PM  
Blogger Vivien said...

I absolutely love Van Gogh. Amazing quality work!!

May 2, 2012 at 10:02 PM  
Blogger chelleyreads said...

my favorite artist is monet

May 2, 2012 at 11:33 PM  
Blogger Kat C said...

I started reading Vampire Knight--I don't think it takes place in Japan, but it's Japansese

May 3, 2012 at 12:06 AM  
Blogger BURIED IN BOOKS said...

Phew! I thought I was going to have to search my shelves for that one manga book I started!

My favorite artist if Van Gogh, hands down. I love his Sunflowers.

BUT, I would love to see The Scream by Munch.


May 3, 2012 at 12:52 AM  
Blogger Kassiah said...

I think my favorite author is Van Gogh. Thanks for the giveaway

kassiah at fictionators dot com

May 3, 2012 at 2:01 AM  
Blogger Ashley R said...

I always have a hard time choosing favorite artists since there are so many different eras that are brilliant...as much as I'd like to say Monet, Georges Seurat (how cool is pointillism?!), or Degas, my overall favourite is MC Escher. His work is just so cool and mind-bending!

Thank you for the giveaway :)

May 3, 2012 at 4:00 AM  
Blogger BookNerd7 said...

I have to say, out of the many, many manga series I have read, Kaichou wa Maid Sama is my favourite. It always brightens up my day, and the art is really awesome. :)

Btw... I accidentally forgot to put my name on the fb like thing which is depressing... So just in case, Jess Kilian liked your page ok :)

May 3, 2012 at 5:32 AM  
Blogger Tammy Sparks said...

I loved Memoirs of a Geisha! I also lived in Japan for a year and it was the best year of my life. Really looking forward to Tokyo Heist!

May 3, 2012 at 10:18 AM  
Blogger Alaiel Kreuz said...

Mangas? Where to start?!
All the mangas by CLAMP, Paradise Kiss (it inspired me a lot), Detective Conan, Gals (very girlish but HILARIOUS!), Watashi ni XXX Shinasai, Reaching you... etc, etc.
Books: Memoirs of a Geisha (amazing book), Katana (very cool, I enjoyed writing a review of it)... and, that's all I can think of right now. And of course my new addition, Stormdancer, hehe.

Thanks for the giveaway :D

May 3, 2012 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger deasuluna said...

I love many different manga series, one of my favorites is Red River by Chie Shinohara it starts in Japan but travels back in time to the era of the Hitties and the first manga that got me started was Sailor Moon its a classic! Thanks for the chance at this great giveaway your offering!!

May 3, 2012 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger silentshade said...

Hey I love manga like happy cafe, hug/kiss and most other mangas

May 3, 2012 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I just read Shadows on the Moon recently and I loved it. It is set in Japan. I am also really looking forward to your book and Stormdancer too.

May 3, 2012 at 6:04 PM  
Blogger Hwa Sun said...

Favorite mangas:
-Zatch Bell
-Case Closed
-Shugo Chara

May 3, 2012 at 7:31 PM  
Blogger Just a Lil Lost said...

I cannot WAIT for this book!! So excited for it. :)

New twitter follower!

Hmm I honestly don't know if this artist is actually Japanese, but I LOVE Tokidoki... so "artist" and "Japanese".. (I probably should look into that more if I love it so much.. lol)

Thanks for the opportunity to win!

May 3, 2012 at 9:26 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Silverstein said...

I love van Gogh (especially after the Doctor Who episode about him) but my favorite favorite is Renoir. I love his portraits of kids especially.

May 3, 2012 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Kathryn said...

My favorite artist has to be Roy Lichtenstein. Something about that comic book art just makes me so happy.

May 3, 2012 at 10:16 PM  
Blogger Mariel Cunanan said...

I'm interested in reading Battle Royale! :)

May 4, 2012 at 5:04 AM  
Blogger REBECCA@ReadingWishes said...

Let's see..TOKYO HEIST looks AMAZING! :D

May 4, 2012 at 5:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first manga I ever read was Vampire Knight.

May 4, 2012 at 7:12 AM  
Anonymous JennH said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Your book looks and sounds amazing. The first manga I read was NARUTO. :D

May 4, 2012 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger Diana Renn said...

Hi everyone! It's so fun to read through these comments and see what artists people admire and what Japanese-related books people enjoy. Some of these titles are new to me and I'm adding to my TBR pile! Thank you for stopping by on the YAmazing Race and for entering the bonus contest; I so appreciate your support and enthusiasm for the book!
Happy racing!

May 4, 2012 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Kimberly B. said...

I really enjoyed The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon, which is the diary of a court lady from Heian Japan. And for fiction, I love Kij Johnson's The Fox Woman and Fudoki.

Thanks for the great giveaway!

May 4, 2012 at 8:33 AM  
Blogger Cass (Words on Paper) said...

I loved Shadows on the Moon by Zoe" Marriott. I also love, love, love Yotsuba&!, a manga series about an adorable green-headed girl who just enjoys life and is absolutely adorable. Heaps of Japanese culture in there, rest assured.

Thanks for the giveaway!

May 4, 2012 at 9:52 AM  
Blogger Niahara said...

Loved Shogun by James Clavell and the Death Note manga :)

Thanks for the giveaway!


May 4, 2012 at 4:36 PM  
Blogger Heidi Grange said...

Since I read mostly children's books these days, that's what I'm going to post about. I recently discovered a picture book series involving Kokeshi dolls that I really like. The books are Yumi, Aoki, and Kimonos all by Annelore Parot.

May 4, 2012 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger McKenna Burke said...

Favorite artist is my aunt Nancy. She made this incredible piece for my wedding; one of the best gifts we got!


May 4, 2012 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger SJune said...

Artist, Da Vinci is one of my favorite artists

May 4, 2012 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger sleepyjaime said...

I'm ashamed to say I've never read anything Japanese (though I really tried to start Inuyasha, but every time I went to the library, the first one was NEVER THERE!)

I really like the work of Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol!

May 5, 2012 at 2:35 AM  
Blogger Imo said...

I'm so excited for Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff, but i loved Shadows on the Moon and Memoirs of a Geisha!

May 5, 2012 at 5:21 AM  
Anonymous Alyssa Susanna said...

Well, I was just at Jay Kristoff's blog, and like a lot of other people here, that's a book I want to read! Thanks for the contest!
Alyssa Susanna

May 5, 2012 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger Lezean said...

I'm an anime and book lover!! So I would love to read this book. And i love japan too. :D Aright!! :D

May 5, 2012 at 11:46 AM  
Blogger Amy S. said...

I've always loved the artwork of Salvador Dali, and the drawings of Escher. Your book sounds really good. Thanks for the chance to win!

May 5, 2012 at 7:04 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Fullmetal Alchemist. <3 best manga ever! :D


May 5, 2012 at 7:41 PM  
Blogger Penniless Teacher said...

thanks for the giveaway

May 5, 2012 at 10:15 PM  
Blogger Christa @ Hooked on Books said...

I've recently started reading Fullmetal Alchemist and I love it!

Thanks for the giveaway


May 5, 2012 at 10:52 PM  
Anonymous Joy said...

My favorite artist at the moment would have to be Fragonard for painting The Swing.

... but Leonid Afremov is a close second!

May 5, 2012 at 11:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My favourite manga is definitely Immortal Rain. That series need more love.

FB name: Shafiqah Iqbal
Email: shafiqah94@gmail.com

May 6, 2012 at 4:04 AM  
Blogger Eva Yewke said...

I really love Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto and EVERYTHING by Haruki Murakami, although my favorite has got to be After Dark and Norwegian Wood. :)

May 6, 2012 at 4:06 AM  
Blogger Kayla Beck said...

I love that there are so many Japan-based books coming out this year! I'm excited to read yours, Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff, and finishing Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott

May 6, 2012 at 9:26 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

I enjoyed reading manga books, but forgot the name and also looking forward to read Battle Royale. Favorite artist YA books writers like you, My life becomes meaningful because of YA novels. Super excited to your book :: Congrats on the release.

May 6, 2012 at 9:27 AM  
Anonymous Abby said...

Hmmm, I have a lot of favorite artists, it's hard to pick just one. Two of my favorites are Chagall and Klimt.

Thanks for the giveaway!

May 6, 2012 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Lena said...

Does Avater: the Last Airbender count? Because i like them :)

May 6, 2012 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


My inability to give an answer to you first question that wouldn't sound like I was making fun of it has convinced me that the lack of Japan-related books in my reading is a very serious matter indeed.

Thank goodness for the second question, aye?

My favourite artist changes all the time, but right now it's Salvador Dali. =)

Thanks for the giveaway!

May 6, 2012 at 3:53 PM  
Anonymous bn100 said...

I liked Memoirs of a Geisha.

May 7, 2012 at 12:14 AM  
Blogger The Lost Lola said...

My favorite Japanese book, hands down, is Kamikaze Girls by Novala Takemoto! It's my absolute favorite!

May 7, 2012 at 1:37 AM  
Blogger Becca H said...

I'm not going to lie and try to be all super lit, super smart with this. I've got to go with the Sailor Moon mangas. It was such a part of my childhood that I'm 21 and I still love it to bits. It will always be a part of me and I will ALWAYS be able to reread it over and over again.

Rebecca in RC

May 7, 2012 at 2:36 AM  
Blogger ♥Iffath said...

Memoirs of a Geisha is fab! Thanks for the giveaway ;)

May 7, 2012 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger The Headless Owl said...

I was obsessed with Totto-Chan when I was a kid! So excited for Tokyo Heist! Thanks for the giveaway :)

(theheadlessowl AT gmail DOT com)

May 7, 2012 at 3:25 PM  
Blogger Tressa said...

I actually haven't read any books dealing with Japan. I do have a few on my tbr, but I'm going to go with listing an artist instead. My favorite is Norman Rockwell. I also love Monet.

May 7, 2012 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger elena said...

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami! It's my favourite book.

May 7, 2012 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Retrogoddess said...

Hey there. Thanks for doing this!
My favorite manga artist and writer is Kazuya Minekura. I have been a big fan of hers for over ten years and love the way her art has improved over that time.

May 7, 2012 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Retrogoddess said...

Hey there. Thanks for doing this!
My favorite manga artist and writer is Kazuya Minekura. I have been a big fan of hers for over ten years and love the way her art has improved over that time.

May 7, 2012 at 5:16 PM  
Blogger Sarah Kalaitzidis said...

I love manga books!! I have over 700 manga books in my collection and it's getting closer to 0ver 800 now. I read a tons of manga, I mostly read yaoi now but I do have other types in my collection!

May 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM  
Blogger Katie said...

One of my favorite artists is Monet. :)

May 8, 2012 at 1:28 AM  
Blogger Jordan Elizabeth said...

As an artist, I love this sound of this!

E-mail: blitzbetty@gmail.com

May 8, 2012 at 2:08 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Hiya! Battle Royale is a Japanese novel that my friend recommended for me to read and that I just started reading. It's like the Hunger Games... just on a more intense scale :) Thanks for writing this book and for the giveaway!


May 8, 2012 at 2:20 AM  
Blogger jesserz said...

YA! Art mystery! Japan! Oh my!

Email: littleneather@gmail.com

May 8, 2012 at 2:34 AM  
Blogger Sarahbotbonkers said...

I love reading Detective Conan and Alice Academy before. I also love reading Bleach and Naruto. ;) I'm also super excited with Jay Kristoff's Stormdancer. :D

sarah UNDERSCORE 00988 AT yahoo DOT com

May 8, 2012 at 4:52 AM  
Blogger Maria said...

I really enjoy the manga series D. Gray - Man by Katsura Hoshino and Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima!

May 8, 2012 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger Annabelle said...

Does Battle Royale count?

May 8, 2012 at 9:40 AM  
Blogger jennifer said...

Thank you for the giveaway! I used to love love love reading the Fruits Basket manga series (always rooting for Kyo) and the Alichino series. I was also addicted to the BLEACH and Death Note animes, not to mention Battle Royale, Haruki Murakami novels... Lots of love for Japan's literature and media. :) xx

May 8, 2012 at 11:36 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

One of my absolute favorite manga series is Pet Shop of Horrors by Matsuri Akino. It's just the right combination of horror and mystery, while being thought-provoking. The art's lovely and the characters are just awesome.

RebeccaCYeager (at) gmail (dot) com

May 8, 2012 at 11:39 AM  

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