Welcome to Smugglivus 2012! Throughout this month, we will have daily guests – authors and bloggers alike – looking back at their favorite reads of 2012, and looking forward to events and upcoming books in 2013.

Who: Celine Kiernan, lovely Irish author, writer of the awesome Moorehawke Trilogy , one of Ana’s all time favourites.

Celine Kiernan Into the Grey

Recent Work: Into the Grey winner of the 2012 CBI Book of the Year and the CBI Childrens Choice (to be released in the US/UK next year)

Give a warm hand to Celine, folks!

So, anyone who’s friended me on Goodreads pretty much knows I ain’t no reviewer. If I don’t like a book I rarely even have the patience to finish it, let alone take time to do a well-rounded critique. I usually just mark unloved books as ‘gave up’ and move on. I do however love pimping books that I’ve enjoyed. I’m the world’s most enthusiastic book pimp. Which is why going on the radio and blathering about my five favorite YA and Kids books of 2012 was the perfect task for me! So perfect that five kind of became nine (I mean come on! Who only has five favorites in one year?)

Code Name Verity Under My Hat

The smugglers (in their insanity) thought you might fancy listening to my yammering (hideous Dublin accent and frogtastic laugh notwithstanding) So here it is Celine Kiernan’s top five (which ended up as nine!) Kids and YA reads for 2012

As the presenter Chris Donoghue mentions quite a few times, my novel Into the Grey won the 2012 CBI Book of the Year and the CBI Childrens Choice (It was the first book ever to have won both awards.) Yippee, I still haven’t stopped grinning! Into the Grey isn’t due to be released in the UK/US until August 2013 but I thought I’d give the smugglers a copy of the Irish edition to give away just to celebrate!

Thanks again to the Smugglers for inviting me to celebrate Smugglivus with you this year. Have a great holiday everyone and a peaceful, healthy and happy 2013.

You heard the lady! Comment away for a chance to win a copy of Into the Grey. Contest is open to ALL and will run until Saturday January 5 at 11:59 PM (PST). Good luck!

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39 Responses to Smugglivus 2012 Guest Author (& Giveaway): Celine Kiernan

  1. [...] I’m over at The Book Smugglers today, folks! Giving away books and reviewing my top YA & Kids reads of 2012. Come on over ( and leave a comment to be in with a chance to win a copy of Into the Grey before it&#… [...]

  2. April V. says:

    I can never pick that few favorites either. I must run off now and add titles to my to read list…

  3. Vicki K says:

    Even thou I’m a half century past youth books, I try to read them to keep up and compare (is older better?) would love to read these new series.

  4. Estara says:

    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAh :mrgreen: Love your Code Name Verity ode, especially as the Booksmugglers put it on your radar in the first place ^^.

    Also, I really realize how rarely I hear English speaking people (of any accent) at their natural speed these days.

    I think if the guy hadn’t interrupted you so often I would have enjoyed the reccs even more. Cause you really tried to explain it and I’m very happy you tried your best to finish your sentences!

    I’m not surprised he doesn’t know about the Bechdel test, heh. Although he did come across as at least somewhat open to reading and to you, I have to give him credit there.

  5. Bibliotropic says:

    YA and books for younger audiences make for some wonderful light reading when I’m not in the mood for something heavy, and often end up having heavier plots than I first expect. Definitely interested in this one.

  6. Rebecca I. says:

    Your recs sounded spot on (hooray for CNV and the Bechdel test!) and your accent is great. :D

  7. mary anne says:

    Thanks for the recommendations. I wish the dude had not interrupted you so often – he was trying to clarify before you had finished what you were saying.

  8. Malin says:

    Some wonderful recommendations, Under My Hat and Wonder especially sound awesome. I adored Code Name Verity, it may very well be the best book I read this year. Certainly one of the most affecting.

  9. MarieC says:

    I loved your interview! I laughted when you recommend having adults read the books as well as the teens! The interviewer seemed so surprised…

  10. Lexi says:

    They almost all sounded fun. My book list for the new year keeps getting longer.

  11. Fiona says:

    I often choose YA books (I’m 40!) High quality writing, a great plot and good character development, without the annoyance of ‘Adult themes’ are my priorities. I’m a big fan of Celine’s Moorhawke Trilogy and have added some of her ‘top 5′ to my wish list. I have ‘Under my Hat’ and I’m particularly looking forward to ‘Code Name Verity’.
    Tbh I think I would rather have listened to Celine talking about her recommendations rather than the interview though!

  12. Kay-Kay-Bay says:

    “Wonder” sounds pretty cool. I’m not into issue books either, but a really, really good one would definitely be worth a read.

  13. scribe k. says:

    these all sound fabulous!

  14. Lauren says:

    Wonder might be my favorite book written in 2012 — didn’t it just make you want to get up and cheer?? I am constantly giving it to my middle school kids, and they are loving it, too. So glad it was on your list!

  15. Ileana A. says:

    :OOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    I want! Gimme! Gimme!! I like to read about everything in books!

  16. Victoria Zumbrum says:

    I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. I can’t finish a book if I don’t like it. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  17. Debbie says:

    That looks like such a neat book!

    It’s hard for me to narrow my favorites down to five. At least with Goodreads, I can know what books I’ve read in the past year easily now.

  18. Hannah H says:

    Bet you can’t pick just five…
    One has to be exceedingly desperate when they rip off jingles for jokes.
    Great picks!

  19. bn100 says:

    Nice covers.

  20. Stuart says:

    More books to read, sounds great.

  21. Mariska says:

    yes, i want this book :D

  22. Mary Preston says:

    I would love to read INTO THE GREY thank you.

    So many great books I want to read.

  23. Mia says:

    We’re reading Code Name Verity next month in my book club and I can’t wait.

  24. Alexandra the Great says:

    I’ve been looking for great ghost stories, and this one looks like it fits the bill perfectly :)

  25. Nikki Egerton says:

    Code Name Verity *loves*. Thanks for the giveaay, and congrats on the awards!

  26. Ilana says:

    Interesting :)

  27. Norrie says:

    I haven’t read any fiction in a very long time (nor any of Celines books, sob) so to win would be a great opportunity to get into the swing of more reading! (:

  28. Maureen says:

    If I don’t like a book then I move on too because I have too many books that I want to read.

  29. theresa n says:

    Goodreads is hard, you hate to say anything bad about someones book, but face it some aren’t worth the paper they were printed on.

  30. Jennifer lee says:

    I
    Want?
    xD can’t wait for the US/UK release.

  31. rachel says:

    Oooh, I love seeing other countries’ versions of books!

  32. Dana says:

    Another giveaway! Since my daughter was born I keep buying her my childhood favorite books. Thanks for the recommendations.

  33. sarac says:

    This book looks great! Can’t wait to read once it comes out in the US.

  34. Kay-Kay-Bay says:

    “Under My Hat” has some AWESOME people in it. Definitely adding this one to my TBR list.

  35. Jennifer says:

    Isn’t it just “pick the 5 ones” we love better ? Though it can be hard to do if we really like many and can’t say this one is better cause we cry or laugh.

    But I don’t think I have really 5 books, I truly love this year. But even if it’s this experience I am looking for, it’s still ok if I enjoy a book even if I pick up its flaws.

  36. Lillian says:

    The recommendations were great and have given me some more books to look into!

  37. Tia says:

    Into the Grey looks like my favorite type of read. Thanks for the recommendations
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  38. Joel says:

    Into the Grey looks interesting to me as well. Thanks for the recommendations!

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