…and the winner of the ANGELFIRE ARC is….

KARLA NELLENBACH!!!  Karla, send your address to houndrat at yahoo dot com  and I’ll hook you up!

For the rest of you, sorry you didn’t win. But never fear!  Your luck could change in the next ARC contest, which starts…nowish. And you really, REALLY want this one.  It’s for Veronica Roth’s DIVERGENT.

I had the pleasure of reading this book before Vee got agented, and it was fabulous. I read it again once I picked up the ARC ,  and it was even better.

Divergent is the kind of book that leaves you thinking about it long after you finish, the kind of book that makes you question your own character just as Veronica’s Tris questioned hers.

It’s the kind of book that will show you a stunning, stark version of Chicago in the future, a book that grabs you from the very beginning and doesn’t let go until you finish.

It’s also the kind of book that makes you think boys who use numbers for names are hot, a book that makes you wonder…does Starbucks exist in the future?

Um. Anyway.  Here’s the blurb:

One choice

One choice decides your friends, defines your beliefs, and determines your loyalties . . . forever.

Or, one choice can transform you.

In Veronica Roth’s debut novel, Divergent, a perfect society unfolds into a dystopian world of electrifying decisions, stunning consequences, heartbreaking betrayals, and unexpected romance.

And here’s the cover, this time with Fergie as the model (she was feeling left out):

Even Hounds Like Divergent!!!!

Now, here’s the contest. Most of you eager to get your hands on this book know that Tris’s choice involves picking one of the five factions that splits her society. Those factions are:

Candor (the honest)

Abnegation (the selfless)

Dauntless (the brave)

Amity (the peaceful)

Erudite (the intelligent)

Since the factions  revolve around virtues, I’d like to know:  which virtue is most important to you in a main character, and why?  (you can pick from the above or make up your own and extra kudos if you give a YA example).  Leave that in the comment section, and please, please, please, follow me on twitter by clicking the button on the top right (though again, I won’t hunt you down and blow raspberries at you if you don’t.  Probably.)

GOOD LUCK!!!  Contest ends at noon PST on Tuesday, February 1st.

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47 Responses to “Angelfire winner announced and Divergent ARC Contest!!”

  1. Samita @ Book Purring Says:

    Torn between Candor and Erudite. I think I shall go with Candor, since I could deal with the main character not being the most intelligent character ever (and I have actually), but I simply couldn’t like a charter that is not honest.

  2. Lynossa Says:

    Ow, I will pick Erudite (the intelligent). I don’t know why, I have a thing for intelligent people. But I also treasure honesty and bravery. And sense of humor? I always enjoy a bit of joke and sarcasm in a book.

  3. Tina G. Says:

    I think the most important virtue is someone I can be proud of. Someone who will fight like hell to get to the other side and win. Someone who stands up for what they believe but not perfect. Flaws make characters more believable. So I guess the most important virtue is bravery with fear.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  4. Kelsey Dickson Says:

    I think being selfless is a virtue I like to see most in a main character. Especially because I’m obsessed with those love stories where the boy is so in love with this girl he can’t see straight, but he knows he’s not good enough for her so he gives her up. But also, I just like to see a main character who thinks of other people before him/herself.
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  5. Laura (Common) Says:

    I SOOOOO want to read Divergent, and it comes out around the time we’re expecting Baby Ninja!

    Okay, so I have to choose a virtue? That’s a tough one! I’m not sure it’s the most important for me, but I tend to click with (and enjoy reading about) “intelligent” characters. I think with the intelligence, it makes them better able to employ the other virtues in the right situations. And, really, they usually have a bit of each, so maybe I’m copping out and not choosing by picking that one. :)

    Great contest, Deb!!!!

  6. A.J. Says:

    From the above, the most important virtue in a main character to me is intelligence. The character doesn’t have to be super smart, but I just like a character who tends to make good, reasonable decisions and doesn’t go into a situation without at least giving it some thought.

    Thanks for the opportunity! And I follow you on Twitter (@woven_).

  7. Raven Says:

    Thanks for having this contest! I SO want to read this book. Hmm. I think dauntless-ness is a good virtue for a ya character to possess because it helps them overcome obsticles whether it’s a fight for your life or high school. Katniss shows bravery when she takes the place of her little sister in the Hunger Games. Regina from Some Girls Are is brave because she went to school despite being exiled from her clique, even though she was sexually assaulted. Bravery cones in many forms.

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  8. Taryn Says:

    My most important quality in a MC is different than my most important quality in a person. A MC has to be someone who actually does things, things that maybe I can’t, things that make my heart race. Because of that, I’ll say bravery with selflessness as a close second. Thanks! (I do follow you on twitter)

  9. Tracey Neithercott Says:

    I’m dying to read this, so thanks for the contest. I’m crossing all the fingers I have that I win!

    I’m going with Dauntless. A character’s bravery is often what leads her to do things no sane real-life person would ever do. It’s what makes the story fun. My last pick would be Amity since it seems like a peaceful character may make for a story without enough tension. (I also love very intelligent characters a la Veronica Mars.)

  10. Pamela Says:

    I’ve heard a lot about this book. I’m really interested in reading more dystopians because I recently read Delirium and absolutely loved it.
    I think it’s important for a main character to be a whole bunch of things: they can’t be full of themselves and feel like they know everything, they have to be compassionate, and they can’t be afraid to speak their minds (that really bugs me). I feel like one virtue isn’t really better than others. To me, it’s a combination of virtues that makes for a good character (or person). I’m reading Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton right now and loving Ellie. She’s got a lot of those virtues I mentioned and I admire her because she’s a rich girl, but not a stereotypical one.

    I’m a twitter follower (@pamgreen89)! And Fergie is adorable. She looks proud :)
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  11. Lisa Asanuma Says:

    I think the greatest heroes are the selfless ones, a la Harry Potter. There can only be so many truly epic heroes, though… after that I pick honesty.

    I can’t wait to read this book!
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  12. Rebekah L Purdy Says:

    What a cool contest. And like the others, I’m SO excited about Divergent! As far as virtues go, I think I’d have to go with Dauntless. I like an MC who can hold their own, someone who isn’t afraid to stand up for themselves/or other people/causes.

    Bravery to me is an extension of selflessness. I mean, look at our soldiers who put themselves on the line–both brave and selfless!

    Great contest. Oh, and your dog is SO SO SO cute…
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  13. Krista A Says:


    And Fergie’s soooo cute!!!

    Hmm, this is a tough one. I think I’d have to go with a hybrid of candor, abnegation, and dauntless. I mean, you want characters to follow a “to thine own self be true” as well as to those around them, so honesty is certainly important. You also want a character who is giving of themselves and to others, so abnegation is very important as well. Maybe more so than others b/c I really can’t write or abide selfish characters….and dauntless characters are a necessity to bc you want both physically and emotionally strong characters…ya know, the Anti-Bella’s.

  14. Kristin Rae Says:

    I’ve been hearing a lot about this book… thanks for the chance!

    I think a virtue I like in a character is an acquired bravery. A character that grows into that strength and confidence that they can power through. . .

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  15. Jadore Says:

    I pick Mysterious. Because, i like to keep guessing, and put my heart at suspense. I adore a mysterious main character! And if i had to give an example, i’d say Connor in The Summer i turned pretty by Jenny Han. I know he’s not the main character, but he kind of is important to the story. And i adored that guy.

  16. LisaRealWriter Says:

    Supposedly “heartful” is not a real word. I’m not even sure it can be considered a virtue. Nevertheless, that’s my answer. I once read that every good story is about love; it strives to make sense of the human condition, giving the reader a sense of belonging. I want to feel the character’s heartbeat. I want to know what makes her tick. Without that burning drive that lives in the heart, virtue has no vehicle and there’s no story. So here’s to you, Tin Man!

  17. Yahong Chi Says:

    I hope this is open internationally!
    I’d say morality. I think doing the right thing in the right situation is definitely important. Although it’s MG, I’m thinking of HP6, where Harry’s gotta carry out Dumbledore’s orders even though it’s killing him.
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  18. Pam Harris Says:

    Yay! Divergent contest! I absolutely feel that candor is the most important virtue in a YA character. Sure, unreliable narrators are fun, but I’d like them to know that they’re unreliable. In this way, I have to say Parker from Cracked Up to Be is one of my fave protagonists. Sure, she puts on a hard front for her classmates–but she’s aware of it. And I loved how she told people how it was.

    Oh, I follow you on Twitter already. :)

  19. Alexis Salcido Says:

    Hey! Thanks so much for the contest! I have to say Abnegation which is selfless. I think that is the most important quality for someone to have because it shows the person thinks of others before herself. I think that that is truly a unique and special gift/talent. :)
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  20. Laurie May Says:

    I would have to say bravery, not necessarily in the sense of great wars and battles but in the sense of doing what is right or against ones own nature for the best outcome. Bravery to expand the self beyond a personal confidence impediment. Bravery to have and stick to an open mind and learn from others and personal mistakes. Better yet how about bravery to really, I mean really live your life. In Before I Fall Sam is brave in the face of a realised outcome that was the right thing for her conscience.

  21. Erin W Says:

    I’m dying to read this, so thank you for the contest!

    I would have to go with Dauntless. A character’s bravery is the most important trait in a main character and sometimes when they do some insane thing…it often makes them a better and stronger person by the end of the book.

    Already followed you on twitter. :)

  22. Brodie Says:

    I don’t know what’s hotter… Fergie or the book! ;) FANTASTIC giveaway!! I want, need, crave, yearn this brilliant book. I’ve been hearing so many amazing things about it!

    Hmmm. I think I’ll have to say Dauntless. I want a character who’s brave enough to stand up for themselves and their friends/family. Who won’t stand back in the shadows while other people get in on the action, but brave enough to fight for what they believe in. I’d rather read a book where the MC is getting in the thick of things (and maybe even getting their ass kicked) than an MC who huddles by the sidelines and whines about what’s happening.

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  23. Jill Wheeler Says:

    Definitely erudite!

    Dude. Gimme gimme gimme! I need to read this before I interview her for Apocalypsies!

    Oh, and you already know I follow you on Twitter. :)

  24. Jill Hathaway Says:

    Ooops. That was me.
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  25. JennW Says:

    Great contest! I can’t wait for this book. I am torn. In this book, I would vote for brave or intelligent. In a dystopian world that seems most important. A different novel may bode differently for what matters most. Ugh, I’m complicating this, aren’t I?

  26. Candace Says:

    Erudite for sure. I need a character that uses their brain. Sometimes it’s in a way that totally irritates us (House of Night) but as long as they use it to at least redeem themselves. Honesty is extremely important as well though because if a character is always lying or just not telling the whole truth I get very irritated.

    I’m so excited for this book, so fingers are crossed! I NEED it!!!!!

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  27. Monica Says:

    I. Want. This. Book!!!!! Seriously. LOL

    Anyway. I think I’d choose Candor? Or Amity? Geez. Do I really have to choose?
    And in a MC? Erudite, because I think it’s more hooking to read a book when the character is smart. Oh and brave. So Dauntless, too. Omigod, Deb. I can’t choose. LOL

    I just know that I want this book!!!

  28. Mia Says:

    My favorite virtue from the Divergent list is Dauntless (bravery). Bravery and Honor are two of my favorite virtues and I especially enjoy reading about a main character with these virtues in Young Adult books.

    The character(s) I can relate this virtue to are:

    Katarina Bishop & Cameron Morgan from Ally Carter’s Heist Society & Gallagher Girls series
    Katniss Everdeen from Suzane Collins The Hunger Games (Trilogy)
    Miri, Isi, Enna, Razo & Rin from Shannon Hale’s Princess Academy, The Goose Girl, Enna Burning, River Secrets & Forest Born

    And I just realized that I’m ‘babbling’…Needless to say I LOVE BOOKS especially with characters that exemplify virtues such as bravery. And honesty. And intelligence. And Selflessness. And peace.

    Thank you so much for the opportunity, very excited for Divergent!

    P.S. I am a follower via Twitter ;-)

  29. Rachel Elizabeth Says:

    Hmm, I’m torn between bravery and selflessness. I think they’re both really important virtues. But if I had to pick one..I’d say bravery is my favorite. I love characters who can stand up for themselves and refuse to back down when they believe they’re doing the right thing.

  30. Lindsey Says:

    I like to read about characters who are flawed (and therefore interesting). I guess that’s not really a “virtue” but maybe the corresponding virtue would be honesty (especially crucial for first person narrators).

  31. Emy Shin Says:

    Please don’t put me down, because I just won a copy of DIVERGENT (and really can’t wait to read it when it gets here!).

    But — in my character, the most important feature is intelligence (though this is necessarily true when it comes to real people), so Erudite it is.

    My favorite characters are those who’re frighteningly smart: Eugenides from THE QUEEN’S THIEF series, Sherlock Holmes (though he isn’t a YA figure), and perhaps Severus Snape from HARRY POTTER.

  32. Shveta Thakrar Says:

    Me, me, me, me, me, me!

    Uh, I mean, candor. Honesty and authenticity are deeply important to me in life, so unless it’s a book like Liar, I want the truth. I want to know the character’s vulnerabilities and thoughts and wishes, insofar as he or she knows them. Selflessness is great, too, but for the purpose of fiction, yeah, candor.
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  33. Kara Moost Says:

    Okay, third time’s gotta be the charm!

    I’m going to go with Erudite, because I love characters that can reason their way out of things, even if their logic is questionable. I hate oblivious and apathetic characters. Intelligence FTW!

  34. Flannery A. Says:

    I think the most important trait in a main character is intelligence. There’s nothing I hate more than a protagonist who keeps making ridiculous choices. I’d much rather have a clever lead character that I can admire for his/her rational decisions:-) Thanks for running this giveaway!

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  35. Janine Says:

    So, in real life I think selflessness, but that doesn’t make for a super interesting MC. I mean, it could, I suppose, but I can’t think of one. I think I’d go with intelligence, because especially in a book, I can’t get behind someone I think isn’t very smart. I’m a smart person snob. I’m working on it.

    Lots of good examples of smart characters. Oldies, like Anne or Emily from LM Montgomery, or newer, awesome characters like Katniss. How would these books be interesting without smart characters?
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  36. Amie Kaufman Says:

    I’ve just found your blog – I’m now subscribed, following, all the rest of it. Quick aside – I love your header!

    I’d choose Dauntless, although I think my definition might be a little different to the one in the book. I think any protagonist worth his or her salt is brave, though that might take the form of quiet resistance, standing up and saying something, or being all out crazy brave.
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  37. Susanne Winnacker Says:

    I think Candor. Honesty is an important virtue and I’d probably dislike a character who’s dishonest, though sometimes lies make for an interesting complication in a plot. :D
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  38. Bri Says:

    Honesty is definitely what’s most important to me in a main character. They don’t need to be honest with other characters, necessarily, but their voice and feelings need to be honest in order for me to connect to them.
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  39. Bee Says:

    To me, kindness is the most important virtue ever. It’s sometimes hard to find, but it’s most valued. I can’t take in a character who is cruel. I’d have to put such a book aside. The main character can be anything about cruel, and I’d read about her/him. Like Daisy from How I Live Now, might be a lot of things, but she’s also very kind, which is why I like her so much!

    Great contest. I’d so love to win this.
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  40. Dawn Says:

    As a writer, I’d like a character to be relatable/believable, as a reader, I want that person to have integrity. These can be close to the same thing in some manners, but really, it comes down to a good character having good “character” like Kat in THE HUNGER GAMES, Beatrice in HOW TO SAY GOODBYE IN ROBOT, or Amy in ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, it’s noble to root for someone who is trying to do good despite (or in reaction to) their own struggles. I’d love to get my hands on this book!!!

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  41. Karen Akins Says:

    Hmmm…I’m going to go with bravery and intelligence in a MC. In a lot of ways, I think you *have* to have a brave MC to drive your plot forward. One who’s not afraid to take the next step needed and have the intelligence to figure out what that step is.

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  42. abby Says:

    some of my most favorite heroines (Katniss from HUNGER GAMES, Katsa from GRACELING, Mia from IF I STAY, and Lennie from THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE) all have guts, so i’m going to say dauntless is the most important virtue to have. in life. in fiction. everything else can sort itself out.

    i do follow you on twitter, though it took a few weeks (oops) to realize you and @houndrat are one and the same. :)

  43. Triss Says:

    Oh I don’t know if I like more Dauntless or Erudite. Actually they don’t get together well. My favourite character of all the times is Scarlett O’Hara, she was dauntless and erudite but not at the same time :)
    Now I think the only one character who was brave and intelligent was Katniss…She was really the best!

  44. Elle Strauss Says:

    Waa, my comment didn’t connect. Here’s take 2. I’m going with Integrity though I think most MC’s grow into this after screwing up :) I’m already a follower on twitter. I’d love to win this book, have heard so much about it already.

  45. Elinor Says:

    Abnegation or Dauntless. I’m having some difficulty choosing between the two. I’ve dealt with lying MCs (like Eugenides from The Thief), violent MCs (can’t think of an example, since I usually think movies when I think violent), and stupid MCs (Gregor from The Underland Chronicles), but I can not stand it if the main character is selfish or constantly scared. I need books that have main characters that act like heroes, so that they are likable. A selfish character becomes annoying and I start to more or less hate that character. Brave heroes just make my heart want to swell with awe. They amaze me and make me feel for them. So, my final choice, between the two is (drumroll please! badabadabadabada) Abnegation!

    Sorry, I don’t have a Twitter. :)

  46. Spav Says:

    I’ve been dying to read this book!
    The most important virtue in a main character for me is a mix between bravery and intelligence. I like them to think of all the choices they have while also having the guts to go through with one of their crazy ideas.
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  47. Angie Says:

    Was a little late to the contest – will try next week. Just wanted to say that your dog is so cute!!!!!!!1

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