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My Reading Pile #162

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I didn’t receive any physical books in the mail this week and I didn’t receive any eBooks either. So it was a really, really, really quiet week in books for me.

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[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

While I didn’t receive any books in the mail this week, I’m somewhat glad. Because my Dad is visiting this week and I barely had time to read. So I’m falling way far behind on my TBR pile. And I’m glad to have this one week without any new adds.

And while I didn’t receive any books, that doesn’t mean I don’t have a ton to read. But as he’s still in town and I have a bunch of reviews to write I’ve decided to read just the one book this week. So…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

(April 21, 2014 – April 27, 2014)
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The Taking

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The only book I’m officially adding to the pile this week is THE TAKING by Kimberly Derting. I received a copy for review from the publisher, HarperTeen, via Edelweiss and I can’t wait to read it and am sad that I haven’t read it before now.

I fell in love with the story from its description. I can’t wait to meet Kyra and find out what happened during the five years she was missing and how it feels to be back in her life, the same age as she was before but with everything radically different.

I can’t wait to see whether her father was right. I can’t wait to learn more about the others who have been taken and returned. And I am so curious about what the description means when they ask “but what if the life she wants back is not her own?”

THE TAKING releases next week, and while it’s not so super early, I’m glad I don’t have to wait any longer to read it. Though waiting for the next two planned books in the series won’t be nearly as easy….

The Description…

A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

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Wishful Thinking Reads

My wishful thinking read this week is SLEEP NO MORE by Aprilynne Pike. I love the author’s writing and this story sounds so creepy and good – Oracles and serial killers make for some interesting-sounding reading. And while I have an early copy, and my pre-order copy will download on April 29th, I just can’t add it to the pile this week or next. But wow, do I wish I could.

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Those Left Behind

I read and loved TEASE by Sophie Jordan, but as I didn’t have MY LAST KISS, a printed ARC, with me, I went off-pile and read ALL LINED UP by Cora Carmack instead – a book I also loved. But I will be reading MY LAST KISS the moment I finish reading THE TAKING later this week.

Once things start getting back on track later this week, I am hopeful of spending all my free time writing a few of those long-overdue reviews. Which is another reason why I’m so glad no new books got added to the pile.

But I’m very happy that I read the two New Adult novels I read this past week. Because I love, love, loved both of them. I just wish I had the sequels to both series in hand right now.

I still haven’t added all my reads to Goodreads or updated them on my 2014 Reads page. But the Goodreads widget does show me as being a few books ahead. Which thrills me to no end. Now if I could just finally tackle all those reviews…

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NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

I didn’t spend any time on NetGalley this past week. Even looking for the purpose of this post, I only grabbed the names and links to the new titles and ran. But it seems to me things were a bit quiet on NetGalley, so I’m not sure I missed much not being “around.”

Here are this week’s finds…

LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell (Orbit Publishing Group, Jul 3 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

THE HANGMAN’S REVOLUTION (Warp #2) by Eoin Colfer (Penguin Books UK, Jun 26 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

KING DORK APPROXIMATELY by Frank Portman (Random House Children’s, Dec 9 2014)

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I still need to study for my exam, write a review for a tour post on Tuesday, write several reviews for more recent reads, and try to get caught up on my regular blog posts. But as my Dad is still in town, it will all have to wait until he leaves.

In the meantime, I’m trying to sneak in a few moments each day to fall in love with a book. And so far it’s working.

Anyway… I’m keeping this post brief as I am totally exhausted and I have to be up in a few short hours to take Dad sailing and hopefully not make a total fool out of myself. But we shall see how that works out.

As ever, I wish you a very happy reading week ahead!

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Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your reading pile this week?

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Cover Reveal + Excerpt: INTOXICATED by Monica Murphy

I am super excited to be participating in today’s cover reveal for Author Monica Murphy’s INTOXICATED, a contemporary romance novella in her Billionaire Bachelors Club series published by Avon Impulse.

I first noticed this series because of its striking covers and I couldn’t wait to see whether I was going to love the cover for this novella as much as I love the covers for the full-length novels. And I have to say that INTOXICATED’s cover is my favorite of them all.

I love the fonts and the title color – the teal-y blue is so striking against the black, the “A” in the title gives it a little flare, and the sans serif font for the author’s name gives it a clean, uncluttered look. I love that for this novella the title is in All Caps versus the novels which are all lowercase. And I love that the Avon Impulse logo matches on each of the covers.

Also, I love the background which looks very much like pinstriping on a suit. And I love the male model’s image, with his face in shadow.

It’s bold, it’s sexy, it’s modern and it so perfectly fits the genre.

That’s what I think, anyway… what do you think?

The Reveal

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Series: Billionaire Bachelors Club #3.5
Release date: June 17, 2014
Publisher: Avon
Pages: 250
Formats: eBook

Description…

New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy wraps up her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a wedding to remember. But this time, they’re not bachelors anymore, and the groom … is one of them.

It’s Gage and Marina’s wedding day, but wedded bliss seems a long way off: Ivy’s just gone into labor. Marina’s missing her matron of honor. And Bryn’s giving Matt the silent treatment.

It’s up to Archer, Gage, and Matt to make sure this day goes off without a hitch. But between brides and babies, there’s the not-so-little issue of the million-dollar bet to attend to. If only they can figure out who won … and who’s paying up. Is everyone a winner? Or will someone leave broke—and brokenhearted?

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The Excerpt

“I’m going to have a baby,” Ivy declares as she stops directly in front of me. Well, her belly stopped directly in front of me, the rest of her soon follows.

Yes, indeed, my wife is definitely going to have a baby. Soon.

I’m getting ready—staring at the mirror as I mess with my tie, making sure it’s perfect—when she approaches me. I shoot her a grin, feeling good, feeling on top of my game. Life couldn’t get any better, you know? We’re celebrating today and with good reason.

“I know, sexy mama.” I turn away from the mirror and wink at her. “Trust me, I haven’t forgotten that I’m the one who knocked you up.”

She stares at me, no reaction to my wink or my words. She usually slaps my ass and kisses me. Says something sarcastic at the very least. But I’m getting nothing. And it’s kind of disconcerting. “Archer. I’m dead serious. I’m going to have the baby.”

“I know, babe. And I can’t freaking wait.” I study her, noticing that she looks a little pale and her pupils are dilated. Hmm. “You feeling okay?”

Rolling her eyes, she rests her hand on top of her protruding stomach, rubbing it absently. Then not so absently. As in, she’s clutching her belly like she’s in pain. “I’m in—” She sucks in a harsh breath, holding it for a few seconds. “—labor, damn it.”

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About Monica Murphy

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Monica Murphy is a native Californian who lives in the foothills below Yosemite. A wife and mother of three, she writes New Adult and contemporary romance for Bantam and Avon. She is the author of One Week Girlfriend and Second Chance Boyfriend.

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Other Books in the Series

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Title: CRAVE (Billionaire Bachelors Club #1)
Release date: August 13, 2013
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Pages: 256
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Description…

New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy launches her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a lavish bet, a night of carnal desires, and a forever that never seemed possible.

Billionaire Archer Bancroft always gets what he wants–and he’s wanted Ivy Emerson, his best friend’s sister, for far too long. Being forbidden and untouchable only makes her more tempting. When a million-dollar bet with his friends throws down a challenge–last bachelor standing takes all–Archer knows he can win. That is, until one enchanted evening with Ivy takes his heart for a ride.

Ivy knows Archer is nothing but bad news: infuriating, arrogant . . . and completely intoxicating. But despite her best efforts, she can’t seem to keep away. When a stolen kiss leads to a night of heated passion, Ivy realizes she’s in trouble and in head over heels.

But in the light of day, everything seems clearer, and Archer’s not so sure a one-night stand is all he wants. Concocting a plan to keep Ivy by his side, Archer might just be willing to lose this bet . . . and win the jackpot instead.

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TornTitle: TORN (Billionaire Bachelors Club #2)
Release date: November 26, 2013
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Pages: 256
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Description…

New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy mixes business with pleasure in the second book of her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series …

Marina Knight came to this party for one thing only: to slap Gage Emerson in the face. Poised to snatch up her family’s real estate empire, the sexy tycoon is on the verge of making an enemy for life–even if he can make her melt with a single kiss …

When Gage discovers that the alluring woman before him is the key to his latest acquisition, claiming her as his suddenly doesn’t seem quite so cut-and-dried. To get what he wants, he must get to know the fierce woman willing to face him down–as she steadily steals his heart.

Gage’s persistence and intense passion war with Marina’s determination to protect her family. As they delve deeper into an affair they didn’t see coming, Marina’s torn: Will she lose her heart to Gage–or everything she holds dear?

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SavorTitle: SAVOR (Billionaire Bachelors Club #3)
Release date: February 11, 2014
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Pages: 240
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Description…

New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy concludes her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a fiery romance that refuses to be left at the office . . .

Bryn James can’t take much more. Smart, sexy Matthew DeLuca is everything she wants in a man, but he’s also her boss–the youngest, hottest vineyard owner in the Napa Valley–and he doesn’t see her as anything more than his shy assistant. That’s all about to change. Armed with a hot new look and an attitude to match, Bryn is determined to catch Matt’s eye . . . professionalism be damned.

With his winery’s grand reopening approaching, Matt is trying to stay focused, but Bryn is suddenly making it very difficult. He’s always thought her prim demeanor effortlessly sexy, but Matt can’t deny that her transformation is jaw-dropping . . . and making it tough to keep his hands to himself.

But when one thing leads to another and suddenly Matt is stripping Bryn bare, he’s faced with the biggest risk of his career–and his heart. Can he convince her–and himself–that this might just be more than a no-strings office affair?


In Bookish News: TEASE Excerpt

bookishnews_sidebarWilliam Morrow, publisher of Sophie Jordan’s The Ivy Chronicles, has released an excerpt from the second book in the series, TEASE, on their Between the Covers Facebook page. Click HERE to read.

If you haven’t yet read the first book in the series, FOREPLAY, do not despair, as you can definitely read TEASE without having read it.

This is a New Adult series by Author Sophie Jordan. And this sequel is even hotter than the first book. The story is every bit as captivating and the characters are just as exciting to read about. There’s just the added benefit of a little more heat.

TEASE is a book I’ve been dying to read since I finished book one. And I finally got the chance to read it this past weekend and LOVED it. It releases on May 27th, so there’s not much longer to wait. But the FOUR CHAPTER EXCERPT is the perfect bite.

And for those who don’t want to wait until the 27th, it seems there’s going to be a partial release of Chapters 7-14 in eBook format on May 20th at AMAZON for $0.99 and for those who purchase it in parts, Part 3: Chapters 15-The End will be releasing on the book’s release date of May 27th at AMAZON for $1.99. Which leads me to believe that another excerpt of chapters five and six will be revealed….

For those who haven’t yet heard of this awesome series, here’s a little bit of information about TEASE, FOREPLAY and WILD (which releases in November). All are available to order/pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and the current eBook prices make this series a definite must grab now!

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About TEASE

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Series: The Ivy Chronicles #2
Release date: May 27, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 320
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description

What happens when a girl who always calls the shots meets a guy who’s too wild for even her?

A born flirt and good-time party girl, Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy. She’s always chosen her hookups carefully, and she’s never broken her three cardinal rules:

Never let them see the real you.
Never fall in love.
Always leave them begging for more.

Then Shaw comes along. A hottie from the wrong side of the tracks, he’s immune to her flirtatious banter and come-hither smile. After rescuing her from a disastrous night at a biker bar, he doesn’t even try to take her to bed—he calls her a tease and sends her home instead. Unable to resist a challenge, or forget the sexy, dark-eyed, bad-boy biker, she vows to bring him to his knees.

But instead of making Shaw beg, Emerson finds herself craving him. For the first time in her life, she’s throwing out her rule book. Suddenly, she’s the one panting for a guy she can’t control—a guy who won’t settle for anything less than the real Emerson and who forces her to do things she’s never imagined, including facing a past she thought she’d buried.

A guy who just might leave her wanting more. . . .

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About FOREPLAY

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Series: The Ivy Chronicles #1
Release date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 304
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description

Before she goes after the life she’s always wanted, she’s about to find the one she needs. 

Pepper has been hopelessly in love with her best friend’s brother, Hunter, for like ever. He’s the key to everything she’s always craved: security, stability, family. But she needs Hunter to notice her as more than just a friend. Even though she’s kissed exactly one guy, she has just the plan to go from novice to rock star in the bedroom—take a few pointers from someone who knows what he’s doing.

Her college roommates have the perfect teacher in mind. But bartender Reece is nothing like the player Pepper expects. Yes, he’s beyond gorgeous, but he’s also dangerous, deep—with a troubled past. Soon what started as lessons in attraction are turning both their worlds around, and showing just what can happen when you go past foreplay and get to what’s real…

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About WILD

Series: The Ivy Chronicles #3
Release date: November 18, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow
Pages: 320
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

Description…

No description is yet available. And while I know who this third book is about, as there is a teaser in the back of TEASE, I don’t want to spoil anything.

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How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love Pre-Order Campaign + Giveaway

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I am super excited to help spread the word about this awesome pre-order campaign for Ken Baker’s HOW I GOT SKINNY, FAMOUS, AND FELL MADLY IN LOVE hosted by Book Nerd Tours which runs until 11:59 p.m. Pacific on April 22nd.

There are some awesome prizes up for grabs for one lucky winner: 

  • A Personal Skype Session or Phone Call with Ken
  • Autographed Copies of Fangirl and How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love + Bookmarks
  • An iPod Shuffle
  • A chance for you and a guest to spend a day with Ken at work in Hollywood

So how can you enter for a chance to win?

You’ll have to email your final order to kbakerpreorder@gmail.com. You can forward an email, take a screenshot of the order page, attach a picture or pdf of the order. And you can order from anyone — online, your local bookstore, your local chain store, or any retailer who sells books. The winning entry will be chosen from Rafflecopter.

Good luck!

HOW I GOT SKINNY, FAMOUS, AND FELL MADLY IN LOVE sounds like a a lot of fun – reality TV, fame, financial woes, weight loss… and love? I can’t wait to meet Emery Jackson and I’m just so curious as to whether the changes in her life are in fact for the better. If you’d like to know a little bit more – because you just can’t wait for your pre-order to arrive – be sure to check out the book’s description and its trailer, below.

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About the Book

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Release date: April 22, 2014
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Pages: 272
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Description…

“Thick. Heavy. Big boned. Plump. Full figured. Chunky. Womanly. Large. Curvy. Plus-size. Hefty.” To sixteen-year-old Emery Jackson, these are all just euphemisms for the big “F” word—”fat.” Living on a Southern California beach with her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former model mother, it is impossible for Emery not to be aware of her weight.

Emery is okay with how things are. That is, until her “momager” signs her up for Fifty Pounds to Freedom, a reality show in which Emery will have to lose fifty pounds in fifty days in order to win the million dollars that will solve her family’s financial woes. Emery is skeptical of the process, but when the pounds start to come off and the ratings skyrocket, she finds it hard to resist the adoration of her new figure and the world of fame. Emery knows that things have changed. But is it for the better?

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The Trailer

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About the Author

Ken

Ken Baker is the E! News/E! Online Senior Correspondent and Breaking News Editor, an acclaimed author, producer, public speaker and former pro hockey player.

Ken reports breaking news, conducts celebrity interviews, delivers investigative reports and hosts a range of news segments for E! News, E! Online, E! International, E! News specials and the network’s live events.

Baker has published six books. His newest work is a novel due out in April 2014 titled “How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love,” a story about an obese teen who is pressured by her family to go on a reality show to lose weight and, in so doing, learns the real meaning of freedom.

His debut novel, “Fangirl” (Running Press, 2012), told the story of a pop star who falls in love with a fan amid a sensational tabloid drama. Ken is adapting “Fangirl” into a movie in collaboration with Converge Media.

Ken is currently at work on a series of Hollywood-themed thrillers set for release in 2015.

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The Giveaway

A personal 20 minute Skype session or phone call with Ken
3 autographed copies of Fangirl and How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love + Swag
An iPod Shuffle
A chance for you and a guest to spend a day with Ken at work in Hollywood

  • Giveaway is International
  • Must be 13 or older to enter 

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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The Schedule

April 12th – Jean Book Nerd

April 13th – Me, My Shelf and I

April 14th – Fictitious Delicious

April 15th – Fiktshun

April 16th – Once Upon a Twilight

April 17th – Book Nerd Canada

April 18th – Jenna Does Books

April 19th – Mundie Moms | TTC Books and More

April 20th – Sabrina’s Paranormal Palace

April 21st – Chapter by Chapter


Book Watch: Releasing This Week #172

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Below are the (mostly) YA books releasing this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

These are books for the week of April 15th-April 21st that I have pre-ordered.

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THE FOREVER SONG by Julie Kagawa will be released in the U.S. on April 15, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 416 pages.

THE FOREVER SONG is the third and final full-length book in Author Julie Kagawa’s Blood of Eden series.

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I am so excited that THE FOREVER SONG releases this week and that everyone will get to see what happens in this final book in this ahhh-mazing series. I got the chance to read it early and I thought it was the perfect series-ending book, but I still can’t wait for the finished copy to download to my Kindle.

As I already spotlighted it for my Book Watch post and wrote a review for the tour, I won’t ramble on and on about how much I loved it or how it was a must read or how there were tears. But I did love, love, love it, it is a total must read, and there were so many twisty-turny, heartach-y moments and you better believe there were tears.

The only thing I have to add is that it’s a must read NOW. Don’t wait. It’s just that good.

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VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?

With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.

MONSTER

Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie.

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.

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DON’T LOOK BACK by Jennifer L. Armentrout will be released in the U.S. on April 15, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Disney-Hyperion, the print edition is 384 pages.

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I am totally stoked for the release of DON’T LOOK BACK. When I heard that Jennifer L. Armentrout was writing a mystery/suspense novel I instantly added it to my list of pre-orders. And while I have the finished copy in print and have read it, I cannot wait for the Kindle copy to download so it will be a part of my permanent collection.

I just rambled a little bit about what I thought for my tour post yesterday and hope to post a review later this week, so I won’t go on and on about this captivating standalone. I will just say that it was awesome, whether you solve the mystery early or not.

Oh and just because this is a mystery, does not mean that it’s missing any of those swoon-y bits that JLA is famous for. Carson Ortiz is totally swoon-worthy – those eyes, those eyes! – and the tension and chemistry is yummy.

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Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

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What I Thought Was True

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WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE by Huntley Fitzpatrick will be released in the U.S. on April 15, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Dial, the print edition is 416 pages.

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I only recently learned of WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE when I received an invitation on NetGalley to take a peek inside. And after checking out the description I decided it was a must pre-order.

While I didn’t get to take an early peek, I can’t wait for my Kindle copy to download on Tuesday. I love swoon-y romance. I can’t wait to see what secrets Gwen Castle uncovers and learn more about what the truth really is. And I can’t wait to find out if her romance is with rich boy Cassidy Somers.

The description promises that this story is not only “magnetic” but has “depth” which totally appeals. So I definitely plan on reading it in the next couple of weeks while I’m on this major contemporary reading kick I’ve been on.

Description…

From the author of My Life Next Door comes a swoony summertime romance full of expectation and regret, humor and hard questions.

Gwen Castle’s Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. He’s a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island’s summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she’ll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen’s dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.

A magnetic, push-me-pull-me romance with depth, this is for fans of Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, and Deb Caletti.

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To All the Boys I've Loved Before

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TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han will be released in the U.S. on April 15, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 368 pages.

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I can’t believe I still haven’t read a novel by Jenny Han. I own quite a few of her books, and have TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE pre-ordered. But I still haven’t gotten the chance to discover her writing.

I’ve heard she’s an amazing writer and I am hoping that this book will be my first, as I love the idea that her character, Lara Jean, wrote secret letters to the boys she’s crushed on which then somehow got sent to them.

I am so curious as to how her box of letters is discovered and to find out just who mailed them. But I’m most curious about what her crushes think and how they react to receiving the letters. And I can’t wait to find out just what “good” comes out of their discovery.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

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Frozen

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FROZEN by Erin Bowman will be released in the U.S. on April 15, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 368 pages.

FROZEN is the second full-length book in Author Erin Bowman’s Taken series. The third book in the series, slated for release in 2015, is currently untitled.

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I have not yet read TAKEN but I just had to pre-order FROZEN as I know I’m going to love this series. The description of the first book is so awesome and sounds like such a “me” book that I had to add this second book in the series to my collection on its release date.

And I can’t wait until it downloads tomorrow so that I can read both books back-to-back plus the novella.

While I would almost love to wait until book three’s release, I don’t think I’ll be able to wait much more than a couple of weeks to meet Gray Weathersby, learn more about the Heist and find out what lies beyond the Wall of Claysoot.

As I haven’t read book one just yet I am not going to read the description for FROZEN, though I am so very, very curious about what’s going to happen. But if I can resist for just a little while longer, I won’t possibly spoil this book, which gives me that much more incentive to dive into both books either later this month or early next month.

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The Heists were only the beginning.

Gray Weathersby escaped from the primitive town of Claysoot expecting to find answers, but what he discovered shook him to the core: A ruthless dictator with absolute power. An army of young soldiers blinded by lies. And a growing rebellion determined to fight back.

Now Gray has joined a team of rebels on a harsh, icy journey in search of allies who can help them set things right. But in a world built on lies, Gray must constantly question whether any ally—or enemy—is truly what they seem…

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House of Ivy & Sorrow

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HOUSE OF IVY & SORROW by Natalie Whipple will be released in the U.S. on April 15, 2014 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 368 pages.

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I decided to pre-order HOUSE OF IVY & SORROW entirely because of its name. Of course I’ve heard this author is awesome, I own TRANSPARENT, and after having read the description for this book I would have purchased it regardless. But I pre-ordered it because I fell in love with the title.

I am curious to learn more about this Curse and how it can possibly save everyone Josephine loves. I love that the main character’s last name is Hemlock. I love that her home is fortified by magic. And I love that the story involves dark witchcraft.

While I’m not sure when I’ll get the chance to add this to the pile, I definitely plan on taking a peek once my copy downloads on Tuesday. And if it instantly grabs I may have to go off-pile and read it this week. We shall see…

Description…

Josephine Hemlock has spent the last 10 years hiding from the Curse that killed her mother. But when a mysterious man arrives at her ivy-covered, magic-fortified home, it’s clear her mother’s killer has finally come to destroy the rest of the Hemlock bloodline. Before Jo can even think about fighting back, she must figure out who she’s fighting in the first place. The more truth Jo uncovers, the deeper she falls into witchcraft darker than she ever imagined. Trapped and running out of time, she begins to wonder if the very Curse that killed her mother is the only way to save everyone she loves.

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Other Books of Note

Open Road SummerOPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord

Pub. Date: April 15, 2014

Publisher: Walker Childrens

Find it: AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

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There Will Come a TimeTHERE WILL COME A TIME by Carrie Arcos

Pub. Date: April 15, 2014

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Mark knows grief. Ever since the accident that killed his twin sister, Grace, the only time he feels at peace is when he visits the bridge on which she died. Comfort is fleeting, but it’s almost within reach when he’s standing on the wrong side of the suicide bars. Almost.

Grace’s best friend, Hanna, says she understands what he’s going through. But she doesn’t. She can’t. It’s not just the enormity of his loss. As her twin, Mark should have known Grace as well as he knows himself. Yet when he reads her journal, it’s as if he didn’t know her at all.

As a way to remember Grace, Hanna convinces Mark to complete Grace’s bucket list from her journal. Mark’s sadness, anger, and his growing feelings for Hannah threaten to overwhelm him. But Mark can’t back out. He made a promise to honor Grace—and it’s his one chance to set things right.

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SunriseSUNRISE (Ashfall #3) by Mike Mullin

Pub. Date: April 15, 2014

Publisher: Tanglewood Press

Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

The Yellowstone supervolcano nearly wiped out the human race. Now, almost a year after the eruption, the survivors seem determined to finish the job. Communities wage war on each other, gangs of cannibals roam the countryside, and what little government survived the eruption has collapsed completely. The ham radio has gone silent. Sickness, cold, and starvation are the survivors’ constant companions.

When it becomes apparent that their home is no longer safe and adults are not facing the stark realities, Alex and Darla must create a community that can survive the ongoing disaster, an almost impossible task requiring even more guts and more smarts than ever — and unthinkable sacrifice. If they fail . . . they, their loved ones, and the few remaining survivors will perish.

This epic finale has the heart of Ashfall, the action of Ashen Winter, and a depth all its own, examining questions of responsibility and bravery, civilization and society, illuminated by the story of an unshakable love that transcends a post-apocalyptic world and even life itself.

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The Geography of You and MeTHE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME by Jennifer E. Smith

Pub. Date: April 15, 2014

Publisher: Poppy

Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and — finally — a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

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High & DryHIGH & DRY by Sarah Skilton

Pub. Date: April 15, 2014

Publisher: Amulet Books

Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Framed for a stranger’s near-fatal overdose at a party, blackmailed into finding a mysterious flash drive everyone in school seems anxious to suppress, and pressured by his shady best friend to throw an upcoming game, high school soccer player Charlie Dixon spends a frantic week trying to clear his name, win back the girl of his dreams, and escape a past that may be responsible for all his current problems.

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You Only Live OnceYOU ONLY LIVE ONCE (Snap Decision #2) by Bridie Clark

Pub. Date: April 15, 2014

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

You survived your freshman year at Kings Academy, the prestigious prep school in the New Hampshire hills, but hold the slow clap—turns out sophomore year’s the real grinder. You’ll have to deal with the stress of keeping up with the soul-crushing homework. Not to mention your glam classmates are throwing glitzy sweet sixteen parties this year and you’ll need a job if you want to join.

Will you take that babysitting job in town (and pretend not to notice Hot Dad’s flirtatious ways)? Will you bribe your way to a New York Times internship and land a college guy? Filled to the brim with twisting paths and turns, this may end up being the best year of your life . . . or it may send you home to Hope Falls in tears. Whatever snap decisions you make, it’s going to be an unforgettable year.

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Fury of the Seventh SonFURY OF THE SEVENTH SON (The Last Apprentice #13) by Joseph Delaney

Pub. Date: April 15, 2014

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

The thirteenth—and final—book in the internationally best-selling fantasy adventure series that inspired the forthcoming major motion picture Seventh Son. Finally, Tom Ward, the spook’s last apprentice, will confront the Fiend for the last time.

Tom Ward has battled boggarts, ghasts, witches, dark gods, and the most terrifying creatures to roam the earth. He’s allied with the witch assassin Grimalkin, with a powerful boggart, and with Alice . . . the young witch who is also his true love. And he has kept one step ahead of the Fiend, the most evil being in the world. Now, he will vanquish the Fiend once and for all. But it will require a terrible sacrifice: not everyone Tom cares about will survive the final battle.

The Last Apprentice series is soon to be a major motion picture, Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue, Djimon Hounsou, and Julianne Moore as Mother Malkin. It’s a suspenseful thrill ride that’s “spine-tingling” (Publishers Weekly) and “anything but tame” (Horn Book). But don’t read it after dark!

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Other Releases

POPULAR: VINTAGE WISDOM FROM A MODERN GEEK by Maya Van Wagenen

BETTY CORNELL’S TEENAGE POPULARITY GUIDE by Betty Cornell

EARTH STAR (Earth Girl #2) by Janet Edwards

ALSO KNOWN AS ELVIS by James Howe

BIG FAT DISASTER by Beth Fehlbaum

THE LAST ENEMY: THE MALICHEA QUEST by Jim Eldridge

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I seem to have missed posting last week’s releases. I wrote the post, I scheduled it. But yet it never posted and I can’t find it… I’m starting to wonder if I accidentally added it to one of my other blogs. Or accidentally deleted it.

I also might be missing a ton of other releases this week, since Google Calendar has been doing weird things. Though I hope not. I am pretty sure I only have the six books pre-ordered that I’ve listed above. Though there may be a few missing novellas….

And while I don’t have OPEN ROAD SUMMER, THERE WILL COME A TIME, SUNRISE and THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME pre-ordered, I have a feeling I’ll be adding all of them to my collection this week. Definitely if I have any of my Amazon credit left, but most likely even if I don’t.

Anyway… I will try and update this post tomorrow if I have any other releases that download. Or I’ll add them to next week’s post as “missed.” But, as always, I hope that the wait has ended for a book or two that you’ve been pining for and that you’ll get the chance to them to your collection this week.

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As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!


2014 Don’t Let It End Reading Challenge – Month Three

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Welcome to month three…

I am a complete and total epic fail with this year’s Don’t Let It End Reading Challenge. I only read one book during the first month of the challenge, I never did finish the second series-ending book I started reading in month one, which means that I read a total of ZERO books in month two.

This month I read…

NOTHING…

Well, I read a few books this month, but none of them were series-ending books. All six of the books I did read were review books, but not a single one of them was a series-ender.

And while I would still love to read two of the books I wanted to read in Month Two, I am not very hopeful that I actually will read them. However there are a few books I am positive I will be reading during this third month of the challenge.

So maybe, just maybe, this entire challenge won’t be a complete and total fail. We shall see…

If you haven’t yet signed up, check out the SIGN-UP POST for details.

If you have, then GOOD LUCK this third month of the challenge.

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My Month Three Hopefuls

THE ONE (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass – releases May 6th

THE WARRIOR (Dante Walker #3) by Victoria Scott – releases May 6th

BREAKABLE (Contours of the Heart #2) by Tammara Webber – releases May 6th – I think this is a series-ender…

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Month Three

Leave your links to your thoughts posts on your blogs, Goodreads, Facebook or Booklikes. They should ONLY be links to reviews written and posted between April 14 and May 13, 2014.

And they should ONLY be reviews for books that are the final book in the series.

If you forget to leave a link and this Linky List has closed, you may leave it in next month’s Linky List. But you can ONLY link up a review once.

GIVEAWAY

At the end of the month I will throw the Linky List numbers into Random and select ONE WINNER for a series-ending book of their choice not to exceed $25 USD.

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Month Two Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to…

Rachel S.

Please drop me an email at fiktshun[at]gmail[dot]com with your address details and your book of choice and I’ll order your series-ending book!

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Good Luck!

Thanks so much again for being a part of my five month challenge. We’re nearing the half way point and I hope you’ve done better than I have. I know it’s not easy to say goodbye to your favorite series – believe me I know! – so just reading even one series-ender during the five months of this challenge is something I’d consider a win.

All three of the series-ending books I’m planning on reading this month are releasing just a week before this month’s challenge ends, but I have an eARC of THE WARRIOR so I hope to be able to say goodbye to that sooner and then dive into both BREAKABLE and THE ONE just as soon as my Kindle copies download.

I hope that your selections for this month of the challenge don’t all release on the same day, or that you have an advance copy of one or two of them so that you won’t have to say goodbye all at once.

Whichever series you decide to say goodbye to this month, I wish you the very best of luck in doing so!

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