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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #59

Below are the YA books coming out this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

These are books for the week of February 14th-February 20th that I have pre-ordered.


Arcadia Awakens by Kai Meyer releases in the U.S. today, February 14, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of Harper Collins, the print edition is 464 pages.

Arcadia Awakens is the first book in a planned trilogy by author Kai Meyer. Arcadia Burns and Arcadia Falls, the second and third books in the series, will be released in 2013 and 2014.


I first heard of Arcadia Awakens when I was offered the ARC in a trade. The cover looked absolutely amazing so I agreed without even having read the description. But when I learned that it was releasing before I could hope to read it, I decided to pre-order it so I could read it when I had a bit more time.

The world sounds dark, dangerous and incredibly mysterious. And Alessandro Carnevare is definitely someone I can’t wait to meet if the Goodreads description is even close to being accurate when it describes him as someone with “handsome looks and savage grace.”

The Sicilian setting, enemy families, “bloodlust” and “dangerous beasts” make this book sound totally intriguing. And the description definitely has me curious as to what decision Rosa will make… stay or run.

Arcadia Awakens sounds very different from any of the books I’ve read as of late. So, when I get my Kindle pre-order, I may just have to take a peek at this story immediately.

Bewitching by Alex Flinn releases in the U.S. today, February 14, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 352 pages.

Bewitching is the first book in the Kendra Chronicles by author Alex Flinn.


I’ve only read a couple of Alex Flinn’s novels, one of which was Beastly. They’re a lot of fun and they’re totally sweet and enchanting. And in Beastly I had a chance to meet Kendra, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Bewitching, which is her story.

I’ve had Bewitching pre-ordered for a while, ever since I passed along my ARC, but I’m so glad that I’ll be able to own a finished copy with the pretty cover. I really can’t wait to read this modified Cinderella fairytale from Kendra’s perspective. Which should be totally entertaining if Kendra is anything like the Kendra I met in Beastly.

From the description it sounds like Kendra had quite a few interesting experiences – the plague and the Titanic to name just two – and I hope over the course of the chronicles to hear just a bit more about them. Especially those where her bewitching spells weren’t quite so successful.

While I can’t dive into this book on release date, I’m hoping to do so in the very, very near future.

And for those who want to take a peek right now, check out this excerpt from the author’s website. Just CLICK HERE.

The Nightmare Garden by Caitlin Kittredge will be released in the U.S. today, February 14, 2012, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 432 pages.

The Nightmare Garden is the sequel to The Iron Thorn. The third book in the Iron Codex series, as yet untitled, will be released in 2013.


I heard about The Iron Thorn last year when it was coming up for release. The cover was all sorts of awesome and creepy and I just had to pre-order it. But I remember there were a ton of new releases out, so I didn’t get to add it to the pile then… or still. But that’s not stopping me from buying this sequel. Everyone I know who has read this series says it’s amazing.

And even though I accidentally spoiled book one by reading the Goodreads description for The Nightmare Garden, it is still my most anticipated read for the week. So much so that I spotlighted it for my Book Watch post last month.

I really can’t wait to meet Aofie and discover the world she lives in. And I am super excited to see for myself just how much it changed because of the events that took place in The Iron Thorn. Having read the description, this sequel sounds like it might be even more epic than the first book in the series, in a completely different way. And I must find out for myself some time next month.

For a peek at The Nightmare Garden, head over to Scribd for an excerpt. Just CLICK HERE.


Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

Pub. Date: February 14, 2012

Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers

(Amazon, Barnes & Noble)


{Note: All covers link to the books on Goodreads}


Wow, what a really slow release week. I only had three pre-orders this week. Three. Last week it was four. That’s two slow weeks in a row. I seriously feel like I must be missing tons of releases that just didn’t end up on my pre-orders for one reason or another.

Maybe it’s the holiday in the U.S.!? I suppose it could be that Valentine’s Days is not for book lovers…but that doesn’t sound right at all! Who needs flowers and chocolates when you can have books? No, that doesn’t sound right either. Let me rephrase. What goes better with flowers and chocolates than books? Yeah, that’s it!

Anyway…. Of the three books releasing this week that I have ordered, I have only heard the chatter about one. And that’s Caitlin Kittredge’s series which I hope to be able to start reading really soon, even though I completely spoiled book one when I read the Goodreads description for The Nightmare Garden last month.

And while last week I was happy for a slow release week, having two in a row is a little bit scary. I really hope to see a lot more books in my list of pre-orders next week.


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!

6 Responses to “Book Watch: Releasing This Week #59”

  1. Carina says:

    I really shouldn’t be reading a post like this when I actually want to try and buy less books. 😀 But it’s soo pretty and I just want to head over to The Book Depository and order a few of these. 😀

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Caitlin says:

    I too have yet to read The Iron Thorn but I am excited for the release of The Nightmare Garden too! Hoping I’ll get to read them both this year. I haven’t read any of Alex Flinn’s novels!! But I did see the film of Beastly haha. This one sounds really good though, I did like Kendra’s character

    The Cait Files

  3. I love love LOVE the cover of Arcadia Awakens!! I think I might be getting that in the mail soon! thanks to AWESOME Donna from BPfL!
    I’m dying to read it…I seriously haven’t even wanted to read the description of the book!!
    Another one I’m really excited about is Graffiti Moon!! >.< I really want to get that one ^-^

  4. Yay!!! I’m starting Bewitching tomorrow! AND I LOOOOVED Graffiti Moon!

    And OMG! I freaking LOVE the new header- I’m obsessed with Claudia’s work! She’s sooooooo AMAZING! I never even considered using her for swag and such (shhhhyea, see I read your little sidebar update things!) that’s such an EPIC idea! I’m totally going to ask her to do something for Zombie Craze!!!

    • Fiktshun009 says:

      Oh yeah, I approached her over the summer about an image she had, but it was purchased and the author wasn’t cool with it being used on a blog. I’ve been stalking her ever since waiting my blog design. I wanted something for my new blog, but what Rachel @ Parajunkee did there was perfect. So when I added on header re-designs here, I just had to reach out again and this one was available. But I think that would be amazing for Zombie Craze. I bet you could get something GORGEOUS!

  5. Arcadia Awakens is a book that I’ve definitely had my eye on for a while now. It has a really great premise and it sounds dark, gritty and so magical!

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