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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #62

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 March 6th-March 12th that I have pre-ordered.

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Embrace by Jessica Shirvington will be released in the U.S. on March 6, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Sourcebooks Fire, the print edition is 4oo pages.

Embrace is the first book in The Violet Eden Chapters by author Jessica Shirvington.

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I actually discovered Embrace during a cover reveal that many of the blogs I stalk were hosting. I thought the cover was beautiful so I decided to add it to my pre-orders for this week.

I may have fallen for the cover, but this book sounds so awesome. Haunting dreams. Fallen angels seeking vengeance. Protectors of humanity. And a boy with a secret identity who knows the truth about the main character, Violet Eden. Yep, awesome.

And I love that this book is the first in a new series that seems to have sequels releasing every six months. Enticed will be available in September 2012 and Emblaze will be released in March of 2013.

Balthazar by Claudia Gray will be released in the U.S. on March 6, 2012 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 384 pages.

Balthazar is a spin-off book in author Claudia Gray’s Evernight series.

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I can’t believe I haven’t read Balthazar yet and my pre-order will be downloading to my Kindle in just a few hours. Of course I still have to catch up on Afterlife, but I thought I’d have done that by now.

I love this author’s series. It was one of the series that surprised me so totally when I first discovered it and I was devastated when I caught up on the series and had to wait for each book’s release. And Balthazar is one of my favorite characters in the series.

As I’ve already spotlighted Balthazar for my Book Watch post and I just recently rambled on about it in this month’s Extras post, I won’t blather for a third time. But I can’t wait to find out just what happens to Balthazar and whether or not he gets his very own happily ever after.

Rivals by Lauren Kunz and Rina Onur will be released in the U.S. on March 6, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 384 pages.

Rivals is the third book in The Ivy series by the authors.

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I have the first two books in The Ivy series on my Kindle although they are still on my TBR pile. This third book, Rivals, sounds like it will be just as exciting as the first two sound and so I decided to pre-order it.

I love the tagline tucked away at the top – Choose him or lose him. Of course I wonder who Callie will choose and just who she’ll lose… and I’m super curious to find out if she’ll have made the right choice.

The idea of rivalries sounds like it can make for one incredibly wicked read. I can’t wait to finally get a few days downtime so I can devour this series.

Where it Began by Ann Redisch Stampler will be released in the U.S. on March 6, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 384 pages.

Where it Began is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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I am so incredibly thrilled that Where it Began is releasing this week and I’ll have this book back in my hands. I had an ARC but knew I couldn’t read it before release so I pre-ordered it for my Kindle. Well, release date is just about here.

I can’t wait to meet Gabby and find out what really happened before and after the accident in which Billy went missing. I don’t know if I’ll be heartbroken or surprised or shocked to my very core, but I can’t wait to find out.

I love books that give me that feeling of nervous anticipation, and Where it Began is definitely one of those.

Vampire’s Kiss by Veronica Wolff will be released in the U.S. on March 6, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by NAL Trade, the print edition is 304 pages.

Vampire’s Kiss is the second book in The Watchers series by author Veronica Wolff.

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While I’d heard about this series around the time the first book was releasing, I only really checked it out in detail with the upcoming release of Vamire’s Kiss. I do own the first book in the series, but hadn’t taken a long look at it when I bought it and it’s still on my TBR pile. I just knew it looked interesting and that it was about vampires and that I had to have it.

But now that this second book in the series is due for release and will be downloading to my Kindle, I am just dying to read both books. Especially before the third book comes out this summer. As I mentioned in my Extra’s post there are bad boys. And they are vampires. And there is an undercover mission by the main character, Drew, to save one of them.

I seriously hope that I can catch up on this series in the next few weeks, because I really, really want to meet these characters.

Soul Bound by Mari Mancusi will be released in the U.S. on March 6, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Berkley Trade, the print edition is 272 pages.

Soul Bound is the seventh book in the Blood Coven series by the author.

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I adore this series. I love both characters – Sunny and Rayne – and with each book in the series their situation seems to get darker. I have been keeping an eye on this next book’s release and I can’t believe it’s releasing this week. Finally.

I have to read the previous book in the series, but I sort of held off on purpose. They’re super quick reads and I like reading both Sunny and Rayne’s stories back-to-back without a long gap between reads. So, now that Rayne’s story is out, I can read both.

I thought I’d only love Rayne’s story, who I met first. But Sunny grew on me pretty quickly and now I love reading each of their stories. I did peek at the description, but did not peek at the super spoiler-y excerpt which I linked in my Extra’s post a few days ago. Although I’m so tempted.

I hope Rayne isn’t forced to choose between her own safety and her sister’s. I hope she finds a loophole so that Sunny and Magnus can remain free. And I hope the cliff that this book leaves me on – because there has got to be a cliff – isn’t too torturous.

Illuminate by Aimee Agresti will be released in the U.S. on March 6, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Harcourt Children’s Books, the print edition is 528 pages.

Illuminate is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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The cover for Illuminate is beautiful, but even more, the book sounds amazing. I traded for an ARC without knowing anything about this debut novel, but it wasn’t until I took a look at the description that I was totally sold. And so I just had to pre-order it for my Kindle.

While I haven’t yet had the chance to read it, this book will definitely be read soon. I’m hoping I can devour it in early May at the very latest because I really want to meet Haven Terra. I absolutely love her name. Totally unforgettable.

If I had known that this wasn’t a YA historical fiction – I think I judged it so based on the cover – this would totally have made my original 2012 DAC list. I love books set in hotels. Yes, this one may not be as creepy as my favorite hotel or the one with a room that has absorbed all sorts of evil, but with the hoteliers being buyers of souls, I’d say this one sounds like my kind of book.

Katana by Cole Gibsen will be released in the U.S. on March 8, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and in paperback format at Barnes & Noble.

Published by Flux, the print edition is 384 pages.

Katana is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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I can’t wait to finally get the finished copy of Katana when it releases later this week. I love books where the heroines are fierce and know how to wield a sword. And based upon the cover, the heroine might be able to wield two at a time. Wicked.

I have not yet read a YA book where a character was channeling a Japanese warrior spirit. Nor have I read any YA book in which there were ninjas. But I have seen Kill Bill and if Rileigh is as fierce as the heroine in that film, then I think I’ll definitely love this book.

While I may not get to read it immediately, it is one of my 2012 DAC books and one I might just have to take a peek at when it downloads this week.

Masters of the Veil by Daniel A. Cohen

Pub. Date: March 1, 2012

Published by: Spencer Hill Press

(Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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March is starting off perfectly. There are some seriously awesome new books releasing this week. And I think I’ve got all the YA titles ordered as I haven’t found any other books of note that are coming out this week.

However, I did include one book of note, Masters of the Veil by Daniel A. Cohen, that came out on March 1st. I didn’t include in it last week’s new releases post as it wasn’t available to pre-order in eBook format. But as I downloaded it this weekend, I thought I’d include it with this week’s post.

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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!

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5 Responses to “Book Watch: Releasing This Week #62”

  1. Mariana says:

    I have Vampire Kiss and Embrace also on pre-order. Both sound really good.

  2. I’m posting my Illuminate review at the end of the week!!!!

  3. Alba E. says:

    BALTHAZAR I can’t believe is releasing already! it feels like not such a long time ago that Claudia said she would be doing it:'(

  4. Balthazar was awesome and I just finished Embrace and that was pretty good too. :)

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