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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #66

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 April 3rd-April 9th that I have pre-ordered.

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Black Heart by Holly Black will be released in the U.S. on April 3, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 304 pages.

Black Heart is the third book in the Curse Workers series by author Holly Black.

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I am so excited that this third book in the Curse Workers series is releasing on Tuesday. I feel like it’s been ages since I read Red Glove and I can’t wait to get back into this dark and gritty world that Holly Black created. And I can’t wait for more Cassel Sharpe.

As I’ve already spotlighted Black Heart for my Book Watch post a few ago, I won’t go on nearly as long as I might otherwise have. But I will say that I am incredibly curious to see if Cassel will be able to put his past behind him and “be good.” I have a feeling that he might have been able to, but I don’t think his past will let him, as I doubt it wants to stay in the past.

I am dying to find out if Cassel gives in to the Feds and does what I think they’re asking him to do. And I’m ever hopeful that he will be able to find the answers he needs so that his life won’t hang in the balance and neither will his heart.

Immortal City by Scott Speer will be released in the U.S. on April 3, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, the print edition is 368 pages.

Immortal City is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com and is one of my twenty original picks.

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When I first saw Immortal City in the publisher’s catalog I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. While I didn’t get a review copy, I did get one through a trade, but I wasn’t able to move it to the top of the pile before release date.

I love stories about Angels and this one about Jackson Godspeed sounds like it will be exciting and a lot of fun. I love the idea that these angels’ lives are mirroring some sort of celebrity reality in Los Angeles but with the added element of a murder mystery.

I can’t wait to find out what the threat is to the Angels and I’m curious to see just how Maddy plans to save Jackson or if she’ll be able to. And I really hope to read it this month because it sounds like a perfectly heavenly distraction.

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers will be released in the U.S. on April 3, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, the print edition is 560 pages.

Grave Mercy is the first book in the His Fair Assassin series by author Robin LaFevers.

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I was absolutely thrilled when I received an advance copy of Grave Mercy from the publisher through the Shelf Awareness newsletter. Between the setting, the writing – yes I took a sneak peek – and the plot, I was completely intrigued. But it was the tagline that completely lured me in – “Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?”

I’ve already started reading it and it’s every bit as captivating as I expected. But I do have the finished copy pre-ordered to download to my Kindle on Tuesday and I can’t wait to have this as part of my permanent collection.

I am dying to find out just how the story ends, whether Ismae will be the assassin Death expects her to be and just how she’ll hold up at the high court in Brittany. The author’s writing style has an absolutely beautiful flow, I already love Ismae and I can’t wait to finish.

Fear by Michael Grant will be released in the U.S. on April 3, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 528 pages.

Fear is the fifth book in the Gone series by author Michael Grant. The sixth book in the series, Light, is slated for release in 2013.

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I haven’t yet read the first four books in the series, but I own them all and decided to pre-order this next book, Fear. A couple years ago a friend told me that I must read this series, that it would absolutely be one that I’d enjoy, so I took her word for it and bought the books.

And while I haven’t yet had the chance to read them, I definitely plan on it. I think she thought I’d love the idea of a society where one day the adults just disappear. Which may have been true at one time, though now that I am one…. But she said the story was fast-paced and riveting so I can’t wait to check them out.

According to the description, in this installment in the series there’s a new enemy – fear. I can’t wait to catch up on the series to find out just what that means for the characters and the world.

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In last week’s Book Watch RTW post it seems I forgot to include a book that was releasing that I was very much anticipating. Because I only searched my pre-orders for March, I missed this book that released on April 1st. So I thought I’d add it to this week’s post…

Above by Leah Bobet was released in the U.S. on April 1, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic, the print edition is 368 pages.

Above is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com and is one of my twenty original picks.

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I first discovered Above when I was looking for books for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge. The characters and the world sounded just a bit different from the books I typically read and so I chose this as one of my picks and added it to my pre-orders when it was available to do so.

I am excited to meet Ariel, find out just why she has bee’s wings, learn what her ability is, and see what life is like in Safe. But I’m also curious to meet all the characters, two of whom have really interesting abilities – one with the ability to talk to ghosts and the other who can shoot lightning from their fingers.

I can’t wait to find out what the mystery is behind Safe and whether Matthew will be able to protect Ariel from their enemies. This book sounds really exciting and I definitely plan on reading this next month.

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While there aren’t too many new books releasing this week, four of them are books I want to read right now and the other is one I want to read the entire series of. Which makes this so not a slow week.

And with the week of April 24th looming, which has a ton of new releases I’m just dying to read, I hope to catch up on most of these before then.

Last week I missed a few books I had pre-ordered when creating my post. One I discovered at the last second, one I discovered after the fact and added in as an update and one that surprised me over the weekend when it downloaded to my Kindle. So I really hope I’m not missing anything this week.

But I guess I’ll find out when the books either download to my Kindle or show up in my mailbox tomorrow.

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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 #66”

  1. Caitlin says:

    I NEED BLACK HEART. That is all.

    The Cait Files

  2. Immortal City sounds awesome! Angels? COME TO ME!!! And sadly my galley of Grave Mercy never opened and didn’t want to contact the publisher because it just was too close to release already…anyway…again, Holly Black’s…someday I’ll read her books :D
    Above!! I just LOVE the cover…when I saw it the first time it simply was added to my tbr list even if I didn’t know what it was about!

    ~hope you’re feeling better today -hugs-~

  3. Erin says:

    I somehow missed Immortal City so I have to check that out, but Above is one I picked for the DAC so that’s my first choice of the week!

  4. Tiffany M. says:

    Wow. I totally didn’t realize just how many awesome books were releasing this week! I really think I will probably be picking up Leah Bobe’s Above (or I hope I can).

  5. I purchased White Cat and Red Glove and then pre-ordered Black Heart a couple weeks ago. My plan is to read them back to back. I’ve had Above on my Currently Reading for a while now…just have really read it yet. Now I need to get on it.

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