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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #98

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

These are books for the week of November 13th-November 19th that I have pre-ordered.

SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO by Rachel Vincent was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 704 pages.

SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO includes the full-length novels MY SOUL TO KEEP and MY SOUL TO STEAL along with the novella REAPER.

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Okay, so I’ve read all the stories that are contained in SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO. More than once. But it’s so gorgeous I just had to pre-order a copy… or two. I have all the other books in print and I just know it will look amazing tucked between SSV1 and IF I DIE.

This is one of my favorite series of all time and my heart is already breaking that I will have to say goodbye to it next year. But I hope that there will be a third and fourth volume with perhaps a new novella added to that final volume. My fingers are already crossed.

As I know just how both books and the novella end in this volume I can’t possibly pretend to guess. But between Avari’s wicked ways and Sabine’s evil scheming, both full-length novels are the stuff of awesome.

And finally getting the chance to see REAPER in print is something I’ve been waiting, wishing and hoping for, for a long, long time. Now if that delivery man would only get here soon….

RENEGADE by J.A. Souders was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Tor Teen, the print edition is 368 pages.

RENEGADE is the first book in the author’s The Elysium Chronicles.

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I hadn’t heard much about RENEGADE until Jaime of Two Chicks on Books insisted this was amazing and that I had to read it asap. While it was available on NetGalley, as I knew I wouldn’t be able to read it early I immediately headed to Amazon to pre-order it for my Kindle.

I’m now so very curious to meet Evelyn Winters and see what life is like in Elysium, an “underwater utopia.” Especially as this may not be a utopian society at all, since the description mentions “everything she knows is a lie.”

I’m dying to find out why her memories have been altered and just who she’s under the control of. And I want to find out just what secret her mother has that “will destroy them all.”

This book was moved to the top of my reading pile and I hope to be able to dive into it tonight.

EXECUTION by Alexander Gordon Smith was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), the print edition is 320 pages.

EXECUTION is the fifth and final book in the author’s Escape from Furnace series.

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I have been waiting for what seems like forever for EXECUTION to be released. It finally downloaded to my Kindle some time after midnight but I didn’t get the chance to read it yet. And I’m a little terrified of starting it.

I am almost positive I’m going to be heartbroken when this series ends. I am still so unbelievably sad about what has happened to certain of the characters and about what Alex has become.

I spotlighted this for my Book Watch post last month but I’m now terrified to find out who wins in the end. The world has taken a darker turn with each installment in the series. And with a title like EXECUTION, I can only imagine things will get even darker.

I am hopeful the “executed” will be who I want it to be. But even if that happens, I’m not at all confident that means a happy ending for Alex or his friends. And I’m more than nervous about checking out the series epilogue on the author’s website.

Now I just have to get over my “series ending” fears and pick this book up later this week. If only it downloaded last night when I was feeling daring.

BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 384 pages.

BLACK CITY is the first book in the author’s Black City Chronicles. The second book in the series, PHOENIX, is slated for release on June 4, 2013 and the third book, currently untitled, will release in 2014.

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I only fairly recently – in the past three months or so – heard about BLACK CITY. I’d seen it around the blogosphere but hadn’t realized it was a YA release until I saw it on Parajunkee’s blog. And my curiosity was piqued.

I received an ARC of BLACK CITY from the awesome Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, but haven’t yet had the chance to read it. Though I do now also have the eBook happily residing on my Kindle from my pre-order. Decisions… decisions….

I love the first line of the description for this book – “A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.” It’s gotten me so interested in finding out more about both the love story and the war.

I am dying to find out what a Darkling is and why they are at war with the humans. I am so curious as to what this “mysterious connection” is that bonds Natalie and Ash, causing Ash’s heart to beat. And I’m hopeful that the choices they make don’t result in either or both of their deaths.

I had hoped to read this early, but as that didn’t happen as planned, I am now hoping to put this back on top of the pile next week.

BAD HAIR DAY by Carrie Harris was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 240 pages.

BAD HAIR DAY is the second book in the author’s Kate Grable series. Also releasing today is a short story in the series entitled BAD YETI.

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I have not yet read the first book in Carrie Harris’ series but I desperately want to. So, of course I had to pre-order BAD HAIR DAY, since I already own book one.

I was so tempted to start the series last night before this sequel downloaded to my Kindle. Because, though I probably shouldn’t have, I did end up taking a peek at the description.

And I love that this sequel takes on a new, hairy, paranormal element… possibly… rather than continuing the zombie menace.

I can’t wait to meet Kate Grable and find out whether she’s just as good at sleuthing other types of attacks as she is zombie attacks. I really hope she is for her sake and for her peers’ sakes.

And I love the last line in the description that says – “It’s scary. It’s twisted. It’s sick. It’s high school.” Yep, that about sums it up.

Hopefully I’ll get to read this series over the long holiday weekend here in the U.S.

REACHED by Ally Condie was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Dutton Juvenile, the print edition is 384 pages.

REACHED is the third and final book in author Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy.

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I have not started this series and now it’s ending with REACHED. I can’t believe it! I officially now own all the books in this series so there’s no reason why I shouldn’t start reading them. Because now I don’t have to wait to find answers.

I want to meet Cassia and Ky and find out just what happens with these characters – whether they get a happy ending or whether their story ends in heartbreaking loss.

I have not taken too close a look at the descriptions for these last two books because I want the story to be a surprise. But I am so curious to see how things play out.

This series is touted as a best-selling series. And the covers are totally amazing. And now that I’ve become a fan of dystopian novels this one ranks at the top of my list of must-reads. I hope I can read all three books this December.

ECHO by Alyson Noel was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover, paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 352 pages.

ECHO is the second book in author Alyson Noel’s Soul Seekers series. The third book in the series, MYSTIC, releases on May 7, 2013 and the fourth book, currently untitled, is slated for release in the fall of 2013.

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I love Alyson Noel’s writing and the enchanting worlds she creates. And while I haven’t yet started this series I do own the first book and had pre-ordered ECHO which downloaded to my Kindle today.

I am so very curious to meet the girl who can “navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead.” Although it sounds like things take a bit of a dark turn in this second book in the series. Dark sorcerers. An evil brother whose power is growing. The balance between good and evil at risk. The entire world in jeopardy. A horrifying prophecy. And an unthinkable sacrifice.

Yes, this definitely sounds like it takes a turn. And with characters with super awesome names like Daire, Dace and Cade, this series is one I can’t wait to read about really, really soon.

SPEED OF LIGHT by Amber Kizer was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 544 pages.

SPEED OF LIGHT is the third book in the author’s Fenestra series. Originally dubbed a trilogy, a fourth book, COUNTING TENS is slated for release in the spring of 2013.

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I am so devastated I’ve fallen so far behind on this series. I pre-ordered SPEED OF LIGHT as soon as it was made available for the Kindle and I had hoped to be caught up with the series before this third book released. But sadly that did not happen.

I loved getting to know Meridian in the first book in the series. I’d waited for ages until book two was released but got so busy on the blog I didn’t have time to read it when it finally was available. And now book three is out. Which means I have much catching up to do.

Especially as it seems there will be a fourth book in the series, according to Goodreads. Though I’m wondering if it is a spinoff book from Tens’ perspective. I suppose I’ll have to wait just a bit longer to find out as the author’s website didn’t clue me in.

I am not checking out the description as I want zero spoilers when I finally get the chance to read this book. But I loved the author’s writing in book one, I loved the idea of the Fenestra and I loved the characters she created. And I really, really hope to be able to catch up on this series before COUNTING TENS is available next spring.

WOLF PACT Part 3 by Melissa de la Cruz was released today, November 13, 2012, in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online as an eBook at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The eBook is published by Disney Hyperion.

WOLF PACT Part 3 is the third of four installments from author Melissa de la Cruz’s WOLF PACT. Part 4 is due out on December 4th.

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I am waiting for all four parts of WOLF PACT to download before I start reading it. Because I don’t want to have to wait between each installment’s release. Though I probably then should have just purchased the completed eBook when it does release instead of pre-ordering each installment. Oh well.

I did take a look at the description and it has piqued my curiosity. I want to know just what kind of trap Lawson lures Bliss into. And I want to know if they do fall in love. But as the description is vague about just what happens in this installment, I suppose I’ll have to read it to find out more.

And once the final installment releases this December, I hope to find the answers I’ve been waiting for. But I can’t wait to read about Bliss in her very own novel, though I will always be partial to Schuyler and Jack and the rest of the Blue Bloods.

Witch World by Christopher Pike

Pub. Date: November 13, 2012

Publisher: Simon Pulse

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Available today for the Kindle…

Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs

Kindle Pub. Date: November 13, 2012

Publisher: Entangled Teen

(AMAZON)

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Forgot to pre-order this novella, but I will be ordering it today!

Bad Yeti (Kate Grable #1.5) by Carrie Harris

Pub. Date: November 13, 2012

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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This was a huge week for releases. I don’t even know how I’ll be able to catch up on all these new books let alone the series that I’m so behind on. But I will be reading RENEGADE and EXECUTION and BLACK CITY in the next week or two.

And I will be gently petting SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO. No, I will not be breaking the spine on that book. The pretteh is only for looking at.

Of course Amazon had to be difficult and instead of downloading all my books at nine o’clock local time, they waited until Midnight, at which time I was just about out cold and couldn’t possibly have read a thing.

But I really must, must, must get caught up on Carrie Harris’s Kate Grable series and Amber Kizer’s Fenestra series. And if I don’t end up reading the Matched trilogy by year’s end, I’ll feel like a total fail.

And though it’s not listed, I did end up pre-ordering Night’s Darkest Embrace by Jeaniene Frost which I am so very interested in reading later this week.

Anyway…

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!


Book Watch: Releasing This Week #28

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 July 12th-July 18th that I have pre-ordered.

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Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris will be released in the U.S. on July 12, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 208 pages.

Bad Taste in Boys is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

When I first saw this cover a few months ago I thought it was really cool and added it to my pre-orders based solely on the cover. I then heard it was a debut book from some of the blogs I stalked, so I knew I’d definitely be reading it.

I had no idea at the time this book was about zombies. I actually haven’t read too many books about zombies and I still need to finish the Carrie Ryan series. But this book sounds like a lot of fun. And as it’s just over 200 pages, it sounds like the perfect read to sneak in this week.

I think the idea behind this story – that steroids have had an odd effect on the football team, turning them into zombies – is clever and imaginative. And I really can’t wait to see if the main character and her friends and family are able to save the town from the zombie menance.

To read an excerpt from Chapter One, courtesy of Random House, CLICK HERE.

Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore will be released in the U.S. on July 12, 1011 in hardcover and eBook formats.

It is currently available online for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 416 pages.

I mentioned this book in my “Extras” post last month and I’m so happy it’s finally coming out. This is another book I’ve had on pre-order for a long while. I fell in love with this cover last winter and couldn’t wait for the book’s release.

I had the opportunity to meet the author at the RT convention in Los Angeles in April, so I am super excited to finally get my hands on a copy. It’s been a long wait.

I read The Splendor Falls before I started blogging and knew I absolutely loved the author’s writing style. So adding Texas Gothic to the collection was a no brainer.

Although I probably won’t be able to read it this week I can’t wait to find out if this story about the odd goings-on at the Goodnight Ranch, which include a ghost stalker and a number of bodies turning up, is just as spellbinding as the other book of the authors that I’d read.

To read a short excerpt courtesy of Random House, CLICK HERE.

Wildcat Firefies in the second book in the Meridian series by Amber Kizer. It will be released in the U.S. on July 12, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats.

It is currently available for pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 528 pages.

This sequel is long-awaited. I loved the first book, Meridian, and found the concept of Fenestras so captivating. I’ve been just dying to find out what happens next for Meridian Sozu.

I know I’ve had an ARC from a trade for awhile, but as release date was so far off I had to put off reading it and then just never got the chance. Of course, it now releases in just a day and I still haven’t had the opportunity.

But I have had this book on pre-order for my Kindle for a long time now and I’m excited to finally be getting the finished copy. I still haven’t decided whether to read the ARC or the final version, but either way I like having the option.

In this follow-up to book one, Meridian and Tens begin to search for others like her – a half-human, half-angel who helps souls transition to the hereafter. According to the description they find someone named Juliet who needs their help. There’s also a hint that just maybe their relationship is in for some trouble. I really hope it’s nothing too serious.

To read an excerpt from the prologue on the book’s website, CLICK HERE.

The third book in the series, Speed of Light, is slated for release in the fall of 2012, and the fourth book, Counting Tens, will be releasing in the spring of 2013.

Dragon’s Oath, a House of Night novella by authors P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, will be released in the U.S. on July 12, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats.

It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 160 pages.

I’ve had this on pre-order for a few months. I’m not sure how I became aware of the novella, but it was probably from discovering it on the blogs. I’ve been a long-time follower of this series, so I decided to add this novella to my collection.

Until I created this post I wasn’t even sure just how it tied in with the series. It seems that the authors have decided to create a series of novellas about some of the other characters in the books and Dragon’s Oath is about Professor Lankford from before he was a professor at the House of Night.

I’m trying this out because I have been a fan of the series and because I like Professor Lankford, but I’m not sure just how many of these I’ll be buying and reading going forward. It probably depends on the characters they choose to highlight. I have enjoyed the main series, but the past couple of books have begun to lose some of their charm for me.

But I am really looking forward to learning more about Dragon Lankford.

Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt will be released in the U.S. on July 12, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 320 pages.

I first saw this book on Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab, but I knew that I might not get a chance to read it prior to release so I added it to my pre-orders. Though I probably would have added it regardless, as I’ve read one or two things by this author and have several of her books on my eReader just waiting to be read.

All I can say is this sounds like one contemporary young adult novel that will make me bite my nails the entire time I’m reading it. From the description, the four characters, Hannah, Ava, Sebastian and Noah, are all hiding something and whatever it is they are keeping secret from one another will all come to light at the start of their senior year in high school.

The Goodreads description is such a tease and it’s made me just really want to know who ends up with who at the end of this story.

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater, the final book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, will be released in the U.S. on July 12, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Scholastic Press, the print edition is 400 pages.

I haven’t had Forever on pre-order for too long for my Kindle as it wasn’t available in eBook format until fairly recently. But I also have two signed copies on pre-order from the independent bookstore the author partners with, one I’ve ordered specifically for a giveaway.

I have been a huge fan of this series for so long. And at the time I’m writing this post, I am just about finished reading Forever, thanks to the signed ARC that Britney from I Eat Words sent me from BEA.

I love Sam and Grace’s story. And it is definitely more the story and the writing, versus the characters, that I find enchanting about this series. Sam and Grace are two characters who have been very difficult for me to connect with, yet I so completely love their story and this series. I won’t continue to gush, as I’ve already spotlighted Forever in my Book Watch post.

In this final installment in the series the entire wolf pack is in jeopardy of being hunted to extinction. And because a part of the description on Goodreads sums it up so well, I’ve decided to use that so as not to risk accidentally revealing any spoilers, which I know I’d do if I continue to ramble.

The past, the present, and the future are about to collide in one pure moment – a moment of death or life, farewell or forever. (From Goodreads)

Maggie Stiefvater reads from Forever:

Undercurrent by Tricia Rayburn is the second book in the Siren trilogy. It will be released in the U.S. on July 12, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats.

It is currently available to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in all formats.

Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 352 pages.

Okay, this is another book I pre-ordered solely based on cover love. I have not yet read the first book in the series, but I have had it on my Kindle for quite some time. Definitely before I started blogging.

When they revealed the new covers for this series I was so excited and stalked the eBook release for this second book in the series even though I hadn’t even started to read book one. That’s how much cover love I had for these new covers.

I have been too afraid to read the Goodreads description in case it will spoil my read for the first book in the series, but I’ll link it HERE in case anyone might want to know what happens in this book.

I know this series is about sirens, which I haven’t read too many books about, so I am definitely excited to finally get a chance to start reading. There’s nothing like cover love and a second book to motivate me to get caught up on this trilogy.

There are a couple posts on the author’s blog with teaser excerpts. CLICK HERE to check them out.

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When I started writing up this post I thought I didn’t have too many books on order releasing this week. I had checked out HarperTeen’s “Coming Soon” site and saw nothing releasing that I had on pre-order and only remembered two of the above books.

Yeah, well apparently I have seven books on pre-order for this week. At least according to Amazon. And I won’t be surprised if I discover an eighth book downloading at Monday Midnight.

I’ve read only one of the above books that I’m buying this week, so that’s six new books for the pile. Granted, I still haven’t read the first book in the Siren series, but I plan to, when I have a spare moment…

I really want to read Wildcat Fireflies this week and Sometimes It Happens, but I’m not too hopeful. Perhaps next week.

But either way, there are some fantastic new releases this week, and I’m excited to be adding them all to my collection.

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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