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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #172


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.




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.


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.



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

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


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.


Don't Look Back-Cover


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.


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.


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?


What I Thought Was True


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.


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.


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.


To All the Boys I've Loved Before


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.


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.


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.




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.


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.


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…


House of Ivy & Sorrow


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.


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…


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.


Other Books of Note

Open Road SummerOPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord

Pub. Date: April 15, 2014

Publisher: Walker Childrens



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.

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

Pub. Date: April 15, 2014

Publisher: Simon Pulse



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.

SunriseSUNRISE (Ashfall #3) by Mike Mullin

Pub. Date: April 15, 2014

Publisher: Tanglewood Press



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.

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

Pub. Date: April 15, 2014

Publisher: Poppy



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.

High & DryHIGH & DRY by Sarah Skilton

Pub. Date: April 15, 2014

Publisher: Amulet Books



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.

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

Pub. Date: April 15, 2014

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press



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.

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

Pub. Date: April 15, 2014

Publisher: Greenwillow Books



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!


Other Releases



EARTH STAR (Earth Girl #2) by Janet Edwards


BIG FAT DISASTER by Beth Fehlbaum



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.


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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THE FOREVER SONG Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


I am super excited to be today’s stop on THE FOREVER SONG Blog Tour hosted by Kismet Book Touring and to be able to share my thoughts about this final book in Author Julie Kagawa’s awesome series. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. It was the perfect way to say goodbye.

THE FOREVER SONG comes out next week, on April 15th, but if you don’t want to have to wait a week to start reading, check out the first chapter on the series website, HERE.

And be sure to follow along with the tour to see what other bloggers have to say about the book and to read guest posts and interviews by the author. The full schedule is at the end of the post and will be updated with links to each stop. Or just head over to Kismet Book Touring’s website by clicking the banner at the top of this post or the logo at the end of the post for more information about the tour.

Each stop on the tour includes a giveaway for one of the books in this series – winner’s choice. Visiting all stops on the tour will give you more chances to win. The tour also includes two amazing Grand Prizes, just enter in the Rafflecopter a bit further below.

But before all that is some information about THE FOREVER SONG followed by my six-star off-the-menu review.


About The Forever Song



Series: Blood of Eden #3
Release date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, eBook


***Spoiler-y for THE ETERNITY CURE***

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

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


Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the path 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.



The Review

THE FOREVER SONG is an action-packed, heartrending, suspenseful and riveting conclusion to this incredibly addictive series. From the moment the story begins, readers will be on the edge of their seats awaiting what comes next, wondering who Allie will choose to be, whether Sarren will be victorious, and who, if anyone, will survive.

Author Julie Kagawa delivers an intense, nail-biting, emotional roller coaster in this final installment. Fast-paced and exciting, full of shocks and surprises, she once again captivates with her dark and gritty, epic adventure. And with each new twist and turn, each new heartbreak, she ensures that this story’s conclusion is anything but certain.

With the fate of the world on the line, Allie must reach Eden before Sarren or all will be lost. Her desire for revenge keeps her going. It also makes her reckless. And Sarren has every intention of using that to his advantage.

If Allie falls victim to the obstacles he puts in her way, there won’t be any hope of defeating him. So she’ll have to decide what she is willing to sacrifice – her humanity, her heart, her life or the life of someone she cares about.

THE FOREVER SONG is an unputdownable addition to the series. With its end-of-the-world setting, its inhabitants on the verge of total annihilation, a madman threatening what little that remains, and its unlikely heroes hoping they have what it takes to beat him, this final installment is even more heart-stopping, thrilling and spellbinding than the last.

And as the tension continues to build, leading up to the story’s climactic conclusion that leaves no loose ends, readers will be crossing their fingers and holding their breath, wishing for a happily ever after with each page turn.

For fans of the series or readers who enjoy action, adventure, vampires, zombie-like creatures, a post-apocalyptic/dystopian setting, characters that are easy to connect with, and exceptional writing, THE FOREVER SONG is a must.

Reviewer gives this book…


Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

On a personal note…

This was the perfect ending to a phenomenal series. And as much as I didn’t want to say goodbye to Allie or Jackal or any of the characters in this series, I couldn’t have imagined it ending in any other way than it did… not that I saw it coming.

Of course I don’t mean to imply that there weren’t any tears. Because there were. A lot of them. This ending wasn’t without heartbreak. And throughout the story there were all sorts of devastating moments that made my heart ache and made me tear up.

I want so much to talk about what happened in this third – and final – book in the series. But I can’t figure out a way to do so without revealing too much of what went down in book two.

I can’t talk about why Allie was such an easy pawn for Sarren. I can’t talk about whether or not I was right to adore Jackal. I can’t talk about just how evil Sarren was. I can’t talk about whether Allie fought for her humanity or gave in to the monster.

I can only say that Julie Kagawa is an amazing storyteller. She wrote an unforgettable series with characters I will forever love and hate. She gave me an ending that I am more than satisfied with. She put me on a roller coaster or three or ten in THE FOREVER SONG. And I love it all the more because of those highs and lows.

It was just so easy to dive right into this final book even though I always hate saying goodbye. My need to know what happened was more than my need to keep the characters alive for just a little bit longer. And I am so glad I found out.

Yes I wish there were at least two more books in this series. Yes I hope that a certain sarcastic bad boy character gets his very own novel or series. And yes, I would love to return to this world at some point in the future to see what’s going on with the characters.

But even if none of that ever happens, I will still count the Blood of Eden series among my most favorites. THE FOREVER SONG will be one of my favorite series-ending books. And Julie Kagawa will continue to reign as one of my top favorite authors.

For me this series is a total must read series. It checked all the boxes – vampires, battles, heartbreak, adventure, killer cliffhangers, a dark and fascinating world, characters with an edge, insanely good writing, and both characters and a plot that are so very easy to connect to.

Favorite passage…

I have so many favorite passages in this final book in the series. Each incredibly spoiler-y. Most completely shred my heart. All of them amazing.

And while I can’t share any of those heartbreakers, this one definitely gives me chills.

“You long for oblivion, for an end to your eternal wandering. But you’re afraid of what comes after, that the evil staining your soul will send it to damnation. And so, you continue to live, to exist, in the hell you created, hoping to atone for what you have done.” Sarren chuckled….

Note: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


About Julie Kagawa


Julie Kagawa was born in Sacramento, California. But nothing exciting really happened to her there. So, at the age of nine she and her family moved to Hawaii, which she soon discovered was inhabited by large carnivorous insects, colonies of house geckos and frequent hurricanes. She spent much of her time in the ocean, when she wasn’t getting chased out of it by reef sharks, jellyfish and the odd eel.

To pay the rent, Julie worked in different bookstores over the years, but discovered the managers frowned upon her reading the books she was supposed to be shelving. So she turned to her other passion: training animals. She worked as a professional dog trainer for several years, dodging Chihuahua bites and overly enthusiastic Labradors, until her first book sold and she stopped training to write full-time.

Julie now lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where the frequency of shark attacks are at an all-time low. She lives with her husband, two obnoxious cats, one Australian shepherd who is too smart for his own good and the latest addition, a hyperactive Papillon puppy.



Other Books in the Series



Series: Blood of Eden #1
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 512
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook


To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for…again.

Enter Julie Kagawa’s dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.


The Trailer




Series: Blood of Eden #2
Release date: April 30, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 448
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook


How do you face the end of eternity?

She has done the unthinkable: died so that she might continue to live. Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie’s birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever—and possibly end human and vampire existence.

There’s a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago—and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.

Allison thought that immortality was forever. But now, with eternity itself hanging in the balance, the lines between human and monster will blur even further, and Allie must face another choice she could never have imagined having to make.


The Trailer


The Giveaway


Each stop on the tour includes a very awesome giveaway thanks to Harlequin Teen and Kismet Book Tour…


The tour is also offering up two (2) grand prizes:

  • A complete set of Julie Kagawa’s books, including The Iron Fey Saga and The Blood of Eden Saga – ONE WINNER
  • A $100 Gift Card from either iTunes, Amazon or Barnes & Noble – ONE WINNER

Giveaway is open to US/Canada and ends on May 2nd.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

Monday, April 7th – Harlequin Paranormal Romance Blog

Tuesday, April 8th – Fiktshun

Wednesday, April 9th – Page Turners Blog

Thursday, April 10th – Books and Things

Friday, April 11th – Ticket to Anywhere

Week Two

Monday, April 14th – Two Chicks on Books

Tuesday, April 15th –  Parajunkee

Wednesday, April 16th – Refracted Light Reviews

Thursday, April 17th – Bewitched Bookworms

Friday, April 18th – Mundie Moms

Week Three

Monday, April 21st – A Book Obsession

Tuesday, April 22nd – The Book Cellar

Wednesday, April 23rd – Supernatural Snark

Thursday, April 24th – The Busy Bibliophile

Friday, April 25th – Tynga’s Reviews


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The Forever Song


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.



There are a few books I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of the week of April 15th, but the book I am most in love with is THE FOREVER SONG by Julie Kagawa. I did get the chance to read it early, so I know how this amazing series concludes, but it’s still my most anticipated release that week.

The ending of THE ETERNITY CURE nearly killed me. Wondering exactly what was going to happen to a certain character made me all sorts of anxious for all those long, long months until I got my hands on this final installment. And while I won’t say what did happen or how this series comes to its end, I will say that it was perfect. Abso-freaking-lutely perfect.

Oh… and yes there were tears.

As I have read this book I can’t guess what happened based on what the description reveals. Because I know what surprises Sarren has left for Allie, Kanin and Jackal. I know what happens on the trail to Eden. And I know what that “brutal shock” is that the description teases and just how dark those days are for Allie.

I can’t believe that this book was over four hundred pages. It is a super quick read, packed full of action, suspense, heartbreak. It contains all the magic that is Julie Kagawa’s writing. And while seeing this series end makes me sad, I had all the love for this finale.

So while I am excited about all five of those other awesome releases coming out the week of April 15th and there are a few more books I’m also looking forward to reading, THE FOREVER SONG has been the book I have pined for the longest, it’s the series I love the most, it’s an author who never fails to amaze and these characters are ones that will forever have a place in my heart.

Which is why it is the book to watch this week… or any week for that matter.

What about you?

Are you as in love with the Blood of Eden series as I am? Are you just dying to find out what happens with Allie, Kanin, Jackal and Sarren?

Are you heartbroken that this series is ending and that the adventure will end one way or the other for each of the characters you’ve grown to love or love to hate?

And do you plan on reading this the instant you get your hands on a copy or will you try and wait to prolong the inevitable goodbye?


Places to Watch

The author on TWITTER

The author on FACEBOOK

The author’s WEBSITE

The series WEBSITE

The author’s BLOG

The author on GOODREADS


About the Book

Goodreads description:


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

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


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.


Other Amazing Books to Watch

Here are just five of the many other awesome books releasing the week of April 15th:

DON’T LOOK BACK by Jennifer L. Armentrout

FROZEN (Taken #2) by Erin Bowman

WHAT I THOUGHT WAS TRUE by Huntley Fitzpatrick

TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han

HOUSE OF IVY & SORROW by Natalie Whipple

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My Favorite Quote from… THE FOREVER SONG


I debated whether or not to reveal a quote from THE FOREVER SONG for today’s “My Favorite Quote from…” post. Especially as the quote that is my most favorite of them all is one I can’t possibly reveal as it’s a mega spoiler. But oh my gosh it’s so amazing.

And while I will be reviewing this very, very awesome series-ending book, as I am posting it for the book’s tour, it won’t be for ages.  So I decided that I just had to share a favorite quote, even if it isn’t my most favorite one.

By way of introduction (a recap)…

The point of this feature is to share my favorite quote (or one of the many favorite quotes I have) from a recent read and share why it is a favorite, which will give me the chance to ramble just a bit about a book that I may not get the chance to review. And even if I opt to review a title, I still might create a “My Favorite Quote from…” post because, while most of my reviews do include a favorite quote it’s only just one of many and I don’t typically get to talk about the many reasons why it is a favorite.


My Favorite Quote

“You know it’s the end of the world when Jackal starts making sense.”

There were three heart-shredding quotes I would love to have included in this post, but as I can’t share any of them without revealing too much, I thought I’d share this quote, which was also a favorite, because a) it’s about Jackal and b) it made me grin.

It was also from this really great scene that involved… well hmm… nope, too spoiler-y.

From the moment I was introduced to Jackal I loved him. Even when he was being evil, insufferable, obnoxious, I adored him. He made me roll my eyes more times than he made Allie bear her fangs. But that is all part of the charm that is him.

In THE FOREVER SONG he took over as my favorite male character – sorry Kanin. And it was possibly due to the fact that he was the most practical and made the most sense… though if I’m being completely honest with myself, it was because he was the most charming, maddening, frustrating.

I would also have loved to share what Jackal said that prompted that quote, but that, too, is spoiler-y. I can say that it involved words and phrases like “bleeding heart” and “uptight stick in the mud” and nailing “bloodbags to walls.” And I can say that what he said did make a whole heck of a lot of sense.

So, while some of those heartbreakers that Author Julie Kagawa is a master at writing and delivering are my most favorite ones – because I love that emotional roller coaster – it’s quotes like these that just give a book that extra something.

But that’s what I think…

What about you?

If you’ve read THE FOREVER SONG, was it lines like this, lines that make you smile, that are your favorites? Or are your favorite quotes ones that break your heart into an infinite number of pieces? Or are they ones that make you smile through the tears?

Was your favorite the quote that talks about time not mattering or the one that speaks of regrets? Or perhaps the one that talks of forever, or of oblivion, or of darkness?

Or do you have so many favorite quotes from this final installment in the series that you couldn’t possibly pick just one?


About the Book

The Forever SongTitle: THE FOREVER SONG (Blood of Eden #3)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: April 15, 2014
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, eBook




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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Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2014

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Today is the final day of Top 10 of 2013.

A week of Looking Back…

…and Looking Forward.

And I am thrilled to be able to co-host this event for the third year in a row with Jaime from Two Chicks on Books and for a second year with Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.

If you haven’t yet heard of this week-long event, it’s where we’ve been sharing our favorite bookish lists and inviting you to share yours each day for the past five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

This year’s event giveaway is shared via a common Rafflecopter on all three of our blogs. Leaving a comment each day on each host’s blog will give you extra entries, so be sure to check out each of our Top 10 lists for more chances to win.

It’s not too late to sign up for this event – though today is the last day. Just check out the Sign-up Post for all the details – HERE.


Today’s topic is…

Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2014

Last year, it seems, I cheated a little and I changed the post to top ten books in a series I’m dying to continue reading. This year I’m going to do the same.

Because there are already at least 80 books I’m pining for that will be releasing next year and there’s no way I can narrow that list down to ten. So this tens list is in NO way complete. Not by far.

Of course I just had to do an “honorable mentions” section listing a few other books I’m dying to read. And I will be posting a list of Top 10 Debut Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2014 on The Annex to fill some of those gaps I’m leaving.

But, to make things easier on myself, I decided to leave off the books in 2014 that I am looking forward to but have already read or am reading. Books such as UNHINGED by A.G. Howard, INDEPENDENT STUDY by Joelle Charbonneau, EVERTRUE by Brodi Ashton, PANIC by Lauren Oliver, and A LITTLE TOO HOT by Lisa Desrochers.

While this is the hardest list I’ve had to create yet, I think I’m happy with my choices. I just wish some of those “must read” 2014 books had covers… or titles.


Top Ten Books in a Series I’m Dying to Continue Reading in 2014


UNTITLED (The Arcana Chronicles #3) by Kresley Cole

Why Top Ten?

Death. Jack. A deadly game. Sexy times. A killer cliffhanger ending. Even sexier times. A wicked scary and totally fierce heroine. A world in chaos, born of destruction. Edge-of-your-seat suspense. Danger. Bad boys. Mean girls. Creepy villains. Battles of the epic variety. Amazing writing. Fascinating lore. And an insanely creative series that just keeps getting better and better.


THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS (White Rabbit Chronicles #3) by Gena Showalter

Why Top Ten?

Action-packed. Zombies a-plenty. A seriously kick-a** heroine. A super sexy and maddeningly frustrating bad boy. An awesome nod to a beloved classic. Fierce, gory and epic zombie slaying battles. A mystery. Tension, tension, tension. Grin-worthy sexy times. Sizzling chemistry. Suspense, suspense, suspense. An awesome and addictive adventure in Zombieland.


Ignite MeIGNITE ME (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Why Top Ten?

Gorgeous, breathtaking, amazingly beautiful writing. A chilling and super scary futuristic world. Deadly powers. Evil rulers. A super sexy but totally redeemable bad boy. A super cute and totally honorable good boy. A cast of characters that is completely and totally adorable… well, except for the evil dudes. A totally addictive and unputdownable, action-filled story. A finish that I just know will be epic, epic, epic.


City of Heavenly FireCITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

Why Top Ten?

The second ever YA series I discovered and fell in love with. Clary and Jace. A series ending that has been long awaited and greatly feared. Captivating. Amazing. My obsession. A creative and original and unique and brilliant series. An elaborate and intriguing world. Tension-filled. Nerve-wracking. A seriously awesome supporting cast. A forever favorite.


The OneTHE ONE (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

Why Top Ten?

A total guilty pleasure read. Warning: highly addictive. An almost-Cinderella love story. A super nice, super sexy and totally awesome Prince. A fun and vicious competition. Action. Deception. Scheming. Deadly threats. A society in turmoil. An uprising. A love triangle. Another love triangle. A decision I’m just dying to find out. Who is “the one”?


THE FOREVER SONG (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa

Why Top Ten?

An epic adventure. An even more epic setting. Vampires + dystopia = instalove. Kanin *sigh*. Zeke *sigh*. Jackal *sigh*. Each boy of the three boys is of the swoon-worthy variety. A daring and kick-a** heroine. Nail-biting suspense. Deadly threats. An insanely torturous killer cliffhanger ending that was scream-inducing. Riveting. Imaginative. Wildly entertaining. Totally brill.


BurnedBURNED (Dani O’Malley #2) by Karen Marie Moning

Why Top Ten?

Mega. Ryo. Christian. A decimated world. Killer fae. Amazing, amazing, amazing writing… and world… and characters. Addictive. Consuming. Epic. Spellbinding. Seductive. Sexy. Electrifying. Action-packed. Unforgettable. Abso-freaking-lutely awesome. One of the best. Series. Ever.


Sisters FateSISTERS’ FATE (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #3) by Jessica Spotswood

Why Top Ten?

Bewitching. Nerve-wracking. Insanely appealing. Heartrending. Utterly enchanting. Gripping. Suspenseful. Secrets. Heartbreak. Jealousy. Hidden powers. Deadly consequences. Gorgeous writing. Lovable, detestable, maddening, swoon-worthy characters. A “no freaking way” gut-wrenching ending. A must, must, must read series.


TAKE ME ON (Pushing the Limits #4) by Katie McGarry

Why Top Ten?

Romantic. Sexy. Heartbreaking. Heartwarming. Deliciously torturous. Yummy. Addictive. Beautiful characters. Beautiful writing. Beautiful stories. A guilt-free guilty pleasure read. Every. Single. Time. Complicated pairings. Challenging relationships. Love stories to root for. Intense. Angst-filled. Ahhh-mazing. And now it’s West’s turn.


Up From the GraveUP FROM THE GRAVE (Night Huntress #7) by Jeaniene Frost

Why Top Ten?

Cat. Bones. Amazing chemistry. H.O.T. times infinity. Fiery. Electric. Steamy. Sizzling. Wicked battles. Edge-of-your-seat excitement. Seriously fierce heroine. Kicks some major a**. Action. More action. Even more a**-kicking action. All-consuming. Epic. Riv-et-ing. Completely and totally satisfying. Totally re-read worthy. A long, long, long, long, LONG-awaited, highly anticipated, ab-so-lutely must read – dying to read – final installment.


A Few Other Books I’m Pining For

Continuing Series


THE LOVELY AND THE LOST (The Dispossessed #2) by Page Morgan

SPLIT SECOND (Pivot Point #2) by Kasie West

SWEET RECKONING (The Sweet Trilogy #3) by Wendy Higgins

CRESS (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

STEADFAST (Spellcaster #2) by Claudia Gray

UNTITLED (The Elemental Trilogy #2) by Sherry Thomas

THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART (Steampunk Chronicles #4) by Kady Cross

GRADUATION DAY (The Testing #3) by Joelle Charbonneau

EARTHQUAKE (Earthbound #2) by Aprilynne Pike

TEASE (The Ivy Chronicles #2) by Sophie Jordan

FRAGILE SPIRITS (Souls #2) by Mary Lindsey

DARKBOUND (Moonset #2) by Scott Tracey

UNTITLED (All Our Yesterdays #2) by Cristin Terrill

WILD THINGS (Chicagoland Vampires #9) by Chloe Neill

UNTITLED (Starling #3) by Lesley Livingston

DELIVERANCE (Defiance #3) by C.J. Redwine

OBLIVION (Nevermore #3) by Kelly Creagh

MORTAL HEART (His Fair Assassin #3) by R. L. LaFevers

New Releases

THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES (Broken Destiny #1) by Jeaniene Frost

UNINVITED (Uninvited #1) by Sophie Jordan

AFTER THE END (After the End #1) by Amy Plum

THE SHADOW PRINCE (Into the Dark #1) by Bree Despain

ON THE FENCE by Kasie West

THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski

AFTERPARTY by Ann Redisch Stampler

HEARTBEAT by Elizabeth Scott

AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard

REBEL BELLE by Rachel Hawkins

THE IRON TRIAL (Magisterium #1) by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

MORTAL (A Court of Rose and Thorns #1) by Sarah J. Maas

DEATH SWORN (Death Sworn #1) by Leah Cypess

ELUSION by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

FORGET ME by K.A. Harrington


ONLY EVERYTHING (True Love #1) by Kieran Scott

SLEEP NO MORE by Aprilynne Pike


The Giveaways

We have decided to combine the giveaways into one Rafflecopter form that is shared on all three host blogs and will be posted in each of the Top 10 posts this week.

There is a box of 2014 ARCs, a box of books, two books of your choice, and a book from one of the host’s top ten lists up for grabs. Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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