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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #178

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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 May 27th-June 2nd that I have pre-ordered.


City of Heavenly Fire

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CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, the print edition is 752 pages.

CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE is the sixth and final full-length book in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series.


CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE is my most anticipated read this week. I have been waiting forever and ever for this book’s release and I cannot wait until it downloads to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. I will be reading it the moment it arrives.

I love this series, and I am totally heartbroken that it will be ending. But at the same time I can’t wait, as I feel like I’ve been waiting forever.

I have not read the description, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t want to know until I read about it in the book. And while I normally take forever and ever to read a series-ending book, I don’t want to have this series’ ending spoiled for me, so I hope to be able to read it in one sitting. No matter how late I’ll have to stay up to do so.

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ΕRCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID.

I am coming.

Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series!


Take Me On

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TAKE ME ON by Katie McGarry will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 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 544 pages.

TAKE ME ON is the fourth full-length novel in Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series. A novella, BREAKING THE RULES, is slated for release on December 30, 2014.


love this series by Katie McGarry. I hope it never ends. I got the chance to read TAKE ME ON just a little bit early and I love, love, loved it. So of course I can’t wait for the finished copy to download and get added to my permanent collection.

I would love to talk about West and Haley but as I plan on posting a review just after my tour stop next week, I don’t want to ramble on here. But I will just quickly say that Katie McGarry brings her amazing writing and characters to this fourth book in the series. And it’s every bit as awesome as I’d hoped it would be.

I adored West before I read this book, but now I adore Haley too. And while I won’t be re-reading it just yet, I will definitely be re-reading all the books in this series some day soon.

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Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

Champion kickboxer Haley swore she’d never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can’t stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she’d stay away from. Yet he won’t last five seconds in the ring without her help.

West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it’s his fault his family is falling apart. He can’t change the past, but maybe he can change Haley’s future.

Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they’ll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.


The Girl with the Windup Heart
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THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART by Kady Cross will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 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 400 pages.

THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART is the fourth full-length novel in Author Kady Cross’ Steampunk Chronicles.


I had the opportunity to read THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART early but I just couldn’t bring myself to (possibly) say goodbye. As much as I want to know what’s going to happen with Finley, Griffin, Jack, Emily, Sam, Jasper and even The Machinist, I am just not ready for these characters’ stories to end.

The finished version will be downloading to my Kindle this week and I am planning on buying a print copy for my collection. But it may take a few more weeks for me to be ready to part with this series.

I am excited about learning more about Mila who we briefly got the chance to meet in the previous book. I’m not sure whether I’ll like her, given that Jack seems to have taken a fancy to her. But if this is really the series-ending book, I hope he gets a happily ever after. I just kind of still wish for it to be with Finley.

I know I won’t be reading it this week, but I hope to read it in June. I really don’t want to risk having this ending spoiled for me. So I might just have to be brave. We shall see.

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In 1897 London, a final showdown is about to begin.

London’s underworld is no place for a young woman, even one who is strong, smart and part-automaton like Mila. But when master criminal Jack Dandy inadvertently breaks her heart, she takes off, determined to find an independent life, one entirely her own. Her search takes her to the spangled shadows of the West End’s most dazzling circus.

Meanwhile, taken captive in the Aether, Griffin King is trapped in an inescapable prison, and at the mercy of his archenemy, The Machinist. If he breaks under the hellish torment, The Machinist will claim his powers and control of the Aether itself, and no one in either world will be safe-especially not Finley Jayne and her misfit band of friends.

Finley plunges headlong into the Aether the only way she knows how, by temporarily dying. But she cannot parry The Machinist’s maneuvers for long. To defeat him for good, Griffin will have to confront his greatest fear and finally come face-to-face with the destructive power he wields.


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THE DARK WORLD by Cara Lynn Shultz will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 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 384 pages.

THE DARK WORLD is the first book in Cara Lynn Shultz’s series of the same name.


I love Cara Lynn Shultz’s writing and can’t wait for THE DARK WORLD to download to my Kindle on Tuesday. When I first heard that the author was writing a new series and that it involved demons and demon slayers, I immediately pre-ordered a copy.

The description, which is somewhat vague, totally piqued my curiosity. But it revealed enough to make this read a must. Magic and warlocks and demons and a Dark World sound so totally awesome.

It sounds like such a “me” book. And I can’t wait to dive in. So I hope I can manage to sneak it in next week. If not, it will definitely be the week thereafter.

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Paige Kelly is used to weird–in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn’t fazed by Paige’s propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she’ll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that’s overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.


Guardian
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GUARDIAN by Alex London will be released in the U.S. on May 29, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Philomel, the print edition is 352 pages.

GUARDIAN is the second book in Alex London’s Proxy series.


I can’t believe that GUARDIAN, the sequel to PROXY, releases this week. I had every intention of reading the first book just before its release so that I could read both books back to back when this book downloads to my Kindle on Monday Midnight.

I definitely have some catching up to do.

As I don’t want to risk spoilers by reading the description, I don’t know what happened with Knox and Syd. I don’t know what happens during their flight across the country. I haven’t met the rebels.

But I can’t wait to do so, especially now that this sequel is out. And I hope to be able to read both books in a couple of weeks.

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The pulse-pounding sequel to Proxy! Inspired by The Whipping Boy and Feed, this adrenaline-fueled thriller will appeal to fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent.

In the new world led by the Rebooters, former Proxy Syd is the figurehead of the Revolution, beloved by some and hated by others. Liam, a seventeen-year-old Rebooter, is Syd’s bodyguard and must protect him with his life. But armed Machinists aren’t the only danger.

People are falling ill—their veins show through their skin, they find it hard to speak, and sores erupt all over their bodies. Guardians, the violent enforcers of the old system, are hit first, and the government does nothing to help. The old elites fall next, and in the face of an indifferent government, Syd decides it’s up to him to find a cure . . . and what he discovers leaves him stunned.

This heart-stopping thriller is packed with action, adventure, and heroics. Guardian will leave you breathless until the final page.

A fast-paced, thrill-ride of novel full of non-stop action, heart-hammering suspense and true friendship—just as moving as it is exhilarating. Fans of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider series, James Dashner’s Maze Runner, Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking series, and Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy will be swept away by this story.


The Lost
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THE LOST by Sarah Beth Durst will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Harlequin MIRA, the print edition is

THE LOST is the first book in Sarah Beth Durst’s series of the same name. The second and third books in the series, releasing in 2014 and 2015, are entitled THE MISSING and THE FOUND.


I am so excited about this new series by Author Sarah Beth Durst. I love her writing and can’t wait to read THE LOST when it downloads to my Kindle on Tuesday.

While this isn’t a YA series, it sounds every bit as fascinating and thrilling as the books she’s written for the genre. I can’t wait to find out more about this town called Lost. I can’t wait to see whether Lauren is able to escape.

The setting sounds amazing and I love stories that involve fate. And if all goes as planned, I’ll be able to get this on the pile next week.

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Brilliantly riveting. * Thought-provoking and stirring. *

Award-winning author Sarah Beth Durst has been praised for her captivating novels that merge the darkly imagined with very real themes of self-discovery and destiny. In The Lost, we’ll discover just what it means to lose one’s way….

It was only meant to be a brief detour. But then Lauren finds herself trapped in a town called Lost on the edge of a desert, filled with things abandoned, broken and thrown away. And when she tries to escape, impassible dust storms and something unexplainable lead her back to Lost again and again. The residents she meets there tell her she’s going to have to figure out just what she’s missing—and what she’s running from—before she can leave. So now Lauren’s on a new search for a purpose and a destiny. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll be found….

Against the backdrop of this desolate and mystical town, Sarah Beth Durst writes an arresting, fantastical novel of one woman’s impossible journey…and her quest to find her fate.


Meridian
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MERIDIAN by Josin L. McQuein will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 464 pages.

MERIDIAN is the second book in Josin McQuein’s Arclight series.


I was told that I must read the first book in the series, so I added it to my collection and pre-ordered MERIDIAN. Now that both books are out I will definitely be reading them back-to-back.

I haven’t yet met Marina, Tobin or Anne-Marie, so I don’t know whether they all survive an encounter with the Fade. And while it seems that Marina might have, I don’t know what she has become.

I refuse to peek at the description for this book, though I am super curious. I’ll just have to wait until I can get both books on the pile to find out. I’ll just have to be patient.

As things are a little crazy IRL and with required reads for the blog, I will have to wait just a bit before I can try to get this on the pile. But I hope to be able to do so before the end of June.

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Marina thought that she had solved all of the Arclight’s mysteries. She had found her own history—that she was one of the Fade, that she never should have been human. She knows that the Fade who surround the Arclight don’t want to be the humans’ enemies at all. She knows that the leader of those inside the Arc, Honoria Whit, never told the whole truth. But there is so much more that Marina is just discovering. There are more survivors out there. Only Marina—and her friends, all of whom have connections to the Fade they’d never known about—can lead her people to them. But there are also darker dangers, things that even the Fade fear. And Marina slowly realizes she may never have been “cured,” after all.

The sequel to Arclight, Meridian is an intense, action-packed page-turner about the lines we draw between right and wrong, light and dark . . . and the way nothing is ever that black and white.


Divided
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DIVIDED by Elsie Chapman will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 320 pages.

DIVIDED is the second book in Elsie Chapman’s Dualed series.


I have had DIVIDED pre-ordered since the moment I noticed it was available to order it for the Kindle. While I haven’t yet read DUALED, it was one of my most anticipated releases. So of course I had to order the sequel.

And while I received an invite for an eARC of DIVIDED, I wasn’t able to get both books on the pile prior to DIVIDED’s release. But this is another series where I definitely plan on reading both books back-to-back, and I hope to do so mid-June.

I can’t wait to discover this world, meet West and find out whether she’s met her Alt. I can’t wait to learn what misstep caused her to lose confidence. And I can’t wait to find out why not only her Alt, but love, can destroy her.

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The hunter becomes the hunted. . . .

West Grayer is done killing. She defeated her Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and proved she’s worthy of a future. She’s ready to move on with her life.

The Board has other plans. They want her to kill one last time, and offer her a deal worth killing for. But when West recognizes her target as a ghost from her past, she realizes she’s in over her head. The Board is lying, and West will have to uncover the truth of the past to secure her future.

How far will the Board go to keep their secrets safe? And how far will West go to save those she loves? With nonstop action and surprising twists, Elsie Chapman’s intoxicating sequel to Dualed reveals everything.


Novellas

Just One NightJUST ONE NIGHT (Just One Day #2.5) by Gayle Forman

Pub. Date: May 29, 2014

Publisher: Viking Children’s

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

After spending one life-changing day in Paris with laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter, sheltered American good girl Allyson “Lulu” Healey discovered her new lover had disappeared without a trace.

Just One Day followed Allyson’s quest to reunite with Willem; Just One Year chronicled the pair’s year apart from Willem’s perspective.

Now, back together at last, this delectable e-novella reveals the couple’s final chapter.


The Best Things in DeathTHE BEST THINGS IN DEATH (The Memory Chronicles #1.5) by Lenore Appelhans

Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

In this Memory of After e-short story, Felicia and Neil share their favorite memories of falling in love with each other.

Having recently saved Level 2 from the Morati and been reunited with her boyfriend, Felicia decides to make up some lost time with Neil before moving on to the mysterious Level 3.

In this e-short story, Felicia and Neil share their favorite memories of falling in love with each other from their past lives on Earth.


Tiger's PromiseTIGER’S PROMISE (The Tiger Saga #0.5) by Colleen Houck

Pub. Date: June 1, 2014

Publisher: CreateSpace

Find it: AMAZON

Description:

Before the curse, there was a promise.

A prequel to the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, this much anticipated novella recalls the beginning of Ren and Kishan’s story. Before Kelsey there was a girl, raised by a villain, whose love for a hero changed the course of history.

Trapped under the thumb of her abusive and powerful father Lokesh, Yesubai struggles to keep her own magical abilities secret while evading his dark powers. When Lokesh promises Yesubai to the prince of a neighboring kingdom, she becomes the central pawn in his plot to destroy the ruling family and take power for himself. Yesubai is trapped by her father’s threats and desperate to protect the man she comes to love, but she knows that any decision she makes will have dire consequences. As dark forces gather around her, Yesubai must decide if she’s willing to reveal that somewhere deep within her she has the power to change everything.


Other Books of Note

We are the GoldensWE ARE THE GOLDENS by Dana Reinhardt

Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart.

When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellaya. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They’re a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? But now, Nell’s a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she’s happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it’s wrong, and she must do something about it.


PlayedPLAYED (Hooked #2) by Liz Fichera

Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

This Game Is Getting All Too Real

He said: I like to keep under the radar and mostly hang out with my friends from the rez. But when I saved Riley Berenger from falling off a mountain, that rich suburban princess decided to try to save me.

She said: If I can help Sam Tracy win the heart of the girl he can’t get over, I’ll pay him back for helping me. I promised him I would, no matter what it takes.


While We RunWHILE WE RUN (When We Wake #2) by Karen Healey

Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Abdi Taalib thought he was moving to Australia for a music scholarship. But after meeting the beautiful and brazen Tegan Oglietti, his world was turned upside down. Tegan’s no ordinary girl – she died in 2027, only to be frozen and brought back to life in Abdi’s time, 100 years later.

Now, all they want is for things to return to normal (or as normal as they can be), but the government has other ideas. Especially since the two just spilled the secrets behind Australia’s cryonics project to the world. On the run, Abdi and Tegan have no idea who they can trust, and when they uncover startling new details about Project Ark, they realise thousands of lives may be in their hands.

A suspenseful, page-turning sequel to When We Wake that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and make them call into question their own ideas about morality – and mortality, too.


Circa NowCIRCA NOW by Amber McRee Turner

Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Twelve-year-old Circa Monroe has a knack for restoring old photographs. It’s a skill she learned from her dad, who loves old pictures and putting fun digital twists on them. His altered “Shopt” photos look so real that they could fool nearly anybody, and Circa treasures the fun stories he makes up to explain each creation.

One day, her father receives a strange phone call requesting an urgent delivery, and he heads out into a storm. The unimaginable happens: a tornado, then a terrible accident. Just as Circa and her mom begin to pick up the pieces, a mysterious boy shows up on their doorstep, a boy called Miles who remembers nothing about his past. The only thing he has with him is the photograph that Circa’s dad intended to deliver on the day he died.

As Circa tries to help Miles recover his identity, she begins to notice something strange about the photos she and her father retouched-the digital flourishes added to the old photos seem to exist in real life. The mysteries of the Shopt photos and Miles’s past are intertwined, and in order to solve both, Circa will have to figure out what’s real and what’s an illusion.

With stunning prose, captivating photographs, and a hint of magic, Circa Now is a gripping story full of hope and heart.


Allies & AssassinsALLIES & ASSASSINS (Enemies of the Prince #1) by Justin Somper

Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Sixteen-year-old Jared is the newly crowned Prince of All Archenfield, ascending the throne after his older brother’s mysterious death. But Jared feels reluctant and unprepared to rule the Princedom and its dangerous and powerful court. Like each Prince of All Archenfield before him, Jared must rely on the Council of Twelve to advise him. But he knows he can just as easily be at their mercy–especially when it appears that one of the Twelve might have orchestrated his brother’s untimely death. Propelled by his rage over the loss of his brother and wary of all his advisors, Jared can trust only Asta: a clever, strong-willed girl from the settlements, currently serving as the Physician’s apprentice. Asta and Jared take it upon themselves to hunt down his brother’s assassin–though the assassin may be hunting them, as well.

Murder, betrayal, and intrigue abound in Justin Somper’s thrilling YA series debut. Exploring the political machinations of the medieval-esque court and the lives that hang in the balance, Allies & Assassins is a gripping tale of a teen torn between duty and revenge.


OblivionOBLIVION by Sasha Dawn

Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: EgmontUSA

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Lisa McMann’s Dead to You meets Kate Ellison’s The Butterfly Clues in a psychological thriller full of romance, intrigue, and mystery.

One year ago, Callie was found in an abandoned apartment, scrawling words on the wall: “I KILLED HIM. His blood is on my hands. His heart is in my soul. I KILLED HIM.” But she remembers nothing of that night or of the previous thirty-six hours. All she knows is that her father, the reverend at the Church of the Holy Promise, is missing, as is Hannah, a young girl from the parish. Their disappearances have to be connected and Callie knows that her father was not a righteous man.

Since that fateful night, she’s been plagued by graphomania — an unending and debilitating compulsion to write. The words that flow from Callie’s mind and through her pen don’t seem to make sense — until now.

As the anniversary of Hannah’s vanishing approaches, more words and memories bubble to the surface and a new guy in school might be the key to Callie putting together the puzzle. But digging up the secrets she’s buried for so long might be her biggest mistake.


IgnitedIGNITED (Sense Thieves #3) by Corrine Jackson

Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: K-Teen

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Nobody hides forever.
Ever since Remy O’Malley discovered her dual identity as a Healer and a Protector, she’s kept alive by staying one step ahead of both sides in this centuries-old war. Now someone’s trying to draw her out of hiding, using her kidnapped father as bait.

To save him, Remy will need every friend she’s got. But as new alliances form, old bonds fray. Her boyfriend Asher is losing his powers, becoming more mortal every time she touches him. Meanwhile, Remy finds herself growing closer to Asher’s brother Gabe, even as a family tragedy drives her sister Lucy farther away.

On a rescue mission to London, Remy decides she’s tired of being the hunted. It’s time to end this war once and for all, as Protectors and Healers alike hurtle towards a final, violent confrontation that not everyone will survive.


Perfectly MessyPERFECTLY MESSY (Effortlessly With You #2) by Lizzy Charles

Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

Publisher: Swoon Romance

Find it: AMAZON

Description:

Popularity isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Justin Marshall knows this better than most. For the captain of the basketball team, small business owner, and son of Minnesota’s next governor, life can get pretty overwhelming. But Justin can handle anything as long as he has Lucy, the girl who fell for the man he’s trying to be.

But for Justin and Lucy, finding time together proves challenging. Stolen kisses and whispered promises just aren’t enough. That is, until scandalous photos of the couple are leaked to a press intent on creating a juicy scandal during Justin’s dad’s gubernatorial campaign. And when Lucy becomes fair play for the tabloids and gossip pages, Justin does the only thing he can to protect her: he breaks her heart.

For Lucy, junior year is everything she hoped it would be: new friends, second chances, and a boyfriend she can’t stop kissing. That is, until the boy she’s pretty sure she loves chooses the life his family wants for him, over her.

Now it’s up to Lucy to teach him what it really means to have everything. Because for Justin, being who everyone needs him to be just might cost him the one person he can’t live without.


Other Releases

GUY IN REAL LIFE by Steve Brezenoff

GIRLS LIKE US by Gail Giles

SURROUNDED BY SHARKS by Michael Northrop

THE TRUTH AGAINST THE WORLD by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

BAD LUCK GIRL (The American Fairy #3) by Sarah Zettel

CHORUS (Coda #2) by Emma Trevayne

BLUR (Blur Trilogy #1) by Steven James

CURSES AND SMOKE: A Novel of Pompeii by Vicky Alvear Shecter


It is another insane week for releases and it seems that I have eight books and two novellas pre-ordered. Only one of which I’ve read pre-release. Plus there are a couple of other books of note that I really want to add to my collection, which means even more dollars and an even bigger TBR Pile.

And with a ton of releases coming out through early June, I don’t know when I’ll get the chance to read them all. Ack!

Anyway… as this post is long enough already, and it is a holiday weekend and a gorgeous day outside, I’ll stop rambling. But I hope that one or two of your long anticipated reads is releasing this week and that you’ll get the chance to add them to your collection.

And I hope that if one of those books is a series-ending book, it won’t be too tough to say goodbye.

Happy release week and happy reading week!

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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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My Reading Pile #166

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I really expected a super quiet week at the mailbox this week, so I was totally surprised when three packages showed up at my doorstep from three different publishers. It was a very lovely surprise.

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[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

Courtesy of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers I received an ARC of DISSONANCE the first book in Erica O’Rourke’s new series. It came beautifully packaged and all wrapped up in a lovely pink bow. And I cannot wait to read it.

Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR I received an ARC of ADRENALINE CRUSH by Laurie Boyle Crompton. I’d seen this in the catalog and just had to add it to my list. It seems like it will be a super quick read, I may just have to sneak it onto the pile some time next week.

Courtesy of Penguin/Dial/Viking Juvenile, I received three ARCs, all of which look awesome – POINTE by Brandy Colbert, LOVE AND OTHER FOREIGN WORDS by Erin McCahan, THE GLASS SENTENCE (The Mapmakers Trilogy #1) by S.E. Grove. All three are so very different but all sound awesome and I can’t wait to get the chance to read them.

I don’t think I’ll have received any other books in the mail since I took this snap on Wednesday as I’ve received books from all the publishers that send me books. But if for some reason I do, then I’ll add those books to next week’s pile pic.

And while I haven’t received any other printed books in the mail, I did receive a couple of eARCs.

Courtesy of Random House Children’s via NetGalley

Six Feet Over ItSIX FEET OVER IT by Jennifer Longo

I am so excited to have been approved for SIX FEET OVER IT by Jennifer Longo. This book sounds exactly how it’s described – “[d]arkly humorous and heart-wrenchingly beautiful” – and I can’t wait to dive in.

It’s not often that I get to read a story about a girl whose family owns a cemetery, who sells graves, and who meets a potential love interest that is a grave digger.

And while it’s not on the pile this week, it will definitely be there soon… or I’ll just have to go off-pile to read it.

Courtesy of Harlequin Teen via NetGalley

Ghost HouseGHOST HOUSE by Alexandra Adornetto

When I saw GHOST HOUSE on NetGalley I just had to grab it. I have Alexandra Adornetto’s Halo trilogy, and while I haven’t yet had the chance to read them, I definitely plan on it.

There is nothing quite like reading a ghost story. But one that is also a love story and includes vengeful ghosts is an absolute must.

I can’t wait to find out what Chloe must do to stop Isobel. I can’t wait to find out more about Alexander Reade, find out why he has such a bond with Chloe, why his presence is more lifelike and if there is a romance between them, how it can cross the divide.

Anyway… as I won’t be adding any of the new additions to my bookish collection to the pile this week, I may as well stop rambling and share the ones I do plan on reading. And so…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

{May 18, 2014 – May 24, 2014}


The Stepsister's Tale

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First up on the pile is THE STEPSISTER’S TALE by Tracy Barrett. I grabbed an eARC from Harlequin Teen via NetGalley the other week after I read the book’s description. And I can’t wait to start reading it this weekend.

I just found out I’ll be on the tour and I am so excited. But I also can’t wait to meet Jane Montjoy and to find out “[w]hat really happened after the clock struck midnight.”

I love the Cinderella story and this retelling seems like it will really bring something new to the story. And I love the fact that there’s a stepfather, that Jane’s mother is in the picture, and that there is still a handsome prince.

The Description…

What really happened after the clock struck midnight?

Jane Montjoy is tired of being a lady. She’s tired of pretending to live up to the standards of her mother’s noble family-especially now that the family’s wealth is gone and their stately mansion has fallen to ruin. It’s hard enough that she must tend to the animals and find a way to feed her mother and her little sister each day. Jane’s burden only gets worse after her mother returns from a trip to town with a new stepfather and stepsister in tow. Despite the family’s struggle to prepare for the long winter ahead, Jane’s stepfather remains determined to give his beautiful but spoiled child her every desire.

When her stepfather suddenly dies, leaving nothing but debts and a bereaved daughter behind, it seems to Jane that her family is destined for eternal unhappiness. But a mysterious boy from the woods and an invitation to a royal ball are certain to change her fate…

From the handsome prince to the evil stepsister, nothing is quite as it seems in Tracy Barrett’s stunning retelling of the classic Cinderella tale.


The Girl with the Windup Heart

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Next up on the pile is THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART by Kady Cross. I grabbed an eARC from the publisher Harlequin Teen via NetGalley ages ago and have been desperate to get it on the pile ever since.

I think this book is a series ending book, though Goodreads still shows that five books are planned. So I’m going to pretend that it isn’t the end. That way I won’t be adverse to reading it.

I love Finley Jayne and Jack Dandy and Griffin King and also Emily and Sam. I am so curious as to whether they will be able to defeat The Machinist, if the Aether will release Griffin, and whether I’ll grow to adore Mila. I may still be holding out hope for Finley and Jack…..

This installment in the series sounds epic. And if this final showdown means it is “The End” then I’ll probably be more than a little bit sad to say goodbye. But at the same time thrilled to find out how it does all end. I can’t wait.

The Description…

In 1897 London, a final showdown is about to begin.

London’s underworld is no place for a young woman, even one who is strong, smart and part-automaton like Mila. But when master criminal Jack Dandy inadvertently breaks her heart, she takes off, determined to find an independent life, one entirely her own. Her search takes her to the spangled shadows of the West End’s most dazzling circus.

Meanwhile, taken captive in the Aether, Griffin King is trapped in an inescapable prison, and at the mercy of his archenemy, The Machinist. If he breaks under the hellish torment, The Machinist will claim his powers and control of the Aether itself, and no one in either world will be safe-especially not Finley Jayne and her misfit band of friends.

Finley plunges headlong into the Aether the only way she knows how, by temporarily dying. But she cannot parry The Machinist’s maneuvers for long. To defeat him for good, Griffin will have to confront his greatest fear and finally come face-to-face with the destructive power he wields.


Wishful Thinking Reads

I have a million and one books I’d love to be reading this week. But I think I have to choose a book I don’t even have. And that’s CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare. I am in such a mood to read a story with characters I’ve known and loved for ages, and its approaching release date has made me wish I could read it now. But as I don’t have a copy it’s just a wish – one I know won’t come true. At least the wait won’t be too long.


Those Left Behind

Well I’ve been a terrible reader and blogger this past week. I’ve spent the staycation week running around or totally vegging out. It’s been hella hot down here and with a few sleepless nights (not spent reading) I’ve been completely wiped.

I’d wanted to sit out in the sun and read, but the heat is brutal so that didn’t happen. But I’m hoping that I did end up finishing THE ART OF FLOATING on Friday as planned – yes, I’m writing this a bit early – and also LAILAH which I started reading on Thursday morning.

I’m also hoping I finished my review for DON’T CALL ME BABY which should be scheduled to post tomorrow. But I didn’t yet write any of those other reviews I wanted to for TEMPTING THE BODYGUARD, THE LOVELY AND THE LOST, ALL LINED UP and TEASE.

I suck.

But since my sail plans for the weekend have changed, and while I still have a six hour Crew Overboard class on Saturday afternoon/evening, I have Sunday free. So maybe I’ll get those reviews written then. Unless I decide to find another sail on Sunday. But since I’m going out on Monday, I probably shouldn’t.

And clearly my crossed fingers didn’t work out for me. So this week maybe I’ll try holding my breath. Definitely more of an incentive to do better.


NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

I did spend a few moments checking out NetGalley this week, which is how I came across GHOST HOUSE. But I also discovered a number of other awesome-sounding books. And while I didn’t request any of them just yet there are two – AWKWARDLY EVER AFTER and RULES OF SURVIVAL that I just might have to.

Here are this week’s finds…

AWKWARDLY EVER AFTER by Marni Bates (Kensington Books, Jun 24 2014)

GHOST HOUSE by Alexandra Adornetto (Harlequin Teen, Aug 26 2014)

LIES WE TELL OURSELVES by Robin Talley (Harlequin Teen, Sep 30 2014)

RULES OF SURVIVAL by Jus Accardo (Entangled Publishing LLC, Jun 2 2014)

THE MEAN GIRL APOLOGIES by Stephanie Monahan (Entangled Publishing LLC, Jun 2 2014)

EVERY SECOND COUNTS by Sophie McKenzie (Simon and Schuster UK Children’s, Jul 31 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

SPLINTERED LIGHT by Cate Sampson (Simon and Schuster UK Children’s, Aug 14 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

THE MONSTER WITHIN by Kelly Hashway (Spencer Hill Press, Jun 17 2014)


I should have been at RT this week. But instead I’m pet sitting, turning my hair purple and trying hard not to spend all my money on things I probably don’t need, like this new handbag I saw, or this beautiful table that would perfectly hold my piles of books, or a new tattoo.

Last Saturday’s sail was a bit rough. The seas weren’t so relaxing. So it was a lot of work. But I’m hoping it will be great on Monday. We shall see.

In the meantime I hope to read a few books and write one or two of those reviews.

And I hope that you’ve had an amazing reading week, that you’re one of those lucky recipients of the Harper mailings – oooh such lovely books – and that you have some fantastic books planned for this week.

Happy reading!

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Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your reading pile this week?

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Review: The Girl with the Iron Touch

The Girl with the Iron Touch

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THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH by Kady Cross was released in the U.S. on May 28, 2013 in hardcover 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 384 pages.

THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH is the third book in author Kady Cross’ The Steampunk Chronicles. An eNovella, THE DARK DISCOVERY OF JACK DANDY is due out in July.

Note: This review is based on an eARC I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Goodreads Description…

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In 1897 London, something not quite human is about to awaken

When mechanical genius Emily is kidnapped by rogue automatons, Finley Jayne and her fellow misfits fear the worst. What’s left of their archenemy, The Machinist, hungers to be resurrected, and Emily must transplant his consciousness into one of his automatons—or forfeit her friends’ lives.

With Griffin being mysteriously tormented by the Aether, the young duke’s sanity is close to the breaking point. Seeking help, Finley turns to Jack Dandy, but trusting the master criminal is as dangerous as controlling her dark side. When Jack kisses her, Finley must finally confront her true feelings for him…and for Griffin.

Meanwhile, Sam is searching everywhere for Emily, from Whitechapel’s desolate alleyways to Mayfair’s elegant mansions. He would walk into hell for her, but the choice she must make will test them more than they could imagine.

To save those she cares about, Emily must confront The Machinist’s ultimate creation—an automaton more human than machine. And if she’s to have any chance at triumphing, she must summon a strength even she doesn’t know she has….

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THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH is the utterly enchanting and wildly entertaining third installment in author Kady Cross’ Steampunk Chronicles. With its charming characters, fascinating inventions and imaginative storyline, this book will take readers on an exciting, if at times chilling, adventure.

Told from multiple points of view, readers will be privy to all the action, danger, romance and surprise twists the characters experience, making for an even more thrilling read. And it gives readers the edge when other characters are forced to remain in the dark.

After returning to London, things seem to be getting back to normal for everybody except Griffin. The connection he made with the Aether in New York has continued to plague him, making him withdraw from everyone, including Finley. And after what happened between them during their travels, she is not willing to stand idly by and do nothing.

But when Jack Dandy stops by mentioning a mysterious shipment containing a rather unusual automaton, trying to solve Griffin’s problems will have to wait. Because if someone is attempting to revive The Machinist’s work, they’ll have to find out who it is and stop them before things progress too far and it becomes too late to stop them at all.

Author Kady Cross has written yet another captivating story in her already delightful series. With a new threat, a new character and the unexpected return of a few characters, this third book in the series offers an even more riveting adventure than the last.

The author keeps readers engaged with her lovable characters, her fantastical creations, the easy flow to her writing, and a plot that is filled with danger, suspense, fiendish schemes, murderous spirits and a touch of romance.

THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH moves the plot forward, answers a few burning questions, delivers two heart-warming love stories, reveals that not everything may be as it seems as regards one character and that there are things yet to be uncovered about another. It adds in an element of the unknown with the introduction of a new character and uncovers the shocking and gruesome plans of an existing one.

All of which will keep readers riveted to the story, keep them in suspense once the mystery presents itself and keep them wondering how it will all end and whether everyone will be able to reach that end unscathed.

THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH is a must for fans of this series and for readers who enjoy a Victorian Era setting infused with steam-powered inventions, fierce, witty and incredibly likable heroines and charming, charismatic and incredibly stubborn heroes, and for readers who like to experience their stories from multiple perspectives or those who simply enjoy a fun, clever and exciting read.

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On a personal note…

The amazing thing about reading Kady Cross’ Steampunk Chronicles is that even when I’m reading for review it feels very much like a guilty pleasure read. Her characters are lovable and her stories exciting, enchanting and always a lot of fun. And this third book in the series is no exception.

In fact, the very first words in the very first line pulled me right in. Not every book can start off talking about a giant tentacle without making it feel ridiculously unbelievable or making me want to roll my eyes. Yet THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH completely pulled it off.

This latest adventure brings Emily, Sam, Griffin and Finley back to London. It introduces a new character who I’m not entirely certain I can trust. It clears things up about just who Finley prefers as between Jack and Griffin. And it offers not one but two swoon-worthy romances.

It also puts several of the characters in danger. On more than one occasion.

While I would love to talk about just why the characters were in danger, doing so would spoil the surprise… the really creepy surprise. And while I’d also love to talk about why I’m not entirely sure about the new character, saying anything about her, other than that it is a “her,” would be way too revealing.

What I can say is that it was just so easy to get caught up in the adventure, to follow along as Emily tried to extricate herself from the dangerous situation she was in. And to see just how Griffin handled his. It was so easy to get transported into this world of fantastical inventions, diabolical creations, Organites and the Aether.

And with the return of a few surprise characters from previous books in the series, this book was an utterly captivating read.

I’m so excited that there will be more books in this series and that the adventure will continue for these characters I adore. THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH leaves a number of questions unanswered and one or two secrets still to be revealed. And with a few rather major things left unresolved, including an ongoing threat, a potentially deadly affliction and a love story’s happily ever after, I am even more anxious and excited for the next book in the series.

THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH has everything that makes a story a must read for me. Action. Check. Adventure. Check. Romance. Check. Mystery… yes there is a bit of a mystery when it comes to the evasive Mr. Jack Dandy and also one as regards Finley, so…. Check.

And with dark secrets, evil schemes, suspicious and intriguing characters, fascinating inventions and an ending that leaves me desperate for more, THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH is not only a must read, but a must read again.

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Favorite passage…

I had so many favorites. And not all of them involved Jack Dandy, though quite a few of them did.

And while my most favorite was one that involved Griffin and Finley, I thought it was just too spoiler-y to share. But I couldn’t resist sharing these two, much shorter passages.

“Jack manipulates with charm and power. He doesn’t lie so much as wrap the truth in temptation.”

“I can’t promise that I’ll never be an ass, or that I’ll never make you cry. I can’t promise that I won’t make you so angry you want to cosh me over the head with a brick. I can’t promise you forever, Finley. I’d love to, but I can give you right now. I can give you me in all my defective glory.”

This review is based on an eARC I received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #126

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 May 28st-June 3rd that I have pre-ordered.

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Of Triton

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OF TRITON by Anna Banks will be released in the U.S. on May 28, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Feiwel & Friends, the print edition is 256 pages.

OF TRITON is the second full-length book in author Anna Banks’ Of Poseidon series. The third book in the series, OF NEPTUNE, is slated for release in 2014.

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I’m super excited for the release of Anna Banks’ OF TRITON this week. While I haven’t yet read the first book in the series, OF POSEIDON, I will definitely be reading both books this June because I love being able to read books in a series back-to-back.

I pre-ordered OF TRITON just as soon as it was available for the Kindle and actually had traded for an early copy in the hope that I could read it before it released, but wasn’t able to. But there’s no way I will miss the chance to read both books and the prequel novella next month.

Because I want to meet Galen and Emma and can’t wait to discover this story and series told from both characters’ perspectives. At least I think this sequel also has dual POVs….

I did end up accidentally taking a peek at the description for OF TRITON while creating this post and couldn’t help but read it all. So now I’m more excited than ever to learn about Emma’s mother and see what happens when the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton turn against each other.

If I get caught up with this week’s reads, I can (hopefully) get this series on the pile next week. My fingers are crossed. Tightly.

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Goddess

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GODDESS by Josephine Angelini will be released in the U.S. on May 28, 2013 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 432 pages.

GODDESS is the third and final book in author Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed trilogy.

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I’m both so happy and so so sad that GODDESS is releasing this week. I love this series and I’m devastated that it comes to an end in this book. I have the eBook pre-ordered but plan to buy the print copy as I have both previous books in the series in print. The first one is even signed.

I did read GODDESS just a little bit early and it was amazing, so it won’t be added to my TBR pile even though it is being added to my collection. Though I think the entire series needs a re-read so it will likely end up on the TBRR pile in the next few weeks.

But I have to own this final book because it is one of those books – and series – that I love, love, love. And it’s one I definitely will re-read again and again.

As I already talked about GODDESS in my Book Watch post and my review will go up on Monday or Tuesday, I won’t ramble on much more here. But yes the mythology had me riveted. Yes there is a resolution to the love triangle. Yes this story felt very epic. And yes I wish there were more stories in the series even though things did wrap themselves up… somewhat….

There is this tiny opening that I’m hoping means there will be more stories in this world. Which would be awesome. Even if the MCs aren’t Helen and Lucas and Orion. But I’ll say no more about that.

The one thing I will say is that reading GODDESS has made me desperately want to re-read STARCROSSED. So, hopefully, I’ll get the chance in a couple of week and can follow it up with re-reads of DREAMLESS and GODDESS, too.

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The Girl with the Iron Touch

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THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH by Kady Cross will be released in the U.S. on May 28, 2013 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 384 pages.

THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH is the third full-length book in author Kady Cross’ Steampunk Chronicles. There is no information yet available about the fourth book in the series.

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I am so happy that THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH is not the final book in this series. I didn’t think it was until very recently, but then I read something on Goodreads which said it was. So I read the entire book – yes, I got an early eARC from NetGalley – thinking it was “the end.” Then was totally confused when I got to the end and everything was still so up in the air.

I thought maybe the series was canceled unexpectedly. That is not the case. At least I don’t think so, as Goodreads now says there are five books planned in the series. Which makes me even more thrilled that THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH is releasing this week and my finished eBook will be downloading to my Kindle on Monday Midnight.

Because this installment in the series was absolutely adorable. I loved the current adventure. I loved that there was more Emily and Sam in this one.

The start of this book just pulled me right in and I couldn’t wait to see how it ended. Even though I thought it was a series-ending book at the time.

And I am so glad there will be more, as I want more Jack Dandy. I want more Finley. And as I’m still wary about the new character, I am anxious to see what happens there.

As I’ve already read this third book in the series, it won’t be going on my TBR pile and I won’t ramble on any more. Especially since I will be posting my review in the next couple of days. A review in which I seem to ramble on endlessly.

But I am super stoked that THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH is releasing this week and that I’ll be able to add a finished copy of this book to my Kindle this week.

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Dare You To

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DARE YOU TO by Katie McGarry will be released in the U.S. on May 28, 2013 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 480 pages.

DARE YOU TO is the second full-length book in author Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series. The third book, CRASH INTO YOU, is slated for release on November 26, 2013.

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I can’t believe release day is just about here for DARE YOU TO by Katie McGarry. I will be reading it on Monday and will hopefully be done around the time the finished eBook downloads to my Kindle.

I’ve heard that both books in this series are amazing and am just about ready to start reading PUSHING THE LIMITS, so I should be able to agree or disagree with that statement in a few hours. But I am just as excited to read this second book in the series about Ryan and Beth as I am to read that first book.

I love contemporary stories that are about real-to-life issues and ones that put the characters in difficult situations. So I’m curious to see how the author approaches each book and how she resolves things for her characters.

And DARE YOU TO sounds like an opposites attract story, which I love, so I am stoked that I won’t have to wait until Monday Midnight to start reading it.

Other Books of Note

Wild Awake

WILD AWAKE by Hilary T. Smith

Pub. Date: May 28, 2013

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

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Faerie After

FAERIE AFTER (Bones of Faerie #3) by Janni Lee Simner

Pub. Date: May 28, 2013

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

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Impostor

IMPOSTOR (Variants #1) by Susanne Winnacker

Pub. Date: May 28, 2013

Publisher: Razorbill

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Rebel Spirits

REBEL SPIRITS by Lois Ruby

Pub. Date: May 28, 2013

Publisher: Point

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Sky On Fire

SKY ON FIRE (Monument 14 #2) by Emmy Laybourne

Pub. Date: May 28, 2013

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

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Spirit

SPIRIT (Elemental #3) by Brigid Kemmerer

Pub. Date: May 28, 2013

Publisher: K-Teen

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I’m guessing it was a bit quieter of a week for releases due to the holiday in the U.S. Which is kind of nice as the next two weeks have quite a few books I’m looking forward to adding to my collection.

I’m even more thrilled that of the four books I’ve pre-ordered three of them are ones I’ve read – or will have read – by the time of their release. And as I definitely plan on reading OF POSEIDON and OF TRITON in the next couple of weeks, technically none of my pre-orders will be TBR books.

However… I am going to be buying SKY ON FIRE. I own the first book in the series and always planned on pre-ordering this second book. And I would have clicked to pre-order it for my Kindle while creating this post, but it seems there’s something hinky with my account. So it will have to wait until I have time to deal with it on Tuesday.

And I think there’s another book in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES series – The Salvation: Unseen – releasing this week, published by 47North (Amazon). On Goodreads it only shows a UK version so I’m not sure about its connection with the other books in the series penned by different authors. As I haven’t really been following this series since all those TV tie-in books were released, I’m a tad clueless.

Anyway….

Hopefully some of the books releasing this week are ones you are looking forward to adding to your collection. Hopefully a few of them are ones you’ve already had the chance to read. And if there are any books I should have on my radar that I don’t, I’d love to hear about them!

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 GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH Blog Tour: Jack Dandy Character Interview + Giveaway

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When I found out that I was selected to be a part of THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH Blog Tour hosted by the lovely folks at Kismet I may have squealed just a little bit. I absolutely love this series, its enchanting characters and the incredibly imaginative world the author created in her Steampunk Chronicles.

But when I found out that I would get to interview Jack Dandy for the tour, there may have been a fist pump and a happy dance. Because Jack is one of my favorite characters in this series. Though I love all of them… the good ones anyway… and maybe Reno Dalton.

And when I read Jack Dandy’s responses to my questions… well… there was grinning involved. Perhaps some head-shaking. Yes, if the name weren’t already taken, I’d say that Jack Dandy was the Artful Dodger given just how evasive he was when answering some of my questions.

But I still love him. More than ever, actually. And I’m glad that Finley, Griffin, Sam, Emily and Jasper are back in London in THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH so that this book can include Jack.

Anyway…

While I normally introduce the book and author first, I just had to start off with Jack’s interview. Because you don’t have to have read any of the books in this series to see just what a charming rogue he is.

And if you haven’t met him yet, this interview just might convince you that he’s someone you’ll want to meet. I know if I hadn’t yet met him, I’d definitely want to!

But if you do want to learn more about the book, series and author first, just scroll a little bit further down and there are details on all the full-length books in this series, some information about the author, and places where you can find them all online.

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Don’t forget to check out the TWO awesome giveaways that are being offered as part of the tour and the tour schedule for more chances to win.

Now, without any further ado, let me introduce to you, Jack Dandy.

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…with Jack Dandy

Q. For those readers who might not have had the pleasure of meeting you as I have, how would you describe your most charming self? And what would you say is your most endearing quality?

Just one? Ah, you’re hard on a man, ducks. I would describe my most charming self as… most charming, of course. Witty. Devilishly handsome. A force to be reckoned with. Terribly humble too, right?

Fiktshun: *Giggles.* Humble? Oh yes, absolutely.

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Q. Finley Jayne is quite a complex individual. Some initially underestimate her, but it doesn’t seem that you have. While you might not be willing to share with Finley exactly what you think about her, would you care to share your thoughts about Finley with me and my blog’s readers?

You delightfully nosy baggage. Hate to disappoint, but I don’t fancy airing out me dirty washing for all to see and titter at. However, you’ve been dead charming thus far, so I’ll say that dear Treasure will always have my affection. If I were to want something more from her – and I ain’t sayin’ I do – I would be disappointed if she ever decided she wanted to be with a scoundrel like me.

Fiktshun: Yes, I am nosy. Especially when it comes to you. But, awwww. How could she not want someone as charming and… what was it… devilishly handsome as you? Seriously, though, she would be lucky to have you.

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Q. While you may not have had much of a role to play in Finley’s last “adventure” in New York, you definitely made your presence known by sending flowers. Were your motivations entirely pure, did you do it to make Griffin jealous or was that just an added bonus?

I’ve no idea what you’re jabbering on about. Ain’t I the very picture of purity?

Fiktshun: *Snickers.* Oh yes. Absolutely. You are synonymous with purity.

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Q. While Finley and the rest of the Duke of Greythorne’s entourage were in New York what were you up to back in London? Did you have any adventures of your own that you’d care to share?

None that be fit for your delicate ears, love.

Fiktshun: *Snorts.* Me? Delicate ears? I think I could handle whatever it was you had to reveal. My blog’s readers on the other hand… well, maybe those are the delicate ears you’re concerned about?

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Q. I understand that there’s a short novella coming out told from your perspective entitled “The Dark Discovery of Jack Dandy.” Could you give us a little hint about just what will transpire?

I reckon I make a dark discovery, hijinks ensue and it all works out in the end. Can’t give away the mystery, ducks! I will say that it involves a very unique creature whom you will meet very soon.

Fiktshun: Well, I love hijinks so I’m sure I’ll just adore your marvelous adventure. And I believe I may have already met this creature, but I won’t reveal my guess just in case someone reading this hasn’t.

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Q. What can we expect from you next? I’ve heard hints that Finley’s going to be forced to confront her feelings about you and Griffin, so I’m guessing that something happens between you two when she returns to London. What, if anything, can you tell us about that?

My Treasure’s a smart girl. She’ll make the right decision for her, and if she don’t, I’ll make it for her. But I didn’t get where I am today by being loose-lipped. I’ll be right happy to see her, but I’m not going to be sitting on the step when she arrives home, if that’s what you’re asking.

Fiktshun: Hmm…. well, I can be just as tight-lipped as you. And I won’t reveal just what does happen when Finley returns, either. But no, I never imagined you to be the type of gentleman – yes, I called you a gentleman – to sit around pining over a girl. Even one as awesome as Finley Jayne.

About the Book

The Girl with the Iron Touch

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When mechanical genius Emily is kidnapped by rogue automatons, Finley Jayne and her fellow misfits fear the worst. What’s left of their archenemy, The Machinist, hungers to be resurrected, and Emily must transplant his consciousness into one of his automatons—or forfeit her friends’ lives.

With Griffin being mysteriously tormented by the Aether, the young duke’s sanity is close to the breaking point. Seeking help, Finley turns to Jack Dandy, but trusting the master criminal is as dangerous as controlling her dark side. When Jack kisses her, Finley must finally confront her true feelings for him…and for Griffin.

Meanwhile, Sam is searching everywhere for Emily, from Whitechapel’s desolate alleyways to Mayfair’s elegant mansions. He would walk into hell for her, but the choice she must make will test them more than they could imagine.

To save those she cares about, Emily must confront The Machinist’s ultimate creation—an automaton more human than machine. And if she’s to have any chance at triumphing, she must summon a strength even she doesn’t know she has….

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | HARLEQUIN

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Other Books in the Series

The Girl in the Steel CorsetAbout THE GIRL IN THE STEEL CORSET

In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the “thing” inside her.

When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch….

Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she’s special, says she’s one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.

Griffin’s investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.

But The Machinist wants to tear Griff’s little company of strays apart, and it isn’t long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she’s on—even if it seems no one believes her.

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND HARLEQUIN

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The Girl in the Clockwork Collar

About THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR

What happens when someone you love becomes a weapon to use against you…

In New York City, 1897, life has never been more thrilling — or dangerous.

Sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne and her “straynge band of mysfits” have journeyed from London to America to rescue their friend Jasper, hauled off by bounty hunters. But Jasper is in the clutches of a devious former friend demanding a trade—the dangerous device Jasper stole from him…for the life of the girl Jasper loves.

One false move from Jasper and the strange clockwork collar around Mei’s neck tightens. And tightens.

From the rough streets of lower Manhattan to elegant Fifth Avenue, the motley crew of teens with supernatural abilities is on Jasper’s elusive trail. And they’re about to discover how far they’ll go for friendship.

More than ever, Finley Jayne will rely on powerful English duke Griffin King to balance her dark magic with her good side. Yet Griffin is at war with himself over his secret attraction to Finley…and will risk his life and reputation to save her. Sam, more machine than man, finds his moody heart tested by Irish lass Emily—whose own special abilities are no match for the darkness she discovers on the streets.

Now, to help those she’s come to care for so deeply, Finley Jayne must infiltrate a criminal gang. Only problem is, she might like the dark side a little too much….

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | HARLEQUIN

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The Novellas

THE STRANGE CASE OF FINLEY JAYNEGOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

THE DARK DISCOVERY OF JACK DANDYGOODREADS

About the Author

In her other life, Kady Cross is a USA TODAY bestselling author of more than twenty books. She is lucky enough to have a husband who shares her love for the slightly twisted and all things geek, and a houseful of cats with whom she shares her darkest secrets.

When she’s not listening to the characters in her head, she’s either trying to formulate the perfect lip gloss or teaching herself to solder. She has a weakness for all things girlie, sugar skulls and boots. Her love of books and makeup borders on addiction—of which she never, ever wants to be cured.

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 The Giveaways

There are two really awesome giveaways on this tour. Both are US Only. (Click here for contest rules.)

Giveaway #1

A daily giveaway for a chance to win a choice of either THE GIRL IN THE STEEL CORSET, THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR or THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH.

So be sure to visit ALL the stops on the tour for additional chances to win.

Giveaway #2

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A Grand Prize giveaway for a beautiful Clockwork Necklace, the matching Ring and a set of The Steampunk Chronicles books!

Enter in the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win both giveaways.
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The Tour Schedule

Monday, May 6th

Harlequin Paranormal Blog – Spotlight Post

Reading Teen – Character Interview: Griffin King

Wednesday, May 8th

Candace’s Book Blog – Character Interview: Emily O’Brien

Friday, May 10th

Rainy Day Ramblings – Character Interview: Sam Morgan

Monday, May 13th

Two Chicks on Books – Character Interview: Jasper Renn

Wednesday, May 15th

YA Bibliophile – Character Interview: Finley Jayne

Friday, May 17th

Fiktshun – Character Interview: Jack Dandy

Be sure to visit Kismet Book Touring for all the details about this awesome tour!

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