Below are the YA books coming out this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.
These are books for the week of September 20th-September 26th that I have pre-ordered.
Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 464 pages.
I tried everything in my power to get a copy of this book early, but sadly was not able to. Now I’m thrilled to have not one but four copies headed my way. The earliest arrival will be the eBook I have downloading on Monday Midnight. An ARC from a trade will also be heading my way this week, as well as a couple signed copies I ordered from Constellation Books. Because, as always is the case with me, one copy is never enough.
I am not typically one who reads anthologies or short story collections, but this one is too good to pass up. First, I absolutely love the cover. Second, there’s not one author I don’t love that’s written a short story for this collection.
I also love the fact that each of these stories is connected to the others by a common theme – “journeying.” I can’t wait to meet some new characters and see some of my very favorite characters making an appearance in this anthology.
I haven’t decided if I will write a review for this book as a whole or maybe do quickie reviews on each of the short stories, but although it will be tough, I’m going to try and read each story in order and not skip immediately to two stories in particular that I’ve been dying to read.
Sacrifice by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011 in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, the print edition is 272 pages.
Sacrifice is the second book in the Crave series by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz.
I am devastated that I ran out of time to read this prior to release. But I will be reading it next week at the latest. I have waited for what feels like forever for this book to be released, and now that it’s finally here there is no way that I won’t be adding this one to the pile next week. I may even take just a quick peek at it when it downloads at Midnight.
As I’ve spotlighted this for my Book Watch post, as always, I’ll try not to go on too much here. But I can’t wait to get back into Shay and Gabriel’s world and see how they handle that certain situation they’d gotten themselves into.
The Goodreads description has reminded me just how bad of a predicament Gabriel is in and the tough decision he’ll have to make. I know which way I want him to choose, but I still hope that it won’t come down to that. And I really hope to get answers to all the questions I’ve had after reading the first book in this series.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 432 pages.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.
The Girl of Fire and Thorns is the first book in the Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson.
I’ve had this book on my wish list ever since I heard about it from stalking the publisher’s catalogs and I added it to my pre-orders as soon as it was available in eBook format. I wanted this book so much, in fact, that it was just the second book I requested from a publisher when I finally got the courage to ask.
While I did receive the ARC, which I’m reading now and hope to have reviewed for Tuesday’s release date, I already know that I want the finished copy for my eBook collection. This story is an adventure. It swept me away to another time and place, making it very difficult for me to disengage and come back to the computer to finish writing this post.
I can easily see me loving this story when I was younger, maybe as much as I love it now. Maybe even more. Elisa is smart and brave and…okay this is not my review, so I’ll just stop. But this story is magical and the pages really do fly by.
It’s a story that starts with a wedding, leading to a harrowing journey to a faraway kingdom. If this doesn’t sound like an epic adventure, I don’t know what would.
Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 368 pages.
Beautiful Days is the second book in the Bright Young Things series by Anna Godbersen.
I discovered this series when I was searching for sneak peeks for my Extras post earlier this month. I saw that not only was the publisher giving a nice long look inside this sequel, they were also offering the first book in the series as a free eBook download from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
While this isn’t necessarily the type of story I’d seek out, having read the description has me intrigued about the characters. And since I downloaded the first book I have to add its sequel to my collection.
Because the Goodreads description for Beautiful Days slightly spoiled the ending for the first book, I didn’t hesitate to take a peek at the first couple pages of Beautiful Days.
The author’s writing style is very much attuned to the period, which makes it very easy to be taken back in time to the end of the Jazz Age in 1929. And she paints such a descriptive picture with her words, that you feel as if you’re right there with the characters, experiencing what they are.
So, of course I now want to read both books in this series and see if I’ve found yet another type of historical YA fiction that I can fall in love with.
Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 304 pages.
I have been staring at the ARC of Cold Kiss on my shelves for over a month now and I’ve wanted to just reach out and grab it every single time I walked by. I have about five of those books on my shelves and Cold Kiss is one of them. This story sounds absolutely heartbreaking even while the premise seems chilling – no pun intended.
While I don’t know exactly what Wren’s powers are or how she managed to bring her boyfriend Danny back from the dead, I understand why she did it, and I do know that he’s not the same as he once was.
And when she inevitably begins to fall for someone else, she feels remorse for what she has done to Danny and tries to set things right. Whatever the end result will be in this book, I can only imagine that it will be heartbreaking. I am just a little bit hopeful that while it will be incredibly sad, things will end up as they should.
I’m really looking forward to reading this book, especially when the description promises that – “Wren’s unforgettable voice and story will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.” I haven’t decided whether I’ll be reading the finished copy that’s downloading to my eReader this week or the ARC that’s sitting on my shelves. Tough choice.
The Slayer Chronicles: First Kill by Heather Brewer will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Group, the print edition is 320 pages.
First Kill is the first book in The Slayer Chronicles, told from Joss McMillan’s point of view, by Heather Brewer.
I find myself strangely addicted to this series even though I’ve only actually read the first book. I think it’s the covers. I own every single book in The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod and I couldn’t help but add this to my pre-orders with the hope of someday reading them all. In one sitting.
This new series is from Joss Macmillan’s point of view and according to the description it can be read on its own without having read Vladimir Tod’s story. Though I plan on finishing up Vlad’s series before beginning this one.
While I only just got to know Joss in the first book in the series, from what I understand he is a slayer and therefore becomes Vlad’s enemy. I’m not sure if this new series takes us back to eighth grade or picks up somewhere along the way, but I can’t wait to read First Kill to find out. (I am assuming that Joss’s first kill will take place somewhere during the course of this book, but as he didn’t become a slayer in the Vlad book I read, I’m not sure when that happens.)
I am really glad that this series is continuing and I can’t wait to see things from the slayer’s point of view.
Week after week in September, the great new books just keep on coming. Of course everyone knows my most anticipated September release is finally coming out next week, but that doesn’t mean I’m not super excited for all six of these books that I’ll have in just about 24 hours.
By the time these books will have downloaded, I’ll only have read one of the above books, but I plan on reading a few of them over the next several weeks and hopefully the remainder by year’s end.
While a few of these are books from authors I’ve known and loved for awhile, I am excited to discover a few new ones, especially Rae Carson, whose book I’m in the middle of devouring right now and am dying to get back to.
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!Read More