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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #150

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

These are books for the week of November 12th-November 18th that I have pre-ordered.

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Afterglow

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AFTERGLOW by Karsten Knight will be released in the U.S. on November 12, 2013 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 336 pages.

AFTERGLOW is the third and final book in author Karsten Knight’s Wildefire trilogy.

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I cannot believe that AFTERGLOW is releasing this week and I will officially have to say goodbye to Ashline Wilde. I have both the eBook and the print edition pre-ordered so I can’t wait until they both show up on Tuesday.

As I mentioned in my Book Watch post, I read AFTERGLOW ages ago. But I’m actually re-reading it – and just about finished – so that I can talk about it with anyone and everyone and not be fuzzy on any of the small details.

This series was amazing and unique and the author is insanely talented and this final book in the series was more than I could have hoped for. It was exciting and shocking and absolutely riveting. The only way I could have been happier with it is if it weren’t the last book in the series and I didn’t have to say goodbye.

As I already read this, and will be finished with it a second time before its release, I won’t be adding the finished version to the pile this week. But I definitely plan on re-reading this series in its entirety some time early next year. And I cannot wait.

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The action thrills and the passion burns in this red-hot conclusion to the Wildefire trilogy.

Teenage volcano goddess Ashline Wilde discovers that her former love, Colt Halliday, has an evil plan to kill the Cloak, the benevolent beings that oversee the gods. And that’s not all—he also wants to merge Ash and her two sisters back into a single, too-powerful goddess, Pele. Ash must stop her trickster-god ex-boyfriend once and for all…and to do it, she’s going to have to feed a few flames.

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This Wicked Game

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THIS WICKED GAME by Michelle Zink will be released in the U.S. on November 14, 2013 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 368 pages.

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I am so excited that THIS WICKED GAME is releasing this week. I’ve had it pre-ordered ever since I first heard about it and it was available in Kindle format. I love Michelle Zink’s writing and this new book of hers sounds awesome. So I’m so totally stoked to finally be getting a copy so I can check it out.

I was so tempted to enter the giveaway for an ARC of THIS WICKED GAME when the author stopped by the blog for the Authors Are Rockstars Tour and shared a scene from her character Claire’s perspective about the first time she practiced voodoo. But as I decided it wasn’t appropriate to enter a giveaway I was hosting, I’ve just had to pine for it for the past few months.

This story and setting sound amazing. I’ve never read a YA story that centered on voodoo and am totally intrigued about how the author will approach this, how much detail she’ll go into, and how scary it will be.

And I’m just so glad that the wait is almost over and that I’ll be able to find out more about Claire, the Guild, Xander Toussaint, and, of course, voodoo. Something I hope to be able to do next week.

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Claire Kincaid’s family has been in business for over fifty years.

The voodoo business.

Part of the International Guild of High Priests and Priestesses, a secret society that have practiced voodoo for generations, the Kincaid’s run an underground supply house for authentic voodoo supplies. Claire plays along, filling orders for powders, oils and other bizarre ingredients in the family store, but she has a secret.

She doesn’t believe.

Struggling to reconcile her modern sensibilities with a completely unscientific craft based on suspicion, Claire can’t wait to escape New Orleans – and voodoo – when she goes to college, a desire that creates almost constant conflict in her secret affair with Xander Toussaint, son of the Guild’s powerful founding family.

But when a mysterious customer places an order for a deadly ingredient, Claire begins to realize that there’s more to voodoo – and the families that make up the Guild – than meets the eye.

Including her own.

As she bands together with the other firstborns of the Guild, she comes face to face with a deadly enemy – and the disbelief that may very well kill her.

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***A New Adult Title***

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A LITTLE TOO MUCH by Lisa Desrochers will be released in the U.S. on November 12, 2013 in eBook format and in paperback format on December 10th. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by William Morrorw, the print edition is 416 pages.

A LITTLE TOO MUCH is the second book in Author Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Far series. The third book in the series, A LITTLE TOO HOT, releases on January 21, 2014.

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I love Lisa Desrochers’ writing and loved getting the chance to read A LITTLE TOO MUCH just a bit early. I have the eBook pre-ordered so I can add it to my permanent collection, even though I have an eARC, because finished copies are always better. As I own a print copy of the first book in the series I’m also tempted to purchase the print copy of this sequel, but as it isn’t coming out until December, I have a bit of a wait.

After reading about Alessandro and Lexie in the first book in this series, I couldn’t wait to see whether Alessandro got his happily ever after. And when I learned that this sequel was going to involve a girl from his past, I couldn’t wait to dive in.

As I have read it I don’t want to reveal too much, and I won’t be adding it to the pile this week. But I am excited for everyone else to meet Hilary and find out what secrets she’s been keeping, whether their past will be too much for them to overcome and whether happiness is even possible for both of them.

Of course, now I’m dying to read the next book in this series – Sam’s story. Especially after reading that way-too-short peek.

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In the follow-up to Lisa Desrochers’ explosive New Adult novel A Little Too Far, Alessandro Moretti must face the life he escaped and the girl he loved and left behind.

Twenty-two year old Hilary McIntyre would like nothing more than to forget her past. As a teenager abandoned to the system, she faced some pretty dark times. But now that’s all behind her. Hilary has her life on track, and there’s no way she’ll head back down that road again.

Until Alessandro Moretti—the one person who can make her remember—shows up on her doorstep. He’s even more devastatingly gorgeous than before, and he’s much too close for comfort. Worse, he sees right through the walls she’s built over these last eight years, right into her heart and the secrets she’s guarding.

As Hilary finds herself falling back into love with the man who, as a boy both saved and destroyed her, she must decide. Past or future? Truth or lies?

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Other Books of Note

***NEW ADULT***

Ink My HeartINK MY HEART (Luminescent Juliet #2) by Jean Haus

Pub. Date: November 12, 2013

Publisher: Skyscape

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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Even if he weren’t the lead singer of the popular college band, Luminescent Juliet, Justin Noel would have his pick of women. And he does pick. Nightly. Tattooed, blonde, and green eyed, he flashes his dimples and females swoon.

Except for one.

Tattoo artist, Allie Landon, rarely dates, and especially not men like Justin. Though he’s hot enough to melt off permanent ink, she’s done with the bad boy type. But when the ex who broke her heart wants to reunite, desperation has Allie introducing her latest client as her boyfriend. Justin’s more than happy to play the part. He’s completely intrigued by the sexy artist and college student.

However, Allie’s life isn’t what it seems. There’s little room in it or her shattered and confused heart for Justin. But as Justin remains persistent, ignoring the growing attraction—both physical and emotionally—between them becomes more difficult than tattoo removal.

*New Adult. Recommended for mature readers due to language, drug references, and sexual situations.

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ExtractedEXTRACTED (The Lost Imperials #1) by Sherry Ficklin and Tyler Jolley

Pub. Date: November 12, 2013

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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Welcome to the war.

The Tesla Institute is a premier academy that trains young time travelers called Rifters. Created by Nicola Tesla, the Institute seeks special individuals who can help preserve the time stream against those who try to alter it.

The Hollows is a rogue band of Rifters who tear through time with little care for the consequences. Armed with their own group of lost teens–their only desire to find Tesla and put an end to his corruption of the time stream.

Torn between them are Lex and Ember, two Rifters with no memories of their life before joining the time war.

When Lex’s girlfriend dies during a mission, the only way he can save her is to retrieve the Dox, a piece of tech which allows Rifters to re-enter their own timeline without collapsing the time stream. But the Dox is hidden deep within the Telsa Institute, which means Lex must go into the enemy camp. It’s there he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them both comes flooding back.

Now armed with the truth of who they are, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them both…again.

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UnspokenUNSPOKEN (The Vampire Diaries: The Salvation #2) by L.J. Smith and Aubrey Clark

Pub. Date: November 12, 2013

Publisher: 47North

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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Death is only the beginning…

Elena Gilbert’s entire world has shattered in a single moment. Her true love, Stefan, is dead, staked through the heart by their so-called friend Jack. Now the only thing Elena cares about is destroying Jack and his race of scientifically created vampires.

But Jack’s creations are impossible to kill—immune to sunlight, stakes, and every traditional weapon against vampires. Elena and Damon set out to uncover the mystery of Jack’s dark past in hopes of finding his weakness. As they spend more time together, Elena and Damon can’t deny that their connection is stronger than ever. Can she face her feelings for him without betraying Stefan’s memory, or are some things better left unspoken?

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Missed Last Week – NEW ADULT

ForeplayFOREPLAY (The Ivy Chronicles #1) by Sophie Jordan

Pub. Date: November 5, 2013

Publisher: William Morrow

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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Before she goes after the life she’s always wanted, she’s about to find the one she needs. 

Pepper has been hopelessly in love with her best friend’s brother, Hunter, for like ever. He’s the key to everything she’s always craved: security, stability, family. But she needs Hunter to notice her as more than just a friend. Even though she’s kissed exactly one guy, she has just the plan to go from novice to rock star in the bedroom—take a few pointers from someone who knows what he’s doing.

Her college roommates have the perfect teacher in mind. But bartender Reece is nothing like the player Pepper expects. Yes, he’s beyond gorgeous, but he’s also dangerous, deep—with a troubled past. Soon what started as lessons in attraction are turning both their worlds around, and showing just what can happen when you go past foreplay and get to what’s real…

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I can’t believe I didn’t have FOREPLAY by Sophie Jordan in my post last week. While I typically only post about YA releases, because I read it and loved it and had it pre-ordered I had every intention of listing it. But November’s been a little hectic and so I completely spaced. And while I have included it with the “Other Books of Note” it is a book I read and love, love, loved, it is a book I have in my permanent collection and it is a series I can’t wait to continue.

I am also super surprised by how quiet a week it is for new releases. Of the three books releasing that I have on order I’ve already read two of them, so there is just one new book for the pile, a book I’ve been dying to read for months. But they are three books on my “must have” list, so fewer isn’t a bad thing.

Of course it’s entirely possible I’m missing a number of new releases, in which case I’ll have to add them to next week’s post once I discover them after they’ve landed on my Kindle tomorrow. But I’m pretty sure I’m not missing many, if I am missing any. And I think next week is fairly quiet too. Which is a really, really good thing for my TBR pile and for my wallet.

But I hope at least one or two of this week’s releases are ones you’ve been anxious to read, that this slower week for YA releases is a good thing for your TBR pile and that you have a little space on your shelf to accommodate any new acquisitions.

Happy bookish acquiring!

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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!


Authors Are Rockstars Tour: Michelle Zink Guest Post + Giveaways

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I have been a huge fan of author Michelle Zink since before I became a blogger so I am unbelievably stoked to be able to host her here on the blog for the Authors Are Rockstars Tour today.

And I feel so incredibly lucky to be the recipient of the awesome guest post she wrote for this tour which introduces her character Claire from her upcoming novel THIS WICKED GAME and tells of the first time she witnessed her mother practicing voodoo.

I have been anxiously awaiting this upcoming book’s release for quite some time, but after having read the last paragraph of the post I am now officially dying to read it. And I think, when you read it, it will make you just as eager to read it too.

Of course we’ll have to wait for its release in November… well, except for the winner of the giveaway, who will get the chance to read it much earlier than that. I am already officially jealous!

Once again Michelle Zink has written a story that sounds absolutely intriguing, one that offers something a little bit different to its readers with its setting and its premise. And with its eye-catching cover – yes I noticed the skull in the scrollwork – and its very appealing title, I have a feeling this is going to be one of my favorite books by this author.

In addition to the amazing guest post and some information about THIS WICKED GAME, I’ve also included just a little bit of info about the author and places where she can be found online. I also just had to include one or two details about her other young adult tiles.

And at the bottom of this post there are a couple giveaways. The author is giving away an ARC of THIS WICKED GAME along with a paperback copy of A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS. And I’ve added in a giveaway for a book of the winner’s choice of one of Michelle Zink’s books to two winners.

So be sure to check that all out below. But before all that, after this rather long introductory ramble, I thought I’d mention one or two reasons why I think Michelle Zink is a rockstar.

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Michelle Zink is a Rockstar because…

Her stories are gorgeous and haunting and unique and memorable.

Her writing is absolutely, stunningly beautiful.

With each and every book she transports me into a world unlike any other I’ve visited before.

With each world she creates I never want to leave.

She made me a fan from the very first lines of the very first story I read.

Perhaps because it seems so appropriate, I don’t notice the rain. It falls in sheets, a blanket of silvery thread rushing to the hard almost-winter ground. Still, I stand without moving at the side of the coffin.

(Passage from PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS.)

And she continues to keep me captivated with each and every story.

Dimitri leans down, placing his lips very near my ear.

“What do you think?”

It takes my breath away. I find I cannot do it justice with words, and so I simply smile in answer.

He reaches to touch my hair, and even now it seems his eyes darken with something like desire. I am surprised when his hand comes away with the ivory comb Father gave me long ago.

(Passage from GUARDIAN OF THE GATE.)

“I had a nightmare.”

His face softens, and he lowers himself to the ground, stretching his body out beside mine and taking me into his arms until my head is pressed to his chest.

“Tell me,” he says. “Tell me your nightmares.”

The silence between us is a weight on my heart, and I am reminded of another instance, another time when I was urged to speak of my fears. Of the things growing wild and dark in the fortress of my consciousness.

(Passage from CIRCLE OF FIRE.)

Michelle Zink amazes me with stories that are intelligent, rich and full of depth, stories that are also exciting, surprising and riveting. So, yes, she is definitely a rockstar author to me.

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About the Author

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About Michelle Zink

Michelle Zink lives in New York with her four children. Prophecy of the Sisters was her first novel, and was chosen as one of Booklist’s Top Ten Debut Novels of 2009 and as one of the Chicago Public Library’s Best Books for Young Readers. It has also been listed on the New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age and the Lone Star Reading List.

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The Guest Post

In THIS WICKED GAME (November 2013), my main character, Claire, makes passing reference to the first time she saw her mother practicing voodoo. Claire is seventeen in THIS WICKED GAME, but that first encounter with her mother’s practice left a lasting impression, one that only adds to the alienation  Claire feels from the family business. In this guest post, I’ve recreated that moment for Fiktshun readers. I hope you enjoy it!

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The first time I saw my mother practicing voodoo I was seven.

Sleepy-eyed from a late afternoon nap, I checked the parlor first. That’s where my mother usually was, sipping sweet tea and writing the endless stream of correspondence addressed to Guild members, customers, and anyone else who was due a “proper letter.”

But she wasn’t there, and I searched the kitchen and then the whole first floor before I finally gave up and climbed the stairs.

I called her name softly. My mother hated hearing her name shouted throughout the house. “Claire,” she would say, “I won’t speak to you until you address me politely. And by that I mean from a distance that doesn’t require you to shout like a banshee.”

I made my way down the long hall, the old wood floors accented with exotic carpets, past the doors to my bedroom, two bathrooms, and the guest rooms, finally stopping outside my parent’s room. The fact that the door was closed was unusual. Looking back, I think my mother must have practiced her rituals while I was asleep. Not to protect me. To her, voodoo was — and is — as natural as breathing. I think she just wanted to be alone. Wanted to pray and speak to the loas the way she used to, back when she was just a poor girl from the bayou, before she married my father, inheriting all the expectations of the Guild and the weighty Laveau name.

I don’t know what made me open the door. Good manners prohibited opening a closed door without knocking, and like most Southern girls, good manners had been drilled into me from infancy. Still, I turned the heavy bronze knob, and the door swung silently open.

She was there, dressed in the white tunic that was standard ritual garb (we sold them in the store), a purple shawl draped over her shoulders. She looked different. Younger. Her hair, black as midnight, fell in loose curls around her shoulders. Her eyes were closed, her lips moving in whispered prayer, the words strange and foreign, spoken in French. My gaze slid to the altar in front of her, taking it all in. The bible at its center. The purple candles flickering in front of a photograph of our family. The white sage and caraway seeds. The scent of patchouli heavy in the air.

I caught snippets of her prayer, words that had been used in ritual spell casting in the store, the prayers passed along to customers in need of love, protection, guidance, healing. Spoken like gossip over the bins of incense and gris-gris bags, the words hadn’t scared me then. Our customers were everyday people. They asked my parent’s opinion, purchased ingredients and were on their way. They could have been buying a carton of milk or a canister of chicory coffee from the market.

But this was different. I was suddenly, unaccountably afraid. When I remembered the moment years later, I would wonder if it was because it was so unfamiliar. I was used to seeing my mother in command. Giving advice that usually felt more like an order than a suggestion. Here she seemed fragile, vulnerable. At the mercy of the loas and their desire to do her bidding — or not.

That’s what I told myself. That there was nothing to be afraid of. That in its modern incarnation, voodoo was nothing more than holistic medicine with a dash of prayer. A bunch of natural remedies using herbs and roots that probably only worked because the people who bought them were already believers in voodoo. Placebo effect and all that.

And for a long time I believed it. Until that summer with Xander, Sasha, and the other firstborns. Until Maximilian and Eugenia and poor Elisabeta.

After that, I knew I’d been lying to myself. Watching my mother from the doorway, I hadn’t been afraid because she seemed unfamiliar. I was afraid because even then, I felt the power that coursed through our veins, as alive and hungry as any beast.

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This Wicked Game

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About THIS WICKED GAME

Publisher: Dial
Release Date: November 14, 2013
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Claire Kincaid’s family has been in business for over fifty years.

The voodoo business.

Part of the International Guild of High Priests and Priestesses, a secret society that have practiced voodoo for generations, the Kincaid’s run an underground supply house for authentic voodoo supplies. Claire plays along, filling orders for powders, oils and other bizarre ingredients in the family store, but she has a secret.

She doesn’t believe.

Struggling to reconcile her modern sensibilities with a completely unscientific craft based on suspicion, Claire can’t wait to escape New Orleans – and voodoo – when she goes to college, a desire that creates almost constant conflict in her secret affair with Xander Toussaint, son of the Guild’s powerful founding family.

But when a mysterious customer places an order for a deadly ingredient, Claire begins to realize that there’s more to voodoo – and the families that make up the Guild – than meets the eye.

Including her own.

As she bands together with the other firstborns of the Guild, she comes face to face with a deadly enemy – and the disbelief that may very well kill her.

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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A Temptation of Angels

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About A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS

Publisher: Dial
Release Date: March 20, 2012
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

Even angels make mistakes in this page-turning epic romance

When her parents are murdered before her eyes, sixteen-year-old Helen Cartwright finds herself launched into an underground London where a mysterious organization called the Dictata controls the balance of good and evil. Helen learns that she is one of three remaining angelic descendants charged with protecting the world’s past, present, and future. Unbeknownst to her, she has been trained her whole life to accept this responsibility. Now, as she finds herself torn between the angelic brothers protecting her and the devastatingly handsome childhood friend who wants to destroy her, she must prepare to be brave, to be hunted, and above all to be strong, because temptation will be hard to resist, even for an angel.

Michelle Zink masterfully weaves historical fantasy with paranormal romance to create a gripping tale of love and betrayal.

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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Prophecy of the Sisters

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About PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 1, 2009
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

An ancient prophecy divides two sisters–one good, one evil.

Who will prevail?

Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, they find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents’ deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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About GUARDIAN OF THE GATE

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 1, 2012
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

The ultimate battle between sisters is nearing, and its outcome could have catastrophic consequences. As sixteen year-old Lia Milthorpe searches for a way to end the prophecy, her twin sister Alice hones the skills she’ll need to defeat Lia. Alice will stop at nothing to reclaim her sister’s role in the prophecy, and that’s not the only thing she wants: There’s also Lia’s boyfriend James.

Lia and Alice always knew the Prophecy would turn those closest to them against them. But they didn’t know what betrayal could lead them to do. In the end, only one sister will be left standing.

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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About CIRCLE OF FIRE

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: August 3, 2011
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

With time dwindling but her will to end the Prophecy stronger than ever, Lia sets out on a journey to find the remaining keys, locate the missing pages of the Prophecy, and convince her sister Alice to help–or risk her life trying. Lia has her beloved Dimitri by her side, but Alice has James, the man who once loved her sister–and maybe still does. James doesn’t know the truth about either sister, or the prophecy that divides them. And Alice intends to keep it that way.

There are some secrets sisters aren’t meant to share. Because when they do, it destroys them. This stunning conclusion to Michelle Zink’s Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy will make saying good-bye bittersweet for readers.

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The Novellas

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About WHISPER OF SOULS

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Format: eBook

Before Prophecy of the Sisters, before Alice and Lia became pawns in the curse that turned sister against sister, the burden of the prophecy belonged to their mother, Adelaide. This is her story.

Adelaide Milthorpe is losing her grip on sanity. She is a Gate-a human portal to the Otherworlds, destined to bring forth Samael, the most powerful demon of all time, and his Lost Souls. Prowling the halls of Birchwood Manor, Adelaide is haunted by the whispers of the otherworldly Souls, who seek to use her for entry into the real world, where they would wreak havoc and rule beside their leader, Samael, in chaos. Their pleas plague her, torture her, tempt her. Samael calls to her, his promise of peace in the Otherworlds increasingly difficult to resist. And the stakes are high, for if Adelaide gives in to his urgings, her two daughters will inherit the same curse, forcing them to make the same impossible choice as they, too, are cast in the roles of Guardian and Gate.

In this novella that delves further into the Prophecy, Adelaide’s struggle to reconcile her two worlds as she descends into madness will captivate fans of the Prophecy of the Sisters series and new readers alike.

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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About MISTRESS OF SOULS

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: June 19, 2012
Format: eBook

After the tragic events of Prophecy of the Sisters, Lia Milthorpe fled New York, leaving her twin behind. While Lia was in London, preparing for the battle ahead, Alice spent months isolated in Birchwood, her story of solitude untold. Until now.

Alice Milthorpe is alone. Now that her sister Lia has left Birchwood, her brother dead, her family gone, there is no one to keep Alice from the Dark Room. She spends entire days and nights there, willing her spirit to travel to the Otherworlds where the Souls welcome her, where the demon Samael gives her the companionship she so desperately desires.

Yet she does not belong in the Otherworlds. Whether she likes it or not, she belongs in the physical world, tethered to a role in the prophecy she does not want and a world she is not truly a part of. But when a chance encounter with James, her sister’s abandoned fiancé, sparks a fragile friendship, Alice begins to think that she is not as alone as she thought – and that maybe there is a reason to anchor herself to the physical world after all.

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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About RISE OF SOULS

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Format: eBook

The third of three haunting novella spin-offs to Prophecy of the Sisters to be published as e-books.

The Gate to the mortal world is finally closed. Lia Milthorpe has settled with her husband on Altus, the land that bridges the gap between the Otherworlds and the physical one.

Samael’s banishment has brought prosperity to the land, and no one is happier than Una Whelan. For the first time in centuries, those who live on the island–including Una and her suitor, Fenris–can do so in peace. Or so they thought.

This novella reveals what happens to Lia, Dimitri, and Altus after Circle of Fire, the final book in the Prophecy of the Sisters trilogy. If you thought there was a happy ending, think again.

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What’s Up for Grabs

Giveaway #1: An ARC of THIS WICKED GAME + a paperback copy of A TEMPTATION OF ANGELS to ONE winner – US ONLY

Giveaway #2: Winner’s choice of one of author Michelle Zink’s books (or a pre-order of THIS WICKED GAME) to TWO winners – International

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The Deets

– You must be 13 or older to enter

– Giveaway #1 will have ONE winner (US only)

– Giveaway #2 will have TWO winners (International)

– ALL giveaways end on August 31st at 11:59 p.m. Pacific

– ALL winners will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter

– Giveaway #1 prizes will be sent directly from the author

– Giveaway #2 books will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository

– Giveaway #2 books can be in either hardcover, paperback or eBook formats

For each giveaway there is a mandatory “Leave a Comment” entry. All other entries are optional. The tweet entry is a daily option.

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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #75

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 June 5th-June 11th that I have pre-ordered.

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Arise by Tara Hudson will be released in the U.S. on June 5, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Publshed by HarperTeen, the print edition is 416 pages.

Arise is the second book in Tara Hudson’s Hereafter series. The third book in the series, Elegy, is slated for release in 2013.

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I am so excited to finally be able to continue Amelia and Joshua’s story. I loved the writing and leisurely pacing of Hereafter and I can’t wait to go back to it once again in Arise. While I had traded for an early copy, I hadn’t been able to move it up in the pile before release, but I really hope I can read my pre-ordered copy this week.

I once again have serious cover love. So far this series has had absolutely amazing covers. But it’s not just about the cover love. I love the romantic, old-fashioned romance the two characters have. I am super hopeful that their love story continues in this book and that Amelia is able to find a way for them to have a future together.

The description promises a road trip to New Orleans where Amelia and Joshua look for answers. It also hints that even more questions will arise and that a new character, Gabrielle, will offer a chance for Amelia to have a “sort of half-life.” I am just so curious to find out what price Amelia will have to pay for this chance or if the “evil spirits of the netherworld” will claim her before she gets the opportunity to decide if the price is worth paying.

Although I haven’t taken an early peek, HarperTeen is offering a long look inside, HERE.

Surrender by Elana Johnson will be released in the U.S. on June 5, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 480 pages.

Surrender is the sequel to Possession by author Elana Johnson.

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While I haven’t yet read Possession, as soon as I heard Surrender was available to pre-order for the Kindle, I added it to the list. I love the idea of this series and now that book two’s release is here, I may just have to read both books back-to-back.

I did take a peek at the description because I’d heard that this sequel was a different character’s story. And I was instantly grabbed by the description’s first sentence: “Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…”

That was enough to sell me on this sequel. But the rest of the description is just as enticing. The main character, Raine, has a dangerous ability that she must keep secret. So, of course I’m dying to find out just what that is.

Raine is the Director’s daughter and is also Vi’s roommate. She has been ordered to spy on Vi and report back to her father, but she’s curious as to what exactly Vi knows and why her father wants it to remain hidden.

I, too, am super curious as to what Vi knows and just why she’s been brainwashed. And I can’t wait to find out more about the rebel Jag Barque.

I really hope to catch up on this series this summer. It just sounds so awesome.

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne will be released in the U.S. on June 5, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Feiwel & Friends, the print edition is 304 pages.

Monument 14 is the first book in a new series by the same name.

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I only fairly recently heard about Monument 14 as it seems everyone had an early copy and was talking about it on the blogs. And while I didn’t read any of the chatter, I did take a look at it on Goodreads and then instantly added it to my pre-orders.

This book does sound as action-packed as the description promises. And I love stories where there are a small group of individuals banding together against external forces, like in Stephen King’s The Mist.

I can’t wait to find out how the the fourteen children trapped in the chain store manage to survive against the disasters happening outside its doors. With the varying ages of the children in the group and the multitude of disasters that are “tearing the world…apart” it sounds like it will take a lot to ensure their safety. But I am super excited to find out if or how they do survive. And I am so super curious to find out what the meaning is behind the book’s title.

To check out a sample of Monument 14, there is a chapter sampler courtesy of Fierce Reads available at Amazon, at Barnes & Noble which also includes samples of Of Poseidon, Shadow and Bone and Struck.

Mirage by Kristi Cook will be released in the U.S. on June 5, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 384 pages.

Mirage is the second book in the Winterhaven series by author Kristi Cook.

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I am so super psyched that Mirage is finally coming out. It feels like forever since I read Haven. I thought that book was such a quick and fun read and I adored Violet McKenna. And I can’t wait to head back to Winterhaven to find out what’s in store for her in this sequel.

According to the description, Violet has a “disturbing vision” which makes her question everything including whether she and Aidan are “mean to be.” I am extremely nervous about who the two people are that will “meet a violent end” if the vision comes true. I really hope one of those two isn’t Aidan. And I’m very curious to meet the “mysterious newcomer.”

I am so glad the wait is finally over and I can’t wait to read Mirage, hopefully, in the next couple weeks.

All These Lives by Sarah Wylie will be released in the U.S. on June 5, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 256 pages.

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I fell in love with this cover when I first saw it, so I may have pre-ordered All These Lives solely based on cover love. Although I had an early copy from a trade, I gave it away knowing I wouldn’t get a chance to read it early, but I’m thrilled my eBook copy downloads this week. The description sounds so intriguing and heartbreaking.

I love the idea that the main character Dani believes she has extra lives and that to cope with her twin sister’s illness she tries to give those extra lives away. And it sounds absolutely heartrending that in addition to dealing with the potential loss of her sister she may also have to come to the realization that she doesn’t in fact have any extra lives.

This book sounds like it will be absolutely heartbreaking. And while I can’t wait to meet Dani, I hope there is some happiness mixed in with an ending that is bound to be sad.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo will be released in the U.S. on June 5, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Henry Holt and Co. Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 368 pages.

Shadow and Bone is the first book in the author’s The Grisha Trilogy. Book two, Siege and Storm is slated for release in 2013 and book three, Ruin and Rising, is slated for release in 2014.

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I’ve heard that Shadow and Bone is an absolutely amazing book. I had an early copy which I gave away as I couldn’t read it early, but now I am slightly regretting I didn’t make the time. At least my pre-order downloads this week, so I can find out just what everyone has been gushing about.

A “war-ravaged country,” a life-saving power and “monsters who feast on human flesh” make this book sound unbelievably wicked cool. I am dying to meet Alina Starkov and find out just what her power is, what it means to be a part of the Grisha and to see whether she will be able to save her kingdom.

This story sounds dark, action-packed, with a setting that’s very different from any of the books I’ve been reading lately. And with all the chatter about this new series, I can’t wait to finally get a chance to read it.

To check out chapters one through five of Shadow and Bone for the Kindle or Nook visit Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Whisper of Souls by Michelle Zink will be released in the U.S. on June 5, 2012 in eBook format only. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The eBook novella is published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Whisper of Souls is a novella in the author’s Prophecy of the Sisters series. Two additional novellas, Mistress of Souls and Rise of Souls will also be published this summer.

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I love author Michelle Zink’s Prophecy of the Sisters series. Though I still have to read the final book, I am excited that there are three novellas in the series releasing this summer. And I can’t wait to check out Whisper of Souls when it downloads this week.

According to the description, this first story is about Alice and Lia’s mother Adelaide who is beginning to lose her mind because the “otherworldly Souls” are haunting her, trying to gain entry into this world. And one of those souls is a powerful demon, Samael, who is extremely difficult to resist.

If she gives in to him, her daughters will inherit her curse and become Guardian and Gate. But resisting is causing her to “descend into madness.”

I can’t wait to get another look at this amazing world the author created. And I love getting the chance to read this story about Adelaide. I really, really hope I can sneak this one in this week.

Stunning (Pretty Little Liars #11) by Sara Shepard

Pub. Date: June 5, 2012

Published by: HarperTeen

(Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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Tempest Unleashed (Tempest #2) by Tracey Deebs

Pub. Date: June 5, 2012

Published by: Walker Children’s Books

(Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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I had no idea until the second I created this post that I had six full-length books and one eNovella pre-ordered. This is one huge add to the reading pile this week as all of these are TBRs and many of them are books I’m dying to read right now.

I am extremely curious about Monument 14 as it seems totally different from what I’ve been reading lately. But I’m also pretty desperate to check out Shadow and Bone since everyone seems to be saying that it’s amazing.

And I’ve been fighting the urge not to pre-order Tempest Unleashed as I have the first book on my Kindle but haven’t yet read it. I am just trying so hard to not pre-order sequels if I haven’t read the first book, but I’m not sure how well that’s going.

I really hope I haven’t missed any new awesome titles this week, though I suppose I’ll find out when I check out some of my favorite blogs.

Anyway, before I make this long post any longer…. I hope you have a happy book buying and reading week this 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!


The Extras: Teasers #11

There are so many amazing books out there – released or soon-to-be-released – that have certain passages that just captivate.

Here are just a few of those that caught my attention in the past few months.

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I had quite a few favorite passages that I bookmarked in Forgiven. Many of them were sarcastic, because I always love the sarcastic quotes, but some were of the breathtaking, heart-stopping variety.

I shared one of my favorite passages in my review, but this passage is such a tease I couldn’t resist….

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Riley and….

Riley could feel his breath in her hair now, smell his aftershave. She inhaled deeply, memorizing his scent. The faint touch of his lips came a second before the sharp blast of an air horn.

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Sweet Evil is one of my absolute favorite reads of 2012. There was so much sweetness and a whole heck of a lot of evil. Wickedly delicious this book was. Oh, yes.

While I refrained from revealing anything too torturous in my review, I couldn’t help but post one of the more delectable passages in this edition of The Extras.

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Anna and….

He was kissing me. On my neck. I should stop him, I thought, but the softness of his mouth was so . . . Oh. I could feel the beauty of each crease on his lips as they rested against the pores of my skin. The only sounds in the room were our beating hearts and breath.

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As the series ending book, Destined had so many amazingly tease-worthy passages. I chose a much less teaser-y passage for my review, but thought I could get away with being just a little bit more revealing here.

Besides, Destined is on shelves now, so it’s not like anyone couldn’t just grab a copy and devour all the amazing passages.

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Laurel and….

And then his hand was on her wrist, and he was pulling her to him. His eyes were hard and his grip on her arm was tight as he placed one hand on the side of her neck, the way he used to do. She could feel his heart racing in his chest as she brought her face close, then pressed her mouth to his.

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A Temptation of Angels was absolutely gorgeous. The writing was gorgeous. The story was gorgeous. Which meant that there were so many passages to choose from.

In my review I chose one that was just hot enough to get your pule racing. Well this is the passage right before that one. And with all that it implies, it is rather full of promise. Oh yes, totally tantalizing. But that’s okay, because this is the teaser post after all….

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Helen and….

“Helen.” She felt his hand close over hers, pulling her back toward him. His eyes dropped the length of her body, and she realized she was still in the thin nightdress. And standing right in front of the fire. When he spoke again, his voice was low. “You’re not disturbing me.”

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There were just so many awesome, horrific, chilling, amazing passages in Fugitives. Which didn’t make choosing a passage easy. Not by a long shot.

But I happened to have two favorite non-spoiler-y ones. One I included with my review. And the other I’m keeping all to myself. Because I just couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by to include one of the more chilling passages instead.

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Their mouths were twisted up into grins, teeth bared, and fat, black-veined tongues slopping away at the mess that dribbled down their chins. And in the soulless depths of those inkwell eyes I saw nothing but glee.

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The writing in Masque of the Red Death was beautiful and haunting. I could eat it up with a spoon it was so yummy. The words just melted, dissolved and became air that just drifted away.

I did include a favorite passage of mine with my review, but it wasn’t the only amazing passage in this book. There were still so many breathtaking passages to choose from that picking just one wasn’t easy. And I almost chose one that was a bit more revealing, but to keep the air of mystery I ultimately chose this one….

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Araby and….

He looks at me like he does in the darkness of the club. His eyes are half closed, and there’s something almost languid in his movements. He raises my chin and gazes into my eyes for a long time. He slides his hands under the coat until they rest on my bare shoulders….

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Oh, if I could quote ninety percent of this book I would. There were just so many seriously awesome passages to choose from in Insurgent. I had a hard enough time narrowing down my favorites for my review post, so I chose two. But that by no means implies that they were the only passages I loved.

And as I had just as difficult a time choosing one for this post, I caved and chose two more. What can I say? I love this book.

Besides, they’re both short. It’s not like I chose the passage that starts, “His mouth moves against mine….” Now, that would have been a longer, way more intense teaser.

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Tris and….

He kisses me again, more insistent this time, his hands squeezing my waist. His breaths, my breaths, his body, my body, we are so close there is no difference.

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And….

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Tris….

I turn my face into the pillow and release, instead of his name, a sob that throws my body against the mattress. I feel the monster of grief again, writing in the empty space where my heart and stomach used to be.

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My most recent read is Darkness Before Dawn and so I haven’t chosen a favorite passage for my review just yet. Which means that I get to tease a passage here first, revealing one a little more tantalizing than I might otherwise include in my review.

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Dawn and Michael….

“Yeah, we definitely have moments.”

And then he kisses me again. I want this moment to go on forever, just Michael and me, lost in a world where nothing exists except for each other. Where passion consumes us. The kiss becomes more, becomes everything, feeding our desire for each other. I never want to leave him.

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And I just couldn’t resist teasing a little bit more from this same scene, just moments later….

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Dawn and Michael….

Michael’s hold on me tightens, as though he can stop the passage of time, the clocks from counting off the seconds, the world from revolving.

But beyond the wall, Valentine waits. Nothing Michael does can change that. All I can do is hope that this won’t be the last time we’re together.

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Well, I suppose that’s all. Eight teased books are more than enough for just one post. Though I am so tempted to tease a couple passages from Embers & Echoes and Shadow Bound.

But as neither of these two books have been released, I figure the teasing can wait. Though it is so very, very tempting.


Book Watch: Releasing This Week #64

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 March 20th-March 26th that I have pre-ordered.

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Loss by Jackie Morse Kessler will be released in the U.S. on March 20, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Graphia, the print edition is 272 pages.

Loss is the third book in the Riders of the Apocalypse series by author Jackie Morse Kessler.

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Wow. The description for this book sounds incredible. I read the second book in the series, Rage, and thought it was amazing. Dark, yes, but powerful. And it really made me think.

And Loss sounds like it might be just as thought-provoking. But it also sounds like there’s a bit of a journey and an adventure. And the outcome seems as if it might be just a bit more hopeful.

Just from reading the description, I already sympathize with Billy’s struggle. Being bullied by not only the students, but also the teachers, gives him nowhere to turn. I am rooting for Billy to gain the courage he needs to defeat the White Rider and the strength to stand up for himself against anyone who bullies him.

I can’t wait to get the chance to read this next book in the series. I have Loss pre-ordered for my Kindle, but I will be picking up a finished copy as I have the first two books in the series in print, signed by the author, and I’d love to have this one in my collection even though it won’t be a signed copy.

A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink will be released in the U.S. on March 20, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of the Penguin Group, the print edition is 448 pages.

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I am so excited that A Temptation of Angels will be releasing this week. I reviewed it last week based on an ARC I received, so I already know that this book is amazing. So, of course I have the eBook pre-ordered for my Kindle so it can become part of my permanent collection. Although if the cover on the finished copy is as gorgeous as the cover on the ARC, I will be ordering the print edition, too.

I am a huge fan of the author, Michelle Zink. Her writing has a beauty and a flow that I find magical. And she brings that style to A Temptation of Angels which gives it a very different feel from many of the other books in the genre that I’ve read.

I won’t go on and on as I usually do speculating about the book, since I’ve read and reviewed it. But I will just say that I thought the story was incredible, I loved the main character, Helen Cartwright, and I absolutely adored Griffin Channing.

And while I am thrilled to be getting my Kindle eBook this week, I would be even happier knowing that there was another book in the series planned.

The Secret Circle: The Divide created by L.J. Smith and written by Aubrey Clark will be released in the U.S. on March 20, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 304 pages.

The Divide is the fourth book in The Secret Circle series created by L.J. Smith.

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I actually haven’t read the series yet, but a few years back when I became a fan of the author, L.J. Smith, I bought the books for my Kindle in the hopes of reading them. And while this book isn’t written by the same author, I want to have this book in my collection to make comparisons when I do eventually get a chance to read them all.

So, while I did pre-order The Divide for my Kindle, I won’t be reading it until I get caught up on this series. But I did sneak a peek at the description, which makes this book sound very exciting. And very much like the television show, of which I am a fan.

It will be interesting to see just how different this next book in the series is, versus the author/creator’s books. L.J. Smith definitely has a unique voice and so I can’t imagine this book having quite the same feel. But I’m still curious to see just where the series leads.

The description paints a pretty dire situation for Cassie Blake and for her entire Circle. I hope she will be able to save herself and her Circle and that it will be intact when the next book in the series, The Hunt, releases in September.

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{Note: All covers link to the books on Goodreads}

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I know I’m missing a YA book or two that are releasing this week. I just know it. There can’t just be three books releasing on Tuesday. While I know that there are a ton of books releasing in April and May, I still thought I’d have at least four new books to add to the permanent pile this week.

But I am super psyched that I have only one book on order this week that I’m adding to my more immediate TBR pile. As I just read A Temptation of Angels and I am not caught up on The Secret Circle series, they aren’t on my TBR right now list. Though I’m sure I’ll be reading A Temptation of Angels again in the near future and I really want to get started reading TSC.

Well, if I am missing a few books to buy, hopefully I’ll discover them while stalking my favorite blogs this 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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