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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #179

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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 June 3rd-June 9th that I have pre-ordered.


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MAKE IT COUNT by Megan Erickson releases in the U.S. today, June 3, 2014, in eBook format. (A paperback edition releases on July 8th.) It is currently available to order/pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by William Morrow Impulse, the print edition is 384 pages.

MAKE IT COUNT is the first book in Author Megan Erickson’s Bowler University series. The second books in the series, MAKE IT RIGHT, is slated for release on September 9, 2014 and the third book in the series, MAKE IT LAST, releases on January 6, 2015.


I only recently discovered MAKE IT COUNT by Megan Erickson, but after reading the description I just had to pre-order a copy for my Kindle and I can’t wait to read it. It sounds like it’s going to be a lot of twisty-turny fun.

And after checking out a few of the blurbs, I think the description totally hits the nail on the head. It is fun. It’s also been called “steamy” and “addicting” and “romantic.”

While I’m currently tackling three or four books, I definitely want to get this on the pile next week. I’m really enjoying mixing in different genres, one of my favorites being New Adult. So if this book is half as good as it sounds I know I’ll totally love it.

And I may just have to take a quick peek or two at it when it downloads.

Description…

Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?

Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends—both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…

But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.


The Truth About Alice

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THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE by Jennifer Mathieu releases in the U.S. today, June 3, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Roaring Brook Press, the print edition is 208 pages.


When I first read the description for THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE in the publisher’s catalog I immediately pre-ordered it for my Kindle. This story sounds gritty and true-to-life and so very different from what I usually read. But it sounds like I story I really will enjoy diving into.

I’m curious if I’ll be surprised by the reveals, or whether I’ll find that getting older doesn’t necessarily mean becoming deluded about the realities of being a teenager. I’m curious if the truth about Alice will be revealed, or whether the character will keep her secret truths.

While I won’t get the chance to read it in the next couple of weeks, I really want to read this book some time this month. Because it is definitely a story that isn’t from one of my “go to” categories and I’m really looking to step out of my comfort zone and discover new and interesting books.

Description…

Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party. When Healy High star quarterback, Brandon Fitzsimmons, dies in a car crash, it was because he was sexting with Alice. Ask anybody. Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a slut. It’s written all over the “slut stall” in the girls’ bathroom: “Alice had sex in exchange for math test answers” and “Alice got an abortion last semester.” After Brandon dies, the rumors start to spiral out of control.

In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they “know” about Alice–and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life. But in this novel from Jennifer Mathieu, exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.


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GASP by Lisa McMann releases in the U.S. today, June 3, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 288 pages.

GASP is the third book in Lisa McMann’s Visions series.


I cannot believe that GASP, the third book in this series, is releasing today. I am so far behind on this series. I don’t even know whether this is the final book in the series – though I think it might be. But I am totally stoked that the finished copy will be landing on my Kindle today.

I love Lisa McMann’s writing and own every single YA and MG book she’s written. I’ve even listened to one of her books in audio format after having read it. So I can’t believe that I haven’t gotten caught up on Visions before GASP released.

I don’t know what happened or what’s going to happen. I don’t know what Jules has been up to. I don’t know whether Sawyer is okay. All I know is that now that I have these three books in my collection, I can’t wait to find out. And, hopefully, I’ll be able to dive in at the end of this month or early next month during the holiday weekend.

Description…

The visions aren’t stopping, and neither is the danger in this third “dramatic, quick-paced thriller (Kirkus Reviews)” in a series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.

After narrowly surviving two harrowing tragedies, Jules now fully understands the importance of the visions that she and people around her are experiencing. She’s convinced that if the visions passed from her to Sawyer after she saved him, then they must now have passed from Sawyer to one of the people he saved.

That means it’s up to Jules to figure out which of the school shooting survivors is now suffering from visions of another crisis. And once she realizes who it is, she has to convince that survivor that this isn’t all crazy—that the images are of something real. Something imminent.

As the danger escalates more than ever before in the conclusion to the Visions series, Jules wonders if she’ll finally find out why and how this is happening—before it’s too late to prevent disaster.


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MR. MERCEDES by Stephen King releases in the U.S. today, June 3, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Scribner, the print edition is 448 pages.


I don’t think by now it is any surprise that of course I’ve had MR. MERCEDES pre-ordered for ages. It shouldn’t be shocking to learn that I have been anxiously awaiting this book. And it should probably be expected that I will be taking a peek… or maybe a longer look… at this book the instant it downloads.

Because I love Stephen King’s writing. And any book of his that talks about going into the mind of an “obsessed, insane killer” is one I must read. Right away. Especially when the description calls it “chilling and unforgettable.”

This story definitely sounds a little gruesome and macabre. It sounds like it’s classic Stephen King. And while I may not end up talking about it here on the blog beyond today, I am pretty sure I’ll have read it and fallen in love with it some time this week.

Description…

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again.

Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.


Fall From India Place

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FALL FROM INDIA PLACE by Samantha Young releases in the U.S. today, June 3, 2014, in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by NAL Trade, the print edition is 384 pages.

FALL FROM INDIA PLACE is the fourth full-length book in Samantha Young’s On Dublin Street series. The fifth book in the series, slated for release in 2015, is currently untitled.


I am so excited for the release of FALL FROM INDIA PLACE. I just recently purchased all the books in this series and can’t wait to meet each of the character couples.

I have loved Samantha Young’s writing for a number of years, but I’ve yet to read this bestselling series of hers. There was just something about this particular book that demanded that I pre-order it and discover what everyone else has known for awhile about this series – that it’s awesome. Upon reflection, I think it was the very first line that talks of letting go of the past and trusting in the future that drew me in.

While I normally like to read books in a series in order, I think I’m going to start with this new book so that I can read it sooner rather than later. I want to meet Hannah and Marco and find out whether the secret tears them apart or whether they get a second chance. And I really hope to be able to do that mid-month.

Description…

The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street and Down London Road returns with a story about letting go of the past and learning to trust in the future…

When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D’Alessandro, five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved—and the only man she’s ever been with. After one intense night of giving into temptation, Marco took off, leaving Scotland and Hannah behind. Shattered by the consequences of their night together, Hannah has never truly moved on.

Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco’s life, something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they’re meant to be together.…

But just when Marco thinks they’re committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she’s been hiding from him, a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again….


Missed Last Week

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TEASE by Sophie Jordan released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by William Morrow Paperbacks, the print edition is 320 pages.

TEASE is the second full-length novel in Sophie Jordan’s Ivy Chronicles. The third book in the series, WILD, is slated for release on November 18, 2014.


I am devastated that I didn’t include the release for TEASE in last week’s post. I had it pre-ordered, it downloaded, and I didn’t even think anything of it, as I was so sure I’d rambled about it. But in checking out last week’s post in order to create this week’s, it seems that I did not.

I had the chance to read TEASE pre-release, and I took full advantage of it. I read it and I loved it and I’ve been hoping that there will be advance copies of WILD so that I won’t have to wait until November to read on. And even though I had already devoured this story, I was thrilled when the finished copy downloaded to my Kindle.

Emerson and Shaw’s story was exciting and sexy. Even more so than Pepper and Reece’s. And while I could go on and on and talk all about what happened between them, I think I’ll refrain and let you check out the description. But if you already have a copy of this book, then you’ll want to check that out instead.

As I have already read this story, I won’t be reading it again quite yet. But I might just re-read both books in this series before book three becomes available. Because I’d love to compare and find out whose story I love the best.

Description…

What happens when a girl who always calls the shots meets a guy who’s too wild for even her?

A born flirt and good-time party girl, Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy. She’s always chosen her hookups carefully, and she’s never broken her three cardinal rules:

Never let them see the real you.
Never fall in love.
Always leave them begging for more.

Then Shaw comes along. A hottie from the wrong side of the tracks, he’s immune to her flirtatious banter and come-hither smile. After rescuing her from a disastrous night at a biker bar, he doesn’t even try to take her to bed—he calls her a tease and sends her home instead. Unable to resist a challenge, or forget the sexy, dark-eyed, bad-boy biker, she vows to bring him to his knees.

But instead of making Shaw beg, Emerson finds herself craving him. For the first time in her life, she’s throwing out her rule book. Suddenly, she’s the one panting for a guy she can’t control—a guy who won’t settle for anything less than the real Emerson and who forces her to do things she’s never imagined, including facing a past she thought she’d buried.

A guy who just might leave her wanting more. . . .


Novellas

The Fear TrialsTHE FEAR TRIALS (The Murder Complex #0.5) by Lindsay Cummings

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Meadow Woodson has been trained to survive. This is a prequel to The Murder Complex, by Lindsay Cummings, and it is set in a blood-soaked world where the murder rate is higher than the birth rate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

Meadow Woodson’s father calls it The Fear Trials, and it is a rite of passage in their family. Meadow is up against her brother Koi. The Fear Trials will both harden her and make her brave. If Meadow wins, she will get a weapon of her own and the right to leave the Woodsons’ houseboat without her father or mother at her side. Set in the violent, complex, and mysterious world of The Murder Complex, and introducing Meadow Woodson—a teenage girl trained to survive no matter what the cost—and her family, who are together for the last time on their houseboat in the Florida Everglades.


Nothing Real Vol 1NOTHING REAL VOLUME 1: A COLLECTION OF STORIES by Claire Needell

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: HarperTeen

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

The first of three digital-only short story collections from teacher and frequent contributor to the New York Times Claire Needell, about coming of age in contemporary America. These refreshing stories are written with humor, honesty, and without judgment.

This outstanding first digital-only collection includes the memorable stories “Nothing Real,” “Change Your Life,” “The Bubblemen,” and “My Name is Adam.” Each story is told from a unique perspective and tells of teenagers looking for love—from others, and from themselves.

HarperTeen Impulse is a digital imprint focused on young adult short stories and novellas, with new releases the first Tuesday of each month.


Other Books of Note

Vivian Divine is DeadVIVIAN DIVINE IS DEAD by Lauren Sabel

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Filled with surprising twists and poignant moments, Lauren Sabel brings a fresh new voice to contemporary fiction with Vivian Divine Is Dead. Creepy, clever, funny, and romantic.

When a death threat arrives with teen celebrity Vivian Divine’s fan mail, Vivian has no choice but to go on the run to Mexico. She soon discovers, though, that her Oscar-nominated performance killing villains on-screen did nothing to prepare her for escaping a madman in real life. Some people say he’s a hero, others tremble in his presence, but one thing is clear: he won’t stop until Vivian is in his grasp. Why didn’t she pay more attention during those judo lessons for her role in Zombie Killer?

Vivian finds an ally in the mysterious and charming Nick. He is everything Hollywood boys are not-genuine, kind, and determined to see Vivian for who she really is. But even he seems like he can’t be trusted-what could he be hiding?

Beat up, hungry, and more confused than ever about who she’s running from, Vivian is living in a real-life blockbuster horror flick. But there’s no option to yell “cut” like there is on set….

Lauren Sabel’s Vivian Divine Is Dead is a creepy, witty, fast-paced adventure about family, fame, and having the courage to save yourself.


ToxicTOXIC (Pretty Little Liars #15) by Sara Shepard

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: HarperTeen

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

One A has been captured…but the most dangerous A of all is still out there in the penultimate installment in Sara Shepard’s #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series.

High school seniors Aria, Emily, Spencer, and Hanna barely survived their most recent encounter with A. And it’s not over yet…. The police don’t believe there’s another, deadlier, A out there, but the girls know what-and who-they saw. If they don’t track down this final tormentor soon, A will silence them forever.

Sara Shepard’s fan base continues to grow as ABC Family’s hit Pretty Little Liars TV show draws in new readers to the #1 New York Times bestselling series. Full of unexpected twists and shocking revelations, the second-to-last novel ramps up the stakes for the jaw-dropping series conclusion in Pretty Little Liars #16.


Say What You WillSAY WHAT YOU WILL by Cammie McGovern

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: HarperTeen

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park in this beautifully written, incredibly honest, and emotionally poignant novel. Cammie McGovern’s insightful young adult debut is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not in spite of them.

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other’s lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.


Love by the Morning StarLOVE BY THE MORNING STAR by Laura L. Sullivan

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Upstairs, downstairs, and in which lady’s chamber?

On the brink of World War II, two girls are sent to the grand English country estate of Starkers. Hannah, the half-Jewish daughter of a disgraced distant relative, has been living an artistic bohemian life in a cabaret in pre-war Germany and now is supposed to be welcomed into the family. Anna, the social-climbing daughter of working-class British fascists, is supposed to be hired as a maid so that she can spy for the Nazis. But there’s a mix-up, and nice Hannah is sent to the kitchen as a maid while arrogant Anna is welcomed as a relative.

And then both girls fall for the same man, the handsome heir of the estate . . . or do they?

In this sparkling, saucy romance, nearly everything goes wrong for two girls who are sent to a grand English estate on the brink of World War II—until it goes so very, very right!


HungryHUNGRY by H.A. Swain

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

In the future, food is no longer necessary—until Thalia begins to feel something unfamiliar and uncomfortable. She’s hungry.

In Thalia’s world, there is no need for food—everyone takes medication (or “inocs”) to ward off hunger. It should mean there is no more famine, no more obesity, no more food-related illnesses, and no more war. At least that’s what her parents, who work for the company that developed the inocs, say. But when Thalia meets a boy who is part of an underground movement to bring food back, she realizes that most people live a life much different from hers. Worse, Thalia is starting to feel hunger, and so is he—the inocs aren’t working. Together they set out to find the only thing that will quell their hunger: real food.

H. A. Swain delivers an adventure that is both epic and fast-paced. Get ready to be Hungry.


Yoloyolo by Sam Jones

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

One day. One party. One motto: you only live once. In the tradition of wtf and fml, a crazy story of three friends and a road trip gone wrong right.

Emily and her best friends, Ana and Brandon, know it should only take half a day to get to the mountains, where the Stein twins are hosting a massive Spring Break party at their parents’ mansion. The road trip should be a breeze; the driving itinerary even includes several stops along the way, the first being a bite to eat at a real, classic roadside diner.

And that’s where everything falls apart.

Throw in a couple of criminals, an accidental thief, and a miniature drug lord, and suddenly the half-day trip is gonna take a little longer. Add a Chihuahua, some crazy grandparents, and a hot pool-hall boy named Chris…and maybe the journey to the party will end up being better than the party itself…


My Best Friend MaybeMY BEST FRIEND, MAYBE by Caela Carter

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Colette has been bored and lonely ever since her best friend, Sadie, dumped her the summer before they stared high school. She tries to be perfect for everyone left in her life: her parents, her younger brothers, her church youth group, even her boyfriend, Mark. But Colette is restless. And she misses Sadie.

When Sadie tells Colette that she needs her old friend to join her on a family vacation to the Greek Islands, one that leaves in only a few days, Colette is shocked to hear their old magic word: need. And she finds herself agreeing.

Colette tries to relax and enjoy her Grecian surroundings but it’s not easy to go on vacation with the person who hurt you most in the world. When the reason for the trip finally surfaces, Colette finds out this is not only a fun vacation. Sadie has kept an enormous secret from Colette for years…forever. It’s a summer full of surprises, but that might be what Colette needs.


The Prince of Venice BeachTHE PRINCE OF VENICE BEACH by Blake Nelson

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Robert “‘Cali” Callahan is a teen runaway, living on the streets of Venice Beach, California. He’s got a pretty sweet life: a treehouse to sleep in, a gang of surf bros, a regular basketball game…even a girl who’s maybe-sorta interested in him.

What he doesn’t have is a plan.

All that changes when a local cop recommends Cali to a private investigator who is looking for a missing teenager. After all, Cali knows everyone in Venice. But the streets are filled with people who don’t want to be found, and when he’s hired to find the beautiful Reese Abernathy, who would do anything to stay hidden, Cali must decide where his loyalties truly lie.


Take Back the SkiesTAKE BACK THE SKIES (Tellus World #1) by Lucy Saxon

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. She’s one of the privileged – she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever.

So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat’s world becomes more turbulent than she could ever have imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life once and for all . . .


Chasing StarsCHASING STARS (After Eden #2) by Helen Douglas

Pub. Date: June 5, 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

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Description:

The boy Eden loves just saved her life. Now she must save his. To do so she must make a huge sacrifice. Eden can never see her friends or family again, as she travels a hundred years into the future. But the dangerous risk Ryan took to rescue Eden has been uncovered, and now Ryan faces an exile …which will leave Eden separated from him – the one person she can’t live without – and stuck in the future. She must fight to save both of them.

The mesmerising sequel to the author’s wonderful debut, After Eden.


Since Last SummerSINCE LAST SUMMER (Rules of Summer #2) by Joanna Philbin

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Poppy

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Description:

Rory McShane should be excited to spend the summer in East Hampton with Connor Rule, her generous, smart, cute boyfriend. After all, Rory’s no longer the hired help at the Rule family mansion on the beach, and she and Connor have made it through a year of long-distance dating. But now, in the months leading up to college, Rory can’t help but wonder if she really belongs in Connor’s world.

Isabel Rule is still trying to get over Mike, the devastatingly sexy surfer who broke her heart last summer. Enter Evan, an aspiring filmmaker who’s kind, funny, and crushing on Isabel. He’d be the perfect summer fling — so why can’t she seem to forget about Mike?

Set against a backdrop buzzing with the rich, the famous, and the wannabe rich and famous, Since Last Summer, a companion novel to Rules of Summer, is the perfect beach read.


HauntHAUNT by Curtis Jobling

Pub. Date: June 5, 2014

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

When Will finds himself in hospital, but unable to make anyone see or hear him, he realises that he never made it home from his first date with the school hottie. Knocked off his bike in a road traffic accident, Will is now officially dead – and a ghost. But somehow his best mate, Dougie, can still see him, and, once they’ve exhausted all the comic possibilities of being invisible, they decide to delve into the truth behind a school rumour – whether there really is an unhappy spirit haunting the ruins in the school grounds, and if so, why? What they discover is a long-buried mystery, which stretches its fingers right into the present…


Code Red LipstickCODE RED LIPSTICK (Jessica Cole: Model Spy) by Sarah Sky

Pub. Date: June 5, 2014

Publisher: Scholastic

Find it: AMAZON

Description:

MI6. Supervillains. Catwalk supermodels. If there was an Alexia Rider, this is how she’d look. She’s got guts, wits and cool gadgets. Plus a rather well-stocked makeup bag. One super-spy with serious style. Jessica Cole is right at home strutting down the world’s most glamorous catwalks. But she’s brave as well as beautiful. When her father – a former spy – suddenly vanishes, Jessica decides to act. She’s not just striking a pose; she’s going to take on MI6 and beat them at their own game. Trouble is, Jessica isn’t the only model who wears stiletto knives with her stiletto heels. Her first super-villain will be a deranged former supermodel, Allegra Knight, who is launching a murderous ‘miracle’ face cream for teens…


Never a Perfect MomentNEVER A PERFECT MOMENT (Heartside Bay #5) by Cathy Cole

Pub. Date: June 5, 2014

Publisher: Scholastic

Find it: AMAZON

Description:

Polly can’t wait for her first real date with Ollie. But then she has to cancel it at the last minute. And when he asks her out again, she’s busy. All Polly wants is one perfect moment with Ollie, but everytime she sees him something seems to go wrong. She’s trying to juggle school, her friends and Ollie but it all seems like just too much. Will Polly ever get her perfect moment?


Hold on TightHOLD ON TIGHT (Sea Breeze #8) by Abbi Glines

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Six years ago, Dewayne Falco’s life changed. He lost someone he never expected to lose. Resigned to punish himself for something he felt he could have prevented, he goes through life without getting too close to anyone.

What he didn’t expect was for the girl across the street to move back home and remind him of what they both lost: Dewayne’s younger brother Dustin. However, when a miniature version of Dustin opens the door to greet him, Dewayne realizes he might not have lost everything after all.

Sienna Roy loved Dustin Falco most of her life. He was the boy next door, the high school basketball star and her best friend. But when his life was cut short, she realized he left a part of himself behind.

Now, she’s back in Sea Breeze, thankful to have a home for her and Dustin’s son, but not sure if she can ever forgive the people across the street who abandoned her when she needed them the most — The Falcos.

Betrayal, lies, and forbidden attraction might end Dewayne and Sienna’s story before it’s even begun.


Push GirlPUSH GIRL by Chelsie Hill and Jessica Love

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

An inspiring, real, and fresh young adult novel about how life can change in an instant by Chelsie Hill, one of the stars Sundance Channel’s unscripted series Push Girls, based on her own life

Kara is a high school junior who’s loving life. She’s popular, has a great group of friends and an amazing boyfriend, and she’s a shoe-in for homecoming queen. Even though her parents can’t stop fighting and her ex-boyfriend can’t seem to leave her alone, Kara won’t let anything get in the way of her perfect year. It’s Friday night, and Kara arrives at a party, upset after hearing her parents having another one of their awful fights, and sees another girl with her hands all over her boyfriend. Furious, Kara leaves to take a drive, and, as she’s crossing an intersection, a car comes out of nowhere and slams into the driver’s side of Kara’s car.

When Kara wakes up, she has no memory of the night before. Where is she? Why are her parents crying? And, most importantly — why can’t she feel her legs? As Kara is forced to adjust to her new life, where her friends aren’t who they seemed to be and her once-adoring boyfriend is mysteriously absent, she starts to realize that what matters in life isn’t what happens to you — it’s the choices you make and the people you love.

Co-written by “Push Girls” star Chelsie Hill, whose real life closely mirrors Kara’s experience, this novel will open the eyes of readers everywhere who have never met someone who lives with paralysis.


My Faire LadyMY FAIRE LADY by Laura Wettersten

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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Rowena Duncan is a thoroughly modern girl with big plans for her summer—until she catches her boyfriend making out with another girl. Heartbroken, she applies to an out-of-town job posting and finds herself somewhere she never expected: the Renaissance Faire.

As a face-painter doubling as a serving wench, Ro is thrown headfirst into a vibrant community of artists and performers. She feels like a fish out of water until Will, a quick-witted whip cracker, takes her under his wing. Then there’s Christian, a blue-eyed stunt jouster who makes Ro weak in the knees. Soon, it’s not just her gown that’s tripping her up.

Trading in the internet and electricity for stars and campfires was supposed to make life simpler, but Ro is finding that love is the ultimate complication. Can she let the past make way for her future?


Cinderella's DressCINDERELLA’S DRESS by Shonna Slayton

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Entangled Teen

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Description:

Being seventeen during World War II is tough. Finding out you’re the next keeper of the real Cinderella’s dresses is even tougher.

Kate simply wants to create window displays at the department store where she’s working, trying to help out with the war effort. But when long-lost relatives from Poland arrive with a steamer trunk they claim holds the Cinderella’s dresses, life gets complicated.

Now, with a father missing in action, her new sweetheart, Johnny, stuck in the middle of battle, and her great aunt losing her wits, Kate has to unravel the mystery before it’s too late.

After all, the descendants of the wicked stepsisters will stop at nothing to get what they think they deserve.


RebelsREBELS: THE STORY OF LEX AND LIVIA (City of Indra #1) by Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Gallery Books

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Description:

Kendall and Kylie Jenner, stars on the hit reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, present their debut novel—a thrilling dystopian story about two super-powered girls who embark on a journey together, not knowing they’re twins.

Two girls, two worlds apart.

Lex lives down below, close to rock bottom. She grew up in the orphanage, alone, and now is training to be a Special Op so she can finally destroy the rebels with her own hands. She needs no one.

Livia lives miles above everything on a floating island in the city of Indra. She is training too, but for a life that she doesn’t want. She wants to be free, to finally leave her floating island, and to run with her beloved horse until she can’t run any longer.

And then there’s Kane—Lex’s only friend, whom she would walk through fire for. And when she finds that Kane is in danger, she doesn’t hesitate to leave her post and blast her way to the top of Indra to save him. She just needs to get one stubborn, unexpectedly clever airgirl to tell her where he is first.

In this fast-paced, dystopian thriller, Lex and Livia reluctantly team up to save Kane after discovering that they share a mysterious identical mark—not realizing that their biggest danger is in each other.


The Fastest Boy in the WorldTHE FASTEST BOY IN THE WORLD by Elizabeth Laird

Pub. Date: June 5, 2014

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

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From an award-winning author comes a story perfectly timed for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Eleven-year-old Solomon loves to run! The great athletes of the Ethiopian national team are his heroes and he dreams that one day he will be a gold-medal-winning athlete like them, in spite of his ragged shorts and bare feet. When his grandfather announces that he’s going to take Solomon to Addis Ababa, Solomon cannot believe his ears. A trip to the capital? It’s unfathomable. Solomon’s joy is increased when he realizes that the Ethiopian running team will be doing a victory parade through the city that day. Maybe he’ll get a glimpse of Haile Gebrselassie or Derartu Tulu?!

But Solomon’s grandfather has other plans. As Solomon follows him through the big, overwhelming streets, he learns something he cannot believe. The strict old man is a war hero who once risked his life to save a friend and has been in hiding ever since. When grandfather collapses, Solomon knows that getting help from his village is up to him. It’s a twenty-mile run from the city to home, and grandfather’s life hangs in the balance. Can the small bare-footed runner with the big heart do it?


The Book of DavidTHE BOOK OF DAVID by Anonymous

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Simon Pulse

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His secret is his downfall. A riveting, first-person tale in the tradition of Go Ask Alice and Lucy in the Sky.

The author of this fictional diary began writing for a class assignment, but soon it became much more to him. As the star player of his high school football team, he faces a lot of pressure and expectation. Not to mention the secret that he’s harboring inside. The secret that could change everything.

And as David quickly learns, nothing stays secret forever.

His innermost thoughts and feelings are chronicled in the diary he left behind.(


The Girl Who Never WasTHE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS (Otherworld #1) by Skylar Dorset

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

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THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS is the story of Selkie Stewart, who thinks she’s a totally normal teenager growing up in Boston. Sure, her father is in an insane asylum, her mother left her on his doorstep—literally—when she was a baby, and she’s being raised by two ancient aunts who spend their time hunting gnomes in their Beacon Hill townhouse. But other than that her life is totally normal! She’s got an adventurous best friend who’s always got her back and an unrequited crush on an older boy named Ben. Just like any other teenager, right?

When Selkie goes in search of the mother she’s never known, she gets more than she bargained for. It turns out that her mother is faerie royalty, which would make Selkie a faerie princess—except for the part where her father is an ogre, which makes her only half of anything. Even more confusing, there’s a prophecy that Selkie is going to destroy the tyrannical Seelie Court, which is why her mother actually wants to kill her. Selkie has been kept hidden all her life by her adoring aunts, with the help of a Salem wizard named Will. And Ben. Because the boy she thinks she’s in love with turns out to be a faerie whose enchantment has kept her alive, but also kept her in the dark about her own life.

Now, with enchantments dissolved and prophecies swinging into action, Selkie finds herself on a series of mad quests to save the people she’s always loved and a life she’s learning to love. But in a supernatural world of increasingly complex alliances and distressingly complicated deceptions, it’s so hard to know who to trust. Does her mother really wish to kill her? Would Will sacrifice her for the sake of the prophecy? And does Ben really love her or is it all an elaborate ruse? In order to survive, Selkie realizes that the key is learning—and accepting—who she really is.


The ShadowsTHE SHADOWS (The Fianna Trilogy #1) by Megan Chance

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Skyscape

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Grace Knox has grown up hearing the folktales of her Irish ancestors, especially about the warriors who fought for control of Ireland. In 19th-century New York City, however, these legends are far from Grace’s mind. She’s much more concerned with how to protect her family from debt collectors, and whether her childhood friend Patrick Devlin will propose. Patrick is a member of the Fenian Brotherhood, a group of young Irish American men intent on fighting for the independence of their homeland, whatever the cost. Patrick and the Brotherhood use ancient magic to summon mythical warriors to join their fight to protect Ireland. One of them, Diarmid, finds himself drawn to Grace, and she to him. When Diarmid discovers that, in their desperation, the Brotherhood has also summoned a rival group of ancient warriors, he warns Patrick that there will be bloodshed. Grace is caught in the middle of two men she loves, and discovers she alone holds the power to save Ireland?but at a dangerous price.


ParanoiaPARANOIA (The Night Walkers #2) by J.R. Johansson

Pub. Date: June 8, 2014

Publisher: Flux

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Description:

In the aftermath of the events that nearly killed him, Parker Chipp is trying to learn to cope better with life as a Watcher. And it seems to be working…until he wakes up in jail with a hangover and 12 hours of missing time. Darkness has somehow taken control and Parker doesn’t have a clue how to stop him. He finds an unlikely ally in Jack, the mysterious guy in the motorcycle jacket who offers to help Parker master his abilities as a Watcher. But even as they practice, the darkness inside Parker is getting more and more powerful, taking over Parker’s body and doing everything he can to destroy Parker’s life.

When Jack reveals that there is another kind of Night Walker, known as a Taker, Parker starts to wonder if the strange things happening in Oakville are more than just a coincidence. After all, people are more than just sleepwalking. They’re emptying their savings accounts with no memory of doing so, wandering into strange parts of town and disappearing, they’re even killing other people–all in their sleep. If Parker wants to find out what’s happening or have any hope of seeing his father again, he’ll have to defy Jack and put his own life in danger…because the more he learns about these other Night Walkers, the more certain he becomes that his life isn’t the only one that could be lost.


Collections

Sweet Evil CollectionSWEET EVIL 3-BOOK COLLECTION by Wendy Higgins

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

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Description:

Embrace the forbidden with the Sweet Evil trilogy—Sweet Evil, Sweet Peril, and Sweet Reckoning—from bestselling author Wendy Higgins.

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels. Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna. Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

“Suspense, steamy romance, an appealing contemporary teen protagonist, and a lively cast”* make this a must-read series. *Booklist


Last Apprentice CollectionLAST APPRENTICE 3-BOOK COLLECTION by Joseph Delaney

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

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The first three volumes of the internationally bestselling Last Apprentice series! Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son. He is destined to battle the creatures of the dark: witches, boggarts, ghosts, and more. And he will, as the apprentice to the local Spook. But can he survive when so many apprentices have failed? This ebook collection of the acclaimed series that inspired the major motion picture Seventh Son includes Book One: Revenge of the Witch; Book Two: Curse of the Bane; and Book Three: Night of the Soul Stealer.


Lux BeginningsLUX BEGINNINGS: OBSIDIAN & ONYX (Lux #1-2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Entangled Teen

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OBSIDIAN: Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

ONYX: Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…


Lux ConsequencesLUX CONSEQUENCES: OPAL & ORIGIN (Lux #3-4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Entangled Teen

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OPAL: No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

ORIGIN: Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?


Peaches 3-Book CollectionPEACHES COMPLETE COLLECTION by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

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Description:

This collection contains the complete text of the three bestselling Peaches books, by Jodi Lynn Anderson: Peaches, The Secrets of Peaches, and Love and Peaches.

Peaches: Three Georgia peaches are in for one juicy summer…but Birdie would rather eat Thin Mints and sulk in the AC. Leeda would prefer to sneak off with her boyfriend, Rex. And Murphy just wants to cause a little mischief. Together these three very different girls will discover the secret to finding the right boy, making the truest friends, and picking the perfect Georgia peach.

The Secrets of Peaches: After a magical summer living on a peach orchard, Murphy, Leeda, and Birdie confront a series of breakups, makeups, and takeoffs. They may have to leave one another, along with the orchard that brought them together. But despite their heartbreak, this year’s bittersweet endings could lead to the sweetest of new beginnings.

Love and Peaches: After a not-quite-peachy year apart, three Georgia peaches come home to Darlington Orchard. Together for another juicy summer, carefree Murphy, perfect Leeda, and big-hearted Birdie return to the place that allowed them to bloom. Brimming with all the charm, humor, and heart of Peaches and The Secrets of Peaches, this satisfying conclusion to the series reunites three unlikely best friends for a final sweet farewell.


Gone CollectionGONE COMPLETE COLLECTION by Michael Grant

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

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Description:

This collection contains all six books in New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant’s breathtaking dystopian sci-fi Gone saga. These page-turning thrillers invoke the classic The Lord of the Flies along with the horror of Stephen King. King himself said: “I love these books.”

In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: on your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else. . . .

Michael Grant’s Gone series has been praised for its compelling storytelling, multidimensional characters, and multiple points of view. Included in this collection are: Gone, Hunger, Lies, Plague, Fear, and Light.


All You Need is LoveALL YOU NEED IS LOVE: 3-BOOK TEEN FICTION COLLECTION  by Katie Cotugno, Melissa Cantor, Robyn Schneider

Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

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Description:

Perfect for John Green fans, this three-book collection contains three breathtaking, heartbreaking, can’t-miss novels:

The Beginning of Everything: Varsity tennis captain Ezra Faulkner was supposed to be homecoming king, but that was before—before his girlfriend cheated on him, before a car accident shattered his leg, and before he fell in love with unpredictable new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Robyn Schneider’s witty and heart-wrenching teen novel will appeal to fans of books by John Green and Ned Vizzini, novels such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and classics like The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye.

How to Love: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember. But he’s never noticed that Reena even exists . . . until one day, impossibly, he does. Then three years pass, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter. Reena’s gotten used to life without Sawyer, but just as suddenly as he disappeared, he turns up again. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again? For fans of Sarah Dessen and John Green, How to Love is a breathtaking debut about a couple who falls in love . . . twice.

Maybe One Day: In the tradition of The Fault in Our Stars, critically acclaimed author Melissa Kantor masterfully captures the joy of friendship, the agony of loss, and the unique experience of being a teenager in this poignant new novel about a girl grappling with her best friend’s life-threatening illness.


Other Releases

DARK DAYS by Kate Ormand

LOUDER THAN WORDS by Laura Jarratt


There are just so many books releasing this week. I couldn’t keep track of them all. So there are a couple that I didn’t pre-order that I know I’ll want to add to the collection once the dust settles – VIVIAN DIVINE IS DEAD and HUNGRY.

And while I don’t have as many books pre-ordered as I did last week, there are still a ton of books releasing. Which is why I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting one or two books I’ve been curious about. It’s why I forgot to include TEASE last week.

Next week isn’t much better. At least in terms of my TBR pile. I already found at least five books I have on order. I’m sure there are (or will be by then) quite a few more.

And as this post took forever and ever, I think I’ll stop rambling and just wish those of you who have a book releasing a happy book birthday! And to those of you who read and review, I hope that you get to add a few of your anticipated reads to your collection.

As ever… Happy Reading!

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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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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #157

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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 December 31st-January 6th that I have pre-ordered.

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Afterparty

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AFTERPARTY by Ann Redisch Stampler will be released in the U.S. on December 31, 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 Pulse, the print edition is 416 pages.

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I am so excited for the release of AFTERPARTY this week. I got the chance to read it just a bit early and I loved it and can’t wait for my pre-order copy to download on Monday Midnight.

Ann Redisch Stampler is an amazing writer. I loved the way this story was written, I was instantly drawn in by the author’s voice. A couple of the characters drove me crazy – Siobhan and Chelsea. I think I was rooting for Emma to do something wicked to them both. Most of the characters I loved – Emma and Dylan and Megan and Arif. And I was totally surprised by one character.

While it may be a familiar story with complicated relationships, mean girls, wild parties and complex and moody boys, the writing made this story stand out to me. And I am really looking forward to re-reading it in its finished form really, really soon. This is one book I’m definitely thrilled to add to my collection.

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Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother — whose name her dad won’t even say out loud. That’s why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her…and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she’s everything Emma is not.

And it may be more than Emma can handle.

Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It’s more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop…

This explosive, sexy, and harrowing follow-up to Ann Redisch Stampler’s spectacular teen debut, Where It Began, reveals how those who know us best can hurt us most.

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The Promise of Amazing

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THE PROMISE OF AMAZING by Robin Constantine will be released in the U.S. on December 31, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 384 pages.

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I can’t believe the year is ending and THE PROMISE OF AMAZING is releasing this week. I think I added this book to my pre-orders the instant I first learned about it this past spring or summer. And I’m totally stoked that the wait is finally almost over.

As I have THE PROMISE OF AMAZING on my reading pile this week and I recently spotlighted it for my Book Watch post, I really don’t want to ramble on and on yet again about just why I am so excited for it to be added to my collection. Especially since I just started reading it and so far I am loving it and want to be reading it instead of writing about it in this post.

If all goes well I am hopeful I’ll be able to finish reading it tonight, but at the very latest I’ll be marking it read before it downloads on Tuesday. And I’m even more hopeful that it will be every bit as amazing as I have been anticipating.

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Wren Caswell is average. Ranked in the middle of her class at Sacred Heart, she’s not popular, but not a social misfit. Wren is the quiet, “good” girl who’s always done what she’s supposed to—only now in her junior year, this passive strategy is backfiring. She wants to change, but doesn’t know how.

Grayson Barrett was the king of St. Gabe’s. Star of the lacrosse team, top of his class, on a fast track to a brilliant future—until he was expelled for being a “term paper pimp.” Now Gray is in a downward spiral and needs to change, but doesn’t know how.

One fateful night their paths cross when Wren, working at her family’s Arthurian-themed catering hall, performs the Heimlich on Gray as he chokes on a cocktail weenie, saving his life literally and figuratively. What follows is the complicated, awkward, hilarious, and tender tale of two teens shedding their pasts, figuring out who they are—and falling in love.

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The Offering

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THE OFFERING by Kimberly Derting will be released in the U.S. on December 31, 2013 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 Margaret K. McElderry, the print edition is 304 pages.

THE OFFERING is the third and final book in Kimberly Derting’s The Pledge series.

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I can’t believe that THE OFFERING releases on Tuesday and that it is the final book in the trilogy. When it downloads on Monday Midnight I will have the entire trilogy in my eBook collection, but won’t have started reading the series yet.

I have heard such amazing things about the first book in the series, but I’ve tried to stay away from any of the buzz about the series since then as I haven’t wanted to risk spoilers. So I don’t know anything beyond what I’ve heard about THE PLEDGE except that I know this author is a fantastic writer and I expect to be amazed by this series.

Since all three books in this dystopian series will be available for me to devour come Tuesday, I am really hoping that I’ll be able to read the entire trilogy this winter.

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True love—and world war—is at stake in the conclusion to The Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy.
Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania, has become comfortable as a leader and a ruler. She’s done admirable work to restore Ludania’s broken communications systems with other Queendoms, and she’s mastered the art of ignoring Sabara, the evil former queen whose Essence is alive within Charlie. Or so she thinks.

When the negotiation of a peace agreement with the Queendom of Astonia goes awry, Charlie receives a brutal message that threatens Ludania, and it seems her only option is to sacrifice herself in exchange for Ludanian freedom.

But things aren’t always as they seem. Charlie is walking into a trap—one set by Sabara, who is determined to reclaim the Queendoms at any cost.

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Other Books of Note

 

WarriorWARRIOR (The Dragon King Chronicles #2) by Ellen Oh

Pub. Date: December 31, 2013

Publisher: HarperTeen

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First an outcast, now a hero.

But her fight rages on.

Kira, the yellow-eyed demon slayer who fiercely protected her kingdom—and the crown prince—has been proclaimed the Dragon Musado of the prophecy. With the defeated the evil shaman.

But it wasn’t enough.

Hansong is in chaos. The Demon Lord’s minions have infiltrated the city, treason is brewing among the military ranks, and Kira is buried by the overwhelming loss of her parents. She’s also plagued by the annoying feelings that blossom whenever she’s around Jaewon. But she is determined that nothing will stop her from finding the second treasure needed to fulfill the Dragon King’s prophecy. Not even the army of half-breed demons hot on their trail. If only she could learn to trust others…

Her father always said one person can change the world. Will it be Kira?

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Ali's Pretty Little LiesALI’S PRETTY LITTLE LIES (Pretty Little Liars #0.5) by Sara Shepard

Pub. Date: December 31, 2013

Publisher: HarperTeen

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Before there was A, there was Alison DiLaurentis. Boys wanted to date her, girls wanted to be her, and somebody wanted her dead. . . .

It’s the end of seventh grade, and Alison DiLaurentis and her friends are the girls of Rosewood Day. Ali runs her clique with an iron fist, and she’s got enough dirt on Hanna, Emily, Aria, and Spencer to keep them in line. But Ali’s hiding a dark secret of her own, something so huge it would destroy everything if it ever got out. She’s desperate to keep the perfect life she’s worked so hard to build, but in Rosewood deadly secrets have deadly consequences. . . .

Set in the weeks leading up to Ali’s murder, this special Pretty Little Liars tale is told by the prettiest little liar of all: Ali herself. For the first time ever, we see how the mystery began . . . and how Alison DiLaurentis’s life ended.

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The Book of LoveTHE BOOK OF LOVE (The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers #2) by Lynn Weingarten

Pub. Date: December 31, 2013

Publisher: HarperTeen

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers has given Lucy everything she thought she wanted. Gone is the poor, innocent girl pining away for a guy who didn’t deserve her and in her place is a fierce, fabulous Heartbreaker with glamorous sisters, an unbreakable heart, and access to magic.

The only problem is this: Lucy’s floppy-haired, blues-playing best friend Tristan is in pain. And she’s powerless to help him.

Or is she?

It’s time for the annual Heartbreaker competition — a chance for Lucy and her sisters to win The Book of Love, an ancient tome containing centuries’ worth of Heartbreaker wisdom, and maybe, just maybe, enough magic to fix Tristan’s heart for good.

Lucy will do whatever it takes; if it helps her fix her friend, she knows it’s worth it. At least she thinks she knows.

As Lucy goes deeper into the world of the sisterhood, she learns that even those closest to her have unimaginable secrets, and when it comes to magic, nothing comes without a price . . .

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OthersphereOTHERSPHERE (Otherkin #3) by Nina Berry

Pub. Date: December 31, 2013

Publisher: K-Teen

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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He makes the rules . . .
Mafiya enforcer Aleksandr “The Siberian” Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well—on his own wicked terms.

Rules are made to be broken . . .
PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. With every day she spends under his protection, she falls deeper under his masterful spell.

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Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy’s reach, Sevastyan spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-wealthy in Paris, the two lovers will discover that even their darkest—and most forbidden—fantasies can come true…

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Other Releases

VAMPIRE ACADEMY: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Richelle Mead and Brandon T. Snider

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I only have three books pre-ordered this week. At least I think that’s the case. It’s very possible that I have WARRIOR on order and/or a few eBook novellas that I didn’t notice were releasing when creating this post. But I guess I’ll find out if that’s true on Tuesday.

I know for a fact that next week is going to be insane, so I’m glad that this week is just a little bit quieter for releases. And I’m stoked that by December 31st I’ll have read two of the three books I have ordered. Which means there will be just the one book added to the TBR pile this week.

I don’t think I missed any new releases in last week’s post, but I haven’t had much time to check my Kindle for downloads since I had out-of-town visitors stopping by. But if for some reason I discover an awesome title on my Kindle that I wasn’t aware of that downloaded last week I’ll be sure to mention it in next week’s post.

Anyway… I hope you have a book or two on your must reads list that releases this week and I hope that you’re just as excited as I am that this week isn’t too crazy given next week’s release schedule.

And, in case I forget to mention it on Tuesday or Wednesday, I hope that your New Year’s Eve and Day are all sorts of awesome, that you reach your 2013 reading goals, and that you get a few hours to read some amazing books!

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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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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #153

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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 December 3rd-December 9th that I have pre-ordered.

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Rebel Spring

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REBEL SPRING by Morgan Rhodes releases in the U.S. today, December 3, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 416 pages.

REBEL SPRING is the second book in Morgan Rhodes’ Falling Kingdoms series. There are two additional books in the series planned.

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I have not yet had the chance to embark upon the journey promised in this series or to meet Cleo, Magnus, Lucia and Jonas. But I am so excited that my pre-order copy of REBEL SPRINGS downloaded to my Kindle so that I will be able to not only meet the characters but continue their adventure in this sequel.

I did end up reading the description that promises not only “love, power, and magic” but also “war.” And I am now more eager than ever to begin this series so I can find out just what King Gaius does that “will forever change the face of” the land.

I had planned on waiting until after the release of the third book before diving in. But I am now more curious than ever to discover this world, learn more about the three fallen kingdoms, and see just how everyone’s handling their union in the country known as Mytica.

Hopefully I’ll get the chance to do so early in the new year. This series sounds so unbelievably epic that the idea of waiting years for the remaining books to release before adding these first two to the pile is unthinkable.

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Love, power, and magic collide with war in the second book of the Falling Kingdoms series

Auranos has fallen and the three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now united as one country called Mytica. But still, magic beckons, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the world…

When the evil King Gaius announces that a road is to be built into the Forbidden Mountains, formally linking all of Mytica together, he sets off a chain of events that will forever change the face of this land, forcing Cleo the dethroned princess, Magnus the reluctant heir, Lucia the haunted sorceress, and Jonas the desperate rebel to take steps they never could have imagined.

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Racing Savannah

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RACING SAVANNAH by Miranda Kenneally releases in the U.S. today, December 3, 2013, in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Sourcebooks Fire, the print edition is 304 pages.

RACING SAVANNAH is the fourth book in Author Miranda Kenneally’s Hundred Oaks series. The fifth book, BREATHE, ANNIE, BREATHE, is slated for release on July 1, 2014. A sixth and final book, currently untitled, is planned.

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I can’t wait to read RACING SAVANNAH and I am totally stoked that my Kindle pre-order copy downloaded and that this book is now a part of my collection. I’ve been looking forward to this particular installment in the series for what feels like forever.

As I have already spotlighted it for my Book Watch post, I probably shouldn’t ramble endlessly here. But I really can’t wait to meet Savannah and Jack and to find out which is more dangerous – horse racing or dating.

I love that the description hints of forbidden love, a love story divided by class. And I love that the main character is interested in more than just dating the “out of her league” Jack Goodwin.

The world of horse racing sounds absolutely fascinating, and I can’t wait to see this world through Savannah’s eyes. Which I will hopefully get the chance to do next week.

For those that don’t yet have their copy of RACING SAVANNAH, you can check out an excerpt on the author’s website, HERE.

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They’re from two different worlds.

He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.

With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack…

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Other Books of Note

DeadlyDEADLY (Pretty Little Liars #14) by Sara Shepard

Pub. Date: December 3, 2013

Publisher: HarperTeen

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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Deadly, the fourteenth volume in Sara Shepard’s YA Pretty Little Liars series, delivers more juicy scandals, dark secrets, and shocking plot twists. This #1 New York Times bestselling series is also a hit ABC Family original TV show.

High school seniors Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer have all done horrible things—things that would put them behind bars if anyone ever found out. And their stalker “A” knows everything.

So far A has kept their secrets, using them to torture the girls. But now A’s changed the game. Suddenly the girls are hauled in for questioning, and all their worlds begin to unravel. If A’s plan succeeds, Rosewood’s pretty little liars will be locked away for good. . . .

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Ink is Thicker Than WaterINK IS THICKER THAN WATER by Amy Spalding

Pub. Date: December 3, 2013

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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For Kellie Brooks, family has always been a tough word to define. Combine her hippie mom and tattooist stepdad, her adopted overachieving sister, her younger half brother, and her tough-love dad, and average Kellie’s the one stuck in the middle, overlooked and impermanent. When Kellie’s sister finally meets her birth mother and her best friend starts hanging with a cooler crowd, the feeling only grows stronger.

But then she reconnects with Oliver, the sweet and sensitive college guy she had a near hookup with last year. Oliver is intense and attractive, and she’s sure he’s totally out of her league. But as she discovers that maybe intensity isn’t always a good thing, it’s yet another relationship she feels is spiraling out of her control.

It’ll take a new role on the school newspaper and a new job at her mom’s tattoo shop for Kellie to realize that defining herself both outside and within her family is what can finally allow her to feel permanent, just like a tattoo.

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Third Lie's the CharmTHIRD LIE’S THE CHARM (The Liar Society #3) by Lisa & Laura Roecker

Pub. Date: December 3, 2013

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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New friend into old, the bond of the Sisterhood will never grow cold.

Life at Pemberly Brown is a whirlwind for Kate Lowry. Determined to finally destroy the secret society responsible for her best friend Grace’s death, Kate joins the Sisterhood hoping to go all Trojan Horse on their asses. But the night of her initiation another student at Pemberly Brown dies in what looks like tragic accident.

Kate knows better.

Kate and her faithful ginger, Seth Allen, immediately uncover a connection to the boy’s death and the secret societies that rule Pemberly Brown. But it’s not until Kate begins receiving pages from Grace’s old journal that she begins to piece together what really happened the night she died and how it connects to Pemberly Brown’s most recent tragedy.

Meanwhile, Kate’s ex-boyfriend Liam is following her around like an angry guard dog and she’s falling hard for the mysterious Bradley Farrow. Both boys are tied up in the mystery that surrounds Pemberly Brown, but only one of them can truly be trusted.

In this chilling conclusion to The Liar Society series Kate will fight to save her school from the evil that lurks beneath its hallowed halls. But will her quest destroy her or finally lead her to true love? She can only hope her third lie’s the charm.

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Rain of the GhostsRAIN OF THE GHOSTS (Rain Cacique #1) by Greg Weisman

Pub. Date: December 3, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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Rain of the Ghosts is the first in Greg Weisman’s series about an adventurous young girl, Rain Cacique, who discovers she has a mystery to solve, a mission to complete and, oh, yes, the ability to see ghosts.

Welcome to the Prospero Keys (or as the locals call them: the Ghost Keys), a beautiful chain of tropical islands on the edge of the Bermuda Triangle. Rain Cacique is water-skiing with her two best friends Charlie and Miranda when Rain sees her father waiting for her at the dock. Sebastian Bohique, her maternal grandfather, has passed away. He was the only person who ever made Rain feel special. The only one who believed she could do something important with her life. The only thing she has left to remember him by is the armband he used to wear: two gold snakes intertwined, clasping each other’s tails in their mouths. Only the armband . . . and the gift it brings: Rain can see dead people. Starting with the Dark Man: a ghost determined to reveal the Ghost Keys’ hidden world of mystery and mysticism, intrigue and adventure.

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Swamp AngelSWAMP ANGEL by Colleen Boyd

Pub. Date: December 3, 2013

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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Someone’s watching him. Rylan Forester just can’t shake the feeling he’s being followed, and the dreams he’s been having aren’t helping either, dreams of a green horned monster kissing him by the swamp behind his house. They’re the last thing he needs in his life right now anyway, with a distant father, a best friend who’s crushing on him, a school bully after his hide, and a greedy land developer after his family’s property. After an almost tragic accident, Rylan’s world is turned upside down with one important discovery-the monster’s real, and she needs his help. Drawn into her world, what starts as simple friendship has the chance to become something greater. But trouble isn’t far away, and it’s going to take all of Rylan’s efforts to keep his new friend safe.

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Don't Close Your EyesDON’T CLOSE YOUR EYES (Dream Catcher #1-3) by Lisa McMann

Pub. Date: December 3, 2013

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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A boxed set of Lisa McMann’s New York Times bestselling WAKE trilogy. Includes Wake, Fade, and Gone.

Janie Hannagan gets sucked into other people’s dreams. It’s an ability she always kept secret—until she met Cabel, and found herself with the best (secret) boyfriend ever. But Janie and Cabel are about to find out just how dark Janie’s future as a Dream Catcher is… and whether Cabel will be a part of it.

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Bitter Sweet LoveBITTER SWEET LOVE (The Dark Elements #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pub. Date: December 1, 2013

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series THE DARK ELEMENTS, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.

Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…

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I can’t believe how quiet a week it is for new releases in YA. My two pre-orders downloaded but there were no surprise books for a change. Of course I still feel like I’m missing out. I don’t remember the last time I had only two pre-orders.

Though I did receive my pre-order copy of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s eNovella on December 1st, it technically should have been included among last week’s releases. And while I don’t normally list novellas, I am so excited to check out this peek into her new series about demons and gargoyles that I just had to include it in this post.

I love the look of the new boxed set of Lisa McMann’s WAKE, FADE, GONE trilogy that released this week. But as I already own all three books I probably won’t buy them again. Well… maybe.

And while I didn’t pre-order Amy Spalding’s INK IS THICKER THAN WATER, as it is a book I’m seeing everywhere these days it’s one I’m going to be checking out.

But for now I’m going to be happy with my two pre-orders and will hopefully get to read both books very, very soon.

As always, I hope that while this week may be quiet for you too, there is at least one book you’ve had on your “dying to read” list that can be switched to your “currently reading” pile.

Happy book-ish acquiring and reading!

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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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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #135

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 July 30th-August 5th that I have pre-ordered.

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Indelible

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INDELIBLE by Dawn Metcalf will be released in the U.S. on July 30, 2013 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 384 pages.

INDELIBLE is the first book in author Dawn Metcalf’s The Twixt series. No information is yet available about the sequel.

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I am so excited that INDELIBLE is releasing this week and that everyone will get a chance to meet Joy and Ink and the rest of more than interesting characters, like Graus Claude, that author Dawn Metcalf introduced in this first book in the series.

I thought this story was magical and quite a bit different from what I imagined, which was a lovely surprise. So I’m totally stoked it will be downloading to my Kindle on Tuesday and I can include it as part of my permanent collection.

As I’m hoping to have my review posted some time this week, I won’t go on and on for too long here. But I will just say that this was such a fun and quick read and I hope to learn more about what the sequel entails as I definitely plan on continuing this series.

I am also hopeful that things between Joy and Ink… well… I probably shouldn’t say… but as things left off in a way that left me anxious for more, I wish I had those answers sooner rather than later.

As I have read INDELIBLE, I won’t be reading it again this week. But I will definitely be re-reading this story before the sequel comes out.

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Earthbound

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EARTHBOUND by Aprilynne Pike will be released in the U.S. on July 30, 2013 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 Razorbill, the print edition is 352 pages.

EARTHBOUND is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Aprilynne Pike. No information is yet available about the sequel.

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I absolutely loved EARTHBOUND and cannot wait until it resides on my Kindle tomorrow. Because that means that it’s one more day closer to the release of the as yet unnamed sequel. While the ending is not a cliffhanger, it very much leaves off in a place that has me desperate to find out what happens next. And I cannot wait for whatever that may be.

As I have read this book, I can’t pretend to guess at what happened with Tavia, or feign ignorance about what the visions mean. I can’t unknow what happens between her and this mystery boy or what happens with Benson.

This was such an exciting read, and the start of a series I know will be every bit as amazing, if not more so, than the author’s Wings series. It was a book I’ve been pining for since I first heard of its existence and is a book I definitely plan on re-reading. So I cannot wait to add it to my collection when it downloads to my Kindle.

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Soul Screamers Volume Three

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SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME THREE by Rachel Vincent will be released in the U.S. on July 30, 2013 in paperback 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 768 pages.

SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME THREE contains the novels IF I DIE and BEFORE I WAKE and the novella NEVER TO SLEEP.

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I’ve already read and devoured the Soul Screamers books. But I am so unbelievably excited that SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME THREE is releasing tomorrow and that my print copy will be delivered on release day.

I can’t wait to see what it looks like on my book tower next to the two previously released volumes I own. Both those books are absolutely gorgeous and this one looks to be no less stunning. So I’m super stoked that it will finally be added to my collection. I miss this series.

As I have read and reviewed, or rambled about, all the stories in this book, and I spotlighted VOLUME THREE for my Book Watch post the other week, I won’t go on and on about just how amazing this particular volume is. But with IF I DIE, one of my most favorite books not only in the series but for all time, and BEFORE I WAKE, a book that brought me to almost as many tears, included in this volume, this is most definitely my favorite volume yet.

And while I won’t be diving into SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME THREE this week, I am planning to re-read the series in its entirety over the course of a long weekend at some point this summer. Though I will likely read the Kindle eBook download of this volume that I also have pre-ordered this week.

Other Books of Note

Seven Minutes in Heaven

SEVEN MINUTES IN HEAVEN (The Lying Game #6) by Sara Shepard

Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

Publisher: Harper Teen

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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All Our Pretty Songs

ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS by Sarah McCarry

Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Under the Empyrean Sky

UNDER THE EMPYREAN SKY (The Heartland Trilogy #1) by Chuck Wendig

Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

Publisher: Skyscape

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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The Sound

THE SOUND by Sarah Alderson

Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

(AMAZON PB, AMAZON eBOOKBARNES & NOBLE)

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Bubble World

BUBBLE WORLD by Carol Snow

Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. (BYR)

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Love Disguised

LOVE DISGUISED by Lisa Klein

Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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The Phenomenals

A GAME OF GHOULS (The Phenomenals #2) by F.E. Higgins

Pub. Date: August 1, 2013

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

(AMAZON)

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The Boy on the Bridge

THE BOY ON THE BRIDGE by Natalie Standiford

Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

Publisher: Scholastic Press

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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A Kiss, A Dare and a Boat Called Promise

A KISS, A DARE AND A BOAT CALLED PROMISE by Fiona Foden

Pub. Date: August 1, 2013

Publisher: Scholastic

(AMAZON)

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Have a Little Faith

HAVE A LITTLE FAITH by Candy Harper

Pub. Date: August 1, 2013

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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If I Ever Get Out of Here

IF I EVER GET OUT OF HERE by Eric Gansworth

Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Prep School Confidential

PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL (Prep School Confidential #1) by Kara Taylor

Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Midnight Frost

MIDNIGHT FROST (Mythos Academy #5) by Jennifer Estep

Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

Publisher: K-Teen

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Previously published in the UK

The Wicked Wood

THE WICKED WOOD (Tales from the Tower) by Isobelle Carmody

Pub. Date: August 1, 2013

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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I don’t have many books pre-ordered this week. At least none that I’m aware of, aside from the three mentioned above. But I am totally ecstatic for each of the books I have on order as they are all amazing.

And while I don’t have any plans – yet – to purchase any of the books of note I’ve listed in this post, there are some titles that have caught my eye that I just might end up adding to my collection when I get the chance to take a longer look at them.

But for now I’m stoked that I technically don’t have any new books to add to the TBR pile. Even though I plan on re-reading each of the books I’ve pre-ordered, they’re technically not TBR books. Which makes me less stressed about my reading pile.

I hope that you found some gems amongst the new releases this week. And I hope that your reading pile won’t be too overburdened with all the new adds. If you have a bookish “must buy” recommendation, I’d love to know.

Until next week, happy book collecting!

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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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #110

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

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Scarlet

SCARLET by Marissa Meyer will be released in the U.S. on February 5, 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 464 pages.

SCARLET is the second book in author Marissa Meyer’s The Lunar Chronicles. The third book in the series, CRESS, is slated for release in 2014, and the fourth book in the series, WINTER, is slated for release in 2015.

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I cannot believe that SCARLET is releasing this week. I had it on my pile to be read. Twice. And I didn’t get a chance to read it early. And now, of course, I’ll have the finished copy downloading to my Kindle on Tuesday.

I’ve been dying to read this second book in the author’s The Lunar Chronicles since the moment I finished reading – and listening to – CINDER. I was so surprised and amazed by that book that I couldn’t believe I had to wait for over a year for the second installment. Well, apparently I did survive the long wait. No one could be more shocked than I am.

But now that it’s releasing I’m even more desperate for the chance to meet Scarlet Benoit and Wolf and see just what’s been happening with Cinder. And I am anxious to find out whether or not the Lunar Queen has managed to entrap Prince Kai.

SCARLET sounds like another awesome story in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles and I cannot wait to see what the author does with her versions of these characters in this book.

While I won’t get the chance to add SCARLET to the pile this week, I’m hoping to read it at the end of the month.

Unravel Me

UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi will be released in the U.S. on February 5, 2013 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 480 pages.

UNRAVEL ME is the second full-length book in author Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series. The third book in the series, as yet untitled, is slated for release in November 2013.

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I am so unbelievably psyched for UNRAVEL ME to download to my Kindle this week. I’d given away my ARC months ago and I desperately want to re-read this story. I miss Warner and Adam and I want to see if my memory of everything that happened in this second book in the series is correct or if it got somehow skewed with the passage of time.

As I read this book ages ago I can’t pretend to guess at what happened. I know what happened. And I know just how things ended. I also know just how torturous the wait will be for the next installment in the series. Because there are just so many directions that third book can take. So. Many. Directions.

I could go on. And on. And on about just what happened in this book, how I have all the words to talk about what went on with… and how I have all the feels about….

But it would spoil the entire read. Especially if I were to talk about this one particular scene…. Yeah, I probably shouldn’t do that.

And as I already spotlighted UNRAVEL ME for my Book Watch post a couple of weeks ago, I won’t ramble on about just how excited I am for its release. How Juliette’s decisions might very well “involve choosing between her heart–and Adam’s life.” And how much of a role Warner plays in this sequel.

And, even though I read UNRAVEL ME, there is no question I will be re-reading it this month. And possibly again next month. And the one after that. And on. And on. And on….

Etiquette and Espionage

ETIQUETTE & ESPIONAGE by Gail Carriger will be released in the U.S. on February 5, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 320 pages.

ETIQUETTE & ESPIONAGE is the first book in the author’s Finishing School series. The second book in the series, CURTSIES & CONSPIRACIES, is slated for release in November 2013.

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I have ETIQUETTE & ESPIONAGE on my reading pile this week. But I am so tempted to read the finished eBook copy when it downloads to my Kindle so I don’t accidentally bend one of the pages in the very gorgeous ARC I have.

I am so glad to finally be able to read this awesome-sounding book, to meet Sophronia, to step inside the Finishing School, and to see just how prepared she will be for a life of “deceit” and “espionage.”

I cannot imagine this world that seems to teach two diametrically opposing things to these young girls. But I can’t wait to immerse myself in it and find out just how they do it.

I haven’t read the author’s Parasol Protectorate series, but it seems that this series can stand on its own. And I cannot wait to start reading this book in the next couple of days.

Other Books of Note

HOUSE RULES is not a YA title.

I have it pre-ordered, have read it and it’s AWESOME!

But as it’s not YA I haven’t listed it above.

House Rules

HOUSE RULES (Chicagoland Vampires #7) by Chloe Neill

Pub. Date: February 5, 2013

Publisher: NAL Trade

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Hysteria

HYSTERIA by Megan Miranda

Pub. Date: February 5, 2013

Publisher: Walker Childrens

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Cross My Heart Hope to Die

CROSS MY HEART, HOPE TO DIE (The Lying Game #5) by Sara Shepard

Pub. Date: February 5, 2013

Publisher: HarperTeen

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Perfect Scoundrels

PERFECT SCOUNDRELS (Heist Society #3) by Ally Carter

Pub. Date: February 5, 2013

Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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City of a Thousand Dolls

CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS by Miriam Forster

Pub. Date: February 5, 2013

Publisher: HarperTeen

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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The Void of Mist and Thunder

THE VOID OF MIST AND THUNDER (The 13th Reality #4) by James Dashner

Pub. Date: February 5, 2013

Publisher: Aladdin

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Fearless 2

FEARLESS 2: TWISTED, KISS, PAYBACK (Fearless #4-6) by Francine Pascal

Pub. Date: February 5, 2013

Publisher: Simon Pulse

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Homeland

HOMELAND (Little Brother #2) by Cory Doctorow

Pub. Date: February 5, 2013

Publisher: Tor Teen

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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The Ruining

THE RUINING by Anna Collomore

Pub. Date: February 7, 2013

Publisher: Razorbill

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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There are a ton of new books releasing this week, but I’ve only pre-ordered three of them… and the one non-YA read I’ve listed, HOUSE RULES. So, I suppose, that’s technically four.

I’m trying so very hard to reduce my book binging, but it’s not easy. Especially when there are books like HYSTERIA just begging to be added to my collection. Or the latest book in The Lying Game series. Or even Ally Carter’s Heist Society, whose earlier books I own but have yet to read.

But as I’ve purchased a ton of new books these past few weeks, I’m hoping to wait until after release date before I make any new bookish purchases beyond the four pre-orders. I want to give myself a little more time to decide if they’re books I must have in my collection, ones I want to have in my collection, or if they’re simply ones I’m just mildly curious about.

Still… I’m almost positive I will be adding HYSTERIA to my collection this week. In fact, I may end up pre-ordering it as soon as I finish writing this post….

Anyway….

If you’ve been anxiously awaiting UNRAVEL ME’s release date, I hope you’ll be able to add it to your collection this week and that you won’t have to wait weeks and weeks for it to show up.

It is every bit as amazing as it sounds… and then some… and some more after that.

But I should probably wrap this up before I go on another gush-fest like I did back in July on The Annex. I will just say that any fears I had about its awesomeness were quickly set aside as soon as I started reading.

So… I hope you have an amazing reading and book buying week this week and that you have a few titles you’re adding to your collection. If there are any I missed, please let me know!

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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