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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

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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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

Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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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

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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!


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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***Missed Last Week***

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!


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!


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!


Book Watch Releasing This Week #58

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

These are books for the week of February 7th-February 13th that I have pre-ordered.

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Dead to You by Lisa McMann will be released in the U.S. on February 7, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 256 pages.

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I can’t believe Dead to You is releasing this week and that my Kindle pre-order will be downloading in just a few short hours. I’ve been dying to read this book ever since I heard about it and when I received the ARC a few weeks ago I wanted to shove everything off the pile to read it, but I couldn’t.

I won’t go on endlessly since I did spotlight this last month for my Book Watch post, but Lisa McMann is an amazing writer, with a very unique writing style that I always love. And I can’t wait to read this next book of hers, which sounds incredibly dark and mysterious, about a boy, Ethan, who had been kidnapped, has somehow gotten free and has been reunited with his family only to find that something “unspeakable” is blocking his memory.

It sounds chilling and I just can’t wait to uncover the mystery.

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood will be released in the U.S. on February 7, 2012 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 Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 272 pages.

Born Wicked is the first book in The Cahill Witch Chronicles by author Jessica Spotswood and is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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I have been excited for the release of Born Wicked for what seems like ever. I have an early copy, but haven’t had a chance to read it, but I will be reading it very soon. I’m just not sure if I’ll read the ARC or the eBook I have pre-ordered.

This cover is absolutely stunning and it and its title are what drew me to this book in the first place. But once I read the description, the story itself ensnared me. This story about witches sounds totally intriguing, filled with secrets upon secrets – the girls being witches, whatever Cate discovers about her mother, a “forbidden romance,” and what sounds like a dark fate that the Cahill girls have waiting for them.

I cannot wait to get this on my reading pile because Born Wicked sounds like a debut that I definitely shouldn’t miss out on reading right now.

Two Truths and a Lie by Sara Shepard will be released in the U.S. on February 7, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 304 pages.

Two Truths and a Lie is the third book in the Lying Game series by author Sara Shepard. The fourth book in the series, Hide and Seek, is slated for release on July 31, 2012.

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I read the first book in this series by author Sara Shepard and loved it. I bought the sequel, Never Have I Ever, but haven’t been able to read it yet. I decided to order this third book in the series, Two Truths and a Lie, with the idea I’ll be able to read both book two and this book back-to-back before the next book comes out in July.

I have not read the description for this book because I do not want to accidentally discover any spoilers from book two, but it is linked in the cover above. I am so super curious as to what’s happened to Sutton and Emma, how much of the mystery was revealed so far in this series and what new questions have arisen since I last checked in with them.

These aren’t typically the kind of books I read, but after reading book one I can’t help but want to find out where this story will lead. It’s definitely an addictive series and I can’t wait to get caught up on it soon.

The Wood Queen by Karen Mahoney will be released in the U.S. on February 8, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Flux, the print edition is 336 pages.

The Wood Queen is the second book in The Iron Witch series by author Karen Mahoney.

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I loved the first book in Karen Mahoney’s The Iron Witch series. I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of this second book in the series. I thought the story was incredibly entertaining and I’ve been wanting to know a lot more about Donna and the world she is a part of. And I fell completely in love with the cover for book one.

The description doesn’t reveal much about what’s in store for Donna in this next book in the series, but it definitely doesn’t sound good. The Wood Queen is seeking vengeance against her and the alchemists aren’t exactly her biggest fans for what she’s done. But I get the feeling that this second installment in the series will be action-packed and I can’t wait to see what happens.

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In Too Deep by Amanda Grace

Pub. Date: February 8, 2012

Published by: Flux

(Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth

Pub. Date: February 7, 2012

Published by: Balzer + Bray

(AmazonBarnes & Noble)

Pure by Julianna Baggott

Pub. Date: February 8, 2012

Published by: Grand Central Publishing

(AmazonBarnes & Noble)

Almost Everything (A Vampire Princess Novel) by Tate Hallaway

Pub. Date: February 7, 2012

Published by: NAL Trade

(AmazonBarnes & Noble)

The One That I Want by Jennifer Echols

Pub. Date: February 7, 2012 (the eBook was released on 12/6/11)

Published by: Simon Pulse

(AmazonBarnes & Noble)

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

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I only have four books pre-ordered this week because the Jennifer Echols book, The One That I Want, that I have listed in Other Books of Note is one I already purchased in eBook format, though the paperback edition is releasing this week.

Even though it is a fairly slow release week for books I’m purchasing, I am really excited to read all four books I have on order. And I really hope to be able to do so before the end of the month when I have quite a few books pre-ordered so that they don’t fall too far down in my reading pile.

While I love release weeks when I have at least six books pre-ordered, I am happy when there are a few slower weeks so that I can pretend that I’m keeping up with my ever-growing TBR pile.

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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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