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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #162

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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 February 4th-February 10th that I have pre-ordered.

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Prince of Shadows

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PRINCE OF SHADOWS by Rachel Caine will be released in the U.S. on February 4, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by NAL Hardcover, the print edition is 368 pages.

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“O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou, Romeo?” Apparently he’s here, in Rachel Caine’s latest novel PRINCE OF SHADOWS and oh my gosh I am so excited for my pre-order to download.

I think Rachel Caine is an amazing writer – I am madly in love with her characters – and I can’t wait to read her retelling of the tragic tale of the Capulets and Montagues.

I love that Benvolio Montague sees Rosaline and a curse falls on Verona that rewrites their fates. I am dying to see just how this story changes because of his actions. And I really hope to be able to do so next weekend… if I can wait that long.

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A thrilling retelling of the star-crossed tale of Romeo and Juliet, from the New York Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series.

In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and—if they survive—marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their wishes are of no import. Their fates are written on the day they are born.

Benvolio Montague, cousin to Romeo, knows all this. He expects to die for his cousin, for his house, but a spark of rebellion still lives inside him. At night, he is the Prince of Shadows, the greatest thief in Verona—and he risks all as he steals from House Capulet. In doing so, he sets eyes on convent-bound Rosaline, and a terrible curse begins that will claim the lives of many in Verona…

…And will rewrite all their fates, forever.

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Cress

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CRESS by Marissa Meyer will be released in the U.S. on February 4, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Feiwel & Friends, the print edition is 560 pages.

CRESS is the third full-length book in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles. The fourth book in the series, WINTER, is slated for release in 2015.

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I am so excited that not only will my Kindle copy of CRESS download this week but that the lovely print edition will arrive so that I can add it to my collection. I am currently mid-read and I am wildly in love with this third book in the series. It might just be my favorite yet.

I don’t know how things will end. I just know that I am totally riveted. And that I’d much rather be continuing to read CRESS instead of rambling about it here and now in this post.

Marissa Meyer is an amazing and imaginative storyteller and with each book in this series she continues to wow me. And as excited as I am to reach this story’s end, I am sad that this series will end with WINTER. Hm… maybe I should have waited to start reading CRESS so I could have further delayed the inevitable.

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Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard. 

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

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THE SOUND OF LETTING GO by Stasia Ward Kehoe will be released in the U.S. on February 6, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Fiking Juvenile, the print edition is 400 pages.

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I feel like I’ve been waiting for ages for THE SOUND OF LETTING GO‘s release date. And in just a few more days I’ll finally get the chance to read this amazing-sounding book when it downloads to my Kindle.

I can’t wait to discover Daisy’s story, to see whether she’ll be able to completely break away from who she used to be or whether Cal will remind her of who she was and all that she gave up. I have no idea which choices I’ll root for, whose side I’ll be on, and whether I think Daisy should hold on or decide to let go.

If time permits I’d love to get this on my reading pile next week. But if not, I definitely plan on adding it to the pile after my exam on the 16th.

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For sixteen years, Daisy has been good. A good daughter, helping out with her autistic younger brother uncomplainingly. A good friend, even when her best friend makes her feel like a third wheel. When her parents announce they’re sending her brother to an institution—without consulting her—Daisy’s furious, and decides the best way to be a good sister is to start being bad. She quits jazz band and orchestra, slacks in school, and falls for bad-boy Dave.

But one person won’t let Daisy forget who she used to be: Irish exchange student and brilliant musician Cal. Does she want the bad boy or the prodigy? Should she side with her parents or protect her brother? How can she know when to hold on and when—and how—to let go?

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Alienated

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ALIENATED by Melissa Landers will be released in the U.S. on February 4, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Disney-Hyperion, the print edition is 352 pages.

ALIENATED is the first book in a new series by Author Melissa Landers. The second book in the series, INVADED, is slated for release on February 3, 2015.

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I had the chance to read ALIENATED early and I loved it and can’t wait for my Kindle copy to be added to my collection this week. Though if I spy this book in the bookstore this weekend and its cover is every bit as gorgeous as I think it will be, I may just have to add a print copy to the collection, too.

With the way things ended I’m just dying for the sequel and I can’t believe that’s 365 days from now. It’s too far away!

I loved meeting Cara and Aelyx. I loved the idea of the L’eihr exchange program. I loved discovering all the secrets… or most of them… and I am just so curious about where this story is headed in the next book. Things got pretty crazy there. Like when Cara found… oh, no that’s spoiler-y, not going to continue on with that thought.

If I haven’t lost the ability to wrangle my thoughts, I hope to be able to post a review next week. Of course I don’t plan on revealing any spoiler-y things there, either. But maybe I’ll tease just one or two of my favorite bits.

If that doesn’t happen, maybe when I add this to the pile again for a re-read – because yeah, I totally want to re-read this – I’ll be able to share just why I adore Aelyx, even though….

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Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

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SOMETHING REAL by Heather Demetrios will be released in the U.S. on February 4, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), the print edition is 416 pages.

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I am super excited for the release of SOMETHING REAL this week. I got the chance to read it early and I love, love, LOVED it. But it was a printed ARC and I can’t wait for the finished copy to download to my Kindle.

I am not surprised to hear that it won an award. This story was refreshingly original and such a surprise as it was quite a bit different from what I expected. But it was amazing and heartbreaking and heartwarming and so completely addictive. But not in the way that reality TV is addictive.

There is nothing mindless and empty about this book. The characters are sympathetic and likable and amazing and selfish and cruel and greedy and utterly despicable. But I loved getting to meet them all.

As I have read it recently I won’t be adding it to the pile in the next few, but this is one of those books that’s definitely re-readable and totally collection-worthy.

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Winner of the 2012 PEN New England Discovery Award!

There’s nothing real about reality TV.

Seventeen-year-old Bonnie™ Baker has grown up on TV—she and her twelve siblings are the stars of one-time hit reality show Baker’s Dozen. Since the show’s cancellation and the scandal surrounding it, Bonnie™ has tried to live a normal life, under the radar and out of the spotlight. But it’s about to fall apart…because Baker’s Dozen is going back on the air. Bonnie™’s mom and the show’s producers won’t let her quit and soon the life she has so carefully built for herself, with real friends (and maybe even a real boyfriend), is in danger of being destroyed by the show. Bonnie™ needs to do something drastic if her life is ever going to be her own—even if it means being more exposed than ever before.

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Ignite Me

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IGNITE ME by Tahereh Mafi will be released in the U.S. on February 4, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

IGNITE ME is the third and final full-length book in Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me trilogy.

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I almost can’t believe that in just a few short hours the final book in the Shatter Me series will be downloading to my Kindle. I am so excited and nervous and anxious and scared and sad and totally terrified about what I might discover in IGNITE ME.

It was the book I chose for my Book Watch post the other week so I really am not going to take the time to ramble here. I don’t think I have the appropriate words at my disposal to talk about how [insert better world than excited here] I am.

But I’m equally as terrified about what’s going to happen. I’m just as sad that this will be the end. I do not want to say goodbye to Warner or Adam or Kenji or Juliette or… anyone. I don’t want to say goodbye to this world, the beautiful writing. I don’t want it all to end.

But I will be reading it the second I get it. I will not let my fear keep me from reaching the end. Even if it means that I will be fighting back tears for the entire read.

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The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love”

Juliette now knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she’ll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew-about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam-was wrong.

In Shatter Me, Tahereh Mafi created a captivating and original story that combined the best of dystopian and paranormal and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” The sequel, Unravel Me, blew readers away with heart-racing twists and turns, and New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia said it was “dangerous, sexy, romantic, and intense.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and climactic end.

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Mistwalker

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MISTWALKER by Saundra Mitchell will be released in the U.S. on February 4, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

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I love Saundra Mitchell’s writing and pre-order every single book she releases, which includes MISTWALKER. Though until I created this post I hadn’t even read its description.

Though now that I have, I can’t wait for its release.

I am so very curious about this idea of the Grey Man who is really a young man trapped inside a lighthouse and forced to collect a thousand souls. I really hope that Willa doesn’t opt to trade places with him to help her family. But I am super curious as to what would happen if she did.

The description piqued my curiosity but has left me in the dark about what direction this story might take. Hopefully I’ll be able to get it on the pile later this month so I can find out.

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When Willa Dixon’s brother dies on the family lobster boat, her father forbids Willa from stepping foot on the deck again. With her family suffering, she’ll do anything to help out—even visiting the Grey Man.

Everyone in her small Maine town knows of this legendary spirit who haunts the lighthouse, controlling the fog and the fate of any vessel within his reach. But what Willa finds in the lighthouse isn’t a spirit at all, but a young man trapped inside until he collects one thousand souls.

Desperate to escape his cursed existence, Grey tries to seduce Willa to take his place. With her life on land in shambles, will she sacrifice herself?

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Landry Park

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LANDRY PARK by Bethany Hagen will be released in the U.S. on February 4, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Dial, the print edition is 384 pages.

LANDRY PARK is the first book in a new series of the same name by Author Bethany Hagen.

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I have heard such amazing things about LANDRY PARK and I can’t wait for my pre-order copy to download. While I haven’t yet discovered Downton Abbey, I am a fan of THE SELECTION and am loving most things dystopia these days.

I can’t wait to meet Madeline Landry, find out whether she marries and runs the family estate as her father dictates or whether what she discovers and who she finds herself drawn to make her ditch her duty and instead choose her desire.

This sounds exactly like the type of story I want to read right now. And while I have a couple of books I’m in the midst of finishing, hopefully I’ll be able to sneak it onto the pile this weekend. If not, it will definitely be on the pile next week.

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Downton Abbey meets The Selection in this dystopian tale of love and betrayal

In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish gentry, seventeen-year-old Madeline Landry dreams of going to the university. Unfortunately, gentry decorum and her domineering father won’t allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers the devastating consequences her lifestyle is having on those less fortunate.

As Madeline begins to question everything she has ever learned, she finds herself increasingly drawn to handsome, beguiling David Dana. Soon, rumors of war and rebellion start to spread, and Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she must make a choice between duty – her family and the estate she loves dearly – and desire.

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Wild Things

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WILD THINGS by Chloe Neill will be released in the U.S. on February 4, 2014 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by New American Library, the print edition is 368 pages.

WILD THINGS is the ninth book in Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series. BLOOD GAMES, the tenth book in the series, is slated for release on August 5, 2014.

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Of course I had WILD THINGS pre-ordered. If I could pre-order every single book that remains in the series I would do it right this minute. I love these characters and this series. So I am totally stoked that WILD THINGS will be living on my Kindle in just a few short hours.

I had hoped to finish reading this story on Saturday, but I didn’t get the chance to finish it, though it is a super quick read. I may have gotten distracted by a few real-life things, but I should be finished before my Kindle copy is added to my collection.

As expected it’s an exciting addition to the series. Merit is one of my favorite non-YA heroines and I love getting caught up in her crazy life for a few hours twice a year. While I know that some day this series will end, it won’t be ending anytime soon. And I’m already excited for BLOOD GAMES’ release this summer. Though I am not going to peek at the description until I’m done reading WILD THINGS.

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Since Merit was turned into a vampire, and the protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House, it’s been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan’s vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead…or both.

But now those alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack, and Merit’s closest friends are caught in the crosshairs. Gabriel Keene, the Pack Apex, looks to Merit and Ethan for help. But who—or what—could possibly be powerful enough to out-magic a shifter?

Merit is about to go toe to toe, and cold steel to cold heart, to find out.

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BE WITH ME by J. Lynn will be released in the U.S. on February 4, 2014 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats BARNES & NOBLE.

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

BE WITH ME is the second book J. Lynn’s Wait for You series. STAY WITH ME, the third book in the series, is slated for release in September 2014.

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I am thrilled that BE WITH ME is releasing this week and that it will be added to my collection some time tonight. While I have the eARC for review and devoured it in one sitting late Friday, I definitely wanted the finished copy for my collection.

It hasn’t been very long since I met these characters in the first book (and its companion) in the series, but I was thrilled to get the chance to get to know them better. And I absolutely adore them both.

And as I will be writing a review for this book this week and rambling probably a bit too much about just why this book is awesome for my post on Friday, I will just say that I never expected to love this book and characters as much as I loved WAIT FOR YOU and its characters, but I did. J. Lynn has this wonderful way of creating stories and characters that are just so easy to love.

Now I just have to survive the long, long wait for September’s release of STAY WITH ME.

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Teresa Hamilton is having a rough year—she’s in love with her big brother’s best friend, but he hasn’t spoken to her since they shared a truly amazing, mind-blowing, change-your-life kiss. She got out of a terrible relationship. And now an injury is threatening to end her dance career for good. It’s time for Plan B – college. And maybe a chance to convince Jase that what they have together is real.

Jase Winstead has a huge secret that he’s not telling anyone. Especially not his best friend’s incredibly beautiful sister. Even though he and Teresa shared the hottest kiss of his life, he knows that his responsibilities must take priority. He certainly doesn’t have time for a relationship. But it doesn’t help that all he can think about kissing the one girl who could ruin everything for him.

As they’re thrown together more and more, Jase and Tess can’t keep denying their feelings for each other. But a familiar danger looms and tragedy strikes. As the campus recovers, the star-crossed couple must decide what they’re willing to risk to be together, and what they’re willing to lose if they’re not…

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Other Books of Note

Love StruckLOVE-STRUCK by Rachael Wing

Pub. Date: February 6, 2014

Publisher: Scholastic

Find It: AMAZON

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LOVE-STRUCK is a high-school retelling of A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.

Glam new girl Emily is causing waves at school, but Holly’s not impressed. She can’t understand what all the boys see in her – especially when it comes to Jonah, Holly’s secret crush, and Wes, her best friend. But when Holly, Wes, Jonah and Emily get tickets to the hottest music festival of the summer, the scene is set for all kinds of romantic muddle, mayhem, and a touch of magic…

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Vengeance CoverVENGEANCE (Fracture #2) by Megan Miranda

Pub. Date: February 4, 2014

Publisher: Walker Childrens

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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Nobody really believes in a curse. Until you know the people who disappear. Too much coincidence, you look for reason. Too much death, you grasp for something to blame.

Carson pulled Delaney out and he died on the side of the road with her mouth pressed to his. Her air in his body. Troy. She told the cops it was suicide. Didn’t matter. The lake released her and grabbed another. But when Decker’s father dies in a pool of spilled water on their kitchen floor, all Decker can feel is a slow burning rage. Because he knows that Delaney knew that his dad was going to die. She knew and backed out of his house and never said a word. Falcon Lake still has a hold on them both, and Decker can’t forgive Delaney until he knows why.

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Such Sweet SorrowSUCH SWEET SORROW by Jenny Trout

Pub. Date: February 4, 2014

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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Never was there a tale of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo…But true love never dies. Though they’re parted by the veil between the world of mortals and the land of the dead, Romeo believes he can restore Juliet to life, but he’ll have to travel to the underworld with a thoroughly infuriating guide.

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, may not have inherited his father’s crown, but the murdered king left his son a much more important responsibility—a portal to the Afterjord, where the souls of the dead reside. When the determined Romeo asks for help traversing the treacherous Afterjord, Hamlet sees an opportunity for adventure, and the chance to avenge his father’s death.

In an underworld filled with leviathan monsters, ghoulish shades, fire giants and fierce Valkyrie warriors, Hamlet and Romeo must battle their way through jealousy, despair, and their darkest fears to rescue the fair damsel. Yet finding Juliet is only the beginning, and the Afterjord doesn’t surrender souls without a price…

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Empress of the SunEMPRESS OF THE SUN (Everness #3) by Ian McDonald

Pub. Date: February 4, 2014

Publisher: Pyr

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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World-hopping, high-action adventure starring a smart boy with computer skills and a tough girl who pilots a blimp

The airship Everness makes a Heisenberg Jump to an alternate Earth unlike any her crew has ever seen. Everett, Sen, and the crew find themselves above a plain that goes on forever in every direction without any horizon. There they find an Alderson Disc, an astronomical megastructure of incredibly strong material reaching from the orbit of Mercury to the orbit of Jupiter.

Then they meet the Jiju, the dominant species on a plane where the dinosaurs didn’t die out. They evolved, diversified, and have a twenty-five million year technology head-start on humanity. War between their kingdoms is inevitable, total and terrible.

Everness has jumped right into the midst of a faction fight between rival nations, the Fabreen and Dityu empires. The airship is attacked, but then defended by the forces of the Fabreen, who offers theEverness crew protection. But what is the true motive behind Empress Aswiu’s aid? What is her price?

The crew of the Everness is divided in a very alien world, a world fast approaching the point of apocalypse.

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Rise of the Arcane FireRISE OF THE ARCANE FIRE (The Secret Order #2) by Kristin Bailey

Pub. Date: February 4, 2014

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

After her parents died in a fire and her grandfather disappeared, Meg Whitlock thought her life had come to a standstill. But when she learned that the pocket watch her grandfather left her was really an intricate key, Meg, with the help of a stable hand named Will, uncovered the Amusementists: members of an elite secret society dedicated to discovery and shrouded in mystery.

Now the Amusementists are convening in London, and Meg is determined to join their ranks. But being the first girl in the Order has its difficulties, and with Will away in Scotland Meg fears she can’t trust anyone but herself. Her worries are only supported by the sabotage happening at the academy, with each altered invention being more harmful than the last.

With threats lurking around every corner, and while trying to prove her worth as the first female Amusementist, Meg must uncover the identity of the academy’s saboteur before the botched devices become deadly. And after she finds evidence of a sinister and forbidden invention, Meg must stop it – or risk the entire future of the Amusementists.
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Teen SpiritTEEN SPIRIT by Francesca Lia Block

Pub. Date: February 4, 2014

Publisher: HarperTeen

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Francesca Lia Block, critically acclaimed author of Weetzie Bat, brings this eerie and redemptive ghost story to life with her signature, poetic prose. It’s perfect for fans of supernatural stories with a touch of romance like the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

After Julie’s grandmother passes away, she is forced to move across town to the not-so-fancy end of Beverly Hills and start over at a new school. The only silver lining to the perpetual dark cloud that seems to be following her? Clark—a die-hard fan of Buffy and all things Joss Whedon, who is just as awkward and damaged as she is. Her kindred spirit.

When the two try to contact Julie’s grandmother with a Ouija board, they make contact with a different spirit altogether. The real kind. And this ghost will do whatever it takes to come back to the world of the living.

Francesca Lia Block’s latest young adult novel is a haunting work about family, loss, love, and redemption.

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Lessons in LoveLESSONS IN LOVE (Flirt #1) by A. Destiny and Catherine Hapka

Pub. Date: February 4, 2014

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

There might not be an exact science to first kisses, but Bailey’s about to experiment! This standalone addition to the Flirt series is sweet, fresh, and clean.

For fifteen-year-old high school sophomore Bailey Myers, science comes easy. But her feelings about the new boy in town, super hot Logan Morse, are a bit more complicated. For whatever reason, the newcomer’s smile makes butterflies flutter rapidly in Bailey’s stomach and causes her knees to go weak. There’s no scientific explanation for such a reaction, at least none that Bailey knows of, unless…

No, it can’t be. Bailey doesn’t get crushes. Sure, she thinks Logan’s good-looking in a jaw-dropping way, has eyes she could stare at forever, and speaks with a voice that sounds like cherubs blasting their cute little trumpets. But that’s a normal reaction, right?

And even if it wasn’t, it’s not like Bailey has a chance, not with all the other gorgeous, popular girls at their school who have Logan Morse on their radar.

But when Logan needs a science tutor and Bailey gets the job, their growing friendship begins to turn into something more, as Bailey learns that chemistry is a powerful force…

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Never Too LateNEVER TOO LATE (Flirt #2) by A. Destiny and Rhonda Helms

Pub. Date: February 4, 2014

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Can acting in love lead to the real thing? This standalone addition to the Flirt series is sweet, fresh, and clean.

Abbey couldn’t be more excited. The end of the school year is coming, as is the annual sophomore class renaissance faire…and the headlining theatrical performance, where Abbey will be starring as a lead. There’s only one problem: her costar, Jason Hardy.

Everyone else might think Jason is perfect, but Abbey knows the truth. She remembers what he did at the school dance, and she knows he’s a total jerk.

But during the daily rehearsals, Abbey starts to see a side to Jason she hadn’t noticed before…and he might not be as bad as she thought. Each day she’s falling for him just a little bit more, and she thinks maybe Jason feels the same.

Or maybe he’s a better actor than Abbey could have guessed.

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ScintillateSCINTILLATE (The Light Key Trilogy #1) by Tracy Clark

Pub. Date: February 4, 2014

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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A mighty flame follows a tiny spark.

Cora Sandoval’s mother disappeared when she was five and they were living in Ireland. Since then, her dad has been more than overprotective, and Cora is beginning to chafe under his confines. But even more troubling is the colorful light she suddenly sees around people. Everyone, that is, except herself—instead, she glows a brilliant, sparkling silver.

As she realizes the danger associated with these strange auras, Cora is inexplicably drawn to Finn, a gorgeous Irish exchange student who makes her feel safe. Their attraction is instant, magnetic, and primal—but her father disapproves, and Finn’s mother orders him home to Ireland upon hearing he’s fallen in love. After a fight with her father, Cora flees to Ireland, both to follow Finn and to look for her missing mother.

There she meets another silver-haloed person and discovers the meaning of her newfound powers and their role in a conspiracy spanning centuries—one that could change mankind forever…and end her life.

Scintillate is the first book in this lush and exciting new trilogy, full of romance, adventure and metaphysical mystery.

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Stolen coverSTOLEN (Taken #0.5) by Erin Bowman

Pub. Date: February 4, 2014

Publisher: HarperTeen

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Before Gray Weathersby uncovered the truth about Claysoot and the Laicos Project, a girl named Bree came of age in the coastal settlement of Saltwater—and made her own surprising journey to the world beyond its borders. In Stolen, discover the story of Bree’s life before she was Snatched from her home, before she joined the rebellion, and before she met a boy named Gray…

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The SeersTHE SEERS (Holders #2) by Julianna Scott

Pub. Date: February 4, 2014

Publisher: Strange Chemistry

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

After nearly being drained of her ability and betrayed by a man her father trusted, Becca Ingle was left with one clue — Ciaran Shea. He holds the key to the downfall of the power-mad Holder, Darragh, and can ensure the safety of both Holder and Human kind alike… but is he willing to help?

Becca, Alex, Jocelyn, and Cormac set out for Adare Manor to meet with the Bhunaidh, an aristocratic group of pure blooded Holders of whom Ciaran is a rumored member. However, when Becca discovers that they might not be the only ones after the information Ciaran has, everyone begins to wonder if Bhunaidh might not be as uninvolved with Darragh as they claim.

A race to uncover Ciaran’s secrets begins, where the line between friend and foe is blurred, and everyone seems to have their own agenda. Becca will have to call on every ability at her disposal to uncover the truth, all the while knowing that sometimes the answer is more dangerous than the question.

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Other Releases

DESTINATION UNKNOWN by Amy Clipston

STAR-CROSSED by Rachael Wing (2nd edition)

THE REAL PROM QUEENS OF WESTFIELD HIGH by Laurie Boyle Crompton

HEARTSIDE BAY: THE NEW GIRL by Cathy Cole

HEARTSIDE BAY: THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE by Cathy Cole

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It’s another crazy week for YA releases. Heck, it’s a crazy release week all around. I have eight YA books, two non-YA books and one novella (STOLEN) pre-ordered. There’s also the possibility that I have VENGEANCE on my list of pre-orders. If not, I plan on clicking to buy on its release date. That’s a lot to read.

I’m just glad I read a couple of these books and am currently reading a few. But that still leaves way too many TBR, though I will be reading IGNITE ME as soon as it downloads.

I am so glad that next week is much, much quieter. I have so much to do IRL between now and mid-February that I just know I’m going to fall behind on my reads. I am still hoping for “someday” to arrive so that I can finally get the chance to tackle a number of those books on my Kindle that are getting smooshed further and further down into the pile. I recognize, however, that “someday” isn’t going to be any day soon.

Anyway… I wish you a happy bookish acquiring week this week, and am sending out happy book birthday wishes to all the lovely books above. Here’s to another great week of book collecting 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 #129

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 June 18th-June 24th that I have pre-ordered.

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STAR CURSED by Jessica Spotswood will be released in the U.S. on June 18, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 384 pages.

STAR CURSED is the second book in author Jessica Spotswood’s Cahill Witch Chronicles. The third book in the series does not yet have a title or release date scheduled.

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I am so excited that STAR CURSED is releasing this week and that it will be downloading to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. I absolutely loved this second book in the author’s Cahill Witch Chronicles and after that ending….

Oh. My. Gosh. The not knowing when the next book in the series will be releasing is going to kill me. And of course the not knowing what will happen next is already driving me out of my mind. That ending is killer.

And now that I’ve fallen madly in love with this series and its characters I want that next book now. Desperately.

STAR CURSED was such an amazing follow-up to BORN WICKED and reading both books back-to-back was absolutely divine. I have only positive things to say about this series, the writing, the story, the characters and both books’ endings. And this sequel was filled with all sorts amazing – suspense, action, romance, betrayal.

As I have already read STAR CURSED very recently I won’t be reading it again right when it releases, but I will be reading it again before the next book in the series comes out. And it’s most definitely a series worth reading again and again and again.

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Tarnish

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TARNISH by Katherine Longshore will be released in the U.S. on June 18, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Viking Juvenile, the print edition is 448 pages.

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Anne Boleyn is quite a fascinating historical figure and I’m totally stoked that TARNISH is releasing this week so that I can check out how author Katherine Longshore tells her tale.

As I’ve only read paragraphs in my history books about her, and not a biography, I’m very curious to see her life as a story rather than a bunch of facts and dates on a page.

I love that this author combines history and fiction to create stories full of intrigue and heartbreak. She brings history to life and makes these people from the past far more three-dimensional than a simple history lesson could ever do.

As I have a few books I must read in the next few weeks, I won’t get to read TARNISH immediately. But I definitely plan on adding it to the pile some time in July. Because I really want to “meet” the young Anne Boleyn.

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Proxy

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PROXY by Alex London will be released in the U.S. on June 18, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Philomel, the print edition is 384 pages.

PROXY is the first book in author Alex London’s series of the same name. The second book in the series, GUARDIAN, is slated for release in 2014.

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Ever since I saw the cover for PROXY by Alex London I’ve been pining for this book. And I’m so thrilled that release day is just about here and that I’ll finally get the chance to read it.

I love the idea, horrifying as it is, that in this world there are Proxy’s who are there to take the punishments for the wealthy. It’s not a wholly unrealistic concept and I’m super curious to see what the author does with this. I’m also just so curious as to what Knox and Syd have in common that would make them try to “beat the system” and “save each other.”

From the description, this first book in the series sounds action-packed. And I cannot wait to find out just what “debts…cannot be paid.”

I really, really hope to be able to sneak this onto my reading pile next week. Because it sounds just so amazing. And I’ve been waiting for it for so very long.

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Solstice

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SOLSTICE by P.J. Hoover will be released in the U.S. on June 18, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

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This week makes me happy. SOLSTICE is releasing this week! This book sounds totally awesome and I cannot wait to sneak it onto the pile in the very, very near future so that I can take that journey to Piper’s world and see just how things spiral out of control for her.

As I very recently spotlighted this book for my Book Watch post, I won’t go on and on about just why I want to read it. But a story in which gods are battling for control of the Underworld is one that has awesome written all over it.

I can’t wait to meet Piper and find out what the answer to the secret is. And I can’t wait to dive into this story that is a “melding of mythology and dystopia.”

And I’m fairly certain the wait won’t be very long because I really want to read this book. Now.

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Defy the Dark

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DEFY THE DARK by Saundra Mitchell, Aprilynne Pike, Carrie Ryan, Rachel Hawkins, Sarah Rees Brennan, Tessa Gratton, Christine Johnson, Valerie Kemp and Malinda Lo will be released in the U.S. on June 18, 2013 in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats.

It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 496 pages.

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I am really curious about this new anthology, DEFY THE DARK. The description on Goodreads is rather cryptic, but when I saw the author line-up I just had to pre-order it for my Kindle.

It sounds like there will be a broad spectrum of stories from a multitude of genres, but I’m guessing they’ll all tie in to the anthology’s title. And I can’t wait to check a few – or all – of them out.

The description also hints at a mystery author. So, of course I’m dying to find out who that is. But I guess I’ll have to wait for Monday Midnight to find out. And you can bet I will be taking a peek the instant it downloads.

Other Books of Note

Triangles

TRIANGLES by Kimberly Ann Miller

Pub. Date: June 18, 2013

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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A Trick of the Light

A TRICK OF THE LIGHT by Lois Metzger

Pub. Date: June 18, 2013

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Intuition

INTUITION (Transcendence #2) by C.J. Omololu

Pub. Date: June 18, 2013

Publisher: Walker Childrens

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Witch Fire

WITCH FIRE (Burn Mark #2) by Laura Powell

Pub. Date: June 18, 2013

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Winter Queen

WINTER QUEEN (Fairy Queens #1)  by Amber Argyle

Pub. Date: June 19, 2013

Publisher: Starling Books

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Praefatio

PRAEFATIO (Praefatio #1) by Georgia McBride

Pub. Date: June 18, 2013 (paperback ed.)

Publisher: Month9Books

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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My Sister's Reaper

MY SISTER’S REAPER by Dorothy Dreyer

Pub. Date: June 18, 2013 (paperback ed.)

Publisher: Month9Books

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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THE WATCHER IN THE SHADOWS (Niebla #3) by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Pub. Date: June 18, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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It’s a much quieter week for releases this week. Thankfully. I only have five books pre-ordered and there are quite a few less books of note to ponder adding to my collection. Though I’m pretty certain I will be adding Lois Metzger’s book to said collection.

But the books I am definitely adding are ones that I either know are amazing, imagine will be amazing or am so very hopeful will be amazing.

And while I wish I’d read more than just the one book releasing this week, I’m happy to have four new books to dive into this summer penned by a few new-to-me authors.

Anyway…

It’s very possible that I am missing quite a few new releases this week. It’s also very likely that there will be a few surprise downloads to my Kindle on Tuesday. But for now I’m happy with the fact that it isn’t a crazy week for new releases and my TBR pile and my wallet get a short reprieve.

Because I’m pretty sure that next week there are quite a few new releases. Many of which I have pre-ordered.

But if there are some awesome titles hitting shelves this week, please let me know. Because, as much as I complain about my TBR pile I’d rather it be filled with wonderful bookish possibilities than empty.

And as ever, I hope you have a few awesome titles being added to your collection this week. I also hope you have time to read one or two of them.

Happy reading!

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 #127

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 June 4th-June 10th that I have pre-ordered.

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Elegy

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ELEGY by Tara Hudson releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 400 pages.

ELEGY is the third and final book in author Tara Hudson’s Hereafter trilogy.

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I’m both happy and sad that ELEGY is releasing this week. I have been waiting for its release to get caught up on the series. But now that it has, I’m not sure I’m ready for it to end.

I did end up reading the description – I couldn’t help myself – and it makes me nervous that maybe Amelia and Joshua won’t get their happily ever afterlife after all. The description mentions “impossible choices” and fighting back, so I’m still going to hold out hope for them both.

I adored the first book in this series, I thought there was a sweetness to it, an innocence, and I cannot wait to find out how this series ends… well, just as soon as I’m able to make myself say goodbye, that is.

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Phoenix

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PHOENIX by Elizabeth Richards releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 368 pages.

PHOENIX is the second book in author Elizabeth Richards’ Black City trilogy. The third and final book, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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I only recently read BLACK CITY and I loved the world the author created with the Darklings and Purian Rose. And I loved that the story switched POVs between Ash and Natalie.

I’d hoped to read PHOENIX before its release, but wasn’t able to, but I will definitely be reading it this week. Because I really want to know what happens after that shocking finish to book one.

The description promises an even darker book than the first. And things in the United Sentry States definitely seem to have gotten more chaotic. But what makes me the most anxious is that it talks of a heartbreaking love story.

So, of course, I cannot wait to read this middle book in the trilogy.

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The Elementals

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THE ELEMENTALS by Saundra Mitchell releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Harcourt Children’s Books, the print edition is 304 pages.

THE ELEMENTALS is the third book in author Saundra Mitchell’s The Vespertine series.

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I loved Saundra Mitchell’s THE VESPERTINE. And while I am not quite caught up on this series there is no way I wouldn’t add THE ELEMENTALS to my collection this week.

I love how each book in this series involves a new main character. And I cannot wait to meet Kate Witherspoon in this book… and Julian Birch.

I’m curious to see exactly what their powers entail and how they manage to “triumph over death, and over time.” And I’m even more curious to find out what price they’ll have to pay.

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The Testing

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THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, the print edition is 352 pages.

THE TESTING is the first book in author Joelle Charbonneau’s new series of the same name. The second book in the series, INDEPENDENT STUDY, is slated for release on January 7, 2014. A prequel novella, THE TESTING GUIDE, was released in April.

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I hadn’t heard of THE TESTING until Jaime of Two Chicks on Books told me I had to read it and that it was a must read book. As I hadn’t had an early copy I took her advice and pre-ordered it without actually having read the description.

But now that I have I’m super excited to own it and even more excited to read it. I love the idea that in this future friends could just as easily be enemies and that the planet is a “charred wasteland.”

I love that there are a “chosen few” who must pass a test in order to have the chance at a promising future but that this test might have a darker side. And I can’t wait to meet Cia and Tomas and find out whether Cia chooses “love without truth or life without trust.”

I am now so intrigued by this description I might just have to try and sneak it in later this week.

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Siege and Storm

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SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013 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 Henry Holt and Co. Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 448 pages.

SIEGE AND STORM is the second full-length book in author Leigh Bardugo’s The Grisha series. The third book, RUIN AND RISING, is slated for release in 2014. There are currently three novellas in this series: THE WITCH OF DUVA, THE TAILOR and THE TOO-CLEVER FOX.

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I have heard nothing but amazing things about this series. I even had my hands on an early copy of SIEGE AND STORM due to a trade but passed it on when I knew I wouldn’t get to read the first book in the series before its release.

But I definitely plan on reading this series – I own book one already – so I just had to purchase this second book in the series for when I do get the chance to dive in.

This series sounds epic and a bit different from many of the books I typically read. But I am so very curious to meet Alina and Mal and see what being a Sun Summoner means and just what Alina’s destiny is.

The description mentions a choice between country, power and love and I can’t wait to find out which one Alina chooses in this second book.

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Tidal

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TIDAL by Amanda Hocking releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 352 pages.

TIDAL is the third book in author Amanda Hocking’s Watersong series. The fourth and final full-length book, ELEGY, is slated for release on August 6, 2013.

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I am super stoked that TIDAL releases today. I had it pre-ordered for my Kindle but I can’t wait for the print edition to be delivered so that it can join the first two books on my book towers.

I already rambled on quite a bit in my Book Watch post the other week, so I won’t go on and on here. This post is long enough already. But I will just say it sounds like things for Gemma are getting even more dangerous and dire so I can’t wait to find out what happens.

Though I may read it closer to the release of ELEGY this August, so I won’t have to suffer from a potential cliffhanger ending.

And I just have to add that this is my favorite cover of the series so far. It seems so much darker than its predecessors, which makes me just a little bit nervous about the direction of this third book.

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The Keep

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THE KEEP by Veronica Wolff releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by NAL Trade, the print edition is 336 pages.

THE KEEP is the fourth book in author Veronica Wolff’s The Watchers series.

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I only recently learned that THE KEEP was releasing this week so I ran to Amazon to pre-order it for my Kindle. I am majorly behind on this series but I own every single book and definitely plan on reading them all in a marathon read one of these days.

While I’m not caught up on this series I have read each and every one of the descriptions – I just couldn’t help myself – and I can’t wait to read this installment. It talks of vengeance, deceits and a castle from which the living don’t return.

It also mentions that there may be someone else out for revenge other than Drew. Someone after her.

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Abandon

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ABANDON by Elana Johnson releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 464 pages.

ABANDON is the third book in author Elana Johnson’s Possession series.

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I have not yet met Vi, Jag and Zenn but I own all the books in this series and I’m so excited to meet them all now that ABANDON has released. And having read the description for this third book in the series, I think it may be the most exciting one yet.

I’m so very curious who the traitor is and if his choices bring about the “total destruction” of what Vi has fought for. And I’m super curious to see if Vi, Jag and Zenn are able to work together to help the Resistance.

I seriously love the first three lines of the description. If I hadn’t been sold on this series already, they would have won me over. And they make me even more anxious to read each book and find out whether Vi, Jag and Zenn are successful or if their efforts end in failure.

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Soul Taken

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SOUL TAKEN by Katlyn Duncan releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online in eBook format at AMAZON.

The eBook is published by Carina.

SOUL TAKEN is the first book in author Katlyn Duncan’s The Life After trilogy.

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I very recently learned of SOUL TAKEN by Katlyn Duncan. But with its amazing cover and interesting premise I just had to pre-order it for my Kindle. And I’m super excited to read it.

Even though it’s the first book in the series, because it’s releasing in eBook format only, I won’t have to wait ages for the next installment. Which makes me very, very happy. Because I do not love waiting.

However, I do love the idea that Maggie is a Soul Collector who gets caught in the body of a “mean girl.” I am super curious to see just what life will be like for her in the human world, whether she’ll be able to save the girl’s soul and whether she’ll be able to free her own.

Other Books of Note

Not a YA title (I pre-ordered)
Gameboard of the Gods

GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS (Age of X #1) by Richelle Mead

Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Dutton Adult

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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An eNovella (I pre-ordered)

A Dawn Most Wicked

A DAWN MOST WICKED (Something Strange and Deadly #0.5) by Susan Dennard

Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

Publisher: HarperTeen

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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PODs

PODs by Michelle Pickett

Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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The Moon and More

THE MOON AND MORE by Sarah Dessen

Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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The Impossibility of Tomorrow

THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF TOMORROW (Incarnation #2) by Avery Williams

Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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You Look Different In Real Life

YOU LOOK DIFFERENT IN REAL LIFE by Jennifer Castle

Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

Publisher: HarperTeen

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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When You Were Here

WHEN YOU WERE HERE by Daisy Whitney

Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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The Wall

THE WALL by William Sutcliffe

Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Walker Childrens

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Confderates Don't Wear Couture

CONFEDERATES DON’T WEAR COUTURE (Pilgrims #2) by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Graphia

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Style: "Porcelain vivid"

OVER YOU by Amy Reed

Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Simon Pulse

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Stormbringers

STORMBRINGERS (Order of Darkness #2) by Philippa Gregory

Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Simon Pulse

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Compliance

COMPLIANCE (Dust Chronicles #2) by Maureen McGowan

Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Skyscape

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Tides

TIDES by Betsy Cornwell

Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Clarion Books

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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The Academy Game On

THE ACADEMY: GAME ON by Monica Seles and James LaRosa

Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Dusk

DUSK by Eve Edwards

Pub. Date: June 6, 2013

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd.

(AMAZON)

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Letting Ana Go

LETTING ANA GO by Anonymous

Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Simon Pulse

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Insomnia

INSOMNIA (The Night Walkers #1) by J.R. Johansson

Pub. Date: June 8, 2013

Publisher: Flux

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Gloss

GLOSS by Marilyn Kaye

Pub. Date: June 6, 2013

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

(AMAZON)

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Underneath

UNDERNEATH by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

Pub. Date: June 8, 2013

Publisher: Flux

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Previously self-published

Breathe

BREATHE (Sea Breeze #1) by Abbi Glines

Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Simon Pulse

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Reprint Edition

Sun-Kissed

SUN-KISSED (Beach Lane #3) by Melissa de la Cruz

Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Reprint Edition

Crazy-Hot

CRAZY-HOT (Beach Lane #4) by Melissa de la Cruz

Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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This week is more than insane with the number of books releasing. I am not going to say much here as I think I’ve already said more than enough already. But I’m super excited to read Richelle Mead’s new novel and check out Susan Dennard’s eNovella, both of which I pre-ordered.

And I’m likely going to end up purchasing Sarah Dessen’s THE MOON AND MORE, Avery Williams’ THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF TOMORROW and Jennifer Castle’s YOU LOOK DIFFERENT IN REAL LIFE.

Though I’m glad I didn’t pre-order them or I would never have finished putting together this post. And I’m not sure my Kindle could have handled all the downloads if I had. It was struggling enough when my books started downloading last night. But I’m one second away from clicking the links to buy those titles right now.

I am hopeful I didn’t miss anything releasing this week. Amazon has been a little sketchy lately and I’m not sure I caught every title. But I didn’t forget any of the ones I had pre-ordered… at least I think I didn’t.

But if there are a few awesome books releasing this week that I missed or ones that I did find that you can’t wait to read, I’d love 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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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #68

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 April 17th-April 23rd that I have pre-ordered.

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Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis was released in the U.S. today, April 17, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of Harper Collins, the print edition is 352 pages.

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I can’t believe Glimmer released today. I’ve been dying to read this book for months and now my pre-order has downloaded to my Kindle. This book sounds so creepy and awesome. Definitely my kind of read.

As I spotlighted it a few weeks ago for my Book Watch post, I will refrain from rambling endlessly, but I can’t wait to find out just what Marshall and Elyse discover in the town of Summer Falls.

Between their missing memories, the “intense relationship” they form, the zombie-like residents of the town and the darkness lurking beneath the surface, this book sounds insanely good. And definitely chilling.

I can’t wait for May, because I will be reading this one just as soon as my schedule frees up.

The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell was released in the U.S. today, April 17, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Harcourt Children’s Books, the print edition is 288 pages.

The Springsweet is the companion novel to author Saundra Mitchell’s The Vespertine.

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I absolutely adored The Vespertine. I wasn’t sure there was a sequel planned, but I was hoping. And while not a sequel, I was just as thrilled when I heard about this companion novel. So much so that I bid on an early copy of The Springsweet in a charitable auction and won it. I wasn’t able to read it early and now my pre-order has downloaded to my Kindle, so I will likely be reading the finished copy.

I thought The Vespertine was beautifully written. I am not typically a fan of historical fiction, but I was absolutely captivated by the way the story was presented and I loved the paranormal elements the author included.

I am super excited to read this next book about Zora Stewart. Life in Oklahoma is bound to be vastly different from life in Baltimore and I can’t wait to see how the author approaches this new frontier setting. Zora’s ability to sense water is one that is incredibly important to survival and one that I hope doesn’t become a danger to her.

And I can’t wait to find out if she finds love and has a happily ever after ending to her story. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz was released in the U.S. today, April 17, 2012, in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 288 pages.

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I heard about Gone, Gone, Gone ages ago and have been dying to read it ever since the publisher offered it up through their Galley Grab newsletter. Of course when I switched computers and eReaders I couldn’t get the file to transfer. So, I am super glad it’s finally out and that I’ll be able to read it on my Kindle.

I have only read one book by author Hannah Moskowitz, Invincible Summer, but I found that the story just stuck with me. Long after I’d read it. There was this feeling of melancholy to the characters’ lives that wasn’t readily apparent at the beginning but by the story’s end it was there, draped over everything. And those kind of stories are ones that I love because they just cling to me.

Which makes me slightly hesitant to read Gone, Gone, Gone even though at the same time I just can’t wait to read it. I haven’t been able to read any stories involving anything about 9/11 but as this one promises an intense romance and a “poignant look at what it is to feel needed, connected, and alive,” I find myself drawn to it.

I can’t wait to meet Craig and Lio and find out if their connection truly helps Lio recover from all he’s lost. I hope that Lio thinks that love is worth the risk and that they find some kind of happiness together. And while I don’t expect a sappy happy ending, I am hopeful that there will be enough sweet to balance out the sorrow. The author is a brilliant writer and I am looking forward to seeing how she approaches this story.

The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting was released in the U.S. today, April 17, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 368 pages.

The Last Echo is the third book in author Kimberly Derting’s Body Finder series. The fourth book, as yet untitled, is slated for release in 2013.

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I have got to catch up on this series. I own all three books now that The Last Echo has downloaded to my Kindle so I have no excuse not to read them back-to-back-to-back. And although I am not caught up, I have taken a peek at each book’s description. Especially since I thought this was the final book in the series and I was just so curious.

According to the description, in this installment of the series Violet is trying to track down a serial killer called “the girlfriend collector.”  And instead of just being a part of the team investigating the crime, this time Violet may be the criminal’s next victim.

I love all things paranormal and I am a huge fan of murder mysteries and the author’s The Body Finder series sounds so incredibly fascinating. I love the idea of Violet’s ability and I can’t wait to see how it helps… or hurts her… in The Last Echo.

I hope to be able to catch up on the series in May and add this one to the top of my reading pile in June.

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It wasn’t too crazy of a release week. I have added only four new books to the pile. Of course I haven’t yet read any of them, so they’re all going on the TBR pile. And with the next two weeks being as insane as they are for new releases, I hope to be able to read at least a few of them in May so they don’t get buried.

And although it’s not releasing until the 24th, I already have my copy of The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King and have been fighting the urge to read my special order Grant edition. It has not been easy. At all.

I’m sure I’m missing some amazing book that released this week. But maybe that’s a good thing. The balance of read versus unread books on my Kindle is shifting in favor of those unread….

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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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The Extras: Teasers #2

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

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

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Amelia’s thoughts:

For one sunlit season, I had laughed and I had loved and I had been extraordinary. It was a glorious ruination–my madness was mine–and for that, I was not sorry.

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I can’t put my favorite passage here or I’d be giving away a spoiler but if you read the book you’ll find it at the very end.

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Ashlyn’s thoughts:

His whisper slipped into my soul, just like it had countless times before, and wound around my tender heart.

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Colin’s brief touch at my shoulder was assuring. What did he know of the counterfeit life of which I’d been no more than currency, an ivory pawn?

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Eden’s thoughts:

Memories rose, rippling like pebbles tossed into the lies she’d told herself to try to forget about him.

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With a whispered breath, he moaned, “Love.” It rolled from his lips like a promise, echoed layer after layer. Deep inside her, something shivered.

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Kathryn’s thoughts:

The human voice, it turns out, just isn’t that strong. Human hatred, on the other hand, is.

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Violet’s thoughts:

He smiled then, a sad smile that almost made my heart break into a million little pieces.

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Raising one hand to his lips, he kissed his fingertips, and then pressed them against my heart. Something about the gesture said more than any words could, bringing tears to my eyes.

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Aristanae’s thoughts:

He pulled me closer, tighter, deepening the kiss as though starving, yet taking the time to savor every second. I knew how to kiss, knew the mechanics involved, but this was the first time I’d ever lost myself, ever wanted it more than breathing and wanted to keep doing it until time stood still and the earth faded away.

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I do have a favorite passage close to the end, but it is a spoiler. Here are just a few of the overwhelmingly many beautiful passages in this book.

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Kendall’s thoughts:

She counts the steps to one hundred, and then she can stop and really concentrate on the ball. She loves the way it moves over the grass, like a hand on bare skin, seeking out all the nuances.

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She is forever in that moment just before sleep, that sweet hovering of a moment where nothing else matters. Sounds, urges, all is deep background noise. This, she realizes . . . this is truly where her brain doesn’t rule her world.

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The desk :

Save me. I’m alive. Say yes. I need you. Come back.

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