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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #73

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 May 22nd-May 28th that I have pre-ordered.


Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent will be released in the U.S. on May 22, 2012 in paperback format and will be available in eBook format on June 1, 2012. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Mira, the print edition is 448 pages.

Shadow Bound is the second book in author Rachel Vincent’s Unbound series. The third book, Oath Bound is slated for release in 2013.


I can’t believe that release date is finally here for Shadow Bound. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever. Although I will have to wait just a bit longer for my Kindle download, I do plan on picking up the print edition when it hits stores on Tuesday.

And while I may have read Shadow Bound a bit earlier in the year, it wasn’t the final version and I wasn’t reading it purely for pleasure like I plan on doing when it releases. So, I’m super excited for release date.

I am such a huge fan of this series. The world is dark, the abilities are definitely different. And Kori is my new favorite character in the series. Which I never thought would happen. I love Liv and Cam, but Kori definitely has that extra something that makes her awesome.

This sequel is even darker, the action is definitely more intense and seeing this story come together from both Kori and Ian’s perspective adds that element of nail-biting suspense I love so much about Rachel Vincent’s books.

I cannot wait to read this book. It’s my most anticipated release this week. And I hope that ending didn’t change….

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross will be released in the U.S. on May 22, 2012 in hardcover format and will be available in eBook format on June 1, 2012. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 416 pages.

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar is the second book in author Kady Cross’ Steampunk Chronicles.


I absolutely love this series by Kady Cross. I never thought I’d be such a fan of steampunk, but I fell in love with the Steampunk Chronicles last year and am super excited for this sequel’s release.

I have the eBook pre-ordered, although it won’t download until next week, but I may just head to the store to pick up a print edition as I have the first book in print.

As I already spotlighted The Girl in the Clockwork Collar for my Book Watch post a couple weeks ago, I will try not to ramble too much. But I can’t wait to head to New York City circa 1897 with Finley Jayne to find out if she will be able to save Jasper and Mei.

And I can’t wait to see what other steampunk creations are in this re-imagined city. Though I’m already totally freaked out by that clockwork collar. I really, really hope things end well.

Fated by Alyson Noel will be released in the U.S. on May 22, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 368 pages.

Fated is the first book in author Alyson Noel’s new Soul Seekers series. Echo, the second book in the series is due out later this year. And books three and four, Mystic and Horizons, are slated for release in 2013.


I first noticed Fated when I saw its cover a few months back. As a fan of author Alyson Noel I had to check it out. And the description sounded so interesting that I added it to my list of pre-orders.

I love the characters’ names – Daire and Dace – and the premise sounds definitely intriguing. Being able to “navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead” seems like a creepy and yet utterly fascinating ability to have.

I can’t wait to find out if Dace is on Daire’s side in her battle against his evil brother and if they are in fact “meant to be.” And I can’t wait to find out what life is like for Daire in a town called Enchantment. I hope to be able to find out this summer.

Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen will be released in the U.S. on May 22, 2012 in paperback format and will be available in eBook format on June 1, 2012. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 352 pages.

Dark Kiss is the first book in the Nightwatchers series by author Michelle Rowen. The second book in the series, Wicked Kiss, is slated for release in 2013.


I heard about Dark Kiss awhile back thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks On Books who pointed it out to me on Twitter. The title is awesome as is the premise. So I had to add it to my list of pre-orders the second it was available.

While I did get an eARC for review, I haven’t yet been able to move it to the top of my pile, but I do plan on reading it in the next few weeks. I am so totally intrigued by the idea of this sinister kiss that did something strange to Samantha. But I’m really dying to meet Bishop of the “unearthly blue eyes.”

I am so curious about what it means to be a nightwatcher and whether the darkness inside of Sam is a good thing or a bad thing. And I just can’t wait to find out what kind of evil would cause angels and demons to work together.

This book sounds dark and exciting and I can’t wait to discover this author’s writing, story and characters. This definitely sounds like a “me” series and I am thrilled that it’s releasing this week.

The Lost Code (The Atlanteans #1) by Kevin Emerson

Pub. Date: May 22, 2012

Published by: Katherine Tegen Books

(Amazon, Barnes & Noble)


Only four new books for the collection this week, but a couple of them have been books I’ve been dying to read – or re-read as the case may be – for a long time. All four are books for the TBR pile so I’m glad there are only four being added this week.

As I’ve been hiding from the publishers’ catalogs for the past few months I know I’ve been missing a few books I’d normally have added to my pre-orders. But any books I’ve missed I’ve ended up buying after the fact, like Underworld by Meg Cabot. So it really has not helped my wallet very much by staying away.

I did end up visiting Barnes & Noble with the hope of leaving with a nook glow and a copy of Shadow Bound. Both weren’t available. Which means I’ll be taking another trip there on Tuesday. But it seems I can never leave a bookstore empty-handed and I can never walk past a signed book, even if I don’t keep signed books that aren’t personalized. Both things that I definitely have to work on.

But for now… happy book buying and 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!

Giveaway: Shadow Bound + Signed Swag

As some of you may know, I am a huge fan of Author Rachel Vincent. And it’s not just her young adult Soul Screamers series that I’ve fallen in love with, but her adult Unbound series.

Well, Shadow Bound, the second book in the series releases in just three weeks, so I thought it was the perfect time to do a pre-order giveaway for a few copies. About as many as the number of signed Shadow Bound postcards I have left from the stack I received from the author awhile back. I had actually been saving a few for such a giveaway and I can’t believe release date is almost here. Finally.

Shadow Bound is an absolutely amazing follow up to Blood Bound. Set in the same world, but with two new characters to fall in love with, this book will show you a completely different look at just what life is like for the Skilled.

As someone who never thought I could love characters more than Liv and Cam, this second book in the series completely changed my mind. Surprisingly, given just how much I didn’t like her in Blood Bound, Kori has taken the top spot for my favorite character of the series so far.

While you don’t have to have read Blood Bound to enjoy Shadow Bound, I would still recommend reading them in order of release to get a more complete understanding and clearer picture of the Unbound world. Though meeting Kori first could be a rather interesting way to be introduced to the world.

Anyway… I thought I’d include a description for those who might just need another reason to be tempted for this book’s release on May 22nd.

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If you live in the dark long enough, you begin to forget the light…

KORI DANIELS is a shadow-walker, able to travel instantly from one shadow to another. After weeks of confinement for betraying her boss, she’s ready to break free of the Tower syndicate for good. But Jake Tower has one final job for Kori, one chance to secure freedom for herself and her sister, Kenley, even if that means taking it from someone else…

The job? Recruit Ian Holt—or kill him.

Ian’s ability to manipulate the dark has drawn interest from every syndicate in the world, most notably an invitation from Jake Tower. Though he has no interest in organized crime, Ian accepts the invite, because he’s on a mission of his own. Ian has come to kill Tower’s top Binder: Kori’s little sister.

Amid the tangle of lies, an unexpected thread of truth connecting Ian and Kori comes to light. But with opposing goals, they’ll have to choose between love and liberty….



Sounds pretty awesome, right? Well it is! Right from that first line on that first page you get to experience the awesome.

Still don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself! Rachel Vincent offers a preview of the first two chapters HERE.

So… on to why you’re really here….

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What’s up for grabs:

A pre-order copy of Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent (unsigned) from either Amazon or The Book Depository to TEN (10) winners.

Each winner will receive a signed Shadow Bound postcard sent separately by U.S. mail.


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The deets:

1. One entry per person.

2. There will be TEN (10) winners.

3. You must be 18 or older.

4. Giveaway is International.

5. Contest ends at 9:01 p.m. Pacific on May 15, 2012.

6. Winners will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced on May 15th in this post.

7. Winners will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

8. Books will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending on location. Postcards will be sent separately by U.S. Mail.


As always there is no requirement to like or follow me or this blog. But if you’d like to spread the word just because, that would be awesome!

NOTE: If you are viewing this post via email you will have to click the link to enter the giveaway on the blog as Rafflectoper forms do not work through email.

To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter:

The Crush List #7

Here are five books that I’m crushing on big time

Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent is a brand new crush and one that I never imagined having. I’m not one who easily gets attached to new characters in a series as I typically give my heart only to the first characters I meet. But Kori and Ian changed everything.

And while I may have read this book a month ago, I can’t stop thinking about it, it is still holding me captive and my crush is worse than ever.

Why I’m crushing: It’s dark, it’s seductive, it’s dangerous, it’s heartbreaking. It’s sarcastic, it’s funny, it’s beautiful, it’s devastating. There’s unbelievable chemistry. There’s incredible strength. There are moments that are breathtakingly poetic.

And oh that tension. It will make you sigh. It will make you grin. It will make you sigh some more. Your heart will take up permanent residence in your throat. It will leave you breathless… And that’s all before you even get near that ending.

Divergent by Veronica Roth is a new crush that should have been an old one. The guilt of not having been crushing on this book for as long as I should have been is just eating me away.

I didn’t think I’d be crushed by this book. I didn’t really believe the hype. Well, my hesitation cost me big time and now I’m suffering a brand new crush where my crush should have been an older, less painful one by now.

Why I’m crushing: The unknown. The danger. The world. The possibilities. And the tantalizing thrill of it all. The characters – intriguing, inspiring, heartbreaking. The action – riveting and exciting. And a lead up to an unforgettable ending that will leave you wanting more, more, more. And definitely some more after that.

But it’s Tris, the amazingly brave heroine, and Four, the undeniably swoon-worthy hero, that will make this crush nearly impossible to recover from.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer is another totally unexpected new crush. I do not crush on fairytales. I rarely crush on science fiction. I certainly do not develop crushes on stories that have both…. until now.

But there is just something so endearing about Cinder and something so magical about Kai that made this not quite so happily ever after fairytale one that has crushed me big time.

Why I’m crushing: It’s incredibly sweet. It’s equally chilling. The world is dark, deadly and disturbing. The lovable characters will make you laugh, they’ll make you smile and they will make you cry. And those that aren’t quite so easy to love will make you nervous, make you angry and keep you guessing.

There is a mystery. The story has twists and turns. And this is one fairytale that does not end quite like the original.

Death Sentence by Alexander Gordon Smith is a completely anticipated and much welcomed crush on a series I’ve been crushing on for ages… okay, months. This crush just feels like a crush I’ve had forever.

And while it may not be such an old crush, it will be one day, because this book and series are already counted among my forever crushes. Even if I wanted to, I will never in this lifetime be able to rid my memories of the horrors implanted there courtesy of Alfred Furnace and Warden Cross.

Why I’m crushing: Devastation. Unbelievable heartbreak. Despair. Anguish. Horror…. Bone-chilling horror. And that’s only in the first few pages. It’s darker. It’s scarier. It’s way more gruesome. It’s downright evil. And it’s not afraid to end badly. Very, very badly.

It may make you panic. It may make you cry. But it is certain to leave you shivering and looking over your shoulder to make sure a berserker isn’t coming after you.

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand is a new crush on an existing series crush that I’ve had ever since I read Unearthly. I thought I’d been crushing on this series pretty badly. But that was before I read Hallowed.

Now my crush has grown by leaps and bounds and has turned into one of those crushes that knocks the wind out of me every single time I think about it. And due to the fact that not only did this book make me cry, it made me sob, Hallowed may be moving to Heartbreak Row very, very soon.

Why I’m crushing: Breathtaking and beautiful and incredibly sad. Surprising and suspenseful and wonderfully twisty-turny. Christian… definitely Christian. And Tucker, too.

But of the many things to crush on in Hallowed, it’s the loss, the heartbreak and the inability to do anything to change what’s meant to be that makes this a crush that will be felt for years to come.


Because I missed this post in January, I’m catching up on some of my older crushes before I get to my latest crushes. And yes, I’m still crushing on all of these books – I’m no short-term crush kind of girl!

I already have my next five crushes picked out from the books I’ve read so far in 2012, some of whom were clamoring to be included in this post. But they’ll just have to wait their turn.

As I stare at my latest pile of “to be read” books, I just know already that there are quite a few that will be crushworthy and I’m just dying to start crushing on them now. I absolutely love developing new crushes.

But not to worry. It doesn’t matter how many crushes I have on the books I love, because there will always be room for more. Always.

Do you crush on books?

What makes a book crushworthy for you?

Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2012

Today is day five of Top 10 of 2011.

Top 10: A Week of Looking Back….
                                ………and Looking Forward.

If you haven’t yet signed up, there’s still time to participate, even though today is the final day of topics. Just click on the banner above to read the details in the original post and sign up with the Linky.

I was so excited to be invited by Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Lisa from A Life Bound By Books to co-host this event along with my very best blogger friends Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books.

As fun as this event has been, it’s been so unbelievably difficult coming up with so many top tens. And while in some ways I’m sad to see it end, I’m so happy that I don’t have to cut those lists down to ten anymore. Not that I was too successful in the first place….

I’m much happier with all things Top 100! And yep, today’s post was impossible. I just couldn’t do it, so I totally cheated. Again.


Today’s topic is “Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2012.” And sorry but, there’s no way that I can possibly narrow this to ten. I mean, I have over one hundred books I’m dying to read, so there’s no way that I could list only ten and leave out the rest.

So, while I was originally going to do a bunch of Top 10s: “Top 10 Debut Books I’m Looking Forward to…” and “Top 10 New Series I’m Looking Forward to…” and “Top 10 Non-Debuts I’m Looking Forward to…” and “Top 10 Vampire Books…” – yeah, you get the picture – it would have been just be too insane.

So, I decided to do a Best of/Rest of post. As in the Top 10 Books I’m Dying to Read in 2012  and then all the Rest of the Books I’m Dying to Read in 2012….


Because many of the books in 2012 don’t yet have covers, I decided just to do a collage of a few of the covers that do exist for my top ten.


Demon Eyes by Scott Tracey


Before I Wake by Rachel Vincent


Embers and Echoes by Karsten Knight


Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent


Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver


Hallowed by Cynthia Hand


Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton


Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins


Shatter Me #2 by Tahereh Mafi


Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout


As I’ve already read A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford, Never to Sleep by Rachel Vincent and Everneath by Brodi Ashton I couldn’t list them in the top ten, though I am definitely looking forward to them.

And because I’m currently reading Cinder by Marissa Meyer, I can’t list it among the “Rest of” list, below.


The Rest of the Books I’m Dying to Read in 2012*


Above by Leah Bobet

All the Kingdoms of the World by Gabrielle Zevin

Angel Fire by L.A.Weatherly

Arise by Tara Hudson

Ascend by Amanda Hocking

As Dead As It Gets by Katie Alender


Bad Hair Day by Carrie Harris

A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton

Balthazar by Claudia GrayBlack Dawn by Rachel Caine

Black Heart by Holly Black

The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton

Blood Moon by Alyxandra Harvey

Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer

Blue Blood’s 2nd Cycle by Melissa de la Cruz

Body and Soul by Stacey Kade

Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood


The Calling by Kelley Armstrong

Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

Caster Chronicles #4 by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

Charmfall by Chloe Neill

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Priincess by Cassandra Clare

Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Dark Days by C.A. Kunz

Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

Dark Water by Tricia Rayburn

Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris

Deadly Little Lessons by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Dead to You by Lisa McMann

Dearly, Beloved by Lia Habel

Deity by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Destined by Aprilynne Pike

Destiny and Deception by Shannon Delany

Destiny’s Fire by Tricia Wolfe

Dreamless by Josephine Angelini


Endlessly by Kiersten White

Endure by Carrie Jones

The Enemy Within by Angeline Kace

Envy by Elizabeth Miles

Eve of Destruction by Patrick Carman

Exile by Rebecca Lim


Faery Tales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr

Fated by Alyson Noel

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky

Forgiven by Jana Oliver

Fracture by Megan Miranda

Fugitives by Alexander Gordon Smith


Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake

The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross

Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz


Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto

Hidden by P.C. and Kristin Cast


Immortal City by Scott Speer

Immortal Hearts by Ellen Schreiber

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Inevitable by Lani Woodland

Infamous: The Chronicles of Nick by Sherilynn Kenyon

In Honor by Jessi Kirby

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Intertwined #4 by Gena Showalter

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins


Katana by Cole Gibson


The Last Echo by Kimberly Derting

Last Rite by Lisa Desrochers

The Lies that Bind by Lisa and Laura Roecker

Loss by Jackie Morse Kessler


The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

Magic Under Stone by Jaclyn Dolamore

Middle Ground by Katie Kacvinsky

A Million Suns by Beth Revis

Mirage by Kristi Cook


New Girl by Paige Harbison


Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

Once by Anna Carey

Outpost by Ann Aguirre


Perception by Kim Harrington

Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Rapture by Lauren Kate

Return to Eden by G.P. Ching


The Savage Grace by Bree Despain

Scorched Skies by Samantha Young

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Serpent’s Kiss by Melissa de la Cruz

Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready

Slide by Jill Hathaway

Social Suicide by Gemma Halliday

Something Deadly and Strange by Susan Dennard

Soul Bound by Mari Mancusi

Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins

Spellcaster by Cara Lynn Shulz

The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell

Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey

Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

Surrender by Elana Johnson

Switched by Amanda Hocking


Taken at Dusk by C.C. Hunter

Taken by Storm by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Tempest by Julie Cross

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

Thumped by Megan McCafferty

Timekeeper by Alexandra Monir

Timepiece by Myra McEntire

Torn by Amanda Hocking

Toxic by Jus Accardo

Truth by Julia Karr


Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Underworld by Meg Cabot

Until I Die by Amy Plum


Velveteen by Daniel Marks


Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

A Want so Wicked by Suzanne Young

The Wind Through the Keyhole by Stephen King

Wolf Pact by Melissa de la Cruz

The Wood Queen by Karen Mahoney

* I should caveat this to say that these are the rest of the books I can think about right now. I’m sure there are a few others I’ve forgotten or accidentally deleted while sorting and a few new discoveries I’ll make along the way.



As I’ve listed quite a few books above, and it has taken me a lot longer to create this post than anticipated, I’ll keep the stats to a minimum. Especially since I don’t really keep track of stats and because I haven’t updated the few that I do keep.

Books Read AND Reviewed in 2011 – 109

Debut Books Read AND Reviewed in 2011 – 34

Books Read in 2011 (not including re-reads) – 123

Books Read in 2011 (including re-reads) – 144

Reviews I’m Behind On in 2011 (for books I’ve read)  – 8

Books I’m Behind On That I Should have Read AND Reviewed in 2011 – 42

Total Posts Written on Fiktshun.com in 2011 – 544

Total Posts Written on Fiktshun’s Ramblings in 2011 – 157

Total Posts Written on My Reading Pile in 2011 – 84


This event runs through today – yep, no new topics! But if you haven’t posted your lists yet or would like to join in for at least one of the daily topics this week, check out the original post or the update post for more details.

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