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STARFALL by Melissa Landers Launch Blitz + Giveaway

It’s release week for STARFALL – the second book in Melissa Landers’ Starflight series – and I’m thrilled to share the news of its release and that the first book in the series, STARFLIGHT, is now on sale in eBook format!

If you haven’t yet heard of this amazing series, read on for some information from the author and to check out each book’s description and places to find it online.

And if you’d like the chance to win a Starflight duology swag pack, be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter – the giveaway is international!


A Note from the Author…

Hi, booklovers!

I’m author Melissa Landers, and I’m so excited to launch STARFALL, the second and final book in my Starflight duology! This story picks up shortly after the first book ends, but now Cassia and Kane are the main characters, with Doran, Solara, and the rest of the Banshee crew pitching in to help take down an intergalactic mafia. (You know, just an ordinary day in space.) And while saying goodbye to characters is never easy, I think I gave the crew a proper sendoff with plenty of humor, heart, and action. I hope you love STARFALL as much as I do!

Haven’t read the first book? You’re in luck, because for a limited time, Starflight is on sale for 99 cents in all e-formats. Now you can binge read the entire duology in one sitting!


About the Books

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Title & Series: STARFLIGHT (Starflight #1)
Release date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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Description…

Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world—and each other—the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…

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Praise

“Smart, action-packed and utterly addictive!” –New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman

Starflight has the cinematic appeal, warp-speed action and unlikely heroes of Star Wars.” –Justine Magazine

“A lively tale of romance, space pirates, conspiracy, and made (as opposed to genetic) families.” –Booklist

“A great choice for fans of raw sci-fi action, reminiscent of the lawlessness presented in the television series Firefly.” –School Library Journal

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From the Author…

If you love sci-fi adventure with a dash of romance, I hope you’ll pick up the Starflight duology today. Starflight and Starfall are both available in stores and online.

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Title & Series: STARFALL (Starflight #2)
Release date: February 7, 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description…

When Princess Cassia Rose fled her home world of Eturia to escape an arranged marriage, she had no idea her sudden departure would spark a war. Now after two years hiding as a ship hand, she is finally returning to her beloved home, but not in the way she imagined. Shackled by bounty hunters, she is violently dragged back to account for her crimes. Her only solace is that the Banshee crew managed to evade capture, including Kane Arric, her best friend…with occasional benefits.

Meanwhile, Kane and the rest of the crew of the Banshee plan a desperate rescue mission. But when they arrive on Eturia, Cassia isn’t exactly in need of heroics—she’s claimed her birthright as Eturia’s queen, but has inherited a war-torn planet simmering with rebellion. Cassia must make alliances, and Kane, the bastard son of a merchant, isn’t a choice that will earn her any friends. Kane knows he will never find someone to replace Cassia—and is certain she returns his feelings—but how can he throw away his own promising future waiting on a queen?

When the outer realm is threatened by the dangerous Zhang mafia, Cassia, Kane and the rest of the Banshee crew uncover a horrifying conspiracy that endangers the entire universe. In the face of unspeakable evil, Cassia must confront her own family’s complicated legacy on Eturia and decide once and for all who her real family is.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUND


About Melissa Landers

Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.” For more information or just to say hello, visit www.melissa-landers.com.

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The Giveaway

From the Author…

To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a Starflight duology swag pack, complete with bookmarks and two signed mini posters! The giveaway is open internationally. Due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.

Best of luck, and happy reading!

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #174

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

These are books for the week of April 29th-May 5th that I have pre-ordered.

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Sweet Reckoning

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SWEET RECKONING by Wendy Higgins releases in the U.S. today, April 29, 2014 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 400 pages.

SWEET RECKONING is the third and final book in Author Wendy Higgins’ Sweet Trilogy.

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I am so excited that today is SWEET RECKONING‘s release date and that everyone will get the chance to read this final installment in the series. I love this series and was so sad to say goodbye to it when I read this book a few months ago. But I am happy that the finished copy arrives today in both print and eBook formats.

I know exactly how this story ends, so I can’t speculate about what happens in this book. But it has swoon-y romance, with all sorts of Kaidan Rowe yumminess, action and an exciting build to the finish.

I love that the description uses the term “sensual” to describe this book, though I might have used the word “sexy” instead. Because this book is definitely sexy and a totally delectable read.

As I have read SWEET RECKONING, I won’t be adding it to the pile in the coming months. But I definitely plan on doing a series re-read, as I’d love to be able to read it in its entirety all at once.

Description…

It’s time.

Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.

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Sleep No More

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SLEEP NO MORE by Aprilynne Pike releases in the U.S. today, April 29, 2014, 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 352 pages.

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I am so excited that SLEEP NO MORE releases today and that the finished copy (hopefully) has downloaded to my Kindle. While I had an early copy, I wasn’t able to read it pre-release, but I can’t wait to read the finished version.

I am very much in the mood for a thriller, especially one the description promises is like Inception and Wake. And as I love Aprilynne Pike’s writing, imagination and creativity, I can’t wait to meet Charlotte and find out whether she’s willing to risk everything to catch a killer.

As I currently have a few books on the pile that I must read early this month, I might not get this on the pile until mid-May, but I definitely plan on adding it then.

Description…

The blockbuster film Inception meets Lisa McMann’s Wake trilogy in this dark paranormal thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike. This novel is also perfect for fans of Kelley Armstrong, Alyson Noel, and Kimberly Derting.

Charlotte Westing has a gift. She is an Oracle and has the ability to tell the future. But it doesn’t do her much good. Instead of using their miraculous power, modern-day Oracles are told to fight their visions—to refrain from interfering. And Charlotte knows the price of breaking the rules. She sees it every day in her wheelchair-bound mother and the absence of her father. But when a premonition of a classmate’s death is too strong for her to ignore, Charlotte is forced to make an impossible decision: continue following the rules or risk everything—even her sanity—to stop the serial killer who is stalking her town.

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TEASE by Amanda Maciel releases in the U.S. today, April 29, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 336 pages.

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TEASE was an unexpected read, but one I absolutely loved and I’m so excited that the finished eBook will be added to my collection today. I got the chance to read it early, and then did because I was invited to be on the tour. And I’m so glad I did, because it’s a story not to be missed.

It’s not a typical bullying story where “good” and “evil” are clearly defined traits. It’s not a story where you completely love or hate the major players. And it’s not told from the POV of the character being bullied.

The writing is fantastic, the story is captivating and it really makes you think. I think it’s an important story, one that allows you to see beyond hatred or sympathy, and see that not everything is so cut and dry, but that the choices we make have consequences, whether we are the victim or the bully.

As I just recently read TEASE I’m not adding it to the pile just now, but it will definitely be a story I’ll re-read again someday.

Description…

From debut author Amanda Maciel comes a provocative and unforgettable novel, inspired by real-life incidents, about a teenage girl who faces criminal charges for bullying after a classmate commits suicide.

Emma Putnam is dead, and it’s all Sara Wharton’s fault. At least, that’s what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma’s shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who’s ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media. In the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her own role in an undeniable tragedy. And she’ll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.

With its powerful narrative, unconventional point of view, and strong anti-bullying theme, this coming-of-age story offers smart, insightful, and nuanced views on high school society, toxic friendships, and family relationships.

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The Taking

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THE TAKING by Kimberly Derting releases in the U.S. today, April 29, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 368 pages.

THE TAKING is the first book in Author Kimberly Derting’s series of the same name. The second and third books in the series are currently untitled.

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I have had THE TAKING pre-ordered forever and I’m excited for its release today. While I hadn’t had the chance to finish reading it before its release, I will be picking it back up in the next couple of weeks, so I can find out exactly what happened to Kyra. Though I’ll probably switch to the finished version when I do.

The concept for this story is what drew me in. The idea that someone can go missing for years, with no memory of what happened, totally freaks me out. The fact that everything changed, except for Kyra, and that everyone moved on with their lives, is a situation I don’t think I’d ever be able to wrap my head around if I were her.

As I’m one-third of the way through, I know a little bit about what Kyra’s life is like now, but I still have no clue what happened, where she was, and where this story leads. So I am super curious to find out and plan on doing so next week or the week thereafter at the latest as I don’t want to accidentally stumble upon any spoilers.

Description…

A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

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Other Books of Note

The TreatmentTHE TREATMENT (The Program #2) by Suzanne Young

Pub. Date: April 29, 2014

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called “chilling and suspenseful.”

How do you stop an epidemic?

Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.

Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.

Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?

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In the ShadowsIN THE SHADOWS by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo

Pub. Date: April 29, 2014

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

From the remarkable imagination of acclaimed artist Jim Di Bartolo and the exquisite pen of bestselling author Kiersten White comes a spellbinding story of love, mystery, and dark conspiracy, told in an alternating narrative of words and pictures.

Cora and Minnie are sisters living in a small, stifling town where strange and mysterious things occur. Their mother runs the local boarding house. Their father is gone. The woman up the hill may or may not be a witch.

Thomas and Charles are brothers who’ve been exiled to the boarding house so Thomas can tame his ways and Charles can fight an illness that is killing him with increasing speed. Their family history is one of sorrow and guilt. They think they can escape from it . . . but they can’t.

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ScanSCAN (Scan #1) by Sarah Fine and Walter Jury

Pub. Date: May 1, 2014

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Find it: AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Tate and his father don’t exactly get along. As Tate sees it, his father has unreasonably high expectations for Tate to be the best—at everything. Tate finally learns what he’s being prepared for when he steals one of his dad’s odd tech inventions and mercenaries ambush the school, killing his father in the process and sending Tate on the run from aliens who look just like humans.

All Tate knows–like how to make weapons out of oranges and lighter fluid–may not be enough to save him as he’s plunged into a secret inter-species conflict that’s been going on for centuries. Aided only by his girlfriend and his estranged mother, with powerful enemies closing in on all sides, Tate races to puzzle out the secret behind his father’s invention and why so many are willing to kill for it. A riveting, fast-paced adventure, Scan is a clever alien thriller with muscle and heart.

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ExileEXILE (Exile #1) by Kevin Emerson

Pub. Date: April 29, 2014

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—she’s a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. Summer knows that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn’t an ordinary band boy—he’s a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that thing. That thing when someone sings a song and it inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will.

Summer also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band’s past becomes another’s present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. She knows what the well-mannered Catherine side of her would do, but she also knows what her heart is telling her. Maybe it’s time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself. . . .

On sale in April 2014, Kevin Emerson’s EXILE is a witty and passionate ode to love, rock and roll, and the freedom that comes in the moment when somebody believes in you, even if you’re not quite ready to believe in yourself.

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Love and Other Foreign WordsLOVE AND OTHER FOREIGN WORDS by Erin McCahan

Pub. Date: May 1, 2014

Publisher: Dial

Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Perfect for fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell, Love and Other Foreign Wordsis equal parts comedy and coming of age–a whip-smart, big-hearted, laugh-out-loud love story about sisters, friends, and what it means to love at all.

Can anyone be truly herself–or truly in love–in a language that’s not her own?

Sixteen-year-old Josie lives her life in translation. She speaks High School, College, Friends, Boyfriends, Break-ups, and even the language of Beautiful Girls. But none of these is her native tongue–the only people who speak that are her best friend Stu and her sister Kate. So when Kate gets engaged to an epically insufferable guy, how can Josie see it as anything but the mistake of a lifetime? Kate is determined to bend Josie to her will for the wedding; Josie is determined to break Kate and her fiancé up. As battles are waged over secrets and semantics, Josie is forced to examine her feelings for the boyfriend who says he loves her, the sister she loves but doesn’t always like, and the best friend who hasn’t said a word–at least not in a language Josie understands.

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The End or Something Like ThatTHE END OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT  by Ann Dee Ellis

Pub. Date: May 1, 2014

Publisher: Dial

Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

For fans of Sara Zarr and Stephen Chbosky, an achingly raw and surprisingly funny novel about coping with loss

Emmy’s best friend Kim had promised to visit from the afterlife after she died. But so far Kim hasn’t shown up even once. Emmy blames herself for not believing hard enough. Finally, as the one-year anniversary of Kim’s death approaches, Emmy is visited by a ghost—but it’s not Kim. It’s Emmy’s awful dead science teacher.

Emmy can’t help but think that she’s failed at being a true friend. But as more ghosts appear, she starts to realize that she’s not alone in her pain. Kim would have wanted her to move forward—and to do that, Emmy needs to start letting go.

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Catch a Falling StarCATCH A FALLING STAR by Kim Culbertson

Pub. Date: April 29, 2014

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself.

Nothing ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter’s town becomes a giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam’s girlfriend while he’s in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But it turns out Adam isn’t at all who she thought he was. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what’s real and what’s fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds – her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?

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The Break-Up ArtistTHE BREAK-UP ARTIST by Philip Siegel

Pub. Date: April 29, 2014

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Some sixteen-year-olds babysit for extra cash. Some work at the Gap. Becca Williamson breaks up couples.

After watching her sister get left at the altar, Becca knows the true damage that comes when people utter the dreaded L-word. For just $100 via paypal, she can trick and manipulate any couple into smithereens. With relationship zombies overrunning her school, and treating single girls like second class citizens, business is unfortunately booming. Even her best friend Val has resorted to outright lies to snag a boyfriend.

One night, she receives a mysterious offer to break up the homecoming king and queen, the one zombie couple to rule them all: Steve and Huxley. They are a JFK and Jackie O in training, masters of sweeping faux-mantic gestures, but if Becca can split them up, then school will be safe again for singletons. To succeed, she’ll have to plan her most elaborate scheme to date and wiggle her way back into her former BFF Huxley’s life – not to mention start a few rumors, sabotage some cell phones, break into a car, and fend off the inappropriate feelings she’s having about Val’s new boyfriend. All while avoiding a past victim out to expose her true identity.

No one said being the Break-Up Artist was easy.

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The DrowningTHE DROWNING by Rachel Ward

Pub. Date: April 29, 2014 (first published May 2, 2013)

Publisher: Chicken House

Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Water, water, everywhere: His brother has drowned, but Carl can’t remember a thing. Until it all comes flooding back…with a vengeance. By the author of the internationally bestselling NUMBERS series

With a jolt, Carl opens his eyes. He’s on the bank of a lake, soaked to the bone. Rob, his brother, is being zipped up in a body bag. And a girl, drenched and trembling, is talking to the police. Who is she? What happened in the water? And why can’t he remember any of it?

“Bring her to me . . .”

At first Carl thinks it’s his grief speaking. Remembering Rob. The sound of his voice, things he used to say.

“Bring her to me . . .”

But then Carl starts to see him. Rob’s face in the water before it washes down the drain. His ghost rising up from the puddles. His hands clawing out of the moldy, rain-rotted walls. Like a dripping tap, he won’t stop.

“Bring her to me!”

Rob may be dead. But he’s not gone. Because he wants to finish what he started, and he won’t go under alone.

By the author of the internationally bestselling NUMBERS series, THE DROWNING is a dark psychodrama about love and brothers, crimes and consequences, redemption and revenge.

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Shattered CoverSHATTERED (Slated #3) by Teri Terry

Pub. Date: May 1, 2014

Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books

Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

The riveting finale of the Slated trilogy— a thought-provoking psychological thriller set in a disturbingly plausible future where the government and its enemies compete to control the minds of the young.

Kyla is in danger from both the government Lorders who erased her memory and the terrorists who tried to use her. So now she’s on the run. Sporting a new identity and desperate to fill in the blank spaces of her life pre-Slating, Kyla heads to a remote mountain town to try to reunite with the birth mother she was kidnapped from as a child. There she is hoping all the pieces of her life will come together and she can finally take charge of her own future. But even in the idyllic wilderness and the heart of her original family, Kyla realizes there is no escape from the oppressive Lorders. Someone close to her may be one of them, and even more frighteningly, her birth mother has been keeping secrets of her own.

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Camp PaybackCAMP PAYBACK (Camp Boyfriend #2) by J.K. Rock

Pub. Date: April 29, 2014

Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary

Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Alex has big plans for camp this year, starting with making it the best summer ever. Having fun and breaking some rules will get her the payback she wants against her parents and her ex-boyfriend. Because of his disgusting texts, she’s headed to a super strict all-girls school in the fall. Then she meets Javier and revenge doesn’t seem nearly as important as getting to know the troubled loner determined to keep a low profile at camp. But Alex’s trouble-magnet personality and Javier’s need to stay in the background don’t mix nearly as well as their irresistible chemistry. With her home life eroding under her feet and her last year of summer camp speeding to a close, Alex wants to make her mark on the world and squeeze every bit of fun out of her time with Javier. Too bad her old plans for revenge turn back on her just in time to ruin everything. Will she lose Javier too?

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StarfallSTARFALL (The Darkborn Legacy #3) by Michael Griffo

Pub. Date: April 29, 2014

Publisher: K-Teen

Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

In the newest book in Michael Griffo’s mesmerizing Darkborn Legacy series, a small Nebraska town becomes a battleground in a fight between light and dark–and one girl must look to the stars to reclaim her life. . .

Dominy Robineau will never be just a girl again. At sixteen, a curse awakened the animal inside, and now every full moon transforms her into a creature of terrifying power. But she is not alone.

Dom’s enemy, Nadine–a descendant of Orion, the Hunter–won’t hesitate to kill to increase her strength. There’s a new arrival in town too, and shifting alliances that will bring even more secrecy, mystery, and death to Weeping Water. Dom’s relationship with her boyfriend Caleb, her connection to her best friend Jess, and everything she believes about her family and her past is about to be put to the test. The only way to keep herself and those she loves alive is to strike a bargain that may destroy the last shreds of her humanity. . .

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Bodyguard RansomRANSOM (Bodyguard #2) by Chris Bradford

Pub. Date: May 1, 2014

Publisher: Puffin

Find it: AMAZON

Description:

With a successful high-profile assignment under his belt, Connor’s services are now in great demand. Maddox Sterling, the world famous Australian media mogul, hires him and fellow bodyguard Ling to protect his two children, Ella and Lilly.

His daughter Ella has already been a kidnap victim and Mr Sterling will spare no expense in securing their safety. Colonel Black promises a watertight operation, but Connor knows twins mean twice the trouble!

Joining the family onboard their 300ft mega-yacht in Sydney, the assignment goes smoothly until they sail across the Indian Ocean and into dangerous waters. Somali pirates board their boat, kill all the bodyguards and seize the family.

Demanding a $100 million ransom, the pirates ignite a media furore. The Australian government sends a detachment of SAS to rescue Sterling and his children. But someone has sabotaged the yacht’s navigation system and no one can find them.

With the ransom deadline drawing ever closer, the pirates announce they will start killing the crew and family one by one. But the pirates didn’t count on Connor Reeves being aboard…

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Other Releases

SUMMER LOVE by Jill Santopolo (releases May 1, 2014)

JUST MYRTO by Laurie Gray (releases May 1, 2014)

A TIME TO DANCE by Padma Venkatraman (releases May 1, 2014)

THE FREEDOM SUMMER MURDERS by Don Mitchell (releases April 29, 2014)

KILLING RUBY ROSE (The Ruby Rose Series #1) by Jessie Humphries (releases May 1, 2014)

OF BREAKABLE THINGS by A. Lynden Rolland (releases April 29, 2014)

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It’s a fantastic week for releases this week, yet I clearly fell behind on pre-orders, otherwise I would have already purchased THE TREATMENT and IN THE SHADOWS, something I plan on doing the moment I finish writing up this post.

I am so excited for the release of SWEET RECKONING, which was a bittersweet read for me as I didn’t want to have to say goodbye to Anna and Kai. But I can’t wait to see what the author has in the pipeline.

I am also tempted to purchase SCAN, which is not my normal genre to read, but having read just a bit of the ARC, I think it’s a book I want to add to my collection.

I’m not sure if I missed any books this week or last. I haven’t had a moment to check last week’s downloads or this week’s. But hopefully I haven’t and that all the books I’ve listed above are it. Otherwise I may end up having a few more books I need to add to the collection. We shall see….

Anyway… if you haven’t yet read SWEET RECKONING, I hope saying goodbye isn’t too difficult. And if there are a few other books you’ve been pining for that are releasing this week, I’m glad the wait has finally ended.

Happy release week to some lovely books and I hope you have a very happy reading week.

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As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!


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