Review: Ignite Me

Ignite Me

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IGNITE ME by Tahereh Mafi was released in the U.S. today, February 4, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to 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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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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IGNITE ME is the riveting, unputdownable, electrifying conclusion to this epic, beautiful and breathtaking series by author Tahereh Mafi. Shocking and suspenseful and action-packed from beginning to end, this last installment proves to be the best yet.

Filled with page after page of the author’s gorgeous writing, interwoven with humor, heartbreak and surprise after surprise, this story will keep the pages turning. And its fast pace, its gripping, emotion- and tension-filled storyline and its captivating characters will keep readers enrapt.

With the rebellion on the verge of collapse, unlikely alliances must be formed. Decisions must be made that could put everyone at risk. Trust must be given to those who haven’t earned it. But it may be the only way if there is to be any hope of taking down the Reestablishment.

As tempers ignite, success might be too much to hope for. Doubt, insecurity, distrust and a broken heart could so easily destroy any chance at a victory. Because without a united front, a leader and a solid plan, the supreme will be unbeatable. Even with a burning desire for revenge.

Author Tahereh Mafi has crafted a powerful and empowering story in IGNITE ME. Through the course of her series, culminating in this final installment, she has allowed her main character, Juliette, to grow. To not only find her voice but to embrace it. To discover who she is and all that she is capable of. To figure out what she wants and how to go about getting it.

She has created a finale that is thrilling and nail-biting, stunning and intoxicating, fragile and moving and utterly bewitching. She has developed enchanting and memorable characters whose outcomes will either delight or destroy. And she’s done a masterful job in bringing her story to a close, giving her characters an ending that feels true to who they are, in a way that doesn’t feel rushed or incomplete.

IGNITE ME is an absolute must read for fans of dystopia and those who love intense, action-filled, sexy and incredibly exciting, beautifully-written stories. And it is a must read now for any and all fans of this remarkable series.

Reviewer gives this book…

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Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

On a personal note…

There is so much I want to say. SO MUCH. But I’m not about to spoil one single second of this final book in the series if I can help it. Though I will say I am so very, very glad I read FRACTURE ME before I read this last book. Because it provided certain insights that helped explain certain things.

I was so nervous when I embarked upon this final book in the series. I had certain expectations. Things I was sure were going to happen. Directions the story would take. These expectations – no, I’m not going to say if they were met in any way, shape or form – kept me on edge for the entire read.

Arrrgh….

There are SO MANY THINGS I want to talk about. So many things that happened that absolutely killed me. So many things that made me grin like a complete and total idiot. But I can’t. Which is killing me. Abso-freaking-lutely killing me.

There were times that I laughed out loud. Times that my heart dropped into the pit of my stomach – yes it’s possible, if you’ve ever read a book by Tahereh Mafi you know it is. There were times I got so angry I nearly screamed. And would have if it hadn’t been the middle of the night.

There were moments that were so freaking H.O.T. oh my gosh… just oh my gosh. And there were moments that completely and totally shattered me.

This was an unforgettable, unputdownable, utterly amazing finish to the series. I could not have been happier that I chose to read it immediately. It was perfection. It was flawless. It was everything a final book in a series should be.

It was epic. Completely and totally epic. It had everything in it. Action. Suspense. Heartbreak. Romance. Humor. Tension. Drama. Sexy times.

And it went beyond. So, so, so far beyond. What I hoped it could be. What I imagined it would be.

I could ramble on for days about what happened in IGNITE ME. I want to talk about that thing that Adam did. Or that thing that Warner said. Or the realization that Juliette came to.

I want to go on and on about how I was surprised when I never thought I could be. I want to talk about weakness and strength and voice and having no voice. I want to talk about which characters I loved more than I thought possible and which characters broke my heart.

I said before I read this book that reading IGNITE ME would first Fracture Me, then Unravel Me, Shatter Me and ultimately Destroy Me. And it did. It absolutely did. I’d pondered whether after the read a happily ever after ending would gather up all my broken pieces and Unite Me. That I won’t say.

But for those who read this amazing, brilliant, breathtaking story, you know. You know.

I never imagined any book in this series could top SHATTER ME. But then I read UNRAVEL ME and fell so much harder. It was an unexpected love affair. It was such a surprise. A beautiful, astonishing, shocking, stunning surprise. And now that I’ve read IGNITE ME… well… all I can say is BEST BOOK OF THE SERIES.

Okay, I probably could say a LOT more. But I really, really shouldn’t. And I won’t. But I will say – oh my gosh, you have to read this book straight away. Go ahead. I’ll wait…

Are you done? Have you got to that part where…?

Or that moment between Juliette and…?

Not yet? Well, then stop reading this post and keep reading IGNITE ME.

Favorite passage…

There are too many to choose from. I want to include them all. Even the spoiler-y ones… especially the spoiler-y ones. And I want to include the swoon-worthy ones. Oh how much I want to. Because those are some of my most favorite. Though the heartbreaking ones are too.

But instead I’ve chosen a favorite moment between Juliette and Kenji. It made me laugh out loud in the middle of the night, earning me a not so friendly glare.

“I don’t know what’s happening to me.”

“They’re called hormones.”

I shoot him a dirty look. “I’m serious.”

“Me too.” He cocks his head at me. “That’s like, biological and shit. Scientific. Maybe your lady bits are scientifically confused.”

“My lady bits?”

“Oh, I’m sorry”—Kenji pretends to look offended—“would you rather I use the proper anatomical terminology? Because your lady bits do not scare me—”

“Yeah, no thanks.” I manage to laugh a little, my sad attempt dissolving into a sigh.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

Book Watch: 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 series.

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There are so many books releasing the week of February 4th that I have read and loved or am dying to read. But the book I’ve been pining over for what feels like an eternity is IGNITE ME by Tahereh Mafi. I had the chance to read UNRAVEL ME super early and I took the opportunity to do so. Which seemed like a really good idea at the time. But the wait has been killing me.

I think this series is an amazing series. I think the author’s voice is unique and beautiful. I love her characters, even when they make me crazy – Juliette, I’m talking about you – and I am all sorts of terrified about just how things will end.

I don’t know if there has been buzz about this final book, if anyone got the chance to read it early, as I covered my ears and screamed “la, la, la, la, la” whenever I heard a peep about IGNITE ME. And I refused to take more than one glance at the various teasers the author posted on Facebook as the early ones I did see were absolutely torturous.

The countdown has begun, which makes me both excited and sad. I want to know whether the rebellion stands a chance. I want to know which side Warner will choose. I want to know which boy Juliette will.

But I have a feeling this final book will leave me in tears, that it will be the most angst-filled read of the series, but it will also be the most epic. And I cannot wait. I will be turning those pages into the wee hours of the morning to devour this one in just one sitting. Not just because I’m dying to know what happens, but because I’m terrified that someone will spoil the ending.

So while I normally would throw this on the “don’t let it end” pile to read later, I will be reading this the instant I have my copy. I just hope that if it does make me sob, scream or shout, I won’t wake everyone in the near vicinity.

And as thrilled as I am about the release of all of the titles listed below and a number of titles also releasing the week of February 4th, the book that tops the list, the book that I am the most desperate to discover, the book I have been waiting for the longest, and the book I’m the most terrified of saying goodbye to is IGNITE ME. Which is just a fraction of the reason why I just had to spotlight it as the book to watch this week.

What about you?

Have you been anxiously awaiting the release of IGNITE ME? Are you all sorts of nervous about how this series will end? Are you Team Warner or Team Adam? And who do you think Juliette will choose?

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Places to Watch

The author on TWITTER

The author on FACEBOOK

The author’s WEBSITE

The author’s BLOG

The author on TUMBLR

The author on INSTAGRAM

The author on GOODREADS

The series on FACEBOOK

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About the Book

Goodreads description:

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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Other Amazing Books to Watch

Here are seven other awesome books releasing the week of February 4th:

CRESS (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

THE SOUND OF LETTING GO by Stasia Ward Kehoe

PRINCE OF SHADOWS by Rachel Caine

ALIENATED (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers

LANDRY PARK (Landry Park #1) by Bethany Hagen

MISTWALKER by Saundra Mitchell

SOMETHING REAL by Heather Demetrios

Quickie Review: Fracture Me

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FRACTURE ME by Tahereh Mafi was released in the U.S.  on December 17, 2013 in eBook format. It is currently available to order online in eBook format only at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by HarperCollins, the novella is 72 pages.

FRACTURE ME is a companion novella to Author Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series. The final book in the trilogy, IGNITE ME, is slated for release on February 4, 2014.

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Description…

In this electrifying sixty-page companion novella to the New York Timesbestselling Shatter Me series, discover the fate of the Omega Point rebels as they go up against The Reestablishment. Set during and soon after the final moments of Unravel MeFracture Me is told from Adam’s perspective.

As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam’s focus couldn’t be further from the upcoming battle. He’s reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend’s life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James’s safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It’s time for war.

On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam’s newly discovered half brother, won’t be that easy. The Reestablishment can’t tolerate a rebellion, and they’ll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

Fracture Me sets the stage for Ignite Me, the explosive finale in Tahereh Mafi’s epic dystopian series. It’s a novella not to be missed by fans who crave action-packed stories with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu.

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FRACTURE ME is an exciting, action-filled and immensely entertaining novella in the Shatter Me series set following the events that took place in UNRAVEL ME, told from Adam’s point of view.

It is the perfect seque into the third and final book in the series, giving readers a peek at some of the events that transpired that would not be known by the series’ main character, Juliette. It sets the stage for what looks to be an epic finish to this series. And it allows readers to get a better idea of who Adam is, what his priorities are and what he is and is not aware of.

While brief, this novella is every bit as captivating as the author’s full-length novels. It immediately grabs hold and brings readers back into this oppressive, ravaged and war-torn world the author created. A world filled with people living in fear and those ready to fight back. A world where a touch can heal or it can kill.

A world whose fate may rest in the hands of one girl.

With a lightning fast pace and suspense-filled, nerve-wracking moments, FRACTURE ME is a thrilling, must read installment in this series. It shows a different side to Adam, it reveals his fears and doubts and motivations. It hints at what is to come in IGNITE ME.

And it will keep readers on the edge of their seats, holding their breath, crossing their fingers and wishing and hoping their hearts won’t be broken at the novella’s end.

Reviewer gives this book…

5

On a personal note…

I had been on a bit of a reading hiatus. But there was no way I could resist picking up and devouring FRACTURE ME when it released. The Shatter Me series is one of my most favorite and memorable series. Ever. The author’s writing is breathtaking and beautiful and unique.

Her stories and characters have taken me on an emotional rollercoaster in each and every book and story in this series. I love them, hate them, fear for them, hope for them, ache for them.

I desperately wanted to wait until just before the release of IGNITE ME before picking up this novella. But I just had to see if reading this story from Adam’s POV would make me adore him again, after being firmly on Warner’s side throughout my reads of UNRAVEL ME and DESTROY ME.

And while I am still a Warner fan, I couldn’t help but fall for Adam just a little bit, again. He proved that he is not a pushover and is not blinded by his feelings for Juliette. But he also revealed… oh, oops… just because he revealed something doesn’t mean I should.

But I loved that there was more to this story than just Adam and Juliette – though I love, love, loved that it revealed that one tiny thing about Juliette that Adam noticed but that Juliette wasn’t aware of. I was shocked and surprised and heartbroken by what took place in this novella. I could not believe what transpired and I am dying to find out how things will look from Juliette’s perspective.

The moment I finished reading I was desperate to get my hands on the final book. Even with my aversion to finishing books in a series, I can’t help but want to see how this series ends. The moment, second, instant it releases.

I’d been somewhat anxious that I wouldn’t love this novella as much as the rest of the series because it was told from Adam’s POV and it was set after everything that went down in UNRAVEL ME. But my fears were allayed immediately and I fell in love with this read as easily I have every other by this author.

FRACTURE ME is a definite, absolute, must, must read.

Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2014

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Today is the final day of Top 10 of 2013.

A week of Looking Back…

…and Looking Forward.

And I am thrilled to be able to co-host this event for the third year in a row with Jaime from Two Chicks on Books and for a second year with Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.

If you haven’t yet heard of this week-long event, it’s where we’ve been sharing our favorite bookish lists and inviting you to share yours each day for the past five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

This year’s event giveaway is shared via a common Rafflecopter on all three of our blogs. Leaving a comment each day on each host’s blog will give you extra entries, so be sure to check out each of our Top 10 lists for more chances to win.

It’s not too late to sign up for this event – though today is the last day. Just check out the Sign-up Post for all the details – HERE.

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Today’s topic is…

Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2014

Last year, it seems, I cheated a little and I changed the post to top ten books in a series I’m dying to continue reading. This year I’m going to do the same.

Because there are already at least 80 books I’m pining for that will be releasing next year and there’s no way I can narrow that list down to ten. So this tens list is in NO way complete. Not by far.

Of course I just had to do an “honorable mentions” section listing a few other books I’m dying to read. And I will be posting a list of Top 10 Debut Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2014 on The Annex to fill some of those gaps I’m leaving.

But, to make things easier on myself, I decided to leave off the books in 2014 that I am looking forward to but have already read or am reading. Books such as UNHINGED by A.G. Howard, INDEPENDENT STUDY by Joelle Charbonneau, EVERTRUE by Brodi Ashton, PANIC by Lauren Oliver, and A LITTLE TOO HOT by Lisa Desrochers.

While this is the hardest list I’ve had to create yet, I think I’m happy with my choices. I just wish some of those “must read” 2014 books had covers… or titles.

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Top Ten Books in a Series I’m Dying to Continue Reading in 2014

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UNTITLED (The Arcana Chronicles #3) by Kresley Cole

Why Top Ten?

Death. Jack. A deadly game. Sexy times. A killer cliffhanger ending. Even sexier times. A wicked scary and totally fierce heroine. A world in chaos, born of destruction. Edge-of-your-seat suspense. Danger. Bad boys. Mean girls. Creepy villains. Battles of the epic variety. Amazing writing. Fascinating lore. And an insanely creative series that just keeps getting better and better.

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THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS (White Rabbit Chronicles #3) by Gena Showalter

Why Top Ten?

Action-packed. Zombies a-plenty. A seriously kick-a** heroine. A super sexy and maddeningly frustrating bad boy. An awesome nod to a beloved classic. Fierce, gory and epic zombie slaying battles. A mystery. Tension, tension, tension. Grin-worthy sexy times. Sizzling chemistry. Suspense, suspense, suspense. An awesome and addictive adventure in Zombieland.

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Ignite MeIGNITE ME (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Why Top Ten?

Gorgeous, breathtaking, amazingly beautiful writing. A chilling and super scary futuristic world. Deadly powers. Evil rulers. A super sexy but totally redeemable bad boy. A super cute and totally honorable good boy. A cast of characters that is completely and totally adorable… well, except for the evil dudes. A totally addictive and unputdownable, action-filled story. A finish that I just know will be epic, epic, epic.

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City of Heavenly FireCITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

Why Top Ten?

The second ever YA series I discovered and fell in love with. Clary and Jace. A series ending that has been long awaited and greatly feared. Captivating. Amazing. My obsession. A creative and original and unique and brilliant series. An elaborate and intriguing world. Tension-filled. Nerve-wracking. A seriously awesome supporting cast. A forever favorite.

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The OneTHE ONE (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

Why Top Ten?

A total guilty pleasure read. Warning: highly addictive. An almost-Cinderella love story. A super nice, super sexy and totally awesome Prince. A fun and vicious competition. Action. Deception. Scheming. Deadly threats. A society in turmoil. An uprising. A love triangle. Another love triangle. A decision I’m just dying to find out. Who is “the one”?

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THE FOREVER SONG (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa

Why Top Ten?

An epic adventure. An even more epic setting. Vampires + dystopia = instalove. Kanin *sigh*. Zeke *sigh*. Jackal *sigh*. Each boy of the three boys is of the swoon-worthy variety. A daring and kick-a** heroine. Nail-biting suspense. Deadly threats. An insanely torturous killer cliffhanger ending that was scream-inducing. Riveting. Imaginative. Wildly entertaining. Totally brill.

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BurnedBURNED (Dani O’Malley #2) by Karen Marie Moning

Why Top Ten?

Mega. Ryo. Christian. A decimated world. Killer fae. Amazing, amazing, amazing writing… and world… and characters. Addictive. Consuming. Epic. Spellbinding. Seductive. Sexy. Electrifying. Action-packed. Unforgettable. Abso-freaking-lutely awesome. One of the best. Series. Ever.

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Sisters FateSISTERS’ FATE (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #3) by Jessica Spotswood

Why Top Ten?

Bewitching. Nerve-wracking. Insanely appealing. Heartrending. Utterly enchanting. Gripping. Suspenseful. Secrets. Heartbreak. Jealousy. Hidden powers. Deadly consequences. Gorgeous writing. Lovable, detestable, maddening, swoon-worthy characters. A “no freaking way” gut-wrenching ending. A must, must, must read series.

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TAKE ME ON (Pushing the Limits #4) by Katie McGarry

Why Top Ten?

Romantic. Sexy. Heartbreaking. Heartwarming. Deliciously torturous. Yummy. Addictive. Beautiful characters. Beautiful writing. Beautiful stories. A guilt-free guilty pleasure read. Every. Single. Time. Complicated pairings. Challenging relationships. Love stories to root for. Intense. Angst-filled. Ahhh-mazing. And now it’s West’s turn.

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Up From the GraveUP FROM THE GRAVE (Night Huntress #7) by Jeaniene Frost

Why Top Ten?

Cat. Bones. Amazing chemistry. H.O.T. times infinity. Fiery. Electric. Steamy. Sizzling. Wicked battles. Edge-of-your-seat excitement. Seriously fierce heroine. Kicks some major a**. Action. More action. Even more a**-kicking action. All-consuming. Epic. Riv-et-ing. Completely and totally satisfying. Totally re-read worthy. A long, long, long, long, LONG-awaited, highly anticipated, ab-so-lutely must read – dying to read – final installment.

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A Few Other Books I’m Pining For

Continuing Series

SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME FOUR by Rachel Vincent

THE LOVELY AND THE LOST (The Dispossessed #2) by Page Morgan

SPLIT SECOND (Pivot Point #2) by Kasie West

SWEET RECKONING (The Sweet Trilogy #3) by Wendy Higgins

CRESS (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

STEADFAST (Spellcaster #2) by Claudia Gray

UNTITLED (The Elemental Trilogy #2) by Sherry Thomas

THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART (Steampunk Chronicles #4) by Kady Cross

GRADUATION DAY (The Testing #3) by Joelle Charbonneau

EARTHQUAKE (Earthbound #2) by Aprilynne Pike

TEASE (The Ivy Chronicles #2) by Sophie Jordan

FRAGILE SPIRITS (Souls #2) by Mary Lindsey

DARKBOUND (Moonset #2) by Scott Tracey

UNTITLED (All Our Yesterdays #2) by Cristin Terrill

WILD THINGS (Chicagoland Vampires #9) by Chloe Neill

UNTITLED (Starling #3) by Lesley Livingston

DELIVERANCE (Defiance #3) by C.J. Redwine

OBLIVION (Nevermore #3) by Kelly Creagh

MORTAL HEART (His Fair Assassin #3) by R. L. LaFevers

New Releases

THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES (Broken Destiny #1) by Jeaniene Frost

UNINVITED (Uninvited #1) by Sophie Jordan

AFTER THE END (After the End #1) by Amy Plum

THE SHADOW PRINCE (Into the Dark #1) by Bree Despain

ON THE FENCE by Kasie West

THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski

AFTERPARTY by Ann Redisch Stampler

HEARTBEAT by Elizabeth Scott

AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard

REBEL BELLE by Rachel Hawkins

THE IRON TRIAL (Magisterium #1) by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

MORTAL (A Court of Rose and Thorns #1) by Sarah J. Maas

DEATH SWORN (Death Sworn #1) by Leah Cypess

ELUSION by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

FORGET ME by K.A. Harrington

WICKED GAMES by Sean Olin

ONLY EVERYTHING (True Love #1) by Kieran Scott

SLEEP NO MORE by Aprilynne Pike

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The Giveaways

We have decided to combine the giveaways into one Rafflecopter form that is shared on all three host blogs and will be posted in each of the Top 10 posts this week.

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My Reading Pile #144

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I know I’m a bit late with this week’s My Reading Pile post and missed last week’s post, but as I haven’t been doing any reading due to some IRL stuffs going on, I wasn’t able to post this until now.

And while I didn’t receive any hard copy review books in the mail last week, I did receive some awesome books and eGalleys. So I didn’t want to miss the chance to share them.

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[Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

I had participated in a charitable auction and won an ARC of AFTER THE END, the first book in a new series of the same name by Amy Plum, along with signed paperback copies of the Die for Me series by the author. There was also some swag that was to be included, but as the post office damaged the packages so badly, most of it was MIA by the time I received it. I’m just happy I received the books and ARC.

And while I did end up grabbing an eARC of AFTER THE END the other week, I am madly in love with the printed ARC I received and will be reading that instead of the electronic copy.

I also had grabbed quite a few eARCs from Edelweiss, was granted access to one title, and was approved for two I’d requested awhile back.

Courtesy of HarperCollins/HarperTeen/Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Voyager via Edelweiss:

AFTER THE END (After the End #1) by Amy Plum

SLEEP NO MORE by Aprilynne Pike

WICKED GAMES by Sean Olin

THE EIGHTH DAY by Dianne K. Salerni

AUTUMN ROSE (The Dark Heroine #2) by Abigail Gibbs

Courtesy of Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse via Edelweiss:

#scandal by Sarah Ockler

MAGNOLIA by Kristi Cook

(DON’T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME by Kate Karyus Quinn

I didn’t receive all these titles this week. Some I grabbed the week before last, before life got in the way. But as I didn’t create an MRP post last week, it seems like I received a LOT of books. All of which I am excited to read. But for now…

Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

(December 15, 2013 – December 21, 2013)

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As it is so late in the week already and because I haven’t been able to lose myself in a book for the past couple of weeks, I’m only adding one short novella to the pile this week, and that is FRACTURE ME (Shatter Me #2.5) by Tahereh Mafi.

Although I have not been able to focus on a book or on much of anything lately… my mind has been preoccupied with the chaos that is my life right now… I am hopeful that reading this short story from Adam’s POV will be able to get me back into reading again.

I adore Tahereh Mafi’s writing. There’s just something so brilliant and wonderful about the way she connects words. And even though I am terribly mad at Juliette right now, I can’t wait to continue on with this series and to read FRACTURE ME this week and find out just how it sets the stage for the final book in the series.

The Description…

In this electrifying sixty-page companion novella to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, discover the fate of the Omega Point rebels as they go up against The Reestablishment. Set during and soon after the final moments of Unravel MeFracture Me is told from Adam’s perspective.

As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam’s focus couldn’t be further from the upcoming battle. He’s reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend’s life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James’s safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It’s time for war.

On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam’s newly discovered half brother, won’t be that easy. The Reestablishment can’t tolerate a rebellion, and they’ll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

Fracture Me sets the stage for Ignite Me, the explosive finale in Tahereh Mafi’s epic dystopian series. It’s a novella not to be missed by fans who crave action-packed stories with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu.

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Wishful Thinking Reads

As I have been down in the dolrums as of late, I don’t have a wishful thinking read picked out. Of course I wish I could read every title that I have in my collection currently on my TBR pile, but since that’s just not possible at the moment, I’ll save my wish for next week’s pile.

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Those Left Behind

I did manage to finish reading ICED from the pile two weeks ago, but just barely. I had read all but the last ten or so pages before everything went haywire in my life. I’m not sure when I finished those last few pages, but I do vaguely recall doing so. But I haven’t been able to pick up a book since then.

So I did not get to read ONE GRAVE AT A TIME just yet. But I am hopeful of doing so before the final book in the series releases.

I also managed to finish those edits to my WIP… which I guess is technically a manuscript. But that, too, was just a “barely.” Things started going downhill, which delayed their completion, but I spent a few hours one day and got them done before my deadline.

I was not, however, able to take that exam for Coastal Navigation. And while it’s not something left behind from my TBR pile, it is something left behind. Hopefully I’ll be able to get it together enough to take the test some time in early January.

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NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

I did not put in any requests on NetGalley for the past couple of weeks. But I did do a quick search for purposes of this post and found quite a few titles that are available for request. Some of which I may end up requesting….

THE HERE AND NOW by Ann Brashares (Random House Children’s, Apr 8 2014)

MANOR OF SECRETS by Katherine Longshore (Scholastic, Jan 28 2014)

HIGH AND DRY by Sarah Skilton (Abrams, Apr 15 2014)

THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS by Michelle Madow (Harlequin TEEN, Feb 25 2014)

AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard (Random House Children’s, Jan 28 2014)

WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart (Random House Children’s, May 13 2014)

GRIM by Ellen Hopkins, Julie Kagawa, Amanda Hocking, Claudia Gray, Rachel Hawkins (Harlequin TEEN, Feb 25 2014)

CAPTIVATE by Vanessa Garden (Harlequin Enterprises Australia, Jan 1 2014)

BROKEN HEARTS, FENCES, AND OTHER THINGS TO MEND by Kate Finn (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, May 13 2014)

PANIC by Lauren Oliver (Hodder & Stoughton, Mar 6 2014)

ANYTHING TO HAVE YOU (UK Edition) by Paige Harbison (Harlequin UK Ltd, Feb 7 2014)

DON’T LOOK BACK by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Disney Book Group, Apr 15 2014)

SECRET (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer (Kensington Books, Jan 28 2014)

THESE GENTLE WOUNDS by Helene Dunbar (Flux, May 8 2014)

CAMELOT BURNING (Metal & Lace #1) by Kathryn Rose (Flux, May 8 2014)

DIVIDED WE FALL by Trent Reedy (Scholastic, Jan 28 2014)

THE LOST BOYS by Lilian Carmine (Random House UK-North America, Jan 1 2014)

TALES FROM MY CLOSET by Jennifer Anne Moses (Scholastic, Jan 28 2014)

BRIGHT BEFORE SUNRISE by Tiffany Schmidt (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Feb 18 2014)

PRETENDERS by Lisi Harrison (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Oct 15 2013)

DEAD BEAUTIFUL by Yvonne Woon (Disney Book Group, Sep 21 2010)

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I hope to get back on track with my MRP posts this weekend and with my reading, too. My inability to escape into a book is something I really want to change. I’m just not quite sure how at the moment. Mindless television series marathons on Netflix seem to be all I’m capable of right now.

I have a ton of books on the pile and a reading challenge in 2014 that will (hopefully) help me tackle some of those. But I have to be able to focus long enough to read in order to do so.

I am attempting FRACTURE ME tonight and will be keeping my fingers crossed that it will captivate me as everything Tahereh Mafi has done. And, if it does break me out of my reader’s block, then maybe I’ll try to read the Jeaniene Frost book I missed from a couple weeks back.

While I’m having a bit of a reading slump due to the beatdown that life has given me recently, I hope the same is not true of you. And, as ever, I wish you a happy reading week ahead.

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Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your reading pile this week?

Book Watch: Releasing This Week #155

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

These are books for the week of December 17th-December 23rd that I have pre-ordered.

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Fracture Me

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FRACTURE ME by Tahereh Mafi released in the U.S. today, December 17, 2013, in eBook format. It is currently available to order online in eBook format only at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by HarperCollins, the novella is 72 pages.

FRACTURE ME is a companion novella to Author Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series. The final book in the trilogy, IGNITE ME, is slated for release on February 4, 2014.

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I don’t normally include novellas in my Releasing This Week posts but I just had to talk about FRACTURE ME which I’m totally stoked released today. I have loved everything about this series from the moment I first read the first few pages of the very first book in the series and I am so excited to have yet another story about this world and its characters.

As I am terrified of just how this series will end and how badly my heart will be broken I am so glad to have a companion novella which just might not do as much damage. Though, having read the description, I have a feeling it might….

While I haven’t been able to pick up a book for the past couple of weeks due to some real life stuffs going on, I think FRACTURE ME will be just the book to be able to hold my focus and allow me to escape for a little while. And I can’t wait to dive in.

Description…

In this electrifying sixty-page companion novella to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, discover the fate of the Omega Point rebels as they go up against The Reestablishment. Set during and soon after the final moments of Unravel MeFracture Me is told from Adam’s perspective.

As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam’s focus couldn’t be further from the upcoming battle. He’s reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend’s life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James’s safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It’s time for war.

On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam’s newly discovered half brother, won’t be that easy. The Reestablishment can’t tolerate a rebellion, and they’ll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

Fracture Me sets the stage for Ignite Me, the explosive finale in Tahereh Mafi’s epic dystopian series. It’s a novella not to be missed by fans who crave action-packed stories with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu.

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Ashes to Ashes

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ASHES TO ASHES by Melissa Walker will be released in the U.S. on December 23, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 336 pages.

ASHES TO ASHES is the first book in a duology by Author Melissa Walker. The second and final book in the series, DUST TO DUST, is slated for release in December 2014.

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When I first read the description for ASHES TO ASHES I knew I had to add it to my list of pre-orders and I can’t wait for it to finally be released on Monday. The description promises tragedy, romance, a story that is “emotionally rich” and an ending that is breathtaking – how could I not want to have this book in my collection?

I love the idea that in this story Callie’s life doesn’t end with her death and that her spirit travels to an ethereal plane populated by ghosts. I love that she is able to bring peace to those she left behind. And I love, too, that she has to fight to save those she loves from the angry spirits who threaten their existence.

I can’t wait to meet Callie and find out whether her story is one that has a happy eternally ever after or is one that ends in heartbreak. But I suppose that even if I were to read ASHES TO ASHES right now, I won’t know for certain. I’m pretty sure I won’t get that answer until next December with the release of DUST TO DUST.

And as much as I probably should wait until closer to that book’s release, I don’t think I’ll be able to. Though I will try and wait until January. Especially as I just know there will be tears.

Description…

If I Stay meets the movie Ghost in this first book in a teen duology about a teenage-girl-turned-ghost who must cling to the echoes of her former life to save the people she left behind.

Ashes to Ashes is author Melissa Walker’s sweeping, romantic, and emotionally rich story about the things that torment and tempt us, even from the Great Beyond. This book is perfect for fans of Die for Me and Imaginary Girls, and its breathtaking ending will leave readers anxiously awaiting the series conclusion, Dust to Dust.

When Callie’s life is cut short by a tragic accident, she expects to find nothingness, or maybe some version of heaven.

Instead, her spirit travels to the Prism, an ethereal plane populated by the ghosts she thought were fictional. Here she meets a striking and mysterious ghost named Thatcher, who is meant to guide her as she learns to haunt and bring peace to the loved ones she left behind.

However, Callie uncovers a dark secret about the spirit world: The angry souls who always populate ghost stories are real, dangerous, and willing to do whatever it takes to stay on Earth, threatening the existence of everyone she ever cared about.

As she fights to save them, Callie will learn that while it may no longer beat, her heart can still love-and break.

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Echo in Time

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ECHO IN TIME by C.J. Hill will be released in the U.S. on December 23, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 400 pages.

ECHO IN TIME is the second book in Author C.J. Hill’s Erasing Time series.

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I can’t wait to get the chance to read ECHO IN TIME when it releases on Monday. I love this series and I am anxiously awaiting the chance to continue it with this second book, which I’ve had pre-ordered for ages.

As I already spotlighted it for my Book Watch post the other week and I will be on the book’s tour in a couple weeks, I won’t go on and on and on. But I am seriously excited to find out what happens on Taylor and Joseph’s mission and to see just what consequences their actions have.

The description calls this sequel “action-packed and romantic” and I am very much looking forward to escaping into this world and finding out if that’s true. If real life isn’t too crazy next week I hope to be able to discover it then.

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Echo in Time delivers on “the possibility of an equally thrilling sequel” (Kirkus Reviews) to Erasing Time.

After being pulled 400 years into the future, twins Taylor and Sheridan have found some refuge from the government of Traventon, which used the dangerous Time Strainer to yank the girls from the past. Yet the threat of the dangerous technology still looms. Taylor and an ally, Joseph, are selected to go on a mission to destroy the time machine and weapon. But their actions before they do may have major consequences for the future and the past.

Action-packed and romantic, this futuristic sequel to Erasing Time is perfect for fans of dystopian and sci-fi novels such as The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Across the Universe by Beth Revis, and Matched by Ally Condie.

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Other Books of Note

***Novella***

Dangerous DreamDANGEROUS DREAM (Beautiful Creatures #0.5) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Pub. Date: December 17, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

The #1 New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures series continues in this brand-new digital-exclusive story.

Catch up with Ethan, Lena, and Link as they finally graduate from high school and get ready to leave the small Southern town of Gatlin. But when Dark Caster Ridley makes an appearance, the sometime bad girl can’t resist picking a fight with her sometime boyfriend, Link.

Angry and rebellious as ever, Ridley ends up alone in New York City and becomes entangled in the dangerous underground Caster club scene, where the stakes are high and losers pay the ultimate price.

Where’s a Linkubus when you need him?

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The Last Stand of the New York InstituteTHE LAST STAND OF THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE (The Bane Chronicles #9) by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

Pub. Date: December 17, 2013

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Find It: AMAZON

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Magnus meets Valentine in battle as the Circle attacks the Downworlders of New York City.

In the time of the Uprising, Valentine’s Circle goes after Downworlders in New York…and the Shadowhunters of the Institute must decide whether to join him, or fight with Magnus and his kind. This is the first time Magnus sees Jocelyn, Luke, and Stephen—but not the last. It is not long before Jocelyn seeks him out…

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What We Lost in the DarkWHAT WE LOST IN THE DARK (What We Saw at Night #2) by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Pub. Date: December 17, 2013

Publisher: Soho Teen

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Allie Kim’s fatal allergy to sunlight, XP, still confines her to the night. Now that she’s lost her best friend Juliet to an apparent suicide, the night has never felt darker—even with Rob at her side.

Allie knows why Juliet killed herself: to escape the clutches of Garrett Tabor, whom the trio saw committing an unspeakable crime. Garrett is untouchable; The Tabors founded the world-famous XP clinic that keeps Allie and Rob alive and their small Minnesota town on the map.

Allie can’t rest until Garrett is brought to justice. But her obsession jeopardizes everything she holds dear. Not even Parkour can distract her; nothing reminds her more that Juliet is gone. When Rob introduces Allie to the wildly dangerous sport of nighttime deep diving, Allie assumes he’s only trying to derail her investigation… until they uncover the horror terrible secret Garrett Tabor has hidden under Lake Superior.

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Missed Last Week

***NOTE: This is an ADULT title***

The Professional Part 1THE PROFESSIONAL Part I (The Game Maker 0.1) by Kresley Cole

Pub. Date: December 16, 2013

Publisher: Pocket Star

Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Description:

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

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

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

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I know I missed last week’s Book Watch: Releasing This Week post and I will very likely post and backdate it just so that I have a complete record on the blog of books that have released that I’ve pre-ordered. But I didn’t want to miss posting about this week’s releases, even if I am just a touch late in posting it.

While I’m still not reading, as I can’t seem to find an escape in books at the moment, I am desperately going to try and do so with FRACTURE ME this week. But we shall see. Life has given me a beating as of late, but I’m hoping that books will be able to once again be things that bring me joy.

For all of you who are able to find happiness in a good book or three, I hope there are some titles releasing this week that will do just that for you. And while there aren’t a ton of new releases this week, there are a few lovely eNovellas out this week that are definitely worth adding to your collection.

So I wish you all a happy book acquiring and reading week this 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!