Yes we’re back with this month’s and last month’s “Extras” post. As some of you may already know…
Whenever I find either a legal free download, an excerpt or sneak peek of a book online, I try to link to it in a related post or include the link in my sidebar (to your right).
But once a month I’ll pop them into a post for a “one-stop shop” with a brief description. You may have previously seen some of these in my sidebar and one or two may still be lingering, well here they are once more in case you missed them. (My sidebar tends to have a LOT of info.)
We have a few peeks at upcoming releases, just released books and some of them are just items that have been offered for free for awhile but you might have missed.
I know I’m a month late with this post, so I’m doing one LONG post combining this month and last month, but better late than never. Especially for free stuff!
Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep will be released in the U.S. on November 29, 2011.
Kiss of Frost is the second full-length book in the Mythos Academy series by the author. Dark Frost, the third book in the series, is slated for release in 2012.
This sounds like an exciting series. Gwen Frost is a warrior-in-training at Mythos Academy, a school for “myths, magic and warrior whiz kids.” In this sequel, Gwen is in her second year and there is a new mystery or two to solve. It seems two people – an invisible archer and a Reaper – want Gwen dead. And she’ll have to team up with Logan Quinn in order to figure out how to stop them and hopefully survive.
To get a peek at Chapter One from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.
Legend by Marie Lu will be released in the U.S. on November 29, 2011.
Legend is the first book in a new dystopian series by the debut author, set in a militaristic nation, now occupying the western portion of the United States.
The story revolves around June, who is from a well-to-do family, and Day, who is not. Day becomes the suspect in June’s brother’s murder and she is seeking vengeance against his killer. With a description that promises “nonstop action, suspense, and romance,” Legend looks to be an exciting read.
To get an early peek from the series website, CLICK HERE. And to read an excerpt from Scribd, CLICK HERE.
Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie will be released in the U.S. on November 22, 2011.
Unleashed is the first book in the new Wolf Springs Chronicles by the authors.
This new series sounds absolutely intriguing. Katelyn McBride is sent to live in the small town of Wolf Springs, nestled in the Ozarks of Arkansas. The town’s secrets are centuries-old and “sinister” according to the description and Katelyn is the catalyst for some sort of change – for good or bad we do not know.
To get a long look inside courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE. To listen to (or download) an audio excerpt, CLICK HERE.
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler will be released in the U.S. on November 15, 2011.
The premise of The Future of Us is absolutely fascinating. This story takes readers to back 1996 when fewer than half of high schoolers in the U.S. had used the Internet. Emma gets her first computer and she and her best friend Josh log on to find themselves on Facebook in 2011. Like the title says, they get a glimpse at their future selves and it will be exciting to see what it holds for these two characters.
The authors wrote alternating chapters, according to Carolyn Mackler’s website. She wrote Emma’s first draft and he wrote Josh’s. Then they swapped and edited each other’s work. It sounds like an exciting concept where two different voices are made cohesive through the editorial process and I’m excited to see just how well it all comes together.
To read an excerpt on Carolyn Mackler’s website, CLICK HERE.
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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi will be released in the U.S. on November 15, 2011.
Shatter Me is the first book in a new dystopian/paranormal series by debut author Tahereh Mafi.
I normally give a little summary based on the Goodreads description for each book. But I’ve read Shatter Me and I loved, loved, loved it, so I first have to say, just read the excerpt. You won’t be disappointed. This book is written so unbelievably beautifully. Any description won’t do it justice.
If you must know the basics and believe me, they don’t even touch on the amazing-ness of this book, Shatter Me is being called a dystopian novel with a paranormal twist. The Reestablishment has imprisoned Juliette for murder. Her touch is lethal and because of that she’s been in isolation for a very long time. After being in captivity for so long, without any human contact, they decide that her deadly touch could be an asset. She could be their weapon. And Shatter Me is Juliette’s story.
To get a sneak peek at chapter one on the book’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE.
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting will be released in the U.S. on November 15, 2011.
The Pledge is a dystopian novel set in Ludania, a violent country where language determines class. The main character Charlaina has the ability to understand all languages, which in Ludania can be very dangerous. And from the description, life in Ludania is harsh and its citizens are fearful, but Charlie seems to be the key to ousting the “oppressive” leadership and changing things for everyone.
To read an excerpt of Chapter One from the publisher, CLICK HERE.
The Ripper: The Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on L.J. Smith’s The Vampire Diaries novel and the CW’s The Vampire Diaries television show, will be released in the U.S. on November 8, 2011.
The Ripper is the fourth volume of Stefan’s Diaries and interestingly, its release corresponds to the appearance of Stefan as “The Ripper” on this season’s show, although this book is about the original serial killer, Jack the Ripper.
This installment takes readers to London in 1888 where Stefan is drawn to the investigation that follows Jack the Ripper, the famous serial killer, and Stefan thinks the killer is a vampire and someone he knows.
To take a peek inside, courtesy of HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.
Prized by Caragh M. O’Brien will be released in the U.S. on November 8, 2011.
Prized is the second book in the Birthmarked series by the author. Birthmarked was the author’s debut novel.
The second book in this dystopian series follows sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone as she leaves the Enclave and heads out into the wasteland. She’s is captured by another society, where the women outnumber the men, whose rules state that kissing is a crime. And from the description it seems that in order to be reunited with her sister, she must follow their rules and not her heart.
To read an excerpt of Chapter One, courtesy of the publisher, Macmillan, CLICK HERE.
November Peeks: Already Released
Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.
Tiger’s Voyage is the third book in the Tiger’s Curse series by the author. Tiger’s Destiny, the fourth book in the series, and Tiger’s Dream, the fifth book, are both scheduled for release in 2012.
As I haven’t yet read this series, but own the first two books, I’ve been trying to avoid the Goodreads description for this book. But I did get a glimpse. And it seems that this book will bring Kelsey and the tiger princes closer to breaking the curse.
To get a long look inside at the first four chapters from the series website, CLICK HERE.
Reckoning by Lili St. Crow was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.
Reckoning is the fifth and final book in the Strange Angels series by the author.
Strange Angels is a favorite series that I’ve fallen quite behind on, so I absolutely will not look at its description on Goodreads. But I know that the first two books in this series, which follows Dru Anderson, a girl with “the touch” who has to constantly battle to survive, were incredibly exciting.
To get a preview at the first chapter of Reckoning, CLICK HERE.
Crossed by Ally Condie was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.
Crossed is the second book in the Matched trilogy by the author. The third book, slated for release next year, is currently untitled.
I have yet to read Matched, but it is in my collection. In this installment, Cassia journeys to the Outer Providences to find Ky and according to the description, she still hasn’t decided about a future with Ky or one with Xander. It also promises that twists and turns can be expected for this sequel in a series I can’t wait to devour.
To read an excerpt of the first two chapters of Crossed from EW’s Shelf Life,CLICK HERE.
Last Breath by Rachel Caine was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.
Last Breath is the eleventh book in the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine. The twelfth book, Black Dawn, will be released in 2012.
In this installment, there are three missing vampires and a new arrival in town named Magnus. Claire Danvers is certain that he he isn’t human, but she’s not sure just what he is. Could there be a new paranormal in Morganville?
Last Breath has already been released, but for those who don’t have it quite yet, but don’t want to wait, CLICK HERE for an excerpt from Penguin’s website.
Dark Eden by Patrick Carman was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.
A sequel, Eve of Destruction, is slated for release on April 24, 2012.
Seven teens are sent to Fort Eden in a last-ditch attempt to overcome their fears. But while Fort Eden may hold the cure, the price might not be worth paying. And with an unusual twist at the end about just what’s really going on at Fort Eden and a complete multimedia experience to supplement the story, this is definitely worth checking out.
To get a look inside Dark Eden courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.
Since I had so many peeks for November, and the post is getting quite lengthy, for your sanity and mine, I’m only putting in the release date information and the excerpt links for October.
Most of these books were featured in my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” posts throughout October with a brief summary, as I’ve purchased nearly all of them, so if you really wanted to know more, feel free to check them out in the archives.
The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa was released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011.
The Iron Knight is the fourth and final book in the Iron Fey series by author Julie Kagawa, told from Ash’s perspective.
To read an excerpt from the book’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE. (Liking the page may be required to read it.)
Destined by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast was released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011.
Destined is the ninth full-length book in the House of Night series. The tenth book, Hidden, is scheduled for release in 2012.
To read or listen to an excerpt from the series website, CLICK HERE.
The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters: Phantom created by L.J. Smith was released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011.
Phantom is the first book in the new The Hunters series. Moonsong, Hunters #2, and Eternity, Hunters #3, will be released in 2012.
To get a long look inside courtesy of the publisher, HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.
Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez was released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.
To get a long look inside Virtuosity courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.
Swear by Nina Malkin was released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.
Swear is the sequel to Swoon by author Nina Malkin.
To get a look inside Chapter One from the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.
Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl was released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.
Beautiful Chaos is the third full-length book in the Beautiful Creatures series by the authors.
A long look inside is available on the book’s website, just CLICK HERE.
(This excerpt was already included in my September’s Extras post, but just in case you thought I’d forgotten it, because it is an October release, I’ve included it here.)
Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel was released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.
Dearly, Departed is the first book in the Gone with the Respiration series by author Lia Habel. Dearly, Beloved, the second book in the series, is slated for release in 2012.
To get a look inside Dearly, Departed from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.
Devoted by Hilary Duff was released in the U.S. on October 11, 2011.
Devoted is the sequel to Elixir by the author.
To read an excerpt of Chapter One courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.
Unforsaken by Sophie Littlefield was released in the U.S. on October 11, 2011.
Unforsaken is the sequel to Banished by the author.
To read an excerpt on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.
Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday was released in the U.S. on October 11, 2011.
Deadly Cool is the first book in the new series of the same name by author Gemma Halliday. Social Suicide, the second book in the series, is slated for release in 2012.
To read an excerpt online of Chapter One on the author’s website, CLICK HERE. To download the excerpt in PDF format to add to your eReader, also courtesy of the author, CLICK HERE.
Awake at Dawn by C.C. Hunter was released in the U.S. on October 11, 2011.
Awake at Dawn is the second book in the Shadow Falls series by author C.C. Hunter. The third book in the series, Taken at Dusk will be released in April 2012.
To get a look at an excerpt from the first chapter courtesy of the publisher Macmillan, CLICK HERE.
Eve by Anna Carey was released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011.
Eve is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Anna Carey. The sequel, Once, is scheduled for release in 2012.
To get a long look inside courtesy of the publisher, HarperTeen, and DarkDays, CLICK HERE.
Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon was released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011.
Carrier of the Mark is the first book in a new trilogy by this debut author.
To get a long look inside courtesy of HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.
Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick was released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011.
Silence is the third book in the Hush, Hush series. A fourth book, yet to be titled, is planned.
To read an excerpt of Chapter One courtesy of the publisher Simon & Schuster, CLICK HERE. An audio excerpt is also available, HERE.
Liesl & Po, a middle grade illustrated novel, written by Lauren Oliver, was released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011.
To get a long look inside courtesy of HarperCollins Children’s Books, CLICK HERE.
I have only read a few of the above October and November releases. That’s just how far behind I am with my reading. And I haven’t checked out any of the excerpts.
But I do own most of the books in the above list or have them pre-ordered, so I hope to get to them soon.
I know I’ve missed quite a few Amazon freebie downloads in this post, but if they’re still available when I do my December Extras post in a few weeks, I’ll add them to that, much shorter list.
I hope there are a few excerpts for books that you might enjoy. Happy freebie reading!