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Top 10 Book Covers of 2011

Today is the second day of Top 10 of 2011.

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

If you haven’t yet signed up, there’s still time to participate. Just click on the banner above to read the details in the original post and sign up with the Linky.

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

As fun as this event is, it’s a lot of hard work coming up with so many top tens. I’m all about Top 100, but Top 10 is tough! Though I am much happier with today’s post topic than I was with yesterday’s.

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Today’s topic is “Top 10 Book Covers of 2011.” I wish they didn’t only have to be books released in 2011 as I would totally have loved to include Everneath on this list among quite a few others like Pretty When She Kills, Until I Die, Rapture, A Touch Morbid and Endlessly.

While there were plenty of covers I loved this year, I think I was able to narrow the list down to my most favorite ones, though I did have a few honorable mentions including Witches of East End, Fateful, Unearthly, Imaginary Girls, Blood Magic and Swear.

Unlike with the Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2011 list, I will not be going into detailed explanations of why these book covers are my favorite. I think the pictures tell the story as to why I love them all. Each one of them is beautiful in their own way, either graceful and elegantly beautiful or with a strong and powerful beauty.

But what is consistent with each one of these ten covers is that I can’t take my eyes off any of them. So, here they are in order…

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Top 10 Book Covers of 2011 

1.

Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

(Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

2.

Die for Me by Amy Plum

(Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

3.

Hereafter by Tara Hudson

(Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

4.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

(Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

5.

Abandon by Meg Cabot

(Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

6.

Soul Screamers Volume One by Rachel Vincent

(Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

7.

Supernaturally by Kiersten White

(Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

8.

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

(Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

9.

Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

(Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

I know this isn’t the final cover, but it’s the one I have on my ARC and one of my most favorite covers of the year.

10.

Existence by Abbi Glines

(Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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Well, there you have it. As you can see, most of my covers are of the ladies, but I couldn’t resist this cover for Existence as those eyes just keep drawing me back to them. Mesmerizing, really.

Although I haven’t read all ten books, I own them all and they were all released in 2011 so they qualify according to the rules of the event.

Oh my gosh, I cannot believe I didn’t include Wither by Lauren DeStefano. I love that cover. It’s amazing. One of my favorites.

Well, I can’t possibly knock one of my ten picks off the list above to add Wither. I love them all so much and it took me forever to narrow them down to just ten. But Wither is definitely a cover that should be on my Top 10 List for 2011 and definitely close to the top of that list.

And while I also love the 2011 covers for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Chronicles of Nick series and Gena Showalter’s Intertwined series, I was only able to pick just the ten.

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This event runs through Friday, and each day I will be posting a different list of top ten favorites. Tomorrow’s topic will be Top 10 Book Boyfriends in 2011, which I don’t even want to think about. I don’t know how I will narrow it down to ten. I’m just glad I didn’t read any TMI books this year or I’d be in even more trouble.

If you’d like to see what the rest of the topics will be, check out the original post or the update post for more details.

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NOTE: this is the SAME Linky on each of the Co-hosts Blogs, so please only enter your Name, Blog Name and the URL for YOUR Top 10 post of the day on one blog. Thanks!


Book Watch: Releasing This Week #46

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

These are books for the week of November 15th-November 21st that I have pre-ordered.

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi will be released in the U.S. on November 15, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. [Note: Amazon has a special Kindle edition with audio/video.]

Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 352 pages.

Shatter Me is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

Shatter Me is the first book in a new series of the same name by the author.

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I will try not to ramble too much about this book. I’ve already read it twice, reviewed it (HERE) and rambled on endlessly about this book on my other blog. I gave it my six star off-the-menu rating because this book is that amazing. And while I could probably talk about this book over and over and over again, it’s just better to read it and find out how truly gorgeous it really is for yourself.

The author’s writing is beautiful and brilliant and breathtaking. She made her character, Juliette, fragile and beautiful and broken, but still good, kind and with a hidden strength. This is a book that is not easily forgettable, not that you’d ever want to try.

The dystopian future if fairly grim, but not hopeless. The Reestablishment may have control, but they don’t have Juliette, although Warner hopes to change that. And then there’s Adam, who is nothing less than a hero.

I can’t wait for the eBook to download – I actually think I have two different versions pre-ordered. I also have a couple print copies headed my way. So, to say that I’m excited about this book’s release would be a slight understatement.

To read an excerpt of chapter one on Facebook, CLICK HERE.

The Pledge by Kimberly Derting will be released in the U.S. on November 15, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 336 pages.

The Pledge is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Kimberly Derting.

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Once again this is one of my most anticipated releases of the month. I’ve been stalking The Pledge since its cover was first revealed. I’ve had it pre-ordered since the very first day it was available to pre-order for my Kindle and I can’t believe it releases on Tuesday.

As I already spotlighted it for my Book Watch post, I won’t talk too much more. But this dystopian novel by Kimberly Derting sounds exciting and dangerous and absolutely thrilling.

Charlie’s abilities sound like a gift and a curse and a world where language is what sets you apart is fascinating. I haven’t had a chance to read it early, but I plan on reading it when it downloads on my Kindle this week and I’m so excited to finally read this book.

To read a teaser from The Pledge on the author’s blog, CLICK HERE.

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler will be released in the U.S. on November 21, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 356 pages.

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I received an early copy of The Future of Us from a charitable auction I participated in and won. I have just started reading it, but I have the eBook downloading to my Kindle on November 21st and can’t wait to add this to my permanent collection.

The premise of the story is what drew me in – a boy and girl in 1996 who get internet access, go online and are able to see themselves fifteen years in the future on Facebook. I also love the fact that the chapters alternate between the two characters so readers can see both points of view.

I am really curious to see just what the teenage characters in 1996 think of Facebook and the world as it exists in 2011. And I’m even more curious to see how the authors explore this.

To read an excerpt on Carolyn Mackler’s website, CLICK HERE.

To access the App on Facebook for all sorts of exclusive content, CLICK HERE. (Requires a FB account.)

Wherever You Go by Heather Davis will be released in the U.S. on November 15, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It’s currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Harcourt Children’s Books, the print edition is 320 pages.

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I received an ARC through a trade a few months back, but I knew I wouldn’t get to read it prior to release and so I gave it away to someone who could read it early. But I’m so glad to add this book to my permanent eBook collection this week.

I fell in cover, title and description love when I first saw this book. It’s a story that seems just so heartbreakingly sad. The story is told from three different perspectives – Holly, Jason and Rob – and is one of love, loss and moving on.

It’s the story of a boy, Rob, who died in an accident and instead of moving on, becomes a ghost who watches over his girlfriend, Holly, and sees her and his best friend Jason growing closer. When Holly realizes that Rob may be trying to communicate with her through her grandfather, she is faced with the difficult task of helping Rob let go.

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There is an amazing book releasing today, November 14, 2011, that I forgot to include in my post last week. It may be too late to pre-order it, but it is available to order online or pick up in stores right now.

It has already downloaded to my Kindle and I’m excited to have it in my permanent collection.

The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff releases today, November 14, 2011 in the U.S.

Find it here: AmazonBarnes & Noble

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This week I have four books pre-ordered (not including The Space Between which should have been included with last week’s orders). As I’ve already read Shatter Me, twice, it’s not technically getting added to my reading pile, and I hope to have The Future of Us read prior to its release.

Two new adds aren’t so bad, and I plan on reading The Pledge hopefully later this week, so that’s only one book added to my extra long list of books to be read.

I am excited to read The Space Between, but it’s just a bit further down in the pile and I hope to get to it early next year.

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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!


Quickie Giveaway: The Pledge

So, it seems there are actually 500 people on Facebook who like my page. Thanks so much for all the likes! That milestone sort of crept up on me. Even I haven’t “liked” my page yet, though I do love it. And I love hanging out there. I chat there often with a whole different group of awesome readers and bloggers. And somehow it seems a lot less scary than Twitter.

It’s kind of awesome that I hit that milestone the day before my blogoversary. Or maybe it happened earlier and I just missed it? I’m sure that will change, as people decide to “like” and “unlike” things at random. But to show my thanks, I thought I’d do a quickie pre-order giveaway.

And if I weren’t so terrified about the Facebook police tracking me down, I would have held this giveaway there, but after the rules were spelled out to me, I’ve had to hold all giveaways off-page.

What’s Up for Grabs:

A hardcover copy of The Pledge by Kimberly Derting sent directly from Amazon or The Book Depository to two (2) winners.

The deets:

1. One entry per person.

2. There will be two (2) winners.

3. You must be 13 or older.

4. Giveaway is International.

5. Book will be shipped directly from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location.

6. Contest ends at 10:59 p.m. Pacific, today, November 8, 2011. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced by Midnight.

7. Winners will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details. But the sooner you respond the quicker I can pre-order the books.

There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

To enter, fill out the form below:

Thanks so much to everyone for stopping by. The giveaway is now closed. I’ll be running the names through Random and announcing the winners here shortly.

Congratulations Alaiel and Vale! You are the two winners for the Quickie giveaway for The Pledge. I have contacted you both by email and you will have 48 hours to respond with your details or I will be forced to choose another winner.

Thank you everyone for entering the giveaway. If you did not win, please feel free to stop back and enter one of the seven giveaways I have going on for my blogoversary on November 9th.

Another chance to win

I’m having a giveaway on The Annex for another three copies of The Pledge. If you weren’t one of the two winners and you’d like to enter, it ends on November 11th. Just click the button below.

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My Reading Pile #34

This week was a really, really, really, really great week for books. In large part because of Jaime from Two Chicks On Books.

While some of the books (as always) that I was expecting didn’t show up, I’m thinking that’s mainly due to the fact that it’s been raining and my mailman hates to deliver the mail when it rains. I’m hoping a few of those books will show up in today’s mail, but I have quite a few books to talk about so I’ll save any of today’s deliveries for next week’s post.

Since I did get a TON of lovely things worth talking about in my mailbox this week, I am giving credit to Kristi at The Story Siren who came up with the idea of sharing what’s in her mailbox each week.

I didn’t just get books in the mail this week, so I didn’t create a pile for the pics, and because there were so many, I’ve separated them into a few pics.

“Pile” One is from Jaime (mentioned and linked above) of Two Chicks On Books.

In addition to quite a few amazing ARCs she picked up at a conference she attended last week, she sent me lovely signed and unsigned swag. Not shown are two posters for The Hunger Games which are really cool.

She also sent that lovely Silence book jacket, which I apparently photographed backwards, because on the other side there’s a picture of Nora and Patch and it’s signed by the author. There are some buttons and magnets and bookmarks, but the most amazing thing is the flyer for the Smart Chicks tour which has so many signatures. I nearly fainted when I saw it!

And then there are the ARCs. I knew that she was grabbing me a couple, but I didn’t know there would be five – yes, that’s right, five – ARCs. So, just in case it’s not obvious from that photo of awesome, Jaime sent me…

A Million Suns by Beth Revis, the sequel to Across the Universe, Fever by Lauren DeStefano, which I have been dying to read, Revived by Cat Patrick, which I hadn’t heard about but looks so amazingly awesome, Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi, which I’ve heard such incredible things about, but hadn’t yet requested and now I don’t have to! And finally Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood, which I had actually just requested from the publisher but never expected to receive.

I can’t thank you enough Jaime, I will have to pay you back somehow and I think I have an idea of just how to do it.

Of course, that wasn’t all that showed up this week.

I had been one of the winners for the daily If I Die giveaway from the Kismet Book Tour the other month. I can’t tell you how excited I was to win two copies of If I Die. Well, three books showed up this week from Harlequin TEEN. The two copies of If I Die are unsigned, but the copy of My Soul to Steal is. Sadly, the post office bent the cover a little bit, but it’s still gorgeous.

And, of course, I mailed off the copies of If I Die to the author to be signed, because Rachel Vincent is so amazing and she’ll do that if you send a S.A.S.E.

But I also got about twenty signed Shadow Bound postcards in the mail. The author was doing blogger giveaways for these on Twitter, and for the U.S. group of ten, I was lucky number nine. I just made it. Talk about perfect timing.

And last, but definitely not least, is a beautiful signed copy of Smokeless Fire by author Samantha Young. I love the cover of this first book in her newest series, Fire Spirits, which I read and reviewed here on the blog. It was designed by Phat Puppy Art, an amazing artist, whose site I now stalk regularly.

I decided not to share the inscription, as it’s personally signed and I always feel weird about posting those messages here on the blog.

Anyway enough about the books I received…

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

(November 6-November 12, 2011)

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First up is The Pledge by Kimberly Derting. I have an eARC of this book from Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab program and I am going to try really hard to get to it this week, but I’m quite behind on my reads.

I have wanted to read this book forever. I think I mentioned that, repeatedly, in my Book Watch post and to anyone who would listen on Twitter. The second the author revealed the cover I created a widget and have been watching it count down ever since. That was hundreds of days ago. Of course I just noticed the sort of watermarked letters spelling out “PLEDGE” which I had never seen before. Really cool.

I can’t wait to finally find out more about this dystopian novel by the author. I haven’t read her other series, The Body Finder, but I have a couple of those books signed and they’re also on my Kindle just waiting to be read. I love the idea that language plays such an important role in Ludania, that it’s language that determines what class you’re in, and that knowing as many languages as she does could be really dangerous for Charlie.

While I can’t always connect with dystopian novels, this one sounds like one of those that I will just love and I can’t wait to read it this week and find out.

Dark Beauty by Taryn Browning is next up on the pile. I received a request from the author for a review of her full-length book Dark Seeker and she sent that to me along with this short story prequel.

It was a quick glance at the reviews of this short book, from reviewers I trust, that made me accept Dark Seeker for review and also made me want to add this series to the pile. But it was the fact that it sounds action-packed and really cool that sealed the deal for me.

While it wasn’t necessary for me to read Dark Beauty in order to review the full-length book, I’d heard such great things about it, that I wanted to read and review it, too. I also prefer to read books in the order they’re released and since this came out first, it’s first up on my list.

If I like it as much as I think I will, I’ll be adding Dark Seeker to the pile next week.

Last up is The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. This is a “Back on the Pile” ARC that I had won in a charitable auction and I’ve been just dying to read it ever since it arrived.

I can’t wait to meet Emma and Josh and see what discovering a site like Facebook in 1996 is like. Especially when it gives them a peek into their future. And I have skimmed through a few of the pages throughout the book to get a feel for both authors’ writing and I think it will be really easy to get caught up in this story.

I will not let release date come and go without having read it, so although I didn’t get to read it when it was first on the pile four weeks ago, this time I’m determined and so it’s back on the pile this week.

Wishful Thinking reads:

I have one wishful thinking read for a book I don’t even own. I know that ARCs have been mailed, but I haven’t received one. I’m not certain I’m even on the list. But this section is for my wishful thinking reads, so I don’t have to actually own the book to wish to read it.

Well, my wishful thinking read is A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford. I am, and have been for months, d.y.i.n.g. to read this book. Just DYING to read it. I have read A Touch Mortal more times than is probably healthy and more times than I’ll admit to in this post. I will just say that if I counted my re-reads toward my total reads for 2011, I’d be a LOT closer to my goal this year.

Anyway, I loved that book and have been looking for hidden meaning in its pages to try and keep me occupied until I get my hands on A Touch Morbid.

Those left behind:

Once again, I am completely behind on last week’s reads. I didn’t start them. I’ve barely read anything this past week. Why? Because of NaNoWriMo mostly. Also, for some reason blogging has been taking up more time than usual and yet I feel like I’ve actually produced less content. Go figure.

I did finish Where You Are by Tammara Webber that I started the previous week, but I didn’t even get started on Halo or Hades. And I don’t know that I’m going to get to them this week. I have a few “must review” books coming up this month, so these two might have to take a back seat until December. And, on top of everything else, I want to try and sneak in an audio book review this week, too.

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I ended up requesting just one more book this week from the publisher. But it technically wasn’t a new request, since I’d previously requested it and was concerned it might have gotten lost in the shuffle.

And thanks to Jaime, I don’t have to take any further risks of rejection since she sent me so many of the ARCs I’ve been dying to read. I think the only missing books that I won’t even bother requesting are Clockwork Prince, Bloodrose and Pandemonium. They’re just way too popular for me to think I’d be considered for an ARC.

But I have more than enough on the pile to keep me reading well through March at this rate and I really want to start reading a few adult PNR/UF books from my favorite YA authors in 2012.

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Do you create a reading pile?

If so, what’s in your pile this week?


The Extras: October & November

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.

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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!

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November Peeks

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.

To access the App on Facebook for all sorts of exclusive content, CLICK HERE. (Requires a FB account.)

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.

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October Peeks

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.

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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!


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