Book Watch: Releasing This Week #7

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

February is a great month for new releases. Here are the books for the week of February 14th that I have ordered or am purchasing on release date.

This week we’ve got angels, rivals, werewolves, a girl with the ability to sense dead bodies and vampires.

Angelfire is the debut novel for author Courtney Allison Moulton. It will be released in the U.S. on Tuesday, February 15, 2011. It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover and eBook formats.

Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 464 pages.

Angelfire is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at

I am so excited for the release of this book, both for the author, who has her launch party next week and who is a blast to follow on Twitter and on her website, and of course for the book itself, which will have some differences from the version I read.

I have had this on my pre-order list for such a long time – even before I got a chance to read the early copy. I noticed the book during my angel craze and was so upset I had such a long wait before this book came out.

With the number of books I read, sadly some get muddled in my aging brain the more time passes since I’ve read them, but not this book. Angelfire is a book that will definitely stand out to those who read it. Ellie’s story is very different from other Angel-themed books and the author gives readers such a wonderfully detailed look at Ellie’s history.

Although I want to start re-reading this book again on Monday Midnight, I most likely won’t get to read it again until the following week, but can’t wait to see what changes have been made and get a chance to meet Ellie all over again.

If you’d like to read my review, click here. (Please note that my review was based on an early eARC I received so some facts may differ from the final published version of the book.)

Rival is the debut novel for author Sara Bennett Wealer. It will also be released in the U.S. on February 15, 2011. It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover and eBook formats.

Published by HarperTeen the hardcover is 336 pages.

Rival is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at

This is another book I am very excited to read. It was the first book I chose for the DAC and I’ve spotlighted this back in January for my Book Watch. If you’d like to read the Goodreads description from my post or get a link to read an excerpt, click here.

I can’t wait to start reading this book! Being best friends and rivals can only lead to trouble and I can’t wait to see what happens. I will definitely be reading Rival this week.

Secrets and Shadows: A 13 to Life Novel by author Shannon Delany will be released on February 15, 2011 in the U.S. It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both paperback and eBook formats.

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin the paperback is 320 pages.

Secrets and Shadows is another book that I can hardly wait to read. I only recently read the first book in the series and I can’t wait to find out what happens in this installment as I was left hanging at the end of 13 to Life.

And Russians and werewolves make for an exciting and dangerous combination.

I had also spotlighted this for my Book Watch. Click the link if you want to read the Goodreads description, watch the trailer for the first book or get a link to Beasts and Bff’s the free short novella on Amazon.

Desires of the Dead is the second book in the Body Finder series by author Kimberly Derting. It, too, will be released on February 15, 2011 in the U.S. and is currently available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble for pre-order in hardcover and eBook formats.

Published by HarperCollins the hardcover is 368 pages.

This is another book I am excited to read. I own but haven’t yet read the first book in the series, The Body Finder, but plan to do so asap. I discovered the first book right around the time I learned of this one so I decided to wait so I could read both books back-to-back.

I’ve read the excerpts and I love the author’s writing so I cannot wait to get started on both books, which I plan to do over the next couple of weeks.

I love books where the main character has some kind of special ability – and I’m slightly fascinated by the somewhat gruesome ability that Violet has to sense dead bodies.

To read an excerpt of Desires of the Dead from HarperCollins, click here.

Blue Blood is the fourth book in the Pulse series by author Kailin Gow. It will be available for early release in eBook format on February 15, 2011 and in paperback on February 22nd. It is not yet updated on Amazon for the early release and has not yet been listed for purchase on Barnes & Noble.

Although you can pre-order the paperback from Amazon you may want to wait for the dates to update to ensure you get it as early as possible.

Published by The EDGE, the paperback is 254 pages.

I have really enjoyed this series so far and can’t wait to see what happens with Kalina in this next installment. The promise that this book is the “pivotal” book in the series has definitely got me intrigued.

I plan on purchasing this in eBook format on Tuesday and hope to read it next week.

I’ve only read the Pulse series by the author, but own a few of her other books from the Frost series and the Stoker Sisters, which I hope to read soon.

The fifth book in the series is titled Blood Bond.

For those who aren’t familiar with the series or author, I’ve included a brief description of Blue Blood below.

Description from the author’s website:

You thought you knew all about Life’s Blood and what it can do. You thought you knew what Kalina was. Now in Blue Blood, all that will change as Kalina meets her maker.  One of her vampire loves will die, another will be turned, and another will break her heart forever.

Blue Blood is the pivotal book in the PULSE series that will change everything…


I am sure that there are a ton of other good books releasing this week. Feel free to tell me WHAT I’M MISSING!

(Note: Two other books releasing this week that I plan on purchasing are Outside In and One Hundred Candles, but as they aren’t yet available in eBook format I haven’t listed them in this post.)

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