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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #17

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 April 26th-May 2nd that I have pre-ordered.

We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han is the third book in the Summer series. It will be released in the U.S. on April 26, 2011. It is currently available online for pre-order in hardcover and eBook formats from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, the print edition is 304 pages.

I first saw this book on Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab newsletter and thought it sounded like something I’d definitely want to read. Only it is the third book in the series, which I realized way too late to read all three by release date.

I’ve heard they can be read out of sequence, but with a book like this I really want to read them in order and meet the character, Belly, as she was originally introduced.

I purchased the first two books for my eReader but still haven’t had a chance to read them and I have this book on pre-order as I won’t get a chance to read the Simon & Schuster Galley before it expires. This is another series I’ve heard great things about and I am really hoping I can read all three books soon.

Two boys, one girl and only the summer for everything to happen sounds like the a perfect way to escape for a few hours.

To read an excerpt from Chapter One on the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

Exile by Anne Osterlund is the sequel to Aurelia. It will be released in the U.S. on April 28, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

Published by Speak, a division of Penguin, the print edition is 304 pages.

I decided to pre-order Exile as I’ve owned Aurelia for several months and just haven’t gotten around to reading it. But I can’t just read the first book and stop there knowing that a sequel exists and so I decided to order this one.

I haven’t read too many books about princesses and royalty and all the deception and betrayal that come along with being in line for the throne, but there was just something captivating about the synopsis of the first book in the series that made me want to buy it for an eventual read.

It also hints at some type of – if not forbidden then frowned upon – romance. And Exile promises more betrayal and even greater danger. So, although I probably won’t get to read it, or book one, right away, but I definitely like knowing they’ll be in my collection to read whenever I want.

To read a few excerpts from Aurelia or Exile on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson is the sequel to 13 Little Blue Envelopes. It will be released in the U.S. on April 26, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 288 pages.

I just started reading the first book in the series yesterday and am just about finished. It’s really quite sweet and has been an easy peasy read so far. I got approved for The Last Little Blue Envelope from NetGalley for review and because I’m really liking the first book in the series I thought I’d pre-order this one. I’ve heard it’s even better than the first book.

I do anticipate reading this prior to release but the galley will expire and I want to have the finished copy for my collection. I have not read the description for this book as I didn’t want anything to spoil my read for the first book, but I’m guessing from the title that something must have happened to one of the envelopes. Oh no!

At least I don’t have that huge wait to find out what happens, that readers of the first book had between book one’s release and this one.

To have a look inside The Last Little Blue Envelope from the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

The first book in the series, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, is available for free eBook download through April 25th. Links are available in my blog sidebar until the 25th.

Abandon by Meg Cabot will be released in the U.S. on April 26, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Point, a division of Scholastic, the hardcover is 320 pages.

The second book in the series, Underworld, is currently slated for release in 2012.

I’ve already spotlighted Abandon for my Book Watch post so I won’t ramble on yet again. This is also in my reading pile this week as I have an ARC. But I have the eBook on pre-order so that I can keep it forever and will be giving away my ARC once I’m done reading it.

I am so loving this trend in books about the Greek gods and can’t wait to find out more about Hades and Persephone in this modern take on their story. I’ve only read a few pages, but I already love the author’s writing. This will be my very first Meg Cabot book and I’ve heard only amazing things about her.

And as I’ve said a million times, I love this cover. Even the version on the ARC is stunning and I know that the hardcover will look absolutely gorgeous, although I’m only getting the eBook. But I will be taking a peek at the final version in stores this week.

To read excerpts from chapters one and two from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

Book trailer for Abandon:

Bumped by Megan McCafferty will also be released on April 26, 2011 in the U.S. It is currently available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover and eBook formats.

Published by Balzer + Bray, a division of Harper Collins, the print edition is 336 pages.

Bumped is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com. (Although this is considered a 2011 debut YA novel for the author she does have two previously published books for teens.)

I got approved for Bumped on NetGalley a short time ago and accepted it for review. So I will be reading and reviewing this book in the next few days. And as I didn’t think I’d be approved I had added this to my pre-orders at least a month ago.

I loved the simplicity and symmetry of the cover and I always love the way pink pops against a grey backdrop. So, yes, I did plan on buying this book for its cover, but also because it is a book that can be read for the DAC. It wasn’t one of my original picks, but I’m trying to read as many debuts as I can.

I hadn’t realized it was a dystopian novel when I accepted it. The cover and tagline gave me a very different impression. But the premise sounds pretty bizarre and unique – teen pregnancy for profit to keep society going – and I am very curious as to where this book will end up.

If you’d like to read an excerpt of Bumped from RT Book Reviews, click here.

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There are quite a few books releasing this week. Not ideal for the reduction in book purchases I was hoping for, but these were all on pre-order so I’m getting them.

I’m still waiting for Amazon to notify me that my pre-order of Blood Magic will not be downloading on April 26th. It was originally scheduled for release this week, but the release date is now May 24th. Of course I would love it if it downloaded a month early as I gave away my ARC and would really like having that book back in my collection.

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

And please let me know if I missed purchasing something that is a “must read.”

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