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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #39

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 September 27th-October 3rd that I have pre-ordered.

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A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies will be released in the U.S. on September 27, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 400 pages.

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

A Beautiful Dark is the first book in a planned trilogy by author Jocelyn Davies.

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I’ve had my eye on A Beautiful Dark for the longest time. I can’t remember when I first heard about it, but it was most likely on Twitter and was probably when they announced the cover. And when I saw it in the publisher’s catalog  I knew this was a must read, so the second it became available to pre-order for my Kindle I did. While I did trade for an ARC, I just wasn’t able to get to it before release date, but I will be reading this one soon, as it sounds amazing.

There was just something about the description – check it out on Goodreads – that I really connected with. Sure, I love the title and cover, but Asher and Devin sound like two characters I just have to meet. They are described as “[c]omplete opposites—like fire and ice—Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof.” Um, yeah, I definitely want to get to know them.

And I just can’t wait to read this book, which promises secrets of the past and a love triangle with some serious repercussions.

If I Die by Rachel Vincent will be released in the U.S. on September 27, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 352 pages.

If I Die is the fifth full-length book in the Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent. There are two more full-length books planned for this series and a short eBook novella in this series will be releasing soon.

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I don’t think I have to say too much here. I love this book and series, I’ve had it on pre-order for my Kindle since the very first moment it was available to order. I’ve read the ARC and am dying for it to download so I can read it again. I may have won a print copy, but I also have a print copy pre-ordered which I was planning on sending to the author for her signature so that it could join the other signed books I have in this series.

For someone who hasn’t read this series yet, it is incredibly unique – I don’t know any books where bean sidhes (or banshees) and reapers aren’t the baddies – and each single book in the series locks you into a rollercoaster ride that won’t let go until the book ends. Each one is nail-biting and heartbreaking, but you’ve seen nothing yet until you’ve read this one.

I didn’t think it was possible to get this far into a series and actually have them get better, but If I Die did. I am dying to re-read this book and am putting it on the very top of my pile where it so rightly deserves to be.

I don’t want to talk too much more about it, as it was hard enough to write a review that wasn’t filled with spoilers, but if you want to check out a slightly spoiler-y description, head over to Goodreads. And when you do read the book, I’m dying to find out just how shocked you are after the opening few pages, and then after that thing in the middle and that other thing at the end.

Ashfall by Mike Mullin will be released in the U.S. on September 27, 2011 in hardcover format and is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Tanglewood Press, the print edition is 476 pages.

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

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I heard about Ashfall right when I first started blogging and it sounded like a really creative and different story and one that I definitely wanted to check out. I decided to add it to my pre-orders after I read a glowing review from another blogger. As it’s not yet available in eBook format, I have this one pre-ordered in print format. And if I love it as much as I think I will, I’ll pass the print copy along once I can get the eBook.

I love the idea that there’s a supervolcano that erupts in Yellowstone National Park, separating the main character, Alex, from his family and that in order to be reunited with them he must travel quite a distance through uncharted territory.

I can’t wait to see what his experience is like in this new world. And if the action is as nonstop as the description says, then I’m sure I will be riveted.

If this is an adventure you’d like to read, be sure to add Ashfall to your Goodreads TBR pile. There is a second book planned in this series called Ashen Winter.

Lost in Time by Melissa de la Cruz will be released in the U.S. on September 27, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and in hardcover at Barnes & Noble.

Published by Hyperion Books for Children, a division of Disney, the print edition is 352 pages.

Lost in Time is the sixth full-length book in the Blue Bloods series by author Melissa de la Cruz.

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I have been such a fan of this series since well before I began reading books for review. I loved the idea of the Blue Bloods and how the author handled their immortality. It was very different and I couldn’t help but fall in love with Jack Force and Schuyler Van Alen.

I had this on my wish list until I could move it to my pre-orders and even still, I plan on stalking my local Barnes & Noble just in case the author has left a few signed copies lying around, as I have all other books in the series personally signed and I’d love to have this one, even if it isn’t personalized.

I am just dying to find out what happens next in the series. With each new book I worry about what else might come between my two favorite characters or if their paths will lead them in very different directions. Permanently.

It seems like forever since it was decided Schuyler would travel to Alexandria without Jack and I’m curious to see if she gets the answers she needs about the Gate of Promise. And from the description it does seem as if Mimi will also have a starring role in this book and that her romantic quest to find the love of her life may not end happily.

Here’s where you can check out this sixth book in the Blue Bloods series on Goodreads.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor will be released in the U.S. on September 27, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in hardcover and eBook formats at Amazon and in all formats at Barnes & Noble.

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 432 pages.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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I have heard amazing things about this book, although I haven’t listened too closely for fear of spoilers. While I traded for an ARC, I haven’t yet received it, and so I’ve added it to my pre-orders for the Kindle, even though until this post I actually hadn’t even read the book’s description.

But now that I have (Goodreads), I’m so glad that it will be downloading on Monday Midnight, because I just have to take a peek. This book sounds really, really good. The world sounds dark and dangerous and the mystery of who and what Karou is sounds intriguing.

The global setting, the idea of an “otherworldly war,” monsters, violence, secrets and and a star-crossed love story sounds like a seriously wild ride and I can’t wait to get caught up in it.

The Mephisto Covenant will be released in the U.S. on September 27, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 448 pages.

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

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I just thought the cover for this book was magical and had to get my hands on an early copy, which I did through a charitable auction. but I also wanted to own this for my Kindle collection, which is just much more permanent. (I am whimsical when it comes to keeping print books.)

I love stories of immortality and impossible situations that can only end in heartbreak – a thousand-year search for someone who can offer redemption but whose soul is pledged to another. Sounds pretty impossible to me.

I hope that Sasha and Jax’s love story doesn’t end in tragedy, but with her pledged to her enemy Eryx, I’m not so sure that will happen. I am excited to read this first book in the series and find out exactly what does happen.

To read more, check out The Mephisto Covenant on Goodreads.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin will be released in the U.S. on September 27, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, the print edition is 464 pages.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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I was immediately caught up in the early hype for this book. I loved the cover, the idea of this book, everything. Of course when I got an ARC I was so swamped and knew I’d never be able to read it before release, but I just had to have it, even if my discovery wouldn’t be until sometime after release day.

I have this pre-ordered for my Kindle, but also won a pre-order in a contest, so I hope to have both books on Tuesday and hope to read at least one of the versions next month.

The title has me just so fascinated about what happened to Mara Dyer. I have avoided all reviews just so that I wouldn’t accidentally stumble upon some great reveal which will destroy the book for me. But it’s been hard, as everyone seems to be talking about this book.

And the description on Goodreads is even more mysterious – an accident that killed everyone but Mara, no memory of how it happened and the hint that there will be a love story. I’m totally intrigued and must find those answers. Soon.

The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton will be released in the U.S. on September 27, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

Published by Tor Teen, the print edition is 352 pages.

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

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I haven’t read a faerie story in what seems like ages. And this one sounds amazing, especially as it’s set in 1871 rather than the present day. I’d heard whispers about this story around the blogs and decided to pre-order it for my Kindle.

While I’m not a huge fan of Victorian Era books, I’ve discovered how much I enjoy non-traditional books that happen to be set during that time, and since this is about faeries it met my criteria. Besides, I was definitely bewitched by the description.

I adore the fact that Tiki steals a ring to help feed her family, which just so happens to be one that binds the Fey into a peace treaty with England – talk about really bad luck – and because of its disappearance war could break out.

And if that isn’t bad enough, she ends up getting caught up in their dark world because they need her blood to break the treaty. Sounds pretty awesome.

Here’s where you can find The Faerie Ring on Goodreads.

The Vision by Jen Nadol will be released in the U.S. on September 27, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, the print edition is 240 pages.

The Vision is the second book in The Mark series by author Jen Nadol. The third book, The Touch, is currently slated for release in 2012.

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I have not yet read The Mark, but I have it on my Kindle and just want this second book in the series to join it as part of my permanent collection. A friend of mine recommended it to me and I decided that I just had to get it and read it. (I did fall a little in love with the cover of that first book.) So I’m totally surprised that I haven’t yet read it and that book two is releasing on Tuesday.

What I love about these books is the idea that Cassie has the ability to see and change someone’s fate. The concept has always fascinated me, especially since changing fate could have such a huge impact on so many, many things that couldn’t even be imagined – the butterfly effect.

In this second book, I’m curious to see if Cassie does find answers about whether saving someone causes someone else’s demise and if she find others with her ability. I also like the fact that the description mentions a romance with a bad boy named Zander with an even greater chance for disaster.

I have got to squeeze both of these books in soon.

To check out The Vision on Goodreads.

Indelible by Lani Woodland will be released in the U.S. on September 27, 2011 in hardcover format and is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (Note, the official release date is September 27th, but the pre-order date listed on Barnes & Noble is October 11.)

Published by Pendrell Publishing, the print edition is 416 pages.

Indelible is the second book in the Yara Silva trilogy by author Lani Woodland. The third book in the series, Inevitable, is slated for release in 2012.

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Oh I just love this cover. It’s gorgeous. And I can’t wait to read Indelible. While it’s not yet available to order in eBook format and the date that print copies will be available may have been delayed, the release date is still listed as September 27th and so I’m hoping it will be available in Kindle or Nook format on that day.

Especially as I hope to make it to the author event/signing on Wednesday, where they will be selling special edition paperbacks. As I have Intrinsical in hardback, signed to me, I would love to have this second book in the series also personally signed.

I have to say that in the past year I’ve really grown to love stories involving ghosts. I wasn’t always the biggest fan, but I think that’s because I’d only read a couple and they were horror books that weren’t written very well. But in YA, I’ve loved every book I’ve read that had a ghost or two trapped in its pages. And Yara’s story is no exception.

Yara is a Waker, someone with the ability to see ghosts. In this second book she just wants to return to school and have a normal life but of course that just can’t happen. Yara is harassed by an angry spirit and gets pulled into a mystery that only she can solve.

Apparently there will be a few ghosts from the first book making an appearance in this sequel and I can’t wait to find out who they are and what part they play in this installment.

You can find Indelible on Goodreads, though the description is the same as it is for Intrinsical. There is a description on Amazon, if you click the link above to buy, but it is slightly spoiler-y for book one.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins will be released in the U.S. on September 29, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Dutton Juvenile, a division of Penguin Group, the print edition is 384 pages.

Lola and the Boy Next Door is a companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss by author Stephanie Perkins.

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I am the only person on this planet who still hasn’t read Anna and the French Kiss. I own it, I’ve heard only super amazing things about it, but I haven’t gotten the chance to read it. but I will. No question. And that is also true of Lola and the Boy Next Door. I won a charitable auction for a signed ARC, but I also have this book pre-ordered and ready to download on the 29th.

Even though this isn’t a sequel, simply a companion novel, I don’t plan on reading it until I read Anna. I want to experience it in the correct order so that I already know and love the world and the author’s writing before I begin this second book.

This book sounds absolutely charming and lovely and heartwarming and I totally see myself adoring Lola. She sounds quirky and fun and I can’t wait to meet her and see just what derails her perfect life.

And in the event that there’s anyone who actually hasn’t already added Lola and the Boy Next Door to their pile on Goodreads….

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson will be released in the U.S. on September 29, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Putnam Juvenile, a division of Penguin Group, the print edition is 384 pages.

The Name of the Star is the first book in the Shades of London trilogy by author Maureen Johnson.

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I discovered Maureen Johnson’s books only this past spring, but I loved her writing style and couldn’t wait to see that translate into a story that was a little bit more mysterious, a little bit darker. And what’s darker than a modern day Jack the Ripper story with ghosts? Makes me shudder just a bit.

I have this on my list of pre-orders for the Kindle, and would have loved to have had an early copy, but I think this is a perfect fall read. And even though this week is crazy with releases, this is definitely one I’m looking forward to.

I love the fact that the author decided the main character would be an outsider. An American, from Louisiana, who arrives in London and is the only one to witness just who the killer is. And then, of course, she becomes the killer’s next target.

What stuck with me most from the description on Goodreads, because of its mystery and humor, was the idea of a “secret ghost police of London.” I suppose if the killer is a ghost, you’d need a ghost police force to track it down. I also really want to know just what Rory’s abilities are.

Of course I’ll be taking a peek at this on Thursday, but I hope to read it next month.

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While I already own all three books separately, I just had to mention an awesome bindup that is releasing this week in paperback format with a beautiful new cover:

Ruling Passion, which includes Hearts at Stake, Blood Feud and Out for Blood by Alyxandra Harvey (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

At Barnes & Noble it is available to pre-order in eBook format for the nook and I’m sure that it will eventually be made available in Kindle format

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Wow…I did not realize I have twelve books on pre-order this week until I started putting together this post. Twelve books. Holy wow! Talk about an insane release week. And I’ve read only one of the books above. This will seriously increase the size of my TBR pile.

And so many of them are Debut Author Challenge books, which is fantastic, and I don’t mean that sarcastically.

Although I wanted to, I did not put If I Die on the list first, because I felt as if it would appear that I was playing favorites. Although it is my favorite this week. I just don’t want it to be the only book in the spotlight here on the blog.

Besides, I don’t think it would be a surprise to anyone who has stopped by the site to know that it was releasing this week and that it was on my list of pre-orders. And yes, I will be re-reading it this week, though I won’t review it a second time.

But it’s not all about If I Die. There are so many anticipated reads on this list. Actually, all of them, or I wouldn’t have pre-ordered them.

As much as I love the fact that I am getting twelve new books this week, I really hope that next week is just a little quieter – for the sake of both my wallet and my TBR pile.

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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!

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