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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #40

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 October 4th-October 10th that I have pre-ordered.

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Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon will be released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 352 pages.

Carrier of the Mark is the first book in a new trilogy by author Leigh Fallon

Carrier of the Mark 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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Carrier of the Mark has been a book I’ve been stalking for a long time now. I ended up with an ARC through a trade, but as is the case once again, release date is upon me and my eBook will be downloading at Monday at 9 p.m. – yes, Amazon is now auto-downloading books at Midnight Eastern, so that’s a whole three hours earlier. Yay!

I will be the first to admit I was attracted to this book because of its gorgeous cover. But the description on Goodreads was just as much a reason why I had to get my hands on a finished copy of this book. I love instant attraction and love stories that are “meant to be.”

And as a believer in fate, I can’t wait to see what fate has in store for Megan and Adam. Especially since the description teases that what “brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.”

I’m also glad that this story is set in Ireland. I love books set in foreign countries. And even though the main character is American, the rest of the characters won’t be. It’s a nice change and one that I can’t wait to read about in the next few weeks.

Eve by Anna Carey will be released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 366 pages.

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Eve is another book I heard about a long while back, and even before I got my ARC through a trade I had added it to my Kindle pre-orders. And yes, this was another one I added based solely on the cover.

This sounds to be more of a post-apocalyptic type of story versus a dystopian, but the scary part is that it’s set not too far in the future in 2032. And what’s even more chilling is that the deadly virus was to have hit in 2016 – just five years down the road.

I am excited to take the journey with Eve, to meet the “rough, rebellious” Caleb and to find out whether Eve chooses love. As a total romantic, I’m really hoping she will.

Be sure to check it out on Goodreads.

Variant by Robison Wells will be released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 384 pages.

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I’ve actually had my eye on this book for quite some time, had added to my Kindle pre-orders as soon as was possible and did manage to obtain an ARC even though a read didn’t immediately follow.

The description for this book sounds amazing. A chilling, heart-pounding kind of non-stop action thriller. Maxfield Academy sounds more like a prison than a school and one that doesn’t allow too many students to leave.

Enough was revealed to make this a must read for me – a school where motions are tracked, there are no adults, breaking the rules is a death sentence and chances for survival are pretty slim – but enough was left hidden to make the description nothing more than a tease of what is to come.

I know I’m seriously excited to move this one close to the top of my reading pile. To add it on Goodreads, click here.

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick will be released on October 4, 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 Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, the print edition is 448 pages.

Silence is the third book in the Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. A yet-to-be-named fourth book is planned for 2012.

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Of course I have this one pre-ordered. I wish listed it the second I could and then added it to my eBook pre-orders shortly thereafter. I will be reading it this week, because I just have to know what’s next for Nora and Patch. And I’m so glad to hear that a fourth book in the series will be forthcoming.

As I talked about this in my Book Watch post a few weeks ago, I won’t go into too much of a ramble here, but I am unbelievably excited that this book is coming out. Crescendo is the book that got me to fall in love with the series, and it was mainly because of that extremely enticing prologue sneak peek and that torturous cliffhanger ending.

And after this summer’s YA Crush Tourney and getting a better look at Patch from his advocate’s perspective, I’ve been just dying to re-read Hush, Hush and Crescendo before Silence’s release. Sadly that didn’t happen, but it won’t stop me from reading it this week.

I mean, I have just got to find out if everything gets destroyed or if they win the battle and their love story gets a happy ending…until book four that is.

To take a peek at the description for Silence on Goodreads, click here.

Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver will be released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 320 pages.

Liesl & Po is Lauren Oliver’s first novel written for a middle grade audience.

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I actually have a print copy of this book on pre-order. I loved the illustrations in the ARC so much that I just had to get this one in print. I am also downloading the Kindle version. Eventually I’ll pass along the hardcover to a friend, but I just want the experience of reading it in print as a first read, especially if the paper and quality of the finished copy is anything like the beautiful paper used in the ARC.

Yes this is a novel for a middle grade audience, of which I am so not a part. But the story sounds absolutely adorable and I’m such a huge fan of the author’s writing that I just have to give it a read.

You can’t have a fairytale story without a cruel stepmother and this has one of those. But there are also ghosts, one of whom is Po. And magic. Powerful magic. And an alchemist who set into motion a chain of events that connects these three characters and sends them on a journey together.

And a book that is called “a luminous and magnificent novel that glows with rare magic, ghostly wonders, and a true friendship that lights even the darkest of places” is one I definitely don’t want to miss out on.

Liesl & Po on Goodreads.

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And I just had to mention one book that didn’t make the list last week, although I did have it on pre-order.

Flyaway by Lucy Christopher was released in the U.S. on October 1, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by The Chicken House, the print edition is 336 pages.

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I haven’t heard much about this book, but am a fan of this author from having read most of her book Stolen. I say most of, because there is a long story as to why I didn’t get to finish, but it’s totally off topic here.

I heard that Flyaway was coming out in the U.S. a few months ago, but it was only a couple weeks ago when I added it to my list of eBook pre-orders. But for whatever reason I missed it in last week’s post and only recalled that it was released when it downloaded.

I pre-ordered the book knowing absolutely nothing about it and never having seen the cover. I loved Lucy Christopher’s writing in Stolen and just knew I wanted to read whatever it was that she had written.

I took my first peek at the book’s description on Goodreads while creating this post. And it sounds like such a heartwarming story, but also one I’m afraid will end in total heartbreak. The kind I won’t easily recover from. The kind that just stays with you.

A young girl meets and befriends a boy who is seriously ill and tries to help him. They see an injured swan and she thinks that if she can somehow fix what’s wrong with the swan she’ll be able to help this boy, Harry.

The description promises it will be “touching” and so I’m hoping for a happy ending, but I’m so afraid that it will be a happy ending for the swan but not so much of one for Isla and Harry. But I can’t wait to read it and find out, however it ends – happy or sad.

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So there are only five new reads this week that I have pre-ordered. But, it also means that with Flyaway there were thirteen releases I got last week.

I’m still debating on whether to buy Rick Riordan’s latest book, The Son of Neptune, which is also releasing this week. I think I own the first book in the Heroes of Olympus series, but as I still haven’t finished reading the Percy Jackson books I decided to hold off on the buy until I get a little more caught up. Restraint. Apparently I have just a little. Who would have thought….

There are some really great books releasing this October, and this week is definitely no exception. I have no idea when I’ll get to read all five of the new release books, but now I really, really, really want to get Variant up toward the very top of my 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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