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The Extras: March

Yes we’re back with another “Extras” post after a bit of a hiatus in December, January and February. 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 when I can, 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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March Peeks

Balthazar by Claudia Gray will be released in the U.S. on March 6, 2012.

It is a spin-off novel in the author’s Evernight series about her very adorable character of the same name.

Balthazar sounds like the perfect way to get another look at the world and to learn more about this amazing character. The description hints that there will be a peek into his past, a forbidden love story and a fight against evil. Sounds pretty awesome.

To take a nice long look inside, courtesy of HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

Rivals by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur will be released in the U.S. on March 6, 2012.

Rivals is the third book in The Ivy series by the authors.

I own the first two books in the series and I am excited about this next book’s release. While I haven’t yet read the books, this series just sounds like so much fun.

This third book in the series, as you may have guessed from the title, is about rivalries. And there’ s nothing quite as exciting to read about in contemporary fiction as those. And according to the description, Callie Andrews is going to have to make a few choices which are likely to have some undesirable consequences.

To get just a taste, thanks to HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

Where it Began by Ann Redisch Stampler will be released in the U.S. on March 6, 2012.

Where it Began is the author’s young adult debut.

Firstly, this book cover is beautiful. Secondly, the story sounds unbelievably intriguing. I want to know just what happened to Gabby and Billy the night he went missing. I want to find out if she’ll be able to get her life back. Or if she’ll want it back after she takes a longer look at just what kind of life she was really living.

And I want to know exactly what changes when Gabby faces the truth.

To get a peek inside courtesy of Simon & Schuster, CLICK HERE.

Vampire’s Kiss by Veronica Wolff will be released in the U.S. on March 6, 2012.

Vampire’s Kiss is the second book in The Watchers series by the author. The third book, Blood Fever, is due out in August of this year.

In this sequel, Drew has completed her first year of training to be a Watcher on the Isle of Night and she now has to go undercover to try and save another Watcher who is being tortured. One who is apparently gorgeous and a bad boy, according to the description.

Yeah, this series just sounds awesome – sexy bad boy vampires. Enough said.

To check out a nice, long, downloadable excerpt of Chapter One from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

Soul Bound by Mari Mancusi will be released in the U.S. on March 6, 2012.

Soul Bound is the seventh book in the Blood Coven series by author Mari Mancusi.

This is such an entertaining series to read. I love that the books switch between Sunny and Rayne’s stories. And in Soul Bound, it’s Rayne’s turn. And according to the description, in this installment she’s being sent to find her sister and Magnus “alive…or undead.”

Rayne has a major conflict of interest – find her sister and risk Sunny’s life or refuse and put her own in jeopardy. Not ideal. And with the words “ultimate sacrifice” jumping out at me from the description, it makes me very eager to find out how this story ends.

To check out an excerpt from the book’s website, CLICK HERE.

To check out a SPOILER-Y one on Goodreads if you haven’t read Blood Ties, CLICK HERE.

Illuminate by Aimee Agresti will be released in the U.S. on March 6, 2012.

Illuminate is the first book in the Gilded Wings series by the author.

This cover is beautiful. It was the first thing that drew me to this book. But once I got past my cover love, I realized that this story sounds seriously awesome.

A girl, Haven Terra, is sent to intern at a luxury hotel in Chicago. The owners aren’t mere hoteliers, however. They purchase souls. And they’re looking to recruit her into helping them take the souls of her schoolmates on prom night.

I am so curious to find out just how Haven plans to stop them… or if she plans to stop them. And I can’t wait to find out the meaning behind the series name, Gilded Wings.

To check out a short excerpt from the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,  CLICK HERE.

Katana by Cole Gibsen will be released in the U.S. on March 8, 2012.

Katana is the author’s young adult debut.

A book about a sword-fighting heroine with dreams of Japan in the 15th century sounds very different and wickedly awesome. I’m curious to see whether Rileigh will decide to accept her warrior spirit or choose to live a normal life.

And I am very interested in reading about how Rileigh will handle all those “relentless” ninja attacks.

To get a peek inside, courtesy of Flux, CLICK HERE.

Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012.

Pretty Crooked is the author’s young adult debut.

I love the Robin Hood premise of this story – stealing from the rich prep school kids and giving to the scholarship students. Willa sounds like an absolutely lovable main character. And Aidan, her “complication” sounds like a very lovely distraction.

I can’t wait to read this book and find out whether Aidan is trustworthy or if Willa’s thefts are discovered by the Glitterati at Valley Prep or even the police. I’m already cheering for Willa.

To read an excerpt of the prologue at TeenReads CLICK HERE.

Starters by Lissa Price will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012.

Starters is the first book in a new series of the same name by the author. The second full-length book, Enders, will be released on December 12 of this year.

The chatter brought me to this book. And I’m so glad I didn’t miss hearing about it. The cover is eerie and different and oddly beautiful. And the tagline has definitely piqued my curiosity.

According to the description Callie is an orphan who goes on the run with her brother Tyler to try and get to Prime Destinations in Beverly Hills.

Prime Destinations is a “disturbing place” where apparently teens donate their bodies to old people – Enders – who want to recapture their youth. (Sounds about right for BH. And sounds completely disturbing.)

But then Callie “wakes up” to discover she’s living the life of luxury. Which would be fine except for the fact that the Ender who has rented her body has other things in mind.

This sounds absolutely chilling and a perfect kind of book for me. I can’t wait to check it out.

To take a look inside, courtesy of the publisher Delacorte Press, CLICK HERE.

And to check out the book on the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters – Moonsong created by L.J. Smith will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012.

Moonsong is the second book in The Hunters series.

According to the description, in this installment, things seem to be going well for Elena, Stefan and Damon. At first. Until Dalcrest College students start to disappear.

While I have fallen behind on the series I am curious to find out just what dark secret Elena uncovers.

But if you’re all caught up on the series and you’d like to get a long look inside courtesy of HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012.

Out of Sight, Out of Time is the fifth book in the Gallagher Girls series by the author.

I have not yet read this series, but it sounds like so much fun and the author is awesome. In this fifth book, according to the description, Cammie Morgan has lost quite a bit of her memory. It’s months later and she has no recollection of what happened to her.

Still, she returns to Gallagher Academy to try to unravel the mystery. But apparently the Circle of Cavan is determined to keep her in the dark.

To get a peek of Chapter One from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012.

Wanderlove is the author’s sophomore young adult novel.

This book sounds absolutely gorgeous. The description had me right from the lines: “Bria’s a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan’s a bad boy trying to stay good.” And I love the question posited at the beginning… “Are you a Global Vagabond?”

This story sounds magical and these two characters are ones I very much look forward to meeting in this novel which takes the characters and the readers on a journey.

To read a short excerpt from the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink releases in the U.S. on March 20, 2012.

Descendants of angels. Protectors of “the world’s past, present, and future.” An organization that maintains the balance of good and evil. Betrayal. And, of course, temptation. This book sounds simply amazing.

This new hopefully-not-a-standalone novel by author Michelle Zink is a blend of paranormal romance and historical fantasy, according to the description, and one that’s definitely worth checking out.

To take a sneak peek, courtesy of the author, on Goodreads, CLICK HERE.

Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter will be released in the U.S. on March 27, 2012.

Goddess Interrupted is the sequel to the Goddess Test by the author. The third book in the series, The Goddess Inheritance will be published later this year. And a short novella set between books one and two, The Goddess Hunt, was released in eBook format on March 1.

Things are not going smoothly for Kate and Henry. She’s falling in love with him and he seems to be drifting away, according to the description. And it gets even better. He gets abducted by the King of the Titans and in order to save him, Kate has to work with Henry’s ex, Persephone.

Immortality never sounded so challenging. But this sequel sounds so very exciting.

To read an excerpt courtesy of Harlequin, CLICK HERE.

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January and February Peeks

And just in case you missed them, here are just a few peeks at some of those awesome books that released earlier this year. Just click on the covers to browse inside.

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver released February 28, 2012

Partials by Dan Wells released on February 28, 2012

A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford released on February 28, 2012

Faery Tales & Nightmares by Melissa Marr released on February 21, 2012

Dead to You by Lisa McMann released on February 7, 2012

Two Truths and a Lie by Sara Shepard released on February 7, 2012

Wings of the Wicked released on January 31, 2012

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows released on January 31, 2012

Everneath by Brodi Ashton released on January 24, 2012
Forbidden by Syrie James and Ryan M. James released on January 24, 2012

Havoc by Jeff Sampson released on January 24, 2012

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand released on January 17, 2012

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green released January 10, 2012

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi released January 3, 2012
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And be sure to check out Pitch Dark Days for downloadable chapter excerpts from…
Balthazar
Bewitching
Everneath
Hallowed
Incarnate
The Last Echo (coming soon)
Magic of the Moonlight
Pandemonium
Shatter Me
Slide (coming soon)
Under the Never Sky
Wings of the Wicked
… and for links to their free eBook samplers.
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And the always awesome HarperCollins is giving readers a look at THIS ENTIRE and ENTIRELY AMAZING book…. 

Divergent by Veronica Roth released in paperback on February 28, 2012

(Originally published May 3, 2011 in hardcover)

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With so many sneak peeks available this March I haven’t had a chance to stalk the Amazon or Barnes & Noble eBook freebies. But I hope I’ve included few excerpts for books coming up this March, or already released, that you might enjoy.

Sadly I was not able to track down excerpts for Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins, The Savage Grace by Bree Despain – which was available for just two days back in October and which I missed – and Loss by Jackie Morse Kessler, just to name a few.

Anyway… Happy freebie reading!

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