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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #71

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 May 8th-May 14th that I have pre-ordered.

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Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock will be released in the U.S. on May 8, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

Hemlock is the first book in a new trilogy by author Kahthleen Peacock. The second book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2013.

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I can’t wait to read Hemlock. I haven’t read too many books about werewolves but this one sounds awesome. I love the idea that the author calls this a “syndrome” and that it’s as if it’s an epidemic that’s “on the rise.” And I absolutely love the fact that there is a murder mystery combined with the paranormal in this book.

I am dying to find out what secrets Mac uncovers in her quest to find Amy’s killer. I am curious to see who is responsible and if it’s a friend that was responsible or someone else.

While I instantly fell in love with the cover, it was the book’s mention of a “maelstrom of violence and betrayal” that made this a must read for me. While I did receive an early copy through a trade, I wasn’t able to add it to the pile before release date, but I will definitely be reading this in a couple of weeks, and most likely it will be the finished copy on my Kindle.

Until I Die by Amy Plum will be released in the U.S. on May 8, 2012 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 368 pages.

Until I Die is the second book in the Revenants series by author Amy Plum. The third book in the series, If I Should Die, is slated for publication in 2013.

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I have been dying to read Until I Die for weeks now. I can’t believe release date is on Tuesday and I’ll have the finished copy on my Kindle. I hope to have read – or at least started – it before then, though, because I’m so curious to find out what happens with the Revenants in this book.

Although, I hear that there’s a cliffhanger ending….

I am nervous about Kate and Vincent. I hope that their love story continues even though Vincent’s responsibilities are making that seem impossible. And I am even more nervous about this new enemy that the description mentions. I can’t imagine who it could be and what they could possibly do to jeopardize Vincent’s immortality.

I also can’t wait to catch up with Jules who is one of my favorite characters in this series. I miss his charming, flirtatious behavior and hope he hasn’t changed at all in this sequel.

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare will be released in the U.S. on May 8, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, the print edition is 544 pages.

City of Lost Souls is the fifth book in The Mortal Instruments series by author Cassandra Clare. The sixth book in the series, City of Heavenly Fire is slated for release in 2014.

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Of all the books in this series, City of Lost Souls has my favorite cover. And the title has me unbelievably curious about where this series is headed. I can’t believe it’s May already and that my Kindle copy will be downloading on Tuesday and my signed copy will be arriving this week.

While I haven’t finished reading City of Fallen Angels, I am still excited for this book’s release. Although I may wait a bit to read it, as there will be a nearly two-and-a-half year wait for the next book in the series. Which I’m guessing is because of the film’s release.

As I’ve already spotlighted City of Lost Souls for my Book Watch post, I’ll keep this brief. But the characters the author created in this series are some of my very favorites. And I miss knowing just what has been happening with Clary and Jace, although I did accidentally read a spoiler in CoLS’ description so I know some of what happened. But not firsthand.

I have not read the entire description because I don’t want to have any more of CoFA spoiled, but I hope that things don’t get much worse in this fifth book in the series for Jace, or Clary for that matter.

First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky will be released in the U.S. on May 8, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, the print edition is 208 pages.

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I read Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky last year and it was amazing. So when I heard that she had a new release title coming out I just had to pre-order a copy.

This story sounds like it will either be bittersweet or heartbreaking. And it sounds like it will be a very realistic love story and not one that has been glamorized, romanticized or dramatized.

I love the character’s names – Gray and Dylan – and I love that they are opposites and that their love wasn’t insta-love and that their relationship is hard work. Of course I hope for a happy ending for them, but I think I’d be just as satisfied if it doesn’t end happily. But I can’t wait to find out…. And possibly shed a few tears.

Endure by Carrie Jones will be released in the U.S. on May 8, 2012 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 Children’s Books, the print edition is 272 pages.

Endure is the fourth and final book in Carrie Jones’ Need series.

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I have Endure on my reading pile this week and I can’t wait to read it. Sort of. I love, love, love this series and I’m heartbroken it’s ending. But the description does say the “romantic finale” will be “utterly satisfying” so I hope I’ll be left with a smile.

I already miss Zara and Nick. I’m so curious to see whether she can lead an army against the evil pixies to defend Bedford. I’m hopeful the battle will be successful. I’m dying to find out what the surprise revelation is and I really want to know what happens with the pixie king.

I wanted to read this earlier, but I’d just read Destined and so I didn’t want to suffer two series-ending books in such close proximity. But I think I’m ready now. And for this one there may be tears.

I have the entire series on my Kindle and I can’t wait for this final book to download on Monday Midnight so that I can complete my collection.

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UPDATE: I can’t believe I didn’t list one of my MOST anticipated reads I was just talking about last night!

Last Rite by Lisa Desrochers will be released in the U.S. on May 8, 2012 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Tor Teen, the print edition is 368 pages.

Last Rite is the third and final book in the Personal Demons series by author Lisa Desrochers.

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I am so devastated that I didn’t have Last Rite pre-ordered until now and didn’t list it in this post. It was only thanks to a tweet from Pam at Bookalicious that I was made aware of its release this week. I had been checking on it for ages, but it hadn’t been available in eBook format until more recently and I’ve just been too busy to check for new releases.

I am so excited for this book’s release. Excited and sad. I can’t wait to see what happens with Frannie and Luc and Gabe. I am hoping things end happily. But when demons are involved I am never confident of that happening. But I am sad to see this series end. I could definitely have used a few more books about these characters and this world.

I don’t know which side Frannie will choose, so that of course makes me nervous. And I don’t know what happens with Frannie’s powers. According to the description they go “horribly awry.” Which makes me even more nervous. As the term “apocalyptic” is used, I can only imagine that things go epically wrong.

But what makes me the most nervous is that apparently someone won’t be able to trust the ones they love. And I really, really am hoping that it’s not Luc that gets hurt in the process. I think I know who might be untrustworthy, but I won’t guess here as it’s a spoiler for Original Sin.

I will definitely be reading this book next week if I don’t get a chance to read it sooner. While I know I’ll miss the characters, there’s no way I can wait to find out what happens.

END OF UPDATE

Fall from Grace by Charles Benoit

Pub. Date: May 8, 2012

Published by: HarperTeen

(Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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Okay. This wasn’t such a bad week. I believe I only have five books pre-ordered to download. That’s half the books from last week. Though I haven’t read any of the books this week, so they’re all going straight to the TBR.

I’m glad that things will be slowing down a bit over the next month – I think – so that I can try to catch up on just a few “must read” titles. And I’m still thinking of a book buying ban, though I’m having a tough time imagining saying “no.”

Anyway, I hope I didn’t miss any release titles that I have ordered or ones I should have had ordered. I guess I’ll find out on Tuesday. Happy book buying!

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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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