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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #75

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 June 5th-June 11th that I have pre-ordered.

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Arise by Tara Hudson will be released in the U.S. on June 5, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Publshed by HarperTeen, the print edition is 416 pages.

Arise is the second book in Tara Hudson’s Hereafter series. The third book in the series, Elegy, is slated for release in 2013.

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I am so excited to finally be able to continue Amelia and Joshua’s story. I loved the writing and leisurely pacing of Hereafter and I can’t wait to go back to it once again in Arise. While I had traded for an early copy, I hadn’t been able to move it up in the pile before release, but I really hope I can read my pre-ordered copy this week.

I once again have serious cover love. So far this series has had absolutely amazing covers. But it’s not just about the cover love. I love the romantic, old-fashioned romance the two characters have. I am super hopeful that their love story continues in this book and that Amelia is able to find a way for them to have a future together.

The description promises a road trip to New Orleans where Amelia and Joshua look for answers. It also hints that even more questions will arise and that a new character, Gabrielle, will offer a chance for Amelia to have a “sort of half-life.” I am just so curious to find out what price Amelia will have to pay for this chance or if the “evil spirits of the netherworld” will claim her before she gets the opportunity to decide if the price is worth paying.

Although I haven’t taken an early peek, HarperTeen is offering a long look inside, HERE.

Surrender by Elana Johnson will be released in the U.S. on June 5, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 480 pages.

Surrender is the sequel to Possession by author Elana Johnson.

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While I haven’t yet read Possession, as soon as I heard Surrender was available to pre-order for the Kindle, I added it to the list. I love the idea of this series and now that book two’s release is here, I may just have to read both books back-to-back.

I did take a peek at the description because I’d heard that this sequel was a different character’s story. And I was instantly grabbed by the description’s first sentence: “Forbidden love, intoxicating power, and the terror of control…”

That was enough to sell me on this sequel. But the rest of the description is just as enticing. The main character, Raine, has a dangerous ability that she must keep secret. So, of course I’m dying to find out just what that is.

Raine is the Director’s daughter and is also Vi’s roommate. She has been ordered to spy on Vi and report back to her father, but she’s curious as to what exactly Vi knows and why her father wants it to remain hidden.

I, too, am super curious as to what Vi knows and just why she’s been brainwashed. And I can’t wait to find out more about the rebel Jag Barque.

I really hope to catch up on this series this summer. It just sounds so awesome.

Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne will be released in the U.S. on June 5, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Feiwel & Friends, the print edition is 304 pages.

Monument 14 is the first book in a new series by the same name.

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I only fairly recently heard about Monument 14 as it seems everyone had an early copy and was talking about it on the blogs. And while I didn’t read any of the chatter, I did take a look at it on Goodreads and then instantly added it to my pre-orders.

This book does sound as action-packed as the description promises. And I love stories where there are a small group of individuals banding together against external forces, like in Stephen King’s The Mist.

I can’t wait to find out how the the fourteen children trapped in the chain store manage to survive against the disasters happening outside its doors. With the varying ages of the children in the group and the multitude of disasters that are “tearing the world…apart” it sounds like it will take a lot to ensure their safety. But I am super excited to find out if or how they do survive. And I am so super curious to find out what the meaning is behind the book’s title.

To check out a sample of Monument 14, there is a chapter sampler courtesy of Fierce Reads available at Amazon, at Barnes & Noble which also includes samples of Of Poseidon, Shadow and Bone and Struck.

Mirage by Kristi Cook will be released in the U.S. on June 5, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 384 pages.

Mirage is the second book in the Winterhaven series by author Kristi Cook.

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I am so super psyched that Mirage is finally coming out. It feels like forever since I read Haven. I thought that book was such a quick and fun read and I adored Violet McKenna. And I can’t wait to head back to Winterhaven to find out what’s in store for her in this sequel.

According to the description, Violet has a “disturbing vision” which makes her question everything including whether she and Aidan are “mean to be.” I am extremely nervous about who the two people are that will “meet a violent end” if the vision comes true. I really hope one of those two isn’t Aidan. And I’m very curious to meet the “mysterious newcomer.”

I am so glad the wait is finally over and I can’t wait to read Mirage, hopefully, in the next couple weeks.

All These Lives by Sarah Wylie will be released in the U.S. on June 5, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 256 pages.

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I fell in love with this cover when I first saw it, so I may have pre-ordered All These Lives solely based on cover love. Although I had an early copy from a trade, I gave it away knowing I wouldn’t get a chance to read it early, but I’m thrilled my eBook copy downloads this week. The description sounds so intriguing and heartbreaking.

I love the idea that the main character Dani believes she has extra lives and that to cope with her twin sister’s illness she tries to give those extra lives away. And it sounds absolutely heartrending that in addition to dealing with the potential loss of her sister she may also have to come to the realization that she doesn’t in fact have any extra lives.

This book sounds like it will be absolutely heartbreaking. And while I can’t wait to meet Dani, I hope there is some happiness mixed in with an ending that is bound to be sad.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo will be released in the U.S. on June 5, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Henry Holt and Co. Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 368 pages.

Shadow and Bone is the first book in the author’s The Grisha Trilogy. Book two, Siege and Storm is slated for release in 2013 and book three, Ruin and Rising, is slated for release in 2014.

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I’ve heard that Shadow and Bone is an absolutely amazing book. I had an early copy which I gave away as I couldn’t read it early, but now I am slightly regretting I didn’t make the time. At least my pre-order downloads this week, so I can find out just what everyone has been gushing about.

A “war-ravaged country,” a life-saving power and “monsters who feast on human flesh” make this book sound unbelievably wicked cool. I am dying to meet Alina Starkov and find out just what her power is, what it means to be a part of the Grisha and to see whether she will be able to save her kingdom.

This story sounds dark, action-packed, with a setting that’s very different from any of the books I’ve been reading lately. And with all the chatter about this new series, I can’t wait to finally get a chance to read it.

To check out chapters one through five of Shadow and Bone for the Kindle or Nook visit Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Whisper of Souls by Michelle Zink will be released in the U.S. on June 5, 2012 in eBook format only. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The eBook novella is published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Whisper of Souls is a novella in the author’s Prophecy of the Sisters series. Two additional novellas, Mistress of Souls and Rise of Souls will also be published this summer.

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I love author Michelle Zink’s Prophecy of the Sisters series. Though I still have to read the final book, I am excited that there are three novellas in the series releasing this summer. And I can’t wait to check out Whisper of Souls when it downloads this week.

According to the description, this first story is about Alice and Lia’s mother Adelaide who is beginning to lose her mind because the “otherworldly Souls” are haunting her, trying to gain entry into this world. And one of those souls is a powerful demon, Samael, who is extremely difficult to resist.

If she gives in to him, her daughters will inherit her curse and become Guardian and Gate. But resisting is causing her to “descend into madness.”

I can’t wait to get another look at this amazing world the author created. And I love getting the chance to read this story about Adelaide. I really, really hope I can sneak this one in this week.

Stunning (Pretty Little Liars #11) by Sara Shepard

Pub. Date: June 5, 2012

Published by: HarperTeen

(Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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Tempest Unleashed (Tempest #2) by Tracey Deebs

Pub. Date: June 5, 2012

Published by: Walker Children’s Books

(Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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I had no idea until the second I created this post that I had six full-length books and one eNovella pre-ordered. This is one huge add to the reading pile this week as all of these are TBRs and many of them are books I’m dying to read right now.

I am extremely curious about Monument 14 as it seems totally different from what I’ve been reading lately. But I’m also pretty desperate to check out Shadow and Bone since everyone seems to be saying that it’s amazing.

And I’ve been fighting the urge not to pre-order Tempest Unleashed as I have the first book on my Kindle but haven’t yet read it. I am just trying so hard to not pre-order sequels if I haven’t read the first book, but I’m not sure how well that’s going.

I really hope I haven’t missed any new awesome titles this week, though I suppose I’ll find out when I check out some of my favorite blogs.

Anyway, before I make this long post any longer…. I hope you have a happy book buying and reading week this week!

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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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