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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #87

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 August 28th-September 3rd that I had and have pre-ordered.

Embers & Echoes by Karsten Knight was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 480 pages.

Embers & Echoes is the second book in the Wildefire series by the author. The third and final book in the trilogy, Afterglow, is slated for release in 2013.

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I had Embers & Echoes pre-ordered from the second it was made available for eBook download. And I also pre-ordered a copy of the hardcover because I just had to see if it was every bit as gorgeous in real life as it seemed online.

While I had the chance to read it early. Twice. I know I’ll be reading this book again and again and it will be so much easier on my Kindle. And as I have read and reviewed it, I can’t speculate as to what might be happening with Ash as she leaves her life in California behind for an adventure in Miami, because I already know. But I can say that this Polynesian Volcano goddess does not have an easy road ahead.

There are battles. There is danger. There is heartbreak. And there is page after page of captivating story that makes me wish I could pick it right back up again.

Speechless by Hannah Harrington was released on August 28, 2012 in the U.S. in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 288 pages.

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Speechless is the second book of Hannah Harrington’s that I’ve pre-ordered. And while I still haven’t had a chance to read Saving June, I couldn’t resist putting her next book on my list of books to buy.

This book sounds incredible. I can’t wait to meet Chelsea Knot and find out if she’ll be able to stick with the vow of silence she’s taken. I am curious to learn just how tough it will be for her to keep silent in the face of the “ridicule” and attacks she has to endure. And I really want to know if she’ll be able to forgive herself for the part she played in almost getting someone killed.

I’m not sure when I’ll get to read this sequel, but I’m hoping to be able to add it to the pile this fall. Because I’ve been dying to read a book by this author as I’ve heard such amazing things about her writing. And because this story sounds fascinating and possibly heartbreaking.

Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers the print edition is 448 pges.

Enshadowed is the sequel to author Kelly Creagh’s Nevermore.

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I think I’ve talked about Enshadowed enough. I’ve had it pre-ordered since early 2011. It was my only remaining pre-order for 2011, in fact. And it’s finally been released. Which means I will be devouring it as soon as I finish my current read.

I have missed Varen and Isobel. I have been dying to find out what will happen to him. Things were left in a dark and haunting place. And I want to see if they’ll get even darker or if there is any possibility for a happy ending.

I have no idea if this is the final book in the series or if there is more to come. And I don’t want to know. Because I have got to read this book right now. Even if it means after this long, long wait that I will have to say goodbye to the characters and story forever.

I loved the connection the author made with Poe in her first book and I can’t wait to see just how much Poe and his stories play a role in this sequel. I probably will miss many of the more subtle connections, but I am looking forward to trying to discover them all. Which will hopefully be in a day or two.

The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 432 pages.

The Blood Keeper is the second book in author Tessa Gratton’s The Blood Journals series.

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The Blood Keeper is another book I’ve had pre-ordered for the longest time. I fell head over heels in love with Blood Magic last year and was dying to get to read more from author Tessa Gratton. She is a gorgeous writer and has such a beautiful, poetic way with words that make her stories just cling to me.

I love the dark aspect to her stories and can’t wait to see how the darkness blends with the beauty in this one. I’m excited to meet Mab and to see just how blood magic affects her life. And I really excited to find out whether any of the characters from that first book make an appearance in this one.

The Blood Keeper is another book that I hope to read this week. I don’t think I can wait any longer than that to find out what happens with Mab and Will and the “dangerous force” that is seeking “its own dark power.”

Isolation by Dan Wells was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print length is 75 pages.

Isolation is a prequel novella in the author’s Partials series.

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While I have not yet read Partials, I just had to pre-order Dan Wells’ novella Isolation. I’ve been in love with the covers for these books and I’ve been dying to dive into Partials for awhile now. Especially as I’ve heard such amazing things about it from a few bloggers I know.

I can’t wait to see what life is like in this novella set long before the events in Partials, when the world was in a war of isolation and energy was at a premium. I’m super curious to find out how the author handles the power struggle of the various nations and where “ambition far outstrip[s] its foresight.”

And I am excited to meet Heron and see just what she discovers on her mission into enemy territory. I’m still debating whether to read this prior to reading Partials or if I should just wait and read the books in the order the author intended.

Starling by Lesley Livingston was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 352 pages.

Starling is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Lesley Livingston.

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I have been a huge fan of author Lesley Livingston for the longest time. I feel in love with her Wondrous Strange series long before I started blogging and I’ve been desperately waiting for Once Every Never to be available for the Kindle.

So when I heard that she had a book called Starling coming out I instantly added it to my list of books to buy. And while I did get an early copy through a trade, I didn’t get a chance to read it. But I will be reading my eBook copy very, very soon. Possibly as soon as I finish this post….

I was tormented by the quote in the description – “Love is just the beginning… of the end.” Absolutely, maddeningly cruel. In the best possible way.

I can’t wait to meet Mason Starling. and I can’t wait to see Fenn again, as I am dying to find out why he’s lost his memory and whether he’ll get it back. I am so intrigued by the promise of Norse mythology and I am excited about the fact that this book has both “sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action.”

Waiting any longer to read this book is just not an option.

Defiance by C.J. Redwine was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

Defiance is the first book in a new series of the same name by the author.

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I have been fascinated by this book ever since I saw its cover and title. I added Defiance to my list of pre-orders in part because of cover love, in part from the promise of what the story would hold based upon its title and in part because the main character can “deftly wield a sword.”

I hope to be able to read this book very, very soon. I want to see what’s going on in Baalboden. I want to meet Rachel Adams. And I definitely want to meet Logan McEntire. But most of all I can’t wait to see what happens as they “battle their way through the Wasteland.”

This story sounds epic. The main character sounds fiery. The protagonist sounds swoon-worthy. And any book with monsters, assassins, romance and heartbreak is one I am sure to enjoy.

Don’t Tun Around by Michelle Gagnon was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 320 pages.

Don’t Turn Around is the first book in author Michelle Gagnon’s PERSEFoNE Trilogy.

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I first learned about Don’t Turn Around just before the Authors Are Rockstars Tour and instantly added it to my pre-orders. I loved the sound of this world from the moment I read the description.

Intrigue. Hackers. Mystery. Amnesia. Danger. And romance.

Yes, this book has just about everything I love. And as I haven’t read anything quite like it in YA before, I’m excited to meet the characters and see just how the author presents the story. I’m very curious to see just what secrets they hold and whether they’ll be able to find the answers they need before it’s too late.

While I know I won’t get the chance to read it this week, I am really hoping to read it mid-September.

The Iron Legends by Julie Kagawa was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in paperback and ebook formats. It is currently available online to order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 304 pages.

The Iron Legends is the bind-up of three former eBook only novellas, Winter’s PassageSummer’s Crossing, and Iron’s Prophecy.

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I love that all three short eBook novellas are contained in a bind-up. I pre-ordered The Iron Legends in ebook format although I have the first two…possibly all three… stories already as eBooks. But I love that I’ll be able to read all three without having to search for them on my Kindle.

And I love that this has a little something extra something called the “Guide to the Iron Fey.”

I’ve read Winter’s Passage and Summer’s Crossing but I still have to read Iron’s Prophecy. So I will be reading it from this eBook bind-up versus trying to track it down wherever it lives on my eReader.

Julie Kagawa wrote such a delightful series with her Iron Fey books. And while I still haven’t been able to say goodbye to the series, I am glad that I have yet another peek into the world with the Guide, which I will be checking out next weekend.

Erasing Time by C.J. Hill was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 368 pages.

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Erasing Time is yet another book I pre-ordered based on cover and title before even checking out the description. I was fascinated with the idea of erasing time and so curious to see what that meant in context with the story that I just had to buy it no matter what the description might say.

And then I checked that out too and was even more curious to read this book. The idea of waking up four hundred years in the future is terrifying. And to a world that exists under domes, where the language spoken is hardly recognizable, is even more frightening.

I can’t wait to meet Taylor and Sheridan and find out how they manage to survive in this futuristic world. And I’m very interested to learn more about Echo and find out just what secrets he holds.

This story promises heartbreak and “adrenaline-injected chases” and I can’t wait to read all about it.

The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 432 pages.

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The Lost Girl sounded so unbelievably heartbreaking I just had to add it to my list of pre-orders. The idea of the story – a girl created to replace someone else in the event of their death – is both chilling and just so very sad.

Just reading the description and I already feel my heart aching for Eva and for Amarra’s family. I can’t imagine what Eva’s life must have been like just knowing she could be ripped from her home at any moment and be forced to step into someone else’s life and play the part of them for the rest of her life.

I am so curious to see what choice Eva will make – stay an echo or become an original. And I’m so interested in finding out more about Eva, what it was like to have to study Amarra and then have to become her, and just how this story will end.

This sounds like an incredible debut novel and one I cannot wait to get the chance to read. Hopefully I’ll have the time to sneak it in early this fall.

Inbetween by Tara Fuller was released in the U.S. on August 28, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Entangled Teen, the print edition is 400 pages.

Inbetween is the first book in a new series entitled Kissed by Death by author Tara Fuller.

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I had the chance to read Inbetween just a little bit early, but I did not get the chance to finish it. I’m so glad that I pre-ordered the eBook as it will be much easier to read the finished eBook version.

This story has romance and reapers, a good boy, a bad boy, a good girl and an evil one. It’s sweet and fun and I am very curious to find out what I missed between where I left off and where the story ended. Yes, I took a peek.

I don’t want to say too much more as I might completely, and very unintentionally, spoil the ending. But I will definitely be picking this book back up to catch up with all that stuff inbetween.

Silver by Talia Vance will be released in the U.S. on September 1, 2012 (thought it’s official release date is September 8, 2012) in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Flux, the print edition is 386 pages.

Silver is the first book in author Talia Vance’s Bandia series. The second book in the series, Gold, is slated for release in 2013.

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Oh my gosh I can’t wait until Silver downloads to my Kindle this weekend. I absolutely loved this book from the moment I met it. I had no idea I would. It took me completely by surprise. And it was an absolutely awesome one at that.

I didn’t discover this book because of its cover – but it’s a gorgeous cover. I’d heard of the author for quite awhile on Twitter, but I hadn’t realized that Silver was her book and that it was coming out in September. Not until I was invited on the tour.

So, yes, I decided to read it early. Yes, I’ve written my review. Yes, I completely and totally loved it and am now suffering the long wait until Gold is released next fall…2013 that is.

I cannot pretend to guess what might happen in this book because I know exactly what happens. And I didn’t forget one single moment of action, romance, nail-biting suspense or heartbreak.

And I could never forget how easily I connected with the story and the beautiful and enchanting writing that was used to deliver it. Writing such as this, from a quote included in the description – “As I step into the room, a silver flash blurs my vision. Before I can take a breath, the world falls away.”

Oh I may have just sighed again. And I may just have to re-read this book the moment it downloads next weekend. Because I still haven’t lost that connection with Brianna, Blake or Austin and I’m not sure I’m ready to let go just yet.

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UPDATE: I apparently have yet another book pre-ordered this week that hadn’t been included on my post earlier today….

Iron’s Prophecy (The Iron Fey #4.5) by Julie Kagawa

Pub. Date: September 1, 2012

Published by: Harlequin TEEN

(Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

I KNEW I couldn’t possibly have missed Iron Prophecy’s release! I knew I owned, and read, the first two novellas in the bind-up, but I wasn’t sure about this one. Well, clearly, since it hadn’t been previously released, it couldn’t possibly live anywhere on my Kindle.

And while I already have this eBook included as part of the bind-up, I still plan on purchasing this short novella separately. Why not, right?

END OF UPDATE

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I had thirteen fourteen books pre-ordered – not nine or ten as I’d thought! Twelve of which have already downloaded and which are vying for my attention on my Kindle. Fortunately I’ve already read a couple of them, though I want to read both of those again. But not counting those potential re-reads, that still means books in the double digits are being added to my TBR pile. And I don’t even want to think about what this quantity of books is doing to my wallet.

Especially since next week there are a ton of new releases, too.

I have been waiting a very long time to read quite a few of these books, some of which I’m sad that I didn’t get the chance to read early like I’d wanted to. And others I didn’t have the opportunity to read in advance, but am dying to read this week. I really hope I’ll have that chance. But that remains TBD.

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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