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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #90

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 September 18th-September 24th that I have pre-ordered.

The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson will be released in the U.S. on September 18, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

The Crown of Embers is the second book in author Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns series. The Bitter Kingdom, the third book in the series, is slated for release in 2013.

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I have been dying to read this sequel to The Girl of Fire and Thorns which I had the chance to read early last year and loved. It was epic and I couldn’t wait for the sequel’s release. I think I’ve had it pre-ordered months.

While I haven’t had the chance to read The Crown of Embers before its release, I will definitely be reading it in the next month. Because I can’t wait to find out what happens next with Elisa and Hector. And I am excited to take the journey with Elisa as she tries to find the source of the Godstone’s power.

The description promises that this sequel will be “breathtaking, romantic, and dangerous” and I am anxiously awaiting the chance to dive in and find out for myself.

Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin will be released in the U.S. on September 18, 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 Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 368 pages.

Because It Is My Blood is the second book in the Birthright series by author Gabrielle Zevin.

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I loved the first book in this series by author Gabrielle Zevin and have been so curious to find out what will happen next in Because It Is My Blood. Especially with how things left off at the end of book one. I pre-ordered it for my Kindle just as soon as I noticed it was available and can’t wait for it to download on the 18th.

I also had an early copy that I traded for, but I didn’t get the chance to read it before release, and as I’ve just received the audiobook for review I’ll be listening to it instead. I “read” the first one in audiobook format, too, so I’m excited to be able to experience this one in the same way.

I read the description, which is very spoiler-y for book one, so I won’t talk about it here, but I’m really hopeful that things end up okay for Anya Balanchine. Things sound like they’ll be pretty difficult for her at first, but I hope that on this journey she’ll be taking, all will end well.

I love the author’s writing style and the interesting characters she’s created. And I loved the narrator’s voice for this audio edition, so I can’t wait to listen to it in early October. 

Ten by Gretchen McNeil will be released in the U.S. on September 18, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats.  It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 304 pages.

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I have wanted to read this book forever. Even more so when I heard that Ten was inspired by Agatha Christie’s book. I just hadn’t had the time to read it before release, even though I had an early copy.

I have it pre-ordered for my Kindle and I hope to sneak in a read in the next couple of weeks. Because I really can’t wait to see what happens to those teens trapped on the island, to see if the mystery is solved, if there are any further deaths than the ones mentioned in the description, and if there is something even more dark and sinister going on.

I love the first line of the description, “And their doom comes swiftly.” Talk about ominous. I can’t wait to see if I’m able to figure out who the killer is before the main character in the story does. And I can’t wait to find out just how things end.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater will be released in the U.S. on September 18, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and in hardcover and audio formats Barnes & Noble.

Published by Scholastic Press, the print edition is 416 pages.

The Raven Boys is the first book in Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series. The second book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2013.

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The Raven Boys is one of my most anticipated releases this week. I spotlighted it for my Book Watch post a few weeks ago, so I won’t go on endlessly here. But I was so thrilled when it finally was available to pre-order for my Kindle at Amazon.

I can’t wait to meet Blue, Gansey, Adam, Ronan and Noah. I am dying to find out what it means to be a Raven Boy. And I am desperate to see whether it’s true that whoever Blue falls in love with is doomed to die.

I hope to be able to read this book very soon after release, to dive into this “strange and sinister world” and be just as captivated by this book as everyone I know that had the chance to read it early was.

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff will be released in the U.S. on September 18, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Thomas Dunne Books, the print edition is 336 pages.

Stormdancer is the first book in author Jay Kristoff’s The Lotus Wars series. The second book in the series is yet to be titled.

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Stormdancer is a book that I saw on Parajunkee’s blog and fell in love with based on the cover and description. I pre-ordered it for my Kindle and I can’t wait to read it. While I am not entirely sure if it is a YA book, I just had to list it here because I’ve been waiting for its release for the longest time and it sounds unbelievably epic.

I am very curious about the Lotus Guild and this world of blood-red skies and “toxic pollution.” I can’t wait to go on the “impossible quest” to capture a legendary “thunder tiger.” And I am excited to meet Yukiko.

I am dying to find out just how she and the crippled thunder tiger will challenge an empire. I am anxious to see if the friendship they form will be one that ends in heartbreak. And I really hope I can take this journey with them next month.

What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang will be released in the U.S. on September 18, 2012 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 352 pages.

What’s Left of Me is the first book in Kat Zhang’s The Hybrid Chronicles. 

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This book sounds awesome. And a little bit eerie. When I first heard of What’s Left of Me when I was offered a copy for trade I just had to go ahead and pre-order it for my Kindle.

I love the idea that in this book the norm is that two souls are contained in one body at the onset of life and that one is supposed to fade with time. And I love that Eva and Addie are different – that they’re hybrids.

I am super curious to find out what happens to Addie and Eva, why hybrids are such a threat and just what the author imagined life to be like for one body that contains two souls. I hope that Addie/Eva don’t get caught, I hope that Eva finds a way not to be trapped anymore. I hope that things end happily.

And I really hope I can read What’s Left of Me at the end of October.

Glass Heart by Amy Garvey will be released in the U.S. on September 18, 2012 in hardcover 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 320 pages.

Glass Heart is the second book in the Cold Kiss series by Amy Garvey.

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I still have to read Cold Kiss, but as I loved the description for that book I just had to pre-order this sequel. I’ve been wanting to meet Wren and find out what happens with her, Danny and Gabriel and I hope to do so really soon.

I ordered Glass Heart solely based on my interest in the first book as I refuse to check out the description even though it is linked above. I just don’t want anything to be spoiled about book one, and I have a feeling it will be if I read this description.

I want to find out for myself why Gabriel DeMarnes can sense Wren’s abilities. And I want to know how things end with Danny. I just don’t want to get those answers from the description.

I really hope to read both books back-to-back in November. I don’t know if there is a third book planned in this series, but if there is, I don’t want to wait until just before its release to have read both of these books. 

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian will be released in the U.S. 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 368 pages.

Burn for Burn is the first book in a currently untitled trilogy by the authors. The second book in the series, Fire with Fire, is due out in 2013 and the final book in the trilogy, Ashes to Ashes, is slated for release in 2014.

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I heard of Burn for Burn months and months ago and pre-ordered it just as soon as I did. I haven’t yet had a chance to read anything by Jenny Han, but I have read a book by Siobhan Vivian and loved it and wanted to see what a collaboration between the two was like.

I can’t wait to meet Lillia, Kat and Mary and see just how they exact their revenge. Each of their stories sounds so different and I imagine that how they go about getting even will also be quite different.

I hope that Lillia is able to prevent what happened to her from happening to her sister. I hope that Kat is able to quiet the rumors, insults and jokes that have caused her so much pain. And I hope that Mary is able to prove just how different she is to the boy that caused her to uproot her life.

I am so curious as to whether their plans for revenge will work or whether they’ll backfire. And I’m even more curious to find out just what the two other books in the trilogy are about – whether they are a continuation of these three characters’ stories or stories of revenge for new characters.

Cursed by Jennifer Armentrout will be released in the U.S. in hardcover format. An eBook edition is likely to be available on release day. It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover format only.

Published by Spencer Hill Press, the print edition is 304 pages.

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I got an early copy of Cursed though I haven’t had a chance to read it just yet. But I have it at the top of my pile and can’t wait to read it. As it is not available to pre-order in eBook format, I plan on buying it on release date if it is made available. Because I must have this book in my collection.

I love Jennifer L. Armentrout’s writing and I really want to meet Ember McWilliams and find out more about her curse – whether it really is a curse or a gift as Hayden Cromwell thinks it is.

As I’ve already talked about this book endlessly in my Reading Pile post the other week, I won’t go on and on. But I can’t imagine an existence without the ability to touch anyone and I’m so hopeful that Ember will be able to find a way to break this curse. Though I really hope the price for answers isn’t her life.

I will be reading this book in the next few weeks and I expect to be as enchanted with this new story as I have been with every book of Jennifer Armentrout’s that I’ve read.

The Diviners by Libba Bray will be released in the U.S. on September 18, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 608 pages.

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

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I haven’t read very many books by Libba Bray but she’s gotten such high praise for her writing that I just had to pre-order The Diviners. The world in this book sounds utterly fascinating and I can’t wait to find out more.

I love that the description uses the word “pos-i-toot-ly,” which totally gives me an idea of just who Evie O’Neill is as a character. I can’t wait to see this version of old New York with its speakeasies, dancing girls and “movie palaces.” And I can’t wait to find out more about the museum her uncle is curator of – “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.”

This book sounds wonderfully imaginative and I am excited to find out what Evie and her Uncle Will’s investigation turns up about the “occult-based murders.” I am also super curious to learn just what “mysterious power” Evie has. I hope it helps them catch the killer.

I think this book will make a great late-fall read and I hope to be able to dive into it then. And as it is over six hundred pages, I’m so glad that I’ll have it on my Kindle instead of in print as it will be much, much lighter.

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I’m adding ten new books to the pile this week. All of which are being added to my TBR pile. I really hope that next week is just a bit quieter as I don’t know when I’ll ever get caught up on my reading with all these amazing books coming out each week.

I may just have to start thinking about wish-listing books instead of pre-ordering them, as I’ll never in this lifetime get through them all. Maybe next year… or the one after that… as there are just way too many books I’m dying to read coming out this year and early next year.

Anyway….

I hope you’ve found some great new books to add to your collection this week. If there is a book that I absolutely must read that’s not being added to my Kindle this week, please let me know.

If I do take my own advice next year and resist buying every single book I want, I’ll want to have all the books I possibly can available for me to read before then.

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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