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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #118

Below are the YA books releasing this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

These are books for the week of April 2nd-April 8th that I have pre-ordered.

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NAMELESS by Lili St. Crow will be released in the U.S. on April 4, 2013 in hardcover and ebook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 336.

NAMELESS is the first book in author Lili St. Crow’s new series Tales of Beauty and Madness.

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NAMELESS sounds just so amazing and I’m so excited it’s releasing on Thursday. While I won a signed copy in a charitable auction, I didn’t want to read it because it was signed and I try to never read them if I can help it. So, I’m anxiously awaiting its download to my Kindle on Wednesday Midnight. And I plan on finding some time at the end of this week to dive in.

I am just so curious how this tale is an “evocative update of Snow White” given the book’s description which makes it sound like a completely unique story. Well, aside from the fact that Cami is taken in and cared for by the head of one of seven Families, much like Snow White who was “adopted” by those seven dwarves.

I can’t wait to meet Cami and find out just what her secrets are and why she was scarred and mute when she was found. I’m also very interested in meeting the mysterious Tor and finding out about his past.

I love that this story has the addition of “A Tale of Beauty and Madness” as part of its title, as it makes me all the more intrigued by it. And if I manage to get just a bit more caught up with my must read for review books, I will definitely be diving into NAMELESS later this week.

The Collector

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THE COLLECTOR by Victoria Scott will be released in the U.S. on April 2, 2013 in paperback format – the eBook was released on March 25th. It is currently available to pre-order (and order) online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

THE COLLECTOR is the first book in the Dante Walker series by author Victoria Scott. The sequel, THE LIBERATOR, is slated for release on August 27, 2013.

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I actually already have a copy of THE  COLLECTOR on my Kindle from when it downloaded last week. But I decided to order a print copy to add to my collection, too, and I will hopefully get it on Tuesday.

I’ve already read THE COLLECTOR and fell madly in love with it so there will be no guessing about what Dante Walker was up to in this book. Because I already know. Of course I won’t say what he was up to. That would be spoiler-y. But as you can imagine, if you’ve heard anything about this book, not all of what he’s up to is good.  He is a collector after all.

I will just say that the book lived up to its hype. Dante may not have been at all what I expected, but I loved who he actually was much more than the hyped version. Of course I may just have to re-read it now that I’ll have a couple copies of the finished version. Especially since the release date for the sequel is almost five months away. And that’s way too long to be without Dante Walker.

Vengeance Bound

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VENGEANCE BOUND by Justina Ireland will be released in the U.S. on April 2, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 320 pages.

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I have been dying to read VENGEANCE BOUND since the moment I checked out the description ages ago. It sounds so completely awesome – bloodlust, the Furies, justice… revenge. And I cannot wait for its release on Tuesday.

I can’t wait to meet Cory and learn just how she managed to escape the asylum. But more, I want to know how she can live with the Furies constantly in her head. And I also can’t wait to meet Niko and find out why the Furies are quiet around him and what it all means.

The description calls this book “edgy” and I am so excited to finally be able to go along on Cory’s “quest for revenge.” Even if it means there won’t be a happily ever after in her future.

If I can’t find the time to read it this week, I definitely hope to add VENGEANCE BOUND to the pile next week.

Dark Triumph

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DARK TRIUMPH by Robin LaFevers will be released in the U.S. on April 2, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, the print edition is 400 pages.

DARK TRIUMPH is the second book in the His Fair Assassin series by author Robin LaFevers. The third book, MORTAL HEART, is slated for release in 2014.

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I am so excited that DARK TRIUMPH releases on Tuesday and that everyone will have a chance to read this amazing book, which I am currently reading. Sybella is awesome. Seriously, seriously awesome.

As I already spotlighted it for my Book Watch post a couple of weeks ago, I will be brief. But I just have to say that I love that this second book in the series follows a new character, even though I totally adore Ismae. I think the world that author Robin LaFevers created is so richly detailed and so easy to get lost in that I have no idea why I didn’t read this book the moment I had a copy in hand.

And I think Sybella’s story is just as exciting as Ismae’s…. maybe a bit more so because I already know I love the world and its characters.

If I hadn’t already wanted to read this book, the description would have completely sold me on it when it mentioned that DARK TRIUMPH “serves betrayal, treachery, and danger in equal measure….”

But I already very much wanted to read it. So the fact that I had pre-ordered a copy for my Kindle should come as no surprise. To anyone.

The Rising

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THE RISING by Kelley Armstrong will be released in the U.S. on April 2, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

THE RISING is the third and final book in author Kelley Armstrong’s Darkness Rising trilogy.

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While I am a little bit behind on this series – I still must read book two – I have THE RISING pre-ordered and cannot wait to read it later this month. After the major cliffhanger at the end of THE GATHERING I was slightly hesitant to pick up the next book in the series without having the final book on hand.

Well all that changes this week as the end of the trilogy is upon us. And I am so stoked that I will be able to read the rest of the series without having an excruciating wait. And, I don’t have to re-read the first book as it is still totally fresh in my mind… most likely due to the killer cliffhanger ending.

But I am so excited to get back into this series and see just which of the characters from the author’s other series make their appearance in this one. But I also cannot wait to find out what’s going to happen with Maya… though I refuse to read the description since I haven’t found out exactly what happens in THE CALLING.

I am so sad that this, too, is a short series as I’d love to see a longer YA series by the author. Her paranormal series for adults is quite a bit longer, and as I love all of her characters in this series and her Darkest Powers series, I wish these series would be longer, too.

At least this final book will be releasing this week and I won’t have to wait to conclude this series…. Still not sure I’m ready to see it end, though.

The Sweetest Dark

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THE SWEETEST DARK by Shana Abe will be released in the U.S. on April 2, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Bantam, the print edition is 352 pages.

THE SWEETEST DARK is the first book in author Shana Abe’s series of the same name. The sequel, THE DEEPEST NIGHT, is slated for release on August 13, 2013.

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I fell for THE SWEETEST DARK because of its cover and the last two lines of the description, so of course I had to add it to my list of pre-orders. And I cannot believe that it’s releasing on Tuesday. Especially with the sequel releasing just four months from now.

No. No, I’m not complaining about that.

But I cannot wait to get lost in post-Victorian England and in a “love story that defies time.” I cannot wait to discover Lora’s secrets and see just what powers she does have.

And I can’t wait to choose whether I’ll be rooting for Jesse or Armand to be a part of that love story. As both boys seem to be equally appealing from the description, I haven’t the first clue who I’d choose.

I really hope to get the chance to visit Iverson and meet these most intriguing characters later this week.

Moonset

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MOONSET by Scott Tracey will be released in the U.S. on April 8, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both forats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Flux, the print edition is 384 pages.

MOONSET is the first book in author Scott Tracey’s The Legacy of Moonset series. Information on the second book in the series is not yet available.

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MOONSET releases next Monday. Wow. I cannot believe it is really going to be on shelves in less than a week. After such a long, long wait, it’s finally almost here! And while I may have read it more than a few times, that fact makes me no less excited for its release which will hopefully download on Sunday night.

Of course I will be stalking the bookstore next weekend in the hope that it will be on shelves a few days early. Fingers most definitely crossed.

And while I could have included MOONSET with next week’s releases, as I follow release weeks from Tuesday through Monday, I just had to list it among this week’s releases.

As I have read it, and talked about it on the blog A LOT, my lips will be sealed from any further praise. Until my review, that is. But I just have to quickly say that I love this book. I love the fact that the story surrounds a coven of witches and that there is dark magic and a dark past. And I cannot wait to see this story continue in the sequel.

Rise

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RISE by Anna Carey will be released in the U.S. on April 2, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 320 pages.

RISE is the third and final book in Anna Carey’s Eve trilogy.

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I am so excited that RISE is releasing on Tuesday. Even though I only recently met Eve and Caleb, both already released books have lived on my Kindle since their respective release dates. And so I feel like I’ve known them forever.

And as I am reading ONCE, I am not going to even glimpse at the Goodreads description. Because I have been burned by spoiler-y descriptions in the past and don’t want to have the ending spoiled when I’m so closed to reaching it.

So, I will just say that while I only started reading this series the other week, I am incredibly excited to be finishing it up this week. I love not having to wait between each book, because it allows me to stay immersed in the world, to remain connected to the characters and their plight, and to feel like I’m on this incredible adventure with them.

There is no question that I will be reading RISE on release date, even though it is a series ending book. Because I am not ready to leave the world just yet. I only hope I’ll be ready to say goodbye when the time comes….

White Lines

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WHITE LINES by Jennifer Banash will be released in the U.S. on April 4, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 304 pages.

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WHITE LINES will be releasing on Thursday and I cannot wait for my copy to download. I did receive a couple early copies, which I just had to take a peek at. And from what I read so far I absolutely loved the author’s writing style and was intrigued by her main character, Cat. So I had just to pre-order a copy of this book for my collection.

But it was the description that first grabbed my attention. The setting – New York City in the 1980’s – is one that immediately made this a must read. And the fact that the main character tries to escape into NYC’s nightlife makes this story one that is very relatable to me.

The description promises a “gritty, atmospheric” story and I cannot wait to find out if that is true and whether I’ll be held captivate from start to finish.

My plan is to read my early copy before release date. But if I don’t finish reading it by Thursday, I will definitely switch to the finished eBook copy in my collection once it downloads.

Other Books of Note

In the Shadow of Blackbirds

IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS by Cat Winters

Pub. Date: April 2, 2013

Publisher: Amulet Books

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Light

LIGHT (Gone #6) by Michael Grant

Pub. Date: April 2, 2013

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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My Life After Now

My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi

Pub. Date: April 2, 2013

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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If He Had Been With Me

IF HE HAD BEEN WITH ME by Laura Nowlin

Pub. Date: April 2, 2013

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Fearless

FEARLESS (Mirrorworld #2) by Cornelia Funke

Pub. Date: April 2, 2013

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Stung

STUNG by Bethany Wiggins

Pub. Date: April 2, 2013

Publisher: Walker Childrens

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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RENEGADE (Ripper #2) by Amy Carol Reeves

Pub. Date: April 8, 2013

Publisher: Flux

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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Naturals

NATURALS (The Lost Souls #2) by Tiffany Truitt

Pub. Date: April 2, 2013

Publisher: Entangled Teen

(AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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I knew the week of April 2nd was a big release week. I just don’t think I knew I had nine books on order. Wow. Plus, I really want to buy IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, but as it isn’t available to pre-order in electronic format, I’m doing a wait-see and will hopefully buy it on release date if it is.

I already read two of the books I have pre-ordered and plan on finishing four more this week – RISE, THE SWEETEST DARK, DARK TRIUMPH and WHITE LINES. Though I really want to be able to read NAMELESS, too. But I think four books are more than I can handle, so I’d say my plan is overly ambitious. But who knows….

And I don’t think next week is quite as packed full of new titles as this week is. But if it is, I hope I’ll be able to read most of them and avoid making my TBR pile grow any larger.

Anyway…

I hope that you found some amazing titles to add to your collection this week. And if I’ve missed anything, please let me know so that I can check it out and potentially add it to my collection, too.

And if you have a favorite title releasing this week, I’d love to know which one it is you’re most excited for and whether you’ll be moving it immediately to the “currently reading” pile.

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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