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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #167

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

These are books for the week of March 11th-March 17th that I have pre-ordered.

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Ruins

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RUINS by Dan Wells will be released in the U.S. on March 11, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 464 pages.

RUINS is the third and final full-length novel in the Partials Sequence.

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I have had RUINS pre-ordered since last summer, even though I hadn’t at that time read the first two books in the series. I owned them both, but I just hadn’t gotten the chance to get them on the pile. But I did get the chance to do so very recently.

And while I haven’t yet finished FRAGMENTS, because I didn’t want to be left hanging while waiting the couple of weeks for the release of RUINS, I plan on finishing that book tonight and possibly sneaking RUINS onto the pile once it downloads to my Kindle on Tuesday.

While I may have read the description for RUINS when putting together my post for the tour the other week, I’ve purposely tried to forget what I’ve read so that whatever happens at the end of FRAGMENTS won’t be spoiled. But I’m pretty sure that war is on the horizon and I’m both totally nervous and super stoked to find out how everything ends.

If I don’t get the chance to read it on Tuesday, I will definitely be reading this next weekend. Because, while it’s a series ending book, I really want to discover that ending before it has the potential to be… ruined.

Description…

Kira, Samm, and Marcus fight to prevent a final war between Partials and humans in the gripping final installment in the Partials Sequence, a series that combines the thrilling action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Blade Runner and The Stand.

There is no avoiding it—the war to decide the fate of both humans and Partials is at hand. Both sides hold in their possession a weapon that could destroy the other, and Kira Walker has precious little time to prevent that from happening. She has one chance to save both species and the world with them, but it will only come at great personal cost.

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The Shadow Prince

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THE SHADOW PRINCE by Bree Despain will be released in the U.S. on March 11, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by EgmontUSA the print edition is 496 pages.

THE SHADOW PRINCE is the first book in Author Bree Despain’s Into the Dark series. The second and third books in the series, currently untitled, release in 2015 and 2016 respectively.

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I cannot believe that THE SHADOW PRINCE is releasing on Tuesday and I’ll have the finished copy on my Kindle in just a matter of hours. When I first learned of this book’s release on Edelweiss I immediately requested it for review and added it to my TBR. And I’m heartbroken that I wasn’t able to read it prior to its release.

But I definitely plan on reading it in the next couple of weeks because it’s by an author whose books I love, the story is a modern interpretation of Greek myths, the description sounds amazing, and it is the book I’ve been most anticipating this week. Which is why I spotlighted it for my Book Watch post a few weeks back.

As I have already rambled on about how excited I am for THE SHADOW PRINCE, I won’t continue to blather on about it here. But I am so thrilled that I’ll have the finished copy in my collection, which will definitely prompt me to move this to the top of the pile next week.

Description…

Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.

Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.

Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.

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Resistance

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RESISTANCE by Jenna Black will be released in the U.S. on March 11, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

RESISTANCE is the second book in Jenna Black’s Replica Trilogy. The third book in the series, REVOLUTION, is slated for release on November 11, 2014.

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I am totally stoked for the release of RESISTANCE. I read the first book in the series and with the way things ended I had a feeling that this sequel would be even more exciting. I’ve avoided reading the description until now, but now that I have, it sounds like I was not at all wrong.

I am curious to find out why Nate and Nadia don’t really have the power they think they do. I’m eager to find out how big the conspiracy is. And I’m even more interested in learning just why this sequel is entitled RESISTANCE.

I’m also curious to see if there will be more of a sci-fi bent to the story than the first.

While I won’t be able to add this to the pile this month, I am really hopeful of reading it in April and can’t wait for my Kindle copy to download so I can add it to the queue.

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Resistance is the second installment in acclaimed author Jenna Black’s YA SF romance series.

Nate Hayes is a Replica.

The real Nate was viciously murdered, but thanks to Paxco’s groundbreaking human replication technology, a duplicate was created that holds all of the personality and the memories of the original. Or…almost all. Nate’s backup didn’t extend to the days preceding his murder, leaving him searching for answers about who would kill him, and why. Now, after weeks spent attempting to solve his own murder with the help of his best friend and betrothed, Nadia Lake, Nate has found the answers he was seeking…and he doesn’t like what he’s discovered.

The original Nate was killed because he knew a secret that could change everything. Thanks to Nadia’s quick thinking, the two of them hold the cards now—or think they do.

Unfortunately, neither of them fully understands just how deep the conspiracy runs.

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Don't Even Think About It

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DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT by Sarah Mlynowski will be released in the U.S. on March 11, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Delacorte Press, the print edition is 336 pages.

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I am really excited for the release of DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT on Tuesday. I’d first heard of this book when I received the invitation to review it via NetGalley a few weeks back and after reading the description I just had to add it to my list of pre-orders.

While I didn’t get the chance to read it pre-release, I definitely plan on reading it soon. It sounds like so much fun and I am definitely in the mood for this type of read right now.

I am curious to see whether having telepathic powers will be more of a negative than a positive. I’m super curious to see how everyone will get along after they are all able to hear what one another is thinking and know how they’re feeling. It sounds like it will be hilarious, disastrous and potentially a little bit sad for not only those with the ability, but everyone in this story. And I can’t wait to find out.

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Contemporary teen fiction with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have).

We weren’t always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn’t expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.

Since we’ve kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what’s coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same.

So stop obsessing about your ex. We’re always listening.

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Novellas

DestinedDESTINED (A Fates Story) by Lanie Bross

Pub. Date: March 11, 2014

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

In this beautiful, romantic prequel to FATES, Corinthe attends a beachside party at a glamorous mansion on Point Reyes, where she must help fulfill a mysterious–and potentially deadly–destiny. There she gets her first taste of the strangest human emotion of all: love.

This urban fantasy short story is set in the world of FATES, Lanie Bross’s riveting new series about a girl who is not human who must bring about the death of the boy she loves, or risk banishment from her home forever.

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Gunner SkaleGUNNER SKALE (An Eye of Minds Story) by James Dashner

Pub. Date: March 11, 2014

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

From James Dashner, the New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series, comes an original thirty-page e-short returning fans to the fast-paced, high-tech world from The Eye of Minds, the first book in the Mortality Doctrine series.

Find out how Gunner Skale, the best gamer on the VirtNet, becomes a legend in this story available exclusively online. Read it before book two in the series, The Rule of Thoughts, hits shelves in fall 2014.

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Other Books of Note

BrokenBROKEN (Avena #2) by Marianne Curley

Pub. Date: March 13, 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Find It: AMAZON

Description:

Ebony is not quite human. She’s descended from Avena, an otherworldly realm caught between warring light and dark forces. But she doesn’t feel like she’s in danger . . . until her boyfriend Nathaneal almost dies protecting her. Now Nathaneal is in jail for revealing his powers to the enemy, and Ebony’s only ally is jealous Jordan, who’d love to break her and Nathaneal up.

But when Jordan announces he has a connection to Ebony’s missing birth father, she can’t help but be intrigued. The two make a plan to find him, but it quickly goes awry, and Ebony finds herself in the treacherous heart of Avena. She has no choice but to navigate this perilous world—or die trying.

Fantastical and emotionally powerful, this epic inter-world romance series will appeal to fans of Laini Taylor and Cynthia Hand.

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The Edge of WaterTHE EDGE OF THE WATER (Saratoga Woods #2) by Elizabeth George

Pub. Date: March 11, 2014

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

A mysterious girl who won’t speak; a coal black seal named Nera that returns to the same place very year; a bitter feud of unknown origin—strange things are happening on Whidbey Island, and Becca King, is drawn into the maelstrom of events.

But Becca, first met in The Edge of Nowhere, has her own secrets to hide. Still on the run from her criminal stepfather,  Becca is living in a secret location. Even Derric, the Ugandan orphan with whom Becca shares a close, romantic relationship, can’t be allowed to know her whereabouts.

As secrets of past and present are revealed,  Becca becomes aware of her growing paranormal powers,  and events build to a shocking climax anticipated by no one.

Acclaimed author Elizabeth George brings her extraordinary talents to this intriguing story that blends mystery and  myth.

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Promise of ShadowsPROMISE OF SHADOWS by Justina Ireland

Pub. Date: March 11, 2014

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Zephyr Mourning has never been very good at being a Harpy. She’d rather watch reality TV than learn forty-seven ways to kill a man, and she pretty much sucks at wielding magic. Zephyr was ready for a future pretending to be a normal human instead of a half-god assassin. But all that changes when her sister is murdered—and she uses a forbidden dark power to save herself from the same fate.

Zephyr is on the run from a punishment worse than death when an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend (a surprisingly HOT friend) changes everything. Because it seems like Zephyr might just be the Nyx, a dark goddess made flesh that is prophesied to change the power balance. For hundreds of years the half-gods have lived in fear, and Zephyr is supposed to change that.

But how is she supposed to save everyone when she can’t even save herself?

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AcidACID by Emma Pass

Pub. Date: March 11, 2014

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

The year is 2113. In Jenna Strong’s world, ACID—the most brutal controlling police force in history—rule supreme. No throwaway comment or whispered dissent goes unnoticed—or unpunished. And it was ACID agents who locked Jenna away for life, for a horrendous crime she struggles to remember. But Jenna’s violent prison time has taught her how to survive by any means necessary.

When a mysterious rebel group breaks her out, she must use her strength, speed, and skill to stay one step ahead of ACID, and try to uncover the truth about what really happened on that terrible night two years ago. They have taken her life, her freedom, and her true memories away from her. How can she reclaim anything when she doesn’t know who to trust?

Strong, gritty writing, irresistible psychological suspense, and action consume the novel as Jenna struggles to survive against the all-controlling ACID. Seriously sinister stuff.

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The Voice Inside My HeadTHE VOICE INSIDE MY HEAD by S.J. Laidlaw

Pub. Date: March 11, 2014

Publisher: Tundra Books

Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

A fast-paced mystery, The Voice inside My Head is expected to be a commercial success and a hit with teens.

Seventeen-year-old Luke’s older sister, Pat, has always been his moral compass, like a voice inside his head, every time he has a decision to make. So when Pat disappears on a tiny island off the coast of Honduras and the authorities claim she’s drowned – despite the fact that they can’t produce a body – Luke heads to Honduras to find her because he knows something the authorities don’t. From the moment of her disappearance, Pat’s voice has become real, guiding him to Utila, where she had accepted a summer internship to study whale sharks. Once there, he meets several characters who describe his sister as a very different girl from the one he knows.

Does someone have a motive for wanting her dead? Determined to get to the bottom of Pat’s disappearance, Luke risks everything, including his own life, to find the answer.

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Kissing in ItalianKISSING IN ITALIAN by Lauren Henderson

Pub. Date: March 11, 2014

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

In addition to her studies, Violet loves the arts, the shopping, and the friendships she’s found in Italy. But secretly, her main objective is to learn about her true identity and family history. She never imagined she would fall in love with handsome Italian Luca. And he feels the same about her.

But there are certain rumors circulating, that if proven to be true will forbid that they end up together. They need answers, but are they prepared for the truth?

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Ask Again LaterASK AGAIN LATER by Liz Czukas

Pub. Date: March 11, 2014

Publisher: HarperTeen

Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there’s only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.

Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother’s best friend really be?

Tails: The theater geek…with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart’s interests–even if he wants to share all his feelings?

Heart’s simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all…

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Liv ForeverLIV, FOREVER by Amy Talkington

Pub. Date: March 11, 2014

Publisher: Soho Teen

Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

When Liv Bloom lands an art scholarship at Wickham Hall, it’s her ticket out of the foster system. Liv isn’t sure what to make of the school’s weird traditions and rituals, but she couldn’t be happier. For the first time ever, she has her own studio, her own supply of paints. Everything she could want.

Then she meets Malcolm Astor, a legacy student, a fellow artist, and the one person who’s ever been able to melt her defenses. Liv’s only friend at Wickham, fellow scholarship kid Gabe Nichols, warns her not to get involved, but life is finally going Liv’s way, and all she wants to do is enjoy the ride.

But Liv’s bliss is doomed. Weeks after arriving, she is viciously murdered and, in death, she discovers that she’s the latest victim of a dark conspiracy that has claimed many lives. Cursed with the ability to see the many ghosts on Wickham’s campus, Gabe is now Liv’s only link to the world of the living. To Malcolm.

Together, Liv, Gabe, and Malcolm fight to expose the terrible truth that haunts the halls of Wickham. But Liv must fight alone to come to grips with the ultimate star-crossed love.

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The Mirk and Midnight HourTHE MIRK AND MIDNIGHT HOUR by Jane Nickerson

Pub. Date: March 11, 2014

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

A Southern girl. A wounded soldier. A chilling force deep in the forest.

All collide at night’s darkest hour.

Seventeen-year-old Violet Dancey has been left at home in Mississippi with a laudanum-addicted stepmother and love-crazed stepsister while her father fights in the war—a war that has already claimed her twin brother.

When she comes across a severely injured Union soldier lying in an abandoned lodge deep in the woods, things begin to change. Thomas is the enemy—one of the men who might have killed her own brother—and yet she’s drawn to him. But Violet isn’t Thomas’s only visitor; someone has been tending to his wounds—keeping him alive—and it becomes chillingly clear that this care hasn’t been out of compassion.

Against the dangers of war and ominous powers of voodoo, Violet must fight to protect her home and the people she loves.

From the author of Strands of Bronze and Gold comes a haunting love story and suspenseful thriller based on the ancient fairy tale of “Tam Lin.”

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Strange Sweet SongSTRANGE SWEET SONG by Adi Rule

Pub. Date: March 11, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

A young soprano enrolls in a remote music academy where nothing, not even her mysterious young vocal coach, is as it seems

Outside Dunhammond Conservatory, there lies a dark forest. And in the forest, they say, lives a great beast called the Felix. But Sing da Navelli never put much faith in the rumors and myths surrounding the school; music flows in her blood, and she is there to sing for real. This prestigious academy will finally give her the chance to prove her worth—not as the daughter of world-renowned musicians—but as an artist and leading lady in her own right.

Yet despite her best efforts, there seems to be something missing from her voice. Her doubts about her own talent are underscored by the fact that she is cast as the understudy in the school’s production of her favorite opera, Angelique. Angelique was written at Dunhammond, and the legend says that the composer was inspired by forest surrounding the school, a place steeped in history, magic, and danger. But was it all a figment of his imagination, or are the fantastic figures in the opera more than imaginary?

Sing must work with the mysterious Apprentice Nathan Daysmoor as her vocal coach, who is both her harshest critic and staunchest advocate. But Nathan has secrets of his own, secrets that are entwined with the myths and legends surrounding Dunhammond, and the great creature they say lives there.

Lyrical, gothic, and magical, Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule will captivate and enchant readers.
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The Secret Side of EmptyTHE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY by Maria E. Andreu

Pub. Date: March 11, 2014

Publisher: Running Press Kids

Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

As a straight-A student with a budding romance and loyal best friend, M.T.’s life seems as apple-pie American as her blondish hair and pale skin. But M.T. hides two facts to the contrary: her full name of Monserrat Thalia and her status as an undocumented immigrant.

But it’s harder to hide now that M.T.’s a senior. Her school’s National Honor Society wants her to plan their trip abroad, her best friend won’t stop bugging her to get her driver’s license, and all everyone talks about is where they want to go to college. M.T. is pretty sure she can’t go to college, and with high school ending and her family life unraveling, she’s staring down a future that just seems empty. In the end, M.T. will need to trust herself and others to stake a claim in the life that she wants.

Author Maria E. Andreu draws from her personal experience as a (formerly) undocumented immigrant to explore an issue that affects over one million children in the U.S. But while the subject matter is timely, it is M.T.’s sharp, darkly funny voice and longing for a future that makes this story universally poignant.

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Dead and BuriedDEAD AND BURIED (The Murder Notebooks #4) by Anne Cassidy

Pub. Date: March 13, 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

It’s been five years since Rose’s mother Kathy went missing and, after recent events, all Rose wants to do is get on with her life. Which means taking a break from her complicated stepbrother, Joshua.

Then police officer Henry Thompson comes calling with bad news: a body has been found buried in the garden of Rose’s old house. A body that has lain undiscovered for five years. The body of a missing teenage girl.

With Kathy and Brendan implicated in her death, Rose and Joshua have one last chance to clear their parents’ names. But if they fail, the consequences will be deadly . . .

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Never EndingNEVER ENDING by Martyn Bedford

Pub. Date: March 11, 2014

Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books

Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

Description:

Shiv’s best mate, her brother Declan, is dead. It’s been all over the news. Consumed by grief and guilt, she agrees to become an inpatient at the Korsakoff Clinic. There she meets Mikey. Caron. The others. They share a similar torment. And there, subjected to the clinic’s unconventional therapy, they must face what they can’t bear to see.

Shiv is flooded with flashbacks, nightmares, haunting visions of Declan on their last, fateful family vacation in Greece. And with memories of Nikos, the beautiful young man on the tour boat. It started there, with him, beside the glittering sea . . . the beginning of the end.

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Other Releases

THE ADVENTURES OF JILLIAN SPECTRE (Jillian Spectre #1) by Nic Tatano

THE WILDERNESS (The Disappeared #2) by C.J. Harper

HURRICANE BOY by Laura Dragon

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Things are a bit quieter for me this week in terms of book pre-orders, but I have my eye on a number of the other books of note I listed, such as BROKEN, PROMISE OF SHADOWS and ACID. So I’m not entirely sure how well I’ll be able to resist the temptation to click to buy at least one or two of them.

I think next week is fairly quiet in terms of books releasing that I have on order, but maybe not… I suppose I’ll find out next Tuesday. In the meantime I’m so excited to be able to read RUINS, though I’m starting to feel my “don’t let it end” problem kicking in. And I’m curious to see where Jenna Black’s series goes in this sequel.

I’d planned on reading both THE SHADOW PRINCE and DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT prior to their release, but as I ran out of time I’ll just have to dive into the finished copies instead. Which I can’t wait to do in the next couple of weeks.

Anyway… I don’t think I missed one of this week’s new releases, but if you happen to know of a book or two releasing that I should have spotted, please let me know! I do not like to miss out on awesome new books, even if I don’t always get the chance to read them right away.

Happy release 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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