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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #142

    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 September 17th-September 23rd that I have pre-ordered.

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    The Burning Sky

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    THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas will be released in the U.S. on September 17, 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 Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 480 pages.

    THE BURNING SKY is the first book in Author Sherry Thomas’ The Elemental Trilogy. The second and third books in the series, both currently untitled, are slated to release in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

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    I am so excited for the release of THE BURNING SKY this week. I have it pre-ordered for my Kindle but this cover is way too gorgeous not to also buy a print copy. Especially since this book was incredible. And I’m so lucky that I got the chance to read it early thanks to the publisher.

    As I will be on the tour on Tuesday and I’m hoping to post a review then too, I don’t want to talk too much about this amazing book. And as I have read it, I obviously can’t guess about what the description hints at.

    But I will just say that I cannot believe it says there are 480 pages as the book was such a quick read. I loved getting to meet Iolanthe and Titus. I loved the magical and fairytale elements that were woven into this story. I loved that from moment one I was always on edge about what would happen to Iolanthe and Titus. And I wish the second book in this series were available right now because waiting is most definitely going to suck.

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    Frozen

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    FROZEN by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston will be released in the U.S. on Spetember 17, 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 Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 336 pages.

    FROZEN is the first book in the authors’ Heart of Dread series. No information is yet available on future books in the series.

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    I love Melissa de la Cruz’s writing and I am totally stoked that FROZEN is releasing this week and I’ll finally get to read it when it downloads to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. I didn’t get the chance to read it early so I’m so glad that the wait is finally over.

    The world sounds incredible – a destroyed planet, a frozen city “blanketed in ice” that is still a “24-hour hedonistic playground” and rumors of “sinister sorcery.” How cool is that?

    I cannot wait to meet Natasha Kestal and find out just what her “darkest secret” is. I can’t wait to find out if there really is a place called “the Blue.” And I am just so curious what lies will have to be overcome in order for true love to survive for her and Ryan “Wes” Wesson.

    This book sounds dark and magical and I hope that I will get the chance to get this book on the pile next week.

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    The Wicked Within

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    THE WICKED WITHIN by Kelly Keaton will be released in the U.S. on September 17, 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 Pulse, the print edition is 288 pages.

    THE WICKED WITHIN is the third and final book in Kelly Keaton’s Gods & Monsters series.

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    I am a little behind with this series but I am thrilled that THE WICKED WITHIN is releasing this week and will be added to my collection along with the first two books in the series. I loved DARKNESS BECOMES HER and I can’t wait to get caught up and find out what’s been happening with Ari.

    While I have read the description for A BEAUTIFUL EVIL, I refuse to read the description for this latest release. Though I have heard that this is the final book in the series, which makes me even more excited by the fact that I can read this series to its conclusion and not have to wait.

    But I don’t know what happens with regard to Violet’s kidnapping by Athena. I don’t know what’s going on with Ari and the Medusa curse. I don’t know if things have heated up between her and Sebastian and I have no idea what’s in store for any of the characters in this final installment in the series.

    I love the mythology and the world that Author Kelly Keaton created. And while I am sad that this series is ending with this book, I can’t wait to devour both books and I hope to do so before the month ends.

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    Tumble and Fall

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    TUMBLE & FALL by Alexandra Coutts will be released in the U.S. on September 17, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), the print edition is 384 pages.

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    I was so thrilled when I got the chance to read TUMBLE & FALL early via NetGalley when the copy I traded for never arrived. But due to a few issues with my nook, I was not able to read it as planned, so I am so excited that it will be releasing this week and I can finally read it.

    TUMBLE & FALL was my Book Watch post the other week so I will try to keep this brief. But I am just so curious about this book, about its characters, about what they’ll decide to do with the time they have remaining.

    I am expecting to be heartbroken. And I’m anticipating tears. The idea that there will be “surprise beginnings” when the world is about to end makes me so incredibly sad and I haven’t even started reading this book.

    While I haven’t yet read a book by this author, though I do own one she wrote a couple years ago as Alexandra Bullen, I hear she’s a beautiful writer and I cannot wait to find out for myself with this, her latest, release.

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    3:59 by Gretchen McNeil will be released in the U.S. on September 17, 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 Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 368 pages.

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    I was thrilled to have been able to trade for a copy of 3:59 and read my first Gretchen McNeil book just a little bit early. I loved this story and the author’s writing so I can’t wait to add this title to my collection this week.

    As I already read and reviewed 3:59 I won’t tease about it too much. But I thought the idea of doppelgängers and parallel universes was fascinating. I loved getting to see just how not greener the grass was when Josie traded places with Jo. And I loved that this story mixed sci fi, mystery and horror together.

    I still think this book should totally have been the first book in a series, but I suppose not having to wait for a follow-up book is a good thing, given how many books I am waiting on sequels for. And I suppose I am glad that I already read this book so that its addition to my collection is just that and not an addition to the TBR pile.

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    The Dream Thieves

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    THE DREAM THIEVES by Maggie Stiefvater will be released in the U.S. on September 17, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    THE DREAM THIEVES is the second book in author Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle. The third and fourth books, currently untitled, are due out in 2014 and 2015.

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    I don’t know how the release date snuck up on me for THE DREAM THIEVES! I’d been dying for this book to release and was so unbelievably excited when I was approved to read it via NetGalley. But my pre-order will be downloading on Tuesday and I haven’t yet had the chance to read this book that I’d been pining for.

    I actually picked up THE DREAM THIEVES a few weeks ago and planned on going off-pile to read it. But it seems I have to read THE RAVEN BOYS again because I’m a little fuzzy on a few details as I’d read it during a rather hectic time and find myself a little bit lost. Though I do remember it was amazing.

    But I did read the description for this sequel on Goodreads and it reveals next to nothing about what I can expect. Which makes me that much more desperate to find out what happens with Ronan and the fact that his dreams are interfering with his waking life. And it makes me even more curious about what’s in store for Blue, Adam and Gansey.

    I really hope to be able to solve the mystery about just what comes next a bit later this week. But I will be reading this sequel and its predecessor next week no matter what.

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    Once We Were

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    ONCE WE WERE by Kat Zhang will be released in the U.S. on September 17, 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 352 pages.

    ONCE WE WERE is the second book in Kat Zhang’s The Hybrid Chronicles. The third book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I have not yet read the first book in this series but I had to pre-order ONCE WE WERE as I have every intention of reading both books in the very near future. I was first drawn to this series because of its gorgeous covers. But the description sounds so very different and intriguing that I knew this would be a series I’d want to get to know.

    I have yet to meet Eva and Addie and find out why they weren’t “settling” and one of them “fading.” I have yet to find out how Eva managed to survive, trapped in the shared body with Addie. And I haven’t found out whether they were willing to take the risk so that Eva could move again or if they did, what happened to them both.

    I just know the description for this sequel will be incredibly spoiler-y and as I hope to be able to read both books in this series very soon, I don’t want to take even the littlest of peeks. But knowing that there will be two books for me to devour back-to-back makes me even more excited about discovering this series. And I hope to be able to do so early next month.

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    A Little Too Far

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    A LITTLE TOO FAR by Lisa Desrochers will be released in the U.S. on September 17, 2013 in eBook format. A paperback edition will be released on October 1st. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by William Morrow, the print edition is 336 pages.

    A LITTLE TOO FAR is the first book in Author Lisa Desrochers’ new series of the same name. The second book in the series, A LITTLE TOO MUCH, is slated for release on November 12, 2013 and the third book in the series, A LITTLE TOO HOT, will be released on January 21, 2014.

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    I am somewhat of a New Adult newbie but I love Author Lisa Desrochers’ writing and I just had to pre-order A LITTLE TOO FAR for my Kindle. I received a surprise copy from the author in print format which I’m currently reading and hope to be finished with tonight. But as I want this book to be a part of my permanent collection I have no plans to cancel my eBook pre-order.

    The taboo subject matter and the promise of an extra sexy read aren’t types of stories I typically add to the pile. But I am curious to see how this author handles things and I’m curious to meet Lexie Banks and find out just how she gets involved in one… or potentially two… complicated relationships.

    As I have scanned a few reviews on the A LITTLE TOO FAR Blog Tour from Rockstar Book Tours I have a feeling that there won’t be anything too shocking, that the way the author approaches the forbidden romance will be well-written, that there may be some heat but nothing too graphic. So I am excited to see where this story heads and I hope to be able to share my thoughts, whether here or on FAD, once I’ve read it.

    And, yes, I think Italy is one of the most romantic countries in the world and I love that this story is set in Rome.

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    Other Books of Note

    United We Spy

    UNITED WE SPY (Gallagher Girls #6) by Ally Carter

    Pub. Date: September 17, 2013

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    This Song Will Save Your Life

    THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE by Leila Sales

    Pub. Date: September 17, 2013

    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Dead Girls Don't Lie

    DEAD GIRLS DON’T LIE by Jennifer Shaw Wolf

    Pub. Date: September 17, 2013

    Publisher: Walker Childrens

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Taming of the Tights

    THE TAMING OF THE TIGHTS (Misadventures of Tallulah Casey #3) by Louise Rennison

    Pub. Date: September 17, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Clockwork Scarab

    THE CLOCKWORK SCARAB (Stoker & Holmes #1) by Colleen Gleason

    Pub. Date: September 17, 2013

    Publisher: Chronicle Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Battle of the Ampere

    BATTLE OF THE AMPERE (Michael Vey #3) by Richard Paul Evans

    Pub. Date: September 17, 2013 – Reprint edition

    Publisher: Simon Pulse/Mercury Ink

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Well it’s kind of a relief that I only have eight books pre-ordered this week. Especially since I’ll have read three of them before their respective release dates. And I should hopefully be reading at least two others in the next week or two.

    So while it may be a slight burden on my wallet, it won’t affect my TBR pile too much. Of course I really want to buy the Leila Sales book that’s releasing on Tuesday….

    I do feel as if I missed a ton of “other books of note” books, though. So maybe there are a few titles that I should have included in this post. But ignorance is bliss, right? I say yes, because it took me an hour or two less in order to create this post because of said potential ignorance. And that makes me more than a little bit happy.

    Anyway….

    I have this new theme and I’m debating on whether or not to tweak the formatting for those “other books” to include the descriptions since I don’t talk about them like I do the books I am purchasing. But for now I’m keeping things status quo.

    If you have been dying to read THE DREAM THIEVES I hope your copy will arrive on release date or your book store or library will have it in stock. And if you haven’t yet heard of Sherry Thomas’ THE BURNING SKY all I can say is that it’s an amazing and magical read and I can’t recommend it enough.

    As ever, I hope you found a few titles you can’t live without and I hope that the wait has finally ended for one or two books you’ve been suffering the wait for. And if I missed any books in my list this week please let me know. I’d hate to miss out on the awesome!

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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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    3:59 Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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    I was thrilled to get an invitation to be a part of the tour for Gretchen McNeil’s 3:59. So much so that I even offered to write a review, which is something I almost never do on tours. But I had received a copy of the book from a trade and I knew I was going to read it prior to its release because I’d heard such great things about it.

    As my reviews typically tend to be long-winded and rambling I thought I’d try to change it up a bit. This is a tour after all and as I am one of the two blogs kicking things off I thought it might be better to be a little less lengthy with my analysis.

    The tour runs for just a week, ending next Monday with a live chat with the author on YouNow, which I have linked in the schedule at the bottom of this post.

    There is also an amazing giveaway for a bunch of Gretchen McNeil’s books (signed) and several eBook copies of TEN.

    Normally in my intro I like to talk a little about what I thought about the book, but as my stop is a review I’ll refrain. But just in case you don’t like to read reviews of books you think you might want to read, I’ll just say that this book was a super quick read and a lot of fun.

    And if you do want to add this book to your collection, or to your shelf on Goodreads, here are some ways you can do just that….

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    About 3:59

    Publication date: September 17, 2013
    Pages: 368
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Formats: hardcover, eBook

    Josie Byrne’s life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she’s betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can’t get worse.

    Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.

    Jo’s life is everything Josie wants: she’s popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they’re just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo.

    Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo’s perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.

    But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo’s boyfriend, he hates her. Jo’s mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.

    By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?

    From master of suspense Gretchen McNeil comes a riveting and deliciously eerie story about the lives we wish we had – and how they just might kill you.

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    First there was a flash. Then there were the dreams. And then there was an image in the mirror of a room that should have been a reflection of her own but wasn’t and a girl that looked very much like her but wasn’t.

    When Josie Byrne realized that every twelve hours at exactly 3:59 she could see beyond her world into another universe, she began to wish that for just one day she could trade places with the girl from that world.

    From where she stood on her side of the portal that girl’s life looked perfect. In that world her family wasn’t falling apart, her love life wasn’t falling apart. So when she realized that stepping through the portal and swapping lives was possible she didn’t hesitate to make the switch.

    But the life she stepped into wasn’t anything like she imagined it to be. The troubles Josie faced in her world were nothing compared to the horrors that existed in this one. And when the twenty-four hours were up she was ready to get back to her life.

    Except Jo wasn’t ready to let her return.

    3:59 blends together science fiction, mystery and horror with a touch of romance to create a fast-paced and captivating story that will keep readers engaged from start to finish. It introduces a heroine who is both intelligent and brave, scientific theories that are absolutely fascinating, a world where the darkness promises a gruesome death and a number of puzzles that must be solved.

    When Josie, gets thrust into a world she knows little about she is forced to rely on her scientific expertise and her instincts to not only survive in this hostile landscape but to try and find a way home. With no friends and no clue about the things in the darkness that have everyone living in terror, Josie must figure out a way to create a portal or resign herself to living Jo’s lonely existence where she is feared, not liked, and get used to sleeping with the lights on.

    Author Gretchen McNeil packs a lot into this standalone novel that proves, contrary to the old saying, that the grass is not always greener. Her story is suspenseful, at times chilling, at other times horrifying, and still at others heartwarming. And it touches upon many intriguing ideas that would be interesting to see expanded upon if this was turned into a series.

    While the science, mystery and horror take center stage in this novel, the love story and Josie’s love for her family allow for an emotional connection to be made. And while the scientific aspects to this story are more complex than in some of the other  young adult fiction novels with this label, the author strikes a nice balance between having too few details and having too many.

    3:59 is an exciting and immensely entertaining read with a quick pace that accelerates as it nears its explosive conclusion. With a number of plot twists and surprises, some easier to identify than others, 3:59 will keep readers guessing until the very end about who can be trusted, who will survive, whether Josie will find a way back home or if she’ll want to return there if she does.

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    Note: I received an ARC of 3:59 from a trade with another blogger.

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    About GRETCHEN McNEIL

    Gretchen McNeil is an opera singer, writer and clown.

    Her YA horror POSSESS about a teen exorcist debuted with Balzer + Bray for HarperCollins in 2011. Her follow up TEN – YA horror/suspense about ten teens trapped on a remote island with a serial killer which released September 18, 2012 – was a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, a Romantic Times Top Pick, a Booklist Top Ten Horror Fiction for Youth, and was nominated for “Best Young Adult Contemporary Novel of 2012” by Romantic Times.

    Gretchen’s third novel 3:59 – sci fi doppelganger horror about two girls who are the same girl in parallel dimensions who decide to switch places – is scheduled for September 17, 2013. Her new YA contemporary series Don’t Get Mad (pitched as “John Hughes with a body count) about four very different girls who form a secret society where they get revenge on bullies and mean girls begins Fall 2014 with GET EVEN, followed by the sequel GET DIRTY in 2015, again with Balzer + Bray. Gretchen also contributed an essay to the Dear Teen Me anthology from Zest Books.

    Gretchen is a former coloratura soprano, the voice of Mary on G4’s Code Monkeys and she sings with the LA-based circus troupe Cirque Berzerk. In her spare time, she blogs with The Enchanted Inkpot and she was a founding member of the vlog group the YARebels.

    Gretchen is repped by the incomparable Ginger Clark of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

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    This tour includes a number of awesome giveaways!

    A SIGNED copy of 3:59 – 7 winners

    A SIGNED copy of TEN – 7 winners

    An eBook of TEN – 7 winners will receive a coupon for download

    – Must be 13 or older to enter

    – Giveaway is US only for physical books, International for eBooks

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    September 3rd

    Fiktshun – Review

    Jean BookNerd – Spotlight

    September 4th

    Book Hounds YA – Review

    Wholly Books – Spotlight

    September 5th

    YA Aholic – Review

    Literary Meanderings – Interview

    September 6th

    Book Briefs – Review

    I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Spotlight

    September 7th

    Once Upon a Twilight – Review

    Chapter by Chapter – Guest Post

    September 8th

    Fictitious Delicious – Review

    Me, My Shelf and I – Spotlight

    September 9th

    Dream Within A Dream – Review

    Live Chat with Gretchen McNeil at YouNow

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    My Reading Pile #121

    I got two lovely surprises in the mail this week. One might have been in the mailbox since last Saturday but I hadn’t checked before prepping last week’s post. The other was sitting outside my door on Wednesday.

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    I received an audiobook of Sophie McKenzie’s CLOSE MY EYES from Macmillan Audio thanks to Armchair BEA. I’d completed a survey about the event and won this lovely prize.

    I also received a copy of ALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME by Julie Berry thanks to the amazing team at Viking Juvenile. I hadn’t heard of this book but after taking a peek at the description I am totally intrigued. It sounds very, very different and I can’t wait to check it out. It sounds like it could be a “me” book.

    While CLOSE MY EYES will be releasing on the 9th, I won’t get the chance to add it to the pile this week. But there are a couple of books that I hope to be able to read. And they are…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
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    First up on the pile is 3:59 by Gretchen McNeil. I received a copy through a trade a couple of weeks ago and I cannot wait to check it out. Even though it’s not releasing until mid-September, I just can’t bring myself to wait.

    I always have every intention of reading this author’s books early and then they end up lingering on the TBR pile due to books I need to read for review. Well that’s not going to happen this time around.

    I love stories about parallel universes. I love that they overlap every twelve hours and that Josie and her doppelganger, Jo, get the chance to switch places. And I love that not everything is as it appears in Jo’s world and that in her universe there are “shadowy creatures [that] feed on human flesh.” How creepy is that?

    And of course Jo is an evil doppelganger and covets Josie’s life. Of course. Could it really be any other way? But I can’t wait to find out if Josie can figure out how to open the portal and take her life back. And I’m super curious as to why it might be “too late.”

    I’m supposed to wait to start on this week’s reading pile until Sunday, but I have a feeling that I’ll end up taking a peek just a little bit early.

    Josie Byrne’s life is spiraling out of control. Her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has grown distant, and her physics teacher has it in for her. When she’s betrayed by the two people she trusts most, Josie thinks things can’t get worse.

    Until she starts having dreams about a girl named Jo. Every night at the same time—3:59 a.m.

    Jo’s life is everything Josie wants: she’s popular, her parents are happily married, and Nick adores her. It all seems real, but they’re just dreams, right? Josie thinks so, until she wakes one night to a shadowy image of herself in the bedroom mirror – Jo.

    Josie and Jo realize that they are doppelgängers living in parallel universes that overlap every twelve hours at exactly 3:59. Fascinated by Jo’s perfect world, Josie jumps at the chance to jump through the portal and switch places for a day.

    But Jo’s world is far from perfect. Not only is Nick not Jo’s boyfriend, he hates her. Jo’s mom is missing, possibly insane. And at night, shadowy creatures feed on human flesh.

    By the end of the day, Josie is desperate to return to her own life. But there’s a problem: Jo has sealed the portal, trapping Josie in this dangerous world. Can she figure out a way home before it’s too late?

    From master of suspense Gretchen McNeil comes a riveting and deliciously eerie story about the lives we wish we had – and how they just might kill you.

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    Next up on the pile is CONSUME by Melissa Darnell. I received an eARC from Harlequin Teen via Netgalley for the tour I’ll be on next month but I want to read it now.

    I think this is an adorable series and I loved meeting Savannah and Tristan last fall and can’t wait to continue their story in CONSUME. From the description – which is super spoiler-y for those who haven’t read CRAVE and COVET – it sounds like it will be an epic installment in this series.

    The description has me anxious to find out what happens between them, whether their love is strong enough to survive all that they have to go through or if it is the thing that the description hints must be sacrificed.

    While I initially planned on waiting until closer to the tour to add CONSUME to the pile, the description made waiting a total impossibility. I have to find out whether Sav and Tristan’s love – or Sav and Tristan themselves – will meet Shakespeare’s “violent ends.”

    These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,Which, as they kiss, consume.—William Shakespeare, Romeo and JulietTristan Coleman has survived the change from Clann magic user to vampire, much to Savannah Colbert’s joy—and despair. By changing the Clann’s golden boy and newly elected leader, even to save him from death, she has unleashed a fury of hatred and fear that they cannot escape.

    As the Clann and the vampire council go to war, Tristan and Sav face a new threat—a fracturing of the all-consuming bond they share. To fight for peace, they must forge a new trust and risk everything to take down their deadliest enemy, even as they must run for their lives. Soon they will learn that some bonds are stronger than love—and some battles cannot be won without sacrifice.

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    Wishful Thinking Reads:

    I am all over the place with regards to my reading interests these days. And right now I really wish I had the time to read ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill. The book sounds amazing and devastatingly heartbreaking and the eARC I have sitting on my Kindle is just begging to be read. I just wish I could read it right now.

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    Those Left Behind:

    I went off-pile again this week but as it was a holiday week for me I did manage to read both of last week’s reads – REPLICA and EARTHBOUND – and I even managed to review one of them. I also finished reading DEFIANCE from the previous week’s pile and posted my review for that book, but I still have to finish and post my review for ASHES ON THE WAVES, which I hope to do on Monday.

    But I went off-pile to read two additional books this week. I was given the opportunity to read a book, that I can’t mention, super early and I jumped at the chance. And I wish I could review it and talk about it because it is one of my favorite reads this year. Yeah, it was that good.

    I also read Kasie West’s THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, which I really, really wanted to read this week. And it was so unbelievably good that I sat down one morning and didn’t stop reading until I was done. Now I’m just trying to figure out how the heck I’m going to put my thoughts about it into a review.

    I decided that this was the week to focus on reviews. So I managed to finish a few of those reviews that were lingering and write others that needed to be written. But I still need to finish my reviews for IF I SHOULD DIE and INDELIBLE and as I’m totally burnt out they may have to wait until next weekend.

    And as I’m also in the mood to only read and not blog, it makes writing those reviews that much harder. But I’m trying.

    I’m just so happy that I had zero promo posts this week and actually had something to post each day. Even if the reviews I did post were rather eclectic ones – Sci-fi, New Adult, Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian and Contemporary.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

    I put in two requests on NetGalley this week, though I’m doubtful I’ll get approved for either. But a girl can hope…

    The Dream Thieves covercoming

    THE DREAM THIEVES (The Raven Boys #2) by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic, Sep 17 2013)

    HEARTBEAT by Elizabeth Scott (Harlequin TEEN, Jan 28 2014)

    I was totally stoked to see THE DREAM THIEVES on NetGalley and I absolutely love the sound of Elizabeth’s Scott’s book whose cover is not yet revealed. So, until I hear otherwise, I shall keep my fingers crossed tightly for both.

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    And while I am also interested in a couple of the other books I saw, I didn’t want to get too greedy… so, for now I haven’t requested them. But they are…

    WITCHSTRUCK (The Tudor Witch Trilogy #1) by Victoria Lamb (Harlequin TEEN, Sep 24 2013)

    THE SOCIAL CODE by Sadie Hayes (St. Martin’s Press, Sep 3 2013)

    UNFED by Kirsty McKay (Scholastic, Aug 27 2013)

    REIN IT IN (The A Circuit #4) by Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Aug 27 2013)

    THE NAZI HUNTERS by Neal Bascomb (Scholastic, Aug 27 2013)

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    Having two days that I could dedicate to blogging made all the difference in the world in terms of staying on track with my reads and reviews. I can only imagine how productive I could be if I had five days to do so. Of course the only way that will happen is for me to retire. And that’s a LONG ways away.

    But I loved getting the chance to get lost in a few amazing books this week. I just wish that could happen every week. But with only those pesky 24 hours in a day, it doesn’t always allow for it.

    So I am super hopeful I’ll be able to read the two books on the pile this week and get the chance to review at least one of them. But with the work needed to be done for the Authors Are Rockstars Tour, I might not have as much time as I want to. And with a ton of stuff to handle IRL I may only get an hour to read each day. Which is a major bummer.

    Anyway…

    I hope your summer has been drama free and that you’ve had a chance to read a few awesome books. And I hope with bookish events like ALA your reading piles aren’t completely out of control. Or if they are, then only in a good way.

    And if you’d like to share the books you’ve received and are planning on reading this week, leave a comment as I’d love to know!

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    Do you create a reading pile?
    If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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