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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #25

    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 June 21st-June 27th that I have pre-ordered.

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    A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young will be released in the U.S. on June 21, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 272 pages.

    I was not able to get my hands on an early copy of this book, so my first peek will be when my eBook downloads on Monday at Midnight, but from the description this is a book I can’t wait to read. Battling destiny and fighting to stay with the ones you love sounds like the kind of book I will immediately connect with.

    Even though I haven’t read any reviews, there was a ton of buzz about this book over the past few months and all of it has been amazing. Being one of the Forgotten does not sound like an easy destiny to live up to for Charlotte and I hope there is a happy ending for her in this book. And I really want to read this in the next week or two so I can find out.

    Book trailer for A Need So Beautiful:

    Vicious Little Darlings by Katherine Easer will be released in the U.S. on June 21, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, the print edition is 320 pages.

    Vicious Little Darlings is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

    Even though I have an early copy of this book, I can’t wait for the eBook to download. As I won’t have read this book by release date I’m not sure whether I’ll read the final version or the ARC, but it is on my pile this week.

    The title of this book is what hooked me. It kind of says it all. I just wish I had the chance to read it sooner. But I’m dying to find out just what bad things Sarah’s new roommates are up to that make things turn deadly.

    Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz will be released in the U.S. on June 21, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Hyperion, the print edition is 288 pages.

    I have loved this cover since the moment I saw it. It’s gorgeous. And I love the author’s young adult series so I can’t wait until I get my copy of her debut adult novel. I lost an auction bid to win an early copy of this book so I’ve been waiting not-so-patiently for a chance to read it.

    I had a chance to meet one of the characters in the author’s novella, Bloody Valentine, and I’m excited to learn more about her and the other witches. The description also promises a few cameos from some of the characters from Blue Bloods and I can’t wait to see who appears in this story.

    It also says there will be a battle of good and evil, which sounds sort of epic, so I can’t wait to see which side wins in the end.

    Book trailer for Witches of East End:

    Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey will be released in the U.S. on June 21, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available online in both formats for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Walker Childrens, the print edition is 352 pages.

    I have an early copy of Haunting Violet, but it’s the UK edition. I’m not sure if there are any differences between that version and the one for the U.S. but I’m looking forward to receiving the finished copy to find out. I’ve actually read most of the ARC already, but I had pre-ordered this book long ago and want the final version for my collection.

    The one thing I didn’t know until the moment I started reading it on Saturday was that it does not take place in the present. I had no idea from the description on the back cover or on Goodreads that it took place in Victorian England.

    I thought the description sounded like a great read – a girl who doesn’t believe in ghosts, whose mother is a fraudulent medium, is suddenly being haunted by them. But I was a bit wary once I heard it wasn’t a modern story.

    I’m not a huge fan of Victorian novels, but so far it has been a delightful read and is making me rethink my stance on Victorian novels. It is not stuffy or boring at all! And the characters are just as entertaining as those in the author’s Drake Chronicles.

    Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz will be released in the U.S. on June 21, 2011 in paperback format and on July 1, 2011 in eBook format. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Spellbound is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

    I have an eARC of Spellbound and I plan on reading it this week, but I knew from the moment I read the description that I’d want to own this, so I pre-ordered a finished copy of the eBook. (Of course that won’t be available until July 1st, so I’ll be reading the eARC, because I do not want to have to wait.)

    I love the fact that this book takes place in New York City set among the snooty Upper East Side prep school kids. I’ve read quite a few books where they just get it wrong, and I can’t wait to see how the author creates her world.

    I’m curious as to why Emma is so fixated on Brendan Salinger, aside from his looks and money. And I’m dying to find out why the street lights are going out when she walks by. (This is an odd phenomenon that used to happen to me in NYC all the time, so I can’t wait to find out why it’s happening to Emma.)

    And I always love stories that involve past lives. They’re just so cool, which makes me even more excited to read this author’s debut novel.

    Dead Rules by Randy Russell will be released in the U.S. on June 21, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Dead Rules is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

    Okay, I can’t wait to get the finished copy of this book. I have this on pre-order in eBook format, but I think I’ll also be picking up a finished print copy for my collection just because I love this cover. I’ve already have the ARC which I devoured in one sitting on Friday, but I will be passing that on to another blogger as I never keep ARCs.

    I think it is such a fabulous idea to give rules out to the dead. And Jana is one character that does not like to play by the rules, so that makes this story even more entertaining.

    But there is just so much to like about Dead School, even with its rules, especially yummy Mars Dreamcote. And I’ve never read a story with a dead girl who is nearly as determined as Jana.

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    This week I have six books on pre-order. My wallet is super happy, though my TBR pile isn’t – I read only one of the books. And next week will be so much worse. I am really, really hoping that my vacation days will allow me to get caught up on some of those must reads!

    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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    The Trailers: June

    They’re back! For those times when you just need a short break from reading. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for just some of the upcoming books releasing this June.

    I included a couple trailers from May 31st as the May trailers came out so late and I just wanted to make sure that they weren’t missed.

    I hope that trailers will be made for some amazing June releases, just a few of which are – Hourglass, The Revenant, and Trial by Fire.

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    Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

    Release date: May 31, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    The Ivy: Secrets by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur

    Release date: May 31, 2011

    (HarperTeen) – Not a trailer. The authors talk about the series

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    The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen

    Release date: June 1, 2011

    (Scholastic Teens)

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    Hereafter by Tara Hudson

    Release date: June 7, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    Passion by Lauren Kate

    Release date: June 14, 2011

    (Kids at Randomhouse) – I had this in May, but it’s here for comparison with the Australian version

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    Passion by Lauren Kate

    Release date: June 14, 2011

    (Randomhouse Australia) – The official trailer for the Australian release of Passion

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    A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

    Release date: June 21, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

    Release date: June 21, 2011

    (Bloomsbury Kids)

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    Luminous by Dawn Metcalf

    Release date: June 30, 2011

    (Dawn Metcalf)

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    We hope you enjoyed the lovely distractions. Stay tuned…we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming later today.

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