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    The Immortal Circus: Act Two – Book Blast, Guest Post & Giveaway

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    I had the chance to read THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: ACT TWO just a little bit early and it was amazing. Even darker, more suspenseful, more heartbreaking, with shocks and surprises that you might not see coming.

    Yes, it was that awesome.

    So I just had to take part in the book blast today to help spread the word about its release in Kindle Serial format. Episode One just downloaded to my Kindle and I’m so very tempted to read it right now!

    After being “Team Summer Court” on the blog tour for the first book in this series, I’m so thrilled to have Mab, Ringmaster of the Cirque des Immortels and Queen of the Winter Court, stop by to share a short guest post as part of this book blast.

    Well, I say thrilled… if thrilled actually means terrified. Because the one thing I know about Mab is that she’s terrifying.

    But I’ll say no more about that….

    I also have some information about this second book in the series, THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: ACT TWO, places where you can find it online and a little bit of information about the author and book one.

    And with its stunning cover, its description which hints at dark things to come in this sequel and the even darker things that Mab alludes to in Vivienne’s past, I am so totally stoked to be able to share this book on my blog on its release day.

    Now let me turn things over to the Ringmaster…

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    Guest Post

    Mab – Ringmaster Extraordinaire and Circus Fashionista

    Hello loves,A few months have passed since we did our last tour, and oh, how I’ve missed you all.

    This week, I am pleased to announce the next installment in our little show. Although it pains me to admit that we will not be doing a full blog tour, I am sure the tale ACT TWO weaves will keep you entertained. So many of you were dying to know more about Vivienne’s past. In fact, many people seem to be dying when it comes to Vivienne’s past but…I’d hate to spoil her surprise. Needless to say, this will be a show she will never forget.

    And for those of you who need more than pretty words to tempt them, I am also hosting a giveaway. Five winners will receive Immortal Circus trading cards and a signed bookplate. One lucky winner will also get a signed copy of book one.

    Six prizes, six winners. Six is my favorite number.

    Step right up, loves. ACT TWO is just beginning….

    Kisses,
    Mab

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    About the Book

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    Title: THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: ACT TWO (The Immortal Circus #2)
    Author: A.R. Kahler
    Publisher: 47North
    Release date: June 11, 2013
    Format: Kindle serial eBook (current). Paperback edition to be released.

    Vivienne is almost content with her new life in the Cirque des Immortels. She has moved up from selling cotton candy to telling fortunes, she has a gorgeous, magical boyfriend, Kingston…and no one has been murdered since the clash between the otherworldly Courts. Her life under the faerie big top would be perfect, in fact, if not for the nightmares and visions that compel her to seek and confront her half-remembered past. But for Viv, not knowing her past may well be a blessing. There’s a reason she ran away. But can she truly escape herself?

    The second act of the fantastically evocative Cirque des Immortels series, The Immortal Circus: Act Two draws readers further into a world that’s at once wonderful, seductive…and deadly.

    Step right up…

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    About the Author

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    About A.R. Kahler

    Most little boys dream of running away to join the circus.

    Alex didn’t just dream it: he did it. But then, he rarely lets a good dream pass him by.

    In the past six years he’s toured and trained across America and Europe. He’s performed in Amsterdam, taught trapeze in Madrid, studied in Glasgow and even had a stint as assistant to Holly Black and Cassandra Clare in New England. He’s constantly on the lookout for new places to explore and new worlds to invent. He’s a Sagittarius fueled by full moons and espresso. The way to his heart is a latte and fan art. Just for the record.

    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS, book one in his Cirque des Immortels series, is now available from 47North. ACT TWO releases today, June 11, 2013.

    MARTYR, the first book in his post-apocalyptic YA fantasy series, THE HUNTED, is set to be published October 28, 2014 by Spencer Hill Press.

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    About Book One

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    Title: THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS (The Immortal Circus #1)
    Author: A.R. Kahler
    Publisher: 47North
    Release date: December 4, 2012 (serial eBook); January 29, 2013 (paperback)
    Formats: Kindle eBook, Paperback

    Murdered contortionists aren’t exactly what Vivienne signed up for when she ran away to join the circus. But like most things under the big top, nothing is what it seems. With a past she can’t quite remember, Vivienne finds that running away forever might not be as appealing as it once sounded—especially not when she realizes the devilishly attractive ringleader Mab is the Faerie Queen of legend…and that she and the rest of the troupe are locked in an age-old rivalry between the otherworldly Courts.

    Aided by her friends Kingston—a feisty stage magician whose magic is quickly stealing her heart—and his smart-ass assistant Melody, Vivienne finds herself racing against the clock to discover the culprit behind a series of deaths that should be impossible. However, the answer she seeks might reveal more about her own bloody past—and future—than she bargains for.

    The show’s just beginning.

    Step right up…

    GOODREADS | AMAZON

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    The Giveaways

    Mab’s Giveaways (US ONLY):

    GRAND PRIZE – A signed copy of book one, THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS, The Immortal Circus trading cards and a signed bookplate. (ONE WINNER)

    PRIZES – Trading Cards and a signed bookplate. (FIVE WINNERS)

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    Rockstar Book Tours Giveaways (International to anywhere that can accept eBook gifts from Amazon US):

    A Kindle Serial eGift of THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: ACT TWO. (FIVE WINNERS)

    (All winners will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email.)

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #128

    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 June 11th-June 17th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Another Little Piece

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    ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE by Kate Karyus Quinn will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 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 432 pages.

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    I am so excited for the release of ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE on Tuesday. I’ve had it pre-ordered ever since I stumbled upon it a few months ago and I cannot believe that release day is finally almost here.

    I did get an eARC for review but was having a bit of an issue with the formatting, so I decided to wait to finish it when my Kindle edition downloads. But it hasn’t been easy… the wait has been killer.

    This book is so completely different from any of those I’ve read in recent years. The author’s voice and the way the story presents itself is quite unique. And the story is most definitely “haunting,” as the description so aptly calls it.

    While I haven’t yet finished reading it, I have read enough to know that this is my kind of book. And I cannot wait to see how it all ends next week, just as soon as Novella Reading Week ends.

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    Dance of the Red Death

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    DANCE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 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, the print edition is 336 pages.

    DANCE OF THE RED DEATH is the second and final full-length book in author Bethany Griffin’s Masque of the Red Death series.

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    I cannot wait for both my eBook to download and my print copy, with its beautiful deckle edge, to arrive on Tuesday. DANCE OF THE RED DEATH was an amazing follow-up to the first book in the series. And as sad as I am that the series has ended, I am so unbelievably stoked to have had the chance to read it early.

    As it was my Book Watch pick a few weeks ago, and I plan on posting my review on Tuesday, I won’t go rambling on and on about this sequel. I’m also just a little bit afraid that I might reveal too much, like why certain events broke my heart, why I was fascinated with what happened at the party, why I couldn’t decide between Will and Elliott.

    I probably should stop now…. Though I just have to add that things are even more dire in DANCE OF THE RED DEATH, things do get resolved by the story’s end, and there are things in this book that made me cheer, things that made me tear up and many, many things that made me so very, very nervous.

    While I won’t be re-reading it this week, I will be reading the novella, GLITTER & DOOM, and I hope to be able to read both books in this series again this summer.

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    Rush

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    RUSH by Eve Silver will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 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 Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 368 pages.

    RUSH is the first book in author Eve Silver’s The Game series. The second book in the series, PUSH, is slated for release in 2014 and the third book in the series, CRASH, will be releasing in 2015.

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    I hadn’t heard much about RUSH until I saw the cover pop up all across the blogosphere a few months ago. The cover was awesome and the title grabbed me so I decided to pre-order it for my Kindle without having actually read the description.

    And if I had realized I had an early copy thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, I would have checked it out a bit more before its release. But as release day is just about here, I’m a little too late to do that.

    But now that I have taken a peek at the description, I’m totally intrigued. Is it a game? Is it reality? And just what is the “deadly turn” the description mentions? I want to know.

    While I can’t check it out this week, I think I’m going to have to add it to the pile in the next few weeks, because it sounds just a bit different than the books I normally read.

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    Spies and Prejudice

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    SPIES AND PREJUDICE by Talia Vance will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 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 304 pages.

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    I love author Talia Vance’s writing. And I’m totally stoked to be able to add SPIES AND PREJUDICE to my collection this week. While I’m not exactly an Austen fan, I do think the framework of her story is interesting and I love the idea that this story gives that one a nod.

    Even if I hadn’t read a book by the author before, I would have pre-ordered this book for my Kindle based on the first line in the description – “Fields’ Rule #1: Don’t fall for the enemy.” Because it tells me two things about the book – one that Fields is going to be a character I like and, two, she is going to fall for the enemy.

    But the rest of the description also makes me excited to read this book. It sounds like a lot of fun with a bit of a mystery and two characters I can’t wait to meet. And I cannot wait to get this on my reading pile. Which I definitely plan to do after the challenge.

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    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: ACT TWO by A.R. Kahler will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 in Kindle serial book format only. A paperback edition will be released in August.

    Published by 47North, it is currently available to pre-order online at AMAZON.

    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: ACT TWO is the second book in author A.R. Kahler’s The Immortal Circus series.

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    I am so in love with this series and I’m so glad that it was brought to my attention this past winter. I loved reading the first book in the series in serial format and I’m totally thrilled to be able to add THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: ACT TWO to my collection this week. Well… episode one, that is.

    Though I actually got the chance to read this just a bit early. And so I got to experience this second book in its entirety, in one sitting, instead of in serial format. Which makes me happy and sad. Happy because I don’t have to wait between reads. But sad because I know exactly where each episode ends and begins and just how deliciously torturous it would have been to experience as a serial.

    Even though I have read ACT TWO already, I think I am going to re-read each Episode as they release, to experience it that way again. While it won’t be quite as torturous, I think I still will be anxiously awaiting the next episode’s release. And given all the stuff that happens in the Cirque des Immortels and all that is revealed about Vivienne, I just know it will be every bit as exciting a read as it was the first time.

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    Born of Illusion

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    BORN OF ILLUSION by Teri Brown will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 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, the print edition is 384 pages.

    BORN OF ILLUSION is the first book in author Teri Brown’s series of the same name. The second book in the series, BORN OF DECEPTION, is expected in 2014.

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    I am devastated that I didn’t get the chance to finish reading BORN OF ILLUSION before its release. I’d received an early copy from Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and read about one-fourth before I was forced to set it aside to read the books I needed to read for review.

    But I have had it pre-ordered for my Kindle and I cannot wait until it downloads so I can read the finished version. And I think I’m going to end up purchasing the print edition which has a deckle edge, because the cover is gorgeous. I’m just waiting to see if it has a matte or glossy finish first.

    I love the time period the story is set in – the 1920s. I love that it’s set in New York and involves illusionists and real magic. And I cannot wait to continue this story and find out just what happens with Anna Van Housen and whether she is related to the “greatest magician of all.”

    If I can get it on the pile again before the end of the month I will be a very happy girl.

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    A Matter of Days

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    A MATTER OF DAYS by Amber Kizer will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 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 Delacorte Press, the print edition is 288 pages.

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    When I saw that author Amber Kizer had a new book releasing last month I instantly added it to my pre-orders. I hadn’t heard of A MATTER OF DAYS until I was searching for June releases for my Book Watch post last month.

    I immediately added it to buy, but didn’t actually read the description until I was creating this post. But now that I have, I think it sounds totally cool – the world sounds wonderfully dark and the journey sounds like it will be fraught with danger.

    Traveling across the country in the hope of finding a survivalist compound through a world that has been decimated by the BluStar pandemic sounds like it will be incredibly exciting. And with no promise that this destination will even exist makes it sound that much more of a nerve-wracking adventure.

    I can’t wait to find out what happens to Nadia, Rabbit and the rest of the kids on this journey and whether their trip was in vain. And I hope to do so early next month during the holiday.

    Other Books of Note

    Linked

    LINKED (Linked #1) by Imogen Howson

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Burning

    BURNING by Elana K. Arnold

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

    THE GIRL WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO DIE by April Henry

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Infamous

    INFAMOUS (Fame Game #3) by Lauren Conrad

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Harper Collins

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Mortal Fire

    MORTAL FIRE  by Elizabeth Knox

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Secret Ingredient

    THE SECRET INGREDIENT by Stewart Lewis

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Boy Nobody

    BOY NOBODY (Boy Nobody #1) by Allen Zadoff

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Plague in the Mirror

    PLAGUE IN THE MIRROR by Deborah Noyes

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Belle Epoque

    BELLE EPOQUE by Elizabeth Ross

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Ghost Time

    GHOST TIME by Courtney Eldridge

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Skyscape

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Charm and Strange

    CHARM & STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Far Far Away

    FAR FAR AWAY by Tom McNeal

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    My Chemical Mountain

    MY CHEMICAL MOUNTAIN by Corina Vacco

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Siren's Secret

    THE SIREN’S SECRET (The Shapeshifter’s Secret #2) by Heather Ostler

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Deviant

    DEVIANT by Helen FitzGerald

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Soho Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Sacrifice

    THE SACRIFICE (The Enemy #4) by Charlie Higson

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Once again this week there are a ton of new books releasing. While I only have seven books pre-ordered, there are a few of the books of note that I’m definitely interested in taking a longer look at, including LINKED and BURNING. But for now I’m going to stick with pre-ordering just the seven.

    Fortunately not all seven are being added to the pile – I did finish two of them – though both read books are ones I plan on re-reading….

    But hopefully I’ll get a chance to read a few more of the new additions to my collection before the month is out – ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE, SPIES AND PREJUDICE, BORN OF ILLUSION – and the remainder I’ll get to finish next month. But, I suppose, that shall remain to be determined.

    Anyway…

    As this is such a long post, with all the new releases this week, I’ll stop rambling and just say that I hope you have some amazing new books getting added to your collection this week. And if I missed something in my searches, please let me know! As I never, ever, want to miss an awesome title that should be in my permanent collection.

    As always, happy book acquiring and happy reading!

    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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