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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #124

    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 May 14th-May 20th that I have pre-ordered.

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    GOLDEN by Jessi Kirby will be released in the U.S. on May 14, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 288 pages.

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    I am so excited that GOLDEN is releasing this week. I have been waiting forever for its release and I’m totally stoked that I only have to wait a couple more days before I can call this book mine.

    When I first read the description ages ago, I just knew this story was one of those that would resonate with me. And I can’t wait to get the chance to follow along with Parker as she both tries to uncover the mystery behind what happened with Julianna and Shane and takes a step onto a new path for her life.

    I love author Jessi Kirby’s writing and I am curious to see just how she develops this story. I have heard this book is amazing and I cannot wait to find out for myself just how awesome it is.

    I love a mystery. I love a love story. And I especially love stories that are tragic. Hopefully I’ll get to add GOLDEN to my reading pile next week, but if not I will definitely be reading it over the long holiday weekend.

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    The Beautiful and the Cursed

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    THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED by Page Morgan will be released in the U.S. on May 14, 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 Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 352 pages.

    THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED is the first book in author Page Morgan’s The Dispossessed series. No information is yet available on the sequel.

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    I am totally thrilled that THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED is releasing this week and that it will download to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. While I did get the chance to read it just a little bit early it’s one of those books that are a “must have” addition to my permanent collection.

    And while I have lots and lots to say about this ahhh-mazing book, as I already talked about it in my Book Watch post a couple weeks back and I will be posting my review for it in a couple of days for the blog tour I’m on, I don’t want to say too much here.

    But… yes there is always a but… I will just say that I loved getting transported into the world that the author created. I loved getting to meet Ingrid. And I loved getting to uncover all of this story’s fascinating secrets along with her.

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    Spirit and Dust

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    SPIRIT AND DUST by Rosemary Clement-Moore will be released in the U.S. on May 14, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 400 pages.

    SPIRIT AND DUST is the second book in Rosemary Clement-Moore’s Goodnight Family series.

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    I had no clue that SPIRIT AND DUST was the sequel to author Rosemary Clement-Moore’s TEXAS GOTHIC when I pre-ordered it awhile back. While I hadn’t read that book by the author, I do own it, and I just had to add her latest title to my collection.

    I read her book THE SPLENDOR FALLS ages ago and I thought the writing was absolutely beautiful, the world was crafted exquisitely and I enjoyed its leisurely pace. I was so totally spellbound by that book that I knew I had to buy anything and everything the author wrote.

    And now that I know that her latest book is a part of a series, I definitely have to move TEXAS GOTHIC up on the pile so that I can read both of these books back to back. While I have yet to meet Amy I did read the description and I’m excited to meet Daisy.

    Mystery and magic in stories always pique my interest. So I can’t wait to get the chance to see how they combine in SPIRIT AND DUST. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to read both books in this series early this summer.

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    School Spirits

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    SCHOOL SPIRITS by Rachel Hawkins will be released in the U.S. on May 14, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Disney-Hyperion, the print edition is 304 pages.

    SCHOOL SPIRITS is the first book in a Hex Hall spinoff series by author Rachel Hawkins. No information is yet available on a sequel.

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    I am super excited for the release of SCHOOL SPIRITS. When I first learned that there would be a spinoff to the author’s Hex Hall series I knew I had pre-order it once it became available.

    The author created such a fun and utterly delightful series with Hex Hall and I can’t wait to meet her new characters in this new series. Izzy sounds like such an engaging character and I can’t wait to see how she manages to solve the mystery involving the hauntings in her new town.

    While I won’t get the chance to read SCHOOL SPIRITS this week, I definitely plan on reading it next week.

    Other Books of Note

    The Sweet Dead Life

    THE SWEET DEAD LIFE by Joy Preble

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Soho Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Parallel

    PARALLEL by Lauren Miller

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Rules for Disappearing

    THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING by Ashley Elston

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Five Summers

    FIVE SUMMERS by Una LaMarche

    Pub. Date: May 16, 2013

    Publisher: Razorbill

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Formerly Shark Girl

    FORMERLY SHARK GIRL (Shark Girl #2) by Kelly Bingham

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Caged Graves

    THE CAGED GRAVES by Dianne Salerni

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Clarion Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Towering

    TOWERING by Alex Flinn

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Rose Throne

    THE ROSE THRONE (The Rose Throne #1) by Mette Ivie Harrison

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: EgmontUSA

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Cydonian Pyramid

    THE CYDONIAN PYRAMID (The Klaatu Diskos #2) by Pete Hautman

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Yellowcake

    YELLOWCAKE by Margo Lanagan

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers – Reprint Edition

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Truth or Dare

    TRUTH OR DARE (Truth or Dare #1) by Jacqueline Green

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Poppy

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Kindness for Weakness

    KINDNESS FOR WEAKNESS by Shawn Goodman

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Out of this Place

    OUT OF THIS PLACE by Emma Cameron

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Language Inside

    THE LANGUAGE INSIDE by Holly Thompson

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Year of Luminous Love

    THE YEAR OF LUMINOUS LOVE by Lurlene McDaniel

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Under the Light

    UNDER THE LIGHT (Light #2) by Laura Whitcomb

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Winger

    WINGER by Andrew Smith

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Firecracker

    FIRECRACKER by David Iserson

    Pub. Date: May 16, 2013

    Publisher: Razorbill

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Waiting Tree

    THE WAITING TREE by Lindsay Moynihan

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Skyscape

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Diva

    DIVA (Breathing Underwater #2)  by Alex Flinn

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013 – Reprint Edition

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Rithmatist

    THE RITHMATIST (The Rithmatist #1) by Brandon Sanderson

    Pub. Date: May 14, 2013

    Publisher: Tor Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    I thought the number of books releasing last week was insane, but this week is so much worse… or better… depending upon how you look at it. While I don’t have as many books pre-ordered this week as I did last week I just know I will end up buying quite a few of the other books of note that I listed in this post.

    THE SWEET DEAD LIFE, TRUTH OR DARE and THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING are already on my list to check out further. And all of them are books I may not be able to wait for their release day before I end up clicking to buy.

    I’m still trying to only purchase books I know I’ll be reading within a month or two, but so far that has not worked out. At all. Because I don’t want to end up forgetting about a particular “wish list” book. I’d rather own it and not read it immediately than save it for later and forget about it altogether.

    I’m just relieved that I don’t have too many new titles being added to my collection and to my reading pile this week. Last week I had so many book purchases that it will take me weeks and weeks to read them all. At least. With only four new additions and only three TBR books being added to my collection this week, the possibility of actually reading them soon is really good. That is, if I don’t end up buying more of these new release titles.

    Anyway….

    With all the new books releasing this week I hope that you don’t bust your book budget. Or if you do it’s for books that you’ve been dying to read and own.

    And I really hope I didn’t miss any new YA titles releasing this week. If I did, it means there are more than twenty-five new books coming out… and that would totally blow my mind. And my budget.

    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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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #59

    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 February 14th-February 20th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Arcadia Awakens by Kai Meyer releases in the U.S. today, February 14, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of Harper Collins, the print edition is 464 pages.

    Arcadia Awakens is the first book in a planned trilogy by author Kai Meyer. Arcadia Burns and Arcadia Falls, the second and third books in the series, will be released in 2013 and 2014.

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    I first heard of Arcadia Awakens when I was offered the ARC in a trade. The cover looked absolutely amazing so I agreed without even having read the description. But when I learned that it was releasing before I could hope to read it, I decided to pre-order it so I could read it when I had a bit more time.

    The world sounds dark, dangerous and incredibly mysterious. And Alessandro Carnevare is definitely someone I can’t wait to meet if the Goodreads description is even close to being accurate when it describes him as someone with “handsome looks and savage grace.”

    The Sicilian setting, enemy families, “bloodlust” and “dangerous beasts” make this book sound totally intriguing. And the description definitely has me curious as to what decision Rosa will make… stay or run.

    Arcadia Awakens sounds very different from any of the books I’ve read as of late. So, when I get my Kindle pre-order, I may just have to take a peek at this story immediately.

    Bewitching by Alex Flinn releases in the U.S. today, February 14, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Bewitching is the first book in the Kendra Chronicles by author Alex Flinn.

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    I’ve only read a couple of Alex Flinn’s novels, one of which was Beastly. They’re a lot of fun and they’re totally sweet and enchanting. And in Beastly I had a chance to meet Kendra, so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Bewitching, which is her story.

    I’ve had Bewitching pre-ordered for a while, ever since I passed along my ARC, but I’m so glad that I’ll be able to own a finished copy with the pretty cover. I really can’t wait to read this modified Cinderella fairytale from Kendra’s perspective. Which should be totally entertaining if Kendra is anything like the Kendra I met in Beastly.

    From the description it sounds like Kendra had quite a few interesting experiences – the plague and the Titanic to name just two – and I hope over the course of the chronicles to hear just a bit more about them. Especially those where her bewitching spells weren’t quite so successful.

    While I can’t dive into this book on release date, I’m hoping to do so in the very, very near future.

    And for those who want to take a peek right now, check out this excerpt from the author’s website. Just CLICK HERE.

    The Nightmare Garden by Caitlin Kittredge will be released in the U.S. today, February 14, 2012, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 432 pages.

    The Nightmare Garden is the sequel to The Iron Thorn. The third book in the Iron Codex series, as yet untitled, will be released in 2013.

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    I heard about The Iron Thorn last year when it was coming up for release. The cover was all sorts of awesome and creepy and I just had to pre-order it. But I remember there were a ton of new releases out, so I didn’t get to add it to the pile then… or still. But that’s not stopping me from buying this sequel. Everyone I know who has read this series says it’s amazing.

    And even though I accidentally spoiled book one by reading the Goodreads description for The Nightmare Garden, it is still my most anticipated read for the week. So much so that I spotlighted it for my Book Watch post last month.

    I really can’t wait to meet Aofie and discover the world she lives in. And I am super excited to see for myself just how much it changed because of the events that took place in The Iron Thorn. Having read the description, this sequel sounds like it might be even more epic than the first book in the series, in a completely different way. And I must find out for myself some time next month.

    For a peek at The Nightmare Garden, head over to Scribd for an excerpt. Just CLICK HERE.

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    Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley

    Pub. Date: February 14, 2012

    Published by: Knopf Books for Young Readers

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    Wow, what a really slow release week. I only had three pre-orders this week. Three. Last week it was four. That’s two slow weeks in a row. I seriously feel like I must be missing tons of releases that just didn’t end up on my pre-orders for one reason or another.

    Maybe it’s the holiday in the U.S.!? I suppose it could be that Valentine’s Days is not for book lovers…but that doesn’t sound right at all! Who needs flowers and chocolates when you can have books? No, that doesn’t sound right either. Let me rephrase. What goes better with flowers and chocolates than books? Yeah, that’s it!

    Anyway…. Of the three books releasing this week that I have ordered, I have only heard the chatter about one. And that’s Caitlin Kittredge’s series which I hope to be able to start reading really soon, even though I completely spoiled book one when I read the Goodreads description for The Nightmare Garden last month.

    And while last week I was happy for a slow release week, having two in a row is a little bit scary. I really hope to see a lot more books in my list of pre-orders next 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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    Quickie ARC Giveaway: Bewitching

    I received an ARC of Bewitching through a trade, but I won’t get a chance to read it before release, so I thought I’d offer it up for giveaway here.

    Sorry for the black and white photo, but the lighting in this photo was odd and I thought it just looked nicer without color. And I didn’t want to use the cover art, because it’s so pretty and this ARC doesn’t have any artwork.

    Anyway, the giveaway is a quickie one and will end tonight….

    What’s up for grabs:

    An ARC of Bewitching by Alex Flinn that I received through a trade, plus random swag to one winner.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. You must be 13 or older.

    3. Giveaway is International.

    4. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. Pacific on November 23rd. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on November 24th.

    5. Winner will have 72 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    6. Book and swag will be sent via U.S. mail.

    There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    Thanks to everyone who entered. The giveaway is now closed. I will be running the names through Random in the morning and announcing the winner here on the blog. Stay tuned…

    Congratulations The Bookish Brunette! You’re the winner for the ARC of Bewitching that I received through a trade. I will be contacting you shortly for your details and you’ll have 72 hours to respond or I will be forced to choose another winner.

    Thank you so much again to everyone who entered. I’m sure I’ll have another giveaway soon.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #6

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

    As is the case each week, these are all books I have on pre-order or plan on buying when released.

    Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann will be released in the U.S. on February 8, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order online in all formats from Amazon and in hardcover and audio formats from Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 240 pages.

    I had a chance to read this book as part of Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab program. But I have the eBook on pre-order and I may pick up a copy in hardcover when the author, Lisa McMann, comes to town for her book signings at Barnes & Noble. (So excited.)

    This book is eerie, haunting and disturbing in so many really good ways. And you will definitely want to read on to find out if Kendall can figure out just what happened to her best friend Nico and fellow high school student Tiffany Quinn.

    This is such an amazing book and is a really quick read so there is no reason for it to remain at the bottom of the TBR pile!

    If you’d like to take a look at my review, to read the description from Goodreads or watch the trailer, either click here or scroll down to my post from Sunday, February 6.

    To read an excerpt from Scribd, click here.

    Cloaked by Alex Flinn will also be released in the U.S. on February 8, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats. It is available for pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in all formats.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print version is 352 pages.

    I’ve read and re-read Alex Flinn’s book Beastly which has been made into film and will be released soon. So, of course I have to check out this book by the author.

    I’m not totally clear on the whole story behind Cloaked, but per Goodreads it’s a “modern fairy-tale mashup.” Apparently there’s a curse, a frog, a talking fox and some swans. So it sounds like a cute and fun read and I can’t wait to get a chance to do so later this month.

    Click here to read an excerpt from the author’s website.

    Pink by Lili Wilkinson will also be released in the U.S. on February 8, 2011. It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover and eBook formats. (Note: This book was originally published on August 1st 2009 by Allen & Unwin.)

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 320 pages.

    Pink was a book recommended to me by a friend which is why I’m buying it knowing little about it or the author.

    It isn’t necessarily a book I’d typically read, but it looks to be an interesting book about self-discovery, as the main character Ava changes schools and tries to recreate herself with a completely new identity. And, as I’m sure is the case, things do not go as planned!

    I’m not certain just how “Americanized” the U.S. edition will be, if at all, from the original release, but I would like to get my hands on the original for comparison. And although I think the U.S. cover is pretty, I kind of like the Australian cover a bit more.

    Father of Lies by Ann Warren Turner will be released in the U.S. on February 8, 2011. It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover only.

    Published by HarperTeen, the hardcover is 256 pages.

    I’m looking forward to reading this book even though I’ve had to order the hardcover since it’s not available as an eBook just yet.

    Set during the Salem witch trials, the book is a fictitious story of one girl’s experience during that frightening time. It reminds me a little bit of the book  Johnny Tremain, which was a boys perspective of life in revolutionary America, which I really enjoyed. Although in this story, the girl has some sort of special abilities that make life even more complicated and possibly life-threatening.

    This is another book that seems to offer up something just a bit different from the norm so I can’t wait to take a peek.

    Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley will be released in the U.S. in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by HarperTeen, the paperback is 304 pages.

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

    This is another type of story I really enjoy. A girl who is living the privileged life loses everything and is forced to move to Texas to live with her grandparents, attend public school and take a rather unpleasant job. And as is promised from the summary she realizes things may not have been as perfect as they once seemed and her desperate attempts to return to her old life may no longer be what she really wants.

    It looks sweet, fun and I bet there is a whole bunch of sad thrown in for good measure and I can’t wait to start reading this one!

    To read an excerpt from the author’s website, click here and click the tab marked “excerpt.”

    Where I Belong promotional book trailer: (Included because it’s cute and fun!)

    So Shelly by Ty Roth will also be released on February 8, 2011 in the U.S. and is the last book I’m spotlighting this week. It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover eBook formats.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 336 pages.

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

    What first drew me to this book was the beautiful cover. I learned about this book from my participation in the DAC and decided that this might be an interesting and different sort of book for me to read.

    The characters are based on poets John Keats, Lord Byron and Percy Shelley in a story set in modern times. Many of their real-life experiences are brought into this story which starts off with the mysterious drowning of Keats and Byron’s friend Shelly.

    Of course any sort of book where there is a “tragic” and “untimely end” would grab my attention. There is just something appealing about books that already start with an ending or a death and the pieces get filled in as you read on. Add to this a story involving a fictionalization of some of the greatest romantic poets makes this a very different type of story that I am most curious about.

    I hope to get a chance to read this right away, but it may not move to the top of my pile until early March as February 15 is a huge release day for a number of books I’ve been waiting on for ages and ages.

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    If you haven’t yet had a chance to grab any of these books it’s still not too late. Happy reading!

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    Review: Beastly

    Beastly by Alex Flinn was originally released on October 2, 2007. It is currently available in hardcover, paperback, audio and eBook formats. A new audio CD and paperback movie tie-in edition will be released on February 8, 2011.

    A movie is being made based on the book. It will be in theaters on March 18, 2011 in the U.S. so if you are considering reading it, you may want to check it out prior to movie release.

    A trailer can be found at the film’s official website or you can watch it below. The movie actually looks pretty interesting, but if you’re like me you’ll want to read the book first. I don’t usually discuss or promote film versions of books that I am reviewing, but the upcoming movie was the reason for my re-read.

    Description from the author’s website:

    I am a beast. A beast. Not quite wolf or bear, gorilla or dog, but a horrible new creature who walks upright – a creature with fangs and claws and hair springing from every pore. I am a monster.

    You think I’m talking fairy tales? No way. The place is New York City. The time is now. It’s no deformity, no disease. And I’ll stay this way forever – ruined – unless I can break the spell.

    Yes, the spell, the one the witch in my English class cast on me. Why did she turn me into a beast who hides by day and prowls by night? I’ll tell you. I’ll tell you how I used to be Kyle Kingsbury, the guy you wished you were, with money, perfect looks, and a perfect life. And then, I’ll tell you how I became perfectly beastly.

    Kyle Kingsbury had everything – money, looks, popularity. The one thing he didn’t have was a heart. His arrogance and cruelty finally caught up with him one day when he messed with the wrong girl.

    Kendra Hilferty may have appeared to be a homely Goth girl, but she was really a witch. And when Kyle decided to play a little prank on her by asking her to a dance as his date, when he had no intention of accompanying her, he found out just what repercussions he would face.

    Kendra placed a curse on him, one that would make his outward appearance match what was inside. No longer would he be the handsome and cruel ninth grade prince. No, Kyle would become a beast.

    Unless he could find someone who he could love and could love him back, enough to give him a kiss, his outward appearance would remain beastly. There was a time limit. He had two years. And if he didn’t succeed he would forever be a creature that would be forced to remain in the shadows, one that would be despised.

    Would Kyle be able to find someone to look past outward appearances as he never could? And even if he could, would he find a heart within himself to allow him to love someone back?

    Two years may seem like an eternity when trapped in the body of a beast, but for someone who has never experienced love, the time could pass in a heartbeat. Would Kyle be too late?

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    Beastly is a modern take on the classic tale, Beauty and the Beast. While the idea for the story itself may not be original, this is fresh new look at this popular love story, written in an urban setting with teenage characters.

    Kyle Kingsbury is an arrogant, privileged and entitled young man. He has no second thoughts when choosing to treat his peers as if they were beneath him. But one act of unintended kindness may be his salvation – the simple act of giving an unwanted rose to a young girl.

    Author Alex Flinn has created a sweet, funny and delightful tale in Beastly. As difficult as it is to imagine a fairytale set in New York City, this story makes it seem possible. Watching Kyle Kingsbury transform into Adrian King as he learns to appreciate those around him and fall in love with Linda Owens is heartwarming.

    As Kyle begins to shed his preconceived notions about appearance and learns to look at what is inside, he realizes what he has been missing his entire life, and Lindy, Will and Magda are there to show him and make him see what love really is.

    Although a modern recreation, the story still continues the lessons that the original put forth – that “beauty is only skin deep” and “if you love something let it go.”

    Ms. Flinn introduces an amusing addition to this story with the “Unexpected Changes” chat group sessions with Kyle/Adrian (BeastNYC) and some other unfortunate souls in similar predicaments at the beginning of each chapter. Her writing style is effortless with a number of poignant and eloquent passages that stand out.

    “A beautiful thing is precious, no matter the price. Those who do not know how to see the precious things in life will never be happy. I wish you to be happy, Mr. Kyle.” (Magda to Kyle)

    “[Y]ou’d better hope you never get ugly, Kyle. You are ugly now, on the inside, where it matters most, and if you ever lost your good looks, I bet you wouldn’t be smart or strong enough to get them back. Kyle Kingbury, you are beastly.” (Kendra to Kyle)

    This story will be enjoyable for middle grade and young adult readers as well as anyone who loves a fairytale. And as with most fairytales, this one has a “happily ever after” ending.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=3]

    On a personal note:

    I really liked this story – both times I read it. I’m glad I had a chance to read it again as I liked it a bit more the second time around. While very much the traditional fairytale with morals and lessons, this one isn’t too saccharine.

    Kyle was your typical “guy you love to hate” who finally gets what’s coming to him. And Lindy was the quintessential plain, smart, sweet, poor and mistreated girl that can thaw even the coldest of hearts.

    Although the roses were a key element, it did come across somewhat unnatural for someone of Kyle/Adrian’s age to be tending a greenhouse, even if he was stuck in the body of a beast. But the author did a great job of trying to adapt this for present day New York.

    I am looking forward to the release of Cloaked which is due out in February.

    How I “discovered” this book:

    Beastly is a “Just Discovered” re-read book.

    I had actually read this book quite awhile ago, long before I was writing reviews and well before I added this book to my list on Goodreads. I am slightly ashamed to admit that I originally read it sitting at a bookstore, without having purchased the book.

    I wasn’t sure if this was a book I’d be interested in so I thought I’d check it out while enjoying a lovely coffee beverage. The book was such a quick read that I finished it at the bookstore, but I did not buy it. Mild guilt ensued, but I figured if I ever wanted to read it again I could always purchase it. (This was before I owned my collection of eReaders.)

    When I saw that there was going to be a movie made of the book, one which I will probably not see in theaters but will rent on iTunes, I decided I’d like to buy it and re-read it beforehand. As I now have several eReaders it made the decision very easy. No shelf space required and I’d get to keep it should I want to revisit it down the road.

    I may have re-read this too soon, as the movie isn’t out until March, but the movie trailer was pretty cool and piqued my interest to read it now versus later. And as it is such a quick read, it doesn’t cut into too much of my time reading all those new releases.

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    An excerpt from the book can be found at the author’s website along with more information about the upcoming film.

    Movie trailer for Beastly:

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