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    Quickie Clearing the Pile Giveaway #3

    I have a pile of books and ARCs for giveaway:

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #134

    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 July 23rd-July 29th that I have pre-ordered.

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    A Darkness Strange and Lovely

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    A DARKNESS STRANGE AND LOVELY by Susan Dennard releases in the U.S. today, July 23, 2013, 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 416 pages.

    A DARKNESS STRANGE AND LOVELY is the second book in author Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly series. The third and final book in the series, currently untitled, is due in 2014.

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    I am so unbelievably excited that A DARKNESS STRANGE AND LOVELY releases today and that it will be downloading to my Kindle any second. While I have the last twenty-five percent or so of the first book in the series to finish reading, I can’t wait to do so and dive right into this sequel.

    I absolutely loved meeting Eleanor and going back in time to the eighteen hundreds to a Philadelphia with a bit of a zombie problem. The author’s writing was instantly captivating and her characters were ones I immediately adored. And I can’t wait to continue this series and find out what happens in the aftermath of the war and learn just what this darkness is that’s “lurking.”

    The description teases that Eleanor will be “forced to make a deadly decision” which makes me even more anxious about what will transpire in this sequel. I am hopeful that I will be able to sneak A DARKNESS STRANGE AND LOVELY onto the pile next week so that I can find out just what she decides.

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    OfBeastAndBeauty

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    OF BEAST AND BEAUTY by Stacey Jay releases in the U.S. today, July 23, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Delacorte Press, the print edition is 400 pages.

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    I am currently reading an eGalley of OF BEAST AND BEAUTY, but I’m still totally stoked that my finished eBook copy will be downloading to my Kindle today. I absolutely love this story by author Stacey Jay and I’ve been so excited for its release since I first read the description.

    The world is enchanting and I can’t wait to find out just what happens with Isra and Gem as the story progresses. So far it’s not quite what I imagined it would be… but it’s even better than I hoped it could be.

    And I don’t want to say any more. As I am currently reading it. And I don’t want to guess as to what will happen at the story’s end. I don’t want to be wrong. And, mostly, I don’t want to be tempted to take a sneak peek further along in the story to find answers.

    OF BEAST AND BEAUTY is on my reading pile this week – it’s actually just waiting for me to return to reading it – and I hope to finish it on Wednesday, if not before.

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    Undercurrent

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    UNDERCURRENT by Paul Blackwell releases in the U.S. today, July 23, 2013, 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 320 pages.

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    I feel like I’ve been waiting a lifetime or two for UNDERCURRENT to be released. The fact that it will be mine to read in just a few moments makes me so unbelievably happy.

    And if it weren’t for the fact that I’m reading an amazing book right now I’d totally be picking this book up the instant it downloads. But I’m thinking this will be my next read.

    As it was the book I spotlighted for my Book Watch post a few weeks back, I am not going to go on and on and on about it in this post. But I just have to say that I can’t wait to be thrilled, I can’t wait for the suspense, I can’t wait to have my mind bended, and I can’t wait to meet Callum Harris and learn just what exactly happened when he went over the falls.

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    The Fury

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    THE FURY by Alexander Gordon Smith releases in the U.S. today, July 23, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 688 pages.

    THE FURY is the first book in author Alexander Gordon Smith’s series of the same name. The second book in the series, THE STORM, was recently published in the UK and should be available in the U.S. next year.

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    I absolutely love author Alexander Gordon Smith’s writing and I can’t wait to embark upon THE FURY, the first book in this new-to-the-U.S. series of his. I received an eCopy for review, but I’ll be much happier reading the finished copy on my Kindle.

    I’d been waiting to dive into this new series until after I finished reading the author’s first series. But I am still loathe to finish the Escape from Furnace series as I don’t want to know how it ends. I don’t want to find out what happens with Alex. And as the epilogue sounds just so ominous, I’m terrified of having my heart broken. So I may have to start reading THE FURY before I take the plunge.

    The description sounds amazing. Terrifying. Electrifying. And I can’t wait to find out what Cal, Brick and Daisy discover and what the price for survival will be.

    I am not at all daunted by the length of this book, but I think I’m going to save this one for when I go on vacation in a couple of weeks. It’ll be the perfect escape.

    Other Books of Note

    Starglass

    STARGLASS (Starglass #1) by Phoebe North

    Pub. Date: July 23, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    OCD Love Story

    OCD LOVE STORY by Corey Ann Haydu

    Pub. Date: July 23, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    A Really Awesome Mess

    A REALLY AWESOME MESS by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin

    Pub. Date: July 23, 2013

    Publisher: EgmontUSA

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Shadows of Glass

    SHADOWS OF GLASS (Ashes Trilogy #2) by Kassy Tayler

    Pub. Date: July 23, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    A print bind-up of the eNovellas

    Secret Histories

    SECRET HISTORIES (Lorien Legacies – The Lost Files #4-6) by Pittacus Lore

    Pub. Date: July 23, 2013

    Publisher: HarperCollins

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Contaminated

    CONTAMINATED by Em Garner

    Pub. Date: July 23, 2013

    Publisher: EgmontUSA

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Counterfeit Family Tree of Vee Crawford-Wong

    THE COUNTERFEIT FAMILY TREE OF VEE CRAWFORD-WONG by  L. Tam Holland

    Pub. Date: July 23, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Extremities

    EXTREMITIES: Stories of Death, Murder and Revenge by  David Lubar

    Pub. Date: July 23, 2013

    Publisher: Tor Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    A two-in-one bind-up

    Chain Letter

    CHAIN LETTER (Chain Letter, The Ancient Evil) by  Christopher Pike

    Pub. Date: July 23, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    I actually think I have CHAIN LETTER pre-ordered. And as I already had all the eNovellas in the Lorien Legacies downloaded to my Kindle I don’t need the printed version. But I’m very tempted by OCD LOVE STORY and EXTREMITIES, which I just might have to order once I take a longer look.

    But for now I’m totally stoked about the four books I have on order and I can’t wait to read each and every one of them this summer. And so that I can get back to OF BEAST AND BEAUTY I will end this post sooner than I might have. Yeah, it’s just that good.

    So….

    I hope you have a few awesome titles pre-ordered. I hope that either Amazon or Barnes & Noble delivers them on release date so you won’t have to wait. And I hope that when you do get to read them they are every bit as amazing as you hoped they’d be.

    Happy book collecting!

    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 #98

    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 November 13th-November 19th that I have pre-ordered.

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO by Rachel Vincent was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 704 pages.

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO includes the full-length novels MY SOUL TO KEEP and MY SOUL TO STEAL along with the novella REAPER.

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    Okay, so I’ve read all the stories that are contained in SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO. More than once. But it’s so gorgeous I just had to pre-order a copy… or two. I have all the other books in print and I just know it will look amazing tucked between SSV1 and IF I DIE.

    This is one of my favorite series of all time and my heart is already breaking that I will have to say goodbye to it next year. But I hope that there will be a third and fourth volume with perhaps a new novella added to that final volume. My fingers are already crossed.

    As I know just how both books and the novella end in this volume I can’t possibly pretend to guess. But between Avari’s wicked ways and Sabine’s evil scheming, both full-length novels are the stuff of awesome.

    And finally getting the chance to see REAPER in print is something I’ve been waiting, wishing and hoping for, for a long, long time. Now if that delivery man would only get here soon….

    RENEGADE by J.A. Souders was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    RENEGADE is the first book in the author’s The Elysium Chronicles.

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    I hadn’t heard much about RENEGADE until Jaime of Two Chicks on Books insisted this was amazing and that I had to read it asap. While it was available on NetGalley, as I knew I wouldn’t be able to read it early I immediately headed to Amazon to pre-order it for my Kindle.

    I’m now so very curious to meet Evelyn Winters and see what life is like in Elysium, an “underwater utopia.” Especially as this may not be a utopian society at all, since the description mentions “everything she knows is a lie.”

    I’m dying to find out why her memories have been altered and just who she’s under the control of. And I want to find out just what secret her mother has that “will destroy them all.”

    This book was moved to the top of my reading pile and I hope to be able to dive into it tonight.

    EXECUTION by Alexander Gordon Smith was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), the print edition is 320 pages.

    EXECUTION is the fifth and final book in the author’s Escape from Furnace series.

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    I have been waiting for what seems like forever for EXECUTION to be released. It finally downloaded to my Kindle some time after midnight but I didn’t get the chance to read it yet. And I’m a little terrified of starting it.

    I am almost positive I’m going to be heartbroken when this series ends. I am still so unbelievably sad about what has happened to certain of the characters and about what Alex has become.

    I spotlighted this for my Book Watch post last month but I’m now terrified to find out who wins in the end. The world has taken a darker turn with each installment in the series. And with a title like EXECUTION, I can only imagine things will get even darker.

    I am hopeful the “executed” will be who I want it to be. But even if that happens, I’m not at all confident that means a happy ending for Alex or his friends. And I’m more than nervous about checking out the series epilogue on the author’s website.

    Now I just have to get over my “series ending” fears and pick this book up later this week. If only it downloaded last night when I was feeling daring.

    BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 384 pages.

    BLACK CITY is the first book in the author’s Black City Chronicles. The second book in the series, PHOENIX, is slated for release on June 4, 2013 and the third book, currently untitled, will release in 2014.

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    I only fairly recently – in the past three months or so – heard about BLACK CITY. I’d seen it around the blogosphere but hadn’t realized it was a YA release until I saw it on Parajunkee’s blog. And my curiosity was piqued.

    I received an ARC of BLACK CITY from the awesome Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, but haven’t yet had the chance to read it. Though I do now also have the eBook happily residing on my Kindle from my pre-order. Decisions… decisions….

    I love the first line of the description for this book – “A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.” It’s gotten me so interested in finding out more about both the love story and the war.

    I am dying to find out what a Darkling is and why they are at war with the humans. I am so curious as to what this “mysterious connection” is that bonds Natalie and Ash, causing Ash’s heart to beat. And I’m hopeful that the choices they make don’t result in either or both of their deaths.

    I had hoped to read this early, but as that didn’t happen as planned, I am now hoping to put this back on top of the pile next week.

    BAD HAIR DAY by Carrie Harris was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 240 pages.

    BAD HAIR DAY is the second book in the author’s Kate Grable series. Also releasing today is a short story in the series entitled BAD YETI.

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    I have not yet read the first book in Carrie Harris’ series but I desperately want to. So, of course I had to pre-order BAD HAIR DAY, since I already own book one.

    I was so tempted to start the series last night before this sequel downloaded to my Kindle. Because, though I probably shouldn’t have, I did end up taking a peek at the description.

    And I love that this sequel takes on a new, hairy, paranormal element… possibly… rather than continuing the zombie menace.

    I can’t wait to meet Kate Grable and find out whether she’s just as good at sleuthing other types of attacks as she is zombie attacks. I really hope she is for her sake and for her peers’ sakes.

    And I love the last line in the description that says – “It’s scary. It’s twisted. It’s sick. It’s high school.” Yep, that about sums it up.

    Hopefully I’ll get to read this series over the long holiday weekend here in the U.S.

    REACHED by Ally Condie was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Dutton Juvenile, the print edition is 384 pages.

    REACHED is the third and final book in author Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy.

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    I have not started this series and now it’s ending with REACHED. I can’t believe it! I officially now own all the books in this series so there’s no reason why I shouldn’t start reading them. Because now I don’t have to wait to find answers.

    I want to meet Cassia and Ky and find out just what happens with these characters – whether they get a happy ending or whether their story ends in heartbreaking loss.

    I have not taken too close a look at the descriptions for these last two books because I want the story to be a surprise. But I am so curious to see how things play out.

    This series is touted as a best-selling series. And the covers are totally amazing. And now that I’ve become a fan of dystopian novels this one ranks at the top of my list of must-reads. I hope I can read all three books this December.

    ECHO by Alyson Noel was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover, paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 352 pages.

    ECHO is the second book in author Alyson Noel’s Soul Seekers series. The third book in the series, MYSTIC, releases on May 7, 2013 and the fourth book, currently untitled, is slated for release in the fall of 2013.

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    I love Alyson Noel’s writing and the enchanting worlds she creates. And while I haven’t yet started this series I do own the first book and had pre-ordered ECHO which downloaded to my Kindle today.

    I am so very curious to meet the girl who can “navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead.” Although it sounds like things take a bit of a dark turn in this second book in the series. Dark sorcerers. An evil brother whose power is growing. The balance between good and evil at risk. The entire world in jeopardy. A horrifying prophecy. And an unthinkable sacrifice.

    Yes, this definitely sounds like it takes a turn. And with characters with super awesome names like Daire, Dace and Cade, this series is one I can’t wait to read about really, really soon.

    SPEED OF LIGHT by Amber Kizer was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 544 pages.

    SPEED OF LIGHT is the third book in the author’s Fenestra series. Originally dubbed a trilogy, a fourth book, COUNTING TENS is slated for release in the spring of 2013.

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    I am so devastated I’ve fallen so far behind on this series. I pre-ordered SPEED OF LIGHT as soon as it was made available for the Kindle and I had hoped to be caught up with the series before this third book released. But sadly that did not happen.

    I loved getting to know Meridian in the first book in the series. I’d waited for ages until book two was released but got so busy on the blog I didn’t have time to read it when it finally was available. And now book three is out. Which means I have much catching up to do.

    Especially as it seems there will be a fourth book in the series, according to Goodreads. Though I’m wondering if it is a spinoff book from Tens’ perspective. I suppose I’ll have to wait just a bit longer to find out as the author’s website didn’t clue me in.

    I am not checking out the description as I want zero spoilers when I finally get the chance to read this book. But I loved the author’s writing in book one, I loved the idea of the Fenestra and I loved the characters she created. And I really, really hope to be able to catch up on this series before COUNTING TENS is available next spring.

    WOLF PACT Part 3 by Melissa de la Cruz was released today, November 13, 2012, in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online as an eBook at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    The eBook is published by Disney Hyperion.

    WOLF PACT Part 3 is the third of four installments from author Melissa de la Cruz’s WOLF PACT. Part 4 is due out on December 4th.

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    I am waiting for all four parts of WOLF PACT to download before I start reading it. Because I don’t want to have to wait between each installment’s release. Though I probably then should have just purchased the completed eBook when it does release instead of pre-ordering each installment. Oh well.

    I did take a look at the description and it has piqued my curiosity. I want to know just what kind of trap Lawson lures Bliss into. And I want to know if they do fall in love. But as the description is vague about just what happens in this installment, I suppose I’ll have to read it to find out more.

    And once the final installment releases this December, I hope to find the answers I’ve been waiting for. But I can’t wait to read about Bliss in her very own novel, though I will always be partial to Schuyler and Jack and the rest of the Blue Bloods.

    Witch World by Christopher Pike

    Pub. Date: November 13, 2012

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Available today for the Kindle…

    Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs

    Kindle Pub. Date: November 13, 2012

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    (AMAZON)

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    Forgot to pre-order this novella, but I will be ordering it today!

    Bad Yeti (Kate Grable #1.5) by Carrie Harris

    Pub. Date: November 13, 2012

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    This was a huge week for releases. I don’t even know how I’ll be able to catch up on all these new books let alone the series that I’m so behind on. But I will be reading RENEGADE and EXECUTION and BLACK CITY in the next week or two.

    And I will be gently petting SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO. No, I will not be breaking the spine on that book. The pretteh is only for looking at.

    Of course Amazon had to be difficult and instead of downloading all my books at nine o’clock local time, they waited until Midnight, at which time I was just about out cold and couldn’t possibly have read a thing.

    But I really must, must, must get caught up on Carrie Harris’s Kate Grable series and Amber Kizer’s Fenestra series. And if I don’t end up reading the Matched trilogy by year’s end, I’ll feel like a total fail.

    And though it’s not listed, I did end up pre-ordering Night’s Darkest Embrace by Jeaniene Frost which I am so very interested in reading later this week.

    Anyway…

    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: Execution

     

    Execution by Alexander Gordon Smith will be released in the U.S. on November 13, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 320 pages.

    Execution is the fifth and final book in author Alexander Gordon Smith’s Escape from Furnace series.

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    There are a ton of books releasing the week of November 13th that I’m just dying to read. But the one I’m most excited for and the one that absolutely must be in the spotlight this week is EXECUTION by Alexander Gordon Smith.

    I have been waiting for what feels like two lifetimes for the release of this final book in the Escape from Furnace series. I was so very tempted to purchase the UK edition just so that I didn’t have to wait. I managed to restrain myself, but just barely.

    But when my Kindle copy downloads on Monday night, November 12th, I will drop whatever I’m reading to start this. Because I am so desperate to finally find out how this series wraps up and to check out the epilogue that’s posted on the author’s website – which I won’t link here as I’m afraid I’ll accidentally read it.

    After the way things ended in Fugitives I’m that much more anxious to see what happens to those characters that remain. The description promises answers, but given the way this series has progressed, I’m not confident of a happy ending for anyone. I’m just hoping that things won’t end in total annihilation.

    I discovered this series thanks to the outreach of a local publicity company for the publisher. And I’m so glad that happened, because this is one of my favorite series of all time. One I never would have stumbled upon on my own. Even with it’s horrifying covers… well, especially with its horrifying covers.

    There is a depth to these stories that surprised me when I picked up – and devoured – the first book in the series, Lockdown.  I did not anticipate anything other than being terrified by a book that appeared to simply be a horror story. I also didn’t expect it to be as beautifully written as it was.

    I was captivated, I was shocked, I was horrified, I was heartbroken. I couldn’t have hoped for more. This series is so incredibly memorable as is the author’s writing and I am so unbelievably excited to read the final book in this series to see just how things end. I just know I’ll be heartbroken.

    As this is one of my favorite series and each book is as addicting as the last, I can’t imagine that EXECUTION will be anything but amazing. And so, of course, even with all the other awesome books releasing this week, this is without a doubt the book to watch this week.

    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s BLOG

    The series on FACEBOOK

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    About the Book

    *** Goodreads description is spoiler-y for previous books in the series ***

    Goodreads Description:

    Alex Sawyer has escaped his underground nightmare to discover the whole world has become a prison, and Alfred Furnace is its master.

    Monsters rule the streets, leaving nothing but murder in their wake. Those who do not die become slaves to Furnace’s reign of cruelty. Alex is a monster too. He is the only one who can stop Furnace but in doing so he could destroy everything.

    Is he the executed or the executioner? Who will die? All Alex knows is that one way or another, it all ends now.

    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are some awesome books releasing the week of November 13th:

    Soul Screamers Vol. 2 by Rachel Vincent

    Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles #1) by J.A. Souders

    Black City (Black City #1) by Elizabeth Richards

    Bad Hair Day (Kate Grable #2) by Carrie Harris

    Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie

    Echo (The Soul Seekers #2) by Alyson Noel

    Speed of Light (Fenestra #3) by Amber Kizer

    Wolf Pact (Part 3) by Melissa de la Cruz

    Night’s Darkest Embrace by Jeaniene Frost ***Not YA***

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    The Extras: Teasers #11

    There are so many amazing books out there – released or soon-to-be-released – that have certain passages that just captivate.

    Here are just a few of those that caught my attention in the past few months.

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    I had quite a few favorite passages that I bookmarked in Forgiven. Many of them were sarcastic, because I always love the sarcastic quotes, but some were of the breathtaking, heart-stopping variety.

    I shared one of my favorite passages in my review, but this passage is such a tease I couldn’t resist….

    Riley and….

    Riley could feel his breath in her hair now, smell his aftershave. She inhaled deeply, memorizing his scent. The faint touch of his lips came a second before the sharp blast of an air horn.

    Sweet Evil is one of my absolute favorite reads of 2012. There was so much sweetness and a whole heck of a lot of evil. Wickedly delicious this book was. Oh, yes.

    While I refrained from revealing anything too torturous in my review, I couldn’t help but post one of the more delectable passages in this edition of The Extras.

    Anna and….

    He was kissing me. On my neck. I should stop him, I thought, but the softness of his mouth was so . . . Oh. I could feel the beauty of each crease on his lips as they rested against the pores of my skin. The only sounds in the room were our beating hearts and breath.

    As the series ending book, Destined had so many amazingly tease-worthy passages. I chose a much less teaser-y passage for my review, but thought I could get away with being just a little bit more revealing here.

    Besides, Destined is on shelves now, so it’s not like anyone couldn’t just grab a copy and devour all the amazing passages.

    Laurel and….

    And then his hand was on her wrist, and he was pulling her to him. His eyes were hard and his grip on her arm was tight as he placed one hand on the side of her neck, the way he used to do. She could feel his heart racing in his chest as she brought her face close, then pressed her mouth to his.

    A Temptation of Angels was absolutely gorgeous. The writing was gorgeous. The story was gorgeous. Which meant that there were so many passages to choose from.

    In my review I chose one that was just hot enough to get your pule racing. Well this is the passage right before that one. And with all that it implies, it is rather full of promise. Oh yes, totally tantalizing. But that’s okay, because this is the teaser post after all….

    Helen and….

    “Helen.” She felt his hand close over hers, pulling her back toward him. His eyes dropped the length of her body, and she realized she was still in the thin nightdress. And standing right in front of the fire. When he spoke again, his voice was low. “You’re not disturbing me.”

    There were just so many awesome, horrific, chilling, amazing passages in Fugitives. Which didn’t make choosing a passage easy. Not by a long shot.

    But I happened to have two favorite non-spoiler-y ones. One I included with my review. And the other I’m keeping all to myself. Because I just couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by to include one of the more chilling passages instead.

    Their mouths were twisted up into grins, teeth bared, and fat, black-veined tongues slopping away at the mess that dribbled down their chins. And in the soulless depths of those inkwell eyes I saw nothing but glee.

    The writing in Masque of the Red Death was beautiful and haunting. I could eat it up with a spoon it was so yummy. The words just melted, dissolved and became air that just drifted away.

    I did include a favorite passage of mine with my review, but it wasn’t the only amazing passage in this book. There were still so many breathtaking passages to choose from that picking just one wasn’t easy. And I almost chose one that was a bit more revealing, but to keep the air of mystery I ultimately chose this one….

    Araby and….

    He looks at me like he does in the darkness of the club. His eyes are half closed, and there’s something almost languid in his movements. He raises my chin and gazes into my eyes for a long time. He slides his hands under the coat until they rest on my bare shoulders….

    Oh, if I could quote ninety percent of this book I would. There were just so many seriously awesome passages to choose from in Insurgent. I had a hard enough time narrowing down my favorites for my review post, so I chose two. But that by no means implies that they were the only passages I loved.

    And as I had just as difficult a time choosing one for this post, I caved and chose two more. What can I say? I love this book.

    Besides, they’re both short. It’s not like I chose the passage that starts, “His mouth moves against mine….” Now, that would have been a longer, way more intense teaser.

    Tris and….

    He kisses me again, more insistent this time, his hands squeezing my waist. His breaths, my breaths, his body, my body, we are so close there is no difference.

    And….

    Tris….

    I turn my face into the pillow and release, instead of his name, a sob that throws my body against the mattress. I feel the monster of grief again, writing in the empty space where my heart and stomach used to be.

    My most recent read is Darkness Before Dawn and so I haven’t chosen a favorite passage for my review just yet. Which means that I get to tease a passage here first, revealing one a little more tantalizing than I might otherwise include in my review.

    Dawn and Michael….

    “Yeah, we definitely have moments.”

    And then he kisses me again. I want this moment to go on forever, just Michael and me, lost in a world where nothing exists except for each other. Where passion consumes us. The kiss becomes more, becomes everything, feeding our desire for each other. I never want to leave him.

    And I just couldn’t resist teasing a little bit more from this same scene, just moments later….

    Dawn and Michael….

    Michael’s hold on me tightens, as though he can stop the passage of time, the clocks from counting off the seconds, the world from revolving.

    But beyond the wall, Valentine waits. Nothing Michael does can change that. All I can do is hope that this won’t be the last time we’re together.

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    Well, I suppose that’s all. Eight teased books are more than enough for just one post. Though I am so tempted to tease a couple passages from Embers & Echoes and Shadow Bound.

    But as neither of these two books have been released, I figure the teasing can wait. Though it is so very, very tempting.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #61

    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 29th-March 5th that I have pre-ordered.

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    A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford will be released in the U.S. on February 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 304 pages.

    A Touch Morbid is the second book in the Touch trilogy by author Leah Clifford.

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    I can’t believe that release date is finally just about here. I never thought it would arrive. I gave away the ARC I had traded for after I wrote my review and have been pining for it ever since.

    A Touch Morbid is one of my all-time favorite series. It’s just so dark and delectable. I love each of the characters for very, very, different reasons and I’m so totally psyched that I’ll finally be able to get the finished copy in just a couple of days. Even having the Browse Inside option from the publisher just wasn’t the same.

    Things take an even darker turn – if you can believe it – in this installment. And the ending may just make you want to scream… a lot. And for those who have been paying any attention to the author’s Blog TV shows or the chatter on Twitter, you will definitely want to know about the kitten.

    I will stop rambling now – for my sake as well as yours. I am completely, and probably unhealthily, obsessed with this book. I already reviewed it, and I spotlighted it a few weeks ago for my Book Watch post, and I cried when I thought I wasn’t going to get to read it early (but thanks to a trade I did) and I’ve turned green with envy when everyone got their copies last week from the publisher.

    And I’ve ordered five copies of the book signed from The Learned Owl bookstore. And I have a copy ordered for my Kindle. So yeah, kind of obsessed. This book and series are so totally must reads.

    Fugitives by Alexander Gordon Smith will be released in the U.S. on February 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan, the print edition is 288 pages.

    Fugitives is the fourth book in the Escape from Furnace series by author Alexander Gordon Smith.

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    The Escape from Furnace series is another one that I’m obsessed with. I absolutely fell in love with it when I discovered it last fall. I can’t believe that the series is nearly over. Fugitives is the fourth book and the final book, Execution (as you may guess from that title), is the end.

    I did get a chance, thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, to read and review this one early. I think I may have died if I had to wait until release date. Each book gets progressively darker, less hopeful, more deadly. Especially for the main character, Alex.

    Each book has creatures that are more horrific than the last. And each book is just a little more shocking. I cannot wait until my pre-order downloads on Monday night.

    I am so unbelievably tempted to get the final book from the UK instead of having to wait for the U.S. edition to be released. I’m dying to see who comes out the victor in the final showdown. I’m curious to see if good triumphs over evil. Somehow I think that evil will win in the end….

    This series is so unbelievably awesome. The writing is amazing. There is no love triangle. There is no love story. There is just an incredibly addictive, riveting and gruesome story. I’d say more, but because this is the fourth book in the series and even the Goodreads description is spoiler-y, I’ll just say that this series is a definite must read.

    Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver will be released in the U.S. on February 28, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Pandemonium is the sequel to Delirium by author Lauren Oliver. Requiem, the third book in the series will be published in 2013.

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    I am afraid to read this sequel. I was offered the chance to borrow Pandemonium but I didn’t want to read it before release. It may be downloading at Monday Midnight, but I’ve heard the end is even more tormenting than the end of Delirium, so I’m just not sure if I can handle it right now. I know from the chatter that the wait for Requiem is going to be excruciating.

    So, I’m considering waiting on reading this until either I just can’t stand to remain in the dark about what happens next or release date for book three is right around the corner. I hope I can wait. Because I’ve been warned.

    Until today, I didn’t even check out the Goodreads description for fear of what I might learn about exactly what happened during those last pages of Delirium. Fortunately… or unfortunately… it doesn’t say a thing. It just teases that this next book has “forbidden romance” and “the sparks of a revolution.”

    Lauren Oliver is a brilliant and amazing writer. I have no doubt I will love this book. I just know that the end of the first book nearly killed me and the long wait since I read it on NetGalley has been sheer agony.

    My resolve may not hold and I may end up jumping right in on release date, but I already expect to sob a little, get twisted up a lot and be tormented mercilessly after reading Pandemonium.

    Hana by Lauren Oliver will be released in the U.S. on February 28, 2012 in eBook format. It is currently available to pre-order online in eBook format only at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperCollins, the eBook novella is 144 pages.

    Hana is a novella set in the world of Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

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    I am so thrilled that this is releasing as an eBook. When I first heard about it a couple of months ago, I stalked Amazon until I could pre-order it. I know it was made available for free on or around Valentine’s Day to read online, but as I can’t stand to read stories on the web, I have been anxiously awaiting its release for my Kindle.

    I am excited to get to know Hana just a little better. This novella sounds like it will give a nice long look at her last summer of freedom before the cure and will give readers a peek at just how she feels about Lena.

    I’m super curious to find out if seeing some of the events that took place in Delirium through Hana’s eyes will change just how I felt about her, about Lena and about what was happening.

    I really can’t wait to get this eBook, which according to Goodreads is nearly 150 pages. And I don’t plan on waiting too long to read it, either. If the events in the story are as “life-changing” as the description promises, then I definitely need to know now.

    Torn by Amanda Hocking will be released in the U.S. on February 28, 2012 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Torn is the second book in the Trylle trilogy by author Amanda Hocking. The final book in the trilogy, Ascend, will be released on April 24, 2012.

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    I am so happy that this second book in the series is releasing this week. I have both the eBook and the print edition of Torn on order. I love the new covers and I love the fact that this edition, published by St. Martin’s, has a bonus short story, “One Day, Three Ways.”

    I’m super curious to find out whose perspectives those three ways are from. While I probably won’t be reading Torn again until after Ascend is released, so I can read them all back-to-back-to-back, I will be taking a peek at the short story.

    I have been a huge fan of author Amanda Hocking since I discovered her My Blood Approves series. And it was her Trylle series that got me to start blogging in the first place. So, I am so unbelievably thrilled that her books are being traditionally published and that I can find them on the shelves of my local bookstore.

    And Torn is an amazing sequel. It was even more exciting than Switched and Wendy really grows as a character in this sequel. The world of the Trylle is magical and those boys are absolutely swoonworthy. I’m really not sure I’ll be able to wait for book three….

    Allegiance by Cayla Kluver will be released in the U.S. on February 28, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 512 pages.

    Allegiance is the second book in the Legacy series by author Cayla Kluver. The third book, Sacrifice, will be released later this year.

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    I have not yet read Legacy but I have it on my Kindle to read soon, although I might wait until closer to release date for the final book in the series. I ended up pre-ordering Allegiance because I heard such amazing things about the first book that I just had to buy the sequel.

    Both covers are absolutely gorgeous, though I love this cover for Allegiance just a bit more. Although I promised myself I wouldn’t, I did sneak a peek at the description and it sounds epic and heartbreaking. A Queen who must protect her kingdom from an enemy. An enemy that she never really believed would attack, but who it seems has. And an enemy she is in love with. Definitely epic.

    I cannot wait to meet Queen Alera and Narian. I hope that their love story will have a happy ending, but with the third book entitled Sacrifice, I’m a little nervous. And I can’t wait to discover the world the author created. A world filled with danger and magic. I’m intrigued.

    This amazing sounding series is yet another one I’m definitely anxious to read.

    Partials by Dan Wells will be released in the U.S. on February 28, 2012 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, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 480 pages.

    Partials is the first book in a new series of the same title. Fragments, book two, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I received an ARC of Partials through a trade, but I haven’t had the chance to read it before release. I have this book pre-ordered for my Kindle so I’m not sure which version I’ll end up reading. But I wanted this one for my permanent collection.

    Partials is another book I have serious cover love for. The colors and images are amazing. I would have bought this book for its cover alone. But the description sounds totally fascinating – sort of like one of my favorite Stephen King’s.

    I love stories where humanity is on the verge of extinction. I hope that Kira can discover just what is needed to ensure their survival. But as this is the first book in the series, I’m not sure if anything will be resolved at the story’s end.

    And the idea of the partials sounds both creepy and strangely intriguing. The fact that they are beings that are engineered to be exactly like humans and that they are at war with the humans is definitely chilling. If they are so alike, how do the humans stand a chance?

    The description says this book is a mix of the action from The Hunger Games and the themes from Battlestar Galactica. And even though I’m not familiar with either, this book sounds incredibly awesome and I can’t wait to read it really, really soon.

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    BZRK by Michael Grant

    Pub. Date: February 28, 2012

    Published by: EgmontUSA

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    Unafraid (Archangel Academy #3) by Michael Griffo

    Pub. Date: February 28, 2012

    Published by: KTEEN

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    {Note: All covers link to the books on Goodreads}

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    Well this is more like it. I just knew things had been too quiet for too long. There’s no way this could have been another slow week. With six pre-orders for full-length books and one for the eBook novella, I’m so glad that I won’t be left with that sinking feeling that I’d forgotten something yet again this week.

    A few of the books that are releasing I’ve already read and reviewed, though I do plan on reading a couple of them again very soon. So that leaves a manageable amount that are being added to my TBR pile. Of that I am most definitely glad.

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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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    The Crush List #7

    Here are five books that I’m crushing on big time

    Shadow Bound by Rachel Vincent is a brand new crush and one that I never imagined having. I’m not one who easily gets attached to new characters in a series as I typically give my heart only to the first characters I meet. But Kori and Ian changed everything.

    And while I may have read this book a month ago, I can’t stop thinking about it, it is still holding me captive and my crush is worse than ever.

    Why I’m crushing: It’s dark, it’s seductive, it’s dangerous, it’s heartbreaking. It’s sarcastic, it’s funny, it’s beautiful, it’s devastating. There’s unbelievable chemistry. There’s incredible strength. There are moments that are breathtakingly poetic.

    And oh that tension. It will make you sigh. It will make you grin. It will make you sigh some more. Your heart will take up permanent residence in your throat. It will leave you breathless… And that’s all before you even get near that ending.

    Divergent by Veronica Roth is a new crush that should have been an old one. The guilt of not having been crushing on this book for as long as I should have been is just eating me away.

    I didn’t think I’d be crushed by this book. I didn’t really believe the hype. Well, my hesitation cost me big time and now I’m suffering a brand new crush where my crush should have been an older, less painful one by now.

    Why I’m crushing: The unknown. The danger. The world. The possibilities. And the tantalizing thrill of it all. The characters – intriguing, inspiring, heartbreaking. The action – riveting and exciting. And a lead up to an unforgettable ending that will leave you wanting more, more, more. And definitely some more after that.

    But it’s Tris, the amazingly brave heroine, and Four, the undeniably swoon-worthy hero, that will make this crush nearly impossible to recover from.

    Cinder by Marissa Meyer is another totally unexpected new crush. I do not crush on fairytales. I rarely crush on science fiction. I certainly do not develop crushes on stories that have both…. until now.

    But there is just something so endearing about Cinder and something so magical about Kai that made this not quite so happily ever after fairytale one that has crushed me big time.

    Why I’m crushing: It’s incredibly sweet. It’s equally chilling. The world is dark, deadly and disturbing. The lovable characters will make you laugh, they’ll make you smile and they will make you cry. And those that aren’t quite so easy to love will make you nervous, make you angry and keep you guessing.

    There is a mystery. The story has twists and turns. And this is one fairytale that does not end quite like the original.

    Death Sentence by Alexander Gordon Smith is a completely anticipated and much welcomed crush on a series I’ve been crushing on for ages… okay, months. This crush just feels like a crush I’ve had forever.

    And while it may not be such an old crush, it will be one day, because this book and series are already counted among my forever crushes. Even if I wanted to, I will never in this lifetime be able to rid my memories of the horrors implanted there courtesy of Alfred Furnace and Warden Cross.

    Why I’m crushing: Devastation. Unbelievable heartbreak. Despair. Anguish. Horror…. Bone-chilling horror. And that’s only in the first few pages. It’s darker. It’s scarier. It’s way more gruesome. It’s downright evil. And it’s not afraid to end badly. Very, very badly.

    It may make you panic. It may make you cry. But it is certain to leave you shivering and looking over your shoulder to make sure a berserker isn’t coming after you.

    Hallowed by Cynthia Hand is a new crush on an existing series crush that I’ve had ever since I read Unearthly. I thought I’d been crushing on this series pretty badly. But that was before I read Hallowed.

    Now my crush has grown by leaps and bounds and has turned into one of those crushes that knocks the wind out of me every single time I think about it. And due to the fact that not only did this book make me cry, it made me sob, Hallowed may be moving to Heartbreak Row very, very soon.

    Why I’m crushing: Breathtaking and beautiful and incredibly sad. Surprising and suspenseful and wonderfully twisty-turny. Christian… definitely Christian. And Tucker, too.

    But of the many things to crush on in Hallowed, it’s the loss, the heartbreak and the inability to do anything to change what’s meant to be that makes this a crush that will be felt for years to come.

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    Because I missed this post in January, I’m catching up on some of my older crushes before I get to my latest crushes. And yes, I’m still crushing on all of these books – I’m no short-term crush kind of girl!

    I already have my next five crushes picked out from the books I’ve read so far in 2012, some of whom were clamoring to be included in this post. But they’ll just have to wait their turn.

    As I stare at my latest pile of “to be read” books, I just know already that there are quite a few that will be crushworthy and I’m just dying to start crushing on them now. I absolutely love developing new crushes.

    But not to worry. It doesn’t matter how many crushes I have on the books I love, because there will always be room for more. Always.

    Do you crush on books?

    What makes a book crushworthy for you?

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