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    GHOST HOUSE Blog Tour: Character Interview + Giveaway

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    I am super excited to be today’s stop on the GHOST HOUSE Blog Tour hosted by Kismet Book Touring and to be able to share an interview with Chloe Kennedy. I was so thrilled to learn of this new series by the author and was totally stoked that I got the chance to read this first book in the series just a little bit early and meet Chloe, Alex, Joe and even Isobel.

    As I don’t want to give anything away about what happens at Grange Hall, I will try very hard not to ramble in this intro. I will just say that there were a few twists that I did not expect, a setting that was perfect for a ghost story, and two boys I adored. If you’d like to know more, be sure to check out the book’s description below and the Q&A with Chloe which follows below that.

    GHOST HOUSE comes out next week on the 26th and I can’t wait to see what you think about the story and the way things end. But until then, there are (and will be) some awesome guest posts by and interviews with the author on the other stops on this tour. And at each stop there’s a giveaway for a chance to win a copy of the book and a grand prize giveaway for a bookish gift card. So be sure to visit all the stops on tour!

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    About Ghost House

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    Series: The Ghost House Saga #1
    Release date: August 26th
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    GHOST HOUSE, book one of a powerful new trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Adornetto, follows Chloe Kennedy whose frightening ability to see the dead leads her into peril.

    Wracked by grief after his wife’s death, Chloe’s dad sends her far away from sunny California to live with relatives in the rainy English countryside. Unhappy with the change of scenery, Chloe changes her mind when she encounters Alexander Reade, a mysterious and handsome young man. Unfortunately, Alexander is no ordinary crush – he’s a former resident of her grandmother’s house who died over a century ago and whose ghost has not moved on.

    As a small child, Chloe had been frightened by ghostly apparitions. But the spirits had one day disappeared and Chloe believed she had put her weird talent behind her. Now she can not only see Alexander but talk to him, even touch him in her dreams. Their connection is immediate and intense, but when their budding relationship awakens a vengeful spirit, Chloe’s tangled emotions could have dangerous consequences. Will she be dragged forever into the world of the dead?

    Alexandra Adornetto’s romantically eerie storytelling has a proven bestselling track record and this first book in the GHOST HOUSE trilogy does not disappoint, mixing scary supernatural situations with a heartbreaking love story!

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    The Character Interview

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    with Chloe Kennedy

    Q. For those who haven’t met you how would you describe yourself in 15 words or less?

    At this point in my life, I’d say nothing shocks me anymore. Go ahead, try…

    Q. What was it like to discover that you were able to see ghosts? And what was it like when they started to reappear to you after having been gone from your life for ten years?

    I never really “discovered” that I could see ghosts. They were always there, right from when I was a child and I sort of just accepted them. But as I got older, they started to scare me and my mom taught me how to block them with my mind. So the woman in the graveyard came as quite a shock, although I can’t say it doesn’t make sense. As soon as my mom was gone, they came back.

    Q. How were you able to keep your secret from your friends for all those years?

    It’s an easy secret to keep because no one else can see them! The only time it was tough, was if I saw a ghost and I happened to be with one of my friends. Then I had to act cool and pretend like nothing happened. But I wouldn’t trust my friends to keep the secret anyway. They might judge me or think I’m crazy or turn it into gossip. I don’t know how they’d react, but I don’t want to find out!

    Q. After everything that has happened, do you wish you were never able to see spirits or are you glad you have that ability? And why?

    Until I met Alex, I wished I was normal. I didn’t understand why I had this strange affliction and I would have traded places with anyone to be free of it. But Alex taught me that the dead might not be with us physically anymore, but they’re still people with complex thoughts and feelings and emotions. He taught me that love doesn’t distinguish between life and death. There’s a reason I am this way. I don’t know exactly what my purpose is right now, but I know one day I can use this gift for good.

    Q. It was quite a shock when you discovered that your Gran had arranged for you and your brother to stay with her at her home in England. How did you feel about going? And did your feelings change about being there after having met Alexander Reade?

    England was the last place I wanted to go. I wasn’t particularly close with Grandma Fee and I didn’t want to leave my home. But in hindsight, it wasn’t a home anymore without my mom. Alex, of course, impacted heavily on my feelings about Grange Hall. No one I know has suffered more loss than him and he helped me cope with my own grief, by getting me to understand that just because a person is gone from this world, doesn’t mean they aren’t close-by.

    Q. Speaking of Alex, can you tell us a little but about him and what you think of him?

    Alex is very beautiful but in a way that doesn’t seem real. He’s like a painting come to life and you’re constantly wondering if he’ll fade away when you turn your back. But he’s so much more than that. His mind is fascinating. He’s had a century and a half to observe human behavior and so he is is constantly evolving. He has known great love and great loss and I feel like I could tell him anything.

    Q. If you had any moment to do over what would it be – and why – or do you have no regrets?

    Although it was a transcendent moment in my life, looking back on it I shouldn’t have kissed Alex on the night of the Winter Ball. I wasn’t thinking and it was my fault that Joe got hurt. I knew what Isobel was capable of and I let my own selfish desires get the better of me. My friend could have died and I wouldn’t have been able to live with that.

    Q. If you could share one secret about what you discovered or experienced at Grange Hall, what would it be?

    Death is not final.


    About Alexandra Adornetto

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    Alexandra Adornetto started writing at a very young age, with her first novel being released when she was only thirteen. A native of Australia, Alexandra moved to the US to study at the University of Mississippi. She is currently living in Hollywood and working on a number of film projects, both as a writer and an actress.

    GHOST HOUSE is Alexandra’s seventh published novel and the first book in what will become her third trilogy. The first two novels of her beloved Halo series both debuted on the New York Times bestseller list and her books are sold in more than 25 countries worldwide.

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    The Giveaway

    This tour includes an couple of awesome giveaways.

    • A copy of GHOST HOUSE – ONE winner at each stop
    • A $100 gift card from either Amazon, B&N or iTunes – one GRAND PRIZE winner

    Giveaway is US/Canada.

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    Monday, August 11th – Our Wolves Den – Guest Post

    Wednesday, August 13th – Xpresso Reads – Author Interview

    Friday, August 15th – Swoony Boys Podcast – Guest Post

    Week Two

    Monday, August 18th – Fiktshun – Character Interview (Chloe)

    Wednesday, August 20th – Candace’s Book Blog – Guest Post

    Friday, August 22nd – This Girl Reads a Lot – Author Interview

    Week Three

    Monday, August 25th – Parajunkee – Guest Post

    Wednesday, August 27th – Bo-ok Nerd – Author Interview

    Friday, August 29th – Book Briefs – Guest Post

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    My Reading Pile #175

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    I wasn’t expecting anything in the mail this week. Well not until I got a DM mentioning that a certain ARC I’ve been dying to read was heading my way. And it arrived. And I’m totally stoked.

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    Thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and her very amazing mom, I received an ARC of TALON by Julie Kagawa. I am dying to read this book by the always awesome author and while I’m not officially going to be adding it to the pile this week since it doesn’t release until the end of October I might not be able to wait.

    Only time will tell. *slaps hand while reaching for ARC*

    TALON was the only physical ARC I received in the mail, but it’s not the only ARC I received this week. I got approved for three eARCs I’d requested on NetGalley that I’m so excited to read.

    Courtesy of the Harlequin Teen via NetGalley

    THE AFTERMATH by Jen Alexander

    This book sounds amazing and I would love to dive into it right now. Ever since I first read the description I was hoping it would be available for an early review. I can’t wait to meet Claudia and Declan and find out more about this live-action game that has “punishing tests of endurance and psychological challenge.” And as it releases at the end of next month, I am so excited I’ll be able to add this to the pile in a week or two.

    Courtesy of Bloomsbury Childrens via NetGalley

    WHISPER THE DEAD (The Lovegrove Legacy #2) by Alyxandra Harvey

    I loved the first book in this series. I love Alyxandra Harvey’s writing. I can’t wait to be able to continue on without having to wait for its release this October. I haven’t taken a peek at the description on Goodreads because I don’t want to pique my curiosity just yet. As I won’t be able to add this to the pile until later in August, I don’t want to torment myself with any teasers it might give about the next cousin’s story.

    Courtesy of Scholastic Press via NetGalley

    SINNER (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5) by Maggie Stiefvater

    I was totally surprised to have been approved for this title since I’d put in the request long ago and actually have the finished copy on my Kindle. But the fact that I got the approval gives me the perfect excuse to sneak it onto the pile this week. I can’t wait to read Cole’s story. I grew to love him as much, if not more, than Sam. I’m just so glad that he’s around to have a story to tell. Especially after what I thought was going to happen in FOREVER.

    Well, that’s all that I received, but there is no way I’m going to complain about getting four amazing books for review. I’m just thrilled that I’ll be able to move one of those onto the pile this week. And so…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

    {July 20, 2014 – July 26, 2014}


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    First up on the pile is SINNER by Maggie Stiefvater. While I own a copy, I did receive an eARC from Scholastic for review. Which, as I mentioned above, makes it the perfect excuse to add it to the pile this week.

    I’ve loved this series by the author since long before I became a blogger. I fell in love with the haunting quality of it and the gorgeous writing. I fell in love with its characters. And by the series’ end I fell in love with Cole St. Clair.

    So I can’t wait to see what’s been happening with him. I can’t wait to find out if Cole and Isabel get a happy ending. I can’t wait to get back to this world which I have really missed these past few years. And I will definitely be doing so on Monday.

    The Description…

    A standalone companion book to the internationally bestselling Shiver Trilogy.

    Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy.

    Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret — his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved?


    Ghost House

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    Next up on the pile is GHOST HOUSE by Alexandra Adornetto. I had grabbed an eARC a few weeks back from Harlequin Teen via NetGalley and I have been anxious to read it. Well, now that I found out I’ll be on the tour and would like to do a character interview, it’s the perfect excuse to read it right now.

    I can’t wait to meet Chloe and Alex. I can’t wait to see just how she plans on using her abilities to keep Isobel away. I can’t wait to find out if she succeeds or if the “hungry dead” are able to “claim her for their own.”

    This book sounds so awesome and if it’s as beautiful and powerful as the description promises I just know I’m going to fall in love. And if all goes as planned I’ll be sitting down to read this on Wednesday night.

    The Description…

    From the New York Times bestselling author of Halo comes the start of a beautiful and powerful new series.

    After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother’s country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…

    Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander’s past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.

    To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever… and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.


    Wishful Thinking Reads

    My wishful thinking read this week is, of course, TALON by Julie Kagawa. I actually have not read the description for this book and have not the first clue what it’s about. All I know is that it’s by Julie Kagawa and that it’s going to be awesome. And I’d love to drop everything and read it, but I have five books I need to read before I can should think about doing so. So for now, reading it is merely just a wish.


    Those Left Behind

    I am creating this post a day early as I know I won’t have time on Friday night to work on it. So I’m not entirely sure I’m going to have left any books behind. I don’t think I will.

    While I didn’t get to start on this week’s reads until late Wednesday night, due to the fact that I had to write an unexpected review for a tour in which my post was MIA, and the fact that I had to first read WAYFARING STRANGER from the previous week’s pile, I am pretty sure I’ll have finished both books by the time this posts.

    I am already half way through DARK SKYE and I know I’ll be finished with it tonight (Thursday) and will immediately start reading FORECAST which should be a super quick, one-sit-read. I’ll just have to take some time on Sunday to write both reviews.

    And while I still haven’t gotten the chance to rewrite my review for #scandal or finish writing my review for BOOMERANG, I am hopeful that I’ll be writing one of them immediately upon finishing this post. We shall see.

    But I did write two reviews so far this week – EARTHQUAKE and WAYFARING STRANGER. And I managed to be present on the blog every day this week. I just wish I hadn’t been so exhausted all week due to the insanity that was last Sunday.

    It wasn’t a total bust. But I wish I’d been a little more productive. Maybe next week.


    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    I’ve been randomly stalking NetGalley this week, but didn’t see too many new adds. I’m not sure how I tracked down THE AFTERMATH as I don’t think it was listed among the YA titles. But I’m so glad I did find it.

    And while I won’t be requesting any of this week’s titles, aside from the ones I already have, there are a few that look pretty interesting.

    Here are this week’s finds…

    THE AFTERMATH by Jen Alexander (Harlequin Teen, Aug 26 2014)

    SKINK NO SURRENDER by Carl Hiaasen (Orion Publishing Group, Sep 11 2014)

    THE RAPUNZEL DILEMMA by Jennifer Kloester (Penguin Books Australia, Aug 27 2014) **Australian Reviewers Preferred**

    I AM NUMBER FOUR: THE LOST FILES by Pittacus Lore (Penguin Books Australia, Aug 27 2014) **Australian Reviewers Preferred**

    THE WINTER PEOPLE by Rebekah L. Purdy (Entangled Publishing LLC, Sep 2 2014)


    I don’t know how well I’ll be keeping to this week’s planned reads as I really, really want to read TALON. And as I definitely plan on writing reviews for last week’s reads it may take awhile before I can actually pick up the two books on the pile this week. But I’m hopeful.

    I have a couple of review books to read next week and a book that was recommended to me as a must read, so I need to keep on schedule.

    Real life wasn’t as hectic this week, but I was playing catch up from last week and dealing with a couple of near sleepless nights. So I wasn’t as productive as I might have been. And while things might not have posted by midnight every night, at least I wasn’t MIA.

    And I plan on being around all of next week, too.

    Anyway…

    I hope you’re enjoying your summer and if you’re taking a little vacation I hope it’s awesome. And I hope that you have a few interesting books to keep you company. If you’d like to share what they are, leave a comment as I’d love to know.

    As ever… Happy reading!

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #86

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

    Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto will be released in the U.S. on August 21, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Feiwel & Friends, the print edition is 432 pages.

    Heaven is the third and final book in Alexandra Adornetto’s Halo series.

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    I own the first two books in the series so of course I had to pre-order Heaven, the final one, to complete the collection. But I haven’t yet had a chance to read any of them. So I will not be taking a look at the Goodreads description for this final book like I did for book two.

    I discovered this series before I started blogging when desperately looking for books about angels. I wish-listed Halo as it sounded so amazing, but there was a long wait until release date. So when it finally was released, I was caught up in stories of demons and dark magic and did not get Halo moved to the top of the pile.

    And then I started blogging.

    I love that these stories were written by such a young writer. And I love that the stories are about good and evil. I can’t wait to meet Gabriel, Ivy and Bethany and I hope their stories end well and that all of them have made it into this final book in the series.

    At least, with all three books available to read back-to-back-to-back I won’t have to wait anxiously for each installment. While I won’t be able to read them this fall, I think these will make the perfect reads this winter and I can’t wait.

    The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore will be released in the U.S. on August 21, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-0rder online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

    The Rise of Nine is the third full-length book in the Lorien Legacies series by the author.

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    I am super excited to finally get the chance to dive back into this series. I’d read the first book in the series last year just prior to the release of The Power of Six, but I hadn’t had a chance to read that second book at the time. Both books are in my eBook collection, and now, thanks to the publisher, I have them in print, as well.

    Because I’m already hooked on this series I had to pre-order this third full-length book, The Rise of Nine. I can’t wait to read this latest installment and its predecessor to find out just what has been going on with the escapees fight against those who are after them.

    I did take a peek at the description a little while back, but now that I will be reading it shortly I don’t want to accidentally risk reading any spoilers. But I am excited to get back into the world and find out if they’ve all survived.

    While my Kindle pre-order will be downloading on Tuesday, I’ll likely read the ARC I received from the publisher when I jump back into the series next week.

    Over You by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus will be released in the U.S. on August 21, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 288 pages.

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    I just talked about this book yesterday as it’s on My Reading Pile this week so I won’t say too much more here. But I’m, so, so excited to read it. Which I will be doing tonight as I have the ARC. But, my pre-order eBook will be downloading on Monday night so I may switch to that if I haven’t finished devouring this book by then.

    As I said before, I love these authors’ books and writing. They collaborate so incredibly well I would never have imagined there were two voices that contributed to the stories. Their ability to tell a story is effortless and I cannot wait to get caught up in this latest release.

    And I’m super glad that I don’t have to wait until tomorrow to do so!

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    Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You by Joyce Carol Oates

    Pub. Date: August 21, 2012

    Published by: HarperTeen

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    I am so glad it’s another quiet release week. Though this is the quiet before the storm. Because next week and the week after that are so incredibly filled with the new releases I have on order that they take up almost two pages of my list of pre-order eBook downloads at Amazon.

    I plan on having two of these three books read before the first of September and so there is just the one book getting added to my longer-term TBR shelf. So that’s somewhat of a relief, as I will be drowning in new release titles on both August 28th and September 4th with no real hope of catching up any time soon!

    I hope you found some exciting, delectable, enchanting, bewitching, action-packed, torturous, dreamy or nail-biting books to add to your collection this week. And…

    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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    My Reading Pile #33

    Each of the books that arrived this week was a total surprise. I did not expect any of them to arrive this week, even though I knew I’d get them eventually. The books and swag I was expecting didn’t show. But these more than made up for the missing items.

    Since I did get a few lovely things worth talking about in my mailbox this week, I am giving credit to Kristi at The Story Siren who came up with the idea of sharing what’s in her mailbox each week.

    At the top of the pile is a signed copy of Hourglass by Myra McEntire that I won during the YA Crush Tourney from The YA Sisterhood‘s amazing blog. I was totally not expecting it this week, but I am super glad to have received it. It’s even more gorgeous in person. Sadly the envelope was open and a bunch of swag was lost, but at least I got my lovely signed book.

    I also received a copy of My Life Undecided by Jessica Brody for review from the publisher Macmillan. This book sounds like such a fun and super cute book and I can’t wait to add it to my reading pile in the next few weeks.

    I also received a copy of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin that I won in a giveaway over the summer on Karsten Knight’s blog. I also did not expect this to arrive, so it was a total surprise to find it in my mailbox.

    I can’t wait to read all three books, although I do have Hourglass and The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer in my eBook collection already. But they both look so amazing in print and I’m glad to have them for printed book my collection.

    I also thought I’d share a picture of just a few of the signed books that I bought this week for my blogoversary giveaway, which is coming up in a couple weeks. Beautiful Chaos is signed by both Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, The Daughter of Smoke and Bone is signed by Laini Taylor and Dear Bully is signed by (I believe) Jessica Brody, Amy Koss, Melodye Shore, Nancy Holder and Lauren Kate.

    I tried to go back today to buy a few more copies of Dear Bully and there was only one copy left. I’ll just have to find something else to give away instead. But the blogoversary isn’t for a couple weeks, so I still have time.

    Anyway…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

    (October 30-November 5, 2011)

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    First up is Halo by Alexandra Adornetto. I have owned this eBook since its release, but haven’t yet had a chance to read it. I had this book on pre-order for a long time before it was released, during my pre-blogging fascination with stories about angels. But when it was released, I was hooked on a different genre and just never had the time to get back to it.

    I had the opportunity to get a copy of the sequel, Hades, for review recently, and I jumped at the chance. I figured it would be the excuse I needed to add Halo to my reading pile. I can’t wait to finally start reading this book that was much coveted by me before I started blogging.

    I am excited to meet Gabriel, Ivy and Bethany and see if they are able to save the world from darkness. And I am curious to find out whether Bethany and Xavier’s love story will threaten Bethany and the other angels’ mission.

    I also have some pretty serious cover love for this book and would have bought it for the cover alone. And I am hopeful that this story is just as gorgeous. I’m looking forward to finding out in just a few days.

    Next up is Hades by Alexandra Adornetto. Hades is the sequel to Halo, which I am also reading this week. I decided to read both books back-to-back so I could have the experience of continuing the story without a break in between.

    I received Hades for review from the publisher, but I did end up buying the eBook for my permanent collection since I already owned Halo in eBook format. I am excited to read both books back-to-back to see how each story compares. And I can’t wait to see just what direction the author takes this story in.

    While I did read the description when this book was released, now that I’m close to reading the first book in the series, I don’t want to look again, in case there are any spoilers.

    But from the cover image, colors and title, things look like they may not have worked out so well for the three angels in Halo and so I am quite curious as to just what happened at the end of book one.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    I have one wishful thinking read and one wishful thinking re-read this week. My wishful thinking read is Fever by Lauren DeStefano. While I don’t have a copy of this book yet, Jaime from Two Chicks On Books was so super nice and grabbed me an ARC today, which she’ll be sending out soon. And I can’t wait.

    But in anticipation of getting this amazing book, I would love the chance to re-read Wither so that the story is fresh in my mind. And so that I can just jump from one book to the next without the long, painful wait I have had to endure since I read Wither early through the publisher’s Galley Grab program.

    Those left behind:

    I am totally behind on last week’s reads. I started reading Where You Are by Tammara Webber, which I love so far, but ended up not reading anything for the rest of the week.

    I did end up going off-pile and start reading Death Sentence by Alexander Gordon Smith on Friday morning because I was just so morbidly curious about what was going on with Alex in book three after the way things ended in Solitary.

    I should be finished with Where You Are by Sunday when I’m supposed to start on my new reading pile, but I didn’t even get to pick up Drink, Slay, Love. I do plan on reading that before starting on this new pile and I hope by next weekend I’ll be caught up, or at least close to caught up, with both weeks’ reads.

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    Everything I said about not requesting books went right out the window last week. I was answering a question on my blog, Bloggers Corner, and ended up checking out a few of the publishers’ catalogs. That lead to me requesting a few ARCs. Which then lead me to signing on to NetGalley to see how many books I was behind on.

    That was a mistake. I saw at least ten new books I wanted to request. While I didn’t go completely crazy, I didn’t stay completely strong, either. I did end up requesting and receiving one book – On a Dark Wing by Jordan Dane.

    I did not trade for any books this week, which is a really good thing, but I still have plenty of older book trades that will be trickling in over the next few months and adding to my ever growing reading pile.

    Hopefully I can remain semi-strong and avoid too many more trades in the coming months. It’s the only way to avoid being buried by my reading pile, because I clearly can’t stay away from publisher requests, Galley Grab or NetGalley.

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    Giveaway: Hades

    Hades, the sequel to Halo by Alexandra Adornetto, was released yesterday, August 30, 2011, in the U.S. in hardcover, audio and eBook formats.

    To celebrate its book birthday, the publisher has released this yummy new trailer and has offered a copy for giveaway.

    I have not yet read Halo, but I’ve owned it since it’s eBook release and plan on reading it soon so that I can read and review Hades. I discovered Halo as one of the Amazon recommends when I was in my angel phase after reading The Mortal Instruments series. While it wasn’t yet available, I had it on my wishlist until I could pre-order it.

    Of course as soon as it downloaded, I moved, and it got lost in the shuffle. And once I started blogging, well, you know…

    A Peek Inside

    If you hadn’t had a chance to read the first book in the series, Halo, the publisher has offered a long look inside, HERE.

    And if you want to take a peek at Hades, courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    The Trailer

    About Hades

    “Heaven Help Her. 

    Bethany Church is an angel sent to Earth to keep dark forces at bay. Falling in love was never part of her mission, but the bond between Beth and her mortal boyfriend, Xavier Woods, is undeniably strong. But even Xavier?s love, and the care of her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can?t keep Beth from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, the demon Jake Thorn bargains for Beth?s release back to Earth. But what he asks of her will destroy her, and quite possibly, her loved ones, as well.”

    The story that Alexandra Adornetto built in her bestselling debut, Halo, comes alive in action-packed and unexpected ways, as angels battle demons, and the power of love is put to the test.

    Places to stalk

    The author’s fan page on Facebook

    The author’s fall tour schedule on Facebook

    Macmillan’s author page or book page

    What’s Up for Grabs:

    One copy of Hades by Alexandra Adornetto.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. You must be 13 or older.

    3. Giveaway is US and Canada ONLY.

    4. Book will be shipped directly from the publisher.

    5. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on September 9th. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on September 10th. Winner will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    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:

    Stay tuned. I’ll be choosing the winner shortly.

    Random has spoken and we have a…

    Congratulations Charlene! You are the winner for the Hades giveaway. I’ll be contacting you by email for your details and you will have 48 hours to respond or I will have to choose another winner.

    Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway. I’ll be having another one really soon. Still trying to clear off those shelves.

    UPDATE: I have not heard back from Charlene within 48 hours and the publisher’s deadline is tomorrow, so I have gone to the next name on the list.

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    The Extras: August

    Yes we’re back with this month’s “Extras” post. As some of you may already know…

    Whenever I find either a legal free download, an excerpt or sneak peek of a book online, I try to link to it in a related post or include the link in my sidebar (to your right).

    But once a month I’ll pop them into a post for a “one-stop shop” with a brief description. You may have previously seen some of these in my sidebar and one or two may still be lingering, well here they are once more in case you missed them. (My sidebar tends to have a LOT of info.)

    We have a few peeks at upcoming releases, just released books and some of them are just items that have been offered for free for awhile but you might have missed.

    And yes, I know it’s not August yet, but it’s a monthly post that I do around this time each month in anticipation. Besides, wouldn’t you rather read the excerpts before the books are released? I know I would.

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    Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake will be released in the U.S. on August 30, 2011.

    This story sounds just as cool and creepy as its cover. A boy who hunts and kills the dead ends up in a town where a ghost, Anna Dressed in Blood, has been murdering everyone who enters her home, except him.

    Anna was murdered and still wears the dress she was killed in, but now it’s covered in blood. Definitely creepy.

    The publisher, Tor, is giving readers a look inside, HERE.

    Hades by Alexandra Adornetto will be released in the U.S. on August 30, 2011.

    Hades is the sequel to Halo which was released last year and it continues Gabriel, Ivy and Bethany’s story. In this installment, Bethany gets tricked into taking a motorcycle ride into Hell and if she wants to be freed she has to agree to a bargain that may just not be worth it.

    The description is very mysterious and cryptic, but perhaps the excerpt can shed some light as to what we can expect.

    The publisher, Feiwel and Friends, a division of Macmillan, is giving readers a long look, HERE.

    Twisted by Gena Showalter will be released in the U.S. on August 30, 2011.

    Twisted is the third book in the Intertwined series. And from the description things just keep getting worse for Aden Stone. With everything that has happened to him over the course of the past two books he now has a darkness within him that just keeps growing.

    It doesn’t sound like things are going to end on a happy note at this book’s conclusion.

    The author is giving readers a peek at Twisted on her website, HERE.

    Bloodlines by Richelle Mead will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011.

    This book, set in the same world as the Vampire Academy series, is about Sydney – yay – and Jill Dragomir and takes place at a human school in Palm Springs, California.

    And according to the description some of the characters we’ve known from the series will make an appearance in this book.

    Penguin Young Readers is offering a look at the first chapter of Bloodlines, via Scribd, HERE.

    Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011.

    The description promises flirting and fun for Elise and sounds like it might be a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Set at a prep school in Los Angeles, Elise is the principal’s daughter, the hot boy is Derek Edwards, and to round out this love triangle is the sexy outcast, Webster Grant.

    Epic Fail sounds like it just might be an win.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a nice long look inside, HERE.

    Never Have I Ever by Sara Shepard will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011.

    It is the second book in The Lying Game series. Emma is still trying to solve her twin sister’s murder. The sister she never knew she had. She is living as her sister while trying to uncover who the killer could be. In this sequel there are even more suspects and Emma is in even more danger.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a super long look inside, HERE.

    Eternal by Gillian Shields will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011.

    Eternal is the third book in the Immortals series. This installment is about Sarah Fitzalan who is fighting to keep the sisterhood together and prepare for an attack by the dark coven. Everything is up in the air as Evie and Helen aren’t as dedicated to the sisterhood as they once were, possibly leaving Sarah on her own to fight for them all.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a peek at Eternal, HERE.

    Supernaturally by Kiersten White will be released in the U.S. on July 26, 2011.

    Supernaturally is the second book in the Paranormalcy series. Evie is trying to fit into the normal world with limited success. She decides to do some work with IPCA, but things keep going wrong. And no matter how hard she tries, she can’t seem to avoid Reth, who tells her something about her past that is completely shocking.

    Once again HarperTeen is giving readers a long look, HERE.

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    And for one more chance to take a peek, here are a few books that are available now.

    Nightspell by Leah Cypess was released in the U.S. on May 31, 2011.

    It is a standalone companion book to Mistwood. Darri heads to Ghostland to rescue her sister but in order to do so she must face a number of obstacles, including a “handsome ghost prince.” And she will be forced to make a decision that will threaten the “balance of power between the living and the dead.” Sounds like a pretty epic journey.

    Yet another peek inside by the awesome HarperTeen, HERE.

    Dead Rules by Randy Russell was released in the U.S. on June 21, 2011.

    Jana Webster thought she’d be with Michael Haynes forever. But when she turns up in Dead School alone and it doesn’t seem Michael’s in any rush to join her, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Because if they can’t be together in life, they may as well be together in death. It’s what Romeo and Juliet did, after all.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a peek inside, HERE. This is definitely a book worth checking out. But, as I’ve said before, be warned because once you start reading you will won’t be satisfied with just the excerpt.

    Immortal by Gillian Shields was released in the U.S. on August 4, 2009.

    Evie Johnson is forced to attend the Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies. She is lonely and having a difficult time fitting into life at the school until she meets Sebastian. But he is keeping secrets about his past, and as the story unfolds she learns things about Sebastian and about herself that she never could have imagined.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a chance to take a look at the entire book in anticipation of Eternal’s release, HERE.

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    I haven’t read all of these books, but I have read a few of them. And I managed to stay strong and not check out any of the excerpts. I plan on buying all of the upcoming books without a peek, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to take a long look inside before making a purchase.

    So, I’ve included them here for your reading pleasure. Happy reading!

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