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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #140

    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 September 3rd-September 9th that I have pre-ordered.

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    The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

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    THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    A paperback edition will be released on September 17, 2013.

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

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    I am such a huge fan of author Holly Black that anytime she releases a new book I’ll automatically pre-order it. But THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN would have been on my pre-order list regardless, as it sounds awesome.

    Any story that’s described as being about “rage and revenge” and “guilt and horror” and “love and loathing” is one that will appeal to me. And any story that promises such a fascinating world of walled cities housing quarantined humans and monsters is one I just have to check out.

    I’m curious to know what happened in Tana’s Coldtown, why her ex is infected and just what this mysterious boy’s secret is. As I have avoided any and all ratings and reviews for this book I have no idea what its reception is, but I cannot wait to read it and hopefully fall in love with it later this week.

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    All Our Yesterdays

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    ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Disney-Hyperion, the print edition is 368 pages.

    ALL OUR YESTERDAYS is the first book in author Cristin Terrill’s Cassandra Chronicles. The second book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    Since the moment I first saw ALL OUR YESTERDAYS on NetGalley I knew that this would be a book I’d want in my collection. Even before I got the chance to take a peek at it for review I pre-ordered it.

    And while I did receive an eARC, I only just got the chance to start reading it. But what little I did read leads me to believe that I’m going to love this book. Yes, right from the start it was just so easy to get caught up in the story, which for me typically means that it will be a book I adore.

    I love stories involving time travel and can’t wait to find out if what I think is going to be revealed based upon the description is actually going to happen. I have my suspicions, but as they are potentially spoiler-y I don’t even want to voice them here.

    I hope to finish reading this today, so I’ll know whether I was wrong or right, but as I’ve heard whispers about the impact this book had on readers, I have a feeling….

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    Takedown

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    TAKEDOWN by Allison van Diepen will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 2013 in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 288 pages.

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    I’ve been a fan of Allison van Diepen for quite a long while and I can’t wait to add TAKEDOWN to my collection this week. I love that this author writes stories that are dark and gritty and I’m excited that this newest release sounds like one of those stories.

    It’s not often that I read stories about characters that serve as informants to the police. I don’t typically read books about drug rings, turf wars or vendettas. And I rarely read these types of stories where it’s a teen that’s the central character.

    But I am curious about what happens to Darren and whether he’ll be able to do what he needs to do for the police and still keep Jessica safe. The description promises a story that is “fast-paced” and I can’t wait to check it out in a couple of weeks.

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    Conjured

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    CONJURED by Sarah Beth Durst will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Walker Children’s, the print edition is 368 pages.

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    I love author Sarah Beth Durst’s writing and I can’t wait to add CONJURED to my collection this week. I just recently received an eARC for review, though I’ll probably end up reading the finished copy on my Kindle.

    The description promises a story that sounds dark, creepy and totally awesome. A magic-wielding serial killer, a hidden but horrifying memory, terrifying visions and dreams that sound more like nightmares.

    I cannot wait to meet Eve and find out just why she’s dreaming of “a tattered carnival tent and buttons being sewn into her skin.” I can’t wait to find out just what dark memory she’s hiding and what truth might be “more dangerous than anyone could have ever imagined.”

    If I don’t get the chance to read CONJURED this week, I’m definitely going to try and sneak a read in next week, because this sounds way too amazing to keep on the pile.

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    Scorched

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    SCORCHED by Mari Mancusi will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Sourcebooks Fire, the print edition is 352 pages.

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    I love Mari Mancusi’s Blood Coven series and I can’t wait for my pre-order of SCORCHED to download. It was one of those books I automatically purchased because I adore the author’s writing, but after having read the description I’m super excited to check it out.

    I have always loved stories about dragons, whether they’re ones where the dragons should be protected or ones where they should be destroyed. And I’m curious to find out whether the dragon in SCORCHED is worthy of Trinity’s protection.

    I am also curious as to why Trinity is hearing a voice in her head and what that means for her in this story. Based upon the description I have a feeling this story will be told from three POVs – Trinity, Connor and Caleb – and I can’t wait to meet them all.

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     Eternity

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    ETERNITY by Elizabeth Miles will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 2013 in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 336 pages.

    ETERNITY is the third and final book in author Elizabeth Miles’ The Fury Trilogy.

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    I own the previous books in this series but I have yet to get the chance to read them. Now that this third and final book in the trilogy, ETERNITY, is releasing this week and will be downloading to my Kindle on Monday Midnight I hope to be able to read the entire series back-to-back-to-back.

    I can’t wait to meet Em and Crow and JD. I can’t wait to find out just what games the Furies are playing. And I can’t wait to find out just what is happening with Emily – yes, I took a peek at the description.

    The description mentions “secrets and revenge” and “desperate measures” and “fateful choices” and I cannot wait to find out how all of these things come together in this final book in the series. And I can’t wait to see whether Emily will be saved or whether the Furies will be victorious.

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    Sweet Legacy

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    SWEET LEGACY by Tera Lynn Childs will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 384 pages.

    SWEET LEGACY is the third, and final, book in author Tera Lynn Child’s Medusa Girls trilogy.

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    I did not know this was only a trilogy when I pre-ordered SWEET LEGACY. While I have yet to get the chance to read either of the previous books in this series I own them both and can’t wait to read this series in its entirety.

    When the first book in the series was released I managed to read the first few chapters so I knew I’d enjoy it. I just didn’t get the chance to finish, even after book two was released. But now that the series is available to read from start to finish I am super excited to read it all at once.

    I can’t wait to meet Grace, Gretchen and Greer. I love Greek mythology and cannot wait to discover this author’s interpretation of the myths. As I haven’t read the description for SWEET LEGACY I don’t know what will be happening to the characters in this final book. I don’t even know if this series is told in multiple points of view or if each book is told from a different character POV.

    But I love surprises and I can’t wait to be surprised by this series, hopefully, next month.

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    Eternal

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    ETERNAL by Kristi Cook will be released in the U.S. on September 3, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 416 pages.

    ETERNAL is the third, and final, book in author Krist Cook’s Haven trilogy.

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    I am so behind on this series by Kristi Cook, a situation I must remedy. I read the first book when it was released and loved it, but when the sequel was released a bit later I didn’t have the time to pick it up, though I do own it and plan on reading it. Especially now that ETERNAL, the final book in the series, is set to download to my Kindle this week.

    I can’t wait to find out just what has been happening with Violet and Aidan. The description for MIRAGE makes me nervous about whether Aidan and Violet have a future together. But it makes me more nervous about whether Aidan even has a future.

    I have no idea what truths will be uncovered in the second book in the series. I have no idea whether Aidan even exists in this third and final book – no I didn’t read the description. But this book’s title, ETERNAL, gives me a little bit of hope that maybe, just maybe, he does.

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    Gold

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    GOLD by Talia Vance will be released in the U.S. on September 8, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in paperback format at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE. (The eBook is available as of today, September 1st.)

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 408 pages.

    GOLD is the second book in author Talia Vance’s Bandia series. No information is yet available about a sequel.

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    I was so surprised when GOLD downloaded to my Kindle on the 1st. I forgot that sometimes this publisher makes the electronic copies available a week before release date on Amazon. But I am super thrilled to have the finished copy in my collection.

    I had the chance to read GOLD super early and fell madly in love with it when I read it way back when. I never thought I’d have been as okay as I was becoming Team Austin, especially after that thing with the horse in SILVER, but the author made it just so easy in this book.

    As is typical, as I have already spotlighted GOLD for my Book Watch post a couple of weeks ago, I won’t ramble on about it here. But I will just say that this sequel was amazing and a little bit heartbreaking. And if a third book isn’t on the horizon I think it will kill me. Because I am not at all ready to say goodbye to these characters.

    Although I have already read GOLD, I do plan on re-reading it soon. I also plan on re-reading SILVER. They are two books that are totally guilt-free guilty pleasure reads and I cannot wait to rediscover them, hopefully, at the end of this month.

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    The Truth About You and Me

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    THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU & ME by Amanda Grace will be released in the U.S. on September 8, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in paperback format at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE. (The eBook is available as of today, September 1st.)

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 264 pages.

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    I was super surprised when I saw that THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU & ME downloaded to my Kindle on the 1st. I’d forgotten I pre-ordered it and that this publisher releases the eBooks a week prior to the stated publication date.

    But I cannot wait to read this story told in letters. I am curious as to whether I’ll feel heartbroken for these characters or disturbed by the fact that Bennett can’t recognize just how young Madelyn truly is. I suppose it might depend on just how wide the age gap is between the two.

    The description already reveals that it is an ill-fated love story and with the fact that there is an apology I’m curious as to just how much trouble Bennett will be in. It leads off with the line that “[s]mart girls aren’t supposed to do stupid things” but at sixteen I can’t imagine how much of a choice Madelyn had about falling in love.

    I am more curious to see how I’ll react to this story of forbidden romance as an adult. I know as a teen I would have seen it as romantic and tragic and would not have seen anything wrong with an older man in a position of authority falling in love with a young girl. Now I’m not sure I’ll be able to look past the fact that Bennett should have known better in order to be able to connect with this story, even if I could relate to Madelyn.

    And because I’m wildly curious, I may just have to read THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU & ME later this week.

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    Other Books of Note

    Starry Nights

    STARRY NIGHTS by Daisy Whitney

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Social Code

    THE SOCIAL CODE (The Start-up #1) by Sadie Hayes

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The 100

    THE 100 by Kass Morgan

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Dead is Just a Dream

    DEAD IS JUST A DREAM (Dead Is #8) by Marlene Perez

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Two Lies and a Spy

    TWO LIES AND A SPY by Kat Carlton

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Ghost in the Glass House

    THE GHOST IN THE GLASS HOUSE by Carey Wallace

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Clarion Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Are You Experienced

    ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? by Jordan Sonnenblick

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    When the World Was Flat

    WHEN THE WORLD WAS FLAT by Ingrid Jonach

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Strange Chemistry

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Dead Ends

    DEAD ENDS by Erin Jade Lange

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    I Am Alice

    THE LAST APPRENTICE: I AM ALICE (Wardstone Chronicles #12) by Joseph Delaney

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Greenwillow Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Leap of Faith

    LEAP OF FAITH by Jamie Blair

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Outside

    THE OUTSIDE (Hallowed Ones #2) by Laura Bickle

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Project Cain

    PROJECT CAIN by Geoffrey Girard

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Bind-up: Cracked Up To Be & Some Girls Are

    What Goes Around

    WHAT GOES AROUND by Courtney Summers

    Pub. Date: September 6, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Somebody Up There Hates You

    SOMEBODY UP THERE HATES YOU by Hollis Seamon

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Projection

    PROJECTION by Risa Green

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Soho Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Lord of Opium

    THE LORD OF OPIUM (Matteo Alacran #2) by Nancy Farmer

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Athaneum Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Into That Forest

    INTO THAT FOREST by Louis Nowra

    Pub. Date: September 3, 2013

    Publisher: Skyscape

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Night Witches

    NIGHT WITCHES by L.J. Adlington

    Pub. Date: September 5, 2013

    Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

    (AMAZON)

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    With ten books pre-ordered and nineteen other books releasing this week, a few of which I just know I’m going to order, this week is almost as insane as last week.

    I am now officially buried under books.

    And with eight of those pre-orders in the TBR pile and one book currently being read, I don’t think I’ll find myself unburied for a long, long time.

    Last week I thought I’d only be adding six books to my collection this week. I was so very, very wrong. And with so many more books releasing in September and October that I’m excited to read, I don’t know if I’ll ever get caught up.

    I’d like to say that in 2014 I’ll try to avoid discovering any new debut authors. But if I made that promise to myself, it’s one I know I’d break the instant a new book caught my eye. So I’m not going to even bother.

    But I may just have to try and wish list a few books in the coming years if I keep blogging rather than ordering them all for “someday.” Because, at the rate I’m going, I’m not sure if someday will be any day soon.

    For now, though, I shall continue to buy every book my heart desires even if that desire exceeds my ability to read those books in the very near future.

    Anyway… If you’ve been as eager to read THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN as I’ve been or if there are any other of this week’s releases that you’ve been dying to read, I’d love to know!

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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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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #22

    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 May 31st-June 6th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Nightspell by Leah Cypess will be released in the U.S. on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 336 pages.

    I have had Nightspell on pre-order for ages. I bought the eBook for Mistwood right before I started blogging, but it’s currently in my TBR pile. It’s one of the books I am dying to read, but since I started blogging I just haven’t had the time to move it to the top of the pile.

    I am debating whether or not to read Nightspell before I read Mistwood as it mentions that it is a standalone companion novel in the series, but I’m somewhat wary. I tend to like to read books in the order they’re released, so I haven’t made up my mind just yet.

    I really want to find out more about Ghostland and this book has sorcerers, spells, warriors and…you guessed it – ghosts! (And handsome ones at that.) So, I am going to make it my mission to read Mistwood just so that I can unlock the mysteries of Nightspell.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a look inside Nightspell, HERE.

    As I haven’t yet found a trailer for Nightspell, here is the trailer for Mistwood:

    The Eternal Sea by Angie Frazier, the second book in the Everlasting series, will be released in the U.S. on June 1, 2011. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover format only.

    Published by Scholastic Press, the print edition is 368 pages.

    The Eternal Sea is a book that I bid on and won an ARC of in a charity auction. I’ve also owned Everlasting in eBook format for quite some time and had wanted to read both books before release date, but June has come up too quickly.

    I am hoping to read both this month as this series looks amazing and the description of Eternal Sea (which I shouldn’t have read before reading Everlasting) completely got me hooked.

    I love books involving immortality and true love. And according to the description this story has both, but a curse threatens everything and puts the main character, Camille, and her love in danger. While I always secretly hope for happily ever after, without a fight to keep it, it isn’t nearly as exciting.

    As The Eternal Sea is not yet available as an eBook, I will be buying the finished copy in hardcover on release date if the eBook isn’t released on that date.

    Book trailer for Everlasting, the first book in the series:

    Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini will be released in the U.S. on May 31, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available online to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by HarperTeen, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 496 pages.

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

    I have already spotlighted Starcrossed in my “Book Watch” post, so I promise to keep this super short. Destiny, demigods, myths and legends, beautiful cover. Amazing writing. What more could I want in a book? Nothing.

    This book (which I’ve already started reading) is amazing. I can’t wait for the eBook to download, but I also managed to snag a hard copy at the bookstore today. It’s even more beautiful than the very flat jpg image that I’d been staring at for months.

    To read an excerpt of Starcrossed, courtesy of the publisher, HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

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    The Ivy: Secrets by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur will be released in the U.S. on May 31, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 320 pages.

    I had a chance to get an ARC through a trade, but hadn’t realized it was a sequel at the time. I still have to read the first book, and this one, but I had flipped through the ARC and also listened to the authors discuss the book on YouTube.

    This series sounded so amazing that I bought the first book for my Kindle and pre-ordered Secrets. I just have to get the time to read both. I’m so curious to find out what happened to Callie her first semester at Harvard and then to find out what happens in this installment with this group of back-stabbing, power-hungry Ivy Leaguers.

    It sounds as if surviving Harvard’s courses are the least of Callie’s problems and I can’t even imagine what she might have done that’s making her keep so many secrets.

    To read an excerpt of The Ivy: Secrets, courtesy of HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    Forgiven by Janet Fox will be released in the U.S. on June 2, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Speak, the print edition is 288 pages.

    I have an ARC of Forgiven which is on my reading pile this week. But I had this book on pre-order in eBook format for awhile. I’m definitely a historical young adult fiction newbie, but this book sounded intriguing and based on the author’s writing style it looks like one I think I’ll really enjoy.

    I definitely have cover love for this book, and the character’s name, Kula, is very memorable and different. I can’t wait to see what life in San Francisco is like through Kula’s eyes and to find out whether she gets accepted into society and finds true love.

    Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade, the second book in The Ghost and the Goth series, will be released in the U.S. on May 31, 2011. It is available to pre-order online in hardcover format only at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, a division of Disney Book Group, the print edition is 272 pages.

    I had this book on pre-order ever since I heard the author speak at the RT Convention in Los Angeles, but spotted a copy in the bookstore early, so I bought it. (It’s always better to have it now, rather than having to wait.) When I heard her talking about her first book in the series,  The Ghost and the Goth, it sounded so awesome and the type of book I would totally enjoy.

    I have the eARC of Queen of the Dead through NetGalley, and have both books on my reading pile this week, but I knew I’d want to have this one for my collection. Just hearing the author speak about her writing process and a little bit about what went into creating this book made this one a definite must read for me. And yes, I am glad this series will continue beyond the two books.

    This second installment in the series does not sound like much fun for Alona. A homecoming queen turned ghost who has to work and then has to worry about her family moving on and her only connection to the living world, Will, not paying her quite enough attention, is surely not an ideal afterlife. Oh, and according to this description there’s a huge cliffhanger.

    Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren, the second book in the River of Time series, will be released in the U.S. on June 1, 2011. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in paperback and eBook formats.

    Published by David C. Cook, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Cascade is another book I have on my reading pile for this week, as I received an eARC for review from the author. But I have this book on pre-order in eBook format, as I know I’ll want it for my collection. I recently read Waterfall and I can’t wait to start reading Cascade.

    I just love the world that the author has created and can’t wait to head back to the fourteenth century to see what happens next. I have loved stories about traveling through time since forever and this series is no exception.

    I don’t know much about what’s in store for this installment, but I can’t wait to find out, and I’m glad I get to read it a few days before its release.

    To read an excerpt of Cascade, courtesy of Scribd, CLICK HERE.

    Torrent, the third book in the series releases in September.

    Book trailer for Waterfall, the first book in the series:

    The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen will be released in the U.S. on June 1, 2011 in hardcover format. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Point, a division of Scholastic, the print edition is 272 pages.

    The Vampire Stalker is another one on my pile this week. I have a printed ARC but will be ordering the finished copy on release date in eBook format if it’s available or in print format if it’s not. This is one I’ll definitely want for my collection as I love the author’s writing and own a few of her books already.

    I absolutely love that this story is about a girl who falls for the main character in a story she’s reading who manages to escape the pages of the book and become a reality in order to track down a vampire.

    I really hope their love story works out, as it would be totally devastating if he had to return to the story and leave her heartbroken. I think I will be keeping my fingers crossed while I read this one.

    To read an excerpt of chapter one from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Book trailer for The Vampire Stalker:

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    For those eBook fans, The Girl in the Steel Corset comes out in eBook format on June 1, just over a week after the hardcover edition was released.

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    I cannot believe how many new releases there are this week, especially since Simon & Schuster doesn’t seem to have any books coming out this week. I have all of these either pre-ordered or already purchased and I can’t wait to start reading them all.

    Next week is another huge week and so is June 14th. I’m stuck somewhere between being ecstatic and slightly frantic. And my wallet is completely giving me the evil eye. So, I’m just ignoring it.

    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, let me know!

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    My Reading Pile #11

    So, I didn’t get too many new books in the mail this past week, but the ones I did are pretty awesome, because they’re all signed, although they aren’t on my pile of reads for this week.

    I still have a book left behind from last week to catch up on, but because there’s an extra day to this weekend I hope to get caught up. Next week’s pile is scary given just how many books are releasing on June 7th that I have sitting next to me. I’ll definitely have some tough decisions to make.

    But, as next weekend is the read-a-thon over at Awesome Bookworm, which sort of straddles this week’s reading pile selections and next week’s, I hope to tackle some of those June 7th and June 14th releases. We shall see. But for now…

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

    (May 29-June 4, 2011)

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    I can’t wait to read The Vampire Stalker. I have wanted to read this book forever. I really enjoyed Raven by Allison van Diepen and was excited to get an early copy of this book through a trade. Of course, because I’m so behind I’m only getting to it now. It was on my wishful thinking reads list last week, but my wishes did not come true, so it’s on the pile this week.

    The idea of fiction becoming reality as characters from a book come to life is definitely intriguing. Especially when there’s a bit of a mystery and a love story involved.

    There is an excerpt on the author’s website of chapter one, HERE.

    I received an eARC of Cascade from the author for review. I’m really excited to start reading the book this weekend, just in time to review it for release date on June 1st. This is the second book in the River of Time series and I can’t wait to return to fourteenth century to continue the adventures and see what happens next for Gabi and whether she’ll choose love over family.

    The third book in the series, Torrent, will be released in September, so there’s not too long a wait to read the next book.

    And if you haven’t checked out the first book, Waterfall, Scribd has a peek of the prologue and first chapter, HERE.

    Forgiven is another book I received through a trade awhile back. But I just didn’t have a chance to get to read it when it first landed in my mailbox. As it releases this week, I’m excited to finally read it.

    This sounds like a completely different type of story than ones I typically read. From the description, it appears to be historical fiction, with a heroine who has to overcome hardship and in the process falls in love.

    I love discovering books that are outside the scope of what I normally read. I enjoy variety and just from flipping through the pages of the book the author’s writing style has a really nice flow.

    I received an eARC of Queen of the Dead from the publisher via NetGalley. As I haven’t yet read the first book in the series, The Ghost and the Goth, I’m hoping to read that book and this one, this week. (Although this may be one of the books that gets read during the read-a-thon.)

    I heard the author speak on a panel during the RT Convention in April, and I immediately bought her book. She was absolutely delightful and the series sounds like such fun. I definitely want to find out what happens with this very unconventional romance – a ghost cheerleader and a goth boy are a completely unexpected match-up. It’s bound to be highly entertaining.

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    Okay, so I’ve increased it to four this week, and with the first book in a series I need to read, that makes it five. I’m stretching it, as one of the days this week is the read-a-thon, so I’m thinking it might be doable.

    Plus, it’s a holiday weekend here in the United States and I have an extra day off. I’m hoping to spend a part of that reading, although I do plan on enjoying time at the beach. It is summer kick-off weekend after all.

    Wishful thinking reads:

    Half-Blood. Definitely. That is my only wishful thinking read this week. I want to read this asap. I already started it, just a bit, but release date is way off and so I really should read some other more timely books first. But isn’t reading about finding your favorite books and reading those? I think so. So this one might just pop itself on top of the pile.

    Those left behind:

    Reading pile-wise, nothing got left behind. But I have a few books that weren’t on the pile that I must read in the next week or two – Between by Cyndi Tefft, Slumber by Samantha Young and The Kringle Khronicles Volume I: The Legend of Winterdale by B. Jason Roer. These are three books that I cannot wait to read!

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    Do you create a reading pile?

    If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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    The Trailers: June

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

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

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

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    Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

    Release date: May 31, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    The Ivy: Secrets by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur

    Release date: May 31, 2011

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

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    The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen

    Release date: June 1, 2011

    (Scholastic Teens)

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    Hereafter by Tara Hudson

    Release date: June 7, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    Passion by Lauren Kate

    Release date: June 14, 2011

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

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    Passion by Lauren Kate

    Release date: June 14, 2011

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

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    A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

    Release date: June 21, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

    Release date: June 21, 2011

    (Bloomsbury Kids)

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    Luminous by Dawn Metcalf

    Release date: June 30, 2011

    (Dawn Metcalf)

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