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    A BREATH OF FROST “First Look” Blog Tour: Alyxandra Harvey Interview + Giveaway

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    I am super excited that today is RELEASE DAY for A BREATH OF FROST. Because now – finally – everyone will get the chance to read this awesome new book by Alyxandra Harvey that introduces new characters, a new world and is the start of a brand new series.

    I am also totally stoked that I get to share my interview with the author. I previously had a stop on the tour sharing an introduction to one of the characters, Moira, along with a short excerpt. If you didn’t catch it back in December, you can find it HERE.

    But now I get to reveal the questions I asked the author about her writing, her characters, her new book – A BREATH OF FROST – and the entire series. And I get to share all of her very, very awesome answers.

    Answers in which she talks about jellied calves’ feet, Shakespearean insults, deer-people, cravats, paranormal soup and love stories.

    Awesome, right?

    As I have already rambled – a lot – in that first post on the tour, I’ll keep things brief here. And this way you can just spend your time checking out what this lovely author has to say instead of stumbling through my long and rambling intro.

    FYI… the giveaway is the same as in that other post, so if you’ve already entered, you don’t need to do so again. I just included the Rafflecopter for those who might not have previously had a chance to enter. And, once again, I’ve included some of the other details about the tour for those who might be first hearing about it.

    Now, though, without any further ado…

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    The Interview

    Interview with Alyxandra Harvey

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    Since you completed the Drake Chronicles you’ve been writing standalone novels. What has it been like to embark upon your new series, The Lovegrove Legacy, with A BREATH OF FROST?

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    It was such a strange feeling to finish the Drake Chronicles. They are still in my head and in fact, I’ve just released an E-novella, The Longest Night, that takes place 6 years after the last book.

    At the same time it was really exciting and liberating to start a new book, with new characters to get to know…and I didn’t have to worry about sunset and sunrise! Having most of your cast be vampires means that when the sun rises, almost everyone passes out!

    I love writing about witches and magical worlds because there is just so much room for the imagination to wander about into corners, cul-de-sacs and off cliffsides.

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    A BREATH OF FROST takes place in Regency Era London. What drew you to this time period and setting for your story?

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    I have loved the Regency time period for as long as I can remember. I love Pride and Prejudice, the language, the manners and etiquette (from a distance! I couldn’t live like that.). I especially love the clothing of that time period, and am especially frightened of the food. Jellied Calves’s foot….ew!

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    For those of us who are excited to meet Gretchen, Emma and Penelope, can you tell us a little bit about each of them?

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    Emma is the practical one of the trio and she’s a little lonely as she’s always felt as though she doesn’t quite fit in. Once she discovers she’s a witch, that begins to make sense!

    Gretchen is wild and rebellious and impatient. She feels choked by the rules of society and she isn’t too keen on learning a new set of witch-society rules.

    Penelope is romantic and spoiled and kind and very talented at the pianoforte. She’s mad for anything Shakespearean and likes to use odd random bits of Shakespearean insults. She also has a rather prickly temper when her loved ones are insulted.

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    If you had to describe A BREATH OF FROST in ten words or less, how would you describe it?

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    Magic, secrets, kissing, deer-people, goblin markets, family.

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    What was your favorite scene to write in A BREATH OF FROST and why?

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    I loved writing about the Irish Headless Horseman the Dullahan who has a whip made of human spine. And the secret kisses in the garden was lots of fun to write. No Dullahans there though.

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    What can we look forward to in upcoming books in The Lovegrove Legacy series?

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    The second book focuses on Gretchen and the third and last book focuses on Penelope. Everyone else still has lots of spotlight time since the main story arc brings them together. There’s going to be more magic, more secrets revealed, and more running for their lives in ballgowns and cravats!

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    You’ve written about a broad spectrum of paranormal/supernatural beings in your novels – vampires, ghosts, faeries and now witches. So far, which has been your favorite to write about? Which has been your most challenging?

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    I’ve enjoyed them all! I love combining creatures together so that it’s not just one thing. With the Drake Chronicles I focused on vampires because the Drakes are such a big family there wasn’t a lot of room to explore what other creatures might be living in Violet Hill.

    With the Lovegrove Legacy the magical focus allows me to make a paranormal soup! Especially in the Goblin Market where you might run into witches, Pegasus, goblins, warlocks…all sorts of creatures from folklore.

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    The description for A BREATH OF FROST promises murder, mystery, the spirits of dark witches, ghouls, hellhounds and a lavish Regency London setting. In addition to all of that, will there be a love story for any of the three cousins? And if so, can you give us a hint about what we might expect?

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    There’s always a love story. I can’t help myself!

    In A Breath of Frost Emma runs into an ex-boyfriend of sorts, just as all magical hell breaks loose. So she not only has to deal with murders and hellhounds and ghosts…but the very handsome and charming Cormac who has his own secrets to keep.

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    About Alyxandra Harvey

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    Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream.

    Among her favourite books are ‘The Wood Wife’ by Terri Windling, ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte, and of course, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. Elizabeth Bennet is her hero because she’s smart and sassy, and Mr. Darcy is, well, yum.

    Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with husband and their dogs. She likes cinnamon lattes, tattoos and books.

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    From the Publicist…

    Alyxandra Harvey, popular young adult author of the Drake Chronicles, Haunting Violet, and Stolen Away, is back with a bewitching new young adult fantasy series that will take readers through the streets of magical 19th century London. A BREATH OF FROST, the first installment in The Lovegrove Legacy (published by Bloomsbury Childrens) goes on sale January 7, 2014. It’s full of witches, magic, family secrets, goblin markets, deer-people, and boys in cravats!

    Want to learn more about A BREATH OF FROST? Be sure to check out this “First Look” interview with Alyxandra Harvey!

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    About A Breath of Frost

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    In 1814, three cousins—Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope—discover their unknown family lineage of witchcraft when their individual magical powers unexpectedly begin to manifest. Now, beyond the familiar manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, a dangerous, alluring underworld available only to those with power is now open to the
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    But by claiming their power, the three cousins have accidentally opened the gates to the Underworld. Now ghouls, hellhounds—and most terrifying of all, the spirits of dark witches known as the Greymalkin Sisters—are hunting and killing young witches for their powers. And, somehow, Emma is connected to the murders … because she keeps finding the bodies. Can the cousins seal the gates before another witch is killed …or even worse, before their gifts are stripped away?

    Series: The Lovegrove Legacy #1
    Release date: January 7, 2014
    Publisher: Walker Childrens
    Pages: 496
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

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    Praise…

    “Harvey balances a large cast with an intricate plot with flair….A successful blend of Regency and paranormal romance.” Kirkus Reviews

    Filling her latest with a large cast of characters— from the society elite to the magical world’s dark underbelly—Harvey keeps up the action and clever dialogue as the protagonist, Emma, deals with high-class mean girls, familial secrets, and a confusing crush. A smashing blend of adventure, fantasy, humor, romance, and historical fiction.” Booklist

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    The Trailer

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    The Giveaway

    The A BREATH OF FROST First Look Blog Tour includes a few awesome giveaway prizes.

    – GRAND PRIZE: Regency style pewter and crystal necklace made by Alyxandra Harvey and worn in the A BREATH OF FROST trailer (US/Canada ONLY)

    – 5 Finished Copies of A BREATH OF FROST (sponsored by Bloomsbury Childrens US ONLY)

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    The Tour Schedule

    December 10th: The Book Faery Reviews, spotlight on The Lovegrove Legacy

    December 13th: RT Book Reviews, exclusive reveal plus giveaway featuring a video chat with Alyxandra Harvey introducing readers to The Lovegrove Legacy and A BREATH OF FROST

    December 16th: Night Owl Reviews, a “first look” exclusive…get the Travelers Guide to Magical London

    December 17th: Hypable, exclusive reveal plus giveaway featuring a video chat with Alyxandra Harvey. Meet the characters of A BREATH OF FROST and glean an early review

    December 17th: Tynga’s Reviews, exclusive look at Emma and Cormac *swoon*

    December 17th: Bitten by Books, interview with Alyxandra Harvey

    December 17th: Two Chicks on Books, Feeling FictionalYA Bibliophile, and Pages From My Thoughts will introduce readers to Emma

    December 18th: Fresh Fiction, exclusive reveal plus giveaway featuring a video chat with Alyxandra Harvey explaining how historical fiction & fantasy influenced A BREATH OF FROST

    December 19th: Step Into Fiction, interview with Alyxandra Harvey

    December 20th: Parajunkee’s View, The Story Siren, Bending The SpineBabs Book Bistro, Random Jendsmidt, and Fictitious Delicious will introduce readers to Cormac

    December 23th: Fantasy Book Addict, interview with Alyxandra Harvey

    December 27th: Fiktshun, Preternatura, Shortie Says, Fang-tastic BooksReader Girls, and Cocktails and Books will introduce readers to Moira

    January 2nd: Literary Escapism, sneak peek and exclusive look at the magic in The Lovegrove Legacy

    January 2nd: The Paperback Princesses, early review

    January 3rd: YaReads, Addicted 2 Novels, Xpresso Reads, Confessions from Romaholics, Urban Girl Reader, Jeanz Book Read N Review, and The Book Swarm will introduce readers to Penelope

    January 3rd: The Book Swarm, a “speed date” interview with Alyx

    January 6th: Paranormal Book Club, Ex Libris, El Extraño Gato del CuentoDark Faerie TalesBook Passion for LifeSeeing Night ReviewsThe Book CellarLiterary Meanderings, and Book Brats will introduce readers to the magic school in The Lovegrove Legacy

    January 7th: Fiktshun, interview with Alyxandra Harvey

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #158

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    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 January 7th-January 13th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Unhinged

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    UNHINGED by A.G. Howard will be released in the U.S. on January 7, 2014 in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Amulet Books, the print edition is 400 pages.

    UNHINGED is the second book in Author A.G. Howard’s Splintered series. The third full-length book, ENSNARED, is slated for release in 2015.

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    Ack! So excited that UNHINGED is releasing in just a couple days and everyone will get the chance to read this awesome sequel. A sequel that includes such amazing lines as, “Nothing can break the chains you have on my heart. For you are Wonderland.” A sequel that is all sorts of imaginative and unique and every bit as fan-freaking-tastic as I’d hoped it would be.

    A sequel that I had to spotlight for my Book Watch post, even with all the amazing books releasing this week. A sequel I have pre-ordered in both eBook format and in print.

    While I would love to go on and on about this magical and enchanting and captivating book, I already rambled about it a little in that post and I hope to talk more about it in my review. And since there are 36 other YA releases this week, eight more of which I have pre-ordered and plan to talk about, I am going to try to keep my rambling to a minimum.

    But whether you are a fan of Morpheus or Jeb or Alyssa, there are all sorts of things to love, love, love about this book that will keep you completely and totally riveted from beginning to end.

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    Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she’s always dreamed of.

    That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

    As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

    If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she’ll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.

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    Independent Study

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    INDEPENDENT STUDY by Joelle Charbonneau will be released in the U.S. on January 7, 2014 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 HMH Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 320 pages.

    INDEPENDENT STUDY is the second book in Author Joelle Charbonneau’s The Testing series. The third and final full-length book in the series, GRADUATION DAY, is slated for release on June 3, 2014.

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    I am super excited for the upcoming release of INDEPENDENT STUDY because I’m dying to talk to everyone about the thing that happened at the end. I was totally stoked to have had the chance to read it early thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks on Books after I was rejected for a review copy from Edelweiss and thought I’d have to wait for my Kindle pre-order to download on January 7th.

    This was one of my favorite series last year to discover and the sequel did not disappoint. It kept me glued to each and every page before it practically annihilated me at the end. Wow. I did not see that coming. At all.

    I am currently devouring GRADUATION DAY, hoping to finish it before the release of INDEPENDENT STUDY on Tuesday. I’ve heard the final book in the series is awesome and I can’t wait to see how things end.

    As I’m on the blog tour for INDEPENDENT STUDY and my post should go up shortly after this one, there will be a few more rambles about this book in that next post, so I’ll just end this short ramble by saying this is a must read series.

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    In the series debut The Testing, sixteen-year-old Cia Vale was chosen by the United Commonwealth government as one of the best and brightest graduates of all the colonies . . . a promising leader in the effort to revitalize postwar civilization. In Independent Study, Cia is a freshman at the University in Tosu City with her hometown sweetheart, Tomas—and though the government has tried to erase her memory of the brutal horrors of The Testing, Cia remembers. Her attempts to expose the ugly truth behind the government’s murderous programs put her—and her loved ones—in a world of danger. But the future of the Commonwealth depends on her.

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    Defy

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    DEFY by Sara B. Larson will be released in the U.S. on January 7, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Scholastic Press, the print edition is 336 pages.

    DEFY is the first book in Author Sara B. Larson’s series of the same name. The second book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release next year.

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    I was totally thrilled to be able to grab an eARC of DEFY through NetGalley. I had heard this book was amazing so I pre-ordered it for my Kindle collection to have forever whether I got the chance to read it early or not. And while I’m not quite finished at the time of preparing this post – I’m at the 85% mark at the moment – I am loving it so far.

    Secrets, assassins, sorcerers, hidden motives and plenty of action make this one heck of an exciting read. A main character who is fierce but also sympathetic and likable makes this a must read. And a prince who is quite the surprise is a total bonus.

    So… yeah… I guess you could say that I love this book. So far.

    With just 15% left to read, I want to get finished with this post so I can do just that. Because it’s just so good I really did not want to have to put it down.

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    A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.

    Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

    The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?

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    A BREATH OF FROST by Alyxandra Harvey will be released in the U.S. on January 7, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Walker Childrens, the print edition is 496 pages.

    A BREATH OF FROST is the first book in Author Alyxandra Harvey’s The Lovegrove Legacy.

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    I am such a huge fan of Author Alyxandra Harvey’s and I am super excited for the release of A BREATH OF FROST on Tuesday. I have had it pre-ordered for my Kindle for ages and ages and I cannot wait until the finished copy downloads.

    While I have an eARC that I am also in the middle of reading – yes I’m reading a few books all at once this weekend – this is a book I want to have for my collection. Scratch that. Must have for my collection. I have every one of this author’s books on my Kindle and have read most of them. So there’s no way I wouldn’t have ordered the finished copy.

    But I love this setting and the idea of the story. I love the characters I’ve gotten the chance to meet so far. I can’t wait to see how this story develops and how it ends, which should happen before its release on Monday Midnight.

    I’m just super curious to find out whether I’ll be stuck on the edge of a cliff until the sequel.

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    In 1814, three cousins-Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope-discover their unknown family lineage of witchcraft. Beyond the familiar manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, a dangerous, alluring new underworld visible only to those with power is now open to the cousins.

    But unbeknownst to them, by claiming their power, the three cousins have inadvertently opened the gates to the Underworld.

    Now the dead, ghouls, hellhounds-and the most terrifying of all: the spirits of dark witches known as the Greymalkin Sisters-are hunting and killing young debutante witches for their powers.

    And, somehow, Emma is connected to the murders…because she keeps finding the bodies.

    Can the cousins unravel the clues and mystery behind their heritage and power before their gifts are stripped away …or even worse, another witch is killed?

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    Erased

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    ERASED by Jennifer Rush will be released in the U.S. on January 7, 2014 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 Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 288 pages.

    ERASED is the second full-length book in Author Jennifer Rush’s Altered series. The third book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2015.

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    ALTERED was a book I was desperate to get my hands on and tried to read the moment it downloaded to my Kindle. While I wasn’t able to dive into a book that wasn’t a review book at that time, it’s one of those books I regret not having read from 2013. Yet.

    So of course I had to purchase the novella and pre-order ERASED, even without having read book one. I just know I’m going to love it and want to have each one of the stories in this series on hand when I’m done reading it.

    And as much as I’m dying to take a sneak peek at this book’s description, to find out what might be revealed about the events in ALTERED, I am not going to look. So I don’t know what’s going to happen in this sequel, what happened in the first book and whether all the characters – Anna, Nick, Cas, Trev and Sam – survived.

    If things settle down toward the end of the month, I am hopeful that I’ll be able to read both books and the novella. Though I really wish they were a little quieter right now. Waiting sucks.

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    They thought they had escaped. They were wrong.

    After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is trying to make sense of the memories resurfacing from her old life. At the same time, she’s learning how to survive in hiding, following Sam’s rules: Don’t draw attention to yourself. Always carry a weapon. Know your surroundings. Watch your back.

    Then a figure from Anna’s childhood reappears. Is it a Branch setup, or could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Uncertain of where her loyalties lie, Anna must fight to learn the truth — before she is betrayed again. Ultimately, the answers hinge on one question: What was the real reason her memories were erased?

    Jennifer Rush delivers a thrilling sequel to Altered in a novel packed with mysteries, lies, and surprises that are sure to keep readers guessing until the last age is turned.

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    Where You'll Find Me

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    WHERE YOU’LL FIND ME by Erin Fletcher will be released in the U.S. on January 7, 2014 in eBook format only. It is currently available to pre-order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Entangled Teen, the story is 211 pages.

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    I only recently learned of WHERE YOU’LL FIND ME when I saw the cover for this book for the reveal put together by Rockstar Book Tours. I loved the cover, but when I read the description I love, love, loved the story and immediately pre-ordered it for my Kindle.

    And I can’t wait for its release this week. I want to meet Hanley and Nate. I want to find out why Nate is hiding in her garage. I want to know what she’s running from. And I want to know whether their love story is one that ends happily or tragically or somewhere in between.

    I’ve been on such a contemporary kick as of late and this book sounds like just the kind of book I’m desperately in the mood to read. If all goes well this week, and I finish all the various books I’m currently reading and the next one up on the pile, I hope I’ll be able to squeeze this in.

    Description…

    When Hanley Helton discovers a boy living in her garage, she knows she should kick him out. But Nate is too charming to be dangerous. He just needs a place to get away, which Hanley understands. Her own escape methods (vodka, black hair dye, and pretending the past didn’t happen) are more traditional, but who is she to judge?

    Nate doesn’t tell her why he’s in her garage, and she doesn’t tell him what she’s running from. Soon, Hanley’s trading her late-night escapades for all-night conversations and stolen kisses. But when Nate’s recognized as the missing teen from the news, Hanley isn’t sure which is worse: that she’s harboring a fugitive, or that she’s in love with one.

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    The Impossible Knife of Memory

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    THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY by Laurie Halse Anderson will be released in the U.S. on January 7, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Viking Juvenile, the print edition is 400 pages.

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    I first learned about THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY when I received an ARC for review a couple of months back. And while I haven’t yet had the chance to read it, I did pre-order a copy for my Kindle because I know this author is a fantastic writer and I wanted to have a copy of her next book in my collection.

    I had every intention of reading this book prior to its release and was excited to have received the chance to do so early. But due to some real life difficult stuffs going on I wasn’t able to read for awhile and am still a bit I was wary about reading books with anything but light storylines.

    But I definitely plan on reading this story and meeting Hayley and her father Andy. I want to find out whether Andy’s return home will be a positive experience rather than a negative one. And I want to know whether there will be a love story with Finn and Hayley.

    The description promises a read that is “compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down” and I am hopeful of being able to discover this for myself later this month.

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    For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.

    Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.

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    SALT by Danielle Ellison will be released in the U.S. on January 7, 2014 in eBook format only. It is currently available to pre-order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Entangled Teen, the book is 250 pages.

    SALT is the first book in a new series by the same name by Author Danielle Ellison.

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    SALT is another book I got the chance to learn more about when I revealed its cover just last month. And when I did and also heard that this book was awesome I decided to pre-order a copy for my Kindle.

    I am very curious about this book and what its title means to the story. I am curious about how Penelope can use her sister’s magic to hide the loss of her own. And I’m curious to find out what Carter’s secret is.

    But I’m most curious about what the demons want with Penelope and what their agenda really is.

    If my reading pile isn’t too crowded in early February, I hope to be able to read SALT then. Though as it is the first book in a series, I really should try and wait until closer to the sequel’s release to read it in order to make things easier on myself. But that’s not going to happen.

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    Penelope is a witch, part of a secret society protecting humans from demon attacks. But when she was a child, a demon killed her parents—and stole her magic. Since then, she’s been pretending to be something she’s not, using her sister’s magic to hide her own loss, to prevent being sent away.

    When she’s finally given the chance to join the elite demon-hunting force, Penelope thinks that will finally change. With her sister’s help, she can squeeze through the tests and get access to the information she needs to find “her” demon. To take back what was stolen.

    Then she meets Carter. He’s cute, smart, and she can borrow his magic, too. He knows her secret—but he also has one of his own.

    Suddenly, Penelope’s impossible quest becomes far more complicated. Because Carter’s not telling her everything, and it’s starting to seem like the demons have their own agenda…and they’re far too interested in her.

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    The Killing Woods

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    THE KILLING WOODS by Lucy Christopher will be released in the U.S. on January 7, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Chicken House, the print edition is 387 pages.

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    Lucy Christoper is an amazing writer and when I learned of THE KILLING WOODS’ release I instantly added it to my list of pre-orders for my Kindle. I was totally envious that it got released over three months ago in the UK and I was so very tempted to see if I could get a print copy of the UK edition so I wouldn’t have to wait.

    But now the wait is almost over and I’ll be able to find out what happened to Ashlee Parker, find out whether Emily’s dad is innocent, find out whether Ashlee’s boyfriend knows something or whether he’s playing deadly games with Emily.

    I am super curious to see how the author approaches this story, whether her writing will pull me immediately in, and whether I’ll be able to discover the truth about what happened before the story reaches its end.

    Description…

    Fatal attraction, primal fear, survival in the forest: From the author of the Printz Honor Book STOLEN, the highly anticipated thriller about deadly games played in the dark.

    Ashlee Parker is dead, and Emily Shepherd’s dad is accused of the crime. A former soldier suffering from PTSD, he emerges from the woods carrying the girl’s broken body. “Gone,” he says, then retreats into silence.

    What really happened that wild night? Emily knows in her bones that her father is innocent — isn’t he? Before he’s convicted, she’s got to find out the truth. Does Damon Hilary, Ashlee’s charismatic boyfriend, have the answers? Or is he only playing games with her — the kinds of games that can kill?

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    Other Books of Note

     

    Untitled-1BEING SLOANE JACOBS by Lauren Morrill

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Meet Sloane Emily Jacobs: a seriously stressed-out figure-skater from Washington, D.C., who choked during junior nationals and isn’t sure she’s ready for a comeback. What she does know is that she’d give anything to escape the mass of misery that is her life.

    Now meet Sloane Devon Jacobs, a spunky ice hockey player from Philly who’s been suspended from her team for too many aggressive hip checks. Her punishment? Hockey camp, now, when she’s playing the worst she’s ever played. If she messes up? Her life will be over.

    When the two Sloanes meet by chance in Montreal and decide to trade places for the summer, each girl thinks she’s the lucky one: no strangers to judge or laugh at Sloane Emily, no scouts expecting Sloane Devon to be a hero. But it didn’t occur to Sloane E. that while avoiding sequins and axels she might meet a hockey hottie—and Sloane D. never expected to run into a familiar (and very good-looking) face from home. It’s not long before the Sloanes discover that convincing people you’re someone else might be more difficult than being yourself.

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    Darkest FearDARKEST FEAR (Birthright #1) by Cate Tiernan

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Vivi’s animal instincts are her legacy—and maybe her downfall—in this start to a romantic fantasy series that will appeal to fans of The Nine Lives of Chloe King.

    Vivi has known the truth about her family—and herself—since she was thirteen. But that doesn’t mean she’s accepted it. Being Haguari isn’t something she feels she’ll ever accept. How can she feel like anything but a freak knowing that it’s in her genes to turn into a jaguar?

    Now eighteen, Vivi’s ready to break away from the traditions of her heritage. But all of that changes with the shocking, devastating deaths of her parents and the mysteries left behind. Vivi discovers family she never even knew she had, and a life open with possibility. New friends, new loyalties, and even romance all lay ahead—but so do dangers unlike anything Vivi ever could have imagined.

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    FlameFLAME (Sky Chasers #3) by Amy Kathleen Ryan

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    In the thrilling conclusion to the Sky Chasers series Waverly, Kieran, and Seth struggle to survive on-board the New Horizon—and take down their enemies before it’s too late.

    Waverly and the other members of the Empyrean have scattered, and their home ship has been destroyed. Their mission to rescue their parents didn’t go as planned, and now they’re at an even greater disadvantage: trapped with their enemies on the New Horizon, trying to find a way to survive. Kieran has been pulled under Anne Mather’s wing, but is she really trying to make peace, or just using Kieran to build her own power? Meanwhile, Waverly is taken in by a mysterious old man who wants to help her bring Anne Mather down—but the more Waverly cooperates with him, the more dangerous her position is, and the more at odds with Kieran she becomes.

    Seth’s situation is even worse. After setting out from the Empyrean on his own, with only a vague strategy to guide him, he is a fugitive aboard the New Horizon. He’s doing what he can to challenge the power of Anne Mather, but he’s badly hurt, and getting sicker.

    Will Seth ever see Waverly again? Will his health hold out long enough to help her topple their enemies? And will Waverly find a way to unite with her friends before they all fall? Nothing is sure and every moment is a risk in this explosive finale of the Sky Chasers series.

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    Fugitive XFUGITIVE X (Revolution 19 #2) by Gregg Rosenblum

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Their fight for freedom is humanity’s last hope for survival. The chilling Revolution 19 trilogy continues in Fugitive X.

    A war between humans and robots is on the horizon, and only one side will survive.

    Siblings Nick, Kevin, and Cass are struggling to survive in a world where deadly, sophisticated robots have turned on their creators and enslaved mankind. Fugitives from one of the bot-controlled Cities, the siblings venture into the woods, but when they are attacked by bot foot soldiers, the siblings are separated…and for the first time, they are on their own.

    Created in conjunction with Alloy Entertainment; Howard Gordon, showrunner of 24 and Showtime’s Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning Homeland; and James Wong, writer-director of the Final Destination films, Fugitive X is the gripping next installment in the cinematic Revolution 19 series.

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    Zom-B GladiatorZOM-B GLADIATOR (Zom-B #6) by Darren Shan

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Beyond a shadow of a doubt, B Smith has decided to live–and to fight for good as long as possible. However, London is overridden with the brain-eating undead and swarming with human mercenaries whose sense of right and wrong dissolved when society did. When they lay a trap, B is captured. And it’ll take dozens of battles–and the fight of a lifetime–to escape.

    Filled with gripping, bloody action sequences, the sixth book in Darren Shan’s horrifying Zom-B series promises the fright–and the fight–of your life.

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    The Almost GirlTHE ALMOST GIRL by Amalie Howard

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: Strange Chemistry

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Seventeen-year-old Riven is as tough as they come. Coming from a world ravaged by a devastating android war, she has to be. There’s no room for softness, no room for emotion, no room for mistakes. A Legion General, she is the right hand of the young Prince of Neospes, a parallel universe to Earth. In Neospes, she has everything: rank, responsibility and respect. But when Prince Cale sends her away to find his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been spirited back to modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory.

    Thrown out of her comfort zone but with the mindset of a soldier, Riven has to learn how to be a girl in a realm that is the opposite of what she knows. Riven isn’t prepared for the beauty of a world that is unlike her own in so many ways. Nor is she prepared to feel something more than indifference for the very target she seeks. Caden is nothing like Cale, but he makes something in her come alive, igniting a spark deep down that goes against every cell in her body. For the first time in her life, Riven isn’t sure about her purpose, about her calling. Torn between duty and desire, she must decide whether Caden is simply a target or whether he is something more.

    Faced with hideous reanimated Vector soldiers from her own world with agendas of their own, as well as an unexpected reunion with a sister who despises her, it is a race against time to bring Caden back to Neospes. But things aren’t always as they seem, and Riven will have to search for truth. Family betrayals and royal coups are only the tip of the iceberg. Will Riven be able to find the strength to defy her very nature? Or will she become the monstrous soldier she was designed to be?

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    Diamonds & DeceitDIAMONDS & DECEIT (At Somerton #2) by Leila Rasheed

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    One house, two worlds…book two in our sumptuous and enticing YA series about the servants and gentry at Somerton Court.

    A house divided…

    London is a whirl of balls and teas, alliances and rivalries. Rose has never felt more out of place. With the Season in full swing, she can’t help but still feel a servant dressed up in diamonds and silk. Then Rose meets Alexander Ross, a young Scottish duke. Rose has heard the rumors about Ross’s sordid past just like everyone else has. Yet he alone treats her as a friend. Rose knows better than to give her heart to an aristocrat with such a reputation, but it may be too late.

    Ada should be happy. She is engaged to a handsome man who shares her political passions and has promised to support her education. So why does she feel hollow inside? Even if she hated Lord Fintan, she would have no choice but to go through with the marriage. Every day a new credit collector knocks on the door of their London flat, demanding payment for her cousin William’s expenditures. Her father’s heir seems determined to bring her family to ruin, and only a brilliant marriage can save Somerton Court and the Averleys’ reputation.

    Meanwhile, at Somerton, Sebastian is out of his mind with worry for his former valet Oliver, who refuses to plead innocent to the murder charges against him–for a death caused by Sebastian himself. Sebastian will do whatever he can to help the boy he loves, but his indiscretion is dangerous fodder for a reporter with sharp eyes and dishonorable intentions.

    The colorful cast of the At Somerton series returns in this enthralling sequel about class and fortune, trust and betrayal, love and revenge.

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    Promise BoundPROMISE BOUND (Lies Beneath #3) by Anne Greenwood Brown

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Calder and Lily never imagined falling in love would mean breaking apart. But ever since Lily started wearing a glass pendant that once belonged to Nadia, Calder’s adoptive mother, she’s been having vivid dreams of what life was like for the mermaid matriarch. In fact, she’s been dreaming as if she were Nadia! And Nadia, it seems, made a promise before her death. A promise to reunite Calder’s biological mother with her son. Lily knows merfolk are bound to keep their promises. Calder’s not buying into it, though. He chalks up the dreams to stress. He wants Lily to focus on the future—their future, not the past. Which forces Lily to send Calder away. Calder goes, feeling rejected and more than a little tempted to revert to his hunting ways.

    What both of them overlook is the present: Calder’s sisters, Maris and Pavati, are fighting for control of the mermaid clan, and now that Lily and her dad have transformed into mer-creatures, both mermaids vie for daughter and father as allies. Which of the two mermaids can be trusted? Will Lily make costly mistakes, forcing her to descend to the depths of Lake Superior? And if Calder returns, will he be the same merman Lily grew to love? The stakes are high, with many lives at risk, but Calder and Lily must confront the past as well as their darkest impulses if they want a chance at being together.

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    No One Else Can Have YouNO ONE ELSE CAN HAVE YOU by Kathleen Hale

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Small towns are nothing if not friendly. Friendship, Wisconsin (population: 688) is no different. Around here, everyone wears a smile. And no one ever locks their doors. Until, that is, high school sweetheart Ruth Fried is found murdered. Strung up like a scarecrow in the middle of a cornfield.

    Unfortunately, Friendship’s police are more adept at looking for lost pets than catching killers. So Ruth’s best friend, Kippy Bushman, armed with only her tenacious Midwestern spirit and Ruth’s secret diary (which Ruth’s mother had asked her to read in order to redact any, you know, sex parts), sets out to find the murderer. But in a quiet town like Friendship—where no one is a suspect—anyone could be the killer.

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    AllianceALLIANCE (The Paladin Prophecy #2) by Mark Frost

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Readers of I Am Number Four, The Maze Runner, and Legend will love this sophisticated adventure series by the cocreator of the groundbreaking television show Twin Peaks, with its unique combination of mystery, heart-pounding action, and the supernatural.

    After exposing the sinister underground society of students known as the Knights of Charlemagne, Will West stays at the Center over the summer to explore his newly developing physical and mental abilities. Meanwhile, his roommates investigate the Knights’ shadowy purpose and discover unsettling information about their own backgrounds. Will and his friends must quickly figure out what’s going on and separate friend from foe as they prepare for the coming fight.

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    Love RebornLOVE REBORN (Dead Beautiful #3) by Yvonne Woon

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Renée and Dante are dying. The soul they share cannot sustain them both, and they’re quickly running out of time.

    But Renée has in her possession a legendary chest said to contain the secret to eternal life-if only they could solve the clues that lie within it. With both the Liberum, a Brotherhood of the Undead, and a team of Monitors, led by Renée’s own grandfather, in hot pursuit, Renée and Dante must keep the chest safe or risk having it fall into the wrong hands.

    With the help of a mysterious letter-writer called only Monsieur, Renée and Dante follow a series of clues that lead them on a treacherous journey across Europe. They seek the Netherworld, a legendary chasm where souls go to be cleansed. It’s their only chance at a fresh start, but with it comes a terrible choice, one they never imagined they would be forced to make.

    The third novel in the acclaimed Dead Beautiful series is a haunting story of sacrifice, loyalty, and a love that can never die.

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    Double DigitDOUBLE DIGIT (Digit #2) by Annabel Monaghan

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    To say eighteen-year-old Farrah Higgins—or Digit—is good at math is a laughable understatement. She’s been cracking codes since childhood, and is finally at home with “her people” at MIT in Cambridge. Her talents are so off the charts that her laptop is under surveillance by both the CIA and an ecoterrorist named Jonas Furnis. So when she thoughtlessly hacks into the Department of Defense’s database, she lands in serious hot water inside and outside the law. Readers will be sad to turn the last page of this suspenseful, sassy, super smart thriller, the sequel to A Girl Named Digit.

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    Little Blue LiesLITTLE BLUE LIES by Chris Lynch

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Two teens discover the true danger of love in this gripping novel from Printz Honor–winning author Chris Lynch.

    Oliver loves Junie Blue. That’s true. Pretty much everything else is a lie. Both known for their deceit, Junie and O’s relationship was the only honest thing they had. But now that’s over. Oliver’s been dumped, and he’s miserable. Junie says they’re done. Unless she’s lying?

    Junie’s father works for One Who Knows, the head of an organized crime family. He won’t tell O where Junie is, not even after O hears a rumor that Junie’s won the lottery—and that One Who Knows expects to be given her ticket. O fears Junie’s in danger, and he’s determined to come to her rescue. But is there honestly anything he can do?

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    PassionariesPASSIONARIES (The Blessed #2) by Tonya Hurley

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Agnes, Cecelia, and Lucy watched as Sebastian sacrificed himself for what he believed in. Will the girls trust that their destiny as saints and martyrs and perform the miracles as Sebastian instructed? Or lose faith in themselves and each other in his absence? Time is running out for them to make a decision, and the fate of the world lies in the balance.

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    In DreamsIN DREAMS by Erica Orloff

    Pub. Date: January 9, 2014

    Publisher: Speak

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Inception meets Unearthly in this hot romance for fans of Meg Cabot’s Abandon Series!

    In the land of nightmares, she finds the man of her dreams…

    He haunts her in her dreams.

    She is always searching, looking for the man who calls her from afar, a disembodied voice who knows everything about her. But when she discovers the unimaginable secret her family has hidden for so long, her dreams—and her nightmares—invade her reality.

    Her true love beckons, but the terrors await her. . . . Can she find him in time, or will their love—and her life—be destroyed?

    Sixteen-year-old Iris has a recurring dream a long corridor of many doors, and behind each door a hidden world—some magical, some terrifying. But always she is searching for the man who calls to her—the man of her dreams—who knows everything about her, who stirs feelings in her she’s never felt before.

    When she discovers her father is actually the god of dreams, her nightmares and dreams follow her into reality, with both frightening and romantic results. Hunted by the god of nightmares, stalked by the horrifying creatures of the underworld, Iris must try to navigate both her worlds, as she tries to finally be with Sebastian, the man of her dreams.

    Can she triumph over the dangers that have haunted her forever, and be with Sebastian, or will terrors ultimately destroy them both?

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    Other Releases

    NEVERWAS (The Amber House Trilogy #2) by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, Larkin Reed

    LUMINARY (Anomaly #2) by Krista McGee

    GAME SLAVES by Gard Skinner

    HERO WORSHIP by Christopher E. Long

    WHY WE TOOK THE CAR by Wolfgang Herrndorf, Tim Mohr (Translator)

    THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF NICOLO ZEN by Nicholas Christopher

    PHOENIX ISLAND by John Dixon

    TOUCH (The Queen of the Dead #2) by Michelle Sagara

    THE TRUE TALE OF MONSTER BILLY DEAN by David Almond

    OUTCASTS (The Safe Lands #2) by Jill Williamson

    MORE THAN GOOD ENOUGH by Crissa-Jean Chappell

    WHEN I WAS THE GREATEST by Jason Reynolds

    ENDERS (Starters #2) by Lissa Price

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    This week is absolutely insane with new YA releases. There are 37 releases that I came across. Nine of which I know I have pre-ordered, and a few others that I think I do – BEING SLOANE JACOBS, FLAME and PROMISE BOUND. It’s possible there are even a few more that will download come Monday Midnight.

    And I haven’t even begun to check into YA eBook novella releases.

    Though I do have one non-YA eNovella on order that I do know about…

    Howling For YouHOWLING FOR YOU (Chicagoland Vampires #8.5) by Chloe Neill

    Pub. Date: January 7, 2014

    Publisher: NAL

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Jeff Christopher is a shapeshifter and ally of Chicago’s Cadogan House of vampires—he’s also a tech whiz and mostly-legal hacker. And the only protective shields he’s never been able to find a way around are those of the powerful Keene Family.

    For a long time, Jeff has only had eyes for the beautiful Fallon Keene. Unfortunately, she is the only sister of the lethal North American Central Pack Apex Gabriel Keene. The intricate balances of power and politics make it all but impossible for Fallon to trust her feelings.

    But fate takes a hand when the Pack’s totem is stolen—threatening the Keene family’s rule—and Fallon enlists Jeff’s help to retrieve it before the Pack is thrown into chaos. Can she and Jeff find the totem, and restore order, before it’s too late? And will Jeff finally be able to prove himself to the only person he truly loves?

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    And Part 2 of an adult serialized novel…

    The Professional Part 2THE PROFESSIONAL PART 2 (The Game Maker #1.2) by Kresley Cole

    Pub. Date: January 6, 2014

    Publisher: Pocket Star

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole comes The Professional—the second scorching installment in her Game Maker series, an erotica collection that has readers asking: How hot is too hot?

    He makes the rules…
    Mafiya enforcer Aleksandr “The Siberian” Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well—on his own wicked terms.

    Rules are made to be broken…
    PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. With every day she spends under his protection, she falls deeper under his masterful spell.

    Are you ready to play?
    Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy’s reach, Sevastyan spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-wealthy in Paris, the two lovers will discover that even their darkest—and most forbidden—fantasies can come true…

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    Anyway… as there are so many books releasing this week and I do want to get back to reading DEFY, I think I’ll skip my long-winded sign-off to this post. But I will just say that I hope that this week doesn’t completely empty out your wallet as I’m pretty sure it has done to mine. I hope that you are able to get your hands on at least a few of these amazing new titles.

    And I am so glad that at least next week is just a little bit quieter, as the week of January 21st has quite a few seriously awesome new releases. A number of which I know I have pre-ordered.

    As ever… Happy bookish acquiring and reading!

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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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    A BREATH OF FROST “First Look” Blog Tour: An Introduction to Moira, Excerpt + Giveaway

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    I am so excited for the upcoming release of Alyxandra Harvey’s A BREATH OF FROST on January 7th. I absolutely adored this author’s Drake Chronicles and love, love, loved her novel HAUNTING VIOLET. So when I learned of this new series, The Lovegrove Legacy, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy of book one.

    And when I was invited to take part in the blog tour for this book with both an interview post and this character introduction blast, I just had to say yes! I couldn’t wait to get a sneak peek at one of the characters in this series. I couldn’t wait to start following this tour to check out other peeks at characters in the novel. And I couldn’t wait to start the countdown for this book’s release, which is now less than two weeks away.

    For today’s stops on the tour, we get to share an introduction to Moira along with a short excerpt. And there’s a few seriously awesome giveaway prizes up for grabs. So be sure to check them out below, too. The Grand Prize necklace is the one worn in the trailer video, so if you’d like to check that out, the trailer is also below.

    If you’d like to visit some of the other stops on tour I’ve included direct links to all previous stops and plan on updating the schedule throughout the tour as posts go “live.” You can check out the full schedule at the bottom of this post or on Barclay Publicity’s website by clicking the banner above.

    But now let me turn the blog over to the publicist and author so you can learn a little bit more about the author, her Lovegrove Legacy series, the first book in the series, A BREATH OF FROST, and so you can meet Moira who seems super cool.

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    From the Publicist…

    Alyxandra Harvey, popular young adult author of the Drake Chronicles, Haunting Violet, and Stolen Away, is back with a bewitching new young adult fantasy series that will take readers through the streets of magical 19th century London. A BREATH OF FROST, the first installment in The Lovegrove Legacy (published by Bloomsbury Childrens) goes on sale January 7, 2014. It’s full of witches, magic, family secrets, goblin markets, deer-people, and boys in cravats!

    Want to learn more about A BREATH OF FROST? Be sure to check out this “First Look” interview with Alyxandra Harvey!

    Introduction to Moira

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    Name: Moira

    Age: 18

    Hair: black

    Eyes: grey

    Familiar: orange tabby cat called Marmalade

    Magic: The soles of her feet itch to warn her when she is in danger.

    Moira wants nothing to do with the fancy folk of the Beau Monde.

    And she wants even less to do with the Order of the Iron Nail.

    She just wants to be left alone to run magical errands for One-Eyed Joe in the Goblin Market and run about with the other Madcaps. To be a Madcap is to be a free witch, to owe no one fealty, least of all the Order who have the power to trap your magical familiar in a witch bottle. Moira has spent her entire life avoiding them…until the night all the gargoyles in London fly away.

    Suddenly the Greymalkin Sisters are loose in London and killing young witches, and One-Eyed Joe sends Moira to help three desperate debutante cousins who drag Moira right in the middle of the Beau Monde…and the Order.

    Excerpt

    All around her came the cracking of stone and the splintering of shingles. She could hear it even over the clatter of carriage wheels on the street below, the restless horses in the stable, and an orchestra playing music for the fancy folk. They danced while overhead, the magic they didn’t even know protected them, broke.

    Gargoyles of all shapes and sizes, all sneers and smiles, deserted their posts. A few crumbled to dust but most—too many—launched off roof points, dormer windows, and rain spouts. They took to the air, the stretch and flap of their wings leathery and brittle. They shed cast off pieces of shingle and stone all over London. Moira had never seen anything like it.

    With the gargoyles gone, the rooftops weren’t safe.

    London wasn’t safe.

    About A Breath of Frost

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    Description…

    In 1814, three cousins—Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope—discover their unknown family lineage of witchcraft when their individual magical powers unexpectedly begin to manifest. Now, beyond the familiar manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, a dangerous, alluring underworld available only to those with power is now open to the
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    But by claiming their power, the three cousins have accidentally opened the gates to the Underworld. Now ghouls, hellhounds—and most terrifying of all, the spirits of dark witches known as the Greymalkin Sisters—are hunting and killing young witches for their powers. And, somehow, Emma is connected to the murders … because she keeps finding the bodies. Can the cousins seal the gates before another witch is killed …or even worse, before their gifts are stripped away?

    Series: The Lovegrove Legacy #1
    Release date: January 7, 2014
    Publisher: Walker Childrens
    Pages: 496
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIGO | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS

    Praise…

    “Harvey balances a large cast with an intricate plot with flair….A successful blend of Regency and paranormal romance.” Kirkus Reviews

    Filling her latest with a large cast of characters— from the society elite to the magical world’s dark underbelly—Harvey keeps up the action and clever dialogue as the protagonist, Emma, deals with high-class mean girls, familial secrets, and a confusing crush. A smashing blend of adventure, fantasy, humor, romance, and historical fiction.” Booklist

    About Alyxandra Harvey

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    Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream.

    Among her favourite books are ‘The Wood Wife’ by Terri Windling, ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte, and of course, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. Elizabeth Bennet is her hero because she’s smart and sassy, and Mr. Darcy is, well, yum.

    Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with husband and their dogs. She likes cinnamon lattes, tattoos and books.

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    The Giveaway

    The A BREATH OF FROST First Look Blog Tour includes a few awesome giveaway prizes.

    – GRAND PRIZE: Regency style pewter and crystal necklace made by Alyxandra Harvey and worn in the A BREATH OF FROST trailer (US/Canada ONLY)

    – 5 Finished Copies of A BREATH OF FROST (sponsored by Bloomsbury Childrens US ONLY)

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    The Tour Schedule

    December 10th: The Book Faery Reviews, spotlight on The Lovegrove Legacy

    December 13th: RT Book Reviews, exclusive reveal plus giveaway featuring a video chat with Alyxandra Harvey introducing readers to The Lovegrove Legacy and A BREATH OF FROST

    December 16th: Night Owl Reviews, a “first look” exclusive…get the Travelers Guide to Magical London

    December 17th: Hypable, exclusive reveal plus giveaway featuring a video chat with Alyxandra Harvey. Meet the characters of A BREATH OF FROST and glean an early review

    December 17th: Tynga’s Reviews, exclusive look at Emma and Cormac *swoon*

    December 17th: Bitten by Books, interview with Alyxandra Harvey

    December 17th: Two Chicks on Books, Feeling FictionalYA Bibliophile, and Pages From My Thoughts will introduce readers to Emma

    December 18th: Fresh Fiction, exclusive reveal plus giveaway featuring a video chat with Alyxandra Harvey explaining how historical fiction & fantasy influenced A BREATH OF FROST

    December 19th: Step Into Fiction, interview with Alyxandra Harvey

    December 20th: Parajunkee’s View, The Story Siren, Bending The SpineBabs Book Bistro, Random Jendsmidt, and Fictitious Delicious will introduce readers to Cormac

    December 23th: Fantasy Book Addict, interview with Alyxandra Harvey

    December 27th: Fiktshun, Preternatura, Shortie Says, Fang-tastic BooksReader Girls, and Cocktails and Books will introduce readers to Moira

    January 2nd: Literary Escapism, sneak peek and exclusive look at the magic in The Lovegrove Legacy

    January 2nd: The Paperback Princesses, early review

    January 3rd: YaReads, Addicted 2 Novels, Xpresso Reads, Confessions from Romaholics, Urban Girl Reader, Jeanz Book Read N Review, and The Book Swarm will introduce readers to Penelope

    January 3rd: The Book Swarm, a “speed date” interview with Alyx

    January 6th: Paranormal Book Club, Ex Libris, El Extraño Gato del CuentoDark Faerie TalesBook Passion for LifeSeeing Night ReviewsThe Book CellarLiterary Meanderings, and Book Brats will introduce readers to the magic school in The Lovegrove Legacy

    January 7th: Fiktshun, interview with Alyxandra Harvey

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    My Reading Pile #145

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    I received all sorts of surprise books in the mail this week. All of which I would love to add to the pile this week. One of which I will be adding. Because I just can’t wait…

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    I was not expecting any books in the mail this week, so when two envelopes showed up at my door on Thursday and two more were sitting in the mailbox on the same day, I was completely and totally surprised.

    I received an ARC in some seriously wicked awesome packaging of THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkowski, thanks to the very awesome folks at Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR. I am so excited for this book’s release and can’t wait to read it. Hopefully in the next few weeks. I have this title as an eGalley, but because it looks so amazing in print I think I might just have to read the print version instead. Decisions, decisions….

    I also received a title I hadn’t heard of before – HALF BAD by Sally Green – thanks to the very awesome team at Viking Juvenile. After having read the book’s description on Goodreads and the tiny excerpt on Amazon, I really can’t wait to check this book out. Modern day witches. Good and evil. A story that promises to be gripping. I’m sold.

    And finally, I received an ARC of MANOR OF SECRETS by Katherine Longshore courtesy of the lovely folks at Point for the blog tour I’ll be on next month. I can’t wait to head back in time to 1911 to meet Charlotte and Janie and find out just what kinds of secrets The Manor is keeping.

    I also received EVERTRUE by Brodi Ashton, a book that I’ve been dying to read, thanks to the unbelievably awesome Jaime of Two Chicks on Books. I almost broke my “no request” policy for print books from this publisher since I get so many eGalleys from them on Edelweiss. But I didn’t. And now I don’t have to since Jaime sent me her copy to read.

    I did not go crazy on Edelweiss or NetGalley this week, though I did grab one title and was approved for another.

    I tried to resist requesting any titles on NetGalley and Edelweiss this past week after having received so many eGalleys. But there were so many amazing titles on NetGalley I couldn’t resist requesting one.

    Courtesy of Delacorte Press and NetGalley I was approved for an eARC of AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard. This books sounds absolutely amazing and I found myself immediately starting to read it when my copy downloaded to my Kindle. But as it won’t be releasing for a little while, I will try to wait until closer to its release date. But I have a feeling I might just be sneaking this one onto the pile this week.

    Courtesy of William Morrow Impulse and Edelweiss I received an eARC of A LITTLE TOO HOT (A Little Too Far #3) by Lisa Desrochers. I’ve been checking repeatedly for this title’s availability and the second I saw it I grabbed a copy. After having read the sneak peek in the back of A LITTLE TOO MUCH I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this next book in the series. And while I won’t be reading it this week, I will be adding it to the pile next week.

    But for right now…

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

    (December 22, 2013 – December 28, 2013)

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    First up on the pile is EVERTRUE by Brodi Ashton. I have been dying to get my hands on this final book in the series since the moment I finished reading book two. And now that I have an early copy thanks to Jaime I can’t wait a single day to read it… I actually started reading it the moment I discovered it in my mailbox.

    While I’m terrified about just how this series will end, I just have to read it now. I can’t wait. I have to know what happens with Nikki and Cole and Jack. I have a bad feeling that things won’t end happily for Cole Stockton. But I am ever hopeful. While I adore Jack, I just can’t help but like Cole more, and have ever since I first met him in the first book in this series.

    The description talks about the power of true love, so I am fairly certain that this ending will favor Jack. But until I reach the last page of this book I will be keeping my fingers crossed for Cole.

    And if all goes as planned I’ll have my answer on Saturday. Because there’s no way I’ll be able to set this book down until I know.

    The Description…

    Now that Nikki has rescued Jack, all she wants is to be with him and graduate high school. But Cole tricked Nikki into feeding off him, and she’s begun the process of turning into an Everliving herself… which means she must feed on a Forfeit soon — or die.

    Terrified for her survival, Nikki and Jack begin a desperate attempt to reverse the process using any means possible. Even Cole, who they expected to fight them at every turn, has become an unlikely ally — but how long can it last? Nikki needs to feed on Cole to survive, Cole needs Nikki to gain the throne in the Everneath, Jack needs Nikki because she is everything to him — and together, they must travel back to the Underworld to undo Nikki’s fate and make her mortal once more. But Cole isn’t the only one with plans for Nikki: the Queen has not forgotten Nikki’s treachery, and she wants her destroyed for good. Will Nikki be forced to spend eternity in the Underworld, or does she have what it takes to bring down the Everneath once and for all?

    In this stunning conclusion to the Everneath trilogy, Brodi Ashton evokes the resiliency of the human spirit and the indomitable power of true love.

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    A Breath of Frost

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    Next up on the pile is A BREATH OF FROST by Alyxandra Harvey. I received an eARC thanks to the publisher, Walker Childrens, via NetGalley. And as I will be on the blog tour later this week I really want to get the chance to read it before my stop on Thursday.

    I love, love, love Alyxandra Harvey’s writing. And I can’t wait to embark upon this new series by the author and meet Gretchen, Emma and Penelope. I can’t wait to step foot into this world of witchcraft, secrets and murder. I can’t wait to find out how Emma is connected to the murders. And I can’t wait to discover the author’s Regency London setting in this story.

    If I finish the first read on the pile before I technically am supposed to start on this week’s pile, then I just might be able to begin reading A BREATH OF FROST on Sunday. I might even be able to finish reading it on the same day. And while I am excited about the prospect of devouring this book in a day, I am hoping that the ending won’t be too much of a cliffhanger as reading it just a bit early means that the wait for the sequel will be that much longer.

    But I will definitely have this book read before my tour stop on Thursday.

    The Description…

    In 1814, three cousins-Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope-discover their unknown family lineage of witchcraft. Beyond the familiar manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, a dangerous, alluring new underworld visible only to those with power is now open to the cousins.

    But unbeknownst to them, by claiming their power, the three cousins have inadvertently opened the gates to the Underworld.

    Now the dead, ghouls, hellhounds-and the most terrifying of all: the spirits of dark witches known as the Greymalkin Sisters-are hunting and killing young debutante witches for their powers.

    And, somehow, Emma is connected to the murders…because she keeps finding the bodies.

    Can the cousins unravel the clues and mystery behind their heritage and power before their gifts are stripped away …or even worse, another witch is killed?

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    Wishful Thinking Reads

    As I mentioned above, I really, really want to read AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard. The story sounds tragic and heartbreaking, but the description also promises goodness and hope. And as it’s told in verse and prose, I’m so very intrigued to see what kind of connection I make with the story.

    Since I don’t get much time off for the holiday this year I might not have time to add another book to the pile this week. But I am determined to make AND WE STAY more than just a wishful thinking read… even if reading it this week might just be a wish.

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    Those Left Behind

    As I was so late in posting last week’s My Reading Pile post and because I was taking a break from reading for awhile, I only had one short novella on the pile last week. Which I read. And loved. So I’m not technically behind on last week’s pile. Though I didn’t write a review.

    I may end up trying to do that this week, but with the Top Ten of 2013 event this week, and much catching up to do with my end-of-year reads, I might not get the chance. But that remains to be determined. I am still somewhat of an optimist.

    I’m just glad that I didn’t get too ambitious last week or I would be seriously behind on my reads. Of course it’s still very possible I’ll end up falling behind before the year is out. With this week’s pile and a new pile to start on next week, there is always a chance I’ll fall a bit further behind.

    But, yes, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I won’t.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    I’d put in a request for AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard when I saw it on NetGalley earlier in the week when creating the previous My Reading Pile post. I couldn’t help myself. And I was totally stoked when I was approved for the title.

    I find myself in exactly the same spot this week with the two Entangled Teen books up for grabs. I’ve resisted the urge to request them so far, since their release dates are just around the corner and I have both pre-ordered. But I may not be able to wait.

    SALT by Danielle Ellison (Entangled Teen, Jan 7 2014)

    WHERE YOU’LL FIND ME by Erin Fletcher (Entangled Teen, Jan 7 2014)

    INSANITY by Susan Vaught (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Feb 18 2014)

    SHE IS NOT INVISIBLE by Marcus Sedgwick (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Apr 22 2014)

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    I am slowly getting back on track with my reading and posting. It hasn’t been easy as I am still not back to my version of normal. But I’m trying really, really hard.

    I’m still spending way too much time devouring series on Netflix… I can’t seem to stand the quiet… but I have been able to read a few pages here and there. And I have been able to get a few thoughts together in order for me to create a blog post or two.

    It’s a start.

    As this is a crazy week for many, with the holiday bisecting the week, I hope you are all able to find some time to read those lovely books you have. And if you’d like to share what your current reads are or what books you received for review or you discovered under your tree, I’d love to know. Just leave a comment or a link to your post. I’ll be sure to check it out.

    Happy holiday reading!

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    Do you create a reading pile?

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

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #106

    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 January 8-January 14th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Just One Day

    JUST ONE DAY by Gayle Forman will be released in the U.S. on January 8, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Dutton Juvenile, the print edition is 320 pages.

    JUST ONE DAY is the first book in author Gayle Forman’s new two-book series of the same name. The second and final book in the series, JUST ONE YEAR, is also slated for release in 2013.

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    It has been so long since I read a book by Gayle Foreman. As one of my most favorite contemporary authors I am so unbelievably thrilled that JUST ONE YEAR will be downloading to my Kindle this week.

    I am both anxious and excited to meet Lulu, to go on that journey with her over the course of the year as she looks for answers about her life and looks to find her “almost-true-love.” The description calls this a “breathtaking journey” and promises to be “sweepingly romantic.” And I cannot wait.

    I am hopeful this story, and two-book series, will be every bit as gorgeous and beautifully written as If I Stay and Where She Went. But I am also nervously hopeful that this will be more of a love story with a happy ending than the heartbreaking tragedy that befell the main character and her family in that other “duet of novels.”

    I may end up taking a peek and then find that I will not be able to put this down a bit later this week. Because this author’s writing is just that impossible to step away from once you’ve begun reading. At least it is for me.

    But if I don’t get the chance to take a look this week, then I will definitely be diving in next week. JUST ONE YEAR is not just a must read, but a must read now.

    Through the Ever Night

    THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT by Veronica Rossi will be released in the U.S. on January 8, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 352 pages.

    THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT is the second full-length book in author Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky series. The third book in the series, INTO THE STILL BLUE, is expected in 2014.

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    One of my saddest bookish moments of 2012 was the fact that I did not get to devour UNDER THE NEVER SKY. I will be reading it this year. In the very near future, actually. But I would have loved to have read it already so I could devour book two immediately upon its release.

    While I haven’t yet read book one, I did buy the novella recently and THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT will be downloading on my Kindle on Tuesday. So, all three stories will be ready to read the moment I can squeeze them in this winter.

    I did make the mistake of taking a peek at the description and now I’m trying desperately to forget what I read about Perry and Aria. Well, everything except for the fact that this book promises to be a “captivating love story” that is “as perilous as it is unforgettable.”

    I am keeping my fingers crossed that I can start reading the first book in the series at the end of this month so I can read this sequel immediately thereafter. I have heard nothing but amazing things about this author and this series and I cannot wait to finally discover that for myself.

    Crash

    CRASH by Lisa McMann will be released in the U.S. on January 8, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 256 pages.

    CRASH is the first book in Lisa McMann’s Visions series. The second book, BANG, is slated for release on October 8, 2013.

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    I cannot believe that Lisa McMann’s CRASH is releasing this week and will be living on my Kindle in just a matter of days. It seemed like only yesterday I was spotlighting it for my Book Watch post and in just a few days it will be mine, mine all  mine.

    Mine to devour. Mine to love. Mine to have forever and ever.

    And, as always, I won’t ramble on too much about this book – again – but I cannot wait to meet Jules and see just what she does to” keep her vision from becoming reality.” And I am so excited to finally have another series by this author to devour over the next few years.

    The author’s WAKE trilogy is one that is still so memorable and CRYER’S CROSS is and will forever be a favorite. So I’m really hoping to sneak this one in next week, although I’m listening to DEAD TO YOU in audiobook format right now. So maybe this will have to wait just a bit longer…. or not.

    Timekeeper

    TIMEKEEPER by Alexandra Monir will be released in the U.S. on January 8, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 288 pages.

    TIMEKEEPER is the second full-length book in Alexandra Monir’s Timeless series.

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    I own but still have yet to read TIMELESS. But I am super excited this sequel will be downloading on Tuesday to my Kindle. Because I think these books will be perfect to read back-to-back with no wait between them.

    I totally took a peek at the description for TIMEKEEPER and while it does reveal some information of what happened before, it doesn’t feel spoiler-y. What it does do is make me want to read this sequel right now… and its predecessor.

    I want to know why Philip has lost his memory and I want to learn more about this Time Society. I’m a bit anxious about why there’s a “vengeful Windsor ancestor” and why this more than century-old “rift” could have “life-or-death consequences.” And for whom.

    The description promises a “breathtaking romance” that combines with “complex magic” and I cannot wait to be enchanted by this love story. As I’ve been very much in the mood as of late to read contemporary and historical YA romances I think this series that also involves time travel will be added to the pile very soon.

    Paper Valentine

    PAPER VALENTINE by Brenna Yovanoff will be released in the U.S. on January 8, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 368 pages.

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    I have yet to read a book by author Brenna Yovanoff and yet I own both THE REPLACEMENT and THE SPACE BETWEEN and now PAPER VALENTINE will be joining the collection this week.

    I’d first noticed this book because of this cover which is definitely unique and yet I find it so incredibly unsettling. I’m not sure why, but as I look at it, I get a sense of unease.

    And that’s not even having read the description. Which I only just did now that I’m creating this post.

    I had no idea that this story was a ghost story and a murder mystery. But now that I do I’m even more thrilled to be adding this to my collection. This book of a “city in panic” and a world of “ghost girls and horrifying secrets” sounds absolutely enthralling.

    I cannot wait to meet Hannah and find out if I can solve the mystery of who this Valentine Killer is or if I’ll be kept in the dark with only my suspicions.

    And even though I have those two other books by the author on my pile, I think this one sounds like the perfect book to be introduced to her writing. And I hope to do so early this spring.

    Rise

    RISE by Andrea Cremer will be released in the U.S. on January 8, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Philomel, the print edition is 416 pages.

    RISE is the second book in author Andrea Cremer’s Nightshade Prequel series

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    Yes I own the first book in this prequel series and yes it’s still sitting on my TBR pile. But I just had to pre-order this second book in the series because I really, really want to read both books. Even though I haven’t read the final book int the author’s Nightshade series.

    I want to dive into this series that is set before the events that took place in Nightshade. I want to meet Ember and Barrow. The description promises dark magic, “supernatural horrors,” mysterious characters and “shocking revelations.” How could I not want to dive in?

    Andrea Cremer has a wonderful writing style and has created characters that I loved in that first series. While I’m still not ready to let that series end, I don’t see why I can’t read RIFT and RISE and meet these new characters and discover this new world.

    And I really hope to do so in the next month. Especially as it’s dubbed as being “richly sensual” and “full of magic, action and danger.”

    **UPDATE**

    Blood Prophecy

    BLOOD PROPHECY by Alyxandra Harvey released in the U.S. today, January 8, 2013, in hardcover and paperback formats. (The eBook had an earlier release date of December 24, 2012.)

    It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Walker Childrens, the print edition is 496 pages.

    BLOOD PROPHECY is the sixth and final book in the author’s Drake Chronicles.

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    As I’d already briefly mentioned BLOOD PROPHECY in my Book Watch post the week it was releasing in eBook format – and it was added to my collection – I completely forgot to mention it this week as I’d intended.

    As release date is now upon us, and as I’ve had the eBook in my possession for over two weeks, I am just going to list it here in order to be thorough, rather than ramble on endlessly after-the-fact about how much I love this series, its characters and this author’s writing.

    I do have to add – because I just can’t say nothing – that I cannot believe this series is ending and that I am so far behind on it. But I suppose that now that it has ended I will be able to catch up… though I’m not sure I’ll be ready to say goodbye when I do.

    **END OF UPDATE**

    Other Books of Note

    Revolution 19

    REVOLUTION 19 by Gregg Rosenblum

    Pub. Date: January 8, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Then You Were Gone

    THEN YOU WERE GONE by Lauren Strasnick

    Pub. Date: January 8, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Shadowlands

    SHADOWLANDS by Kate Brian

    Pub. Date: January 8, 2013

    Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    There are so many awesome books releasing this week and I’m trying so hard not to add the three “of note” books to my collection before their release date. But I’m one click away from hitting “pre-order” as I write this post.

    I haven’t yet read any of the six books I have pre-ordered and in some case haven’t read the first book in the series. So there are a LOT of new books for the TBR pile this week. Which is a good and bad thing.

    I am most excited for Gayle Forman and Lisa McMann’s books as I have been a huge fan of both authors for quite some time now. But I’m equally excited to finally “meet” Veronica Rossi, Brenna Yovanoff and Alexandra Monir’s characters.

    I really hope to be able to sneak both JUST ONE DAY and CRASH onto my reading pile or go “off-pile” to read either or both of them in the next couple of weeks. Because I don’t want either book to get buried as the year moves forward.

    So there are six new books for the pile with three potential adds on release date. I’m pretty sure next week is equally as packed-full, if not, I know that the weeks of the 22nd and 29th will be. So I’m really hoping to get a jump on some of my reading by then.

    Anyway…

    As always, I hope there are one or two titles you can finally scratch off your list of to be read with this week’s releases. And if there is anything I forgot to list… or buy… I would love a heads up.

    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 #77

    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 June 19th-June 25th that I have pre-ordered.

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    This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers was released today, June 19, 2012, in the U.S. in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

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    Finally! I am so excited that This Is Not a Test is out today. I’ve been dying to read this for weeks and weeks. I even tried to start reading it late last night after my pre-order downloaded, but sleep won out. I will definitely be reading it tonight, though. This is not a book that will sit on the pile.

    As I spotlighted it – and all the reasons I wanted to read it – in my Book Watch post a few weeks back, I won’t do so again. Well, not too much anyway….

    But I will just highlight the things I’m most excited for from the description. “It’s the end of the world.” The dead are “pounding on the doors.” All it takes is “one bite” to turn you into a monster. And of course the fact that there are “unpredictable and violent bids for life–and death.”

    Yeah. Definitely exciting. And with that parting line – “When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?” – I couldn’t help but become hooked. There is no doubt that I will be reading this book tonight. I just hope I’ll be able to finish it tonight, too.

    Blood Moon by Alyxandra Harvey was released today, June 19, 2012, in the U.S. in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Walker Childrens, the print edition is 320 pages.

    Blood Moon is the fifth book in author Alyxandra Harvey’s Drake Chronicles. The sixth book, Blood Prophecy, is slated for release in January 2013.

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    I am such a huge fan of author Alyxandra Harvey. I have loved her Drake Chronicles for awhile and I loved Haunting Violet. And I am so excited that this series is continuing with another installment.

    I pre-ordered it ages ago and I saw that the next book is available to order but not yet in eBook format, so I’ll have to wait for just a bit for that. Yes, I’m already excited for the next book and I haven’t even read this book. But I love the series, love the author’s writing and love, love, love the cover.

    I have to catch up on this series as I haven’t read the previous book, but I’m super excited to hear that this book is told by Solange, Lucy and Nicholas’ point of views. Which is even more motivation for me to read. I love those characters and I can’t wait to find out what happens next. And I am super curious to learn all about the Blood Moon ceremony.

    The book’s brief description promises a “mysterious stranger,” “secrets” and “forbidden magic” which are more than enough to have piqued my curiosity about this installment. So much so that I will definitely be reading Bleeding Hearts and Blood Moon in July.

     Soulbound (Legacy of Tril #1) by Heather Brewer

    Pub. Date: June 19, 2012

    Published by: Dial

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    It is a quiet release week. At least in terms of books I’m adding to my collection. Though next week isn’t nearly as quiet, this week I only have two new books for the pile. But I am seriously tempted to buy Soulbound by Heather Brewer and make that number a three. I have an ARC that I received through a trade and wanted to check that out first before buying, but I think I may not be able to avoid making that one click purchase.

    This Is Not a Test won’t be sitting on the TBR pile as I will be reading it tonight. And this latest installment of the Drake Chronicles also won’t be there for long because I miss the world and characters and don’t want to get any further behind on the series.

    I really hope I didn’t miss any “must buy” books, and I will take a peek around to see if I have, but for now it’s just the two. But if you know of something and want to share….

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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 #55

    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 January 17th-January 23rd that I have pre-ordered.

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    Truth by Julia Karr will be released in the U.S. on January 19, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Puffin, the print edition is 320 pages.

    Truth is the sequel to XVI by author Julia Karr.

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    I am so excited that Truth will be be releasing this week. I have been waiting for this sequel since the moment I finished reading XVI last year and I pre-ordered it for my Kindle the second it was available. I happened to get my hands on an ARC of this book just a couple weeks ago, but due to my way too busy January, I wasn’t able to read it the second it landed in my mailbox.

    I can’t wait to find out just what happened to the main character, Nina Oberon, since I last saw her. According to the description, the book picks up a few months down the road and Nina now has the tattoo she was forced to get, identifying her as a sixteen-year-old.

    I loved the fact that Nina was such a strong heroine in the first book in the series and from the sound of things she gets even stronger in this sequel. I can’t wait to see how she fares in the Resistance and just what consequences come from having the truth revealed.

    Tempest by Julie Cross will be released in the U.S. on January 17, 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 St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Tempest is the first book in a new series by the author and is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    I missed some of the early buzz about Tempest by Julie Cross, but when I was checking it out for a trailer reveal I did here on the blog the other week, it sounded really interesting so I added to my list of pre-orders.

    I love stories about time travel. And the idea that the main character, Jackson Meyer, travels back in time to save his girlfriend sounds incredibly romantic. And, of course, according to the description, things don’t go quite as planned and Jackson gets stuck in the past.

    I am super curious about just what other abilities Jackson possesses and I want to see just what these “Enemies of Time” will do to Jackson if they find him.

    As this is the first book in this new series, I can’t wait to meet the characters and to see if I’ll be left on a cliff for the sequel.

    Fracture by Megan Miranda will be released in the U.S. on January 17, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Walker Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 272 pages.

    Fracture  is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    I first heard about this book awhile back when I was offered a copy in a trade. It sounded definitely intriguing and potentially heartbreaking. Especially since the description mentions that it’s for fans of Before I Fall and If I Stay, which had me in tears. While I didn’t get to read the ARC, I did pre-order this for my Kindle and I can’t wait until it downloads.

    Delany Maxwell is a medical miracle who came back from dying in a car accident. But it seems she’s developed some interesting, and potentially deadly, abilities. She meets someone with similar abilities but according to the description he may have ulterior motives.

    I have no idea what to expect in Fracture, but I can’t wait to find out what Delany’s abilities really are and just what happened to her because of her brush with death.

    Glitches by Marissa Meyer will be released in the U.S. on January 18, 2012 in eBook format only. It is currently available to pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    The eBook is published by Tor Books.

    Glitches is a short prequel story in The Lunar Chronicles by author Marissa Meyer.

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    I’m not sure how I stumbled on this eBook. I believe it was from the Tor email newsletter I receive. As soon as I found out there was a prequel short story, I headed over to Amazon to pre-order it for my Kindle.

    I loved Cinder by Marissa Meyer. And I can’t wait to get another story about Cinder and to find out exactly what this “glitch” might be.

    Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer R. Hubbard will be released in the U.S. on January 19, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Viking Juvenile, the print edition is 272 pages.

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    I haven’t heard much about Trying Not to Breathe, but I do own another book by the author, which is in my TBR pile. I love the title and I heard the author is amazing so I decided to pre-order this one solely based on the title.

    But now that I’ve read the description, I’m so glad that I decided to order this book. This story sounds bittersweet and possibly heartbreaking. Ryan has attempted suicide and is now trying to figure out how to live since his attempt failed. He gains a friend in Nicki, who he feels comfortable sharing his secrets with. But according to the description things get complicated and their friendship is put to the test.

    I can’t wait to met Ryan and I hope that things end on a positive note, as it seems that his life has not been an easy one. I hope I get a chance to discover this author’s writing very soon, but I’m happy to add this book to my collection in the meantime.

    Hallowed by Cynthia Hand will be released in the U.S. on January 17, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Hallowed is the sequel to author Cynthia Hand’s debut novel Unearthly.

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    I have had Hallowed pre-ordered for my Kindle for what seems like decades. While I received the ARC for review, I only just got a chance to start reading it yesterday. But what I’ve read so far is amazing.

    I loved this series which I discovered in 2010 on NetGalley right when I started blogging. I’ve been a huge fan of angel stories and I loved the fact that the main character, Clara, was the angel in that series.

    I have been dying ever since to read this next book, as there was a lot left up in the air about just what would happen with Clara, Tucker and Christian and what further problems might develop between the White Wings and the Dark Wings.

    As I’ve already spotlighted this for my Book Watch post, I’ll stop rambling. Also, if I keep talking about Hallowed, I just might accidentally reveal what I already know. I hope to be able to finish this book tonight or tomorrow, but from the buzz I’ve already heard about this sequel, I will be blown away. And I might just pick up the print edition because the cover looks absolutely beautiful.

    Stolen Away by Alyxandra Harvey will be released in the U.S. on January 17, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Walker Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 288 pages.

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    I am such a huge fan of author Alyxandra Harvey. I fell in love with her Drake Chronicles ages ago, and more recently loved her book Haunting Violet. When I heard she wrote a story about faeries I was thrilled to no end. And I immediately pre-ordered this book.

    I ended up grabbing an ARC in a trade, but wasn’t able to read it prior to its release, but I will be reading the finished copy next month because I love faery stories and I absolutely love this author.

    According to the description, Eloise is abducted by the King of Faery. Because he wants to remain in power, he needs to get rid of his wife and the way he figures he can do that is by using her niece, Eloise, as bait.

    This story sounds super exciting. I can’t wait to meet Eloise and the yummy Lucas. And even the Faery King’s son Eldric who sounds like he’d be just the sort of bad boy that I love to read about.

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    Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic

    Pub. Date: January 17, 2012

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    Stefan’s Diaries Volume 5: The Asylum by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec

    (Based on the novels of L.J. Smith)

    Pub. Date: January 17, 2012

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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

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    There are so many amazing books releasing this week. I can’t imagine when I’ll have the time to read them all, but I hope really, really soon. And I can’t wait to see if I can sneak in Glitches since I just read Cinder and I really want to go back to the world that author Marissa Meyer created.

    I’m probably going to be buying the Megan Bostic book because I’ve had that on my radar for some time, but I’m trying to not have too many books pre-ordered this year. I don’t know how successful I’ll be given the fact that I already have 60 books in the queue.

    As much as I love all of these books releasing this week, and I hope to read them in the very near future, I’m getting so excited for a certain book releasing next week. You have no idea… Okay maybe you do. But if you don’t, I’ll just say COLE.

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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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