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    Novella Reading Week Wraps Up!

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    Novella Reading Week has ended. Wow that went fast! I’d been debating making it a two-week event, but it seems that one week was the perfect length in order to get a few of those novellas read and not cause too much of a backup for those review books.

    And I cannot thank Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads enough for co-hosting this event with me. It was nice to know that even if no one else took part in the challenge this past week, she was joining me in my quest to clear a few novellas off my TBR pile.

    But she wasn’t the only one participating in Novella Reading Week! I am totally stoked that there were so many awesome readers joining us this past week. And I cannot wait to check out each and every one of the reviews.

    Mindy and I will be gathering all the participants entries – from the Linky List and from the comments on our posts – and we’ll throw them into Random to choose the winners, which will be announced in our Novella Reading Week Begins posts on Tuesday.

    I hope that you got a few novellas cleared off your piles and that at the one, or ones, you did read made it worth your while. And I can’t thank you all enough for joining this event and for sharing your thoughts about those novellas you did read.

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    My Novella Reading Week…

    While I didn’t get every novella read that I wanted to read, I did reach my goal of reading seven novellas for this challenge. I’d originally chosen five books to read for the challenge, but decided to aim for seven and I managed to read them all.

    Though I would have liked to read the other five novellas I’d earmarked, I wouldn’t have been able to read all those stories and have any time left over to write reviews. So I stuck with just my seven initial picks.

    And while I only posted reviews for four of the novellas I read, I did end up writing six reviews before the challenge officially ended and hope to finish writing the last one momentarily. The three remaining reviews will be posted on Tuesday and Wednesday as I have a blog tour scheduled for today.

    The novellas I read for the challenge were…

    UNDONE (Unbreakable #1.5) by Elizabeth Norris. (Review)

    GLITTER & DOOM (Masque of the Red Death #1.5) by Bethany Griffin. (Review to post Tuesday)

    DIE FOR HER (Die for Me #2.5) by Amy Plum. (Review)

    RADIANT (Unearthly #2.5) by Cynthia Hand. (Review)

    DESTROY ME (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi. (Review in progress)

    FLIRTING WITH MAYBE by Wendy Higgins (Review to post Wednesday)

    ORIGINS: THE FIRE (Mila 2.0 #0.5) by Debra Driza. (Review)

    So while it wasn’t a complete success, I do consider this past week a success. I read seven novellas I’ve been wanting to read – some for quite some time. I managed to fall in love with some of my favorite series all over again. And reading a couple of the novellas gave me the push I needed to finally be willing to say goodbye to those series. Which, for me, is a win.

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    Your Novella Reading Week…

    But enough about me. What about your novella reading week?

    Did you read all the novellas you wanted to read this week? Did you read more than you’d planned? Or did you read fewer than anticipated?

    Were the novellas you did read ones that you absolutely adored or were some more of a miss than a hit?

    And, whether you read one or twenty-one, do you consider this a successful novella reading week for you?

    If you’d like to share your thoughts, I’d love to know!

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    Quickie Review: Die for Her

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    DIE FOR HER by Amy Plum was released in the U.S. on April 2, 2013 in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the story is 6o pages.

    DIE FOR HER is a novella in the author’s Die for Me series set between UNTIL I DIE and IF I SHOULD DIE.

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    Description…

    Set in the romantic and death-defying world of the international bestselling Die for Me trilogy, this digital original novella follows Jules, a brooding, immortal French artist who has fallen in love with his best friend’s girlfriend.

    Jules Marchenoir is a revenant-an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save human lives. He’s spent the better part of the last century flirting his way through Paris, but when he met Kate Mercier, the heroine from Amy Plum’s Die for Me trilogy, he knew his afterlife had changed forever and he had found the love of his life. Until Kate fell for his best friend, Vincent. Now Jules is faced with an impossible decision: choosing between his loyal friend and a love truly worth dying for.

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    DIE FOR HER is a wildly entertaining and incredibly revealing novella in author Amy Plum’s Die for Me series told from Jules’ perspective. Released between books two and three, this short story takes a look at events from the first two books in the series from his POV and concludes at the same point in the story as UNTIL I DIE.

    As it does parallel the story as told from Kate’s point of view, this novella should not be read prior to having read both previously released books. And as it reveals certain things that were hinted at in that second book, and which will likely come to light in IF I SHOULD DIE, it is best read prior to reading that third and final book in the series.

    Jules is one of the author’s more charismatic characters. His charming and flirtatious behavior serve to make him one of the more likable characters in this series, even if at first glance he appears to be a bit shallow. But in this novella, readers will get to see a different side of Jules and will learn that there is more to him than what meets the eye.

    This novella also gives readers an expanded look at the world as well as a look at it from an alternate viewpoint. It offers a quick look at events that couldn’t be explored from Kate’s perspective, insight into events where her POV may not have been the most accurate, and an eye-opening peek at scenes involving both Kate and Jules.

    DIE FOR HER is not only a riveting read but a heartbreaking one. For fans of the series, and especially Jules, this story is not one to be missed. And for those readers who may not have picked up on the hints in UNTIL I DIE, reading this novella will make them want to go back for a second look.

    As it doesn’t cover new ground or bridge a gap between novels, it’s not mandatory to read DIE FOR HER to complete the series. But for those readers who like to take a longer look at the world or who like to see another character’s views on what has transpired, this novella is a must.

    And as it includes a short excerpt of chapter one from IF I SHOULD DIE, readers will get to continue the story right to the edge of a small cliff.

    Reviewer gives this novella…

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    On a personal note…

    Jules is my favorite male character in this series. While Vincent may have held the top spot in DIE FOR ME, I’ve always been fond of his ever flirty best friend Jules. But after having read UNTIL I DIE, Vincent was out and Jules was in.

    So I was totally thrilled to be able to read this short novella from his perspective. And I was even more thrilled to find out that what I thought was going on with Jules wasn’t just  wishful thinking.

    As a fan of this character, I couldn’t help but fall instantly in love with this story. It made me grin, it tore my heart out and it made me want to read an entire novel from his point of view. It also made me happy that I was right to adore him, that he wasn’t just a flirt, that he was so much more.

    And I am so glad I read this before reading IF I SHOULD DIE. I would have been wondering if my suspicions were correct for the entire read until all was revealed. And not knowing Jules’ thoughts would have made for a completely different reading experience of that last book.

    I don’t usually get all swoon-y over a novella. And I almost never fall madly in love with one. But it couldn’t be helped. This story was all sorts of awesome.

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    My Reading Pile #118

    I didn’t get any print books in the mail this week, though the books I traded for will be arriving on Monday. But I did get approved for a couple of awesome titles on NetGalley this week, so it’s not a completely quiet week for books.

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    It had been ages since I put in the request for PHANTOM EYES (Witch Eyes #3) by Scott Tracey, so I was sure I would never be approved. But when I got the OK to download it this week from Flux I was totally stoked.

    And I never thought I’d get approved to read NEVER FADE (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken, but thanks to the awesome folks at Disney-Hyperion I get to add this amazing book to my review pile.

    And while I’d love to be able to read either one of these books this week, as both books aren’t releasing until October I won’t be adding them to the pile just yet. Of course I could go off-pile to read them….

    But there are a couple books that I will be reading – that I’m dying to read – and they are…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (June 16, 2013 – June 22, 2013)

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    First up on the pile is BOUNDLESS by Cynthia Hand. I hadn’t intended to say goodbye to this series this week, but thanks to the way the novella, RADIANT, ended, I just have to know what happens.

    And I really, really want to know now. But I won’t be able to start on this week’s reads until Monday, as Novella Reading Week doesn’t end until then. But after that last line I’m so very anxious about what’s going to happen in this final book.

    I tried not to listen to the chatter, but I did hear that there may have been tears involved for those who read it. Which makes me really, really nervous. Especially since the description mentions “sacrifices and betrayal” and that Clara is being watched by a fallen angel and that a battle with the Black Wings is “looming.”

    I am expecting to have my heart broken in this finale. I’m positive that not everyone will survive. And I just have a feeling that the sacrifices that will have to be made are ones that will leave me in tears.

    As much as I’ve been dreading saying goodbye to this series, I just have to know. I can’t wait any longer. And as soon as Monday rolls around I will be diving into this book.

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    If I Should Die

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    Next up on the pile is IF I SHOULD DIE by Amy Plum. It’s actually a back on the pile read, as I’d intended to read it a few weeks ago, but ran out of time. But now that I have read Jules’ story in the novella, I’m desperate to find out what happens with him in this final book in the series.

    Between everything that happened in UNTIL I DIE and what was revealed in DIE FOR HER, I am excited to find out just what happens with Kate, Vincent, Jules and the rest of the revenants.

    I am almost positive that the happily ever after I’m looking for won’t be the one at the end of this book. But I’m ever the optimist. Of course it is very possible that there won’t be a happy ending at all. Not after what happened at the end of book two.

    Of course, Kate is a fighter. And the description hints that she’d be willing to “risk everything” to be with Vincent. So that particular happy ending is a possibility. Right?

    As much as I want to know this instant, I suppose I’ll have to read the book first…. And I plan on doing just that on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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    Wishful Thinking Reads:

    WILD CARDS by Simone Elkeles is my wishful thinking read this week. I got approved the other week and I’m just dying to meet “bad boy” Derek Fitzpatrick. I love this author’s writing and her stories with their unconventional characters. So I’m really hoping my wish can become reality if I get a bit more reading done this week than just the two books I have on hte pile.

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    Those Left Behind:

    I put five novellas on the pile last week – GLITTER & DOOM, DESTROY ME, ORIGINS: THE FIRE, DIE FOR HER and FLIRTING WITH MAYBE. I only read two of them and I’m currently reading DESTROY ME. But I have until tomorrow to finish this week’s reads and I will be reading the remaining two stories.

    I ended up choosing two other novellas to read first – UNDONE and RADIANT – but it doesn’t mean those others won’t be on my “read” pile by the end of tomorrow.

    Of course I haven’t yet written any reviews for the novellas, but I also plan on working on those this weekend. They’re only “Quickie” reviews so I can’t imagine not being able to wrangle my thoughts about each read fairly quickly and posting my reviews before tomorrow’s end.

    I did end up setting aside PHOENIX until the challenge was over, so I’ll have to finish that this week. And I had to postpone my review for DANCE OF THE RED DEATH due to a rather crowded blog schedule this past week. But it will be up on Tuesday.

    I have some extra quiet time this week, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to write my review for INDELIBLE. But if I decide not to spend it reviewing I will be reading EARTHBOUND by Aprilynne Pike.

    And while I have a few review books I need to be reading, after diving into some awesome novellas this past week, I just have to continue those series. The short peeks at the worlds and characters were enough to lure me back in and make me want more, more, more.

    But I will be back to the review pile next week as there are a few titles I need to read before the month’s end. But for now I’m happy to read purely for pleasure. And no, I don’t feel guilty…. Well, not that guilty.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

    I did end up requesting one book from NetGalley this week….

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    CONSUME (The Clann #3) by Melissa Darnell (Harlequin Teen, Aug 27 2013)

    I’ve read the first two books in the series and I’m curious to see what happens with Tristan and Savannah in this third book. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be approved.

    But that was my only request from NetGalley this week, though I also requested a book from Edelweiss.

    And, as mentioned above, I was approved for NEVER FADE by Alexandra Bracken and PHANTOM EYES by Scott Tracey, so I’m super stoked about that.

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    But there are a couple of other books I am really tempted to request. However, as I have so many eBooks for review right now, I’m going to wait. I just don’t know for how long….

    HEREAFTER by Kate Brian (Disney Book Group, Oct 1 2013)

    TIME AFTER TIME by Tamara Ireland Stone (Disney Book Group, Oct 8 2013)

    THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US by Lauren Myracle (Abrams, Aug 20 2013)

    TASTE TEST by Kelly Fiore (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Aug 27 2013)

    SICK by Tom Leveen (Abrams, Oct 1 2013)

    BANISH by Nicola Marsh (Harlequin Enterprise Australia, Aug 1 2013) ***Australian Reviewers Only***

    LOVE DISGUISED by Lisa Klein (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Jul 30 2013)

    THE WEIGHT OF WATER by Sarah Crossan (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Jul 23 2013)

    RED by Alison Cherry (Random House Children’s, Oct 8 2013)

    TANDEM (The Many-Worlds Trilogy #1) by Anna Jarzab (Random House Children’s, Oct 8 2013)

    NOT YOUR ORDINARY WOLF GIRL by Emily Pohl-Weary (Penguin Canada, Sep 24 2013)

    CONTAMINATED by Em Garner (Egmont USA, Jul 23 2013)

    And… there is also a CHAPTER SAMPLER from UNHINGED by A.G. Howard (Abrams, Jan 7 2014) which I did request and was approved for.

    I am trying so hard not to request any more titles, though I really am interested in requesting HEREAFTER by Kate Brian and TIME AFTER TIME by Tamara Ireland Stone. I love, love, love time travel stories so I think it’s very likely I will be requesting at least that one title.

    And TANDEM sounds so unbelievably good as does THE INFINITE MOMENT OF US.

    I will not request any more books. I will not request any more books. I will not….

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    Things are a bit up in the air with me this week. Because I have some quiet time to myself I may end up doing a little bit of writing instead of reading. Though I’m desperately in the mood to sink into a book or two or three.

    My mood keeps shifting so it’s hard for me to decide upon a book to read in advance of reading it. But I’m certain I want to read the two books I have on the pile this week.

    I did not expect the novellas to get me as excited about continuing the series as they did. Fortunately a few of the novellas are from series I am already caught up on. But I may end up skipping over the Throne of Glass novellas as I should wait just a little longer before diving into CROWN OF MIDNIGHT. And I just know the temptation will be too hard to resist if I start reading those short stories.

    I hope to get a few more novellas read and maybe even a few of them reviewed before the end of the weekend, because I have a couple of reviews to post on the blog this week. And with a tour stop and my Novella Reading Week wrap-up posts on Monday, a giveaway and a review scheduled for Tuesday, another review set for Wednesday and my Book Watch post slated for Thursday, I don’t exactly have too many free days to try and post those Quickie Reviews.

    And I really do want to spend more time reading. So, we’ll see….

    As ever, I hope you had an amazing reading week, that you fell in love with a book or two, found a new “team” to cheer for and will meet one or two more this week. So, if you’d like to share what you’re planning on reading this week, what you’ve just moved off your reading pile or what amazing books you’ve received this week, leave a comment. I’d love to know.

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

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    My Reading Pile #117

    It was a fairly quiet week at the mailbox this week. Granted, I didn’t check my mailbox since Tuesday. But aside from a few books I’d traded for that won’t be here until next week, I wasn’t expecting anything.

    Which is why the one book that showed up on my doorstep on Tuesday night was a complete and total surprise.

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    I was ecstatic when I opened the package late Tuesday night and inside was a copy of EARTHBOUND (Earthbound #1) by Aprilynne Pike thanks to the amazing folks at Razorbill. It was completely unexpected. I may have tried to request the eARC ages ago from either NetGalley or Edelweiss but I was too late to the party and quotas were reached.

    I love, love, loved the author’s Wings series and I’m so unbelievably stoked to be able to read the first book in this new series just a little bit early. I’m actually so very tempted to try and squeeze it in before Novella Reading Week, but if not, it will be the first book on the pile next week.

    I didn’t put in any new requests this past week at Edelweiss. Sadly I did not get approved for Holly Black’s novel. But I did get approved for two amazing titles from NetGalley, both of which I’m anxious to get on the pile really soon.

    But this week, my pile is going to be just a little bit different. And so…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (June 9, 2013 – June 15, 2013)

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    In last week’s post I may have mentioned that I, along with Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, have decided to challenge ourselves (and anyone who wants to join in) to read as many novellas as we possibly can. So, from June 10th through June 16th (Monday through Sunday) I will be reading only those novellas I have on my eReader.

    Which means that My Reading Pile this week is going to be a little bit different.

    And while I may not stick to the list of novellas I currently have on the pile, these are the five books I am hoping to read this week….

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    Glitter and Doom

    GLITTER & DOOM (Masque of the Red Death #1.5) by Bethany Griffin

    I read DANCE OF THE RED DEATH a couple of weeks ago and I still can’t believe I had to say goodbye to this amazing series. And with everything that happened in that book, diving back into the series with this novella will be bittersweet.

    And I’m so curious how much of a difference it would have made to both reads had I read this novella before I read the final book….

    Either way, I’m totally stoked to be able to dive into this short story which sounds absolutely ahhhh-mazing!

    A 50-page, digital-only novella set in the world of Bethany Griffin’s dark and haunting retelling of the classic Edgar Allan Poe story Masque of the Red Death. When a rich teenage girl who spends her nights in the most desirable club and a smart, young inventor meet, they might have more in common than they know.

    April, niece to the dying city’s cruel dictator, is Araby Worth’s glittery and frivolous best friend. But she’s more than she appears. And when she disappeared in Masque of the Red Death, where did she go? This short novella answers that question, taking us deep underneath the crumbling city, where April crosses paths with Kent, the serious young inventor who is key to rebellion. Glitter & Doom is a story of chilling action, of spies, and of surprising love. Can love be anything but doomed is a city that’s burning down around its survivors?

    A dark, unnerving story about two of the most fascinating characters from Masque of the Red Death.

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    Destroy Me

    DESTROY ME (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi

    I had DESTROY ME on the reading pile months ago. I even started it. Warner is my favorite character in the series so I was totally stoked when he got a novella all to himself.

    And yet I still haven’t actually read it….

    But that will change this week. And while I am reading it out of order, as I’ve already read UNRAVEL ME, it would have been the same no matter what, because I’d received an early copy of UNRAVEL ME and read it before this novella was released.

    Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

    In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

    Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

    Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me,Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

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    ORIGINS: The Fire (Mila 2.0 #0.5) by Debra Driza

    I wanted to read this the moment I finished MILA 2.0 but my schedule just wouldn’t allow. But now that I have a little time I’m super curious as to just what Mila would see if she did relive the fire.

    I believe this came out before the first book in the series, so I’m curious as to just how much detail they go into about who and what Mila is. And it will be interesting to see how it might have changed my perception of those early chapters if I had read it first.

    Heart-stopping and electric, MILA 2.0: Origins: The Fire contains a short prequel story and an excerpt to MILA 2.0, the first book in a riveting Bourne Identity–style trilogy by Debra Driza.Mila can’t remember anything before the fire that took her father’s life. It’s normal to have some memory loss after traumatic events, but Mila doesn’t remember if she’s ever learned to ride a bike, or if she’s ever been in love. Nothing.What she doesn’t know is that she isn’t supposed to remember—that she was built in a computer science lab and programmed to forget. Because if she remembers, she might discover her true identity.The question is: If she relived the fire, what would she see?

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    Die for Her

    DIE FOR HER (Die for Me #2.5) by Amy Plum

    I haven’t yet read the final book in the series, so I’m so thrilled to be able to read this novella in the correct order in which it was released. I have a feeling that IF I SHOULD DIE is going to have a lot to do with Jules and so I’m glad to be able to read this now, before whatever happens in that book happens.

    I love this author’s series and Jules is one of my favorite characters. He might even be my favorite. So I’m totally excited to get the chance to read this novella this week.

    Set in the romantic and death-defying world of the international bestselling Die for Me trilogy, this digital original novella follows Jules, a brooding, immortal French artist who has fallen in love with his best friend’s girlfriend.

    Jules Marchenoir is a revenant-an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save human lives. He’s spent the better part of the last century flirting his way through Paris, but when he met Kate Mercier, the heroine from Amy Plum’s Die for Me trilogy, he knew his afterlife had changed forever and he had found the love of his life. Until Kate fell for his best friend, Vincent. Now Jules is faced with an impossible decision: choosing between his loyal friend and a love truly worth dying for.

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    Flirting with Maybe

    FLIRTING WITH MAYBE by Wendy Higgins

    I am a huge fan of author Wendy Higgins. And while this novella isn’t one that’s connected with her Sweet Trilogy, I’m super excited to read another story penned by her.

    I haven’t read a contemporary story in awhile, but I’m really excited to read one that sounds sweet, fun and swoon-y.

    And as the author is one whose writing I absolutely adore, I just know it’s going to be awesome.

    He was fifteen and she was seventeen. 

    When sophomore Ryan “The Kid” McPhearson makes the Varsity baseball team, he finds himself submersed into the life of upperclassmen, and falling in love with senior Brooke Bennet. To Ryan she’s his dream girl, perfect. Maybe to the outside world a two-year age difference doesn’t matter, but this is high school. Everything matters.

    Ryan soon realizes Brooke’s life is not so perfect. He becomes her closest friend, her safe place to fall when she needs to escape. Ryan seems to be benched in the friend zone with no chance to bat.

    Time is both a curse and a blessing. It ushers Brooke away to college, and Ryan into the arms of his first girlfriend. It alters Ryan from a kid to a high school graduate, ready to venture to college himself. But when Ryan sees Brooke again he realizes there are some things even time can’t touch.

    Though much has changed, one question still remains. Will the things that mattered in high school always stand between them?

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    And if I have just a bit of extra time – if I manage to read one novella a day – I’m going to pick two of these…

    UNDONE (Unraveling #1.5) by Elizabeth Norris

    RADIANT (Unearthly #2.5) by Cynthia Hand

    WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN PERU (The Bane Chronicles Part #1) by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

    THE ASSASSIN AND THE PIRATE LORD (Throne of Glass #0.1) by Sarah J. Maas

    … though I have a feeling that I’ll be reading UNDONE even before I read all five of my chosen reads.

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    Wishful Thinking Reads:

    EARTHBOUND by Aprilynne Pike. The book I received for review this week. It’s sitting right next to me, begging to be read. And I really want to give in to temptation. But I do have a bit of a reading challenge that I’m hosting and I really need to stick to plan. So I think that EARTHBOUND will have to remain a wishful thinking read. At least for another week.

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    Those Left Behind:

    I didn’t really get any reading done this past week, except to finish STAR CURSED, which took an extra day or two due to my crazy schedule this past week. And while I started reading OF POSEIDON, I won’t get to finish it before I have to start reading this week’s reads on Monday. And as I want to be able to read that book and OF TRITON back-to-back, I’m going to wait to read them until after Novella Reading Week.

    But I also ended up putting PHOENIX back on the pile and I did start reading that book from the beginning, too. So I will likely end up finishing that book tomorrow and will hopefully have time to sneak in a review this week.

    I ended up writing and posting three reviews this week, so I’m starting to get caught up. But I still have to finish my review for GODDESS, which I hope to post this week, write my review for DANCE OF THE RED DEATH, which I plan to post on Tuesday and maybe, just maybe, write a review for INDELIBLE, which I won’t be posting until July.

    But that remains to be determined.

    Taking the week to read novellas is going to put me a bit further behind on books I should be reading now, but I’ve wanted to do this for ages. So I am. I can’t only be reading for review or to try and complete those other reading challenges I’m doing, can I? I say, “No!”

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

    I did not request any new books on NetGalley this week. but I did get approved for the two books I requested last week, CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas and WILD CARDS by Simone Elkeles. Which was a huge – and awesome – surprise.

    They’re both books I want to get on the pile really, really soon, even though neither book is releasing for awhile.

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    Although I haven’t requested any of these titles, there are a few I’m definitely interested in. But as I’m really trying to finish reading the eARCs and printed ARCs I already have for review, I am going to try and refrain.

    NEVER FADE (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken (Disney Book Group, Oct 15 2013)

    QUARANTINE: THE SAINTS (Quarantine #2) by Lex Thomas (Egmont USA, Jul 9 2013)

    THE ENCHANTER HEIR (Heir Chronicles #4) by Cinda Williams Chima (Disney Book Group, Oct 1 2013)

    SOMETIMES NEVER, SOMETIMES ALWAYS by Elissa Janine Hoole (Flux, Nov 8 2013)

    PIROUETTE by Robyn Bavati (Flux, Nov 8 2013)

    … Well that didn’t last long. I did end up clicking to request NEVER FADE by Alexandra Bracken. I’m not certain I’ll be approved, but I would love to be able to read the two books in that series back-to-back and requesting it for review will give me the added incentive to get them both on the pile.

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    I think I’m out of my reading slump. There’s always something wonderful about reading books outside of what you’d normally read and then being completely surprised by them that helps bring back the happy feels. There’s also just something so lovely about reading a physical book now and then. Even if it means clamping on a book light to read in the dark.

    I am looking forward to this week’s reads, although they are all in electronic format. But the idea of short forays into the worlds I know and love holds such an appeal at the moment.

    And while I have many, many, many more novellas on my Kindle begging to be read, even if I do I think I’m going to be able to read more than one a day, I may just stop at seven. I want to be able to enjoy them a little bit and not turn this week into a read-a-thon.

    Anyway…

    I think I was actually in more of a reviewing slump than a reading slump. I just couldn’t find the words to convey my thoughts. But after having read both BORN WICKED and STAR CURSED, they reappeared. As if by magic. And so I am very, very hopeful I’ll have reviews done for GODDESS and DANCE OF THE RED DEATH this week.

    And maybe, just maybe, I’ll write quickie/mini/micro reviews for the novellas I’m reading. Fingers crossed.

    But what about you? Did your books arrive safely from BEA? Have you started reading any of those books yet? If you didn’t attend the event, did you get some exciting new books in the mail or did you buy a few that you’ve already added the pile?

    I’d love to know what you received and are reading this week!

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

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    The Trailers: May

    They’re back! For those times when you just need a short break from reading.

    Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for just some of the books that released – or are releasing – in May, a peek at a few of those coming out in June and beyond, a look back at those we may have missed, and a glimpse at a few authors talking about their books.

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    Reboot by Amy Tintera

    Release date: May 7, 2013

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    If I Should Die by Amy Plum

    Release date: May 7, 2013

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    Icons by Margaret Stohl

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (LittleBrownBooks)

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    Mystic by Alyson Noël

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (Alyson Noel)

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    The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    The End Games by T. Michael Martin

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (T. Michael Martin)

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    Parallel by Lauren Miller

    Release date: May 14, 2013

    (Lauren Miller)

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    Five Summers by Una LaMarche

    Release date: May 14, 2013

    (fivesummersbook)

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    The Rose Throne by Mette Ivie Harrison

    Release date: May 14, 2013

    (Mette Harrison)

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    All I Need by Susan Colasanti

    Release date: May 21, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Night School by C.J. Daugherty

    Release date: May 21, 2013

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    Dare You To by Katie McGarry

    Release date: May 28, 2013

    (Mirainkbooks) – UK Trailer

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    For just a peek at what’s coming in June and beyond….

    Elegy by Tara Hudson

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (harperteen)

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    Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (Fierce Reads)

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    The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

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    The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    The Academy: Game On by Monica Seles

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (bloomsburykids)

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    Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

    Release date: June 11, 2013

    (RandomBooks)

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    Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell

    Release date: July 23, 2013

    (harperteen)

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    The Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

    Release date for Emerald Green: October 8, 2013

    (Fierce Reads)

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    And for a look back at a few we may have missed….

    Wasteland by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan

    Release date: March 26, 2013

    (harperteen)

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    Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

    Release date: April 2, 2013

    (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

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    Stung by Bethany Wiggins

    Release date: April 2, 2013

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    Light by Michael Grant

    Release date: April 2, 2013

    (harperteen) – Trailer 1 of 3

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    Light by Michael Grant

    Release date: April 2, 2013

    (harperteen) – Trailer 2 of 3

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    Light by Michael Grant

    Release date: April 2, 2013

    (harperteen) – Trailer 3 of 3

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    Taken by Erin Bowman

    Release date: April 16, 2013

    (harperteen)

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    Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

    Release date: April 16, 2013

    (harperteen)

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    The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf

    Release date: April 18, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Chosen at Nightfall by C.C. Hunter

    Release date: April 23, 2013

    (Christie Craig)

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    The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

    Release date: April 30, 2013

    (harlequinbooks)

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    The Program by Suzanne Young

    Release date: April 30, 2013

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    Here’s what the authors are saying…

    Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders) – the authors talk about their recently released book

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    The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan

    Release date: May 14, 2013

    (RandomBooks) – the author talks about her desert island books

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    The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders) – the author talks about her soon to be released book

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    We hope you enjoyed the lovely distractions. Stay tuned…we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow.

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    Review: Until I Die

    Until I Die

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    UNTIL I DIE by Amy Plum was released in the U.S. on May 8, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It was released in paperback format on April 8, 2013. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 384 pages.

    UNTIL I DIE is the second book in author Amy Plum’s Revenants series. The third book in the series, IF I SHOULD DIE, was released on May 7, 2013.

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    Kate and Vincent have overcome the odds and at last they are together in Paris, the city of lights and love.

    As their romance deepens there’s one question they can’t ignore: How are they supposed to be together if Vincent can’t resist sacrificing himself to save others? Although Vincent promises that he’ll do whatever it takes to lead a normal life with Kate, will that mean letting innocent people die? When a new and surprising enemy reveals itself, Kate realizes that even more may be at stake—and that Vincent’s immortality is in jeopardy.

    In Die for Me, Amy Plum created a captivating paranormal mythology with immortal revenants and a lush Paris setting. Until I Die is poised to thrill readers with more heart-pounding suspense, spellbinding romance, and a cliff-hanger ending that will leave them desperate for the third and final novel in the series.

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    UNTIL I DIE is the exciting and utterly enchanting second book in author Amy Plum’s Revenants series. With its Parisian backdrop, its captivating storyline and lovable characters, this sequel continues this engaging series that is part urban fantasy and part paranormal romance with a touch of mystery.

    As Kate begins to settle into a life with revenants and starts to feel at home among them, two new arrivals and the departure of a close friend change things once again. And with Vincent keeping his distance and keeping secrets, she’s feeling more like an outsider than ever.

    But when she learns that there may be a way for her and Vincent to find their happily ever after, a way that won’t be as dark, dangerous and full of secrets as whatever way Vincent thinks is their only chance for happiness, she has to try and find out just what it is. Because if she can’t, if Vincent’s way is the only way, it could mean losing Vincent forever. And a lot sooner than she ever would have imagined.

    UNTIL I DIE introduces new characters, new threats and a chance at a happy ending for Kate and Vincent. It delves deeper into the world of revenants and touches upon a new development that will likely be explored in the next book in the series. And while the pace may start off slowly, it picks up as the story continues and leads to an incredibly exciting and climactic conclusion.

    The story’s protagonist, Kate, has become an even stronger and more interesting character in this sequel. With Vincent’s withdrawal and secretive behavior, she proves that she is more than capable of acting independently. And with Jules being ever-present, the story doesn’t quite abandon the idea of a love triangle.

    The author continues to build upon the tension between the two factions of revenants in this sequel, and introduces a new, unknown enemy into the mix whose identity seems as if it would be fairly obvious to the reader, but less so for the characters, which adds to  the story’s suspense.

    But it is the story’s end that offers the most thrills, excitement, surprises and heartbreak. The truth about the betrayal is uncovered, but questions still remain for the next book in the series. And with a heart-wrenching cliffhanger ending, this story guarantees that readers will return to find out whether this series ends happily or tragically.

    UNTIL I DIE is a must for fans of this series. With new developments about the revenants, new possibilities for the main characters, moments that heartwarming and those that are heartbreaking and a killer cliffhanger ending, this second installment in the series is not one to be missed.

    And for those readers who don’t enjoy hanging off a cliff, having the next book in the series on-hand is also a must.

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    On a personal note…

    I absolutely love these stories of revenants that author Amy Plum created. And this second book in the series revealed a lot more about them and their world. It offered up an exciting mystery filled with secrets and betrayal, an incredibly determined heroine, a maddeningly frustrating love story and a killer cliffhanger ending.

    Oh my gosh that ending. It absolutely killed me not to be able to pick up the next book in the series the second I finished this one. Granted, I didn’t have long to wait before its release, but I can only imagine that if I did, the wait would have killed me.

    The ending was the most exciting part of the story. And the way it left me hanging ensured that I would definitely be picking up the next book in the series to find out just what would happen next.

    But while it was the most thrilling and nerve-wracking part of the book, my favorite moments in this story were the ones involving Jules. I adored him in DIE FOR ME but I was crazy about him in UNTIL I DIE. He was present in this story in a way that Vincent wasn’t. And some of the things he said, and some of his actions, made me wonder about certain other things….

    Things I won’t talk about as they will be too revealing. But I have a feeling they are things that will be addressed in the next book in the series. And I really hope I’m right.

    I wish there had been more Vincent in this book. I missed him in this story. While he was there, and when he was he said either all sorts of swoon-worthy things or was incredibly secretive, he wasn’t around as much as I would have liked. And the fact that he wasn’t made me wonder just what plans the author had for his relationship with Kate.

    While Vincent may have been a bit absentee in UNTIL I DIE, Kate had no trouble keeping busy. Between spending time with one of the newly arrived revenants, Violette, training with Gaspard and trying to find an alternative to what Vincent was doing to himself, it wasn’t as if things were boring.

    Especially when Jules was there, being even more charming than ever.

    As much as I loved the “whodunit” aspect of the story, it did not take me very long to figure out who the betrayer was. I kind of knew right away. But I don’t think the author intended for it to be a secret from her readers, just her characters. Which made this book that much more of a suspenseful read.

    And while the first book in this series may be my favorite of the two books, I loved going back to this world the author imagined. I loved reading about these characters that I wildly adored from the moment I met them in book one. I loved seeing how Kate’s character has grown. I loved learning more about them and their history.

    And I cannot wait to see just how things wrap up in the next book. Even if the ending is a tragic one.

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    Favorite passage…

    I did not realize quite how many favorites I had in this book. Three pages worth. Of course most of them involved Jules.

    While my most favorites were the last lines of this book and this long quote of Kate’s where she was giving someone a piece of her mind… and maybe a little extra… I thought they would both be too spoiler-y to include.

    But this one was also a favorite. And no, I won’t say who it is….

    His hands dropped to his sides, but he stayed–his face inches away from my own and his warm breath soft on my skin–for what seemed like forever. Then, abruptly, he turned and strode out of the studio. I heard his feet on the wooden stairway, and watched out the gaping hole of the window as he crossed the courtyard and stood motionless by the stone doorway to the street, waiting there for the others to arrive.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #123

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

    These are books for the week of May 7th-May 13th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Reboot

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    REBOOT by Amy Tintera will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 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 HarperTeen, the print edition is 384 pages.

    REBOOT is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Amy Tintera. The second book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I am so unbelievably excited that REBOOT is releasing this week. I fell instantly in love with it the second I read the description. And I have major cover love for it, too. So, waiting for its release has been torturous.

    I cannot wait to meet Wren Connolly and Callum Reyes. I can’t wait to see just how his humanity turns the “perfect soldier” into someone willing to disobey her orders. And I cannot wait to visit this intriguing world that author Amy Tintera has created.

    I have avoided all reviews, but I couldn’t help but hear the tiniest bits of chatter mentioning that this book rocked. So I’m hoping that I’ll be finished with this week’s reads early enough so that I can sneak REBOOT onto the pile this week.

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    Invisibility

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    INVISIBILITY by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 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 320 pages.

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    I love Andrea Cremer’s writing and I am so very curious about this joint endeavor with author David Levithan. I’ve had INVISIBILITY pre-ordered since the moment I first learned of its existence and I can’t wait to check it out.

    I love books that involve curses. Of course I love stories that include romance. And I can’t wait to find out if Elizabeth and Stephen discover a way to break the curse and just what sacrifice they’ll have to make in order for Stephen to “become visible.”

    While I won’t get the chance to take a peek at it this month, I am hopeful of reading INVISIBILITY early next month. Because it’s been awhile since I read anything by author Andrea Cremer and I am definitely going through withdrawal.

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    The 5th Wave

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    THE 5th WAVE by Rick Yancey will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 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 Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 480 pages.

    THE 5th WAVE is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Rick Yancey. The second and third books in the series are currently untitled and slated for release in August 2014 and August 2015, respectively.

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    There has been a ton of buzz about Rick Yancey’s THE 5th WAVE, all of it positive, so I just had to pre-order it for my Kindle. Even though I haven’t read either THE PASSAGE or ENDER’S GAME, which the description compares this book to.

    But any book that is billed as “epic” is one I have to check out. And when its description mentions that “only darkness remains” and “only the unlucky survive,” how could I not want to read it?

    I more than want to read it. I desperately want to do so. And I’m so very hopeful of being able to meet Cassie and the “[b]eguiling and mysterious” Evan Walker in the next week or two.

    The 1st Wave…


    The 2nd Wave…


    The 3rd Wave…


    The 4th Wave…


    The 5th Wave…

    STAY TUNED to Penguin Young Reader’s YouTube Channel

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    The End Games

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    THE END GAMES by T. Michael will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 384 pages.

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    I cannot believe THE END GAMES is releasing this week. I had so hoped to read it early, but that didn’t happen. This book is yet another one of those books I consider must reads. It sounds so chilling and awesome.

    As I’ve spotlighted it for my Book Watch post, I won’t ramble on endlessly, especially as this post is long, but I will just say that this book is one I’m so eager to dive into. I want to find out how The Game changes, how The Bellows, evolve and just what The Game Master is up to.

    While I won’t get the chance to read THE END GAMES this week, there’s no way I’m going to let the month end without having read it.

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    If I Should Die

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    IF I SHOULD DIE by Amy Plum will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2013 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.

    IF I SHOULD DIE is the third, and final, book in the Revenants series by author Amy Plum.

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    After having just recently read UNTIL I DIE, I don’t think I’m more anxious for any book’s release than IF I SHOULD DIE by Amy Plum. I absolutely love the author’s stories about the Revenants and I cannot wait to find out what happened after that killer ending.

    And from reading those excerpts on the IF I SHOULD DIE Blog Tour, I am even more desperate to continue the story. Which I hope to do when my eBook downloads on Monday Midnight.

    Because I want to know why Jules and Kate are in New York. I want to know what happens with the traitor. And I want to know how this series ends.

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    Icons

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    ICONS by Margaret Stohl will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2013 in hardcover, large print paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE. It will be available in audiobook format on July 16, 2013.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 448 pages.

    ICONS is the first book in author Margaret Stohl’s new series of the same name. The second book in the series, currently untitled, is expected in 2014.

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    ICONS is another book I wanted to read before its release, but due to the umpteen books I needed to read first, it just didn’t happen. But I have ICONS pre-ordered and I will be reading it just as soon as my schedule frees up a bit.

    I am so very fascinated by the first line of the description which mentions that “[y]our heart beats only with their permission.” I’m curious to find out why Dol is so different. And I’m excited to discover this world in which Earth is at the mercy of the Icons.

    The description promises a story that is “heart-pounding” in a world that is “haunting” and I cannot wait to finally get the chance to discover it for myself. Something I plan to do a bit later this month.

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    Fall of Night

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    FALL OF NIGHT by Rachel Caine will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE. It will be available in audiobook format on May 27, 2013 at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by NAL Hardcover, the print edition is 352 pages.

    FALL OF NIGHT is the fourteenth book in the Morganville Vampires series. The fifteenth book, DAYLIGHTERS, is slated for release on November 5, 2013.

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    I am seriously behind on this series. But I own every single book and I do plan on catching up on it this year. Hopefully by the time the fifteenth book is released. But I have FALL OF NIGHT pre-ordered and I’m super excited to add it to my collection when it releases this week.

    Although I shouldn’t have, I couldn’t help but take a peek at the description. And now I’m even more excited to get caught up. Because in this installment it seems that Claire leaves Morganville and has an entire adventure far away from this Texas town and its resident vamps.

    I’m very curious about her experiments and just what happens with her human test subjects to make her question whether leaving Morganville was such a good thing.

    While I won’t be reading FALL OF NIGHT in the next few months, I am so very hopeful that I’ll have gotten caught up on this series by the end of October so that when DAYLIGHTERS releases in early November I’ll be ready to dive in.

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    Dead Ever After

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    DEAD EVER AFTER by Charlaine Harris will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2013 in hardcover, paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover, audio and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Ace Hardcover, the print edition is 352 pages.

    DEAD EVER AFTER is the thirteenth and final full-length book in the author’s Sookie Stackhouse series. AFTER DEAD: What Came Next in the Word of Sookie Stackhouse, is due out on October 29, 2013.

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    I’m a mix of relieved and sad to see this series end. I loved the first nine books but have fallen a bit out of love with the story for the past few installments. Though I do have DEAD EVER AFTER pre-ordered in both eBook format and a special signed edition from Barnes & Noble.

    But after having the ending spoiled for me by a commentator on my other blog, I’m not sure when I will be reading this last installment. I may just pretend that this series ended with book nine.

    Eric the Northman is one of my favorite vampire characters and I’ve adored Sookie for many of the books she’s been in. Even with the head-shaking decisions she’s made. And while I am a fan of the True Blood series on HBO, that series has not in any way changed my feelings about Mr. Bill Compton, [insert derogatory term here], vampire extraordinaire.

    So learning, just yesterday, that the author originally planned for a different fate for him and altered that due to pressures because of that show, it has made me a little less enthusiastic toward the series. Because I would have loved for the author’s original idea to have been a part of her story.

    My feelings are definitely conflicted, so I don’t plan on reading DEAD EVER AFTER until the chatter dies down. But I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to read it and find out just how the story ends for these characters I’ve known and loved for years, eventually. Even if the ending isn’t one I’d wished for Sookie. 

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    Mystic

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    MYSTIC by Alyson Noel will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2013 in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 320 pages.

    MYSTIC is the third book in Alyson Noel’s Soul Seekers series. The fourth book in the series, HORIZON, is slated for release on November 19, 2013

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    I have yet to get started on Alyson Noel’s Soul Seekers series but I’ve purchased each of the books so that I eventually can read them all at once. As I’m not sure how many books are planned in the series, it might be awhile before MYSTIC ends up on my reading pile. But it will definitely be part of my collection when it downloads on Tuesday.

    I very much enjoyed the author’s The Immortals series. And I thought her middle grade spin-off series was absolutely delightful. So I’m very excited about reading her latest endeavor and meeting Daire Santos.

    I did take a peek at the description since I figure that by the time I do read it, I’ll have forgotten what I’ve read. And it sounds incredibly exciting. With someone’s fate hanging in the balance and someone else who plans on destroying the world and everyone Daire loves, this third book in the series sounds so very suspenseful.

    Which makes me glad that I will be waiting until each of the books has released before reading them so that I won’t have to wait to continue the story.

    Other Books of Note

    The Lucy Variations

    THE LUCY VARIATIONS by Sara Zarr

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The S Word

    THE S-WORD by Chelsea Pitcher

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Gallery Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Chantress

    CHANTRESS (Chantress Trilogy #1) by Amy Butler Greenfield

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Originals

    THE ORIGINALS by Cat Patrick

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Nantucket Blue

    NANTUCKET BLUE by by Leila Howland

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Tremble

    TREMBLE (Denazen #3) by Jus Accardo

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013 (eBook edition); PB May 14 but avail now

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    How My Summer Went Up in Flames

    HOW MY SUMMER WENT UP IN FLAMES by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Reluctant Assassin

    THE  RELUCTANT ASSASSIN (W.A.R.P. #1) by Eoin Colfer

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Fifteenth Summer

    FIFTEENTH SUMMER by Michelle Dalton

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Savage Blue

    THE SAVAGE BLUE (The Vicious Deep #2) by Zoraida Cordova

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Nothing But Blue

    NOTHING BUT BLUE by Lisa Jahn-Clough

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Maid of Secrets

    MAID OF SECRETS (Maids of Honor #1) by Jennifer McGowan

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Beauty

    BEAUTY by Nancy Ohlin

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Riptide

    RIPTIDE by Lindsey Scheibe

    Pub. Date: May 8, 2013

    Publisher: Flux

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Summer I Became a Nerd

    THE SUMMER I BECAME A NERD by Leah Rae Miller

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Disgrace of Kitty Grace

    THE DISGRACE OF KITTY GREY by Mary Hooper

    Pub. Date: May 9, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Seven Deadly Sins

    SEVEN DEADLY SINS Vol. 1: LUST, ENVY  by Robin Wasserman

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Beach Lane

    BEACH LANE (The Au Pairs #1) by Melissa de la Cruz

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013 (reissue edition – originally published May 25, 2004)

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    This week is absolutely INSANE! There are just way too many amazing books releasing this week, that I have no idea how I’m going to clear them all off the pile without a reading marathon of some kind.

    I am so excited for THE 5th WAVE, REBOOT, THE END GAMES, ICONS and IF I SHOULD DIE. And there are a few books that are on my radar that I haven’t yet purchased, like TREMBLE, THE S-WORD, THE ORIGINALS, CHANTRESS and THE LUCY VARIATIONS. All of which I am so very tempted by.

    As this post is excessively long I just have to keep this sign-off brief. Because with nine books downloading on Monday Midnight, none of which I’ve yet read, I need to get to the books currently on pile so that I can make some room.

    Besides, with all the bookish information above, I doubt you’re interested in hearing me ramble.

    So….

    I hope you have some amazing titles to add to your collection this week. And I hope that if you’ve missed a few, this post has put them back on your radar.

    If any of the books are ones you’ve been anxiously awaiting, I’d love to hear which ones they are! And if, for some reason, there is another book releasing this week that I’ve missed, please let me know. Because I hate missing out on awesome new releases, even if there are a ton of books already being added to my collection.

    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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