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    Book Watch: Shadows in the Silence

     

    Shadows in the SilenceSHADOWS IN THE SILENCE by Courtney Allison Moulton will be released in the U.S. on January 29, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 480 pages.

    SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE is the third and final full-length book in the author’s Angelfire series.

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    There are a ton of amazing books releasing the week of January 29th, but a I’ve read, loved, shed tears over, reviewed, am still heartbroken because I’ve had to say goodbye to, and desperately want to re-read SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE. So there was absolutely no doubt in my mind as to which book I’d be spotlighting this week.

    SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE is a the perfect ending to an addictive and amazing, heartwarming and heartbreaking and action-packed series. The battles are epic. Questions are answered. Choices are made. Lives are lost.

    I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to say goodbye. Though with the release of the eNovella A DANCE WITH DARKNESS, I get one more peek into this world. Even if it’s a look at Madeleine’s story and not Ellie, Will and Cadan’s.

    As I have read this book, I can’t pretend to guess at just what the outcome will be when Ellie must fight for Will as the description mentions. Or when she has to battle for all of humanity. Or fight to save herself. Because I know what Ellie must do and has done. I know what the outcome is. I know what price must be paid. And I know whether it’s a heartbreaking or happily-ever-after ending.

    I can say, however, that I was glued to this book from start to finish. I was caught up in a tale that felt very epic in nature. I was transported into this world which revealed more about Ellie’s past, set the characters and readers alike on a quest, put Ellie on a collision course with destiny, and which built to an incredibly climactic finish.

    Of course I won’t say anything more about that. Or about the decision Ellie had to make. Or about how certain characters felt about her choices. Or about who lived and who died.

    But I can say that this series was an absolute pleasure to read, it’s one that I’ve re-read just recently and loved even more than I did the first time. It’s one that will forever hold a place in my heart and on my eBook shelves. And it’s written by an author who I will keep on my radar for as long as I’m a reader.

    Oh and in case I forgot to mention it, this book was the best one of the series.

    So, yes, SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE is a book that I most definitely have watched, will continue to watch and am so thrilled to call the book to watch for the week of January 29th. Even with all the other amazing titles releasing that week.

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    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s BLOG

    The author on YouTube

    The author on GOODREADS

    The author on TUMBLR

    The series on FACEBOOK

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    Your strength in heart and hand will fall. . . .

    Ellie knows that the darkest moments are still to come, and she has everything to fight for:

    She must fight for Will.
    The demonic have resorted to their cruelest weapons to put Will in mortal danger, and Ellie makes an unlikely alliance to save him and to stop Lilith and Sammael, who seek to drown the world in blood and tear a hole into Heaven.

    She must fight for humanity.
    As the armies of Hell rise and gather for the looming End of Days, Ellie and her band of allies travel to the world’s darkest and most ancient regions in her quest to come into her full glory as the archangel Gabriel.

    And Ellie must save herself.
    Her humanity withers beneath the weight of her cold archangel power, but Ellie must hold tight to who she is and who she loves as she prepares for the ultimate battle for Heaven and Earth.

    In this final installment in the Angelfire trilogy, Courtney Allison Moulton brings her dark world of epic battles and blistering romance to a blazing bright conclusion.

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are a few other awesome books releasing the week of January 29th:

    What the Spell (Life’s a Witch #1) by Brittany Geragotelis

    Asunder (New Soul #2) by Jodi Meadows

    The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter #1) by Megan Shepherd

    Stolen Nights (Vampire Queen #2) by Rebecca Maizel

    Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

    Prodigy (Legend #2) by Marie Lu

    ‘Til the World Ends (Blood of Eden #0.5) by Julie Kagawa, et al

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    Review: Shadows in the Silence

    Shadows in the Silence

    SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE by Courtney Allison Moulton will be released in the U.S. on January 29, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 480 pages.

    SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE is the third and final book in Courtney Allison Moulton’s Angelfire trilogy.

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    Goodreads description:

    Your strength in heart and hand will fall. . . .
    Ellie knows that the darkest moments are still to come, and she has everything to fight for:

    She must fight for Will.
    The demonic have resorted to their cruelest weapons to put Will in mortal danger, and Ellie makes an unlikely alliance to save him and to stop Lilith and Sammael, who seek to drown the world in blood and tear a hole into Heaven.

    She must fight for humanity.
    As the armies of Hell rise and gather for the looming End of Days, Ellie and her band of allies travel to the world’s darkest and most ancient regions in her quest to come into her full glory as the archangel Gabriel.

    And Ellie must save herself.
    Her humanity withers beneath the weight of her cold archangel power, but Ellie must hold tight to who she is and who she loves as she prepares for the ultimate battle for Heaven and Earth.

    In this final installment in the Angelfire trilogy, Courtney Allison Moulton brings her dark world of epic battles and blistering romance to a blazing bright conclusion.

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    What a way to end the series! Courtney Allison Moulton’s SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE is the best yet – an epic finish to an amazing series. Richly detailed, incredibly captivating, packed full of action and filled with hope and sadness, heartbreak and beauty, this story continues to build until its climactic conclusion.

    Battles will be fought. Lives will be lost. Hearts will be broken. And all questions will be answered, all loose ends will be tied up, with an ending that can only be be described as “killer.”

    This series has really evolved over the course of the three novels. In this third book in the series, there is a depth to the writing and storyline that hadn’t existed in its predecessors. The challenges the characters are facing are that much more intense and the decisions they have to make are that much more weighty.

    The main character, Ellie Monroe, has also gained strength and has really grown into who she was meant to be. Yet she still retains some of those qualities that make her the Ellie readers have come to love, and at times are incredibly frustrated with.

    The story explores the lore even further, touching upon ideas and possibilities that are utterly fascinating, making for an even more riveting read. The setting is extended globally, creating an even more exciting adventure. And the battles the characters must fight are that much fiercer, more deadly and more devastating.

    SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE will take readers on an emotional roller coaster, which continues to the very last word. Sacrifice and loss, faith and trust, love and hate are only a fraction of what the characters must endure, struggle with, face, embrace, in order to survive and ensure the safety of mankind.

    This final book in the series gives readers one last look at the characters they have come to love and loathe. It gives some of them a happy ending and others a tragic one. It brings some closer together and tears others apart – both literally and figuratively. And it answers the burning questions of whether the Preliator is strong enough to take on Sammael and the legions of demonic reapers at his disposal and just what price she’ll have to pay in order to even try.

    SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE is an absolute must read conclusion to the Angelfire trilogy. For those already invested in the series, it will keep you on the edge of your set until the final battle has been fought and beyond. For those just considering this series, with a final book as expertly crafted as this one, with characters just so easy to get attached to, it’s a series not to be missed.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    6

    Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

    On a personal note:

    I sobbed my way through the last hundred or so pages of this book. I did not want this series to end. And reading that ending? It killed me. I was DOA when I arrived at the last page.

    It took me at least twice as long to read this book because I didn’t want to say goodbye to the characters. I didn’t want to find out how their story ended. I didn’t want there to be a world where there was no more Ellie, Will or Cadan. And I still don’t.

    I didn’t think I could love these characters any more than I already did. Well, maybe I thought I could love Ellie more – she could be a little maddening at times – but then again so could Will. So, maybe I thought I had room to love him even more, too.

    But Cadan? I never thought I could love Cadan more than I already did. But oh my gosh I loved him even more. For who he was, who he became, what he’d been through, what he was willing to sacrifice and what he had to lose.

    There was so much history, so much heartbreak, so many battles, so many nail-biting moments that I thought I would hit sensory overload. I managed to hang in there, but it was one heck of a ride.

    My mind keeps turning bits and pieces of the story over and over. I keep wondering just where things might be headed in the future for those characters that did make it to the end of this story. Of course I’d love there to be more.

    I am still incredibly heartbroken that there is no more story left to be told. But I can’t complain too much, because what Ms. Moulton gave us in SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE was so un-be-freaking-lievably epic.

    There was so much to this last book that it almost felt as if there were three complete stories in just this one. The series ended with a spark and not a fizzle. It left me completely satisfied with what I got, even though it left me wanting more. Which made it the perfect ending.

    ANGELFIRE was one of the very first books I reviewed and I will miss pining for the next release in the series each year. But seeing just how much the author has grown as a writer across these three books, I am excited to see what else she has to offer.

    But oh my gosh I miss Ellie, Will and Cadan. I will miss discovering even more about the angelic and demonic reapers. I will miss getting a glimpse of Gabriel and Michael. And I will miss the vir and the ursid… okay, maybe not miss them, miss them. But I’ll miss seeing them lose in battle.

    SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE was everything I hoped it would be. As much as I dreaded discovering that ending, taking the journey to the end was absolute perfection. I was spellbound. I had my heart ripped out. I experienced each and every one of those twisty-turny moments. And yes, I cried the ugly tears.

    So, of course I consider this book off-the-charts amazing. It pulled me apart. It left me wrecked. But it didn’t destroy me completely. Because the author gave both Ellie and me one thing… and that is hope.

    But for now, all that’s left is for me to say my goodbyes. Which I will do. Right after I finish sobbing. Again.

    Favorite passage:

    Oh there were so many. The kick-a**, the heartbreaking, the swoon-y, and the ones that made me think. Though I would have loved to choose something a bit more torturous, I decided to go with swoon-worthy.

    And, yes, it’s just a tease from a much longer scene.

    “I should go.” I turned and took a step toward the door, but he grabbed my hand and spun me around, yanking me into him hard as I let out a gasp of surprise.

    “Don’t,” he said. His eyes were green orphic fire, piercing me for a heartbeat that felt like an eternity, and then his mouth opened hungrily against mine.

    This review is based on an ARC I received through a trade and contains my honest opinion about the book.

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    Review: Wings of the Wicked

    Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton was released in the U.S. today, January 31, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 528 pages.

    Wings of the Wicked is the sequel to Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton. The third book in the series, Hymn to the Fallen, will be available in 2013.

    Goodreads description:

    Life as the Preliator is harder than Ellie ever imagined.
    Balancing real life with the responsibility of being Heaven’s warrior is a challenge for Ellie. Her relationship with Will has become all business, though they both long for each other. And now that the secret of who she really is has come out, so have Hell’s strongest reapers. Grown bold and more vicious, the demonic threaten her in the light of day and stalk her in the night.

    She’s been warned.
    Cadan, a demonic reaper, comes to her with information about Bastian’s new plan to destroy Ellie’s soul and use an ancient relic to wake all the souls of the damned and unleash them upon humanity. As she fights to stay ahead of Bastian’s schemes , the revelations about those closest to her awaken a dark power within Ellie that threatens to destroy everything—including herself.

    She’ll be betrayed.
    Treachery comes even from those whom she loves, and Ellie is broken by the deaths of those who stood beside her in this Heavenly war. Still, she must find a way to save the world, herself, and her love for Will. If she fails, there will be hell to pay.

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    After learning the shocking truth about who she really is and what her purpose is, Ellie Monroe still wants to try to live a normal life – go to school, go to prom, graduate and go to college. But with Bastian sending even more bloodthirsty reapers after her, trying to be normal is becoming nearly impossible.

    When she learns that his plan to destroy all of humankind has been set in motion, and that she is an integral part of that plan, she will do everything within her power to stop him. Even if it means putting her trust in someone she isn’t sure she can trust. Even if it means forging an alliance with someone whose motives may not be entirely pure.

    And even if it means tapping into her powers and becoming someone she’s not sure she wants to become.

    Because if Bastian were to succeed, not only would it be her life that is forfeit but everyone’s. And the result would be hell on earth. Literally.

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    Wings of the Wicked is an utterly mind-blowing sequel that is packed full of heart-stopping action, tension, suspense and heartbreak. With an opening that shoves readers right back into this deadly world where angelic and demonic reapers battle for supremacy and where the Preliator is tasked with ensuring human safety, this book will be unputdownable.

    The battles are fiercer, the dangers greater, the enemies deadlier and the heartbreak more devastating than ever before in this second book in the Angelfire series.

    As Ellie desperately searches for answers on how to stop Bastian before his plan becomes a reality, she is forced to defend herself against an onslaught of even more lethal opponents that Bastian has sent to retrieve her. And with their attacks becoming much more public, she’s finding it extremely difficult to keep that part of her life a secret.

    To complicate matters, things between her and Will have been strained since he found out who she was, Cadan keeps surprising her with unexpected visits warning her of Bastian’s actions, she still hasn’t been able to recall all of her memories, and life at home hasn’t been getting any easier.

    Courtney Allison Moulton has yet again written a story that is positively addictive. Readers will be riveted by this incredibly fast-paced, emotional rollercoaster of a story as Ellie faces her enemies in battle, is tormented over her relationship with Will, experiences a heartbreaking loss, is at risk of losing herself, and tries to recover her memories before it’s too late – to save herself, to save her friends, to save all of humanity.

    Wings of the Wicked is unquestionably a must read for fans of the first book in the series as well as for readers who are looking for an exciting story, with a unique world, lovable characters and a cliffhanger ending that will make waiting for the next installment in the series absolute torture.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

    On a personal note:

    I didn’t think I could love the sequel more than the original. I really didn’t. Meeting Ellie, Will and Cadan for the first time and learning about who they were, what they could do and taking that journey with them was flipping amazing. There was no way a sequel could top it. Yeah, I was so wrong. I don’t think I could possibly have been more wrong.

    I was worried when I started reading Wings of the Wicked because it had been so long since I read Angelfire and I was fuzzy on some of the details from that first book. And while I wanted to re-read Angelfire I didn’t get the chance to and had to just dive right in.

    I think I was lost for about thirty seconds, if that. While not everything was spelled out, and most of it not immediately, the little reveals throughout the book made everything come rushing back in… much like Ellie’s memory.

    I loved Ellie, Will and Cadan equally in Angelfire, even though Cadan was the bad boy and they’re usually my favorite characters to read about and fall head-over-heels in love with. But in Wings of the Wicked I loved Cadan so much more, even with all the surprising new things there are to know about him. And even with the very different side of him that is revealed.

    I am definitely worried about just where things are headed with Ellie in the next book in the series, because she was very emotional throughout this book. She had a lot to be upset about and a ton of things to be heartbroken over, but she seemed more fragile somehow. And that makes me nervous. Even though I know just how strong she can be.

    And Will. Oh Will. Half the time I wanted to hug him, the other half I wanted to smack him. He was all sorts of maddening and yummy and he twisted me up inside, made my heart drop right into the pit of my stomach and he put me through the wringer over and over and over again.

    But it was those demonic reapers and the even scarier bad dudes and the oh so dark direction the story was headed that made me practically speed-read through this book. There were pages I was dying to devour so quickly that I had to actually go back and re-read them just in case I might have missed something in my haste to see how a scene ended.

    Yes this book kept me on edge. I was a total wreck. From everything that was happening between Ellie and Will, to the unwelcome appearance of Ava, to the situation with Ellie’s Dad, to Ellie’s still missing memories, to the constant threat of the demonic reapers, to the even greater danger posed by the Enshi, I was tortured right up to that last page.

    Speaking of being tortured, as if that build-up to the end wasn’t enough, the way this book ends was so unbelievably cruel. I just knew it. I just knew the end would be tormenting and torturous and heartbreaking. In fact, there was heartbreak after heartbreak after heartbreak in this five hundred some-odd page novel. I’m not sure I actually survived. I may just be a ghost of myself right about now.

    I would love to re-read Angelfire and get to experience both books back-to-back without that long wait between reads. I’m super curious to see just who I’d love more – Will or Cadan – after a second read. And I wonder if reading both books again would change who I think is more perfect for Ellie, who I believe is hotter and whether I’d still believe that Ellie made the right choice.

    So what does Wings of the Wicked have? Everything. It’s got a kick-a** heroine. It’s got two swoonworthy boys. It’s got action, action and more action – those battles are seriously insane. It’s got heartbreak and despair and anguish. And then it adds in some more heartbreak and quite a bit more anguish. It has a mystery or two or three. And that ending…. Calling it killer would be way too nice.

    So, yes. I loved this book. Yes, I definitely plan on re-reading it. And yes, I’m sad that I can’t re-read it right now.

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    I have quite a few long passages that were some of my very favorites, most involving Ellie and Will, but this one just makes my heart skip a few beats…

    Cadan to Ellie:

    “No,” he said softly, reaching forward to slide his fingers along my jaw toward my chin. The gesture was soothing, and in the frigid cold, his hand was surprisingly warm. The cold never affected reapers. “There’s nothing wrong with you. Throughout your lifetimes, your humanity has grown stronger. Your human passion is taking over your angelic heritage, and I don’t think it knows how to handle all that divine power. Once you understand and can balance the two sides of yourself, you will be unstoppable.”

    Book trailer for Wings of the Wicked:

    This review is based on an ARC I received from the publisher, HarperTeen in exchange for my honest review

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    Book Watch: Wings of the Wicked

    Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 528 pages.

    Wings of the Wicked is the second book in the Angelfire series by author Courtney Allison Moulton.

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    Yet another week where I didn’t even have to check release dates to know what was coming out. I’ve been keeping my eye on the release date for Wings of the Wicked for quite some time and am super glad that the original release date was moved up to January.

    Though there were two books I would have loved to spotlight this week, I chose Wings of the Wicked because this is a book I’ve been pining for since the moment I finished reading Angelfire back in 2010. So, of course it had to be the Book Watch post this week.

    While I’ve had an ARC of this book, I have not had a moment to sneak it in for a read, but I will definitely be reading this before release. I can’t wait to return to this world of Preliators and demons and find out what’s next for Ellie, Will and even Cadan. Or maybe especially Cadan.

    This next installment of the series sounds seriously epic. The reapers are going after Ellie day and night. Bastian is planning to not only “destroy Ellie’s soul” but to unleash all the souls of the damned on humanity. And apparently some kind of dark power awakens in Ellie. And… if that isn’t bad enough, someone betrays her.

    Yeah, definitely sounds epic to me. I guess I should read these book descriptions before I start creating these posts! I am now officially dying to find out who is the one to betray Ellie, whether Ellie can stop Bastian’s plans and save humanity and if Ellie can control whatever dark power she has.

    That’s a LOT to have happen to a girl in one book. I’m so glad this book is over five hundred pages of awesome.

    Wings of the Wicked is definitely a book that should be in the spotlight and there is no question that I will be reading this soon!

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    Some other great books releasing on January 31 include Incarnate by Jodi Meadows, Destiny and Deception by Shannon Delany and New Girl by Paige Harbison.

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    Places to Stalk:

    The author on TWITTER

    The author’s BLOG

    The author’s WEBSITE

    Goodreads description:

    Life as the Preliator is harder than Ellie ever imagined.
    Balancing real life with the responsibility of being Heaven’s warrior is a challenge for Ellie. Her relationship with Will has become all business, though they both long for each other. And now that the secret of who she really is has come out, so have Hell’s strongest reapers. Grown bold and more vicious, the demonic threaten her in the light of day and stalk her in the night.

    She’s been warned.
    Cadan, a demonic reaper, comes to her with information about Bastian’s new plan to destroy Ellie’s soul and use an ancient relic to wake all the souls of the damned and unleash them upon humanity. As she fights to stay ahead of Bastian’s schemes , the revelations about those closest to her awaken a dark power within Ellie that threatens to destroy everything—including herself.

    She’ll be betrayed.
    Treachery comes even from those whom she loves, and Ellie is broken by the deaths of those who stood beside her in this Heavenly war. Still, she must find a way to save the world, herself, and her love for Will. If she fails, there will be hell to pay.

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    Book trailer for Wings of the Wicked:

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #7

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

    February is a great month for new releases. Here are the books for the week of February 14th that I have ordered or am purchasing on release date.

    This week we’ve got angels, rivals, werewolves, a girl with the ability to sense dead bodies and vampires.

    Angelfire is the debut novel for author Courtney Allison Moulton. It will be released in the U.S. on Tuesday, February 15, 2011. It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover and eBook formats.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 464 pages.

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

    I am so excited for the release of this book, both for the author, who has her launch party next week and who is a blast to follow on Twitter and on her website, and of course for the book itself, which will have some differences from the version I read.

    I have had this on my pre-order list for such a long time – even before I got a chance to read the early copy. I noticed the book during my angel craze and was so upset I had such a long wait before this book came out.

    With the number of books I read, sadly some get muddled in my aging brain the more time passes since I’ve read them, but not this book. Angelfire is a book that will definitely stand out to those who read it. Ellie’s story is very different from other Angel-themed books and the author gives readers such a wonderfully detailed look at Ellie’s history.

    Although I want to start re-reading this book again on Monday Midnight, I most likely won’t get to read it again until the following week, but can’t wait to see what changes have been made and get a chance to meet Ellie all over again.

    If you’d like to read my review, click here. (Please note that my review was based on an early eARC I received so some facts may differ from the final published version of the book.)

    Rival is the debut novel for author Sara Bennett Wealer. It will also be released in the U.S. on February 15, 2011. It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover and eBook formats.

    Published by HarperTeen the hardcover is 336 pages.

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

    This is another book I am very excited to read. It was the first book I chose for the DAC and I’ve spotlighted this back in January for my Book Watch. If you’d like to read the Goodreads description from my post or get a link to read an excerpt, click here.

    I can’t wait to start reading this book! Being best friends and rivals can only lead to trouble and I can’t wait to see what happens. I will definitely be reading Rival this week.

    Secrets and Shadows: A 13 to Life Novel by author Shannon Delany will be released on February 15, 2011 in the U.S. It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both paperback and eBook formats.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin the paperback is 320 pages.

    Secrets and Shadows is another book that I can hardly wait to read. I only recently read the first book in the series and I can’t wait to find out what happens in this installment as I was left hanging at the end of 13 to Life.

    And Russians and werewolves make for an exciting and dangerous combination.

    I had also spotlighted this for my Book Watch. Click the link if you want to read the Goodreads description, watch the trailer for the first book or get a link to Beasts and Bff’s the free short novella on Amazon.

    Desires of the Dead is the second book in the Body Finder series by author Kimberly Derting. It, too, will be released on February 15, 2011 in the U.S. and is currently available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble for pre-order in hardcover and eBook formats.

    Published by HarperCollins the hardcover is 368 pages.

    This is another book I am excited to read. I own but haven’t yet read the first book in the series, The Body Finder, but plan to do so asap. I discovered the first book right around the time I learned of this one so I decided to wait so I could read both books back-to-back.

    I’ve read the excerpts and I love the author’s writing so I cannot wait to get started on both books, which I plan to do over the next couple of weeks.

    I love books where the main character has some kind of special ability – and I’m slightly fascinated by the somewhat gruesome ability that Violet has to sense dead bodies.

    To read an excerpt of Desires of the Dead from HarperCollins, click here.

    Blue Blood is the fourth book in the Pulse series by author Kailin Gow. It will be available for early release in eBook format on February 15, 2011 and in paperback on February 22nd. It is not yet updated on Amazon for the early release and has not yet been listed for purchase on Barnes & Noble.

    Although you can pre-order the paperback from Amazon you may want to wait for the dates to update to ensure you get it as early as possible.

    Published by The EDGE, the paperback is 254 pages.

    I have really enjoyed this series so far and can’t wait to see what happens with Kalina in this next installment. The promise that this book is the “pivotal” book in the series has definitely got me intrigued.

    I plan on purchasing this in eBook format on Tuesday and hope to read it next week.

    I’ve only read the Pulse series by the author, but own a few of her other books from the Frost series and the Stoker Sisters, which I hope to read soon.

    The fifth book in the series is titled Blood Bond.

    For those who aren’t familiar with the series or author, I’ve included a brief description of Blue Blood below.

    Description from the author’s website:

    You thought you knew all about Life’s Blood and what it can do. You thought you knew what Kalina was. Now in Blue Blood, all that will change as Kalina meets her maker.  One of her vampire loves will die, another will be turned, and another will break her heart forever.

    Blue Blood is the pivotal book in the PULSE series that will change everything…

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    I am sure that there are a ton of other good books releasing this week. Feel free to tell me WHAT I’M MISSING!

    (Note: Two other books releasing this week that I plan on purchasing are Outside In and One Hundred Candles, but as they aren’t yet available in eBook format I haven’t listed them in this post.)

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    The Extras: Teasers

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

    Here are just a few of those that caught my attention.

    From the thoughts of Ellie Monroe: (Note, this is from an electronic review copy and may not appear in the finished book.)

    Fresh, relentless, warm tears rolled down my cheeks. His promise melted through me, and my heart ached for everything that I wanted and couldn’t have. In the end, he was all I had. Through each lifetime, every last thing that I came to know and love in the world changed or vanished completely except for him. He was the only thing permanent in all of forever.

    I had to throw in one quote amongst all these passages, but it’s so true. This one from Ellie’s Mom regarding love:

    “It doesn’t make you blind. You’re very, very aware of everything about the one you truly love, whether you know it from what your eyes tell you or your heart. So no, love doesn’t make you blind. It paralyzes you until you can’t breathe or run away from it.”

    Ethan’s thoughts about Lena:

    I pulled her closer, until our hair was full of ash and grass, and the bitter lemon was lost somewhere beneath our feet at the bottom of the blanket. The heat was on my skin, like fire. Even though all I could feel was a biting cold whenever I held her hand lately, when we kissed – really kissed – there was nothing but heat. I loved her, atom by atom, one burning cell at a time. We kissed until my heart began skipping beats, and the edges of what I could see and feel and hear began to fade into darkness…

    From the thoughts of Lena Haloway:

    This is what I want. This is the only thing I’ve ever wanted. Everything else–every single second of every single day that has come before this very moment, this kiss–has meant nothing.

    AND

    I know that life isn’t life if you just float through it. I know that the whole point–the only point–is to find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go.

    Varen Nethers writing to Isobel:

    In the shadows of the dreamland, he waits. He watches the gaping window to the world he had so longed to open. Now flown wide, bleak and empty, ravaged–like him–it grants his wish. He belongs.

    AND

    My beautiful, my Isobel. My Love. You ask me to wait. And so I wait.

    For all of this, I know, is but a dream.

    And when, in sleep, at last we wake,

    I will see you again.

    Grace’s thoughts (about Robert):

    My arms lifted and wrapped themselves around him. I brought him close against me, as close as I could, and he let me. He allowed me to bring him into the embrace, and he kissed me with a need that was beyond description. I knew it, I felt it; I breathed it in because I needed it, too.

    My heart was racing against time itself inside of my chest, and the voice inside of my head, the name that signified everything that mattered to me right then and there, blurred into peaceful hum that harmonized with the song that sang in my blood as I tasted the fire and everything it touched.


    Kylie’s thoughts from Born at Midnight: (please note that this passage is from a review copy and may not appear in the finished copy):

    Because as much as she liked kissing Trey, it was as if this was her very first grown-up kiss. Her first real taste of passion. This kiss, the thing she’d felt was somehow more. And God help her, because while she wasn’t ready for “more,” she still wanted it. And that, she supposed, was the true meaning of passion.

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    Review: Angelfire

    Angelfire, by Courtney Allison Moulton will be released on February 15, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats.

    Partial description from HarperCollins:

    First there are nightmares.

    Every night Ellie is haunted by terrifying dreams of monstrous creatures that are hunting her, killing her.

    Then come the memories.

    When Ellie meets Will, she feels on the verge of remembering something just beyond her grasp. His attention is intense and romantic, and Ellie feels like her soul has known him for centuries. On her seventeenth birthday, on a dark street at midnight, Will awakens Ellie’s power, and she knows that she can fight the creatures that stalk her in the grim darkness. Only Will holds the key to Ellie’s memories, whole lifetimes of them, and when she looks at him, she can no longer pretend anything was just a dream.

    Now she must hunt.

    Elisabeth Monroe lives in a world where girls receive luxury cars for their birthdays, shop at high-end department stores, throw extravagant parties, and whose biggest concern is whether or not to straighten their hair before going out – basically the life of a normal privileged teenage girl. Yet Ellie is anything but. Only she doesn’t know it. Not until her seventeenth birthday.

    The nightmares she’s been having are real. She is the Preliator, a being who has a mortal body but an immortal soul, the only one capable of wielding angelfire, who is reborn time and time again in order to serve her sole purpose – to destroy reapers and keep humanity safe.

    But this time is different. Her rebirth took longer than ever before with only limited recollection of her past – a past that even her protector and guardian, Will, doesn’t know completely. And this time the reapers aren’t the only thing to fear. There is another out there who can threaten Ellie’s very existence and alter her future in ways nothing before ever could.

    As Ellie grapples with recovering her memories about who she is and not yet fully able to control her powers, will she be able to unlock the secrets in her mind in time to defeat Lucifer’s growing armies and prevent the Apocalypse? Will the answers she finds be too much to handle? And will her humanity be enough to overcome the darkness within her?

    Debut author, Courtney Allison Moulton is a new author to the young adult scene. Her writing has a maturity and a depth of story that is not always seen in a first time author. In Angelfire, she has created a novel with an intricate and detailed history that is woven into the plot through Will’s recounting and Ellie’s dreams. The author’s inclusion of these nightmares and daydreams throughout the story is a captivating way to gain insight into Ellie’s past and allows the reader to learn, along with Ellie, just who she is.

    This story is one of the few in which the heroine does not have to slowly come into her own, relying solely on the protection of the male character to usher her through the process. While Ellie doesn’t have all her memories or her full strength at the start, she is a fighter and has at her beck and call a power that will rival anyone, including her guardian and the reapers who wish to end her mortal (and immortal) existence.

    While the story doesn’t immediately hook you with a riveting preface, such as one of Ellie’s nightmare-memories, it will. After the initial chapters that introduce the characters, the pace and action pick up quickly and plunge the reader into a story that will leave them on edge until the very end.

    Ms. Moulton gives us a character in Ellie who, while immortal, has embraced her humanity, who is strong, but isn’t always aware of that strength, and whose determination and feisty spirit have captured the heart of the guardian who has sworn to protect her above all else.

    While the story reveals much about Ellie and Will, there are many questions left to be answered and many lifetimes still to be revealed.

    Although Angelfire has not yet been released, the sequel is already much anticipated. Angelfire Book 2: Wings of the Wicked will be released in 2012 and Angelfire Book 3: Hymn to the Fallen will be out in 2013.

    Reviewer gives this book: [rating=5]

    Angelfire book trailer:

    Thank you to HarperTeen and NetGalley for the review copy.

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