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    Character Interview: EARTHQUAKE’s Tavia Michaels + Giveaway

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    I am so excited to be able to share this interview I conducted with Tavia Michaels for the EARTHQUAKE Blog Tour. While my post for the tour changed to a review, I love that I still get to share what Tavia and I talked about last month.

    I love, love, LOVE this series and its characters. I’m dying to read the next book, which Tavia hints at in the interview. And for those of you who haven’t yet met her (or those who have, but haven’t yet gotten a chance to read this sequel) I’m offering up a copy of either of the books in this series for giveaway.

    If you haven’t read EARTHBOUND you may want to skip this interview and just read the one I conducted with Tavia last year, which is linked in the intro below, as there are some very minor spoilers about a certain character. But if you don’t mind a little tease about what happens in EARTHQUAKE or what is to come in the third book, then you won’t want to miss it.

    If I wasn’t already dying to have the next book in hand, I would be now.

    Anyway… enough of my rambling. I’ve already gushed about this book, this series and this author. Let me avoid redundancy and stop so that you can check out the interview.

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    The Interview

    Hi Tavia, I’m so excited to welcome you back to the blog this year and to be able to ask a few questions that I didn’t get the chance to ask when you stopped by last August.

    I tried to be somewhat cryptic with my questions in case not everyone who stopped by got the chance to meet you. But I thought that now, after all this time has passed, it might be okay to ask you just a few questions that might require more detailed answers.

     Q&A with Tavia Michaels

    Q. What was it like having discovered you’re an Earthbound and that you have powers to remake the earth?

    Blew. My. Mind. I was barely coming to terms with the fact that I was alive and (mostly) functioning. But it’s a strange blend of exciting and devastating because … well, the truth is, a lot of people are dead because of what I am. I hope I can make up for that.

    Q. Knowing how complicated your life has been and continues to be, do you ever just wish you were normal? And if so, what would your ideal “normal” be?

    Yes and no. It’s incredibly stressful and full of pressure to be who I am. But if I weren’t, well, the entire world would be doomed. I’m glad that someone is what I am, but the truth is, I’d rather it wasn’t me.

    Normal? Wow. What is normal? Normal is Michigan. Life before the plane crash. And certainly before this whole Earthbound mess. But I guess normal also means ignorant of my true nature. And it’s hard to wish for that. Even if it would be wonderful.

    Q. If you could go back and change anything about your situation, about yourself, or about what happened with Benson or with Logan, would you? And what would you change and why?

    I’m big on truth and knowledge. And that’s the one thing I wish I could change. I met both Logan (Quinn) and Benson and under completely false pretenses. I didn’t actually know who or what either of them was in the beginning. And while I’m glad I know the truth now, I wish I could have known from the beginning.

    Q. What is your favorite memory of Logan – past or present – and why is it a favorite?

    The memory that I have of Logan simply coming home to our cabin one day—the one that I saw right when I realized who I was, or used to be—that’s described in the first book is my favorite memory. Partly because it was sweet and romantic, but also because it’s such a clear memory. And so few of my memories are. I like it so much I kind of play with it in the next book. 🙂

    Q. I’ve heard that we get to learn a little bit more about both the Curatoria and the Reduciata. Without revealing too much, is there anything you can say about both factions? Is there more than meets the eye with both? Is there one you feel like you can trust more than the other?

    Even though the words came from Quinn’s diary, I feel like they’re my opinion—both now and in my past—as well. “Trust ye the Curatoria but tenuously, and the Reduciata not at all.” I think of the Curatoria as the lesser of two evils, but if Sammi and Mark didn’t trust them, I certainly don’t either.

    Readers will learn a lot about both brotherhoods in this next book. And just like me, I’m not sure they’re going to like what they discover.

    Q. What has it been like being around Logan without him having any idea of who you are or having any memories of your past? And is he any different from the boy you used to know?

    It’s torturous!! I expected this to be easy, and it has been anything but. It would actually be fun to slowly explore each other and start a brand-new relationship and not worry too much about when the memories came back. But I don’t have the luxury of time. Every minute that passes our lives are in even greater danger. And that’s without taking into consideration how heart-breaking it is.

    Q. Is there anyone new we get to meet that we should keep an eye out for? If so, who are they and why should we look for them?

    In this next book you’re going to see Earthbound using their abilities in ways I never even considered. Helping humanity and working to redeem themselves from their curse. Secretly, of course. Keep a particular eye out for Audra. And watch out for Alanna.

    Q. In fifteen words or less, can you give us a hint as to what we can expect from this next chapter in your life?

    Huge discoveries, secrets revealed, disaster is imminent, and it’s all up to me.


    About Earthquake

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    Series: Earthbound #2
    Author: Aprilynne Pike
    Release date: July 8, 2014
    Publisher: Razorbill
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Tavia Michaels has discovered that she’s an Earthbound—a fallen goddess with the power to remake the Earth—and that a rival faction of Earthbounds, the Reduciata, has created a virus that is literally wiping swaths of the planet out of existence.

    Tavia is captured and imprisoned before she can act on this information, along with her eternal lover, Logan. Huddled in a claustrophobic cell, they lose track of the days, their attempts to escape proving as ephemeral as Tavia’s newly gestating powers. But then Tavia and Logan are mysteriously rescued. . . .

    They’re brought to the underground headquarters of the Curatoria, another group of Earthbounds that Tavia doesn’t fully trust. There, she’s told that she can save the Earth before it disappears. She agrees.

    Tavia quickly realizes that she isn’t like other Earthbound, and as her abilities continue to awaken, they begin to threaten her centuries-long relationship with Logan. When Benson—Tavia’s former best friend and romantic interest—appears at Curatoria headquarters, Tavia will again have to make a choice about who to be with even as she tries to stop the virus that is destroying the world and uncover the truth about the two Earthbound organizations that have her tangled up in their webs.

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    About Earthbound

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    Series: Earthbound #1
    Author: Aprilynne Pike
    Release date: July 30, 2013 (PB released June 17, 2014)
    Publisher: Razorbill
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told.

    Tavia immediately searches for answers, desperate to determine why she feels so drawn to a boy she hardly knows. But when Tavia discovers that the aunt and uncle who took her in after her parents’ death may have actually been responsible for the plane crash that killed them–and that she may have been the true intended victim–she flees for the safety of Camden, Maine, where the boy she sees in her visions instructs her to go.

    Now, Tavia is on the run with no one to trust. No one, that is, except for her best friend and longtime crush, Benson.

    Tavia feels torn between the boy who mysteriously comes to her at night and the boy who has been by her side every step of the way. But what Tavia doesn’t know is that the world is literally falling apart and that to save it she will have to unite with the boy in her visions. Only problem? To do so would mean rejecting Benson’s love. And that’s the one thing Tavia Michaels swore she’d never do.

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    About Aprilynne Pike

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    Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Utah, and dreams of warmer climates.

    Aprilynne Pike’s #1 New York Times best-selling debut, WINGS, is the first of four books about a seemingly ordinary girl with a not-so-ordinary destiny. In this tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever…

    WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOOGLE + | GOODREADS


    The Giveaway

    I am giving away a copy of either EARTHBOUND or EARTHQUAKE to ONE WINNER

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway is International
    • Book can either be Paperback (Earthbound) or Hardcover (either)
    • Book will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
    • Giveaway ends August 11 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
    • Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
    • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
    • Winner has 72 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    EARTHQUAKE Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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    I am super excited to be today’s stop on the EARTHQUAKE Blog Tour hosted by Book Nerd Tours. I love this series by the author and I’m already dying to read the next installment to find out what did happen and what’s going to happen.

    If you haven’t yet met Tavia Michaels, or discovered what it means to be an Earthbound, now’s the perfect time to do so. With EARTHQUAKE’s release last week you’ll be able to read the first two books in this series back-to-back and with plenty of time to get caught up before the next book in the series releases.

    While I’d normally ramble and gush and tease about the book here, as my stop is now a review stop, I’ll leave my rambling to the review part of this post. But if you’d like to know just a little bit more about both books in the series, there’s some information and places to find them online below.

    I also just had to add in a giveaway for this seriously fantastic second book in the series. Just scroll down to the Rafflecopter for a chance to win.

    After reading the author’s Wings series I didn’t think I could love anything she wrote more. I was wrong. This series is awesome.


    About Earthquake

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    Series: Earthbound #2
    Author: Aprilynne Pike
    Release date: July 8, 2014
    Publisher: Razorbill
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Tavia Michaels has discovered that she’s an Earthbound—a fallen goddess with the power to remake the Earth—and that a rival faction of Earthbounds, the Reduciata, has created a virus that is literally wiping swaths of the planet out of existence.

    Tavia is captured and imprisoned before she can act on this information, along with her eternal lover, Logan. Huddled in a claustrophobic cell, they lose track of the days, their attempts to escape proving as ephemeral as Tavia’s newly gestating powers. But then Tavia and Logan are mysteriously rescued. . . .

    They’re brought to the underground headquarters of the Curatoria, another group of Earthbounds that Tavia doesn’t fully trust. There, she’s told that she can save the Earth before it disappears. She agrees.

    Tavia quickly realizes that she isn’t like other Earthbound, and as her abilities continue to awaken, they begin to threaten her centuries-long relationship with Logan. When Benson—Tavia’s former best friend and romantic interest—appears at Curatoria headquarters, Tavia will again have to make a choice about who to be with even as she tries to stop the virus that is destroying the world and uncover the truth about the two Earthbound organizations that have her tangled up in their webs.

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    The Review

    Aprilynne Pike’s EARTHQUAKE is an incredibly exciting, nail-biting, suspenseful and action-filled second book in the Earthbound series. It takes readers back to a world that is even darker and deadlier than the one they left at the end of book one. The mystery goes even deeper, there are even more twists and turns, and with nearly everyone’s motives suspect, it makes for an unputdownable read.

    With only a few memories of her past lives, Tavia Michaels doesn’t feel like the goddess she once was and is supposed to be. She feels more like a human than an Earthbound. She doesn’t remember what her abilities are. She doesn’t remember what secrets she is keeping. She doesn’t remember who she can trust and who she shouldn’t. She doesn’t remember what it is like to love someone eternally.

    But if she is as powerful as everyone thinks she is, then she has to try and stop the deadly virus that is threatening to destroy the world and everyone in it. Even if it means working with the Curatoria to develop a vaccine. Even if it means temporarily putting her trust in those she’s not sure she should trust. Even if it means waiting to try and recover more of her missing memories. And even if it means having her heart torn between the boy she has loved forever and the one she loves in this life.

    In this second book in the series, Aprilynne Pike ratchets up the excitement with a deadly threat, a ticking clock, a number of suspicious characters, peeks into Tavia’s past lives, a love triangle and a jaw-dropping, climactic conclusion, keeping readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish. The story is full of shocks and surprises, tension, angst and heartache. And with the change in setting, the author is able to reveal more about the Earthbound – about who they are and what they’re capable of – and more about Tavia – about who she is, who she was, and what she’s willing to become.

    The story is riveting, the mythology is original, the mystery will keep everyone guessing, the main character is likable and easy to connect with, the love story will make it tough to choose a side and the ending is killer, making EARTHQUAKE a definite must-read sequel.

    The Rating

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    On a personal note…

    I loved the first book in this series. It was fascinating and different and romantic and heartbreaking. I loved it so much that I was worried that this second book in the series would suffer from sophomore slump. But I should have known, given how much I love this author’s writing and stories, that something like that would never happen.

    EARTHQUAKE is an amazing follow-up to EARTHBOUND. It had everything that I loved about the first book in the series and then some. It was action-packed. It kept me on edge, wondering whether every new character I met had some ulterior motive. It tortured me in the very best of ways with the love triangle between Tavia, Logan and Benson. It made me anxious wondering just when the next devastating thing was going to happen.

    It’s a book I never wanted to put down. It immediately grabbed hold. It made me question, it made me hope, it made me want to know more, it made me fall madly in love with it, right from the start. It surprised me, when I didn’t think I could be surprised. It stumped me – I love not being able to solve the puzzle a story presents instantly.

    I adored Tavia, even if I didn’t always agree with everything she did. She was brave and determined and kind and broken and had some seriously awesome powers. I loved the love triangle, even when it didn’t look like the boy whose side I chose would be the one Tavia chose.

    EARTHQUAKE was so easy to just dive right into. I loved that it picked up very shortly after the events in EARTHBOUND, not missing a beat. I loved that the pace sped up in this sequel. I loved every single thing about it… well, except for the fact that it had to end and that I have to wait for a year until the next book in the series releases.

    Favorite passage…

    There are so many awesome passages in this book that I call favorites. But the one I included below is my most favorite non-spoiler-y one. And to keep it from being in any way spoiler-y I’m leaving out the attribution.

    So, in order to find out which boy said this to Tavia, you’ll have to read the book. Because my lips are sealed.

    “I’ll wait forever. Because what we have, it’s worth it. It’s worth anything.” Abruptly he pushes to his feet, and the space in front of my face feels more than empty. And in a fierce voice he says, “And I’ll fight to get it back.”


    About Aprilynne Pike

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    Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Utah, and dreams of warmer climates.

    Aprilynne Pike’s #1 New York Times best-selling debut, WINGS, is the first of four books about a seemingly ordinary girl with a not-so-ordinary destiny. In this tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever…

    WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOOGLE + | GOODREADS


    Other Books in the Series

    EarthboundPBCoverTitle: EARTHBOUND (Earthbound #1)
    Release date: July 30, 2013 (PB released June 17, 2014)
    Publisher: Razorbill
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio eBook

    Description…

    Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told.

    Tavia immediately searches for answers, desperate to determine why she feels so drawn to a boy she hardly knows. But when Tavia discovers that the aunt and uncle who took her in after her parents’ death may have actually been responsible for the plane crash that killed them–and that she may have been the true intended victim–she flees for the safety of Camden, Maine, where the boy she sees in her visions instructs her to go.

    Now, Tavia is on the run with no one to trust. No one, that is, except for her best friend and longtime crush, Benson.

    Tavia feels torn between the boy who mysteriously comes to her at night and the boy who has been by her side every step of the way. But what Tavia doesn’t know is that the world is literally falling apart and that to save it she will have to unite with the boy in her visions. Only problem? To do so would mean rejecting Benson’s love. And that’s the one thing Tavia Michaels swore she’d never do.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | GOODREADS


    The Giveaway

    I am giving away a hardcover copy of EARTHQUAKE to ONE WINNER

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway is International
    • Book will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
    • Giveaway ends July 23rd at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
    • Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
    • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
    • Winner has 72 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    July 8th – *Book Birthday* – I Am A Reader = What’s On Aprilynne’s Desk/In Her Purse

    July 9th – Such a Novel Idea – Review

    July 10th – Wholly Books – 10 (Even More) Random Things About Aprilynne

    July 11th – Ex Libris – Review

    July 12th – Mundie Moms – Review

    July 13th – Fiction Fare – A Day in the Life of Aprilynne Pike

    July 14th – Gone with the Words – Review

    July 15th – Fiktshun – Character Interview with Tavia Michaels

    July 16th – Fictitious Delicious – Review

    July 17th – Me, My Shelf and I – Review

    July 18th – Jean Book Nerd – Review

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #184

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

    These are books for the week of July 8th-July 14th that I have pre-ordered.


    Through to You

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    THROUGH TO YOU by Lauren Barnholdt will be released in the U.S. on July 8, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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


    I absolutely adored THROUGH TO YOU and cannot wait for the finished copy to download to my Kindle on Tuesday. I love Lauren Barnholdt’s writing and I was so excited to have had the chance to read this super early.

    It was all sorts of angsty and sweet and romantic. I loved getting to see things from both Harper and Penn’s POV. And I will definitely be reading this one again this summer.

    I don’t want to spoil all the twisty-turny moments, so I won’t reveal whether there is a happy ending for the two. But as it’s such a quick read that can be totally devoured in one sitting, you won’t have to wait very long to find out.

    Description…

    Opposites attract—and then complicate—in this romantic, relatable novel from the author of Two-Way Street and Sometimes It Happens.

    It starts with a scribbled note in class: I like your sparkle. Harper had casually threaded a piece of blue and silver tinsel through her ponytail in honor of school spirit day. And that carefree, corny gesture is what grabs Penn Mattingly’s eye. Penn—resident heartbreaker of the senior class. Reliably unreliable. Trouble with a capital “T.” And okay, smolderingly sexy.

    Harper’s surprised by Penn’s attention—and so is Penn. The last thing he needs is a girlfriend. Or even a friend-with-benefits. The note is not supposed to lead to anything.

    Oh, but it does. They hang out. They have fun. They talk. They make out. And after a while, it seems like they just click. But Penn and Harper have very different ideas about what relationships look like, in no small part because of their very different family backgrounds. Of course they could talk about these differences—if Penn knew how to talk about feelings.

    Harper and Penn understand their attraction is illogical, yet something keeps pulling them together. It’s like a crazy roller coaster—exhilarating, terrifying, and amazing all at once. And neither knows how to stop the ride…


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    BOOMERANG by Noelle August will be released in the U.S. on July 8, 2014 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by William Morrow, the print edition is 336 pages.

    BOOMERANG is the first book in a new series of the same name by the authors. The second book in the series, REBOUND, is slated for release on December 9th.


    I almost ended up buying the various installments of BOOMERANG, even though I had the eARC and got the chance to read it early and love, love, loved it. I almost couldn’t wait for the complete version to be available so it could become a permanent part of my collection. But I’m glad I did and can’t wait for it to finally download.

    This was a fantastic and sexy New Adult title that had me anxiously anticipating every last thing between Mia and Ethan. I loved their chemistry. I loved the situation they found themselves in after the night they met. I loved the dual POVs, even though it made me even more nervous about every single suspenseful thing that I won’t talk about.

    As I recently read this, I won’t be reading it again right away, but I will be reading it again just before REBOUND releases. It was soooo good.

    Description…

    The first book in a sensational New Adult trilogy from Noelle August

    Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up

    Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.

    Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

    What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.

    As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?


    Earthquake

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    EARTHQUAKE by Aprilynne Pike will be released in the U.S. on July 8, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 352 pages.

    EARTHQUAKE is the second book in Aprilynne Pike’s Earthbound series.


    I am counting down the hours until my copy of EARTHQUAKE downloads to my Kindle so I can start reading it immediately. I loved the first book in this series, and after having read the description for this book, I’m even more excited for this sequel.

    I don’t want to say too much, as all things related to book two in the description are super spoiler-y for book one. But this was such an intriguing concept. I loved the characters. And I’ve been eager to find out what happens with Tavia given the way things left off.

    I have been so nervous about spoilers that I haven’t even looked at the Character Interview I have for my tour stop next week. As I hope to be finished reading this by Wednesday, I won’t have to peek, thankfully. But I cannot WAIT to get this on the pile late tonight.

    Description…

    Tavia Michaels has discovered that she’s an Earthbound—a fallen goddess with the power to remake the Earth—and that a rival faction of Earthbounds, the Reduciata, has created a virus that is literally wiping swaths of the planet out of existence.

    Tavia is captured and imprisoned before she can act on this information, along with her eternal lover, Logan. Huddled in a claustrophobic cell, they lose track of the days, their attempts to escape proving as ephemeral as Tavia’s newly gestating powers. But then Tavia and Logan are mysteriously rescued. . . .

    They’re brought to the underground headquarters of the Curatoria, another group of Earthbounds that Tavia doesn’t fully trust. There, she’s told that she can save the Earth before it disappears. She agrees.

    Tavia quickly realizes that she isn’t like other Earthbound, and as her abilities continue to awaken, they begin to threaten her centuries-long relationship with Logan. When Benson—Tavia’s former best friend and romantic interest—appears at Curatoria headquarters, Tavia will again have to make a choice about who to be with even as she tries to stop the virus that is destroying the world and uncover the truth about the two Earthbound organizations that have her tangled up in their webs.


    The Half Life of Molly Pierce

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    THE HALF LIFE OF MOLLY PIERCE by Katrina Leno will be released in the U.S. on July 8, 2014 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 240 pages.


    I have been totally intrigued by THE HALF LIFE OF MOLLY PIERCE ever since I first learned of its existence. And while I am so sad that I didn’t get to read it early, I am stoked that my Kindle copy will be downloading at Midnight.

    This story sounds so very different from much of the books I’ve read. And I can’t wait to find out why Molly can’t remember parts of her life. I can’t wait to find out who she loved that she can’t let go of. I can’t wait to find out whether she’ll remember everything that was lost.

    As this is such a short novel, I really hope to be able to get it on the pile this summer. Hopefully early next month at the very latest.

    Description…

    You take it for granted. Waking up. Going to school, talking to your friends. Watching a show on television or reading a book or going out to lunch.

    You take for granted going to sleep at night, getting up the next day, and remembering everything that happened to you before you closed your eyes.

    You live and you remember.

    Me, I live and I forget.

    But now—now I am remembering.

    For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she’s missed bits and pieces of her life. Now, she’s figuring out why. Now, she’s remembering her own secrets. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led…and the love that she can’t let go.

    The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a suspenseful, evocative psychological mystery about uncovering the secrets of our pasts, facing the unknowns of our futures, and accepting our whole selves.


    The Kiss of Deception

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    THE KISS OF DECEPTION by Mary E. Pearson will be released in the U.S. on July 8, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), the print edition is 496 pages.

    THE KISS OF DECEPTION is the first book in the Remnant Chronicles by the author. The second book in the series, HEART OF BETRAYAL, is slated for release in 2015.


    I am currently reading THE KISS OF DECEPTION and am madly in love with it. But I can’t wait for my Kindle copy to download so that I can finish reading it in eBook format as I seem to only have time to read in the early hours of the morning these days.

    The writing in this book is gorgeous. The story is epic. The world is amazing. And because I want to get back to reading it – and possibly finishing it – by Midnight tonight, I shall say no more… for now.

    Well, except to add that I’m nervous that the ending will leave me hanging for the year until the next installment releases. I’ve refused to take a peek at any of the reviews or listen to any of the chatter. But hopefully there won’t be a killer cliffhanger in my future. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

    Description…

    In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

    In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

    On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.


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    IDOLS by Margaret Stohl will be released in the U.S. on July 8, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    IDOLS is the second book in Margaret Stohl’s Icons series.


    I have not yet read the first book in the series but have had IDOLS pre-ordered for ages and can’t wait for it to land on my Kindle. I love Margaret Stohl’s writing and I’ve been very curious about reading this series written solely by her.

    I can’t wait to meet Dol, Ro, Tima and Lucas and find out what it means to be Icon Children. This series promises to be both action-packed and romantic and I cannot wait to see how the author marries the two.

    I did end up peeking at the description for this book – I just couldn’t help it – and I am even more thrilled with the idea of reading both books back-to-back. Especially with an “epic showdown” ahead and with the death of a potentially beloved character to be heartbroken over. And I’d love to be able to read both books later this August.

    Description…

    The Icons came from the sky. They belong to an inhuman enemy. They ended our civilization, and they can kill us.

    Most of us.

    Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas are the four Icon Children, the only humans immune to the Icon’s power to stop a human heart. Now that Los Angeles has been saved, things are more complicated – and not just because Dol has to choose between Lucas and Ro, the two great loves of her life. As she flees to a resistance outpost hidden beneath a mountain, Dol makes contact with a fifth Icon Child, if only through her visions. When Dol and the others escape to Southeast Asia in search of this missing child, Dol’s dreams, feelings and fears collide in an epic showdown that will change more than just four lives — and stop one heart forever.

    In this riveting sequel to Icons, filled with nonstop action and compelling romance, bestselling author Margaret Stohl explores what it means to be human and how our greatest weakness can be humanity’s strongest chance at survival.


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    THIS SUMMER by Katlyn Duncan will be released in the U.S. on July 9, 2014 in eBook format. It is currently available to pre-order online at AMAZON.

    Published by Carina, the book is 288 pages.


    I am also currently reading THIS SUMMER and will likely be finished before my Kindle pre-order downloads on Thursday. I fell in love with this cover when I first saw it and had been anxious to read Hadley and Will’s love story ever since.

    As I have read some – but not all – of this book, I won’t reveal whether Hadley is having a “summer to remember” or whether Will’s arrival changed everything. And I won’t reveal – because I don’t yet know – all the secrets that Will’s keeping.

    But I can’t wait to find out what exactly has been going on with him and why he feels the need to keep things from Hadley.

    Description…

    Before college, before responsibilities, Hadley Beauman and best friend Lily are determined to have a summer to remember. There will be all the usual dramas – ex-boyfriends who don’t seem to know what ‘ex’ means, pesky younger brothers with unrequited crushes, but what Hadley didn’t anticipate was the out-of-the-blue return of the seriously hot boy-next-door, Will Carson. The boy who broke her heart when he skipped town two years ago.

    Will may have shot up a foot and filled out (oh yes), but inside he carries the weight of guilt – for leaving, for coming back… Now he’s just passing through to tie up loose ends but it’s clear the old chemistry still crackles between him and Hadley. Trouble is, it’s built on two years of lies…

    This summer might just be the best time of their lives, but is Hadley ready for everything to change – again?


    eBook Novellas

    The InitiateTHE INITIATE: A DIVERGENT STORY (Divergent #0.2) by Veronica Roth

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    More Four!

    Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by “The Initiate,” the second of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective.

    Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory, and relationships.


    The SonTHE SON: A DIVERGENT STORY (Divergent #0.3) by Veronica Roth

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    More Four!

    Fans of the Divergent series by No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by ‘The Son’, the third of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective.

    This short story continues to explore the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown secrets of his personality and intriguing backstory.


    The TraitorTHE TRAITOR: A DIVERGENT STORY (Divergent #0.4) by Veronica Roth

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    More Four!

    Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by “The Traitor,” the fourth of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective.

    Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory, and relationships.


    Other Books of Note

    Wild CoverWILD by Alex Mallory

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    In this action-packed and timely “Tarzan for the digital age,” Cade, a teen raised in the wilderness, is brought into modern civilization.

    The forest is full of secrets, and no one understands that better than Cade. Foraging, hunting, surviving-that’s all he knows. Alone for years, Cade believes he’s the sole survivor. At least, until he catches a glimpse of a beautiful stranger…

    Dara expected to find natural wonders when she set off for a spring break camping trip. Instead, she discovers a primitive boy-he’s stealthy and handsome and he might be following her. Intrigued, Dara seeks him out and sets a catastrophe in motion.

    Thrust into society, Cade struggles with the realization that the life he knew was a lie. But he’s not the only one. Trying to explain life in a normal town leaves Dara questioning it.

    As the media swarm and the police close in, Dara and Cade risk everything to get closer. But will the truth about Cade’s past tear them apart?


    UnravelUNRAVEL (Linked #2) by Imogen Howson

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Untold dangers await telepathic twins in this sequel to the futuristic, romantic thriller called classic sci-fi, space-travel adventure at its best.

    After Elissa and Lin exposed the government’s secret experiments in Linked, which Booklist called a roller-coaster ride into space that just about everyone should enjoy, their home planet Sekoia is thrown into chaos. Determined to do their part to help the planet they’ve hurt, they return to Sekoia only to discover that things are far worse that they imagined. Resources are suddenly scarce, people are scared, and there’s a rising current of anger against the Spares. When Lissa and Lin find themselves among another group of Spares and twins, they feel like they’ve found their kindred spirits at last. But a threat none of them could have expected is lying in wait for Sekoia’s Spares.


    In DeepIN DEEP by Terra Elan McVoy

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Ultracompetitive Brynn from The Summer of Firsts and Lasts craves swimming victory—and gets in over her head—in this irresistible novel from Terra Elan McVoy.

    Swim.
    Push.
    Breathe.
    Swim.

    Nothing else matters to Brynn as she trains her body and mind to win. Not her mediocre grades and lack of real friends at school. Not the gnawing grief over her fallen hero father. Not the strained relationship with her absent mother and clueless stepdad. In the turquoise water, swimming is an escape and her ticket to somewhere—anywhere—else. And nothing will get in her way of claiming victory.

    But when the competitive streak follows Brynn out of the pool in a wickedly seductive cat-and-mouse game between herself, her wild best friend, and a hot new college swimmer, Brynn’s single-mindedness gets her in over her head, with much more than a trophy to lose.


    UncagedUNCAGED (The Singular Menace #1) by John Sandford and Michele Cook

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    #1 New York Times bestselling Prey author John Sandford and Michele Cook debut a high-octane young adult thriller series.

    Shay Remby arrives in Hollywood with $58 and a handmade knife, searching for her brother, Odin.

    Odin’s a brilliant hacker but a bit of a loose cannon. He and a group of radical animal-rights activists hit a Singular Corp. research lab in Eugene, Oregon. The raid was a disaster, but Odin escaped with a set of highly encrypted flash drives and a post-surgical dog.

    When Shay gets a frantic 3 a.m. phone call from Odin—talking about evidence of unspeakable experiments, and a ruthless corporation, and how he must hide—she’s concerned. When she gets a menacing visit from Singular’s security team, she knows: her brother’s a dead man walking.

    What Singular doesn’t know—yet—is that 16-year-old Shay is every bit as ruthless as their security force, and she will burn Singular to the ground, if that’s what it takes to save her brother.


    The DefiantTHE DEFIANT (The Forsaken #3) by Lisa M. Stasse

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    In this gripping conclusion to The Forsaken Trilogy, Alenna’s loyalties are put the ultimate test—and it’s one of life and death.
    Alenna Shawcross and the others who escaped the wheel are working toward an all-out assault on the United Northern Alliance. The plan is to dismantle it from the inside—and Alenna is one of the few people who can access the organization’s inner sanctum. But when she returns to the home she has nearly forgotten, she encounters old friends and is swept into a secret plan that puts everything she loves in danger.

    Knowing what is at stake for her and her friends, Alenna ventures into the heart of the treacherous UNA. She’s determined to bring them down, because freedom is the only choice. Or is it?


    Embers & AshEMBERS & ASH (Cold Fury #3) by T.M. Goeglein

    Pub. Date: July 10, 2014

    Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Sara Jane Rispoli is on the wrong side of the Russian mob, but closer to finding her family than ever. And she’s willing to do whatever it takes to finally end this terrible journey even if the price is her own life.

    The very cold fury that has seen her through the worst of her troubles is now killing her; she knows the cure, but she can’t sacrifice the deadly electricity until she’s rescued her family. But when she finally does rescue them, it’s not the happy reunion she pictured. And the torment doesn’t stop there, not even when she finally discovers Ultimate Power. Only destroying the Outfit completely can end this terrible nightmare.

    Old enemies return to seek vengeance, double-crosses abound, and even more mysteries are uncovered as we rocket toward an end no one saw coming.


    Zom-B ClansZOM-B CLANS (Zom-B #8) by Darren Shan

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    B’s first mission with the Angels –sentient, do-gooder zombies– went horribly wrong when vicious members of the Ku Klux Klan attacked New Kirkham, a stronghold of precious human survivors. B is not about to let the racist thugs persecute innocent people, but while saving the town, one of B’s oldest friends is kidnapped by the Klan.

    The Angels are prepared to do what it takes to save him, but B will have to make some very hard decisions about loyalties–to old friends, to the Angels, and to new families and old.


    Midnight ThiefMIDNIGHT THIEF (Midnight Thief #1) by Livia Blackburne

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

    But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

    Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

    When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.


    Demon DerbyDEMON DERBY by Carrie Harris

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Casey kicked cancer’s ass. Now a demon wants to kick hers. . . .

    Casey hates being known as the girl who survived cancer. She wants people to treat her like her old self, fearless and strong. And after a creepy encounter with a crazy guy in an alley, Casey is all about reclaiming her power.

    So when she has a chance to try out for the Apocalypsies roller derby team, she jumps on it. Being a derby girl would prove that she doesn’t need anybody’s pity. It doesn’t hurt that Michael, the team manager, is almost unnaturally hot. Which makes sense when Casey finds out that he’s not human.

    Michael’s got a secret: he trains demon hunters. That crazy guy in the alley? Demon. And the fact that Casey went head to head with evil and lived makes her a threat to demonkind. Casey thought she’d already fought and won the battle of her lifetime. But it’s only beginning. . . .


    StarbreakSTARBREAK (Starglass #2) by Phoebe North

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The Asherah has finally reached Zehava, the long-promised planet. There, Terra finds harsh conditions and a familiar foe—Aleksandra Wolff, leader of her ship’s rebel forces. Terra and Aleksandra first lock horns with each other . . . but soon realize they face a much more dangerous enemy in violent alien beasts—and alien hunters.

    Then Terra finally discovers Vadix. The boy who has haunted her dreams may be their key to survival—but his own dark past has yet to be revealed. And when Aleksandra gets humanity expelled from the planet, it’s up to Terra, with Vadix by her side, to unite her people—and to forge an alliance with the alien hosts, who want nothing more than to see humanity gone forever.


    MindWarMINDWAR (MindWar #1) by Andrew Klavan

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Thomas Nelson

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Rick Dial has the potential to be a hero. He just doesn’t know it yet.

    Rick’s high school football team couldn’t be stopped when he was leading them as their quarterback. He was going to Syracuse on a scholarship. But then his dad abandoned them and a terrible accident left him crippled.

    Certain his old life is completely lost, Rick spends months hiding away in his room playing video games. He achieves the highest scores on so many games that he’s approached by a government agency who claims to be trying to thwart a cyber attack on America that would destroy the technological infrastructure of the entire country. The agents say that the quick-thinking of a quarterback coupled with Nick’s gaming experience make him perfect for this assignment. The problem is that there are no extra lives and this isn’t just a game . . . but Rick doesn’t have many other options at the moment.

    Entering “The Realm” gives Rick the one thing he thought he’d never have again: a body that’s as fast and as strong as he ever was before the accident. But the more time he spends in The Realm, the more questions he has. What secrets are these agents keeping from him? What really happened to his father? How many others have gone into The Realm already . . . and failed? And perhaps most important, is he the hero they think he is?


    Spirits of Ash and FoamSPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM (Rain Cacique #2) by Greg Weisman

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    In this second book of the Rain of the Ghosts series, Rain Cacique (who can talk to ghosts thanks to a gift from her dead grandfather) is navigating high school while searching for answers.

    Welcome to the Prospero Keys (or as the locals call them: the Ghost Keys), the beautiful chain of tropical islands on the edge of the Bermuda Triangle where Rain Cacique lives. When Rain’s maternal grandfather passed away, he left her his special armband: two gold snakes intertwined, clasping each other’s tails in their mouths. Rain soon discovers that the armband is actually a zemi – a very powerful talisman created by the island’s native Arawak Taino Indians – and that it allows Rain to see ghosts, including her own grandfather who is determined to help her uncover the Ghost Keys’ hidden world of mystery and mysticism, intrigue and adventure.

    Now, Rain Cacique’s looking for a few answers — and the second zemi, a Taino relic that allows her to see dead people. But it’s the first week of school, so she’s pretty busy juggling teachers, homework, baby-sitting duties, new friends, missing tourist kids… and a vampire with a tribal twist.


    Four A Divergent CollectionFOUR: A DIVERGENT COLLECTION (Divergent #0.1-0.4) by Veronica Roth

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.

    Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.

    Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

    From #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth comes a companion volume to the worldwide bestselling divergent series, told from the per-spective of the immensely popular character Tobias. The four pieces included here—The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son, and The Traitor—plus three additional exclusive scenes, give readers an electrifying glimpse into the history and heart of Tobias, and set the stage for the epic saga of the Divergent trilogy.


    eBook Collections

    UNDER THE NEVER SKY Complete Collection by Veronica Rossi – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    LYING GAME Complete Collection by Sara Shepard – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    CRASH Complete Collection by Nichole Williams – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    THE PARTIALS SEQUENCE Complete Collection by Dan Wells – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    THE DIVERGENT LIBRARY by Veronica Roth – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    SHATTER ME Complete Collection by Tahereh Mafi – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: First Bite 4-Book Collection – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE


    Other Releases

    DIVERGENT SERIES ULTIMATE FOUR-BOOK BOX SET by Veronica Roth – AMAZON | BARNES &  NOBLE


    Parting words…

    I knew it was a crazy week for releases, and I am pretty sure I’m missing a ton. But as I have seven full-length books and three eBook novellas pre-ordered, I figured it would be dangerous to keep looking just in case I might have missed something.

    I don’t think I missed anything last week. But as I haven’t yet checked my Kindle for downloads, it’s possible that there are a few books I’d missed. Though I really hope not.

    And as there are quite a few of the “other books of note” that I’d love to add to my collection this week – WILD, UNRAVEL, IN DEEP, THE DEFIANT, MIDNIGHT THIEF and DEMON DERBY – I really, really, hope not.

    Anyway… If you’ve been waiting for THE KISS OF DECEPTION I’m so excited for you that the wait is finally over. And if you’re looking for some perfect summer romance reads, then there are plenty of lovely books to choose from.

    Happy bookish acquiring, happy reading, and happy book birthday!

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    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!

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    I received a couple of awesome books in the mail this week. One I was expecting and one was a total surprise and a book I hadn’t heard of before. But it sounds amazing.

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    I received a copy of WAYFARING STRANGER by James Lee Burke for review from the publisher, Simon & Schuster. I’ll be on the book tour and I can’t wait to read this exciting sounding novel set in 1934.

    I also received an amazing surprise package (shown below) with an ARC of GIRL DEFECTIVE by Simmone Howell thanks to the folks at Atheneum Books for Young Readers. I love the setting for this story and I love, love, love both films the description references. So while I hadn’t heard of it before it landed on my doorstep, I can’t wait to read it before its release this September.

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    [I will be giving away those “Shop Local” stickers in a planned giveaway very soon.]

    As a member of the EXQUISITE CAPTIVE blogger caravan I was totally stoked to receive this lovely and amazing swag pack from Author Heather Demetrios. I cannot wait to read this book, the first in the author’s new series. It’s very unique and the author is a fantastic writer, so I just know I’m going to love it.

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    In addition to the physical books I received this week, I received a couple of eARCs for review.

    Courtesy of the Author

    FORECAST (Sisters of Fate #2) by Rinda Elliott

    I have been fighting the urge to read this book since the moment I received it for review. I LOVED the first book in this series and have been DYING to find out what happens in this sequel, which overlaps with the events in FORETOLD. I can’t wait to meet Coral and Taran and see if things are even more deadly and exciting for them in Florida. And I will definitely be reading it next week, once I finish the review books I have to read this week.

    Courtesy of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers via NetGalley

    THE WALLED CITY by Ryan Graudin

    I was over the moon excited to have been approved for this title. I fell in love with it from the very first sentences of the description: “There are three rules in the Walled City: Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife. Right now, my life depends completely on the first. Run, run, run.”

    It sounds dark and gritty and edge-of-your-seat exciting. And I can’t wait to dive in. It sounds like the perfect read for me right now.

    And while I’d love to be able to read all of the books I received this week, I can only add one of them to the pile.

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

    {July 6, 2014 – July 12, 2014}


    Earthquake

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    First up on the pile is EARTHQUAKE (Earthbound #2) by Aprilynne Pike. I loved the first book in this series, it was so amazing and I was left hanging, desperately waiting to find out what happened with Tavia and a certain boy who I won’t name due to potential spoilers.

    While I don’t yet have a copy to read, I recently learned of its earlier release date, so I will be anxiously awaiting its arrival on my Kindle on Tuesday. I can’t wait to find out what new powers Tavia has. I can’t wait to learn why she’s different from other Earthbounds. I just can’t wait to continue this awesome story by an author I love.

    I will be on the tour in just over a week, so no matter what I will be reading it before my stop. This is an unputdownable story with characters I very much adore and I hope that the ending for this second book in the series won’t kill me.

    The Description…

    ***SPOILER-Y for Book One***

    Tavia Michaels has discovered that she’s an Earthbound—a fallen goddess with the power to remake the Earth—and that a rival faction of Earthbounds, the Reduciata, has created a virus that is literally wiping swaths of the planet out of existence.

    Tavia is captured and imprisoned before she can act on this information, along with her eternal lover, Logan. Huddled in a claustrophobic cell, they lose track of the days, their attempts to escape proving as ephemeral as Tavia’s newly gestating powers. But then Tavia and Logan are mysteriously rescued. . . .

    They’re brought to the underground headquarters of the Curatoria, another group of Earthbounds that Tavia doesn’t fully trust. There, she’s told that she can save the Earth before it disappears. She agrees.

    Tavia quickly realizes that she isn’t like other Earthbound, and as her abilities continue to awaken, they begin to threaten her centuries-long relationship with Logan. When Benson—Tavia’s former best friend and romantic interest—appears at Curatoria headquarters, Tavia will again have to make a choice about who to be with even as she tries to stop the virus that is destroying the world and uncover the truth about the two Earthbound organizations that have her tangled up in their webs.


    Wayfaring Stranger

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    Next up on the pile is WAYFARING STRANGER by James Lee Burke. I received a finished copy for review and I can’t wait to read it before my tour stop next week.

    It’s not a YA title, but as an American History junkie the description grabbed me immediately. I can’t wait to be transported first to 1934, then to the 1940s and beyond and meet Weldon Avery Holland. His story sounds exciting and danger-filled.

    I already took a peek at the first few pages and the writing immediately paints a picture. So I cannot wait to continue on later this week and learn just how things end for Weldon. It sounds like his story will be a sweeping tale, filled with adventure.

    The Description…

    In his most ambitious novel, master storyteller James Lee Burke tells a classic American story through one man’s unforgettable life—connecting a fateful encounter with Bonnie and Clyde to the Battle of the Bulge to the merciless frontier justice of the Wild West.

    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when sixteen-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile.

    Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp. Eventually, Weldon and Rosita fall in love and marry and, with Hershel, return to Texas to seek their fortunes.

    There, they enter the domain of jackals known as the oil business. They meet Roy Wiseheart—a former Marine aviator haunted with guilt for deserting his squadron leader over the South Pacific—and Roy’s wife Clara, a vicious anti-Semite who is determined to make Weldon and Rosita’s life a nightmare. It will be the frontier justice upheld by Weldon’s grandfather, Texas lawman Hackberry Holland, and the legendary antics of Bonnie and Clyde that shape Weldon’s plans for saving his family from the evil forces that lurk in peacetime America and threaten to destroy them all.


    Wishful Thinking Reads

    My wishful thinking read this week is FORECAST by Rinda Elliott. As I mentioned earlier I’ve been fighting the urge to pick it up, but I have must read books on the pile that must be read by a certain date. So I can’t read it now. Though I really, really, really wish I could. The first book was so exciting and interesting and different. I loved the Norse mythology the author incorporated into her story. I cannot wait to read more and hate that for now it’s just a wishful thinking read.


    Those Left Behind

    This week was a complete bust in terms of all things blog-related. I didn’t really get the chance to read anything and I barely had time to post. I’d taken a few days for vacation this week, and found that every waking moment was consumed.

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    With views like that, I can’t be blamed, right?

    But I am so behind on reads and reviews. Though I will try to catch up before starting on this week’s reads. But as the weekend is already nearly over, I’m not sure when I’ll be able to do that. Especially since I want to and need to read this week’s reads before next week’s tours.

    I am, once again, keeping my fingers crossed. But I make no promises. I’ll have a ton of stuff to do for work this week to get caught up, so that’s my priority. If I can just stay away from TV or Netflix I might succeed.


    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    There are some awesome new books on NetGalley available for request, though I just put in a request for one. I have so many books I need to read – and even more that I want to read – that I really shouldn’t have even requested it. But it couldn’t be helped.

    Of course there were a few others that I’d have loved to request.

    Here are this week’s finds…

    LAILAH by Nikki Kelly (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Oct 7 2014)

    WHISPER THE DEAD (The Lovegrove Legacy #2) by Alyxandra Harvey (Bloombury USA Children’s Books, Oct 7 2014)

    JUST CALL MY NAME by Holly Goldberg Sloan (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Aug 5 2014)

    THE HIT (Unknown Assassin #1) by Allen Zadoff (Hachette Children’s Books, May 23 2013) ***A Read Now Title**

    FROZEN (Heart of Dread #1) by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnson (Hachette Children’s Books, Oct 2 2014) ***A Read Now Title***

    CAN’T LOOK AWAY by Donna Cooner (Scholastic, Aug 26 2014)

    FACES OF THE DEAD by Suzanne Weyn (Scholastic, Aug 26 2014)

    A SONG FOR ELLA GREY by David Almond (Hachette Children’s Books, Oct 2 2014)

    IF YOU’RE READING THIS by Trent Reedy (Scholastic, Aug 26 2014)

    BREAKING BUTTERFLIES by M. Anjelais (Scholastic, Aug 26 2014)

    TAKEN by David Massey (Scholastic, Aug 26 2014)

    BLIGHTBORN (The Heartland Trilogy #2) by Chuck Wendig (Amazon, July 29 2014)

    HOLD TIGHT, DON’T LET GO by Laura Rose Wagner (Abrams, Jan 6 2015)

    BOMBAY BLUES by Tanuja Desai Hidier (Scholastic, Aug 26 2014)


    My plans for reading never seem to work out. I don’t quite know why I bother. Last weekend’s two days of docking class, my wrecked back along with a bout of pancreatitis threw everything out of the window.

    This holiday weekend was spent roasting in the HOT California sun, ailments be damned. It just wasn’t spent reading or blogging. Which was kind of nice, actually…

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    …though the number of dead and desiccated fish on the shores of the Salton Sea weren’t quite as nice.

    Anyway, I hope you had an amazing Fourth of July weekend whether you celebrate it or not. I hope you were way more productive than I was and found a few good books to devour. And I hope you received some awesome books in your mailbox, at your local bookstore or online.

    And as ever… Happy reading!

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #174

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

    These are books for the week of April 29th-May 5th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Sweet Reckoning

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    SWEET RECKONING by Wendy Higgins releases in the U.S. today, April 29, 2014 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 400 pages.

    SWEET RECKONING is the third and final book in Author Wendy Higgins’ Sweet Trilogy.

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    I am so excited that today is SWEET RECKONING‘s release date and that everyone will get the chance to read this final installment in the series. I love this series and was so sad to say goodbye to it when I read this book a few months ago. But I am happy that the finished copy arrives today in both print and eBook formats.

    I know exactly how this story ends, so I can’t speculate about what happens in this book. But it has swoon-y romance, with all sorts of Kaidan Rowe yumminess, action and an exciting build to the finish.

    I love that the description uses the term “sensual” to describe this book, though I might have used the word “sexy” instead. Because this book is definitely sexy and a totally delectable read.

    As I have read SWEET RECKONING, I won’t be adding it to the pile in the coming months. But I definitely plan on doing a series re-read, as I’d love to be able to read it in its entirety all at once.

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    It’s time.

    Evil is running rampant and sweet Anna Whitt is its target. Nobody knows when or how the Dukes will strike, but Anna and her Nephilim allies will do anything necessary to rid the earth of the demons and their oppressive ways.

    The stakes are higher than ever, and Anna is determined that the love she feels will be her strength, not a liability. But trying to protect the ones she loves while running for her life and battling demonic forces proves to be perilous—especially as faces are changing and trust is fleeting. When the Duke of Lust sends Anna’s great love, Kaidan Rowe, to work against her, Anna must decide how much she’s prepared to risk.

    In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.

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    Sleep No More

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    SLEEP NO MORE by Aprilynne Pike releases in the U.S. today, April 29, 2014, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 352 pages.

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    I am so excited that SLEEP NO MORE releases today and that the finished copy (hopefully) has downloaded to my Kindle. While I had an early copy, I wasn’t able to read it pre-release, but I can’t wait to read the finished version.

    I am very much in the mood for a thriller, especially one the description promises is like Inception and Wake. And as I love Aprilynne Pike’s writing, imagination and creativity, I can’t wait to meet Charlotte and find out whether she’s willing to risk everything to catch a killer.

    As I currently have a few books on the pile that I must read early this month, I might not get this on the pile until mid-May, but I definitely plan on adding it then.

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    The blockbuster film Inception meets Lisa McMann’s Wake trilogy in this dark paranormal thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike. This novel is also perfect for fans of Kelley Armstrong, Alyson Noel, and Kimberly Derting.

    Charlotte Westing has a gift. She is an Oracle and has the ability to tell the future. But it doesn’t do her much good. Instead of using their miraculous power, modern-day Oracles are told to fight their visions—to refrain from interfering. And Charlotte knows the price of breaking the rules. She sees it every day in her wheelchair-bound mother and the absence of her father. But when a premonition of a classmate’s death is too strong for her to ignore, Charlotte is forced to make an impossible decision: continue following the rules or risk everything—even her sanity—to stop the serial killer who is stalking her town.

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    TEASE by Amanda Maciel releases in the U.S. today, April 29, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 336 pages.

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    TEASE was an unexpected read, but one I absolutely loved and I’m so excited that the finished eBook will be added to my collection today. I got the chance to read it early, and then did because I was invited to be on the tour. And I’m so glad I did, because it’s a story not to be missed.

    It’s not a typical bullying story where “good” and “evil” are clearly defined traits. It’s not a story where you completely love or hate the major players. And it’s not told from the POV of the character being bullied.

    The writing is fantastic, the story is captivating and it really makes you think. I think it’s an important story, one that allows you to see beyond hatred or sympathy, and see that not everything is so cut and dry, but that the choices we make have consequences, whether we are the victim or the bully.

    As I just recently read TEASE I’m not adding it to the pile just now, but it will definitely be a story I’ll re-read again someday.

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    From debut author Amanda Maciel comes a provocative and unforgettable novel, inspired by real-life incidents, about a teenage girl who faces criminal charges for bullying after a classmate commits suicide.

    Emma Putnam is dead, and it’s all Sara Wharton’s fault. At least, that’s what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma’s shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who’s ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media. In the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her own role in an undeniable tragedy. And she’ll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.

    With its powerful narrative, unconventional point of view, and strong anti-bullying theme, this coming-of-age story offers smart, insightful, and nuanced views on high school society, toxic friendships, and family relationships.

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    The Taking

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    THE TAKING by Kimberly Derting releases in the U.S. today, April 29, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 368 pages.

    THE TAKING is the first book in Author Kimberly Derting’s series of the same name. The second and third books in the series are currently untitled.

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    I have had THE TAKING pre-ordered forever and I’m excited for its release today. While I hadn’t had the chance to finish reading it before its release, I will be picking it back up in the next couple of weeks, so I can find out exactly what happened to Kyra. Though I’ll probably switch to the finished version when I do.

    The concept for this story is what drew me in. The idea that someone can go missing for years, with no memory of what happened, totally freaks me out. The fact that everything changed, except for Kyra, and that everyone moved on with their lives, is a situation I don’t think I’d ever be able to wrap my head around if I were her.

    As I’m one-third of the way through, I know a little bit about what Kyra’s life is like now, but I still have no clue what happened, where she was, and where this story leads. So I am super curious to find out and plan on doing so next week or the week thereafter at the latest as I don’t want to accidentally stumble upon any spoilers.

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    A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.

    When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.

    Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

    Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

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    Other Books of Note

    The TreatmentTHE TREATMENT (The Program #2) by Suzanne Young

    Pub. Date: April 29, 2014

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called “chilling and suspenseful.”

    How do you stop an epidemic?

    Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.

    Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.

    Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?

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    In the ShadowsIN THE SHADOWS by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo

    Pub. Date: April 29, 2014

    Publisher: Scholastic Press

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    From the remarkable imagination of acclaimed artist Jim Di Bartolo and the exquisite pen of bestselling author Kiersten White comes a spellbinding story of love, mystery, and dark conspiracy, told in an alternating narrative of words and pictures.

    Cora and Minnie are sisters living in a small, stifling town where strange and mysterious things occur. Their mother runs the local boarding house. Their father is gone. The woman up the hill may or may not be a witch.

    Thomas and Charles are brothers who’ve been exiled to the boarding house so Thomas can tame his ways and Charles can fight an illness that is killing him with increasing speed. Their family history is one of sorrow and guilt. They think they can escape from it . . . but they can’t.

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    ScanSCAN (Scan #1) by Sarah Fine and Walter Jury

    Pub. Date: May 1, 2014

    Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

    Find it: AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Tate and his father don’t exactly get along. As Tate sees it, his father has unreasonably high expectations for Tate to be the best—at everything. Tate finally learns what he’s being prepared for when he steals one of his dad’s odd tech inventions and mercenaries ambush the school, killing his father in the process and sending Tate on the run from aliens who look just like humans.

    All Tate knows–like how to make weapons out of oranges and lighter fluid–may not be enough to save him as he’s plunged into a secret inter-species conflict that’s been going on for centuries. Aided only by his girlfriend and his estranged mother, with powerful enemies closing in on all sides, Tate races to puzzle out the secret behind his father’s invention and why so many are willing to kill for it. A riveting, fast-paced adventure, Scan is a clever alien thriller with muscle and heart.

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    ExileEXILE (Exile #1) by Kevin Emerson

    Pub. Date: April 29, 2014

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—she’s a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. Summer knows that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn’t an ordinary band boy—he’s a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that thing. That thing when someone sings a song and it inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will.

    Summer also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band’s past becomes another’s present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. She knows what the well-mannered Catherine side of her would do, but she also knows what her heart is telling her. Maybe it’s time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself. . . .

    On sale in April 2014, Kevin Emerson’s EXILE is a witty and passionate ode to love, rock and roll, and the freedom that comes in the moment when somebody believes in you, even if you’re not quite ready to believe in yourself.

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    Love and Other Foreign WordsLOVE AND OTHER FOREIGN WORDS by Erin McCahan

    Pub. Date: May 1, 2014

    Publisher: Dial

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    Perfect for fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell, Love and Other Foreign Wordsis equal parts comedy and coming of age–a whip-smart, big-hearted, laugh-out-loud love story about sisters, friends, and what it means to love at all.

    Can anyone be truly herself–or truly in love–in a language that’s not her own?

    Sixteen-year-old Josie lives her life in translation. She speaks High School, College, Friends, Boyfriends, Break-ups, and even the language of Beautiful Girls. But none of these is her native tongue–the only people who speak that are her best friend Stu and her sister Kate. So when Kate gets engaged to an epically insufferable guy, how can Josie see it as anything but the mistake of a lifetime? Kate is determined to bend Josie to her will for the wedding; Josie is determined to break Kate and her fiancé up. As battles are waged over secrets and semantics, Josie is forced to examine her feelings for the boyfriend who says he loves her, the sister she loves but doesn’t always like, and the best friend who hasn’t said a word–at least not in a language Josie understands.

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    The End or Something Like ThatTHE END OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT  by Ann Dee Ellis

    Pub. Date: May 1, 2014

    Publisher: Dial

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    For fans of Sara Zarr and Stephen Chbosky, an achingly raw and surprisingly funny novel about coping with loss

    Emmy’s best friend Kim had promised to visit from the afterlife after she died. But so far Kim hasn’t shown up even once. Emmy blames herself for not believing hard enough. Finally, as the one-year anniversary of Kim’s death approaches, Emmy is visited by a ghost—but it’s not Kim. It’s Emmy’s awful dead science teacher.

    Emmy can’t help but think that she’s failed at being a true friend. But as more ghosts appear, she starts to realize that she’s not alone in her pain. Kim would have wanted her to move forward—and to do that, Emmy needs to start letting go.

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    Catch a Falling StarCATCH A FALLING STAR by Kim Culbertson

    Pub. Date: April 29, 2014

    Publisher: Scholastic Press

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    A deliciously charming novel about finding true love . . . and yourself.

    Nothing ever happens in Little, CA. Which is just the way Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child star turned PR mess Adam Jakes, everything changes. Carter’s town becomes a giant glittery set and, much to her annoyance, everyone is starry-eyed for Adam. Carter seems to be the only girl not falling all over herself to get a glimpse of him. Which apparently makes her perfect for the secret offer of a lifetime: playing the role of Adam’s girlfriend while he’s in town, to improve his public image, in exchange for a hefty paycheck. Her family really needs the money and so Carters agrees. But it turns out Adam isn’t at all who she thought he was. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what’s real and what’s fake, and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds – her future. Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the guy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?

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    The Break-Up ArtistTHE BREAK-UP ARTIST by Philip Siegel

    Pub. Date: April 29, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    Some sixteen-year-olds babysit for extra cash. Some work at the Gap. Becca Williamson breaks up couples.

    After watching her sister get left at the altar, Becca knows the true damage that comes when people utter the dreaded L-word. For just $100 via paypal, she can trick and manipulate any couple into smithereens. With relationship zombies overrunning her school, and treating single girls like second class citizens, business is unfortunately booming. Even her best friend Val has resorted to outright lies to snag a boyfriend.

    One night, she receives a mysterious offer to break up the homecoming king and queen, the one zombie couple to rule them all: Steve and Huxley. They are a JFK and Jackie O in training, masters of sweeping faux-mantic gestures, but if Becca can split them up, then school will be safe again for singletons. To succeed, she’ll have to plan her most elaborate scheme to date and wiggle her way back into her former BFF Huxley’s life – not to mention start a few rumors, sabotage some cell phones, break into a car, and fend off the inappropriate feelings she’s having about Val’s new boyfriend. All while avoiding a past victim out to expose her true identity.

    No one said being the Break-Up Artist was easy.

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    The DrowningTHE DROWNING by Rachel Ward

    Pub. Date: April 29, 2014 (first published May 2, 2013)

    Publisher: Chicken House

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    Water, water, everywhere: His brother has drowned, but Carl can’t remember a thing. Until it all comes flooding back…with a vengeance. By the author of the internationally bestselling NUMBERS series

    With a jolt, Carl opens his eyes. He’s on the bank of a lake, soaked to the bone. Rob, his brother, is being zipped up in a body bag. And a girl, drenched and trembling, is talking to the police. Who is she? What happened in the water? And why can’t he remember any of it?

    “Bring her to me . . .”

    At first Carl thinks it’s his grief speaking. Remembering Rob. The sound of his voice, things he used to say.

    “Bring her to me . . .”

    But then Carl starts to see him. Rob’s face in the water before it washes down the drain. His ghost rising up from the puddles. His hands clawing out of the moldy, rain-rotted walls. Like a dripping tap, he won’t stop.

    “Bring her to me!”

    Rob may be dead. But he’s not gone. Because he wants to finish what he started, and he won’t go under alone.

    By the author of the internationally bestselling NUMBERS series, THE DROWNING is a dark psychodrama about love and brothers, crimes and consequences, redemption and revenge.

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    Shattered CoverSHATTERED (Slated #3) by Teri Terry

    Pub. Date: May 1, 2014

    Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The riveting finale of the Slated trilogy— a thought-provoking psychological thriller set in a disturbingly plausible future where the government and its enemies compete to control the minds of the young.

    Kyla is in danger from both the government Lorders who erased her memory and the terrorists who tried to use her. So now she’s on the run. Sporting a new identity and desperate to fill in the blank spaces of her life pre-Slating, Kyla heads to a remote mountain town to try to reunite with the birth mother she was kidnapped from as a child. There she is hoping all the pieces of her life will come together and she can finally take charge of her own future. But even in the idyllic wilderness and the heart of her original family, Kyla realizes there is no escape from the oppressive Lorders. Someone close to her may be one of them, and even more frighteningly, her birth mother has been keeping secrets of her own.

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    Camp PaybackCAMP PAYBACK (Camp Boyfriend #2) by J.K. Rock

    Pub. Date: April 29, 2014

    Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Alex has big plans for camp this year, starting with making it the best summer ever. Having fun and breaking some rules will get her the payback she wants against her parents and her ex-boyfriend. Because of his disgusting texts, she’s headed to a super strict all-girls school in the fall. Then she meets Javier and revenge doesn’t seem nearly as important as getting to know the troubled loner determined to keep a low profile at camp. But Alex’s trouble-magnet personality and Javier’s need to stay in the background don’t mix nearly as well as their irresistible chemistry. With her home life eroding under her feet and her last year of summer camp speeding to a close, Alex wants to make her mark on the world and squeeze every bit of fun out of her time with Javier. Too bad her old plans for revenge turn back on her just in time to ruin everything. Will she lose Javier too?

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    StarfallSTARFALL (The Darkborn Legacy #3) by Michael Griffo

    Pub. Date: April 29, 2014

    Publisher: K-Teen

    Find it: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    In the newest book in Michael Griffo’s mesmerizing Darkborn Legacy series, a small Nebraska town becomes a battleground in a fight between light and dark–and one girl must look to the stars to reclaim her life. . .

    Dominy Robineau will never be just a girl again. At sixteen, a curse awakened the animal inside, and now every full moon transforms her into a creature of terrifying power. But she is not alone.

    Dom’s enemy, Nadine–a descendant of Orion, the Hunter–won’t hesitate to kill to increase her strength. There’s a new arrival in town too, and shifting alliances that will bring even more secrecy, mystery, and death to Weeping Water. Dom’s relationship with her boyfriend Caleb, her connection to her best friend Jess, and everything she believes about her family and her past is about to be put to the test. The only way to keep herself and those she loves alive is to strike a bargain that may destroy the last shreds of her humanity. . .

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    Bodyguard RansomRANSOM (Bodyguard #2) by Chris Bradford

    Pub. Date: May 1, 2014

    Publisher: Puffin

    Find it: AMAZON

    Description:

    With a successful high-profile assignment under his belt, Connor’s services are now in great demand. Maddox Sterling, the world famous Australian media mogul, hires him and fellow bodyguard Ling to protect his two children, Ella and Lilly.

    His daughter Ella has already been a kidnap victim and Mr Sterling will spare no expense in securing their safety. Colonel Black promises a watertight operation, but Connor knows twins mean twice the trouble!

    Joining the family onboard their 300ft mega-yacht in Sydney, the assignment goes smoothly until they sail across the Indian Ocean and into dangerous waters. Somali pirates board their boat, kill all the bodyguards and seize the family.

    Demanding a $100 million ransom, the pirates ignite a media furore. The Australian government sends a detachment of SAS to rescue Sterling and his children. But someone has sabotaged the yacht’s navigation system and no one can find them.

    With the ransom deadline drawing ever closer, the pirates announce they will start killing the crew and family one by one. But the pirates didn’t count on Connor Reeves being aboard…

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    Other Releases

    SUMMER LOVE by Jill Santopolo (releases May 1, 2014)

    JUST MYRTO by Laurie Gray (releases May 1, 2014)

    A TIME TO DANCE by Padma Venkatraman (releases May 1, 2014)

    THE FREEDOM SUMMER MURDERS by Don Mitchell (releases April 29, 2014)

    KILLING RUBY ROSE (The Ruby Rose Series #1) by Jessie Humphries (releases May 1, 2014)

    OF BREAKABLE THINGS by A. Lynden Rolland (releases April 29, 2014)

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    It’s a fantastic week for releases this week, yet I clearly fell behind on pre-orders, otherwise I would have already purchased THE TREATMENT and IN THE SHADOWS, something I plan on doing the moment I finish writing up this post.

    I am so excited for the release of SWEET RECKONING, which was a bittersweet read for me as I didn’t want to have to say goodbye to Anna and Kai. But I can’t wait to see what the author has in the pipeline.

    I am also tempted to purchase SCAN, which is not my normal genre to read, but having read just a bit of the ARC, I think it’s a book I want to add to my collection.

    I’m not sure if I missed any books this week or last. I haven’t had a moment to check last week’s downloads or this week’s. But hopefully I haven’t and that all the books I’ve listed above are it. Otherwise I may end up having a few more books I need to add to the collection. We shall see….

    Anyway… if you haven’t yet read SWEET RECKONING, I hope saying goodbye isn’t too difficult. And if there are a few other books you’ve been pining for that are releasing this week, I’m glad the wait has finally ended.

    Happy release week to some lovely books and I hope you have a very happy reading week.

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    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!

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    Earthbound Blog Tour: Tavia Michaels Character Interview + Giveaway

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    I have been a fan of author Aprilynne Pike since the moment I first discovered her Wings series. There was something just so magical about the world and the characters that I instantly fell in love. So when I learned that she had a new series in the works I couldn’t have been happier.

    And when I received an ARC from the publisher shortly before EARTHBOUND‘s release I couldn’t wait to read it. And it was every bit as exciting as I hoped it would be. It was very different from Wings but that is part of what I love about it.

    EARTHBOUND introduces new characters and a new world. While it may not be filled with faerie magic, it is actually quite magical. The author’s characters – Tavia, Benson and Quinn – are ones I loved getting to know and want to know more about as the series progresses.

    Which is why I was totally stoked when I was invited to be a part of the EARTHBOUND Blog Tour and got the opportunity to ask Tavia some of those not-spoiler-y questions I wanted answers to.

    But just in case you haven’t yet read the description for this book, I thought I’d include it before the interview – which is awesome by the way. But then again I wouldn’t have expected anything less from Tavia Michaels.

    Following that is some information about author Aprilynne Pike along with places to find her online… because you know you want to.

    This tour also comes with a few awesome giveaway prizes, so be sure to check that out, below.

    The EARTHBOUND Blog Tour runs through August 18th and I’ve included the schedule at the bottom of this post with direct links to the previous stops on tour. So be sure to check those out to read an interview with the author, see a dream cast and to see what a few reviewers are saying.

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    About the Book

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    About EARTHBOUND

    Release Date: July 30, 2013
    Publisher: Razorbill
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told.

    Tavia immediately searches for answers, desperate to determine why she feels so drawn to a boy she hardly knows. But when Tavia discovers that the aunt and uncle who took her in after her parents’ death may have actually been responsible for the plane crash that killed them–and that she may have been the true intended victim–she flees for the safety of Camden, Maine, where the boy she sees in her visions instructs her to go.

    Now, Tavia is on the run with no one to trust. No one, that is, except for her best friend and longtime crush, Benson.

    Tavia feels torn between the boy who mysteriously comes to her at night and the boy who has been by her side every step of the way. But what Tavia doesn’t know is that the world is literally falling apart and that to save it she will have to unite with the boy in her visions. Only problem? To do so would mean rejecting Benson’s love. And that’s the one thing Tavia Michaels swore she’d never do.

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    The Interview

    Hi Tavia, thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me and to answer a few questions for my blog’s readers. I know you must be super busy… what with that plan you have in place to… okay I probably shouldn’t ask you about that. But here are a few… or more… questions that I hope aren’t too revealing that you can answer.

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    Q. For those who haven’t yet had the chance to meet you or to find out what happened to you after the crash, could you, in a few words, tell us just a little bit about yourself?

    A. I’m an artist. Or, I was. But in my head I still am, and will be again. I’m not super social—I prefer to get lost in a blank canvas. But I love to read and I particularly like history and historical fiction. I love trail mix and chocolate and I walk a lot. A lot. Doctor’s orders.

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    Q. The plane crash turned your world upside down. But just when you thought things might be returning to some semblance of normal things start to unravel. Quickly. Would you have preferred to remain in the dark or are you happy to know the truth, even with everything it cost you?

    A. The only thing worse than knowing the truth is not knowing the truth. Sometimes I think I would rather go back to my life before the plane crash, when my mom and dad were alive and I could still draw. But now that I know everything I know, and have met everyone I have met, how can I say I’d give all of that up. I guess now that everything has happened, I value the truth.

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    Q.  Since the accident there is only one person you really share your secrets with, and that’s Benson. What is it about him that made you want to tell him everything? And what is it about him that made you crush on him?

    A. I don’t even know how to answer that. I’m not sure I can put my finger on what makes him so easy to talk to. He’s a lot like me . . . but not entirely. I think he’s hot, but I recognize he’s not your typical hot-guy. He’s just so comfortable. And his smile; it melts me every time.

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    Q. You liked Benson for months, but the moment you meet Quinn you are drawn to him. What is it about Quinn, aside from the fact that he is a hottie, that made you instantly like him? Just your initial feelings, first impressions, that sort of thing. You don’t have to talk about… well… you know….

    A. Those eyes. I think more than anything else, it’s the eyes. He is striking. I can’t deny that. But when I look into his eyes I know that he knows me. Really knows me. That he would do anything for me. I don’t know how I could say no to that. But then . . .

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    Q. When you found out that your life was filled with secrets, lies and betrayal, it had to be devastating. Do you have any regrets for being as trusting as you were? If you could go back and change one thing, what would it be and why?

    A. I think that you have to trust. Maybe you set yourself up for disappointment, but even the pain of being betrayed can’t compare to the way I would feel if I just simply couldn’t trust anyone. What a lonely life that would be! So even though right at the moment I’m feeling like I can’t trust anyone . . . the truth is, I will again.

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    Q. Wow, in trying to be somewhat cryptic with my questions, I’ve made it seem like your life is all doom and gloom, which is not entirely accurate. So as not to leave readers with that somewhat false impression, would you share with us a moment in your life that you consider to be one of the “best ever” moments?

    A. I was really close with my mom and every time I would win an award for my art she would celebrate with me. But my very favorite painting I ever did was of her. And when I won first prize in a county art contest my mom took that painting and got is specially framed and hung it up in our front room, ribbon attached. And even though sometimes I would blush when a new person came to our house and she would gush about it, I always loved that my best painting was of her, and that she was so proud of it.

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    Quickie Questions

    And if you have a moment or two, I have just a few “Quickie” questions….

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    Past or present?

    Present. If I held on to the past I would slowly shrivel away and die.

    Blonde or brunette?

    I like my dark brown hair. I don’t really have a preference for guys.

    Normal or Earthbound?

    I’ve never met another Earthbound! I really can’t say!

    Curatoria or Reduciata?

    Where’s my choice C!??!?!

    Benson or Quinn?

    If you could tell me the answer to that question it would really help me out!

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    Thank you so much for taking the time to answer all of my questions, Tavia. You were a great interviewee and are always welcome back to the blog. Especially if you want to talk about Quinn, Benton, secrets, heartbreak, betrayal. You know, the “fun” stuff. Or if you’d like to share just what your plans are for the near future, I’d be more than happy to turn my blog over to you.

    And I’d be more than happy to tell you the answer to that last “Quickie” question. Of course I have a feeling it wouldn’t be as easy as all that.

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    About the Author

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    About Aprilynne Pike

    Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula.

    Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Utah, and dreams of warmer climates.

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    The Giveaway

    There are some AWESOME prizes being offered for giveaway on this tour.

    It is US only and you must be 13 or older to enter.

    To ONE Winners: A SIGNED copy of EARTHBOUND + a SIGNED copy of LIFE AFTER THEFT + a set of swag + Chapstick.

    To TWO Winners: A SIGNED copy of EARTHBOUND + Chapstick

    To THREE Winners: Chapstick + a set of swag

    Entry requirements are set by Book Nerd Tours. Follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter to enter.

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    The Tour

    Week One

    Aug. 9th – The Story Siren – Interview with Aprilynne Pike
    Aug. 9th – Tam’s Two Cents – Review

    Aug. 10th – Ex Libris – Review

    Aug. 11th – YA-Aholic – Review
    Aug. 11th – Paranormal Book Club – Spotlight + Guest Post

    Week Two

    Aug. 12th – Gone with the Words – Dream Cast
    Aug. 12th – Me, My Shelf and I – Spotlight

    Aug. 13th – Chapter by Chapter – Review

    Aug. 14th – Fiktshun – Character Interview with Tavia
    Aug. 14th – Jean BookNerd – Review

    Aug. 15th – Wholly Books – Review
    Aug. 15th – I Am A Reader, Not A Writer – Ten’s List

    Aug. 16th – A Dream Within A Dream – Review

    Aug. 17th – Fictitious Delicious – Review

    Aug. 18th – Mundie Moms – Spotlight/Excerpt

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #135

    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 July 30th-August 5th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Indelible

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    INDELIBLE by Dawn Metcalf will be released in the U.S. on July 30, 2013 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 384 pages.

    INDELIBLE is the first book in author Dawn Metcalf’s The Twixt series. No information is yet available about the sequel.

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    I am so excited that INDELIBLE is releasing this week and that everyone will get a chance to meet Joy and Ink and the rest of more than interesting characters, like Graus Claude, that author Dawn Metcalf introduced in this first book in the series.

    I thought this story was magical and quite a bit different from what I imagined, which was a lovely surprise. So I’m totally stoked it will be downloading to my Kindle on Tuesday and I can include it as part of my permanent collection.

    As I’m hoping to have my review posted some time this week, I won’t go on and on for too long here. But I will just say that this was such a fun and quick read and I hope to learn more about what the sequel entails as I definitely plan on continuing this series.

    I am also hopeful that things between Joy and Ink… well… I probably shouldn’t say… but as things left off in a way that left me anxious for more, I wish I had those answers sooner rather than later.

    As I have read INDELIBLE, I won’t be reading it again this week. But I will definitely be re-reading this story before the sequel comes out.

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    Earthbound

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    EARTHBOUND by Aprilynne Pike will be released in the U.S. on July 30, 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 Razorbill, the print edition is 352 pages.

    EARTHBOUND is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Aprilynne Pike. No information is yet available about the sequel.

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    I absolutely loved EARTHBOUND and cannot wait until it resides on my Kindle tomorrow. Because that means that it’s one more day closer to the release of the as yet unnamed sequel. While the ending is not a cliffhanger, it very much leaves off in a place that has me desperate to find out what happens next. And I cannot wait for whatever that may be.

    As I have read this book, I can’t pretend to guess at what happened with Tavia, or feign ignorance about what the visions mean. I can’t unknow what happens between her and this mystery boy or what happens with Benson.

    This was such an exciting read, and the start of a series I know will be every bit as amazing, if not more so, than the author’s Wings series. It was a book I’ve been pining for since I first heard of its existence and is a book I definitely plan on re-reading. So I cannot wait to add it to my collection when it downloads to my Kindle.

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    Soul Screamers Volume Three

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    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME THREE by Rachel Vincent will be released in the U.S. on July 30, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 768 pages.

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME THREE contains the novels IF I DIE and BEFORE I WAKE and the novella NEVER TO SLEEP.

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    I’ve already read and devoured the Soul Screamers books. But I am so unbelievably excited that SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME THREE is releasing tomorrow and that my print copy will be delivered on release day.

    I can’t wait to see what it looks like on my book tower next to the two previously released volumes I own. Both those books are absolutely gorgeous and this one looks to be no less stunning. So I’m super stoked that it will finally be added to my collection. I miss this series.

    As I have read and reviewed, or rambled about, all the stories in this book, and I spotlighted VOLUME THREE for my Book Watch post the other week, I won’t go on and on about just how amazing this particular volume is. But with IF I DIE, one of my most favorite books not only in the series but for all time, and BEFORE I WAKE, a book that brought me to almost as many tears, included in this volume, this is most definitely my favorite volume yet.

    And while I won’t be diving into SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME THREE this week, I am planning to re-read the series in its entirety over the course of a long weekend at some point this summer. Though I will likely read the Kindle eBook download of this volume that I also have pre-ordered this week.

    Other Books of Note

    Seven Minutes in Heaven

    SEVEN MINUTES IN HEAVEN (The Lying Game #6) by Sara Shepard

    Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

    Publisher: Harper Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    All Our Pretty Songs

    ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS by Sarah McCarry

    Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Under the Empyrean Sky

    UNDER THE EMPYREAN SKY (The Heartland Trilogy #1) by Chuck Wendig

    Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

    Publisher: Skyscape

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Sound

    THE SOUND by Sarah Alderson

    Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

    (AMAZON PB, AMAZON eBOOKBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Bubble World

    BUBBLE WORLD by Carol Snow

    Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

    Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. (BYR)

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Love Disguised

    LOVE DISGUISED by Lisa Klein

    Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Phenomenals

    A GAME OF GHOULS (The Phenomenals #2) by F.E. Higgins

    Pub. Date: August 1, 2013

    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

    (AMAZON)

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    The Boy on the Bridge

    THE BOY ON THE BRIDGE by Natalie Standiford

    Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

    Publisher: Scholastic Press

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    A Kiss, A Dare and a Boat Called Promise

    A KISS, A DARE AND A BOAT CALLED PROMISE by Fiona Foden

    Pub. Date: August 1, 2013

    Publisher: Scholastic

    (AMAZON)

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    Have a Little Faith

    HAVE A LITTLE FAITH by Candy Harper

    Pub. Date: August 1, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    If I Ever Get Out of Here

    IF I EVER GET OUT OF HERE by Eric Gansworth

    Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

    Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Prep School Confidential

    PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL (Prep School Confidential #1) by Kara Taylor

    Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Midnight Frost

    MIDNIGHT FROST (Mythos Academy #5) by Jennifer Estep

    Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

    Publisher: K-Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Wicked Wood

    THE WICKED WOOD (Tales from the Tower) by Isobelle Carmody

    Pub. Date: August 1, 2013

    Publisher: Allen & Unwin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    I don’t have many books pre-ordered this week. At least none that I’m aware of, aside from the three mentioned above. But I am totally ecstatic for each of the books I have on order as they are all amazing.

    And while I don’t have any plans – yet – to purchase any of the books of note I’ve listed in this post, there are some titles that have caught my eye that I just might end up adding to my collection when I get the chance to take a longer look at them.

    But for now I’m stoked that I technically don’t have any new books to add to the TBR pile. Even though I plan on re-reading each of the books I’ve pre-ordered, they’re technically not TBR books. Which makes me less stressed about my reading pile.

    I hope that you found some gems amongst the new releases this week. And I hope that your reading pile won’t be too overburdened with all the new adds. If you have a bookish “must buy” recommendation, I’d love to know.

    Until next week, happy book collecting!

    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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