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    Title: DANGEROUS LIES
    Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
    Release date: November 10, 2015
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime—but love and danger find her anyway in this novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

    Stella Gordon is not her real name. Thunder Basin, Nebraska, is not her real home. This is not her real life.

    After witnessing a lethal crime, Stella Gordon is sent to the middle of nowhere for her own safety before she testifies against the man she saw kill her mother’s drug dealer.

    But Stella was about to start her senior year with the boyfriend she loves. How can she be pulled away from the only life she knows and expected to start a new one in Nebraska? Stella chafes at her protection and is rude to everyone she meets. She’s not planning on staying long, so why be friendly? Then she meets Chet Falconer and it becomes harder to keep her guard up, even as her guilt about having to lie to him grows.

    As Stella starts to feel safer, the real threat to her life increases—because her enemies are actually closer than she thinks…

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    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Review

    Becca Fitzpatrick has delivered yet another chilling and suspenseful thriller with DANGEROUS LIES. Her story will keep you on pins and needles as you follow Stella Gordon, formerly Estella Goodwinn, into witness protection as she awaits the chance to testify against her mother’s boyfriend, the head of a powerful drug cartel. Secrets, lies, and unexpected twists will keep the pages turning and the nail-biting build-up to the shocking conclusion will ensure you remain riveted until the very end.

    Estella Goodwinn’s testimony is the only thing that will keep Danny Balando behind bars. But as the leader of one of the biggest drug cartels on the East Coast, he’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that he won’t be locked up for the rest of his life. Estella’s only hope of staying alive is to erase her identity, leave everyone she knows behind, disappear into witness protection, and become Stella Gordon.

    Walking away from her name, her home, her friends, her boyfriend, and her entire way of life is bad enough. But having to live in a go-nowhere town in Nebraska called Thunder Basin, under the guardianship of a woman who insists on imposing rules and curfews, and having to lie to everyone she meets, is not something Estella is sure she’ll be able to handle. Even if it’s only for the summer.

    And with one boy hell-bent on digging into her past and making her life miserable, and another whose charm, good looks, and friendship are making her miserable for very different reasons altogether, she’s not sure how long she’ll be able to keep her secrets or stick to her lies. With everything that’s happened, she is certain that no matter how much she tries to remain hidden, trouble is going to find her.

    DANGEROUS LIES is the author’s second foray into this genre and she has proven once again that she knows how to keep readers on edge, make them anxious for what might happen, surprise them, keep them guessing, and make them so invested in the outcome that they won’t be able to put the story down. With a heroine whose life and safety are constantly at risk, whose secrets are forever on the verge of being revealed, whose actions put her in danger, whose lies put her in even graver danger, and whose feelings put her heart on the line, Becca Fitzpatrick has created a gripping, nerve-wracking, exciting, and unpredictable story.

    Murder, mystery, romance, deception, betrayal, distrust, DANGEROUS LIES has it all. It is captivating. It is electrifying. The characters evoke strong emotion. The reveals elicit even stronger reactions and feelings. It is a positively delicious, spine-tingling read that can easily be read in one sitting.

    The Rating

    05


    About Becca Fitzpatrick

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    Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush saga, including Hush, Hush; Crescendo; Silence; and Finale all debuted as New York Times best-sellers. She graduated with a degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she’s most likely running, prowling sales racks for shoes, or traveling. She lives in Colorado with her family.

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    RYAR Review: BLACK ICE by Becca Fitzpatrick

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    ABOUT THE BOOK


    BLACK ICE by Becca Fitzpatrick
    Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers on October 7, 2014
    Genres: Thriller, Young Adult
    Provided by: Publisher
    Rating: 5 stars

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    Sometimes danger is hard to see… until it’s too late.

    Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

    In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there… and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

    But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

    BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…


    REVIEW


    I did not expect a chilling, suspenseful thriller when I picked up Becca Fitzpatrick’s BLACK ICE. But that’s what I got. The very first chapter gave me the heebie jeebies. It was creepy and disturbing and awesome. It made me want to keep reading. And I did. I could not set this one down until I turned the last page.

    This is quite the departure from the author’s Hush, Hush series. It’s much darker and more disturbing. Readers expecting more of what she delivered in that series will be quite surprised. While there is a touch of romance in this book, it’s much more about the tension and suspense, the fear of capture, the fear of death, the fear of not knowing who can be trusted.

    Even if readers are able to correctly guess who is evil and who is not, this story will still be a nail-biter. Because it’s not just the kidnappers and killers that are the enemies, the environment and climate are. Set during a snowstorm, on a freezing mountain, the story’s backdrop adds to the drama, making for an incredibly exciting read.

    The author did a fantastic job with the mystery aspect to the story. She created doubt. She kept me guessing. She made me question certain characters’ motives. And while I may have felt certain I was correct, I couldn’t be sure until much later in the story.

    She also did a great job with the romance, which had to be a challenge. It had to make sense, it had to be believable. And for me it was.

    The tone of the story was set right from the start and it held for the entire read. The intro was shocking, a touch horrifying and the perfect way to begin this wildly entertaining novel.

    Fast-paced and riveting, BLACK ICE is a must for fans of the genre and for readers who love an electrifying and spine-tingling story.

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    My Favorite Quote from… Black Ice

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    I was not sure what to expect when I read BLACK ICE by Becca Fitzpatrick. This standalone promised to be quite the departure from her Hush, Hush series. And it was. And it was fan-freaking-tastic.

    It was suspenseful and chilling and kept me guessing about certain things that I will not reveal. And it was action-packed and exciting, and there were even moments that were romantic and sexy as heck.

    I would have loved to tease a passage that captured some of those more chilling moments – as they were my most favorite. But every time I grabbed one to post, I realized it would have spoiled that portion of the story. And so I chose this one…

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    My Favorite Quote

    “It started out like this,” I said in that same hushed voice. With me. Under you.

    He wiped a strand of hair off my cheek. He held his hand there a moment, debating. An unfathomable look flickered in his brown eyes, and I had no idea what he was thinking, or what his next move would be.  – Britt Pfieffer

    The author did a fantastic job of creating nail-biting suspense in her novel. And I would have loved to share just one of those jaw-dropping, horror-inducing moments. But they are best left discovered in the story.

    Instead I chose just a portion of a very sexy exchange between Britt and another character, who I shall not name, as it, too, is one of my most favorite aspects to BLACK ICE. Becca Fitzpatrick knows just how to create those perfect, swoony-worthy scenes and she brought that skill to her latest novel.

    If I were to share a longer excerpt from this particular part of the book, you’d probably need a fan. Because it gets pretty hot.

    But it was that first line, the quote from Britt with the two short sentences unsaid, that grabbed me immediately. It made my breath catch. It laser-focused my attention. Because I knew that what followed would sizzle.

    And it definitely did.

    So while the shocking lines that set this book apart from the author’s other series were among my most favorite, it was this moment, this quote and short passage, that brought a new dimension to this story. A story I absolutely loved.

    But what about you?

    Are you excited to read Becca Fitzpatrick’s BLACK ICE? Do you love stories that will thrill and chill, that also add a touch of romance?

    Have you read it already and found it to be as awesome as you’d hoped it would be? And if you have, what were some of your most favorite aspects to the story?

    Was it the nail-biting suspense? Was it the danger? Was it the excitement of trying to guess who was guilty? Was it not knowing who to trust?

    And was there a quote or passage that you loved that was different from the one I chose, or was it this particular sizzling scene that you bookmarked as a favorite?


    About the Book

    Black IceTitle: BLACK ICE
    Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
    Release date: October 7, 2014
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    Sometimes danger is hard to see… until it’s too late.

    Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn’t prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

    In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there… and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

    But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

    BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…

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    Review: Finale

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    FINALE by Becca Fitzpatrick was released in the U.S. on October 23, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 464 pages.

    FINALE is the fourth and final book in author Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series.

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    Will love conquer all?

    Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank’s absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which ultimately means destroying the fallen angels – destroying Patch.

    Nora will never let that happen, so she and Patch make a plan: lead everyone to believe they have broken up, and work the system from the inside. Nora will convince the Nephilim that they are making a mistake in fighting the fallen angels, and Patch will find out everything he can from the opposing side. They will end this war before it can even begin.

    But the best-laid plans often go awry. Nora is put through the paces in her new role and finds herself drawn to an addictive power she never anticipated.

    As the battle lines are drawn, Nora and Patch must confront the differences that have always been between them and either choose to ignore them or let them destroy the love they have always fought for.

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    FINALE is an exciting conclusion to the Hush, Hush series. With secrets, lies, betrayal, addiction, heartbreaking loss and a battle looming on the horizon, this story will keep fans of the series engaged, in suspense and anxious to see how Nora and Patch’s tumultuous love story ends.

    When Nora faced down her enemy she thought she was finally safe and that there was nothing left that could keep her and Patch apart. She thought they could finally have a happily ever after. But defeating her enemy wasn’t the finale Nora hoped it would be.

    Now forced to choose sides, forced to make a decision that could cost her either her own life or the life of the boy she loves, Nora is desperate to find another solution. Even if it means having to put her trust in someone who was once an enemy. Even if it means having to lie and deceive those who have put their trust in her. And even if it means having to make a deal that could destroy much more than just herself and her fallen angel.

    Because with time running out, if she doesn’t make her choice, one will be made for her. And if that happens everything and everyone will be lost.

    Author Becca Fitzpatrick has written a series conclusion that completes the story arc for the main characters, giving readers an ending that while bittersweet, will satisfy. In FINALE she creates yet another obstacle for Nora to overcome, one that puts her character in a life and death situation, one that makes Nora to lie to those she loves, and one that makes this read a real page-turner.

    FINALE is fast-paced, with exciting new developments and enough action to make this a thrilling installment in the series. But in its rush to the finish line, there were a few inconsistencies that may pull readers away from the story and a few loose threads about the minor characters that may leave them with questions.

    And while the story comes to a conclusion that ties up the major plot points, there are certain conveniences that make the ending feel more fairytale than paranormal/urban fantasy.

    However, for a series with its ups and downs, especially as regards the main character Nora, this final book does manage to end on a high note. While not without its flaws, FINALE is a captivating read from start to finish. It gives fans scenes to swoon over, scenes that will bring tears to their eyes and an ending that will make the journey worth every heartbreaking, maddening, tension-filled, moment.

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    On a personal note…

    I read FINALE immediately after having read SILENCE because I just couldn’t walk away from the series after that awesome book. I couldn’t not continue the characters’ stories until the very end.

    I couldn’t not find out what happened with Patch and Nora – whether they got their happily ever after or whether they were destined for an unhappily ever after.

    And while I did read FINALE in one sitting, devouring it from cover to cover without wanting to set it aside, I didn’t fall in love with it in quite the same way as I did SILENCE. I loved it. Just not quite as much as its predecessor. I suppose that is the problem with reading series books back-to-back, where one is all sorts of amazing and another one is awesome but has a few flaws.

    What I loved most about this final book – and every book in the series – was the author’s character Patch. Though so as not to spoil anything from FINALE I won’t go into all the reasons why he was my favorite part of this book. I will just say that the swoon-worthy lines he delivered throughout were a major part of that reason.

    But in addition to being awesome in this final installment, he just so happened to be my favorite character in the series and the reason I kept coming back book after book. I loved how over the course of the series, especially the final two books, he managed to turn from bad boy to good boy. And in FINALE he was near-perfect. Though I thought he was pretty perfect as the bad boy, bringing electricity and tension to the story with nearly every scene he was in.

    Nora reverted to some of her maddening behavior in this last book in the series, but not so much as to make me wish all the bad things for her like I did in CRESCENDO. I still wanted her to end up with Patch and for her story to end happily. Even though I did want to scream at her for being so very, very flawed. And frustrating. And for not being as strong as she was in the previous installment.

    But it wasn’t Nora that took away some of my enjoyment for FINALE, but rather some of the inconsistencies, dropped threads and a certain “too convenient“ development and ending for one of the characters.

    While I don’t want to give away too much, the severity of one character’s addiction seemed to fluctuate. It was supposed to be an all-consuming problem, but yet at various points it was as if it wasn’t an issue. As if the character wasn’t bothered by their addiction in the least.

    And while there were a few other minor things that pulled me away from the story, like Nora’s mother’s lack of reaction to what happened in SILENCE and her sort of disappearance from this story after she’d grounded Nora – never really following through on her punishment – it was the “surprise revelation” about one of the characters that felt just a bit too perfect, too much of an afterthought. And one that seemed completely unnecessary to the story.

    Like with each of the books in this series, however, I was instantly able to connect to the story. I was interested in the characters’ plights. I was on edge when things got to be dire. I was anxious about Nora and Patch’s future. I was heartbroken when… no, I won’t be revealing that. And I was glad that there weren’t any major questions left at the story’s conclusion.

    And even though this book released last fall, I don’t want to be spoiler-y about how it all ends. So I won’t talk about what I think of the ending. I won’t say whether I cried happy tears or sad ones. I won’t say a word about who lives and who dies. And I won’t say whether Nora and Patch got their happy ending.

    But I will say that there were some swoon-worthy moments in this story. There were moments that were incredibly exciting and suspenseful. There were a couple of surprises. There was definitely some heartbreak. And after having read FINALE I wanted to go back and read HUSH, HUSH all over again.

    Favorite passage…

    There are a lot of awesome passages in FINALE, but one of them stood out to me from all the others.

    Patch hooked his elbow around my neck and dragged me into a kiss. “Every time you strip my sword, I owe you a kiss. How’s that sound?”

    I bit my lip to keep from giggling. “That sounds really dirty.”

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    Review: Silence

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    SILENCE by Becca Fitzpatrick was released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats, and paperback format, at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 448 pages.

    SILENCE is the third book in Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series. The fourth and final book, FINALE, was released on October 23, 2012.

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    WHEN SILENCE IS ALL THAT’S LEFT, CAN THE TRUTH FINALLY BE HEARD?

    Nora Grey can’t remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks – with no one knowing where she was or who she was with – she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom’s creepy new boyfriend.

    But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

    And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

    Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers…and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.

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    SILENCE is the fast-paced, wildly entertaining, and absolutely riveting third book in author Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush series. As with its predecessor, it starts off with a captivating prologue that draws readers back into the world.

    And it continues with a story that will keep readers glued to the page as Nora struggles to remember the past five months of her life. Not only the months she has been missing, but months that encompass her entire relationship with Patch. A boy she can no longer remember even exists.

    Even as Nora remains in the dark about the world she had once been a part of, a world of Nephilim, fallen angels and archangels, she cannot seem to escape it. And even without her memories intact, when she learns of their existence, of Cheshvan, of the Black Hand’s plans for war, of her friends’ roles, of hers, she can’t sit idly by.

    Because not only does she have a stake in the outcome of the Black Hand’s nefarious plans, she has a vital part to play in them. One that threatens her very existence. And one that could cost her everything if she fails.

    SILENCE takes Nora’s story in an exciting new direction. Instead of immediately continuing on with the love story and the struggle between the immortals, it’s almost as if it’s a new beginning for the characters and for the reader.

    With no knowledge of her recent past, Nora must try to rebuild her life from where she last remembers it. Before her discovery of angels. Before she met Patch. And before she became aware of who she really was. All of which creates a new trajectory for the story, a new opportunity to discover a different – and far more likable – Nora, and a chance at a brand new love story.

    This twist to the story gives readers the advantage as their awareness trumps that of the main character. It puts them in the position of knowing when she’s being deceived and of when she’s in danger. And it creates moments of tension and nail-biting suspense, heartache and heartbreak that would not otherwise have been part of the reading experience, making for an immensely entertaining read.

    And with new hurdles for the characters to overcome, new enemies for them to defeat and even more obstacles in the way of a happily ever after, with SILENCE author Becca Fitzpatrick delivers the most exciting, most suspenseful and most gripping installment yet in her Hush, Hush series.

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    On a personal note…

    From the moment I started reading SILENCE I was transported back into the world of fallen angels, dangerous foes, and heartbreaking love stories. Even though it had been years since I’d read CRESCENDO, I was able to pick right back up with Nora and Patch’s story.

    And oh my gosh the way this installment starts out was even more jaw-dropping than the way things ended in that last book. It practically broke my heart to hear what happened to Nora and what she lost. And that was all right at the beginning.

    I could not tear my eyes away from this book once I started reading. It was that addictive. There was a comfort to returning to a story I’ve loved after having been apart from it for so long. It also gave me some distance from some of the things that frustrated me about the main character in those first two books, but especially in CRESCENDO.

    In SILENCE – finally – I grew to like Nora Grey. She was still insecure and slightly jealous, but it wasn’t all she was anymore. In trying to regain her memories, she somehow found a strength she didn’t have before. She was a character that I could sympathize with and by the story’s end grew to really like.

    Even though this book released ages ago I still don’t want to be too spoiler-y about the plot. But I loved that SILENCE focused on finding ways to stop the Black Hand and on recovering Nora’s memories rather than miscommunications and hurt feelings.

    While this story wasn’t perfect, it was pretty close. There were a few inconsistencies that jumped out at me, and a few moments that didn’t quite feel believable to the story, but they were only minor distractions. And they didn’t keep me from falling crazy in love with this book.

    Patch seems to have done a complete 180 in SILENCE. And while he wasn’t too perfect, thankfully – yes he retained a bit of his bad-boy edge – his behavior wasn’t of the devastatingly heartbreaking variety. More the swoon-worthy one.

    I got so caught up in this story that when it reached its end I just had to dive into the final book in the series even though I had planned to wait a few weeks. But after the way things ended, I just had to know what was in store for the characters in the series conclusion.

    There is no question that, for me, this is my favorite book of the series. It was fast-paced, exciting and riveting. It made me feel all the feels. It was suspenseful. It was heartbreaking. And yeah, I may have had more than my normal share of sighs throughout.

    It also made me want to go back and re-read the first two books in the series so that I could fall in love with the story all over again.

    Favorite passage…

    It may be a very short one, but for me this one is my favorite.

    A memory stirred inside me. Angel, I seemed to hear a smooth voice whisper. You’re mine.

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    My Reading Pile #100

    Before I get to the books on the pile, I just have to say that I can’t believe this is my 100th MY READING PILE post. That’s just four posts away from having done these posts for two years. Most of my features fell by the wayside or became infrequent ones. But I’ve somehow managed to continue this post weekly for 100 weeks in a row.

    And while that doesn’t mean that much in the scheme of things, seeing this number hit triple digits freaks me out just a little bit. And it makes me feel even more OLD than I already am.

    But I’m not going to let that deter me. And as a thank you to all of you who stop by each week to check out what my current reads are – and maybe to take a peek at the books I received… or didn’t receive – I’d like to offer up a Book of Your Choice (up to $25) from Amazon or The Book Depository to one commentator on this post who shares their current – or upcoming – read(s).

    All my giveaway rules apply and I’ll throw the names into Random on Friday and announce the winner in next week’s MRP post on Saturday.

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    I decided to create my post a little bit early so I didn’t get a chance to check Friday’s mail to see if the books I’d traded for had arrived, but I did receive one awesome book in the mail this week. And I’m anticipating a couple of books in the next week or two that already have me grinning in anticipation.

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    I’d been trying to reduce the number of printed ARCs I have for review but Jaime insisted I read ARCLIGHT by Josin L. McQuein. I hadn’t heard of this upcoming title and she’d already sent me so many books I didn’t want to take on another read. But she insisted.

    Which makes me that much more curious about the book. Because if it’s that awesome I just have to read it.

    Of course it is billed as Sci-fi and that’s not my go-to genre, but I trust Jaime and hope to add it to the pile soon.

    Weather Witch

    I was also approved for WEATHER WITCH by Shannon Delany on NetGalley. I was so sure I wouldn’t get approved but am so thrilled that I was. And I can’t wait to check it out in the coming weeks. But as it doesn’t release until June I should probably read some of my March titles and challenge reads first.

    Which is what I plan to do this week. Sort of…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (February 10, 2013 – February 16, 2013)

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    Born of Illusion

    First up on the pile is BORN OF ILLUSION by Teri Brown. I’d received an early copy thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and while I hadn’t planned on reading it quite so soon, I was lured into adding it to the pile after a brief Twitter conversation on Thursday night.

    It didn’t take that much convincing, actually. None at all, really. As soon as I opened it and read those first lines I knew this book would suit my mood. And I’d loved the author’s writing in SUMMERSET ABBEY which just released last month, so it felt very much like a “sure thing.”

    I hope to finish it this weekend before tackling those “left behind” reads. Because I want to find out just what happens with Anna Van Housen now. I don’t want to have to wait to find out if she is the daughter of the “greatest magician of all.”

    I want to learn more about this secret society she is introduced to. I want to meet this “serious young man” who is threatening to reveal Anna’s secrets. And most of all I want to spend some time getting lost in this world of illusion.

    Anna Van Housen is thirteen the first time she breaks her mother out of jail. By sixteen she’s street smart and savvy, assisting her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and séances, and easily navigating the underground world of magicians, mediums and mentalists in 1920’s New York City.

    Handcuffs and sleight of hand illusions have never been much of a challenge for Anna. The real trick is keeping her true gifts secret from her opportunistic mother, who will stop at nothing to gain her ambition of becoming the most famous medium who ever lived.

    But when a strange, serious young man moves into the flat downstairs, introducing her to a secret society that studies people with gifts like hers, he threatens to reveal the secrets Anna has fought so hard to keep, forcing her to face the truth about her past.

    Could the stories her mother has told her really be true? Could she really be the illegitimate daughter of the greatest magician of all?

    Silence

    Next up on the pile is SILENCE by Becca Fitzpatrick. It has been just begging to be read since it released in October 2011. At the time I thought it was the final book in the series which, of course, gave me pause. But when I’d heard there was a fourth book releasing I was desperate to get this back on the pile.

    It’s only taken a year and some months for that to happen. But now there is no way I won’t be reading it this week, as SILENCE is one of my TBR Pile Reading Challenge books and I plan to read FINALE for my Don’t Let It End reading challenge.

    I’ve missed Nora and Patch. Even though Nora drove me a little bit crazy in the second book in the series, CRESCENDO. But after that ending – which I still remember – I’ve been just dying to know what happened next.

    And now that I have checked out the description… Oh. My. Gosh! I didn’t know… or didn’t remember… that in this book Nora’s memories disappear. I didn’t know that her recollection of her time with Patch vanishes into the aether. I had no clue. None whatsoever.

    I am hoping this “sexy stranger” is who I think it is. I am hoping that in this installment things will end happily. I am hoping that “the truth [will] finally be heard.” And I cannot wait to start reading SILENCE later this week.

    Finally.

    WHEN SILENCE IS ALL THAT’S LEFT, CAN THE TRUTH FINALLY BE HEARD?

    Nora Grey can’t remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks – with no one knowing where she was or who she was with – she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom’s creepy new boyfriend.

    But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

    And this unshakable feeling that a part of her is missing.

    Then Nora crosses paths with a sexy stranger, whom she feels a mesmerizing connection to. He seems to hold all the answers…and her heart. Every minute she spends with him grows more and more intense until she realizes she could be falling in love. Again.

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    Wishful Thinking Reads:

    I desperately want to read INFATUATE by Aimee Agresti this week. I am hoping to finish my reading pile early so that I can. It is a review book but for me it feels more like a guilty pleasure read. Because reading two books in a series in close proximity feels very luxurious.

    And I really should add a couple other books to the pile before I add INFATUATE. So it may very well be just a wishful thinking read. Though I may not be able to resist making room for it because I really, really want to dive back into that world.

    Only time will tell.

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    Those Left Behind:

    I did not read either of the books on the pile last week. They sort of got shoved to the side when I received an eGalley of THE COLLECTOR by Victoria Scott. Which was a complete and total surprise. Not the book. That was as awesome as I expected it to be. I mean the fact that I got an eARC.

    And as I also had a non-YA title, OUT IN BLUE by Sarah Gilman, that I wanted to review before my tour stop, I just didn’t have time to read the two books actually on the pile last week. Nor did I have time to read UNBREAKABLE.

    But I will… unless I sneak UNRAVEL ME onto the pile for a re-read.

    I did manage to write my reviews for ILLUMINATE and DANCE OF SHADOWS but now I have to write reviews for THE COLLECTOR and OUT IN BLUE. And I still haven’t managed to coherently organize my thoughts about HOUSE RULES.

    And… I have to read the final installment in THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS today. I’ve been putting it off because I don’t want the book to end. The serial experience has been amazing, but it mimics a series experience, and now I am having those “don’t let it end” feelings that inevitably arise for me at the conclusion of a series I love.

    I am hopeful I will be able to write those two reviews this weekend, plus my mini review for THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS, and get a jump on BORN OF ILLUSION before Monday. This way I might actually get to read one of those “left behind” reads from last week.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I didn’t request any new books on NetGalley this week, though I did put in a request that is a very, very long shot on Edelweiss.

    And while I didn’t notice too many new titles on NetGalley… for US bloggers anyway… there are a few awesome titles that caught my eye.

    THE ETERNITY CURE by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Enterprises Australia, May 1, 2013) *ONLY for Australian bloggers*

    NATURAL BORN ANGEL by Scott Speer (Penguin Books Australia, Mar 20, 2013) *ONLY for Australian bloggers*

    CREEPS by Darren Hynes (Penguin Canada, July 30, 2013)

    FRAGMENTS by Dan Wells (HarperCollins UK, Mar 29, 2013) *ONLY for UK/European reviewers*

    MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza (HarperCollins UK, Mar 28, 2013) *ONLY for UK/European reviewers*

    A TOUCH OF SCARLET by Eve Marie Mont (K-Teen, Mar 26, 2013)

    UNDERNEATH by Sarah Jamila Stevenson (Flux, June 8, 2013)

    INSOMNIA by J.R. Johansson (Flux, June 8, 2013)

    SONG IN THE DARK by Christine Howe (Penguin Books Australia, Feb 27, 2013) *ONLY for Australian bloggers*

    Those Australian only titles are making me wish I lived in Australia right about now. But even if they were available to US bloggers I have more than my fair share of review titles stacking up, so a part of me is glad they are not accessible.

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    Even though I’ve been battling a cold and flu this past week… one that seems to have come back and hit me… I did manage to get a couple of books read this week. Even if they weren’t books that were technically on my reading pile.

    I really wish I was able to devour three or more books per week, as well as post, write reviews, handle the blog tour stuff, work, sleep, spend time with The Dude and get every other thing done in my household that I need to. But apparently I am not Super Woman. So the amount of time I have to read tends to suffer.

    But taking a step back from social media has really helped in keeping me focused on my blogging and has made me enjoy it that much more. Of course it could be this larger screened laptop I received for Christmas.

    And I have been in such a crazy eclectic reading mood these past few weeks, creating reading piles I actually stick to has been tough. But at least I’ve managed to keep up with review books, even if I haven’t been so good about devouring books for the TBR Pile challenge.

    Anyway… I hope you have a couple – or more – amazing reads planned this week. And I hope to be back next week with a few new books on the pile and a few more books marked “read.” Until then…

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    Do you create a reading pile?
    If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #95

    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 October 23rd-October 29th that I have pre-ordered.

    The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin releases in the U.S. today, October 23, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 544 pages.

    The Evolution of Mara Dyer is the second book in author Michelle Hodkin’s Mara Dyer series. The third book in the series, The Retribution of Mara Dyer is due out in 2013.

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    I am totally enamored of this series. I was intrigued prior to the release of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and I’m even more excited for it now with the release of The Evolution of Mara Dyer, although I still haven’t been able to add book one to my reading pile.

    A situation I definitely plan to remedy this fall. But I just had to pre-order this second book in the series so that when I do get the chance to dive in, I will have both books to read.

    I did take a peek at the description – I know, I know, I really shouldn’t be doing that – but I am so curious to see what will happen in this second book. And it sounds even more intriguing than the first. Because I love when synopses are written in the format this one’s written in, which totally teases the story without revealing too much.

    It makes me want to know why Mara Dyer can’t run from her past. It makes me curious as to just what problems she’s having. It makes me desperate to know why the boy she loves is still keeping secrets. And it makes me anxious about just what choices “prove deadly.”

    And with the title of the third book in the series, The Retribution of Mara Dyer, I am very nervous about just where this series is headed. Though I can’t wait to find out.

    The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa releases in the U.S. today, October 23, 2012, in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 400 pages.

    The Lost Prince is the first book in author Julie Kagawa’s The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten spin-off series. The second book in the series, The Traitor Son, is slated for release in September 2013.

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    I am dying to read The Lost Prince. I have been dying to read it for a couple of months now, actually. But I still haven’t read The Iron Knight due to my aversion to ending the series I love. So I’ve had to wait.

    But now that I have the finished copy on my Kindle just begging to be read, I think I will finally be able to read The Iron Knight so that I can start this book, which I’ve already heard is amazing.

    I loved Meghan’s little brother Ethan in The Iron Fey series. And being able to read a series about him when he’s just a bit older and revisit this imaginative world the author created is so exciting.

    Of course I am just slightly hesitant to start on it due to the description’s warning that I will be demanding book two when I’ve read it. Which I have no doubt will be the case. So, I should probably wait until closer to the release of The Traitor Son.

    But somehow I don’t think that will happen. Not when the description mentions that “destiny comes for Ethan” and that “there is no escape from a danger long, long forgotten.”

    Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick releases in the U.S. today, October 23, 2012, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 464 pages.

    Finale is the fourth and final book in author Becca Fitpatrick’s Hush, Hush series.

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    I can’t believe this series is ending. Even if I didn’t allow myself to believe it, the title, Finale, sort of forces me to. When I heard of its upcoming release I stalked Amazon until it was finally made available for the Kindle so that I wouldn’t miss the chance to pre-order it. And it’s now officially in my collection.

    I am still behind on the series – I haven’t read Silence – but I decided at some point after that book’s release that I would wait until the final book in the series released and start the series from the beginning. Because I loved Crescendo but had an iffy reading experience with Hush, Hush due to bad Kindle formatting and a horrendous plane ride.

    So, I want to be able to re-experience the first two books, and then get the chance to move right into the final two books, so that I can follow Nora and Patch’s relationship from start to finish. I still can’t believe this series has ended!

    I did take a peek at the description for this book, too. And I am very nervous about whether their love story will end happily or whether it will end with them as the enemies they’re meant to be. I am also very curious about which friend betrays them both.

    I plan to start my series read in December and I don’t think it will take more than a week to devour all four books. I am hoping by reading all four books in a row that it will keep me so wrapped up in the world that I’ll forget the series has ended and that I couldn’t possibly let that happen by reading Finale.

    Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl releases in the U.S. today, October 23, 2012, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 454 pages.

    Beautiful Redemption is the fourth and final book in the authors Caster Chronicles.

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    I am heartbroken that this series is ending with Beautiful Redemption. But I am glad that I now have Ethan and Lena’s entire story, even though I am not caught up on the series.

    Yes, another series that I love that I’ve fallen behind on. But with my new reading goals, and with the entire series now released, I will be reading Beautiful Chaos and Beautiful Redemption very soon.

    The title for this last book in the series is my favorite, though Beautiful Chaos is a close second, and has me so very curious about just who will be redeemed. I am so very hopeful that their love story will end happily and that they will be able to “rewrite their fate.” Though I’m very nervous that won’t happen.

    As I’ve nattered on and on in my Book Watch post the other week, I will only say that I am keeping my fingers crossed that Lena’s vow to “do whatever it takes” to get Ethan back won’t be the very thing that keeps them apart.

    Sacrifice by Cayla Kluver releases in the U.S. today, October 23, 2012, in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 448 pages.

    Sacrifice is the third book in author Cayla Kluver’s Legacy series.

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    I have yet to read the books in the Legacy series but I just had to add Sacrifice to my collection this week. I own the first two books in the series – Legacy and Allegiance – and I couldn’t resist the chance to add this third book.

    Because this series sounds unbelievably epic. Battling Kingdoms. Dark legacies. Magic. An ill-fated love story. And now two main characters whose stories intertwine.

    I am just so curious to meet Alera and Shaselle. I want to know just what they are conspiring and if it will lead them to freedom. The description hints that in order for them to succeed they must each sacrifice something. And I am eager to find out just what that is.

    I hope to add this entire series to my reading pile this winter as there’s nothing quite like an epic and magical story to make me forget how short the days are.

    Wolf Pact (Part Two) by Melissa de la Cruz releases in the U.S. today, October 23, 2012, in eBook format only and is available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Disney Hyperion, the print length is 43 pages.

    Wolf Pact (Part Two) is the second of four installments that comprise the author’s full-length novel, Wolf Pact, the first in this spin-off series.

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    As I’m a fan of eBooks, and because the print and eBook editions of the complete book were unavailable to pre-order, I’ve pre-ordered each installment in Wolf Pact. Though I don’t plan on reading them until they’ve all been released.

    I am super excited that this series is finally being released. I feel like I’ve waited forever to read Bliss Llewellyn’s story. While Jack and Schuyler will always be my favorite characters from Blue Bloods, I can’t help but be curious about Bliss’s story.

    And I am very curious to see just what happens when she finds the Hounds of Hell and meets Lawson.

    Foundation by Ann Aguirre releases in the U.S. today, October 23, 2012, in eBook format only and is available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Tor Books, the print length is 18 pages.

    Foundation is a short novella in the author’s Razorland series.

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    Ann Aguirre’s Razorland series is one I just know I will love. I own both eBooks and have Outpost in audiobook format, so I just had to buy this short novella, Foundation. Especially since it tells the story of why humans were forced below ground.

    But, I’m also definitely curious about just whose point of view the story is told from, since the description mentions it’s someone with “influence over the fate of many.”

    I will be reading – and listening to – this series in November, though I will have to try and resist the urge to read this story first.

    Blind Spot by Laura Ellen

    Pub. Date: October 23, 2012

    Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    Destiny Rising (The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters Vol. 1) by L.J. Smith

    Pub. Date: October 23, 2012

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    What the Spell (Part 2) by Brittany Geragotelis

    Pub. Date: October 23, 2012

    Publisher:

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    With five full-length books and two shorter eBooks being added to my collection this week, I have quite a bit of reading to do if I want my TBR pile not to get too out of control… or any more OOC than it already is.

    But there are some seriously amazing books releasing this week, with two series I love coming to an end. As I am behind on each and every one of them I have a lot of catching up to do. But as every one of those series is on my must reads list I have no doubt I will be reading them soon.

    I’m sure I’m missing some wicked awesome books as I haven’t had the chance to scope out the publishers’ catalogs as of late. So if there are any books I’ve missed that are a must, I would love it if you let me know.

    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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