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    Cover Reveal: Wings + Giveaway

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    WINGS (Black City #3) by Elizabeth Richards

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    I was so super stoked when I saw the email from Good Choice Reading Blog Tours to participate in the reveal for the third book in the Black City trilogy by Elizabeth Richards. I absolutely loved the covers for the first two books in the series – BLACK CITY’s cover was my favorite – and I couldn’t wait to see what the cover for this third and final book in the series looked like.

    Each of the covers are amazing and have a connection with the story. So, sight unseen I signed up for this reveal. And…

    My Thoughts

    This is my favorite cover in the series. It is absolutely gorgeous. There is not one thing I don’t love about this cover.

    It ties in perfectly with the other two covers. The fonts are bold and the text layout is exactly that of PHOENIX’s cover. The image, with its form of destruction, is much more similar to that of BLACK CITY’s cover.

    And both its and BLACK CITY’s cooler tones make them the perfect bookends to the much warmer tones and softer look of PHOENIX’s cover with its golden backdrop and burning orangey-red feather.

    As someone who loves these particular shades of blue, I think the colors used for this cover are so pretty and incredibly visually appealing. And even though I’m not particularly fond of butterflies, I can’t help but love this one. The image makes such a statement. It’s strong but also fragile and breakable.

    But most of all, this cover makes me so curious as to what it means for the final book in the series. As the book’s description is not yet posted on Goodreads, and it’s not yet viewable at Amazon or Barnes & Noble, I have no idea what is in story for Ash and Natalie in this final installment.

    With a cover like this, I know it’s going to be awesome. And seeing it has made me that much more anxious for the next book in the series, which I hope is coming sooner in 2014 rather than later.

    Other Books in the Series

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    BLACK CITY (Black City #1)

    Released November 13, 2012

    A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.

    In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

    When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

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    Phoenix

    PHOENIX (Black City #2)

    Released June 4, 2013

    Ash and Natalie are just starting to build a life together when things in the United Sentry States go from bad to worse. Ash and Natalie find themselves at the center of turmoil when dictator Purian Rose threatens Natalie’s life unless Ash votes in favor of Rose’s Law—a law that will send Darklings and other dissenters to a deadly concentration camp known as the Tenth.

    When Ash can’t bring himself to trade Natalie’s life for those of millions of Darklings, her fate is sealed. Enter Elijah Theroux, the handsome Bastet boy Natalie once saved from her mother’s labs, where he’d been experimented on and tortured. It was his venom the Sentry used to create the lethal Golden Haze, the heart of the government conspiracy that led to Black City’s uprising and Ash’s rebirth as the Phoenix, the face of the rebellion. Elijah is back and Ash doesn’t like him; it’s clear he’s taken with Natalie, and Ash fears she may have feelings for him as well.

    But Elijah also may have the answer to taking down Purian Rose for good—a powerful weapon called the Ora. Ash, Natalie and Elijah just have to escape Black City undetected to find it. But fleeing the city and finding this weapon (if it even exists) are easier said than done, and the quest could tear Ash and Natalie apart, even pushing them into the arms of others.

    This enthralling sequel to Black City is just as absorbing, delicious and steamy as the first book, leaving readers hungry for the series conclusion.

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    About the Author

    Elizabeth Richards

    About Elizabeth Richards

    Elizabeth Richards is an award-winning journalist, who spent her early career reviewing videogames before making the bold (or crazy) move into travel writing, despite suffering from terrible travel sickness.

    In her spare time, she ran a successful lifestyle website aimed at teenage girls, where she got to interview many of her favourite bands, go to gigs and basically blag loads of free swag all in the name of ‘research’.

    Elizabeth lives in Buckinghamshire, England, with her husband. Black City is her debut novel.

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    The Giveaway

    The team at Good Choice Reading Blog Tours is hosting this awesome giveaway along with the reveal for a paperback copy of BLACK CITY, a hardcover copy of PHOENIX, and bookmarks. And it’s INTERNATIONAL!

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    Review: Black City

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    BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards was released in the U.S. on November 13, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats and will be releasing in paperback format on May 7, 2013.

    It is currently available to order online in hardcover and eBook formats and is available to pre-order in paperback format at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 384 pages.

    BLACK CITY is the first book in a series of the same name by author Elizabeth Richards. The second book in the series, PHOENIX, is slated for release on May 28, 2013 and the third book in the series, currently untitled, is due out in 2014.

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    A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.

    In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

    When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

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    BLACK CITY is a dark and intriguing post-apocalyptic story set in a chilling future where fear gives one man absolute power to rule with cruelty and violence and to oppress an entire race of beings. It is also a love story of two people forbidden to be together because of who they are, but who are willing to risk everything for love, including their lives.

    Ash Fisher is a twin-blood. Part-human, part-Darkling he doesn’t quite fit in with either race. Forced to live with his father on the human side of the Boundary Wall where he is looked upon by many with fear and repulsion, he is left to wonder if life in the Darkling ghetto, the Legion, would be better.

    Natalie Buchanan is the daughter of the Sentry Emissary. As part of the ruling class, she could have everything. But after what happened with her father and sister, moving to Black City and following her mother’s orders is the last thing she wants to do. Even though there’s nothing left for her in Centrum, she wishes she could return, because being back in Black City is so much worse.

    But everything changes when Ash and Natalie’s worlds collide.

    Instantly fearful of, distrusting and hateful toward one another, they hope their paths will never cross again. Even though their touch set off sparks. And even though they find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another.

    Because being together is forbidden and being branded a race traitor is a death sentence in the United Sentry States.

    Elizabeth Richards has created an imaginative and richly detailed world in BLACK CITY. A dark and gritty backdrop, a fascinating new race of beings – the Darklings – and a terrifying leader who is willing to exterminate an entire race to further his agenda, make for an immensely entertaining read.

    And with a star-crossed love story, told from both characters’ perspectives, this story is exciting, suspenseful and absolutely heartbreaking.

    In BLACK CITY, the author builds the foundation for what is to come in future books in the series. The world-building is elaborate, with much of it presented at the outset, which initially slows the pace and impedes the story’s flow. But once the information is laid out about the world and its characters, the pace picks up and has a nice cadence as it switches back and forth between the two main characters’ perspectives.

    Even with its paranormal element and futuristic setting, the story has a realistic feel, which gives it depth. The  world mirrors a real life dictatorship where people are governed by fear, driven to decisions that cause them to turn a blind-eye to oppression and are willing to turn their back on their loved ones if it means avoiding the wrath of those in power.

    BLACK CITY is a fantastic and incredibly engaging start to this series. With moments that are breathtaking in both their beauty and their cruelty and a build-up to an ending that can only be called riveting, this story will appeal to readers who like their stories a bit dark, who enjoy putting their emotions on a roller coaster and who want to be transported to a future that doesn’t in the least bit resemble a utopia.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    Rate04On a personal note…

    It took me a dozen or so pages to get into BLACK CITY. While I was instantly intrigued by Ash, the world-building at the outset was a bit overwhelming. Especially as I was reading with a review in mind.

    I ended up having to stop and take notes every couple of sentences, which kept me from engaging with the story right from the start. As much of the information didn’t end up being necessary to an understanding of the story, and a lot of what was presented didn’t factor into this first book in the series, I would have preferred to have it introduced in smaller doses a bit further into the story rather than right at the beginning.

    That being said, I loved this world. It was dark and chilling and all sorts of horrible for most of its citizens. Its leader was the epitome of evil. Even his name, Purian Rose, gave me the heebie-jeebies. And yet I can’t wait to learn more about him and the rest of those in power in the United Sentry States in subsequent books in this series.

    I am also completely fascinated by the Darklings. While I still don’t fully grasp what they are – vampire/faerie hybrids perhaps or something altogether new? – they are so very interesting. And I’m just so curious what powers they would have if they weren’t so severely oppressed.

    I also loved that the story switched between Ash and Natalie’s perspectives. Which was a bit of a surprise because I’m usually a single POV kind of reader. While I would have loved to have more time discovering the world from Ash’s point-of-view, as Natalie was sometimes a bit clueless, I loved getting to see more of the world because of the dual perspectives.

    And while I don’t want to reveal too much, I just have to talk about the love story. It’s the reason why I picked up this book in the first place. The second I saw the description which called this “a dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story,” I knew it would be a book I just had to read.

    The love story had the right amounts of angst to make me feel all twisted up inside. Even though things sometimes felt rushed, I couldn’t help but fall in love with Ash and Natalie’s love story. It was the forbidden, star-crossed, Romeo and Juliet kind of love story. And it totally made me melt.

    And oh my gosh that ending! I just have to talk about that too. Well… that thing that happened right before the end. My heart broke. I totally knew what was going to happen – I accidentally read the first line of the description for the sequel – but the knowing actually made it that much more torturous to read. I kept waiting for the moment “it” would happen, wondering just how it was going to happen, which made me anxious long before I might have been had I not known.

    BLACK CITY was not at all what I expected it to be. I anticipated a typical dystopian setting with some kind of dictatorship. I expected a forbidden love story. I expected dark. But the story and setting were so much more interesting and elaborate than I thought they would be.

    The world the author created was much darker, more detailed and far more complex than I could have imagined. The dual perspectives allowed for a stronger connection to the two main characters and a longer look at their very disparate worlds. And its characters, the Darklings especially, were absolutely fascinating. Though Ash Fisher was totally in line with my expectations and just as swoon-worthy as I’d hoped he would be.

    This story was so very different from what I’d thought it would be, but its differences are what made it so incredibly appealing. And it took everything I had not to immediately start reading PHOENIX to continue the story and stay in this world.

    Favorite passage…

    I had a few favorite passages. Two that were a bit too long to include… and then there was this one…. It gives me chill bumps, too.

    His gaze is like a thrilling darkness sliding over my body, cold like winter’s frost, leaving a trail of goose pimples where his eyes have touched me.

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    My Reading Pile #109

    This was a really slow week at the mailbox. Well… maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. I decided to spend an entire week hiding from my mailbox. It’s very likely there were no books, as I wasn’t expecting any, but if there were, when I check tomorrow I’ll have a lovely surprise.

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    So, for this week I can only talk about the books I am reading, or plan on reading. As I have a visitor coming in from out of town later this week, I’ll likely not get much reading done. And if I want this post to go up next Saturday I’ll have to prep it in advance, so there may be another book-free mailbox in next week’s post, too.

    But I do have two great reads on the pile this week. Both were totally unplanned. But as I’ve been in such a mood to read dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels and multiple books in a series, I moved them to the top of the pile. So…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (April 14, 2013 – April 20, 2013)

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    First up on the pile is BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards. I’d purchased a copy for my Kindle when it released last year. I hadn’t actually heard of it until the massive promotional blitz for it, which normally might have sent me running in the opposite direction, but the campaign was a good one and it did put a book that might not otherwise have been on my radar on it.

    And once I read the description I just had to have it. The first sentence completely sold me. But the rest – the Romeo and Juliet love story, the intrigue of these beings called Darklings, a “deadly conspiracy” – would have had me running to the eBookstore even if that first sentence weren’t there.

    Of course, it’s taken some time for me to actually get it on my reading pile. But now that I have an early copy of PHOENIX and the release date for the paperback version of BLACK CITY is nearly here, I just couldn’t resist putting it on the pile this week.

    And I actually may have already started reading it. Because I just couldn’t wait for Sunday. And I am LOVING it so far.

    A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.

    In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

    When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

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    Next up on the pile is PHOENIX by Elizabeth Richards. I am so excited to have received a couple of early review copies from the publisher, Putnam, and while it isn’t releasing until June, I just couldn’t resist the chance to read this sequel back-to-back with BLACK CITY.

    I have been in such a mood to read multiple books in a series back-to-back. Right now I almost don’t want to read any books, unless they’re series-ending books or standalones, without at least two books for me to dive into.

    So, I’m super excited to have this sequel to read immediately after finishing BLACK CITY. Of course I’m kicking myself for adding the book descriptions to these posts because I accidentally read the first line for this sequel and it’s really revealing. Granted, it’s not like I’d have to suffer a cliffhanger ending for very long, since I’d just have to pick up the sequel. But knowing how one part of the story ends just kills me.

    I am still excited to read this follow-up, though. And I might just be even more excited, because now I want to know just how what happened to the character happened and just what it all means. And even though I’ve been spoiled by the first line in this description, I will not read any more of it, as I want the rest to be a surprise.

    If all goes well, I will be able to start reading PHOENIX on Tuesday. As I know with my guest arriving on Thursday I won’t get any reading done after that.

    Weeks after his crucifixion and rebirth as Phoenix, Ash Fisher believes his troubles are far behind him. He and Natalie are engaged and life seems good. But his happiness is short-lived when he receives a threatening visit from Purian Rose, who gives Ash an ultimatum: vote in favor of Rose’s Law permanently relegating Darklings to the wrong side of the wall or Natalie will be killed.

    The decision seems obvious to Ash; he must save Natalie. But when Ash learns about The Tenth, a new and deadly concentration camp where the Darklings would be sent, the choice doesn’t seem so simple. Unable to ignore his conscience, Ash votes against Rose’s Law, signing Natalie’s death warrant and putting a troubled nation back into the throes of bloody battle.

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    Wishful Thinking Reads:

    I would love to read the next book in the Blood of Eden series. But given the fact that it’s not even close to its release date, I really can’t even justify wishing for it. And because I have so many books I should be reading right now, I probably shouldn’t even allow myself to wish for any.

    Of course, I’d also love to be reading the final book in the Southern Vampires series, DEAD EVER AFTER by Charlaine Harris. But as that doesn’t come out for a few weeks and I don’t have an early copy, it is only ever going to be a wish.

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    Those Left Behind:

    So I did read RISE from the previous week’s pile, so that is no longer left behind. I even reviewed it. And I am still reading UNBREAKABLE – I seem to have misplaced my book light temporarily so I switched things up and started reading a book on my Kindle instead. Without a doubt I will finish it this weekend.

    But I did not get the chance to read GODDESS. Which I am going to try and read after I finish the two books on this week’s pile if I do get some free time later in the week. Though I think it’s more likely it will be a back on the pile read next week.

    I am still not caught up on reviews, though I hope I’ll be able to get at least one of three long overdue reviews done this weekend. But as I have one more book to review and six other posts I need to create between now and Monday, I’m not entirely sure I’ll be able to. As always, I am hopeful.

    I’m just much more in a reading mood than a writing mood at the moment, so it is very difficult to go against the urge to pick up those books. But I’m trying to be good. I think I’m failing….

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

    I may have gone a little crazy on NetGalley this week and requested four titles…

    Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

    BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Genevieve Tucholke (Penguin Young Readers Group, Aug 15, 2013)

    Belladonna

    BELLADONNA (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #2) by Fiona Paul (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jul 16, 2013)

    Earthbound

    EARTHBOUND by Aprilynne Pike (Razorbill, Jul 30, 2013)

    The Fury

    THE FURY by Alexander Gordon Smith (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Jul 23, 2013)

    While approval is pending on the three Penguin titiles I am keeping my fingers crossed and holding my breath. It’s not likely I’ll get approved for any of them, but a girl can dream.

    And it seems there are a ton of titles from the  Penguin Group’s catalog that have been added to NetGalley in the past week, along with some other interesting sounding books. And they are…

    STARCURSED (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2) by Jessica Spotswood (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jun 18, 2013)

    PHOENIX (Black City #2) by Elizabeth Richards (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jun 4, 2013)

    TARNISH (Gilt #2) by Katherine Longshore (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jun 18, 2013)

    THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Robin Palmer (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jun 27, 2013)

    OUR SONG by Jordanna Fraiberg (Penguin Young Readers Group, May 2, 2013)

    FLICKER & BURN (Cold Fury #2) by T.M. Goeglein (Penguin Young Readers Group, Aug 20, 2013)

    PROXY by Alex London (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jun 18, 2013)

    ALL I NEED by Susane Colasanti (Penguin Young Readers Group, May 21, 2013)

    THIS SIDE OF JEALOUSY (The Innocents #2) by Lili Peloquin (Penguin Young Readers Group, Aug 20, 2013)

    SYLO by D.J. MacHale (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jul 2, 2013)

    FIVE SUMMERS by Una LaMarche (Penguin Young Readers Group, May 16, 2013)

    IMPOSTOR (Variants #1) by Susanne Winnacker (Penguin Young Readers Group, May 23, 2013)

    BATTLE LINES (Department 19 #3) by Will Hill (Penguin Young Readers Group, Aug 29, 2013)

    45 POUNDS (MORE OR LESS) by Kelly Barson (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jul 11, 2013)

    INTUITION by C.J. Omololu (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Jun 18, 2013)

    LOVE IN THE TIME OF GLOBAL WARMING by Francesa Lia Block (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Aug 27, 2013)

    ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? by Jordan Sonnenblick (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Sep 3, 2013)

    BROTHER, BROTHER by Clay Carmichael (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Aug 20, 2013)

    TIDES by Betsy Cornwell (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jun 4, 2013)

    NOTHING BUT BLUE by Lisa Jahn-Clough (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 7, 2013)

    THE ELITE (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass (HarperCollins UK Children’s, Apr 11, 2013)

    GOOD FOR YOU (Between the Lines #3) by Tammara Webber (Penguin Books Australia, May 22, 2013) **ONLY for Australian Bloggers/Reviewers**

    There are a TON of books on this list. It took me forever to pull them together, and it was even more of a challenge not to request all of them. Though I did end up requesting two of the four titles listed above that I found while researching. Research is sooooo dangerous.

    Thankfully I have printed ARCs of PHOENIX, STAR CURSED and FLICKER & BURN or I’d have three more titles I’d be requesting. As it is, I’m fighting the urge not to request TARNISH, THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET and OUR SONG. It’s not easy.

    And while I only include YA titles on this list, if you like to read Middle Grade books, Penguin has a lot of new super cute sounding titles available to request, so be sure to check them out!

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    I didn’t get much reading done this week as I had a number of posts that I needed to create and I spent a little bit too much time playing around on my new “tester” blog. Which is no longer going to be a blog I test my posts on because my designer – Parajunkee Design – made it way too awesome…

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    Of course now that it isn’t going to be a tester, I’m having a few more tweaks done. And creating a new tester blog… which she’s designing. Uh oh.

    But I hope to be much more productive this weekend as far as reading and reviewing goes. Though with all those posts I need to create, I don’t know how much reading I’ll get done. I am still hopeful for the reviews, however.

    Anyway…

    I’d hoped to post this last night, but given the fact that I crashed at 10:30 and then woke up at Midnight only long enough to check that my post on The Annex went live, I had to wait until morning to finish and proofread it.

    And although I didn’t get any books in the mailbox – at least I don’t think I did – I hope you got some amazing titles and have a few you are planning on reading this week.

    If you’d like to share your book hauls or your planned reads, leave a comment – and if you blog, a link!

    As ever, happy reading!

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

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #98

    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 November 13th-November 19th that I have pre-ordered.

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO by Rachel Vincent was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 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 704 pages.

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO includes the full-length novels MY SOUL TO KEEP and MY SOUL TO STEAL along with the novella REAPER.

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    Okay, so I’ve read all the stories that are contained in SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO. More than once. But it’s so gorgeous I just had to pre-order a copy… or two. I have all the other books in print and I just know it will look amazing tucked between SSV1 and IF I DIE.

    This is one of my favorite series of all time and my heart is already breaking that I will have to say goodbye to it next year. But I hope that there will be a third and fourth volume with perhaps a new novella added to that final volume. My fingers are already crossed.

    As I know just how both books and the novella end in this volume I can’t possibly pretend to guess. But between Avari’s wicked ways and Sabine’s evil scheming, both full-length novels are the stuff of awesome.

    And finally getting the chance to see REAPER in print is something I’ve been waiting, wishing and hoping for, for a long, long time. Now if that delivery man would only get here soon….

    RENEGADE by J.A. Souders was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Tor Teen, the print edition is 368 pages.

    RENEGADE is the first book in the author’s The Elysium Chronicles.

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    I hadn’t heard much about RENEGADE until Jaime of Two Chicks on Books insisted this was amazing and that I had to read it asap. While it was available on NetGalley, as I knew I wouldn’t be able to read it early I immediately headed to Amazon to pre-order it for my Kindle.

    I’m now so very curious to meet Evelyn Winters and see what life is like in Elysium, an “underwater utopia.” Especially as this may not be a utopian society at all, since the description mentions “everything she knows is a lie.”

    I’m dying to find out why her memories have been altered and just who she’s under the control of. And I want to find out just what secret her mother has that “will destroy them all.”

    This book was moved to the top of my reading pile and I hope to be able to dive into it tonight.

    EXECUTION by Alexander Gordon Smith was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), the print edition is 320 pages.

    EXECUTION is the fifth and final book in the author’s Escape from Furnace series.

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    I have been waiting for what seems like forever for EXECUTION to be released. It finally downloaded to my Kindle some time after midnight but I didn’t get the chance to read it yet. And I’m a little terrified of starting it.

    I am almost positive I’m going to be heartbroken when this series ends. I am still so unbelievably sad about what has happened to certain of the characters and about what Alex has become.

    I spotlighted this for my Book Watch post last month but I’m now terrified to find out who wins in the end. The world has taken a darker turn with each installment in the series. And with a title like EXECUTION, I can only imagine things will get even darker.

    I am hopeful the “executed” will be who I want it to be. But even if that happens, I’m not at all confident that means a happy ending for Alex or his friends. And I’m more than nervous about checking out the series epilogue on the author’s website.

    Now I just have to get over my “series ending” fears and pick this book up later this week. If only it downloaded last night when I was feeling daring.

    BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 384 pages.

    BLACK CITY is the first book in the author’s Black City Chronicles. The second book in the series, PHOENIX, is slated for release on June 4, 2013 and the third book, currently untitled, will release in 2014.

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    I only fairly recently – in the past three months or so – heard about BLACK CITY. I’d seen it around the blogosphere but hadn’t realized it was a YA release until I saw it on Parajunkee’s blog. And my curiosity was piqued.

    I received an ARC of BLACK CITY from the awesome Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, but haven’t yet had the chance to read it. Though I do now also have the eBook happily residing on my Kindle from my pre-order. Decisions… decisions….

    I love the first line of the description for this book – “A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.” It’s gotten me so interested in finding out more about both the love story and the war.

    I am dying to find out what a Darkling is and why they are at war with the humans. I am so curious as to what this “mysterious connection” is that bonds Natalie and Ash, causing Ash’s heart to beat. And I’m hopeful that the choices they make don’t result in either or both of their deaths.

    I had hoped to read this early, but as that didn’t happen as planned, I am now hoping to put this back on top of the pile next week.

    BAD HAIR DAY by Carrie Harris was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 240 pages.

    BAD HAIR DAY is the second book in the author’s Kate Grable series. Also releasing today is a short story in the series entitled BAD YETI.

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    I have not yet read the first book in Carrie Harris’ series but I desperately want to. So, of course I had to pre-order BAD HAIR DAY, since I already own book one.

    I was so tempted to start the series last night before this sequel downloaded to my Kindle. Because, though I probably shouldn’t have, I did end up taking a peek at the description.

    And I love that this sequel takes on a new, hairy, paranormal element… possibly… rather than continuing the zombie menace.

    I can’t wait to meet Kate Grable and find out whether she’s just as good at sleuthing other types of attacks as she is zombie attacks. I really hope she is for her sake and for her peers’ sakes.

    And I love the last line in the description that says – “It’s scary. It’s twisted. It’s sick. It’s high school.” Yep, that about sums it up.

    Hopefully I’ll get to read this series over the long holiday weekend here in the U.S.

    REACHED by Ally Condie was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Dutton Juvenile, the print edition is 384 pages.

    REACHED is the third and final book in author Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy.

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    I have not started this series and now it’s ending with REACHED. I can’t believe it! I officially now own all the books in this series so there’s no reason why I shouldn’t start reading them. Because now I don’t have to wait to find answers.

    I want to meet Cassia and Ky and find out just what happens with these characters – whether they get a happy ending or whether their story ends in heartbreaking loss.

    I have not taken too close a look at the descriptions for these last two books because I want the story to be a surprise. But I am so curious to see how things play out.

    This series is touted as a best-selling series. And the covers are totally amazing. And now that I’ve become a fan of dystopian novels this one ranks at the top of my list of must-reads. I hope I can read all three books this December.

    ECHO by Alyson Noel was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover, paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 352 pages.

    ECHO is the second book in author Alyson Noel’s Soul Seekers series. The third book in the series, MYSTIC, releases on May 7, 2013 and the fourth book, currently untitled, is slated for release in the fall of 2013.

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    I love Alyson Noel’s writing and the enchanting worlds she creates. And while I haven’t yet started this series I do own the first book and had pre-ordered ECHO which downloaded to my Kindle today.

    I am so very curious to meet the girl who can “navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead.” Although it sounds like things take a bit of a dark turn in this second book in the series. Dark sorcerers. An evil brother whose power is growing. The balance between good and evil at risk. The entire world in jeopardy. A horrifying prophecy. And an unthinkable sacrifice.

    Yes, this definitely sounds like it takes a turn. And with characters with super awesome names like Daire, Dace and Cade, this series is one I can’t wait to read about really, really soon.

    SPEED OF LIGHT by Amber Kizer was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 544 pages.

    SPEED OF LIGHT is the third book in the author’s Fenestra series. Originally dubbed a trilogy, a fourth book, COUNTING TENS is slated for release in the spring of 2013.

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    I am so devastated I’ve fallen so far behind on this series. I pre-ordered SPEED OF LIGHT as soon as it was made available for the Kindle and I had hoped to be caught up with the series before this third book released. But sadly that did not happen.

    I loved getting to know Meridian in the first book in the series. I’d waited for ages until book two was released but got so busy on the blog I didn’t have time to read it when it finally was available. And now book three is out. Which means I have much catching up to do.

    Especially as it seems there will be a fourth book in the series, according to Goodreads. Though I’m wondering if it is a spinoff book from Tens’ perspective. I suppose I’ll have to wait just a bit longer to find out as the author’s website didn’t clue me in.

    I am not checking out the description as I want zero spoilers when I finally get the chance to read this book. But I loved the author’s writing in book one, I loved the idea of the Fenestra and I loved the characters she created. And I really, really hope to be able to catch up on this series before COUNTING TENS is available next spring.

    WOLF PACT Part 3 by Melissa de la Cruz was released today, November 13, 2012, in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online as an eBook at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    The eBook is published by Disney Hyperion.

    WOLF PACT Part 3 is the third of four installments from author Melissa de la Cruz’s WOLF PACT. Part 4 is due out on December 4th.

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    I am waiting for all four parts of WOLF PACT to download before I start reading it. Because I don’t want to have to wait between each installment’s release. Though I probably then should have just purchased the completed eBook when it does release instead of pre-ordering each installment. Oh well.

    I did take a look at the description and it has piqued my curiosity. I want to know just what kind of trap Lawson lures Bliss into. And I want to know if they do fall in love. But as the description is vague about just what happens in this installment, I suppose I’ll have to read it to find out more.

    And once the final installment releases this December, I hope to find the answers I’ve been waiting for. But I can’t wait to read about Bliss in her very own novel, though I will always be partial to Schuyler and Jack and the rest of the Blue Bloods.

    Witch World by Christopher Pike

    Pub. Date: November 13, 2012

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Available today for the Kindle…

    Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs

    Kindle Pub. Date: November 13, 2012

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    (AMAZON)

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    Forgot to pre-order this novella, but I will be ordering it today!

    Bad Yeti (Kate Grable #1.5) by Carrie Harris

    Pub. Date: November 13, 2012

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    This was a huge week for releases. I don’t even know how I’ll be able to catch up on all these new books let alone the series that I’m so behind on. But I will be reading RENEGADE and EXECUTION and BLACK CITY in the next week or two.

    And I will be gently petting SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO. No, I will not be breaking the spine on that book. The pretteh is only for looking at.

    Of course Amazon had to be difficult and instead of downloading all my books at nine o’clock local time, they waited until Midnight, at which time I was just about out cold and couldn’t possibly have read a thing.

    But I really must, must, must get caught up on Carrie Harris’s Kate Grable series and Amber Kizer’s Fenestra series. And if I don’t end up reading the Matched trilogy by year’s end, I’ll feel like a total fail.

    And though it’s not listed, I did end up pre-ordering Night’s Darkest Embrace by Jeaniene Frost which I am so very interested in reading later this week.

    Anyway…

    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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    My Reading Pile #85

    So it was a quiet week in the mailbox this week – as in I got no physical books in the mail. But I did cave last week and agree to a trade so I’m hoping that I’ll have a few books in next week’s mailbox to share.

    Especially as I am trying so hard to make it to year-end before reaching out to publishers for some of those coveted titles I so desire. But it’s been really, really hard. As there are so many seriously amazing books releasing this winter.

    And while I didn’t receive any physical books in the mail, I did receive an eARC for review and that is…

    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to TSS]

    I am so super psyched to have an eARC of LUMINOSITY by Stephanie Thomas for review thanks to Entangled Teen. I received an early copy because I’m on the blog tour for LUMINOSITY in November and while my stop isn’t a review stop, I definitely plan on reading and reviewing this book prior to my stop.

    Because ever since I saw the amazing cover and read the description I’ve been dying to read it. And now I have it. Yay!

    And while I wish I could add it to the top of my reading pile this week, I do have a couple other titles ahead of it. But it just might end up on the pile next week.

    Anyway…

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

    (October 28 – November 3, 2012)

    First up on the pile is DARK TRIUMPH (His Fair Assassin #2) by Robin LaFevers. Thanks to the amazing Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, I received an ARC last week and I’ve been fighting the urge to pick it up ever since then.

    I know it’s super early and that I have a million and one other books I should be reading now, but the idea of an epic adventure with beautiful writing and setting, and a story that I already know and love is just too tempting to resist. Besides, I have been so curious to know more about Sybella, someone I wasn’t wholly certain I could trust when I first met her.

    But I can’t wait to read this story told from her perspective. I can’t wait to find out more about her backstory than was revealed in Grave Mercy. I can’t wait to see just who she meets imprisoned in the dungeons. If it’s who I hope it is, I will be so incredibly happy.

    And if all this wasn’t enough of a reason for me to be excited to read this book this week, the fact that the description calls this “heart-pounding” and promises “betrayal, treachery, and danger” that will keep me on the edge of my seat should just about do it.

    If this book is even half as amazing as Grave Mercy was, then I will be a very, very happy reader this week.

    Next up on the pile is BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards. I also received an ARC of this book from Jaime last week. And this is another book I’m so curious about that I just have to read it now.

    While I’d seen the cover across the blogosphere awhile back, I hadn’t checked out its description until very recently on Parajunkee’s blog and my curiosity was piqued. A post-apocalyptic forbidden love story with a “deadly conspiracy” and a “bloody war” sounded just so incredibly awesome I decided to pre-order it.

    But now that I have an advance reader’s copy, I can’t resist the chance to read it just a little bit early.

    I can’t wait to meet Ash Fisher and Natalie Buchanan. I’m so very curious about just what Darklings are and why there’s such animosity between the races. And I want to know just what it is about Natalie that causes Ash’s heart to beat. Especially since the description says it had been “long-dormant.”

    I hope this book is every bit as riveting as it sounds, that the two characters aren’t executed for being in love, and that the conspiracy is one they’ll be able to discover before it’s too late.

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    Wishful Thinking reads:

    Can I say EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton again? I think I’m obsessed with this book. I might have been okay if I hadn’t thought I had an early copy coming to me. But when that didn’t pan out I became mildly obsessed with the idea of finding out just what happened after that “oh my gosh you’re kidding me I can’t believe you just did that what just happened there no no no no no no no no no” ending in EVERNEATH.

    And now that I heard this book is even more amazing than the first, I’m dying. Literally. Okay, maybe not literally but it feels a lot like it. So of course I have to add this to my wishful thinking reads this week. Because I’m wishing and hoping that the copy I traded for arrives. And if it does I am wishing and hoping that I will be able to squeeze in a few hours to read it.

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    Those left behind:

    It was another week where real life took over most of my spare time. And getting sick didn’t help, either. So I didn’t get a chance to read two books this week. And the book that I did read was one I went off-pile to read.

    I happened to be out and about with a Kindle that didn’t have SPLINTERED on it or the ability to download via 3G. So I ended up taking a peek at UNRAVELING by Elizabeth Norris. And once I did, I couldn’t possibly step away from that story. So, every free moment – not that there were many – I had this week I spent devouring that book.

    And while I haven’t finished it, I will be finishing it today and getting right back to SPLINTERED, which I hope to finish before I start on this new pile of reads I have. I am also hopeful that I’ll be able to squeeze in UNDER THE NEVER SKY because that book is one I want to read now and don’t want to become a “back on the pile” read.

    I also hope to finish those lingering reviews for STARLING and COVET. Because with NaNoWriMo starting this week, I just don’t know how much time or mental capacity I’ll have to write reviews this month.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I was so good this week, hiding from NetGalley. Until last night. And if I’d created this post earlier I could have said that I refrained from requesting anything.

    I can’t say that now. Because I did end up requesting two titles from Penguin – NATURAL BORN ANGEL by Scott Speer and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH by Maureen Johnson. Two books I don’t think I’ll be approved for. But I just had to try.

    I would have loved to spend last week reading. Sadly that didn’t happen. And I’d love to spend this week reading instead of doing all those things that I should be doing like working, sleeping, blogging, writing. But I won’t be able to avoid those responsibilities… except for sleeping, maybe.

    But the amount of books I’ve read this year has been atrocious. Embarrassing. Shocking. And the amount of books I’ve reviewed this year has been even more mortifying. Horrifying. Despicable.

    So, I’m really hopeful that with my new goals for my third year of blogging in place I’ll be able to refocus on the reading and reviewing. Because I miss all those hours I used to have to get lost in a book.

    Anyway… enough about me. What about you?

    Do you have anything exciting to read this week? A book that you’ve been waiting forever to move to the top of the pile and now you finally can? A book whose release date has arrived and it’s just begging to be read?

    I’d love to hear what books you’ve received and are planning on reading this week!

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

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