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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #37

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

    These are books for the week of September 13th-September 19th that I have pre-ordered.


    Frost by Marianna Baer will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 400 pages.

    Frost is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at


    Frost was a book I was desperate to get my hands on and I was fortunate enough to receive an early copy for review. And I loved it. It was a total nail-biter and deliciously spooky. The bluish grey tones to the cover and, well, everything about that cover, including that creepy house, made me want to read it. And then there was the description.

    A “cozy dorm,” “mysterious happenings” and “desperate measures” all added up to a book that I knew I just had to have. I hadn’t read too many haunted house books, but this one hinted that it might be something more.

    I knew I wanted this for my permanent collection, regardless of the fact that I received the ARC, and so I added it to my list of pre-orders ages ago. I can’t wait for it to download on Monday Midnight because I had given the ARC away. But I also want to check this book out in the stores, because if the cover is as beautiful as it seems to be online, then I might just break my rule and pick up an unsigned copy for my collection.

    Fateful by Claudia Gray will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 336 pages.


    I have been dying to read Fateful for ages and I can’t believe I wasn’t able to read it before release. While I still have the ARC, I have Fateful on my list of pre-orders for download for the permanent collection. And just like with Frost, I absolutely love this cover and I will be checking out the hardcover to see if it might just find a home with my print books.

    I’ve been a huge fan of Claudia Gray’s ever since she blew me away with the twist in the first book of her Evernight series. I did not see that coming. At all. And I thought it was just so clever and different.

    I have talked this book up quite a bit, because it has been one of my most anticipated reads and I did spotlight this for my Book Watch post a few weeks back so, as always, I’ll try not to ramble too much.

    While the concept of werewolves on the Titanic when you boil it down to that simple phrase may raise some eyebrows, when you actually read the description it doesn’t seem as unusual as it sounds. It’s a love story. Possibly an ill-fated one. The only thing certain is that the ship will sink. The questions that remain are whether either Tess or Alec, or both of them, will survive the ships untimely end, and whether the cause is the ship’s destruction or the werewolves that have been hunting Alec.

    Though I will not get to read this before release, I will be reading this very, very soon. For me, this is a must read.

    After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, the print edition is 320 pages.


    When I added After Obsession to my list of pre-orders I had no idea what it was about, just that it was a new Carrie Jones book and it wasn’t part of her Need series. I managed to trade for an ARC which I didn’t get a chance to read and sent along to another blogger for review.

    I thought the cover was really pretty, but it was solely my fandom for the author that put this one on my list of early orders. While the title was definitely intriguing, I hadn’t even looked at the book’s description until I sent it along a week or so ago. But it sounds absolutely creepy.

    As a fan of Stephen King, I absolutely love books set in “a cold Maine town.” Some of my most favorite reads have been set in Maine. It just evokes a feeling of isolation, which is perfect for a story involving a suspected haunting which actually turns out to be a demon possession, according to the description.

    But this book is not just about the chilling events surrounding the possession, it also promises romance.

    So, now, of course, I am dying to read the book, though it might be October before I get the chance. But I’m glad to have this one back in my collection this week and to see just how different this collaborative effort will be.

    Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 400 pages.


    I first noticed this book because of the play on the book’s title with that other book, which I have not read. I was also drawn to it by its eye-catching cover. I was hoping to get an early copy, but sadly wasn’t able to. And haven’t had a chance to read it through Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab program.

    I decided to add it to my list of pre-orders just this past week after taking a longer look at the description when pulling together my Extras post. And it sounds like it will be a really great read.

    Just the idea that the main character, a teen vampire, gets stabbed by a unicorn, makes me want to find out more. What kind of world has this author created where vampires and unicorns co-exist? And how a vampire manages to get stabbed by one brings up so many questions. Questions I want answers to. So, of course, I’ve got to read on to find out.

    But I am also interested in discovering the rest of the story, where the effects of the above incident seem to be turning Pearl into a human, or at least more human-like. And where she begins to fall for a vampire hunter.

    I have to say that it all sounds like such a perfect read for me and I hope to get this book on the pile really soon.

    Perfect by Ellen Hopkins will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 640 pages.


    I have read only one Ellen Hopkins book before, and I thought it was beautifully written. I absolutely loved how her words played across the printed page and just grabbed me. I have only read the one, as I have been an eBook fanatic for a few years and didn’t think her books would translate well to the format of an eReader.

    I traded for an early copy of Perfect, but knew I wouldn’t be able to read it prior to release and so I passed it along to another blogger who would. And I also hadn’t read Impulse, which is a companion novel to Perfect. So, even though it’s not necessary to a read of this book, I wanted to experience that one first.

    I did end up purchasing Impulse for my Kindle, and while I still haven’t had a chance to read it, from a quick glance I think the format looks fine. So I decided to add this one to my list of pre-order downloads.

    As with every Ellen Hopkins book that I’ve seen, this one has incredibly high ratings on Goodreads. Once again this author tackles a tough subject, but one that is so important to be talked about. Being perfect.

    And this line from the description really captures this book’s focus brilliantly: “Everyone wants to be perfect, but when perfection loses its meaning, how far will you go? What would you give up to be perfect?”

    I am looking forward to discovering how this amazing author approaches this subject in her new book as it was one that I struggled with when I was a teenager and beyond.

    Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer will be released in the U.S. on September 13, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harcourt Children’s Books, the print edition is 256 pages.


    I hadn’t heard of this book until one of the people I traded with sent me a copy just because. While I ended up giving it away on the blog as I knew I wouldn’t read it prior to release, I found that I had developed a morbid curiosity for it and so I pre-ordered it.

    Everything about this book is creepy. From the title, to the scary, slightly evil-looking girl on the cover, to the description. I will not be reading this one at night or alone. No way.

    According to the description, the main character Willa’s estranged father murders his family and is coming after her and her brother. And as the story unfolds, she finds out that her mother has been keeping secrets. But apparently so has she.

    Of course I have to read this to find out just what those secrets are. But nothing about this book makes it seem like there will be anything remotely close to a happy ending. And, in fact, much of this sounds downright frightening.

    While I have been a fan of the horror genre, I haven’t been a fan of books about serial killers or horror stories with more of a realistic spin. And although this doesn’t claim to be a horror story, the events are certainly pretty horrific. Whatever genre it’s categorized as, between the title, cover and description, this book certainly gets its point across loud and clear.

    As that cover completely creeps me out, I’m glad I’m only getting the eBook version on Monday Midnight. I think the stare that girl is giving the camera can only be described as malevolent.

    As I Wake by Elizabeth Scott will be released in the U.S. on September 15, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Dutton Juvenile, a division of Penguin, the print edition is 224 pages.


    I first noticed this book appearing on the blogs shortly after BEA. The cover is absolutely stunning and I definitely developed a case of cover love. I didn’t add it to my pre-orders or my TBR pile at the time because I never got the chance to check out its description until recently.

    And this one sounds very different from any of the YA stories I’ve read, in a really good way. The main character Ava has amnesia and the few memories she begins to recover are those of a completely different existence to the one she’s presently living. She’s not sure what to believe, but when she meets the boy from her memories, he claims to have answers.

    I am intrigued. Most definitely. My mind is coming up with all sorts of possibilities as to what those memories really mean. Is her family not really her family? Are her friends not truly her friends? And if not, why would they lie? And why was Ava in the hospital in the first place?

    I’ve got to know. And sooner, rather than later. That’s for sure.


    Another book worthy of mention that is releasing this week in the U.S. on September 13, 2011, is Jenny Downham’s You Against Me, available in hardcover and eBook formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    I do not have this one on my list of pre-orders, but plan on checking it out after its release. I own Before I Die by the author but haven’t had a chance to read it quite yet. It was actually next up for a read just before I started blogging, and well….

    But I’ve seen this book around the blogosphere and I am curious to see if this will be a book for me.


    Another great release week. Seven books this time and I don’t think I missed any. While I had received a few ARCs of the above books through trades, most of which I’ve since sent on to other readers, the only book I have read is Frost, which I received for review from the publisher.

    Of the books that I had but didn’t get a chance to read, I am most excited about Fateful by Claudia Gray, because I’ve been such a fan of the author’s writing. And for the books that I haven’t had an early copy sitting on my shelves, I’d have to say I’m most looking forward to finally getting Drink, Slay, Love, because it really sounds like just one of those “me” books.

    I think all seven of the above books will make great additions to my eBook collection, though I’m wondering whether I’ll end up grabbing Frost and Fateful in print. That remains to be seen.


    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!


    Quickie ARC Giveaway: Blood Wounds

    I did a trade with another blogger and they threw in a copy of Blood Wounds just because. But as release date is coming up soon, September 13th, I know I won’t have a chance to read it before release date.

    It sounds really dark, disturbing and has been described as an “intense psychological drama.” So, of course this is definitely something I’ll be picking up when it releases, I just know I won’t be able to read it now.


    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. You must be 13 or older.

    3. Giveaway is International.

    4. Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on August 18th. Winner will be chosen by and announced on August 19th.

    There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    The contest is closed. I will be running the names through Random shortly and announcing the winner here on the blog. Stay tuned…

    Random has spoken and the winner is…

    Congratulations Rachel! You are the winner of the ARC of Blood Wounds along with some random swag. I will be contacting you by email and you will have 48 hours to respond with your details or I will be forced to choose another winner.

    Thanks so much to everyone who has entered and has stopped by the blog. Random isn’t always kind, but hopefully next time!

    Oh, and no, I did not win. 🙂 But it is odd that a Rachel and a Racquel have won my recent giveaways…hmm…