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    Book Watch: The Fiery Heart

    The Fiery Heart


    THE FIERY HEART by Richelle Mead will be released in the U.S. on November 19, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 438 pages.

    THE FIERY HEART is the fourth book in Author Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series. The fifth book in the series, SILVER SHADOWS, is slated for release in 2014 and the sixth book in the series, currently untitled, will be released in 2015.


    The week of November 19th is a fairly slow week for YA releases, but when I saw that THE FIERY HEART was releasing I instantly knew it would be the book I wanted to spotlight this week.

    While I’m majorly behind on this series – I’ve only read one-point-five of the three books currently released – it’s written by Richelle Mead. It has one of my favorite vampires, Adrian Ivashkov. So it’s automatically a must read book for me.

    I did end up taking a peek at the description, and fortunately it was vague about what decision Sydney made in THE INDIGO SPELL. So I can still be totally surprised and shocked when I get the chance to read it. Which I now really, really want to do. But it’s also pretty cryptic about just what happens in THE FIERY HEART.

    The description talks of “passion” and “vengeance” and Sydney’s “secret life.” But it doesn’t reveal in what directions she’s pulled in or whether her secret is discovered. It hints that re-education may be something Sydney will have to fight against, but it doesn’t say for sure that she is exposed. All of which has totally piqued my curiosity and made me wonder if I have enough time to get caught up before this book’s release.

    Richelle Mead is an amazing writer. I loved BLOODLINES and every single one of the books in the Vampire Academy series. So, even though I am behind on this series, I just know I’m going to love reading THE FIERY HEART when it releases on the 19th.

    And while I’m also looking forward to checking out the latest book by Alyson Noel and Susan Ee’s novel – which I heard is awesome – the book I am most excited for releasing the week of November 19th, by an author I have adored since long before I became a book blogger and with characters I have loved for nearly as long, is THE FIERY HEART. Which is why I am calling it the book to watch this week.


    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s BLOG

    The author on INSTAGRAM

    The author on GOODREADS

    The series on FACEBOOK


    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

    But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever.

    Pulses will race throughout this thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.


    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are a couple other awesome books releasing the week of November 19th:

    HORIZON (The Soul Seekers #4) by Alyson Noel

    WORLD AFTER (Penryn & the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee


    Review: Bloodlines

    Bloodlines by Richelle Mead was released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. A paperback edition will be available on May 29, 2012.

    Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 432 pages.

    Bloodlines is the first book in author Richelle Mead’s series of the same name. The sequel, The Golden Lily, will be available on June 12, 2012.


    Goodreads description:

    The first book in Richelle Mead’s brand-new teen fiction series – set in the same world as Vampire Academy.

    When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.

    Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive – this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.


    Sydney Sage was desperate to get back into the Alchemist’s good graces. Still in fear of being sent for re-education and that her sister, Zoe, would be recruited to take her place as the family’s next Alchemist, she was willing to accept any assignment they had for her.

    Even if it meant being sent to Palm Springs to become babysitter and roommate to one of the royal Moroi, Jill Dragomir. Even if it meant pretending to be related to vampires, the unnatural creatures with magical abilities that she feared. And even if it meant being forced to work alongside Keith Darnell, an Alchemist she despised possibly even more than the vampires, themselves.

    But getting the chance to attend private school didn’t sound all bad. Especially to someone who had been home schooled their entire life and who would probably never have the chance to go to college.

    How was she to know just how complicated things really were and that humans could get themselves into nearly as much trouble as the vampires? And how could she have possibly foreseen an enemy she didn’t even know existed?

    With no one she could turn to for help among the Alchemists and feeling there was no one she could really trust, Sydney would have to find answers on her own. Because her only other option would be to get help from a vampire. And that worked out so well for her the last time….


    Fast-paced, exciting and absolutely spellbinding, Bloodlines meets every expectation and then some for this spinoff series by author Richelle Mead about vampires, alchemists and humans and the dangers that exist in a world that includes them all.

    With a mix of old characters and new, a brand new setting and a whole new mystery to solve, this introductory book into the series is a definite must read. The writing is engaging, the plot is intriguing, the characters are witty, interesting, likable, detestable and mysterious and the ending will leave readers craving book two.

    In Bloodlines, Sydney Sage, the Alchemist who put a lot on the line to help Rose Hathaway is back. And this time she’s the main character and the story is told through her eyes as she uproots her life and heads to Palm Springs to Amberwood Prep where she is tasked with watching over Jill Dragomir, the Moroi Princess whose life is at risk now that Lissa has been made Queen.

    As tricky of an assignment as it is, it’s made more difficult by the fact that Sydney has never attended school and learned to socialize, there are secrets the vampires are keeping from her and the Alchemist who is supposed to oversee things is one of her biggest enemies and doesn’t want her there.

    Once again, Richelle Mead captivates readers with her lovable and relatable characters, with writing that is inviting and enticing and with the promise of something even more thrilling in books to come.

    Fans of the author’s Vampire Academy series will not be disappointed. And new readers will be easily ensnared by the ever-charming, witty and self-deprecating Adrian Ivashkov, the adorably sweet Jill Dragomir, the fiercely protective Eddie Castile and the kind, clever and sympathetic Sydney Sage.

    Full of surprises, danger, suspense and betrayal, Bloodlines is utterly riveting and the start to a series not to be missed.

    Reviewer gives this book…

    On a personal note:

    Bloodlines totally rocked. I was so worried I’d spend the entire read missing Rose and Dimitri. And while I did miss them just a little bit, I loved getting to see things from Sydney Sage’s perspective.

    And I loved getting to see Adrian through someone else’s eyes, see how he acted when Rose wasn’t around and see how he interacted with girls other than Rose.

    I loved Sydney’s character in the Vampire Academy series so I wasn’t worried about getting to know her in this spinoff series. And I instantly liked her again, though she did frustrate me at times. As clever as she was when it came to things like schoolwork, she could be really dense about nearly everything else.

    Which was somewhat of a surprise at first. Especially as she was supposed to be pretty good at figuring things out and yet no warning bells went off in her head about certain characters’ behaviors. But even with the short-term cluelessness, which I don’t think will happen again, she was an awesome character to get to know better.

    Between her restrictive upbringing, the fears and prejudices that were instilled in her from a very early age and the rigid and unbending principles and rules that the Alchemists lived by, Sydney could have been just as unlikable a character as her father, or Keith. But she wasn’t. She still managed to think for herself, she was still able to see the good in “people” and she still managed to be kind of bada** when she wanted to be.

    But while I loved getting to know Sydney and having the story told from her point of view, Adrian Ivashkov was my favorite. I found myself looking forward to every scene he was in. Just as I did when I first met him in the Vampire Academy series. He was one of my favorite characters in that series, so that automatically made him my favorite in this one.

    Adrian was every bit as charming and lovable as always. And even though he was heartbroken, he didn’t stop being a total flirt. He was fun. He was adorable. He was maddening. He was delectable. But it was also nice seeing his protective side come out for someone other than Rose.

    And just like in the Vampire Academy books, when he let things get intense, let his nonchalance slip away, he was absolutely hypnotizing and kind of breathtaking. I sort of forgot that about him. That one line of his at the end…. Well, nope, I can’t say what that is, but I could swear it made my heart skip a beat.

    Oh and I loved the cameo appearances. While I won’t be all spoiler-y and say who showed up in this book, I will say that it was awesome that they did. Though it was definitely different seeing them from another character’s perspective. And I am so looking forward to just who will be showing up in the next book. Yes, that surprise was dropped at the very end.

    Speaking of The Golden Lily, I am so freaking happy I waited to read this book. Because there is no way I would have been able to suffer the long, long, long wait from when Bloodlines was released until the sequel’s release. As it is I’m dying. Absolutely dying.

    I was totally caught up in Richelle Mead’s world once again. And I didn’t want to move on to another one. I was totally invested in her characters and I was not at all prepared to let them go.

    And while I was able to solve the mystery long before Sydney did, I loved seeing her figure it out for herself. And I loved the way things ended. Especially after that one scene where…. Oops.

    If I had to describe this book in just three short sentences they would be: Awesomely awesome. Super fun. Totally delicious.

    So, yes, I want to re-read this book right now. Yes, I want to go back and re-read the entire Vampire Academy series. Yes, this book was absolutely fan-freaking-tastic. And yes, I am keeping fingers crossed that this time around Adrian gets his happily ever after.


    I have a favorite passage. And no, I can’t reveal it here. Because it will totally ruin that moment. So, I thought I’d just post the highlights from two great scenes with a favorite character instead. And there’s really no surprise who that is….

    “…I can say you’re okay for an irreverent party boy with occasional moments of brilliance.”

    “Brilliant? You think I’m brilliant?” He threw his hands skyward. “You hear that, world? Sage says I’m brilliant.”

    “That’s not what I said!”

    … As I drove away, I decided the Alchemists needed an entire department devoted to handling Adrian Ivashkov.


    “Adrian, we’re focusing on Jill here. This isn’t about your personal entertainment.”

    “Not true,” he said, green eyes sparkling. “Everything’s about my personal entertainment. The world is my stage. Keep it up–you’re becoming a star performer in the show.”

    The extras…

    Be sure to check out the Bloodlines series website for some fun extras and an app, HERE.

    To read an excerpt on Scribd, CLICK HERE.


    The trailer…


    Book Watch: The Golden Lily

    The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead will be released in the U.S. on June 12, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats.

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

    Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 423 pages.

    The Golden Lily is the second book in the Bloodlines series by author Richelle Mead.


    There are a few awesome books releasing the week of June 12th. But the one I’m most excited for is The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead. While I haven’t yet read Bloodlines, the first book in this spin-off series, it is the very next book on my reading pile. And with release date for The Golden Lily in less than a month, it’s a book I definitely have on my most watched list.

    The author is an amazing writer. Her Vampire Academy series had characters I will love for always. One of them being Adrian, who is apparently very much in this new series which takes place at a boarding school in Palm Springs, California.

    I can’t wait to find out what happened in Bloodlines and to see what’s next for Jill, Sydney and Adrian in this sequel. I have taken a peek at the description and it sounds even more exciting than the description for book one. A story that promises “Strigoi,” “forbidden romance” and “spirit bonds” sounds awesome and has me desperate to find out what I missed and what’s to come. And, the idea that this story is set at a school not solely for vampires is totally wicked and definitely adds to the tension.

    With the higher stakes, hotter drama and steamier romance that the description teases and with the possibility of cameo appearances by some of the other favorite characters from Vampire Academy, this book and series totally deserve to be in a giant spotlight.


    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author on GOODREADS

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s BLOG

    The Vampire Academy series WEBSITE


    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy spinoff series

    Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students–children of the wealthy and powerful–carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

    Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead’s breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.


    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are three other awesome books releasing on June 12th:

    Timepiece (Hourglass #2) by Myra McEntire

    Rapture by Lauren Kate

    For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund


    My Reading Pile #61

    Aside from the signed copies of City of Lost Souls that I purchased, this week was pretty quiet as far as the mailbox is concerned. I actually wasn’t expecting anything, but one book did show up.

    Credit for mailbox sharing goes to TSS.

    I received a copy of Betrayed by Ednah Walters for review from the awesome folks at Spencer Hill Press.

    I am really excited to check this book out. I’d heard of the author and her series when it was self-published and I actually have one of the books in that series on my Kindle. But I’m super glad I hadn’t yet read it so that I can read this book without comparisons or influence from the earlier version.

    Betrayed is due out in early June and I definitely plan on reading this prior to release. But for now….

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

    (May 13 – May 19, 2012)


    First up on the pile is Starling by Lesley Livingston. I received an ARC through a trade and after Jaime of Two Chicks On Books sent me a photo of a certain passage involving the Fennrys Wolf, I knew I had to move this book right to the top of the pile.

    I loved the author’s Wondrous Strange series, fell in love with Kelley, Sonny and Fenn and was just so sad to see the series end. But when I heard that Starling continued Fenn’s story, I was ecstatic.

    And Starling sounds seriously awesome. I love the fact that this story also takes place in New York City. And I love the fact that Mason Starling’s family has some kind of connection with the Norse gods. But most of all I love, love, love that Fenn appears to have amnesia.

    Starling sounds like it will be an action-packed adventure, with a mystery I know I’ll love unraveling with the characters. And I am dying to see what the author does with the Norse mythology in this story. And that first line of the description has me absolutely intrigued – “Love is just the beginning… of the end.”

    Yes, there was no way I’d be able to wait until closer to release date to put this book on top of the pile.

    Next up on the pile is Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. I have the eBook and a print copy, but as the print copy is signed I will be reading the eBook version. Which I’ve owned since release date. Which has been begging to be read ever since. And yet which has never made it onto the pile… until now.

    At first it was because I was hesitant to pick up this new story in a world I loved with other characters than my very favorite ones. I was worried I’d spend the entire read missing them and not be able to get into this book. But then I heard that the story included Adrian, which the description didn’t even hint at.

    But by that time I was just too bogged down with reads that I couldn’t get it to the top of the pile. Well, after much pressure and getting a chance to borrow the sequel, I just couldn’t hold out any longer.

    I’ve always thought Sydney was awesome and I am excited about heading to Palm Springs where the characters won’t just be moroi and dhampirs.

    Richelle Mead is an awesome writer. I still haven’t quite recovered from the mid-series heartbreak in the Vampire Academy series. Though I have to say I loved how the next book played out because of it. But I’m super excited to see what happens with Adrian as he’s one of those characters that I want to have a happily ever after.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    If I Die by Rachel Vincent is my only wishful thinking read this week. I know I’ll have an entire month to re-read this book for the challenge, but after finishing My Soul to Steal I really need IID to make me smile.

    I’ve read If I Die a few times, but I hadn’t read it just after reading MStSteal so I’m curious to see if it changes anything.

    Those left behind:

    I sort of went a bit off pile last week and didn’t read either book I had planned on reading. Not because I couldn’t get into them or because the books aren’t amazing. But I’ve been in a bit of a funk and I didn’t want that to affect my reading enjoyment of two books I know I’ll love.

    So, I decided to do a bit of re-reading instead for two books I already adore – My Soul to Steal by Rachel Vincent for the Soul Screamers Reading Challenge and The Long Walk by Stephen King because that is one book that will always be out of this world amazing.

    I will be reading both books from last week before I start this week’s reads because I think I’m starting to come out of my mood… well, I hope I am. But I’ll also be reading a purely for me book that I won’t be reviewing on any blog. And no, it’s not that book that everyone’s talking/ranting about.

    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I’ve stayed away from NetGalley this week. I’m really trying to squeeze in the books I’ve already agreed to review through NetGalley before requesting any new ones. And I’m eternally hopeful that I’ll get a few read over the summer.

    But that remains to be determined.


    I’ve been in such a snark the past few weeks that it’s made it tough to read. I’m a mood reader and when I’m in a snarky mood, it’s tough to get lost in a book. I become overly critical and that’s just not how I like to read. And with a few less than stellar reads for me lately, which ended with a hugely disappointing non-YA read, I’ve been wary of picking up any of my “dying for” reads.

    But going off pile for an old favorite I believe has helped. Although I’m still in full-on snark mode, I found that I was able to get lost in a book without nit-picking. So, instead of feeling anxious I’m feeling hopeful.

    So, anyway, I have some pretty amazing reads ahead of me that I just know I’ll love – yes, I do go into reads with that much faith in them and the author. But I’d love to hear what you’ve got planned for the week ahead.

    Happy reading!


    Do you create a reading pile?

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


    The Trailers: September

    They’re back – after a very long summer hiatus! For those times when you just need a short break from reading. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for some of the recently released and upcoming books for September.

    I am a bit late, as many of the September books have already been released. But once again, I say better late than never.

    And I know I missed July and August completely, but it seems that during the summer, book trailers aren’t released quite as early or as frequently as they are throughout the remainder of the year and so my July trailers post still sits in drafts with only a tiny handful of trailers.

    But, they’re back…and I’ll be posting my October trailers post in the next couple of weeks.


    And because I just couldn’t resist posting one of the many trailers I missed from the August 30th releases…

    Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

    Release date: August 30, 2011



    Vanish by Sophie Jordan

    Release date: September 6, 2011



    All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin

    Release date: September 6, 2011



    Fateful by Claudia Gray

    Release date: September 13, 2011



    Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst

    Release date: September 13, 2011

    (SimonSchusterVideos) – Not a trailer. The author talks about the book


    After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel

    Release date: September 13, 2011



    The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

    Release date: September 20, 2011

    (HarperTeen) – Not a trailer. The author talks about the book


    The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton

    Release date: September 27, 2011



    Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

    Release date: September 27, 2011



    The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

    Release date: September 29, 2011



    And for just a peek at what’s happening on the Fall 2011 Dark Days tour…

    Fall ’11 Dark Days



     We hope you enjoyed the lovely distractions. Stay tuned…we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow.


    Giveaway: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead Signed

    Well, as you may have been aware, when Richelle Mead mentioned having signed copies of Bloodlines available for pre-order from University Bookstore, I jumped at the chance. I ordered a copy for myself, one for a friend, and one for giveaway.

    Well, I’ve been tracking them all week, was hoping they’d be here yesterday, but they arrived today! So, now that I’m able to get this picture and start the giveaway…

    What’s Up for Grabs?

    One signed copy of Bloodlines by Richelle Mead and plus random swag.

    The Deets:

    * Only one entry per person.

    * Must be 13 or older to enter.

    * Contest is International where allowed by law.

    * Giveaway ends Friday, September 2, 2011 at 11:59 p.m.

    * Winner will be chosen by and announced on the blog on Saturday, September 3rd.

    * Winner will have 48 hours after notification to respond.

    *Prize will be sent via US mail.

    There is no requirement to follow, tweet or “like,” but following the blog is always appreciated.

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    The giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered. I will be running the names through Random and announcing the winner here on the blog in the morning.

    And now for the winner…

    Congratulations Momo! You are the winner for the signed copy of Bloodlines. I’ll be contacting you by email for your details and you’ll have 48 hours to respond or I will be forced to choose another winner.

    Thanks again to everyone who stopped by. As soon as my signed copies of Shade and Shift turn up – bad, bad mailman – I’ll finally be having that promised giveaway from the YA Crush Tourney – and anyone who entered back then will be getting an automatic 2nd chance to win.



    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #34

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


    Bloodlines by Richelle Mead will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, the print edition is 432 pages.

    Bloodlines is the first book in a new series by Richelle Mead set in the same world as her Vampire Academy series.


    Of course I have this one pre-ordered. I also have the second book in this series pre-ordered. I would like nothing more than to drop everything and read this book. The Vampire Academy series is one of my most favorite young adult series and just the opportunity to be able to go back to the world, even if not to the same characters, is so unbelievably tempting.

    I can’t wait to get to know Sydney a little better. I always liked her but never really got to know her from her role in the Vampire Academy books. And I can’t imagine how well things could possibly work out for Jill Dragomir at a human school in Palm Springs.

    I’ve been trying not to get my hopes up too much that we’ll get to see what’s going on with Rose and Dimitri, but I’m prepared in the event we won’t get the chance. No matter what, I just know I’ll love this new series, but I still can’t help but keep my fingers crossed that Rose, Dimitri and Adrian will pop in every once in awhile.

    Possess by Gretchen McNeil will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 384 pages.

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


    I have a signed ARC of this book, but I still have it pre-ordered to download to my Kindle. I did not get a chance to read it the other week, though I really wanted to, but I still plan on reading it later this summer or early this fall. This is not one I’m going to allow to sink too far down in the pile.

    This was one of the 2011 debut books that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. And as I spotlighted it for my “Book Watch” post a few weeks back I won’t be too repetitive now. But, I absolutely love this cover and the fact that the heroine in this story has the ability to banish demons. That sounds like a completely awesome power to have.

    I can’t wait to get just a little breathing room so that I can move this one back to the top of the pile, because from what I’d read so far Possess is definitely a book I will really enjoy.

    Nocturne by Christine Johnson will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Nocturne is the second book in the Claire de Lune series by Christine Johnson.


    I have owned Claire de Lune for what seems like forever, but haven’t had a chance to read it…yet. I traded for an ARC of Nocturne some time ago in the hopes that I would be able to catch up with this series before Nocturne’s release. Sadly, I wasn’t able to.

    I have given away my ARC, but the eBook will download on Monday Midnight to join the first book on my Kindle. I haven’t let myself peek at the description on Goodreads for this sequel as I don’t want to discover any spoilers for book one, but I’m hoping it continues Claire’s story and not just the story of the pack of female werewolves she has become a part of.

    This is another series that I really don’t want to get further behind on and I hope to be able to read both books back-to-back later this fall.

    Sweetly by Jackson Pearce will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 320 pages.

    Sweetly is the companion book to Sisters Red in the Fairytale Retellings series by author Jackson Pearce.


    This cover freaks me out to no end. I saw it in the bookstore this past weekend and I can see nothing but the spooky face created by the dark silhouettes of the tree branches. I’m glad that the eBook I have on pre-order doesn’t do covers justice or I think I’d have nightmares just looking at this cover. It’s definitely awesome, but so unbelievably creepy.

    I haven’t read Sisters Red but I do own it and hope to read it some day soon. But the story in Sweetly is much more appealing to me. I haven’t read many, if any, fairytale retellings, but I think a retelling of Hansel and Gretel sounds really interesting.

    From what I read in the description, I like the idea that it’s not keeping strictly to the original story, but offers something new. There’s still a boy and girl, a witch and a forest. But Gretchen sounds much more kick-a** than Gretel ever was, and instead of blindly wandering into a trap, Gretchen is ready to fight.

    But in this newly re-imagined fairytale the witch may not be the source of the danger or the missing girls. So there is a bit of a mystery and a love story in Sweetly and I can’t wait to find out more.

    Blood Bound by Rachel Vincent will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (Note: In eBook format, Blood Bound won’t be available for download until September 1, 2011.)

    Blood Bound is the first book in a new series for an adult audience by author Rachel Vincent.

    Published by Mira, the print edition is 4oo pages.


    I am in the middle of Blood Bound right now and I absolutely love this new series. I haven’t read the author’s other series written for an adult audience, so this is my first introduction to her books aimed at an older crowd.

    I decided to add this book to the Releasing This Week post even though the Kindle version which I have on pre-order won’t be downloading until September 1st, because August 23rd is the book’s true release date.

    I am such a huge fan of the author and own all her books in both print and eBook format, so I wanted to add this one to my electronic family. Besides, as the ARC isn’t personally signed to me, I have already promised it to another reviewer.

    I won’t talk too much about this book now, as I will be posting my review on Wednesday, but from page one you are sucked right into Liv Warren’s dark and gritty world where she is a Tracker who can find people by the scent of their blood. And she must try to find and save her friend’s missing daughter from the dark and dangerous underworld where she’s been taken.

    I can’t wait to finish writing this post so I can get back to reading and find out how everything turns out at the end of this dark, sexy and gripping paranormal novel. And I’ll be even happier when the finished copy downloads onto my Kindle and I have it added to my permanent collection.

    The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats. (Note: Barnes & Noble also has an exclusive edition available to pre-order.)

    Published by HarperTeen, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

    The Power of Six is the second book in the Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore. (Pittacus Lore is the pseudonym for James Frey and Jobie Hughes.)


    I had been on the fence about reading this series due to some of the negative press that surrounded the first book’s release. But when the publisher sent a copy of this second book for review I decided to accept it and purchase the first book in the series so that I could get caught up.

    I had seen the film version of book one, so I figured why not read the book. And so far I’m enjoying it much more than the movie, although I am picturing the book characters as the actors in the film. Although I’m not quite finished with I Am Number Four, as I am not one to have an incomplete collection, I decided to pre-order the eBook of The Power of Six.

    And, until I added the second book in the series to the pile, I had not been aware that this book is not about Six, but about Seven. Seven is just one of the six remaining beings from Lorien that are still alive and being hunted by the Mogadorians.

    From the description on Goodreads, it seems that Seven is still in hiding and waiting for a sign, wondering if John Smith is just that. Or if the girl from Seven’s dreams is. But Seven is not content to remain in hiding any longer and is ready to fight back.


    The time for slow release weeks is now over. There are six new books releasing this week that I am purchasing for my collection and next week is just as crowded with new releases that I must have.

    While not all of the above books will be read in the next few weeks, I am hoping to have them all read this year. I have grand plans. But then I always do.

    Even though I have six books pre-ordered, I still feel like I’m missing something really important. I’m just not quite sure what that is. But I’ll be keeping an eye on the Twitter timeline on Tuesday for any book birthday mentions so that I might snag any of the books that I missed. Better late than never, right?

    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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