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    Top 10 of 2017: Best Books I’ve Read in 2017


    Welcome to Day One of the Top 10 of 2017

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    It’s hard to believe it’s been seven years since I began co-hosting the event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books. Over the years the event has changed a bit, as have the hosts, and I’m so thrilled that this year in addition to the incredible Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, Nancy and Christy of Tales of the Ravenous Reader, and Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales, we are joined by Fallon of Seeing Double in Neverland and the lovely ladies at Take Me Away To A Great Read!

    And, for the first time ever, we’re stoked to have an Instagram component, headed up by Bridget @DarkFaerieTales_.

    I haven’t been blogging very much during the last half of the year, but nearly every book I have read this year has been amazing. So I have a few favorites from the year to share.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2017 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Yet again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on each of the five days of this challenge – Head over to Two Chicks on Books for the Day One giveaway, I’ll be hosting tomorrow’s Day Two giveaway, Tales of the Ravenous Reader will be hosting Day Three’s giveaway, Day Four’s giveaway will be at Take Me Away to a Great Read, and Day Five’s giveaway will be at Seeing Double in Neverland. So be sure be to visit each of our blogs this week to share your post links and enter the giveaways!

    AND, if you head over to Bridget @ DarkFaerieTales’ Instagram, she’ll be hosting an event-long giveaway,

    The Best Books I’ve Read in 2017

    While I haven’t read a ton of books this year, the ones that I’ve read have been pretty incredible. So it has not been easy to choose just ten. And ranking them has been even harder, but here they are…

    #1

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    Title & Series: BLACKSOULS (Blackhearts #2)
    Author: Nicole Castroman
    Release date: April 11, 2017
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

    Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

    Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.

    Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty, and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.

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    Title & Series: WAYFARER (Passenger #2)
    Author: Alexandra Bracken
    Release date: January 3, 2017
    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
    Pages: 544
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    All Etta Spencer wanted was to make her violin debut when she was thrust into a treacherous world where the struggle for power could alter history. After losing the one thing that would have allowed her to protect the Timeline, and the one person worth fighting for, Etta awakens alone in an unknown place and time, exposed to the threat of the two groups who would rather see her dead than succeed. When help arrives, it comes from the last person Etta ever expected—Julian Ironwood, the Grand Master’s heir who has long been presumed dead, and whose dangerous alliance with a man from Etta’s past could put them both at risk.

    Meanwhile, Nicholas and Sophia are racing through time in order to locate Etta and the missing astrolabe with Ironwood travelers hot on their trail. They cross paths with a mercenary-for-hire, a cheeky girl named Li Min who quickly develops a flirtation with Sophia. But as the three of them attempt to evade their pursuers, Nicholas soon realizes that one of his companions may have ulterior motives.

    As Etta and Nicholas fight to make their way back to one another, from Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, time is rapidly shifting and changing into something unrecognizable… and might just run out on both of them.

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    Title: THE LAST THING YOU SAID
    Author: Sara Biren
    Release date: April 4, 2017
    Publisher: Amulet Books
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    Last summer, Lucy’s and Ben’s lives changed in an instant. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning. In the next, Trixie—Lucy’s best friend and Ben’s sister—was gone, her heart giving out during a routine swim. And just like that, the idyllic world they knew turned upside down, and the would-be couple drifted apart, swallowed up by their grief.

    Now it’s a year later in their small lake town, and as the anniversary of Trixie’s death looms, Lucy and Ben’s undeniable connection pulls them back together. They can’t change what happened the day they lost Trixie, but the summer might finally bring them closer to healing—and to each other.

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    Title & Series: NOW I RISE (The Conqueror’s Saga #2)
    Author: Kiersten White
    Release date: June 27, 2017
    Publisher: Delacorte Press
    Pages: 480
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn’t getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart. There’s no time to wonder whether he still thinks about her, even loves her. She left him before he could leave her.

    What Lada needs is her younger brother Radu’s subtlety and skill. But Mehmed has sent him to Constantinople—and it’s no diplomatic mission. Mehmed wants control of the city, and Radu has earned an unwanted place as a double-crossing spy behind enemy lines Radu longs for his sister’s fierce confidence—but for the first time in his life, he rejects her unexpected plea for help. Torn between loyalties to faith, to the Ottomans, and to Mehmed, he knows he owes Lada nothing. If she dies, he could never forgive himself—but if he fails in Constantinople, will Mehmed ever forgive him?

    As nations fall around them, the Dracul siblings must decide: what will they sacrifice to fulfill their destinies? Empires will topple, thrones will be won . . . and souls will be lost.

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    Title & Series: FROSTBLOOD (Frostblood Saga #1)
    Author: Elly Blake
    Release date: January 10, 2017
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

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    The Frost King will burn.

    Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.

    Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating—yet irresistible—Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king’s tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her—and from the icy young man she has come to love.

    Vivid and compelling, Frostblood is the first in an exhilarating series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies . . . but together create a power that could change everything.

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    Title: THE INEVITABLE COLLISION OF BIRDIE & BASH
    Author: Candace Ganger
    Release date: July 25, 2017
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    Sebastian Alvaréz is just trying to hold the pieces together, to not flunk out, to keep his sort-of-best friend Wild Kyle from doing something really bad. And to see his beloved Ma through chemo. But when he meets Birdie Paxton, a near-Valedictorian who doesn’t realize she’s smoking hot in her science pun T-shirt, at a party, an undeniable attraction sparks. And suddenly he’s not worried about anything.

    But before they are able to exchange numbers, they are pulled apart. A horrifying tragedy links Birdie and Bash together – yet neither knows it. When they finally reconnect, and are starting to fall – hard – the events of the tragedy unfold, changing both their lives in ways they can never undo.

    Told in alternating perspectives full of the best nerdy banter this side of Ohio, some seriously awesome skate moves, and the promise of a kiss destined to make the world stop turning, The Inevitable Collision of Birdie & Bash will break your heart and put it back together again.

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    Title: LETTERS TO THE LOST
    Author: Brigid Kemmerer
    Release date: April 4, 2017
    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

    Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

    When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

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    #8

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    Title: A SHORT HISTORY OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR
    Author: Jared Reck
    Release date: September 26, 2017
    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 272
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Matt Wainwright is constantly sabotaged by the overdramatic movie director in his head. He can’t tell his best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her, he implodes on the JV basketball team, and the only place he feels normal is in Mr. Ellis’s English class, discussing the greatest fart scenes in literature and writing poems about pissed-off candy-cane lumberjacks.

    If this were a movie, everything would work out perfectly. Tabby would discover that Matt’s madly in love with her, be overcome with emotion, and would fall into his arms. Maybe in the rain.

    But that’s not how it works. Matt watches Tabby get swept away by senior basketball star and all-around great guy Liam Branson. Losing Tabby to Branson is bad enough, but screwing up and losing her as a friend is even worse.

    After a tragic accident, Matt finds himself left on the sidelines, on the verge of spiraling out of control and losing everything that matters to him. From debut author Jared Reck comes a fiercely funny and heart-wrenching novel about love, longing, and what happens when life as you know it changes in an instant.

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    #9

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    Title: HELLWORLD
    Author: Tom Leveen
    Release date: March 21, 2017
    Publisher: Simon Pulise
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    Five years ago, Abby Booth’s mom, co-host of a ghost hunting reality show, went missing while filming in a ‘haunted’ cave in Arizona.

    Since then, Abby’s life has all but fallen to pieces, most notably because of her dad’s deep depression and how they’ve drifted further and further apart.

    But now, at seventeen, Abby has decided that things will change. She plans to go to the same cave where her mom and the crew went missing and to find out, once and for all, what happened there.

    With the help of the co-host’s son Charlie and two of his friends, Abby sets off on a quest for answers…but what the group ends up finding, what they stumble across in that dark, primordial cave in Arizona, is nothing they could have ever imagined.

    Abby was investigating a possible haunting… she never expected that there could be something worse.

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    #10

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    Title: WILDMAN
    Author: J.C. Geiger
    Release date: June 6, 2016
    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    “How can a total stranger understand you better than the people you’ve known your entire life?”

    When Lance’s ’93 Buick breaks down in the middle of nowhere, he tells himself Don’t panic. After all, he’s valedictorian of his class. First-chair trumpet player. Scholarship winner. Nothing can stop Lance Hendricks.

    But the locals don’t know that. They don’t even know his name. Stuck in a small town, Lance could be anyone: a delinquent, a traveler, a maniac. One of the townies calls him Wildman, and a new world opens up.

    He’s ordering drinks at a roadhouse. Jumping a train. Talking to an intriguing older girl who is asking about his future. And what he really wants. As one day blurs into the next, Lance finds himself drifting farther from home and closer to a girl who makes him feel a way he’s never felt before—like himself.

    This debut novel by a remarkable new talent explores the relationship between identity and place, the power of being seen, and the speed at which a well-planned life can change forever.

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    Again this year I’ve opted not to do an honorable mentions list as I’m hoping to capture my other favorites on the “Best ____ of 2017” day… though that may end up having a few honorable mentions if I can’t capture them all.


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    Review: LETTERS TO THE LOST


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    Title: LETTERS TO THE LOST
    Author: Brigid Kemmerer
    Release date: April 4, 2017
    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

    Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

    When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

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    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received by the publicity agency via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.


    The Review

    LETTERS TO THE LOST is an incredibly moving, beautifully written, and intensely emotional story that promises to put every reader’s heart through the wringer. It is a story of grief, anger, love, loss, and loneliness that is both extremely fragile and immensely powerful. It is poignant. It is tragic. It is devastatingly heartbreaking. It is the must read book of 2017.

    Juliet was not ready to say goodbye to her mother, even though it seemed everyone thought it was time she did. She idolized her mom. She missed her terribly. And she blamed herself for her mother’s death.

    She couldn’t be the friend she used to be. She couldn’t do the things she used to. All she had was her pain and the connection she had with her mom through the letters she wrote and left at her gravesite.

    Declan was angry all the time. He couldn’t stand the fact that his mother remarried and he despised the man she was married to. He hated being judged by people that didn’t even know him. And he detested his court-ordered community service.

    His dad may be the one in prison, but he was just as responsible for what happened to his sister and he was being tormented by the guilt. His best friend couldn’t understand what he was going through and his mother didn’t seem to care. But when he reads a letter that had been left on a grave, he thinks he might have found someone who does.

    Brigid Kemmerer has done an exceptional job of creating empathetic and relatable characters whose anguish can be felt and understood. Juliet and Declan are both so very lost and can’t find a way through their pain. They both blame themselves for their losses and are riddled with guilt. They are barely coping. They can’t accept their new realities. And alone they aren’t strong enough to fix what’s broken in themselves. But together, through their letters, they might be.

    LETTERS TO THE LOST is a love story. But first and foremost it’s a story about letting go, about trust, about asking for help, about being brave enough to find and face the truth, and about having the courage to go on living.

    It is tough and messy and one heck of an emotional rollercoaster. It is heartrending and courageous and brilliantly executed. It’s an exquisite and riveting and deeply affecting read that will be instantly likable and unputdownable.

    The Rating

    Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.


    About Brigid Kemmerer

    BRIGID KEMMERER is the author of LETTERS TO THE LOST (Bloomsbury; April 4, 2017), a dark, contemporary Young Adult romance;  THICKER THAN WATER (Kensington, December 29, 2015), a New Adult paranormal mystery with elements of romance; and the YALSA-nominated Elemental series of five Young Adult novels and three e-novellas which Kirkus Reviews calls “refreshingly human paranormal romance” and School Library Journal describes as “a new take on the supernatural genre.” She lives in the Baltimore area with her husband and four sons.

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    Review: THICKER THAN WATER

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    Title: THICKER THAN WATER
    Author: Brigid Kemmerer
    Release date: December 29, 2015
    Publisher: Kensington Books
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

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    On his own

    Thomas Bellweather hasn’t been in town long. Just long enough for his newlywed mother to be murdered, and for his new stepdad’s cop colleagues to decide Thomas is the primary suspect.

    Not that there’s any evidence. But before Thomas got to Garretts Mill there had just been one other murder in twenty years.

    The only person who believes him is Charlotte Rooker, little sister to three cops and, with her soft hands and sweet curves, straight-up dangerous to Thomas. Her best friend was the other murder vic. And she’d like a couple answers.

    Answers that could get them both killed, and reveal a truth Thomas would die to keep hidden…

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


    The Review

    Brigid Kemmerer’s THICKER THAN WATER is not your standard murder mystery. Right from the start the author sets a slightly different tone that lets you know that something is off, even if you can’t immediately put your finger on what it is. She introduces a narrator who is not the most reliable, making you question his innocence. And she creates a number of characters whose reactions are not what you might expect, which makes for a fascinating and intriguing and incredibly exciting read.

    Everyone thought that Thomas Bellweather was responsible for his mother’s death. He was in the house. There were no signs of forced entry. And while they may not have had any evidence against him, they knew he had to be her killer. It was only a matter of time before they could pin the murder on him.

    Charlotte Rooker couldn’t help but be drawn to Thomas. He was intense, mysterious, gorgeous. Even though her father and brothers warned her to stay away from him, she couldn’t. While she wasn’t entirely sure he was innocent, she felt safe with him and she wanted to help him. She just wished that every time she was with him she didn’t make things worse for him.

    And she wished her family wasn’t so dead set on putting him behind bars. Because if Thomas didn’t do it, then their single-minded pursuit of him could allow a murderer to walk free.

    Author Brigid Kemmerer penned a unique and compelling story with a main character who you’ll want not to be guilty. She hints at a potentially dark past, teasing only a fraction of his earlier life – just one of the many puzzles to be solved – and alludes to an even more uncertain future. He is at once disconcerting and thrilling and immensely appealing.

    With a number of subtle, well-placed clues and a few twists and turns and surprises, THICKER THAN WATER is sure to keep you locked in from beginning to end. And with the addition of another unsolved crime, a possible second suspect, a life-altering secret, and a forbidden romance, it promises to be an electrifying story that delivers the unexpected, that will keep you guessing, and guarantees that you’ll want to see more of these characters and this world at the story’s end.

    The Rating

    05


    About Brigid Kemmerer

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    Brigid Kemmerer was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland. Brigid started writing in high school, and her first real “novel” was about four brothers causing a ruckus in the suburbs. Those four brothers are the same boys living in the pages of The Elemental Series, so Brigid likes to say she’s had four teenage boys taking up space in her head for the last seventeen years. (Though sometimes that just makes her sound nuts.)

    Brigid loves hearing from people, and she probably won’t refer to herself in the third person like this if you actually correspond with her. She has a smartphone surgically attached to her person, and email is the best way to reach her. Her email address is brigidmary@gmail.com.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #161

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    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 January 28th-February 3rd that I have pre-ordered.

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    Up From the Grave

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    UP FROM THE GRAVE by Jeaniene Frost will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Avon, the print edition is 384 pages.

    UP FROM THE GRAVE is the seventh and final full-length novel in the Night Huntress series by Author Jeaniene Frost.

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    I am so excited and so terribly sad that UP FROM THE GRAVE is releasing this week. I’ve been waiting forever for its release and I can’t wait to see what this final installment holds for Cat and Bones. But I’m also heartbroken that it is the end for them.

    I may have only just met these characters in the past few years, but I instantly fell in love with them. I could read story after story about Cat and Bones and their adventures, which makes it even harder to let go.

    I refuse to read the description to see just how things might end. And I’m not sure if I’ll be devouring UP FROM THE GRAVE the instant it releases. I’m not entirely sure I’m ready to say goodbye. But I might just have to, or steer clear of Twitter for the next few weeks until the buzz dies down. We shall see.

    I don’t always root for a happy ending, but I am keeping my fingers crossed for Cat and Bones. And I’m keeping my ears covered and eyes closed until I discover the end for myself.

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    There’s always one more grave to dig.

    Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…

    A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences. And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear— will be hovering on the edge of the grave.

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    Uninvited

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    UNINVITED by Sophie Jordan will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 384 pages.

    UNINVITED is the first book in a new series by Author Sophie Jordan. A release date has not been set for the sequel.

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    I can’t wait for everyone to read UNINVITED by Sophie Jordan and I’m totally stoked that my finished copy will be downloading this week. I already read it and spotlighted it for my Book Watch post, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not just as anxious for it to hit shelves.

    I was totally surprised by how awesome this book was. Not because I thought the author wasn’t awesome already, but because I didn’t expect to love this story as much as I did based upon the description.

    It was amazing. And thought-provoking. And heartwarming. And nerve-wracking. And I am dying to get my hands on the sequel to see what happens next. Which is another reason why I’m anxious for its release. Because that means it’s one day closer to the sequel’s release.

    While I won’t be re-reading UNINVITED this week, I will definitely be re-reading it some time in the next month or two. It’s just that fantastic of a read and I’m curious to see what other chilling thoughts re-reading will bring to mind.

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    The Scarlet Letter meets Minority Report in bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s chilling new novel about a teenage girl who is ostracized when her genetic test proves she’s destined to become a murderer.

    When Davy Hamilton’s tests come back positive for Homicidal Tendency Syndrome (HTS)-aka the kill gene-she loses everything. Her boyfriend ditches her, her parents are scared of her, and she can forget about her bright future at Juilliard. Davy doesn’t feel any different, but genes don’t lie. One day she will kill someone.

    Only Sean, a fellow HTS carrier, can relate to her new life. Davy wants to trust him; maybe he’s not as dangerous as he seems. Or maybe Davy is just as deadly.

    The first in a two-book series, Uninvited tackles intriguing questions about free will, identity, and human nature. Steeped in New York Times bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s trademark mix of gripping action and breathless romance, this suspenseful tale is perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michelle Hodkin, and Lisa McMann.

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    Cruel Beauty

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    CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 352 pages.

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    I can’t believe that release day is just about here for CRUEL BEAUTY and my Kindle copy will be downloading on Monday Midnight. I feel like it was just yesterday when I first learned about it and added it to my list of pre-orders.

    I am currently in the middle of reading this book and will hopefully be finished reading it tonight. And oh my gosh do I love it. I wasn’t entirely sure I would, as the Beauty and the Beast tale has been done quite well before. But this story is gorgeous and is surprisingly unique.

    What I’ve devoured already has gotten me hooked. The description wasn’t lying when it called it a “sweeping fantasy” and I definitely do feel a bit dazzled.

    As I haven’t yet reached the end, I don’t know how far it will deviate from the fairy tale’s ending. And even if I did know, I wouldn’t reveal that here. But I can’t wait to finish writing this post so I can get back to reading it. It’s wonderfully, deliciously addictive.

    Description…

    Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

    Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

    Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

    With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

    But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

    As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

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    HEARTBEAT by Elizabeth Scott will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 256 pages.

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    The instant I read the description for Elizabeth Scott’s HEARTBEAT I added it to my list of pre-orders, and I can’t believe its release is just about here. I have an early copy and have managed to read most of it and plan on finishing it tomorrow, but I am still just as excited for the finished copy to land on my Kindle.

    I don’t want to say too much about this story, in part because if I started rambling I might reveal too much, in part because this post is already super long, and in part because just thinking about it brings me to tears.

    So I will only just say that it’s heart-wrenching and beautiful. And I can’t wait for everyone to read it, bawl and fall in love with it.

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    Life. Death. And…Love?

    Emma would give anything to talk to her mother one last time. Tell her about her slipping grades, her anger with her stepfather, and the boy with the bad reputation who might be the only one Emma can be herself with.

    But Emma can’t tell her mother anything. Because her mother is brain-dead and being kept alive by machines for the baby growing inside her.

    Meeting bad-boy Caleb Harrison wouldn’t have interested Old Emma. But New Emma-the one who exists in a fog of grief, who no longer cares about school, whose only social outlet is her best friend Olivia-New Emma is startled by the connection she and Caleb forge.

    Feeling her own heart beat again wakes Emma from the grief that has grayed her existence. Is there hope for life after death-and maybe, for love?

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    Anything to Have You

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    ANYTHING TO HAVE YOU by Paige Harbison will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 304 pages.

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    I love Paige Harbison’s writing and I’m totally stoked that ANYTHING TO HAVE YOU is releasing this week and the finished copy will be downloading to my Kindle on Tuesday. While I didn’t get the chance to read it early, I will definitely be reading it in the next couple of weeks.

    I can’t wait to meet Natalie and Brooke and find out what the repercussions will be for the night Natalie spent with Aiden. I am super curious to know whether their friendship will be strong enough to get past what happened or if Natalie’s actions will have destroyed what they had.

    The description gives absolutely no clue about just what direction this story will take, so I’m dying to find out what happens. And I hope to be able to do so in the next couple of weeks.

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    Nothing should come between best friends, not even boys. ESPECIALLY not boys.

    Natalie and Brooke have had each other’s backs forever. Natalie is the quiet one, college bound and happy to stay home and watch old movies. Brooke is the movie—the life of every party, the girl everyone wants to be.

    Then it happens—one crazy night that Natalie can’t remember and Brooke’s boyfriend, Aiden, can’t forget. Suddenly there’s a question mark in Natalie and Brooke’s friendship that tests everything they thought they knew about each other and has both girls discovering what true friendship really means.

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    And We Stay

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    AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Delacorte Press, the print edition is 240 pages.

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    I only recently discovered AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard but I immediately added it to my list of pre-orders because the style the story was written in sounded incredibly intriguing. And the story itself sounded heartbreaking but hopeful.

    While I received an eARC for review, I haven’t had the chance to read it just yet, so I’ll likely be reading the finished copy when I do get it on the pile. But I did end up taking a peek at the first several pages and, as I hoped I would be, am intrigued by the style the story is told in.

    I can’t wait to see how the author presents this tragic but hopeful story. I can’t wait to see how the spirit of Emily Dickinson is able to help. And I hope to be able to do so in just a few weeks.

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    When high school senior Paul Wagoner walks into his school library with a stolen gun, he threatens his girlfriend Emily Beam, then takes his own life. In the wake of the tragedy, an angry and guilt-ridden Emily is shipped off to boarding school in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she encounters a ghostly presence who shares her name. The spirit of Emily Dickinson and two quirky girls offer helping hands, but it is up to Emily to heal her own damaged self.

    This inventive story, told in verse and in prose, paints the aftermath of tragedy as a landscape where there is good behind the bad, hope inside the despair, and springtime under the snow.

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    Manor of Secrets

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    MANOR OF SECRETS by Katherine Longshore will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Point, the print edition is 320 pages.

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    I have been dying to read MANOR OF SECRETS but haven’t yet been able to get it on the pile, though I did read the first few chapters. I have an ARC, but as my finished copy will be landing on my Kindle on Tuesday I will likely be reading that version instead.

    I can’t wait to discover all of the Manor’s secrets, get to know Lady Charlotte and Janie even more, and find out just what happens when rules are broken. The description is rather vague about the details which piques my curiosity all the more.

    Katherine Longshore is a fantastic writer and I just know I’ll fall in love with her latest release. I am anticipating romance and mystery and a gorgeous setting and I can’t wait to dive back in.

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    The year is 1911. And at The Manor, nothing is as it seems . . .

    Lady Charlotte Edmonds: Beautiful, wealthy, and sheltered, Charlotte feels suffocated by the strictures of upper-crust society. She longs to see the world beyond The Manor, to seek out high adventure. And most of all, romance.

    Janie Seward: Fiery, hardworking, and clever, Janie knows she can be more than just a kitchen maid. But she isn’t sure she possesses the courage — or the means — to break free and follow her passions.

    Both Charlotte and Janie are ready for change. As their paths overlap in the gilded hallways and dark corridors of The Manor, rules are broken and secrets are revealed. Secrets that will alter the course of their lives. . . forever.

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    Her Dark Curiosity

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    HER DARK CURIOSITY by Megan Shepherd will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 432 pages.

    HER DARK CURIOSITY is the second book in Megan Shepherd’s The Madman’s Daughter series. The third book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2015.

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    I did not read the first book in Megan Shepherd’s series, but I own it and just had to pre-order HER DARK CURIOSITY. I have heard such amazing things about that first book that I couldn’t resist adding this second book in the series to my collection.

    I don’t want to take a peek at the description for the sequel as I’m not sure what happened with Juliet Moreau in that first book and I don’t want to happen upon any spoilers. If it’s as amazing as everyone said it was, I can only imagine that I’ll be heartbroken if even a moment of it is spoiled.

    I recall the first book’s description giving me chills – Dr. Moreau’s experimentation is so unbelievably creepy – and I can only guess that this sequel’s description is just as chilling. But as I refuse to read it I don’t know for sure.

    As much as I’d love to dive into both books immediately, I’m wondering whether I should wait until closer to book three’s release. I guess it will depend upon just how long I’ll be able to live with being curious.

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    To defeat the darkness, she must first embrace it.

    Months have passed since Juliet Moreau returned to civilization after escaping her father’s island—and the secrets she left behind. Now, back in London once more, she is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget Dr. Moreau’s horrific legacy—though someone, or something, hasn’t forgotten her.

    As people close to Juliet fall victim one by one to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes, Juliet fears one of her father’s creations may have also escaped the island. She is determined to find the killer before Scotland Yard does, though it means awakening sides of herself she had thought long banished, and facing loves from her past she never expected to see again.

    As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in the midst of a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.

    With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the hidden natures of those we love and how far we’ll go to save them from themselves.

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    Into the Still Blue

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    INTO THE STILL BLUE by Veronica Rossi will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 400 pages.

    INTO THE STILL BLUE is the third and final full-length book in Author Veronica Rossi’s Under the Never Sky series.

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    I cannot believe that this series is ending and I haven’t yet read the first book. I am absolutely heartbroken. I own each of the books in this series – including the novellas – and have INTO THE STILL BLUE pre-ordered.

    I just know I’m going to love this series madly. Everyone whose opinions I trust was crazy about this series. I’ve heard that many hearts were broken knowing this series was concluding. I imagine the same will be true for me when I devour it in its entirety.

    The description – yes I peeked just a tiny bit at the blurb – mentioned it was “earth-shattering” and I’m excited to find out just why that is. But I haven’t read beyond that blurb as I don’t want to know anything more.

    Now that the series will be available to read back-to-back-to-back, I do plan on reading it in the very near future. And by that I mean next month.

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    The earth-shattering conclusion to Veronica Rossi’s “masterpiece” Under the Never Sky trilogy and sequel to the New York Times bestselling Through the Ever Night (Examiner.com).

    Their love and their leadership have been tested. Now it’s time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.

    The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.

    Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won’t even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.

    Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

    In this final book in her stunning Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

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    The Unbound

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    THE UNBOUND by Victoria Schwab will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Disney-Hyperion, the print edition is 368 pages.

    THE UNBOUND is the second book in Author Victoria Schwab’s The Archived series.

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    I love Victoria Schwab’s writing and while I haven’t finished reading THE ARCHIVED I just had to pre-order THE UNBOUND. I just can’t believe its release date is almost here. I really had hoped to get caught up before its release.

    I can’t wait to find out what happened to Mackenzie and see what happens to her in this sequel. The world the author created was so very different from any I’d read before and I’m curious to see whether this sequel takes readers back there.

    As I haven’t yet finished reading the first book, and I have a feeling this sequel’s description will be spoiler-y, I haven’t taken a peek. But I am dying to know whether this will be the final book in the series or if there is a third book planned. So if anyone knows, without revealing spoilers, I would love to know.

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    Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.

    Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she’s struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn’t easy — not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she’s really safe.

    Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She’s sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she’ll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

    With stunning prose and a captivating mixture of action, romance, and horror, The Unbound delves into a richly imagined world where no choice is easy and love and loss feel like two sides of the same coin.

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    Infinite

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    INFINITE by Jodi Meadows will be released in the U.S. on January 28, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 432 pages.

    INFINITE is the third and final full-length book in Author Jodi Meadows’ Newsoul series.

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    I own both previous books in this series and have had INFINITE pre-ordered for ages, but I haven’t yet had the chance to dive into this series that had me captivated since before book one’s release. And it wasn’t just each book’s stunning cover that drew me in.

    I have wanted to meet newsoul Ana. I have been curious as to whether she has no soul. I’ve been hopeful that she doesn’t just have the one life to live. And I’ve been dying to find out whether Sam is willing to risk being with her even if she does.

    I don’t know what happened in INCARNATE or ASUNDER, but I hope to be able to find out everything that did. I hope to be able to devour all three books and the novella some time next month or the month after that. I kind of love the idea of getting to spend all this time with the characters in their world. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it will happen as planned.

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    The Year of Souls begins with an earthquake—an alarming rumble from deep within the earth—and it’s only the first of greater dangers to come. The Range caldera is preparing to erupt. Ana knows that as Soul Night approaches, everything near Heart will be at risk.

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    Ana’s exile is frightening, but it may also be fortuitous, especially if she can convince her friends to flee Heart and Range with her. They’ll go north, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan’s ascension. And with any luck, the newsouls will be safe from harm’s reach.

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    The oldsouls might have forgotten the choice they made to give themselves limitless lifetimes, but Ana knows the true cost of reincarnation. What she doesn’t know is whether she’ll have the chance to finish this one sweet life with Sam, especially if she returns to Heart to stop Janan once and for all.

    With gorgeous romance and thrilling action, the final book in the Incarnate trilogy offers a brilliant conclusion to the compelling questions of this fascinating world, where one new girl is the key to the lives of millions.

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    Other Books of Note

    The Queen's ChoiceTHE QUEEN’S CHOICE (Heirs of Chrior #1) by Cayla Kluver

    Pub. Date: January 28, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Magic was seeping out of me, black and agonizing. I could see it drifting away. The magic that would let me pass the Road to reach home again.

    When sixteen-year-old Anya learns that her aunt, Queen of the Faerie Kingdom of Chrior, will soon die, her grief is equaled only by her despair for the future of the kingdom. Her young cousin, Illumina, is unfit to rule, and Anya is determined not to take up the queen’s mantle herself.

    Convinced that the only solution is to find Prince Zabriel, who long ago disappeared into the human realm of Warckum, and persuade him to take up his rightful crown, Anya journeys into the Warckum Territory to bring him home. But her journey is doomed to be more harrowing than she ever could have imagined….

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    TimestormTIMESTORM (Tempest #3) by Julie Cross

    Pub. Date: January 28, 2014

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    The breathtaking conclusion to the time-travel trilogy that is “both tender and electric” (Publishers Weekly)

    The battle between the Tempest division and Eyewall comes to a shocking conclusion in this final installment of the Tempest trilogy, where the need for survival stretches the boundaries of history, both past and future, and the world Jackson once knew is a place forever marked by the detrimental effects of time travel.

    As Jackson recovers from his brush with death, he’s surrounded not only by the people he loves most—his dad, Courtney, and Holly—he’s also amongst a few of the original time travelers. As he learns more about their life and how this world began, it becomes apparent that they need to put a stop to Thomas and Doctor Ludwig’s experimenting at Eyewall Headquarters. What starts out as an escape plan becomes a war between time and humanity, between freewill and peace. It’s the battle Jackson was born to fight and he’s not about to back down. Not for anything. Not for anyone.

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    Forever coverFOREVER (Temptation #3) by Karen Ann Hopkins

    Pub. Date: January 28, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    All I want is my happily-ever-after.

    That’s all I’ve wanted since meeting Noah Miller.

    From the day we met, the world has tried to keep Noah and me from being together, but now that I’m carrying his child, no one will be able to tear us apart. Or so I hope. But Noah and I have made some mistakes along the way, and the consequences are impacting the people we love. Worse, there’s a storm on the horizon, and it’s sure to cause serious devastation.

    If we can get through this, we’ll finally be Rose and Noah; a family, forever.

    But first we have to survive the road ahead. And happily-ever-after is a long way off.

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    FireFIRE (The Englesfors Trilogy #2) by Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg

    Pub. Date: January 30, 2014

    Publisher: Overlook Juvenile

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Praised by Lev Grossman as “stunning, …raw, real, smart, very thrilling and very, very wicked,” The Circle, the first book in the internationally bestselling Engelsfors Trilogy, introduced a group of high school girls with special powers who became the Chosen Ones. As book two, Fire, begins, Minoo, Vanessa, Linnéa, Anna-Karin and Ida have been struggling with their own demons all summer long. Now school is back in session, and whether they like it or not, the five Chosen Ones must stick together stronger than ever before.

    Evil is back in Engelsfors and it threatens to engulf everyone and everything—and only if the five girls accept their strengths and trust each other unconditionally will they have any chance of defeating it.

    The second installment of the Engelsfors Trilogy—an international sensation with rights sold in 26 countries—Fire sees the past woven together with the present, the living with the dead, our human world with demonic forces. This spellbinding novel takes the reader on a wild journey in a world where the stakes are higher than life-and-death.

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    MindersMINDERS by Michele Jaffe

    Pub. Date: January 30, 2014

    Publisher: Razorbill

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    A high concept, cinematic read with a surprising twist,MINDERS asks the question: who is really watching whom?

    Q: If the boy you love commits a crime, would you turn him in?

    Sadie Ames is a type-A teenager from the wealthy suburbs. She’s been accepted to the prestigious Mind Corps Fellowship program, where she’ll spend six weeks as an observer inside the head of Ford, a troubled boy with a passion for the crumbling architecture of the inner city. There’s just one problem: Sadie’s fallen in love with him.

    Q: What if the crime is murder?

    Ford Winters is haunted by the murder of his older brother, James. As Sadie falls deeper into his world, dazzled by the shimmering pinpricks of color that form images in his mind, she begins to think she knows him. Then Ford does something unthinkable.

    Q: What if you saw it happen from inside his mind?

    Back in her own body, Sadie is faced with the ultimate dilemma. With Ford’s life in her hands, she must decide what is right and what is wrong. And how well she can really ever know someone, even someone she loves.

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    Face of DeathFACE OF DEATH (Touch of Death #3) by Kelly Hashway

    Pub. Date: January 28, 2014

    Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Having fallen at the hands of Hades, Jodi’s enduring torture like she never imagined. Worse, she has to watch her Ophi friends suffer along with her–the punishment doled out by the very people she’d sentenced to life in Tartarus. Hell. This is one reunion Jodi hoped would never happen, but now she must find a way to free them all.

    Except the underworld is nearly impossible to escape.

    Jodi’s one chance may rest in raising the human soul she killed when she drank Medusa’s blood.

    But splitting her human soul from her Ophi soul means living a double life: One as an Ophi experiencing unspeakable torture and the other as the human she could have been if she never came into her powers. With her two worlds colliding, Jodi will have to make the toughest decision she’s faced yet.

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    No PlaceNO PLACE by Todd Strasser

    Pub. Date: January 28, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    When Dan and his family go from middle class to homeless, issues of injustice rise to the forefront in this relatable, timely novel from Todd Strasser.

    It seems like Dan has it all. He’s a baseball star who hangs with the popular crowd and dates the hottest girl in school. Then his family loses their home.

    Forced to move into the town’s Tent City, Dan feels his world shifting. His friends try to pretend that everything’s cool, but they’re not the ones living among the homeless. As Dan struggles to adjust to his new life, he gets involved with the people who are fighting for better conditions and services for the residents of Tent City. But someone wants Tent City gone, and will stop at nothing until it’s destroyed…

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    Secret coverSECRET (Elemental #4) by Brigid Kemmerer

    Pub. Date: January 8, 2014

    Publisher: K-Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    EARTH. FIRE. AIR. WATER.

    Nick Merrick is stretched to breaking point. He’s trying to keep his grades sky-high or he won’t get in to college. He’s trying to keep his brother’s business afloat or the Merricks will be out on the street. He’s trying to keep the secret of where he’s going in the evenings from his twin brother Gabriel – or he fears he’ll lose his family. And he’s trying to keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who is his ‘girlfriend’s’ partner.

    And then Quinn takes to hanging around his sworn enemy, and an Elemental Guide is counting the hours until he can try again to kill the Merrick brothers. Storms are brewing. On all sides.

    SECRETS IN THE WIND. DANGER IN THE AIR.

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    TapeTAPE by Steven Camden

    Pub. Date: January 30, 2014

    Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Record a voice and it lasts forever…

    In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn’t even know he exists.

    In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her.

    Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape.

    This is their story.

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    Other Releases

    SOMEONE LIKE YOU (Someone to Love #2) by Addison Moore

    FIRSTBORN by Lorie Ann Grover

    BREATH OF YESTERDAY by Emily Bold

    THE ACCIDENTAL LIFE OF JESSIE JEFFERSON by Paige Toon

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    What an absolutely insane week for new releases this is. I have eleven books pre-ordered that I know about. It’s entirely possible there will be more downloads to my Kindle than just those eleven. *GULP.* I’m not even going to check to see if there are eNovellas releasing or this post might take me another few hours to complete.

    While I’ve managed to read a few of this week’s releases, there are so many releases that I haven’t read that are part of series that I’m behind on. I’m starting to think that I might never catch up.

    And while I would love to keep rambling about all the amazing books releasing this week, this post is long enough. And I really would like to try and actually read one more of the books I have the opportunity to read pre-release. So I’m going to run off and do that right now.

    I hope that I haven’t missed any of this week’s releases. I really, really, hope so. Because my wallet and my TBR pile couldn’t handle it if there were more. And I hope that a few of this week’s releases are books you’ve been anxiously awaiting, because it means the wait will soon be over.

    As ever, a happy book birthday to each of this week’s releases and happy bookish acquiring and reading in the week ahead.

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

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

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #126

    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 May 28st-June 3rd that I have pre-ordered.

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    Of Triton

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    OF TRITON by Anna Banks will be released in the U.S. on May 28, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Feiwel & Friends, the print edition is 256 pages.

    OF TRITON is the second full-length book in author Anna Banks’ Of Poseidon series. The third book in the series, OF NEPTUNE, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I’m super excited for the release of Anna Banks’ OF TRITON this week. While I haven’t yet read the first book in the series, OF POSEIDON, I will definitely be reading both books this June because I love being able to read books in a series back-to-back.

    I pre-ordered OF TRITON just as soon as it was available for the Kindle and actually had traded for an early copy in the hope that I could read it before it released, but wasn’t able to. But there’s no way I will miss the chance to read both books and the prequel novella next month.

    Because I want to meet Galen and Emma and can’t wait to discover this story and series told from both characters’ perspectives. At least I think this sequel also has dual POVs….

    I did end up accidentally taking a peek at the description for OF TRITON while creating this post and couldn’t help but read it all. So now I’m more excited than ever to learn about Emma’s mother and see what happens when the kingdoms of Poseidon and Triton turn against each other.

    If I get caught up with this week’s reads, I can (hopefully) get this series on the pile next week. My fingers are crossed. Tightly.

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    Goddess

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    GODDESS by Josephine Angelini will be released in the U.S. on May 28, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 432 pages.

    GODDESS is the third and final book in author Josephine Angelini’s Starcrossed trilogy.

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    I’m both so happy and so so sad that GODDESS is releasing this week. I love this series and I’m devastated that it comes to an end in this book. I have the eBook pre-ordered but plan to buy the print copy as I have both previous books in the series in print. The first one is even signed.

    I did read GODDESS just a little bit early and it was amazing, so it won’t be added to my TBR pile even though it is being added to my collection. Though I think the entire series needs a re-read so it will likely end up on the TBRR pile in the next few weeks.

    But I have to own this final book because it is one of those books – and series – that I love, love, love. And it’s one I definitely will re-read again and again.

    As I already talked about GODDESS in my Book Watch post and my review will go up on Monday or Tuesday, I won’t ramble on much more here. But yes the mythology had me riveted. Yes there is a resolution to the love triangle. Yes this story felt very epic. And yes I wish there were more stories in the series even though things did wrap themselves up… somewhat….

    There is this tiny opening that I’m hoping means there will be more stories in this world. Which would be awesome. Even if the MCs aren’t Helen and Lucas and Orion. But I’ll say no more about that.

    The one thing I will say is that reading GODDESS has made me desperately want to re-read STARCROSSED. So, hopefully, I’ll get the chance in a couple of week and can follow it up with re-reads of DREAMLESS and GODDESS, too.

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    The Girl with the Iron Touch

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    THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH by Kady Cross will be released in the U.S. on May 28, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH is the third full-length book in author Kady Cross’ Steampunk Chronicles. There is no information yet available about the fourth book in the series.

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    I am so happy that THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH is not the final book in this series. I didn’t think it was until very recently, but then I read something on Goodreads which said it was. So I read the entire book – yes, I got an early eARC from NetGalley – thinking it was “the end.” Then was totally confused when I got to the end and everything was still so up in the air.

    I thought maybe the series was canceled unexpectedly. That is not the case. At least I don’t think so, as Goodreads now says there are five books planned in the series. Which makes me even more thrilled that THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH is releasing this week and my finished eBook will be downloading to my Kindle on Monday Midnight.

    Because this installment in the series was absolutely adorable. I loved the current adventure. I loved that there was more Emily and Sam in this one.

    The start of this book just pulled me right in and I couldn’t wait to see how it ended. Even though I thought it was a series-ending book at the time.

    And I am so glad there will be more, as I want more Jack Dandy. I want more Finley. And as I’m still wary about the new character, I am anxious to see what happens there.

    As I’ve already read this third book in the series, it won’t be going on my TBR pile and I won’t ramble on any more. Especially since I will be posting my review in the next couple of days. A review in which I seem to ramble on endlessly.

    But I am super stoked that THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH is releasing this week and that I’ll be able to add a finished copy of this book to my Kindle this week.

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    Dare You To

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    DARE YOU TO by Katie McGarry will be released in the U.S. on May 28, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 480 pages.

    DARE YOU TO is the second full-length book in author Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series. The third book, CRASH INTO YOU, is slated for release on November 26, 2013.

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    I can’t believe release day is just about here for DARE YOU TO by Katie McGarry. I will be reading it on Monday and will hopefully be done around the time the finished eBook downloads to my Kindle.

    I’ve heard that both books in this series are amazing and am just about ready to start reading PUSHING THE LIMITS, so I should be able to agree or disagree with that statement in a few hours. But I am just as excited to read this second book in the series about Ryan and Beth as I am to read that first book.

    I love contemporary stories that are about real-to-life issues and ones that put the characters in difficult situations. So I’m curious to see how the author approaches each book and how she resolves things for her characters.

    And DARE YOU TO sounds like an opposites attract story, which I love, so I am stoked that I won’t have to wait until Monday Midnight to start reading it.

    Other Books of Note

    Wild Awake

    WILD AWAKE by Hilary T. Smith

    Pub. Date: May 28, 2013

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Faerie After

    FAERIE AFTER (Bones of Faerie #3) by Janni Lee Simner

    Pub. Date: May 28, 2013

    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Impostor

    IMPOSTOR (Variants #1) by Susanne Winnacker

    Pub. Date: May 28, 2013

    Publisher: Razorbill

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Rebel Spirits

    REBEL SPIRITS by Lois Ruby

    Pub. Date: May 28, 2013

    Publisher: Point

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Sky On Fire

    SKY ON FIRE (Monument 14 #2) by Emmy Laybourne

    Pub. Date: May 28, 2013

    Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Spirit

    SPIRIT (Elemental #3) by Brigid Kemmerer

    Pub. Date: May 28, 2013

    Publisher: K-Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    I’m guessing it was a bit quieter of a week for releases due to the holiday in the U.S. Which is kind of nice as the next two weeks have quite a few books I’m looking forward to adding to my collection.

    I’m even more thrilled that of the four books I’ve pre-ordered three of them are ones I’ve read – or will have read – by the time of their release. And as I definitely plan on reading OF POSEIDON and OF TRITON in the next couple of weeks, technically none of my pre-orders will be TBR books.

    However… I am going to be buying SKY ON FIRE. I own the first book in the series and always planned on pre-ordering this second book. And I would have clicked to pre-order it for my Kindle while creating this post, but it seems there’s something hinky with my account. So it will have to wait until I have time to deal with it on Tuesday.

    And I think there’s another book in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES series – The Salvation: Unseen – releasing this week, published by 47North (Amazon). On Goodreads it only shows a UK version so I’m not sure about its connection with the other books in the series penned by different authors. As I haven’t really been following this series since all those TV tie-in books were released, I’m a tad clueless.

    Anyway….

    Hopefully some of the books releasing this week are ones you are looking forward to adding to your collection. Hopefully a few of them are ones you’ve already had the chance to read. And if there are any books I should have on my radar that I don’t, I’d love to hear about them!

    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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