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    Book Buzz: Bumped

    As I recently announced in my “Random Thoughts” post, I am starting a new feature here on the blog called “Book Buzz.” It will be a weekly or bi-weekly post in which a “buzzworthy” book will be up for discussion.

    All information in these posts will be my opinions and observations. I do not claim to be an expert, nor do I claim to be all-knowing, these are simply my thoughts and things I’ve observed.

    I would like this to be an open discussion. All viewpoints are welcome as long as they do not contain inappropriate language for readers of all ages. And all opinions should be respectful and they should be respected. Everyone has a right to their own opinion and no one opinion is more important than another. Critical, differing or challenging opinions are always welcome, being insulting or nasty to an author or other commenter is not and those comments will be removed.

    If you would like to buzz about a book on your site, please leave a link to your post in the comments so that I or other readers can visit your blog and participate in your discussion.

    So, without further ado, here is this week’s “Book Buzz.”

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    Bumped by Megan McCafferty is the first buzzworthy book here on Fiktshun.

    The Book:

    Bumped by Megan McCafferty. Released on April 26th – so it’s a very recent release.

    Loved it or Hated it?

    Loved it. Yes, it did take me a couple tries to actually get into the book, but once I did, I was hooked. I thought there were elements that were so funny that I caught myself chuckling out loud quite a few times during this one-sit-read.

    But what made this book for me was that it actually got me thinking. Because as light and funny as it appears on the surface I found there to be so much more hidden beneath.

    The Early Buzz:

    There was a huge amount of build-up for this book. I haven’t been witness to too many debut books with quite the amount of hype that this book had. Everyone was talking about it on Twitter. Everyone was discussing its beautiful but simple cover. It seemed everyone could not wait to get their hands on a copy and were jealous of those who had.

    And when it became available on NetGalley, HarperTeen must have been swarmed with review requests. I know it took several weeks before I was approved, whereas I had previously been approved within a day or two for their titles.

    I was completely caught up in the early frenzy. I just had to have this book. But as I didn’t get to read it as early as some, by the time it got to the top of my pile the reviews were pouring in.

    Fizzle or Sizzle:

    Fizzle. The buzz on this book died out rather quickly. It’s only just over a week since its release and I’ve barely heard anything more about it. I typically hear the chatter for at least a week or two after release as readers get their copies in the mail post-release and finally read and review them.

    After release, for at least a short time, the buzz still remains, but for Bumped, it seems to have gone quickly and quietly away. And when browsing my local bookstore I was not able to find a copy of the book.

    What Happened?

    Mixed reviews. Just look at the starred ratings on Goodreads and Amazon and you can see that they are all over the map – from one star to five stars, with most somewhere in the middle. The fact that there were so many mixed reviews may have scared potential readers off. If a book has consistent praise, even those skeptics will pick it up just so that they won’t miss out. Who doesn’t want to be part of the conversation for a book that is H.O.T.?

    Controversy. The book is aimed at a young adult audience. The subject matter, as well as some of the language used in this story, was not seen by everyone as appropriate for readers of all ages. Some felt, too, that the humor made the idea of getting bumped too appealing for young female readers. And others didn’t approve of the religious aspects to the story.

    Similarities. Some felt it was just too similar to The Handmaid’s Tale and paled in comparison.

    Genre. Although dystopian novels are growing in number and popularity, it’s still not a genre loved by all.

    Add all this together and you could have a book that is quickly set aside when the next book comes along or perhaps simply overlooked.

    What’s Left to Buzz About?

    For me, it boils down to one thing – this book really made me think.

    Not about the characters being twins or the fact that one really walked all over the other. Not even about whether or not the super hot Johndoe is a good guy or a bad guy. And not even about the fact that there are a lot of dark-ish futuristic books that seem to be set in New Jersey. What is that about anyway?

    I really got to thinking about a world where infertility is a problem and we have to rely on the youth in our country for survival. I don’t know how at ease I’d feel about putting that burden on the young.

    And then candy-coating it with all sorts of propaganda to make it palatable for children, to make getting bumped the “it” thing, just sits wrong. But survival is a crazy thing and people will do most anything to survive. Even the government is not immune to this instinct.

    But targeting – manipulating, really – teens and even pre-teens through media and advertising, and targeting families who could use the economic boost just seems to be a step too far.

    Because the buzz died out so soon, potential readers are really missing out on this aspect of the story. It is definitely a topic worthy of discussion and thought.

    How would you handle the prospect of a dwindling society? Would you see your child as a commodity? Would you railroad them into early pregnancy, multiple pregnancies even, just so that your species would survive? Would you sell these babies to the highest bidder to get the finer things in life?

    …and then of course there’s the humor.

    The author added so many humorous elements to this story that lightened this grim tale. From song lyrics, to adverts, to all that is Johndoe, to the terminology, Megan McCafferty used levity to counter the rather dark and disturbing nature of this story.

    I think without the humor, the reality of what was being asked of those young teenagers – and even pre-teens – would have made this book too disturbing of a read.

    Did the humor make this story too appealing to young readers so that they’d miss the point and instead think getting bumped is cool? Was the humor too flippant for such a serious topic as teen pregnancy? Was the author’s use of humor too much of a sugarcoating for such a tough topic? Should it have been more serious so readers would take the subject matter more seriously?

    Buzzworthy?

    I say yes. What do you say? What about Bumped is buzzworthy for you? Or is this one of those books you think should quietly fade into the background as it seems to have done?

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    Any item related to this book is up for discussion. Just because I haven’t mentioned it here doesn’t mean you can’t bring it up in the comments. I am just trying to keep this as focused as possible so that readers won’t fall asleep in the middle of this overly long post.

    And feel free to discuss any points of interest from reviews that you’ve seen and would like to talk about. But please talk about them in general terms and not point out specific reviews unless they are my reviews or your own.

    As this is the very first “Book Buzz” post, this format may evolve over time. Before even going “live” I’ve re-written this at least four times. And this is actually a shortened version – I took out my discussion on the reviews and my opinions. And as these posts are meant to keep the conversation about a book going, I decided not to focus on why the book might not be a success and tried to focus on why it could be.

    If there is anything you’d like to see added to future “Buzz” posts, please let me know! I’m happy to keep it much simpler, leaving more room for discussion and including much less of my ramble.

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    The Extras: Teasers #4

    There are so many amazing books out there – released or soon-to-be-released – that have certain passages that just captivate.

    Here are just a few of those that caught my attention in the past month.

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    There were quite a few passages in this story that stuck with me, haunted me. I chose a completely different one for my review, and had several I had bookmarked that I loved just as much, if not more than the one I originally chose to include. The writing was just that good.

    This is another of my favorites and is a bit longer of a teaser, but it really says a lot about Chase.

    Chase’s thoughts:

    Being grown-up should feel like a big transition. It can’t be something that, despite my best efforts, I’ve been drifting closer and closer to every summer. It needs to be a shock. I need to know at what point to stop holding on. And that moment will suck, and probably every moment after that will suck, but at least I’ll know that everything that came before really was valid. I really was young and innocent. I wasn’t fooling myself.

    One of my favorite things about this story was the humor. Much of it isn’t quite as “G” rated as I’d feel comfortable with posting on the blog. But this is one of the lines, and it’s a quote, not a passage, that had me chuckling.

    It might not mean quite as much out of context, but it’s silly nonetheless and reveals a lot about society in this dystopian future.

    Melody to Freya in the delivery room:

    “Now, now. With an attitude like that, you’ll never win the FedEx ‘We Live to Deliver’ Scholarship….”

    There are so many passages from Aunt Peg’s letter that are my favorites. But I decided to choose a quote that really stood out to me, instead.

    It’s one that has quite a lot of meaning to the story but doesn’t give away anything.

    Aunt Peg to Ginny:

    “People always say they can’t do things, that they’re impossible. They just haven’t been creative enough. This pool is a triumph of imagination. That’s how you win at life, Gin. You have to imagine your way through. Never say something can’t be done. There’s always a solution, even if it’s weird.”

    This is another book with so many beautiful passages. As I don’t want to spoil anything for those who might not have read it yet, I’m including one which highlights the author’s beautiful style but doesn’t reveal too much.

    Anna’s thoughts:

    The sand had been swept clean; no wood or glass, seaweed or bits of shells. The ocean had washed away everything, leaving behind a calm that spread out in me as I breathed it in. Beyond it all lay the expanse of the ocean, just beginning to sparkle beneath the rising sun as a new day unfurled itself. She’d captured it all perfectly in her frame, and in the pale morning light, it felt like peace.

    I know I already included this passage with my review, but it is still my favorite from the book, so I’m including it here.

    It’s the very first passage in the book and is such a powerful way to introduce and begin the story.

    From the prologue:

    The war had been raging for centuries; a war that breathed beneath human reality, lost in the labyrinth of their legends and folklore. It was a silent war of soundless screaming and invisible bloodshed.

    I don’t yet have the final copy of this as the U.S. release isn’t until May 24th, so this passage and quote are from the eARC and may be changed in the final version.

    I chose a shorter passage for the review, but this one is much more steamy and a definite teaser and is one of my favorites from this book.

    Willow’s thoughts and conversation with Alex:

    There was no way that I wanted him to stop touching me, even for a few hours. My pulse thudded as I glanced across at the camp bed. I cleared my throat. “Well . . . is there a reason we can’t both take the bed? The sleeping bags zip together, don’t they?”

    Alex stared at me without moving. “Would that be OK?” I asked, feeling nervous suddenly.

    I’d already included my favorite passage with the review. But here’s another one about Jacob and Malini that caught my attention and is a definite tease.

    Jacob’s thoughts about Malini:

    Her breath came in huffs as she looked at him. There was a question in her eyes that he couldn’t read but he desperately wanted to be the answer. He wanted to be the thing that made this world better for her.

    There were a lot of very powerful passages in this book. I had only included a short one in my review, but here are two others, with very different messages, that really show just how well the author uses her words to paint a picture.

    Missy’s thoughts:

    Missy’s mouth twitched into a smile as she imagined Death running his long, cold fingers over her, making music on her body. Would his kisses be cold? Or would they be hot enough to burn away her fears, to turn her dead face to ash and reveal her soul to the world.

    (and)

    Yes, she thought, a smile blooming on her face. Trust. It was stronger than power, subtler than influence. She could simply let herself feel, acknowledge the bad and embrace the good – and between the two, come to an acceptance.

    I know I just posted my review and included a short passage that was one of my favorites. But now that I have the finished copy, I thought I’d include one that’s just a bit longer, but won’t be spoiler-y.

    Aura’s thoughts and a brief quote from Logan:

    The music seemed to fade with Logan’s smile as he stared at me with full understanding. I wondered if knowing the truth would change his mind. If knowing the truth would change everything.

    For a moment, his eyes grew inexplicably sad. Then his face relaxed back into a smile. “At least now you know.”

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    Review: Bumped

    Bumped by Megan McCafferty was released on April 26, 2011 in the U.S. It is currently available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover and eBook formats.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Bumped is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

    Goodreads description:

    When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents are forced to pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society.

    Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and had never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Until now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend Zen, who is way too short for the job.

    Harmony has spent her whole life in religious Goodside, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to bring Melody back to Goodside and convince her that “pregging” for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.

    When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.

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    Imagine a world where a virus would make you infertile, typically by the time you were eighteen. That from the moment you were old enough to conceive, society would push you to do so.

    Where the government’s propaganda machine is out in full force working with advertisers to ensure that their slogans, their music, their message would move everyone toward that one single goal – procreate or face extinction. Convincing the young that not only should they do it to save the species, but because everyone is doing it, it is the thing to do and they wouldn’t want to miss out.

    And in this world, where children are the only chance for survival, for salvation, it is the parents who have a golden opportunity to prey on their naiveté and profit from their willingness to follow the trend.

    Becoming a Surrogette could be very lucrative, especially for those reproaesthetical enough to go pro and bring in the big contracts. If bumping is a necessary evil, why not accept the perks?

    This is life in Otherside. This is life for Melody. She is on the path to success. A pioneer for professional Surrogettes. She has everything going for her. She has the looks. She has the brains. She has the athleticism. She has the contract. All she needs is to get bumped. The only one standing in her way is Harmony.

    Harmony is from Goodside. The side where bumping is reserved for husbands and wives. Where procreation is still a necessity but is done only in the marriage bed. Where the community abides by the scriptures and believes that because of their faith, their purity, the virus that came to those so young in Otherside is afflicting those in Goodside at a later age.

    But Harmony’s life in Goodside is not on a sure path. She is a thinker where individual thought is not welcome. And she has questions. If she could just find some way to redeem herself she knows she’ll find the happiness and acceptance she has been missing. And the only one standing in her way is Melody.

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    Bumped is a humorous and thought-provoking dystopian novel about a future version of our society on the verge of extinction, whose only chance at survival is for those not affected by the infertility virus to procreate. And the only ones capable and holding the power are teenagers.

    In this future, society is split into two groups – those who live in Goodside and those who live in Otherside. They are both radically different, but they both have one thing in common – survival of the species.

    Melody has lived her life in Otherside, being groomed to be the best Surrogette she possibly could. She had all the comforts and opportunities that life could offer her. Harmony grew up in Goodside, in a community that shunned the outside world, where hearth and home replaced wealth and power as the desired lifestyle. And venturing beyond the boundaries of Goodside was not an option.

    But when Harmony discovers that she has an identical twin sister living in Otherside, she makes it her mission to save her sister and bring Melody back with her. But it may not be Melody who needs saving.

    Bumped is a wickedly entertaining read, but not a story that should be read lightly. Author Megan McCafferty takes a humorous approach to a topic that could be seen as highly controversial – a future where not only is premarital sex by minors accepted, but endorsed by the government, and one in which profiting from promiscuity is the norm.

    In this future, young teenagers, and even preteens, are encouraged to procreate, to take mood-enhancing drugs to help facilitate the process, are made celebrities by the media for numerous pregnancies and are ostracized by friends and society if they haven’t jumped on the bandwagon.

    The surface story is light and amusing but the underlying one is a chilling look at a dark future. Bumped is very original and is just scary good.

    This is a must read for not-so-young adults who are looking for a story that will provoke discussion and thought and are not easily offended by language and concepts of a sexual nature. This book may not be appropriate for all ages and adults may want to read this through before suggesting it a younger audience.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    I was really surprised by how much I loved this book. Before I decided to read it for review I checked out some of the ratings, as although I love most of the dystopian novels I read it isn’t necessarily a genre I will seek out. Ratings seemed to be all over the map, so I decided to read it and judge it for myself.

    And I really enjoyed the story. There were two things that pulled me in, though it took a couple of false starts to get me going.

    The first was the outrageousness of the premise. Although, the scary reality is that it might not be so out there – I can totally imagine a world where a virus causes infertility and I know it’s not a stretch for advertisers, marketers and songwriters to push their influence on the impressionable. But the way the author presented the idea was very unique. And really, really funny.

    The second was my absolute hatred for most of the story of Harmony. I cannot stand people who think they know best. Who inject themselves into a situation and then without thought for anyone but themselves act without even considering the consequences.

    I get that she was weak and confused whereas Melody was strong and just kept getting stronger, but oh man she just rubbed me the wrong way from the start and that absolutely got me hooked into this story. I had to know just how far the damage went.

    I loved Melody. She was strong and smart and although she was closed off at the beginning – keeping her eye on the prize – she really became a much better person as the story went on.

    I am not a young adult reading this, and I’m sure some of the content may be inappropriate for younger readers, especially if they’re not looking for the underlying messages and only looking at this on the surface as a cute, fun and funny story that talks about some adult topics in a youthful and non-serious sounding way.

    I do think younger readers are capable of discovering the messages without being negatively influenced, but I do think that readers who are a little older might appreciate the humor a bit more than younger readers, without any risk of reading something age-inappropriate or being distracted by some of the terminology.

    I think the author did a fantastic job of showing just how the government and the media can brainwash, for lack of a better term, impressionable individuals if they start at a young enough age. And how offering incentives can lure in those of any age to profit from something that might not otherwise be seen as acceptable. The fact that she used humor and some very original terms to get her point across gave this story its quirkiness and individuality and made the pages just fly by.

    And long after the read I am still giggling like a five-year-old at some of the words, but I am also still thinking about how very real some of the influences in this story are and how they affect our society.

    At the end I still loved Melody best, but am hating Harmony just a little bit less. And I am really looking forward to the next book to see what happens as everything is so up in the air.

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    If you’d like to read an excerpt of Bumped from RT Book Reviews, click here.

    An untitled second book in the series is currently slated for release in 2011.

    The author discusses Bumped:

    Thank you to HarperTeen and NetGalley for the eARC for review.

    Note: The eARC is around 244 pages and the finished copy says it’s 336 pages so there may be major differences between the advance copy and the final book.

    Bumped by Megan McCafferty will also be released on April 26, 2011 in the U.S. It is currently available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover and eBook formats.Published by Balzer + Bray, a division of Harper Collins, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Bumped is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com. (Although this is considered a 2011 debut YA novel for the author she does have two previously published books for teens.)

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #17

    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 April 26th-May 2nd that I have pre-ordered.

    We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han is the third book in the Summer series. It will be released in the U.S. on April 26, 2011. It is currently available online for pre-order in hardcover and eBook formats from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, the print edition is 304 pages.

    I first saw this book on Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab newsletter and thought it sounded like something I’d definitely want to read. Only it is the third book in the series, which I realized way too late to read all three by release date.

    I’ve heard they can be read out of sequence, but with a book like this I really want to read them in order and meet the character, Belly, as she was originally introduced.

    I purchased the first two books for my eReader but still haven’t had a chance to read them and I have this book on pre-order as I won’t get a chance to read the Simon & Schuster Galley before it expires. This is another series I’ve heard great things about and I am really hoping I can read all three books soon.

    Two boys, one girl and only the summer for everything to happen sounds like the a perfect way to escape for a few hours.

    To read an excerpt from Chapter One on the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Exile by Anne Osterlund is the sequel to Aurelia. It will be released in the U.S. on April 28, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Speak, a division of Penguin, the print edition is 304 pages.

    I decided to pre-order Exile as I’ve owned Aurelia for several months and just haven’t gotten around to reading it. But I can’t just read the first book and stop there knowing that a sequel exists and so I decided to order this one.

    I haven’t read too many books about princesses and royalty and all the deception and betrayal that come along with being in line for the throne, but there was just something captivating about the synopsis of the first book in the series that made me want to buy it for an eventual read.

    It also hints at some type of – if not forbidden then frowned upon – romance. And Exile promises more betrayal and even greater danger. So, although I probably won’t get to read it, or book one, right away, but I definitely like knowing they’ll be in my collection to read whenever I want.

    To read a few excerpts from Aurelia or Exile on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson is the sequel to 13 Little Blue Envelopes. It will be released in the U.S. on April 26, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 288 pages.

    I just started reading the first book in the series yesterday and am just about finished. It’s really quite sweet and has been an easy peasy read so far. I got approved for The Last Little Blue Envelope from NetGalley for review and because I’m really liking the first book in the series I thought I’d pre-order this one. I’ve heard it’s even better than the first book.

    I do anticipate reading this prior to release but the galley will expire and I want to have the finished copy for my collection. I have not read the description for this book as I didn’t want anything to spoil my read for the first book, but I’m guessing from the title that something must have happened to one of the envelopes. Oh no!

    At least I don’t have that huge wait to find out what happens, that readers of the first book had between book one’s release and this one.

    To have a look inside The Last Little Blue Envelope from the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

    The first book in the series, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, is available for free eBook download through April 25th. Links are available in my blog sidebar until the 25th.

    Abandon by Meg Cabot will be released in the U.S. on April 26, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Point, a division of Scholastic, the hardcover is 320 pages.

    The second book in the series, Underworld, is currently slated for release in 2012.

    I’ve already spotlighted Abandon for my Book Watch post so I won’t ramble on yet again. This is also in my reading pile this week as I have an ARC. But I have the eBook on pre-order so that I can keep it forever and will be giving away my ARC once I’m done reading it.

    I am so loving this trend in books about the Greek gods and can’t wait to find out more about Hades and Persephone in this modern take on their story. I’ve only read a few pages, but I already love the author’s writing. This will be my very first Meg Cabot book and I’ve heard only amazing things about her.

    And as I’ve said a million times, I love this cover. Even the version on the ARC is stunning and I know that the hardcover will look absolutely gorgeous, although I’m only getting the eBook. But I will be taking a peek at the final version in stores this week.

    To read excerpts from chapters one and two from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Book trailer for Abandon:

    Bumped by Megan McCafferty will also be released on April 26, 2011 in the U.S. It is currently available for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover and eBook formats.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, a division of Harper Collins, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Bumped is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com. (Although this is considered a 2011 debut YA novel for the author she does have two previously published books for teens.)

    I got approved for Bumped on NetGalley a short time ago and accepted it for review. So I will be reading and reviewing this book in the next few days. And as I didn’t think I’d be approved I had added this to my pre-orders at least a month ago.

    I loved the simplicity and symmetry of the cover and I always love the way pink pops against a grey backdrop. So, yes, I did plan on buying this book for its cover, but also because it is a book that can be read for the DAC. It wasn’t one of my original picks, but I’m trying to read as many debuts as I can.

    I hadn’t realized it was a dystopian novel when I accepted it. The cover and tagline gave me a very different impression. But the premise sounds pretty bizarre and unique – teen pregnancy for profit to keep society going – and I am very curious as to where this book will end up.

    If you’d like to read an excerpt of Bumped from RT Book Reviews, click here.

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    There are quite a few books releasing this week. Not ideal for the reduction in book purchases I was hoping for, but these were all on pre-order so I’m getting them.

    I’m still waiting for Amazon to notify me that my pre-order of Blood Magic will not be downloading on April 26th. It was originally scheduled for release this week, but the release date is now May 24th. Of course I would love it if it downloaded a month early as I gave away my ARC and would really like having that book back in my collection.

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

    And please let me know if I missed purchasing something that is a “must read.”

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    My Reading Pile #6

    I will be switching out this picture next week with a whole new heap of books! I’m about halfway through this pile…finally.

    I’ve only received a couple new advance copies this week, and you’ll get to see those in next week’s photo even though I won’t be reading some of them for at least a few weeks.

    I’ve done a whole lot better with my reading this week, but am still behind with a review or two. But in the meantime…

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

    (April 24-April 30, 2011)

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    I received an ARC of Abandon through a trade, which is what I plan on reading for review. I also have this one on pre-order in eBook format as I plan on giving away the ARC and keeping the finished copy.

    I’ve spotlighted Abandon for my Book Watch post a few weeks ago and I’m dying to read it. I wanted to read it much sooner but sadly my schedule wouldn’t allow. I hope to get it done by Tuesday’s release date, but it might be read next week as I have a few required reads before then.

    The cover is absolutely gorgeous and after reading The Goddess Test I’m really excited to read another book about the Greek myths and Hades and Persephone. I think the updated mythologies are a great new sub-genre that I will be a huge fan of – I think I kind of already am.

    I must read 13 Little Blue Envelopes as I want to read the sequel, The Last Little Blue Envelope. The author and publisher are giving this away as a free eBook download until day before release of the sequel, so I snagged a copy for my eReader. (I would have purchased it regardless, as I was planning on reading the sequel, but I am not going to pass up a free book.)

    I don’t know much about this book and haven’t yet read anything by author Maureen Johnson, but I’ve heard great things about her writing and this looks like it will be a flirty and fun read.

    A light story filled with romance and adventure will be a great change of pace and I can’t wait to read both books back-to-back.

    I received an eARC of The Last Little Blue Envelope for review through NetGalley and HarperTeen. As mentioned above, I haven’t yet read the first book in the series but I will be reading both books back-to-back – I hope this weekend.

    This book promises to continue the adventure for Ginny Blackstone and I can’t wait to read all about her story in both books. I have a feeling they will be the perfect beach reads if the weather holds up.

    As a longtime fan of chick lit, these sound like two books I will love and breeze through and will be a whole lot of fun to review.

    I also received an electronic copy of Bumped for review through NetGalley and HarperTeen. It seems like forever since I’ve read a dystopian so I was psyched to get approved for this.

    Many of the blogs I visit have already reviewed this book and so I have a pretty good idea what this is about. This is one of those books that I didn’t mind getting a peek inside of as the cover had me intrigued and I didn’t know much about it other than that everyone wanted to read it.

    Bumped sounds so different from anything I’ve read before and I’m hoping to discover another “must read” dystopian.

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    Yet another week where I’ve tried to keep things light, although I do have an extra book this week I must read, so it’s made the schedule a bit tight. But as it isn’t super long I hope to fly through it.

    I’m sad not to be able to read the new Jenny Han book releasing on April 26th, which is available through Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab program. I so wanted to read it, but haven’t read any of the previous books, so it will have to wait.

    This may just be one of those reading marathon kind of weeks and I hope I finish all the books I’ve set my sights on.

    Wishful thinking reads:

    Again, I have three wishful thinking reads this week. The first is Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer. The ARC has been screaming at me from across the room and I’ve been tempted on more than one occasion to pick it up. I will be reading it long before release date, but I’m not sure I can wait another week to start and finish it!

    I also really want to read the two books in Angie Frazier’s Everlasting series. I’ve owned the first book for quite some time and just received an ARC of book two that I won in a charity auction. The synopsis of the second book made me want to read the first book even more, and so, of course, these are two books I want to read, like, now.

    Those left behind:

    Yep. Still haven’t read City of Fallen Angels. I’m now even more tempted to wait a bit as I’ve heard there’s a huge cliffhanger. And I still need to read Enclave but will be doing so this weekend, so I’m not really behind schedule.

    Even though I’m fairly caught up, with a huge amount of May 3rd releases just around the corner, I have a feeling that I will fall behind next week. But once more, here’s to hoping!

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    Do you create a reading pile?

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

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    The Trailers: April

     

    They’re back! For those times when you just need a short break from reading. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for just some of the upcoming books releasing this April.

    April 5th is a HUGE day for releases!

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    Through Her Eyes by Jennifer Archer

    Release date: April 5, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    Where She Went by Gayle Forman

    Release date: April 5, 2011

    (Penguin Young Readers)

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    Red Glove by Holly Black

    Release date: April 5, 2011

    (Simon & Schuster) This is a White Cat trailer which teases Red Glove

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    City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

    Release date: April 5, 2011

    (VLC Photo Productions) This is the CoFA teaser trailer

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    Plague by Michael Grant

    Release date: April 5, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong

    Release date: April 12, 2011

    (Book Lounge)

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    Enclave by Ann Aguirre

    Release date: April 12, 2011

    (Macmillan Childrens)

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    Defiance by Lili St. Crow

    Release date: April 19, 2011

    (Penguin Young Readers) – I love this trailer!

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    Bumped by Megan McCafferty

    Release date: April 26, 2011

    (HarperTeen) Author discusses Bumped – not a book trailer but had to include!

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    Abandon by Meg Cabot

    Release date: April 26, 2011

    (Meggin Cabot) Author discussed Abandon – not a book trailer but had to include, too!

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

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