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    Giveaway: A ‘Recent Reads’ Pile of Books #8

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    As before…

    In an effort to keep my book tower from overflowing, every so often I will be passing along a few of my recent reads. Some will be finished copies. Some will be ARCs. But each of the books I will have reviewed or have reviewed a future book in the series. And all of the books are ones I have in my eBook collection.

    As always, there will be no follow requirements for the blog. But I have added a few extra entry opportunities to follow the authors on social media or add their books to Goodreads.

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    Giveaway is for the 4 books/ARCs shown in the picture.

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    UNSPOKEN by C.C. Hunter – Interview + Review

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    I am so excited to have Author C.C. Hunter on the blog today answering a few questions about UNSPOKEN, the final book in the Shadow Falls: After Dark series. As you may already know, I’m a huge fan of this author and both the Shadow Falls and Shadow Falls: After Dark series are favorites of mine. So I am just a tiny bit sad that there’s just one more full-length novel left with these beloved characters, but I am thrilled that I don’t have to say goodbye quite yet.

    UNSPOKEN was an awesome read and this series about Della Tsang is fantastic. She managed to nudge Kylie aside and become my favorite female character in the Shadow Falls world because of these books – REBORN, ETERNAL and UNSPOKEN.

    If you’d like to know what I thought about this series finale, my review follows a bit further down after the interview. And if you want to know which quotes of Della’s are C.C. Hunter’s favorites, which scene in UNSPOKEN is a favorite, a little bit more about what the author thinks of Della’s two love interests, and more, be sure to check out the interview.

    These books are so much fun, super quick reads, promise mysteries, romance, humor, some truly wonderful characters, great writing, and a ton of smiles. If you haven’t yet discovered them, now is the perfect time to enter Shadow Falls.


    About UNSPOKEN

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    Title & Series: UNSPOKEN (Shadow Falls: After Dark #3)
    Author: C.C. Hunter
    Release date: October 27, 2015
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    Unspoken truths will be revealed-and they will change everything–in this dazzling final chapter of the Shadow Falls: After Dark trilogy!

    Della Tsang is facing the toughest fight of her life-and the most personal. In her new role as an elite paranormal investigator, she’s assigned a twenty year old murder case…and the accused killer is none other than her own father.

    Making matters worse, since she was reborn, she’s been bound to the mysterious and infuriatingly gorgeous Chase Tallman-a vampire with his own hidden agenda. Della still feels betrayed by all the secrets he’s kept from her, but she’ll need his help to find out the truth about her father. But what about Steve, the hunky shape-shifter who she can’t seem to forget?

    The quest for answers will lead them into the darkest, ugliest supernatural gangs in town… and into the scariest reaches of their hearts.

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    NOTE: This review is based on a finished copy received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


    The Interview

    Q&A with Author C.C. Hunter

    Q. In 25 words or less, what can readers expect from UNSPOKEN?

    A wild ride of action, suspense, and love that’ll tug at your heart strings. A story of forgiveness, and unlikely friendships that’ll make you laugh.

    Q. What has been your favorite part about writing the Shadow Falls: After Dark series/Della Tsang’s stories?

    It’s Della. Her sassiness, her spunk, her spark. Okay, you know we all have a little smarta$$ inside of us. And when I write her, I get to bring my inner Della out and let it party. My husband calls it “Dellatude.” She’s loyal, she’ll always have your back, but she’s not the girlfriend, you ask, “Do these jeans make my butt look big?” Because that girl tells the truth, even when a white lie would have been appreciated. Writing her has been . . . as my grandmother would say, “a hoot and half.”

    Q. Across both Shadow Falls series, who has been your favorite character to write (and why are they a favorite)? And who has been your most challenging character (and what were the challenges)?

    Okay, I admit it. I love Burnett. He’s a grumpy, macho, sexy vampire. He drives Della crazy by being so over protective. But let me tell you, if he wasn’t in love with Holiday, I’d steal him. His character has slowly evolved in all the books. As a matter of fact, in Fierce, a novella included in Almost Midnight, out Feb. 2nd, you’ll discover a little more about his past and the reason he is the way he is. Now Fierce isn’t Burnett’s story, but rather a story of another character that was a challenge to write. But Fredericka Lakota demanded her own story. She bugged me until I finally just cratered. She wasn’t even a likely candidate, or even a likable character. She was Kylie’s nemesis—someone everyone wanted to root against. Yet, even archenemies have stories. Some of them, like Fredericka, even deserve to be redeemed. I never thought I’d find myself rooting for her, but boy howdy, when I learned her story, she got under my skin and into my heart.

    Q. If you had to pick one scene, or one moment, from UNSPOKEN that was your favorite, what would it be?

    That would be when Della and her father finally have their “talk.” There have been times when writing this series that I seriously considered killing Della’s dad. He was so hurtful to Della and it broke her heart and mine. But she loved that man wouldn’t let me whack him.

    Q. Della and Chase have a rather… shall we say… complicated relationship. What do you think the biggest obstacles are for them to have a happily ever after? And, as the author, are you rooting for them or are you maybe rooting for the other boy in Della’s life?

    Chase came into Della’s life under false pretenses—for good reason, but no one likes to be lied to. And Della, well, I don’t know if my readers have noticed, but she’s not exactly quick to forgive. If Chase is going to win her back, he’s gotta put up with some crap. And Della knows how to dish that out in big scoopfuls. Now as for who I’m rooting for…Whoever Della chooses. And I’m not saying more! LOL. But I can tell you this, in the Shadow Falls series, Della loves two guys—both are wonderful, caring and deserving of her love. One of them is a better choice for her. It’s not an easy choice. But in good fiction and in life, choosing the right path, and the right person, is never easy.

    Q. Throughout both series, Della has had some great lines. What are your top three favorites? And has there been anything she said that made you shake your head and say, “Oh no!”?

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ll be writing dialogue and think… Della, you can’t say that! But she’d say it, so I was required to write it.

    * From Reborn—Della defending that women can do anything guys can do to Burnett: “I will respect the authority, when the authority respects me! And that includes my breasts!” However, in Unspoken, she’s really tired of having to defend this issue and she puts it in another more direct way. “Oh, please,” Della said. “Excuse me while I go and grow a penis so the sausage-and-meatball-toting gender will stop thinking I need a man to protect me.”

    * From UnspokenDella telling a crouching man holding his boys. “Sorry,” Della said. “I think I’m allergic to perverts. I get involuntary knee jerks.”

    * From Unspoken—Della’s dialogue to Miranda and Kylie when they walk in on a heated conversation between Della and Chase. “I’m going to bed. I don’t want to commiserate. I don’t want a diet soda. I don’t want to explain why it feels like the awkward fairy just came down here and pissed all over the room.”

    Q. I understand that UNSPOKEN is the final full-length book in this series. Are there any plans for another spin-off series about one of the other Shadow Falls characters? Or are there plans for any new novellas?

    Well, I told you about Fierce and Fredericka’s story. Right now, I’m working on Miranda’s book. The readers have already gotten into Miranda’s head in Spellbinder. Throughout the series they have watched Miranda come into her powers and overcome a lot of issues. In this last book, Miranda’s newfound powers will be tested. And she’ll have to make a decision between Perry and Shawn. And because this is the last book about Shadow Falls, all my characters will graduate.

    Q. When ending a series what is the thing you miss most about it, what is the hardest thing for you to say goodbye to?

    Just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes. I’ve been with these characters for over five years. They have made me cry, laugh and inspired me. Yes, inspired me to change and to grow. I know that sounds crazy, because I wrote them. But when you write a character, you give them the best of you and then you can learn from how they handle the crisis that you also toss their way.

    Thank you so much for the interview and sharing about Unspoken to your readers.

    Fiktshun: Thank you for answering my questions and sharing some of my very favorite Della quotes and for letting me know about Miranda’s book! And I could not stop laughing when Della said that line about the sausage and meatballs in front of Burnett and Chase. *snicker*


    About C.C. Hunter

    CC_HunterC.C. Hunter grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of Alabama bullfrogs, from her brothers. Today, she’s still fascinated with lightning bugs, mostly wears shoes, but has turned her focus to rescuing mammals. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog, and a prince of a husband, who for the record, is so not a frog. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, spending time with her family, or is shooting things-with a camera, not a gun.

    C.C. Hunter is a pseudonym. Her real name is Christie Craig and she also writes humorous romantic suspense romance novels for Grand Central.  www.christie-craig.com

    C.C. would love to hear from you. Because of deadlines, it may take her a day or so to get back with you, but she will reply.  cc@cchunterbooks.com

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    The Review

    A perfect end to a fantastic series, UNSPOKEN delivers two exciting and danger-filled mysteries, a tumultuous love story, a caustic but lovable heroine, a charming and swoon-worthy if not entirely trustworthy male protagonist, an overprotective but heroic father figure, a couple of persistent ghosts, several beloved characters, humorous dialogue, great writing, and an emotional roller coaster ride or a few. It promises to be wildly entertaining, completely captivating, more than a little bit nerve-wracking, unputdownable. And it ties up all loose ends that pertain to Della, her family, her love interests, and the crimes she’s dead set on solving by the story’s end.

    Della Tsang never meant for her father to become the prime suspect in the much too personal case she reopened and has yet to solve. But if she can’t find a way to prove his innocence – because he has to be innocent, right? – she’s not sure how she’ll be able to live with the guilt of being responsible for his incarceration and for destroying her family even more than she already has.

    With an irate ghost absolutely certain he’s to blame, evidence mounting against him, and time running out, she won’t be able to clear his name on her own. Not without the help of Burnett and the FRU. And not without Chase Tallman, the vampire who she hoped to never see again, who broke her heart and her trust, who claims to have information that could lead to the killer and exonerate her father.

    As long as she can ignore their bond and the feelings she may or may not still have for him, she’ll be okay. She has to be. Because with her father all but having given up on his own defense, she’s the only one left capable of fighting for him.

    C.C. Hunter does a marvelous job re-immersing readers into the Shadow Falls world and re-connecting them with her story and characters. In the first few pages she will make them laugh, tug at their heartstrings, and ensnare them with a new mystery for Della to investigate.

    She allows them to see even more of what’s going on by telling the story from both Della’s and Chase’s point of view. With Della, she gives them a stubborn and determined and headstrong character who is also funny and vulnerable and eager to make things right. With Chase, she reveals someone who is remorseful, desperate for forgiveness but anxious that it won’t ever happen, and who wants to be the vampire that Della needs him to be.

    The result is a story that is immediately engaging, positively delightful, edge-of-your-seat suspenseful, laugh-out-loud hilarious, and utterly riveting.

    UNSPOKEN is a must for fans of this series, for readers who love their heroines with a bit of an attitude, a touch of snark, the ability to kick some a**, and who guard their heart, for those who enjoy a not-so-easy to solve mystery, for those who love their romances stormy, sizzling, and not instantly decided, and for those readers that insist upon a well-rounded cast of characters, a well-developed world, and truly wonderful writing.

    The Rating

    05


    Other Books in the Series

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    Title & Series: UNBREAKABLE (Shadow Falls: After Dark #0.5)
    Author: C.C. Hunter
    Release date: September 30, 2014
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 55
    Formats: Audio, eBook

    Description…

    He isn’t everything he says he is. He’s even more…

    Who is Chase Tallman, the newest member of Shadow Falls? What made him into the sexy, mysterious vampire he is today? And what led him to Della Tsang?

    Step back in time and unearth the secrets that haunt him. The secret of how he became a vampire—and how he knows so much about being reborn. Secrets about his first love, his family–and what steers him toward Della, the beautiful, complicated girl he just can’t seem to stay away from. The one who makes him want things he thought he’d given up on long ago.

    It all began with a research study, a palm reader, and a plane crash that sent him on a quest…for a love that’s unbreakable.

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    Title & Series: REBORN (Shadow Falls: After Dark #1)
    Author: C.C. Hunter
    Release date: May 20, 2014
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Return to the beloved world of Shadow Falls, a camp that teaches supernatural teens to harness their powers—and where a vampire named Della will discover who she’s meant to be.

    For Della Tsang, Shadow Falls isn’t just a camp: it’s home. As a vampire who’s never fit in with her human family, it’s the one place she can truly be herself. But when a mysterious new guy arrives at camp, Della’s whole world is thrown into turmoil. Chase is a vampire with secrets, who knows more than he’s telling. But the more time she spends with him, the more she begins to trust this attractive stranger—and feel drawn to him. But romance is the last thing she wants—as she keeps telling Steve, the hunky shapeshifter who won’t stop trying to win her heart. And if Della isn’t careful, he just might succeed.

    When a new case puts everyone she cares about in danger, Della’s determined to do everything she can to save them . . . even if it means teaming up with Steve and Chase, who leave her more confused than ever. With their lives on the line, will Della and her friends survive—with their hearts intact?

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    About Eternal

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    Title & Series: ETERNAL (Shadow Falls: After Dark #2)
    Author: C.C. Hunter
    Release date: October 28, 2014
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    All her life, Della’s secret powers have made her feel separated from her human family. Now, she’s where she belongs, at Shadow Falls. With the help of her best friends Kylie and Miranda, she’ll try to prove herself in the paranormal world as an investigator—all the while trying to figure out her own heart. Should she chose Chase, a powerful vampire with whom she shares a special bond? Or Steve, the hot shapeshifter whose kisses make her weak in the knees? When a person with dark connection to her past shows up, it’ll help her decide which guy to choose–and make her question everything she knows about herself.

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    ETERNAL Blog Tour Reviews: ETERNAL and UNBREAKABLE + Giveaway

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    I am so excited to be a stop on the ETERNAL Blog Tour and to share my thoughts about C.C. Hunter’s UNBREAKABLE and ETERNAL. I love the author’s Shadow Falls series and I think I love her Shadow Falls: After Dark series even more. Della is awesome – grumpy, sarcastic, kick-a** and maybe just a tiny bit standoffish. And with each new story from her POV I can’t help but adore her more and become more invested in what will happen with her and her family, Steve, Chase, the FRU.

    UNBREAKABLE is a novella all about Chase, which released in September. ETERNAL is the second book in the Shadow Falls: After Dark trilogy, which released this week. And with the third book coming out in July 2015 there is plenty of time to get caught up on this fantastic series.

    My stop on the tour includes a giveaway for a paperback copy of this awesome book. So if you’d like the chance to win one for your bookshelf, enter in the Rafflecopter at the end of this post.

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    About Eternal

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    Title & Series: ETERNAL (Shadow Falls: After Dark #2)
    Author: C.C. Hunter
    Release date: October 28, 2014
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    All her life, Della’s secret powers have made her feel separated from her human family. Now, she’s where she belongs, at Shadow Falls. With the help of her best friends Kylie and Miranda, she’ll try to prove herself in the paranormal world as an investigator—all the while trying to figure out her own heart. Should she chose Chase, a powerful vampire with whom she shares a special bond? Or Steve, the hot shapeshifter whose kisses make her weak in the knees? When a person with dark connection to her past shows up, it’ll help her decide which guy to choose–and make her question everything she knows about herself.

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


    The Review

    A mystery or a few, a ghost who demands to be heard, a super sexy but not entirely trustworthy vampire who works for the opposition, an overprotective but lovable camp leader, a fierce and determined but guarded heroine, plenty of secrets, missions and battles, and a killer cliffhanger ending are just a fraction of what makes ETERNAL a thrilling and absolutely riveting installment in C.C. Hunter’s incredibly addictive Shadow Falls: After Dark series.

    With family secrets still to be uncovered, doubts about a future with her boyfriend, and questions about her new abilities and what that all means, things have not gotten any easier for Della Tsang. And when she discovers that she and Chase Tallman have a connection to the Fallen Research Unit’s latest case and that they’ll have to work together to solve it, it’s almost more than she can handle.

    But with a persistent ghost making sure she doesn’t give up, she’ll have to set aside her reservations about working with him. Especially if her involvement could mean the difference between life and death for the two missing vampires she’s been tasked to find.

    C.C. Hunter delivers a second book in a spin-off series that has all the appeal of its predecessors – fabulous writing, delightful characters, an exciting and suspenseful mystery, romance, heartbreak and an ending that will leave readers desperate for the next installment. Some questions from this and the first book in the series are answered while others remain unanswered in anticipation of the trilogy’s conclusion. But enough is revealed to satisfy and to tease for what’s ahead.

    Fast-paced and action-packed, with a ticking clock to keep the pages turning and a multi-layered mystery that will keep both readers and characters guessing, ETERNAL is a nail-biting and utterly electrifying read. Add in tension between the main character and each of the two boys vying for a piece of her heart, surprise revelations that invite more questions than provide answers, and passages that are laugh out loud funny, and you have a sequel is unputdownable.

    ETERNAL is a must for fans of the world of Shadow Falls and readers who enjoy a well-written mystery that is interspersed with humor, a touch of mayhem, and a dash of romance.

    The Rating

    05

    Teasing a Favorite Passage

    The word “no” danced on Della’s tongue, but stopping Miranda from hugging was like stopping a male dog from peeing on a fire hydrant. Impossible.


    About Unbreakable

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    Title & Series: UNBREAKABLE (Shadow Falls: After Dark #0.5)
    Author: C.C. Hunter
    Release date: September 30, 2014
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 55
    Formats: Audio, eBook

    Description…

    He isn’t everything he says he is. He’s even more…

    Who is Chase Tallman, the newest member of Shadow Falls? What made him into the sexy, mysterious vampire he is today? And what led him to Della Tsang?

    Step back in time and unearth the secrets that haunt him. The secret of how he became a vampire—and how he knows so much about being reborn. Secrets about his first love, his family–and what steers him toward Della, the beautiful, complicated girl he just can’t seem to stay away from. The one who makes him want things he thought he’d given up on long ago.

    It all began with a research study, a palm reader, and a plane crash that sent him on a quest…for a love that’s unbreakable.

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


    The Review

    UNBREAKABLE is an enchanting, sweet and heartbreaking short novella told from Chase Tallman’s point of view that takes readers through the day when he became a vampire and gives them a peek ahead at the first week of his new life. While it can be read prior to the first book in the Shadow Falls: After Dark series or after the second book, it’s best read after having gotten to know him in REBORN but before the events in ETERNAL.

    In this brief tale, readers will get to meet a young, fourteen-year-old Chase, his family and his first love. They’ll get to learn what happened in the hours prior to the plane crash that changed his life forever. And they’ll discover just what impossible choice he had to make.

    The story alternates between the day of the accident and the day after, with the look ahead in the novella’s final chapter. It’s a quick but captivating read that allows readers to get to know the very secretive Chase just a little bit better and perhaps understand why he’s so drawn to Della.

    While this story is not required to understand and enjoy the novels, UNBREAKABLE is an engaging and heart-rending tale about one of the series’ most swoon-worthy characters that is definitely worth reading.

    The Rating

    04


    About C.C. Hunter

    CC_HunterC.C. Hunter grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of Alabama bullfrogs, from her brothers. Today, she’s still fascinated with lightning bugs, mostly wears shoes, but has turned her focus to rescuing mammals. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog, and a prince of a husband, who for the record, is so not a frog. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, spending time with her family, or is shooting things-with a camera, not a gun.

    C.C. Hunter is a pseudonym. Her real name is Christie Craig and she also writes humorous romantic suspense romance novels for Grand Central.  www.christie-craig.com

    C.C. would love to hear from you. Because of deadlines, it may take her a day or so to get back with you, but she will reply.  cc@cchunterbooks.com

    WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS


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    Title & Series: REBORN (Shadow Falls: After Dark #1)
    Author: C.C. Hunter
    Release date: May 20, 2014
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Return to the beloved world of Shadow Falls, a camp that teaches supernatural teens to harness their powers—and where a vampire named Della will discover who she’s meant to be.

    For Della Tsang, Shadow Falls isn’t just a camp: it’s home. As a vampire who’s never fit in with her human family, it’s the one place she can truly be herself. But when a mysterious new guy arrives at camp, Della’s whole world is thrown into turmoil. Chase is a vampire with secrets, who knows more than he’s telling. But the more time she spends with him, the more she begins to trust this attractive stranger—and feel drawn to him. But romance is the last thing she wants—as she keeps telling Steve, the hunky shapeshifter who won’t stop trying to win her heart. And if Della isn’t careful, he just might succeed.

    When a new case puts everyone she cares about in danger, Della’s determined to do everything she can to save them . . . even if it means teaming up with Steve and Chase, who leave her more confused than ever. With their lives on the line, will Della and her friends survive—with their hearts intact?

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    My Review


    UNSPOKEN (Shadow Falls: After Dark #3) – coming July 14, 2015


    The Giveaway

    Courtesy of the publisher, St. Martin’s Griffin, I have a paperback copy of ETERNAL to give away for my tour stop today which I’ll be sending out to the winner.

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    RYAR Review: REBORN by C.C. Hunter

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    ABOUT THE BOOK


    REBORN by C.C. Hunter
    Series: Shadow Falls After Dark #1
    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin on May 20, 2014
    Genres: Mystery, Paranormal
    Provided by: Purchased
    Rating: 5 stars

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    DESCRIPTION

    Return to the beloved world of Shadow Falls, a camp that teaches supernatural teens to harness their powers—and where a vampire named Della will discover who she’s meant to be.

    For Della Tsang, Shadow Falls isn’t just a camp: it’s home. As a vampire who’s never fit in with her human family, it’s the one place she can truly be herself. But when a mysterious new guy arrives at camp, Della’s whole world is thrown into turmoil. Chase is a vampire with secrets, who knows more than he’s telling. But the more time she spends with him, the more she begins to trust this attractive stranger—and feel drawn to him. But romance is the last thing she wants—as she keeps telling Steve, the hunky shapeshifter who won’t stop trying to win her heart. And if Della isn’t careful, he just might succeed.

    When a new case puts everyone she cares about in danger, Della’s determined to do everything she can to save them . . . even if it means teaming up with Steve and Chase, who leave her more confused than ever. With their lives on the line, will Della and her friends survive—with their hearts intact?


    REVIEW


    REBORN is an absolute must-read addition to C.C. Hunter’s world of Shadow Falls, one that doesn’t require a read of the earlier books. This first novel in the new spin-off series, told from Della Tsang’s point of view, is a captivating, fun and exciting read with a number of puzzles to solve, a snarky, stubborn, fierce but very likable heroine, two swoon-worthy paranormal boys, and an ending that is a game-changer for one of its characters.

    Things for Della Tsang were bad enough without having abilities that seem to be on the fritz, a ghost that may or may not have attached itself to her, a cold that won’t go away, a super hot vampire that won’t leave her alone, a sexy shape-shifter that wants more than she is willing to give, a cousin that is MIA, and a camp leader that seems dead set on stopping her from working as an agent with the Fallen Research Unit.

    But of course that’s not all that’s going wrong. Her father has been keeping secrets that could change everything for her. She may have competition for the boy she is trying desperately not to fall for. She can’t stop being drawn toward the boy she doesn’t even like. Oh, and someone may be out to get her, for what reason she has no idea. She just hopes things can’t get any worse.

    C.C. Hunter delivers a story that will keep readers hooked. The writing has an easy flow that makes the pages fly. The story has all the characters that readers have come to know and love and introduces new ones that are sure to be favorites in books to come. The narrator is flawed but relatable, grumpy and yet still adorable. The plot is engaging, and with a number of questions that need answers it will be a story readers won’t want to put down until they have them.

    Readers looking for a story that will keep them entertained from start to finish, with characters they will easily connect with, a storyline that offers mystery, humor, and a touch of romance, will thoroughly enjoy REBORN. It’s an immensely appealing read, whether new to the series and its characters or an existing fan, and the perfect start to the Shadow Falls: After Dark series.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #177

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    Below are the (mostly) 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 20th-May 26th that I have pre-ordered.


    While Your Away HC

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    WHILE YOU’RE AWAY by Jessa Holbrook will be released in the U.S. on May 20, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 288 pages.

    WHILE YOU’RE AWAY was also previously published in six parts in eBook and audio formats.


    I am so excited that WHILE YOU’RE AWAY is releasing this week. I read this story when it was released in parts and I absolutely loved it. It was a fantastic read, though it was torturous having to wait for each new installment.

    I’ve wanted to read it all over again, all at once, to see if it reads any differently. So I can’t wait until my print edition arrives.

    I loved meeting Will and Sarah, though I wasn’t sure if I would be biased against them for being cheaters. But I did adore them and root for them and was anxious when things got in the way.

    As I did review all six parts, and I don’t want to risk spoiling things by rambling too much, I’ll just say that I can’t wait to re-read this, the writing is gorgeous and the story is all twisty-turny and angsty and romantic. And it’s definitely the book I’m most excited for this week.

    Description…

    Once a cheater, always a cheater?

    From the moment Will and Sarah first set eyes upon each other, they know that what they have is special.

    There’s just one little problem . . . each of them already has a significant other.

    After flirting with danger, it becomes clear their passion is too strong to be denied. But even if they make their relationship official, there are plenty of challenges in store. Will leaves for college at the end of the summer, while Sarah faces her senior year of high school in their small suburban town. Long-distance relationships always come with their fair share of troubles—mismatched schedules, jealousy, and temptation are only the beginning.

    Can cheaters ever change?

    WHILE YOU’RE AWAY is a steamy story about a love triangle, a long-distance relationship, and learning the true meaning of commitment.


    The Art of Lainey

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    THE ART OF LAINEY by Paula Stokes will be released in the U.S. on May 20, 2014 in paperback 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 384 pages.


    I received an early copy of THE ART OF LAINEY and had every intention of reading it pre-release – and I still might get the chance to tonight – but I’m super excited that my finished eBook copy will be downloading on Monday Midnight.

    I love the idea that instead of wallowing in heartbreak, Lainey and her friend plan to win her ex back by using the Sun Tzu book to formulate a game plan. I’m curious to see whether after all their planning she wants him back or whether she chooses to be with Micah… or whether Micah wants to be with her if he wasn’t aware he was a pawn.

    This book sounds sweet and fun with the potential for heartbreak, so I can’t wait to read it. And if all goes as planned I will definitely sneak it on the pile tonight.

    Description…

    Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is gearing up to spend an epic summer with her amazing boyfriend, Jason, when he suddenly breaks up with her—no reasons, no warning, and in public no less! Lainey is more than crushed, but with help from her friend Bianca, she resolves to do whatever it takes to get Jason back.

    And that’s when the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. With just one glance, they’re sure they can use the book to lure Jason back into Lainey’s arms. So Lainey channels her inner warlord, recruiting spies to gather intel and persuading her coworker Micah to pose as her new boyfriend to make Jason jealous. After a few “dates”, it looks like her plan is going to work! But now her relationship with Micah is starting to feel like more than just a game.

    What’s a girl to do when what she wants is totally different from what she needs? How do you figure out the person you’re meant to be with if you’re still figuring out the person you’re meant to be?


    Dangerous Creatures
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    DANGEROUS CREATURES by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl will be released in the U.S. on May 20, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in all formats, plus a signed edition, at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 384 pages.

    DANGEROUS CREATURES is the first full-length book in the authors’ series of the same name. A prequel novella, DANGEROUS DREAM, released on December 17, 2013.


    I am a huge fan of the authors and I loved the books that I did read in their Beautiful Creatures series. So of course I had to pre-order DANGEROUS CREATURES.

    I can’t wait to read Ridley’s series and see what happens with her and Link. And I can’t wait to find out just what price is on his head.

    I don’t know whether there are spoilers for the other series, so I’m wary of reading this book until I finish that one. I thought the writing was amazing in Beautiful Creatures and I just know it will be the same in this series. Which makes me want to read this more than ever. So it may just be worth the risk. We shall see….

    If not, I’ll plan on reading this after reading the final book in that first series and reading the eBook novella, DANGEROUS DREAM. Now that I won’t technically have to say goodbye to Ethan and Lena, I might just be able to do so this summer.

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    A new series returns to the world of Beautiful Creatures. Some loves are cursed…others are dangerous.

    Ridley Duchannes will be the first to tell you that she’s a bad girl. She’s Dark. She’s a Siren. You can never trust her, or even yourself when she’s around. Lucky for her, Wesley “Link” Lincoln can never seem to remember that; quarter Incubus or not, his heart is Mortal when it comes to Ridley. When Link heads to New York City to start a music career, Ridley goes along for the ride-and she has her own reasons. As if leaving small-town Gatlin for the big city, trying to form a band, and surviving life with a partially reformed Siren isn’t hard enough already, Link soon learns he has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay.

    Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthors of Beautiful Creatures, are back and casting another magical spell. Their signature mixture of mystery, suspense, and romance, along with a dash of fun and danger, will pull fans in and leave them begging for more.


    Other Books of Note

    End TimesEND TIMES by Anna Schumacher

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: Razorbill

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Carbon County, Wyoming is like a current running through Daphne’s heart.

    When life gets too tough to bear in Detroit, Daphne flees to her Uncle Floyd’s home, where she believes she’ll find solace in the silent hills of her childhood summers. But Daphne’s Greyhound bus pulls over in downtown Carbon County and it’s not silence that welcomes her. It’s the sound of trumpets.

    Daphne’s desire to start again in simple country comfort is instantly dashed as the townsfolk declare that the End Times are here. And incredible occurrences soon support their belief. Daphne does all she can to keep her head down and ignore the signs. She works a job at the local oil rig, helps around the house, hangs out with her pregnant cousin Janie and gets to know Owen, a mysterious motocross racer and fellow roustabout at the rig. But soon a startling discovery shatters her resolve and calls into question all her doubts and fears.

    Daphne landed in Carbon County for a reason. She only has to read the signs—and believe.


    ThunderstruckTHUNDERSTRUCK (Weather Witch #3) by Shannon Delany

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Jordan, Rowen and the crews of both the Tempest and the Artemesia strike out for Philadelphia to start a revolution aimed at abolishing slavery and changing their stormpowered society to one that runs on previously repressed steam innovations and will allow for true equality. But can Jordan and Rowen come back together after all the things determined to drive them apart?

    Thunderstruck is the third installment in the Weather Witch series from Shannon Delany.


    RebornREBORN (Shadow Falls: After Dark #1) by C.C. Hunter

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Return to the beloved world of Shadow Falls, a camp that teaches supernatural teens to harness their powers—and where a vampire named Della will discover who she’s meant to be.

    For Della Tsang, Shadow Falls isn’t just a camp: it’s home. As a vampire who’s never fit in with her human family, it’s the one place she can truly be herself. But when a mysterious new guy arrives at camp, Della’s whole world is thrown into turmoil. Chase is a vampire with secrets, who knows more than he’s telling. But the more time she spends with him, the more she begins to trust this attractive stranger—and feel drawn to him. But romance is the last thing she wants—as she keeps telling Steve, the hunky shapeshifter who won’t stop trying to win her heart. And if Della isn’t careful, he just might succeed.  When a new case puts everyone she cares about in danger, Della’s determined to do everything she can to save them . . . even if it means teaming up with Steve and Chase, who leave her more confused than ever. With their lives on the line, will Della and her friends survive—with their hearts intact?


    Biggest FlirtsBIGGEST FLIRTS (Superlatives #1) by Jennifer Echols

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Tia and Will’s lives get flipped upside down when they’re voted Yearbook’s Biggest Flirts in this sassy novel from the author of Endless Summer and The One That I Want.

    Tia just wants to have fun. She’s worked hard to earn her reputation as the life of the party, and she’s ready for a carefree senior year of hanging out with friends and hooking up with cute boys. And her first order of business? New guy Will. She can’t get enough of his Midwestern accent and laidback swagger.

    As the sparks start to fly, Will wants to get serious. Tia’s seen how caring too much has left her sisters heartbroken, and she isn’t interested in commitment. But pushing Will away drives him into the arms of another girl. Tia tells herself it’s no big deal…until the yearbook elections are announced. Getting voted Biggest Flirts with Will is, well, awkward. They may just be friends, but their chemistry is beginning to jeopardize Will’s new relationship—and causing Tia to reconsider her true feelings. What started as a lighthearted fling is about to get very complicated…


    Now and ForeverNOW & FOREVER by Susane Colasanti

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: Viking Juvenile

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    What if your boyfriend was the world’s biggest rockstar?

    Sterling is crazy in love with Ethan. Not only is he the sweetest boy she’s ever met, but he’s an incredibly talented guitarist, singer, and songwriter. And since forever, he’s believed he has what it takes to be a star.

    When Ethan becomes an overnight sensation, he’s thrown head-first into the glam world of celebrity-and so is Sterling. Before she knows it, she’s attending red-carpet premieres, getting free designer clothes, and flying around the country to attend Ethan’s monumental sold-out concerts.

    It’s a dream come true…but whose dream is Sterling living? And what do you do when “forever” comes to an end?


    The Rules for BreakingTHE RULES FOR BREAKING (The Rules for Disappearing #2) by Ashley Elston

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Anna Boyd almost lost her life to get what she wanted most in the world: freedom.

    But just when it seems that her family has finally escaped Witness Protection, the illusion that Anna could resume a normal life comes crashing down.

    The deadly man Anna knows as Thomas is still on the loose, and now he’s using her as a pawn in a dangerous game with the drug cartel determined to silence her forever. When Thomas and a mysterious masked man capture not only Anna but also her fragile younger sister and her boyfriend, Anna decides it’s time to break all the rules-even if it means teaming up with the lesser of two evils.

    Anna will do whatever it takes to protect the people she loves and win her life back once and for all. But her true enemies are hidden in plain sight. Before long, Anna will learn that putting her trust in anyone may be the last mistake she ever makes.


    V is for VillainV IS FOR VILLAIN by Peter Moore

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: Disney Hyperion

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Brad Baron is used to looking lame compared to his older brother, Blake. Though Brad’s basically a genius, Blake is a superhero in the elite Justice Force. And Brad doesn’t measure up at his high school, either, where powers like super-strength and flying are the norm. So when Brad makes friends who are more into political action than weight lifting, he’s happy to join a new crew-especially since it means spending more time with Layla, a girl who may or may not have a totally illegal, totally secret super-power. And with her help, Brad begins to hone a dangerous new power of his own.

    But when they’re pulled into a web of nefarious criminals, high-stakes battles, and startling family secrets, Brad must choose which side he’s on. And once he does, there’s no turning back.

    Perfect for fans of The Avengers, Ironman, and classic comic books, V is for Villain reveals that it’s good to be bad.


    Out of ControlOUT OF CONTROL by Sarah Alderson

    Pub. Date: May 22, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    When 17 year old Liva witnesses a brutal murder she’s taken into police custody for her own protection. But when the police station is attacked and bullets start flying it becomes clear that Liva is not just a witness, she’s a target.

    Together with a car thief called Jay, Liva manages to escape the massacre but now the two of them are alone in New York, trying to outrun and outwit two killers who will stop at nothing to find them.

    When you live on the edge, there’s a long way to fall.


    The Summer InvitationTHE SUMMER INVITATION by Charlotte Silver

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Two sisters are summoned to their aunt’s Greenwich Village flat, where they must start dressing like young ladies, cultivate their artistic sensibilities, and open themselves up to Life with a capital L.

    When Franny and her older sister Valentine are summoned by their Aunt Theodora from foggy San Francisco to sunny New York City for one summer, they are taken to old-world locales like Bemelmans Bar, the Plaza, and the Sherry Netherland by their chaperone, Clover, Aunt Theodora’s protégé. As they discover New York City going lingerie shopping and learning about the simple elegance of a cucumber sandwich, they also begin to unearth secrets and answers about Aunt Theo’s glamorous and romantic past, and they have a few romantic adventures of their own.


    Kate Walden DirectsKATE WALDEN DIRECTS: NIGHT OF THE ZOMBIE CHICKENS by Julie Mata

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Night of the Zombie Chickens is supposed to be Kate Walden’s breakout film. But her supporting actresses-her mother’s prize organic hens-are high maintenance, to say the least. Thank goodness Kate’s best friend Alyssa is the star. She’s great at screaming and even better at killing zombies in creative ways.

    But when Alyssa turns into a real-life soulless zombie and ditches Kate for the most popular girl in seventh grade, Kate suddenly finds herself both friendless and starless. Now, thanks to Alyssa’s new crowd, Kate is the butt of every joke at school and consigned to the loser table at lunch.

    If movies have taught Kate anything, it’s that the good guy can always win-with the right script. And her fellow social outcasts may be the key to her own happy ending. Kate hatches the perfect revenge plot against her former best friend, but even though her screenplay is foolproof, Kate soon realizes that nothing-in filmmaking or in life-ever goes exactly as planned. Especially when there are diabolical hens out to get you.


    DollhouseDOLLHOUSE by Anya Allyn

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014

    Publisher: The Studio

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Dress-up turns deadly. . .

    When Cassie’s best friend, Aisha, disappears during a school hike, Cassie sets off with Aisha’s boyfriend Ethan and their best friend Lacey, determined to find her. But the mist-enshrouded mountains hold many secrets, and what the three teens discover is far more disturbing than any of them imagined: beneath a rundown mansion in the woods lies an underground cavern full of life-size toys and kidnapped girls forced to dress as dolls.

    Even as Cassie desperately tries to escape the Dollhouse, she finds herself torn between her forbidden feelings for Ethan, and her intense, instinctive attraction to The Provider, a man Cassie swears she has known before…

    Because Cassie’s capture wasn’t accidental, and the Dollhouse is more than just a prison where her deepest fears come true—it’s a portal for the powers of darkness. And Cassie may be the only one who can stop it.


    Infinite SkyINFINITE SKY (Infinite Sky #1) by C.J. Flood

    Pub. Date: May 20, 2014 (first published February 14, 2013)

    Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    A truly beautiful book about the summer that changed one girl’s life, as her mum leaves home, travellers set up camp in the family’s field, her older brother goes off the rails, and she falls in love for the very first time. Opening with a funeral, Iris is mourning the boy in the casket – but who is it? Sam, her tearaway brother, or Trick, her tentative boyfriend?

    Over one long hot summer, we find out just how their three lives were turned upside-down.


    There are a ton of amazing-sounding books releasing this week. And while I only have the three books pre-ordered, I just know I’ll be purchasing END TIMES, THUNDERSTRUCK, REBORN, BIGGEST FLIRTS, THE RULES FOR BREAKING, and NOW & FOREVER.

    I have been trying not to “click to buy” too many books pre-release, in order to be absolutely sure I wanted to add them to my collection. But I’m not so sure that waiting for release date to buy them has worked to reduce the number of books I order each week. Oh well.

    I’ve also tried to spend a little less time online, which means less time stalking Amazon and which is why I hadn’t had the last two weeks’ posts prepared. After spending three hours researching the books releasing and gathering the images, I ran out of time to actually put the posts together. Oops. But hopefully I’ll be back on track from now on.

    I’m hoping that I didn’t miss any books releasing this week, though I think I might have. Amazon’s search function was a little hinky so there might be one or two titles that I missed. But I suppose I’ll find out when either they download to my Kindle on Tuesday or when I see the book birthday wishes go by on Twitter.

    I hope one of your favorite authors has a book releasing this week, or one of your most anticipated reads is releasing, and that you get to add it to your collection. And as ever…

    Happy release week to some amazing books and I hope you have a very happy reading 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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    The Trailers: May

    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 books that released – or are releasing – in May, a peek at a few of those coming out in June and beyond, a look back at those we may have missed, and a glimpse at a few authors talking about their books.

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    Reboot by Amy Tintera

    Release date: May 7, 2013

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    If I Should Die by Amy Plum

    Release date: May 7, 2013

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    Icons by Margaret Stohl

    Release date: May 7, 2013

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    Mystic by Alyson Noël

    Release date: May 7, 2013

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    The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

    Release date: May 7, 2013

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    Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield

    Release date: May 7, 2013

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    The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    The End Games by T. Michael Martin

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (T. Michael Martin)

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    Parallel by Lauren Miller

    Release date: May 14, 2013

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    Five Summers by Una LaMarche

    Release date: May 14, 2013

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    The Rose Throne by Mette Ivie Harrison

    Release date: May 14, 2013

    (Mette Harrison)

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    All I Need by Susan Colasanti

    Release date: May 21, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Night School by C.J. Daugherty

    Release date: May 21, 2013

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    Dare You To by Katie McGarry

    Release date: May 28, 2013

    (Mirainkbooks) – UK Trailer

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    For just a peek at what’s coming in June and beyond….

    Elegy by Tara Hudson

    Release date: June 4, 2013

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    Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (Fierce Reads)

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    The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

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    The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    The Academy: Game On by Monica Seles

    Release date: June 4, 2013

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    Far Far Away by Tom McNeal

    Release date: June 11, 2013

    (RandomBooks)

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    Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell

    Release date: July 23, 2013

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    The Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier

    Release date for Emerald Green: October 8, 2013

    (Fierce Reads)

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    And for a look back at a few we may have missed….

    Wasteland by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan

    Release date: March 26, 2013

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    Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

    Release date: April 2, 2013

    (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

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    Stung by Bethany Wiggins

    Release date: April 2, 2013

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    Light by Michael Grant

    Release date: April 2, 2013

    (harperteen) – Trailer 1 of 3

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    Light by Michael Grant

    Release date: April 2, 2013

    (harperteen) – Trailer 2 of 3

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    Light by Michael Grant

    Release date: April 2, 2013

    (harperteen) – Trailer 3 of 3

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    Taken by Erin Bowman

    Release date: April 16, 2013

    (harperteen)

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    Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting

    Release date: April 16, 2013

    (harperteen)

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    The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf

    Release date: April 18, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Chosen at Nightfall by C.C. Hunter

    Release date: April 23, 2013

    (Christie Craig)

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    The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

    Release date: April 30, 2013

    (harlequinbooks)

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    The Program by Suzanne Young

    Release date: April 30, 2013

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    Here’s what the authors are saying…

    Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

    Release date: May 7, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders) – the authors talk about their recently released book

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    The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan

    Release date: May 14, 2013

    (RandomBooks) – the author talks about her desert island books

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    The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

    Release date: June 4, 2013

    (PenguinYoungReaders) – the author talks about her soon to be released book

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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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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #121

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

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    Arclight
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    ARCLIGHT by Josin L. McQuein will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 416 pages.

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    I hadn’t heard of ARCLIGHT until Jaime of Two Chicks on Books told me it was amazing and that I had to read it. She sent me the ARC, which I am definitely going to read, but I just had to pre-order the eBook so that I could have this for my permanent collection.

    When Jaime recommends a book that strongly I know it’ll be one I enjoy. And as the description sounds really cool and very different, I think it’ll be a book I’ll enjoy a lot.

    I can’t wait to find out how Marina ended up in the Grey, with no memory of her family or her time in the Fade. And I can’t wait to learn just how she even managed to survive the Fade, something no one has ever done before.

    The description mentions that she could be either humanity’s hope or its destruction and I’m so curious to find out which she’ll be.

    While I won’t get the chance to read ARCLIGHT this week, I’ll definitely be picking it up in early May.

    Unbreakable

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    UNBREAKABLE by Elizabeth Norris will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 496 pages.

    UNBREAKABLE is the second and final book in author Elizabeth Norris’Unraveling series.

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    I cannot believe that UNBREAKABLE is releasing this week. One moment it seemed like the release date was ages away and now it’s finally here and everyone will get to see how awesome this sequel is. The moment I finished reading UNRAVELING last fall I ran to Amazon to pre-order UNBREAKABLE because this series was one I knew I’d want to keep reading.

    Of course I had no idea this was only a two book series, which still makes me a little bit sad. But I am so happy that I did get the chance to read UNBREAKABLE, even if it was only a week or so early.

    Yes, as soon as I heard there wasn’t going to be a book three I completely panicked and couldn’t bring myself to say goodbye to this series that I’d only just met. Everyone who’d met these characters when UNRAVELING released had some time with them before this book’s release when they’d have to say goodbye. Whereas I’d just met them and was most definitely not ready.

    Though I did finally read it. And it was amazing. And there were lots and lots and lots of tears.

    And I won’t say anything more since I already rambled about UNBREAKABLE in my Book Watch post the other week, I will be posting my review soon and my stop on the UNBREAKABLE Blog Tour is coming up. So my lips are sealed.

    But yes this is a must read series and yes this final book is fan-freaking-tastic!

    The Rules

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    THE RULES by Stacey Kade will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON (the eBook is available HERE) and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Disney-Hyperion, the print edition is 416 pages.

    THE RULES is the first book in author Stacey Kade’s Project Paper Doll series. No details on the sequel are yet available.

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    I haven’t listened to any of the chatter about THE RULES, but when I saw that author Stacey Kade was releasing a new title I just had to pre-order it for my Kindle. And while I was so tempted to request it on NetGalley, I refrained due to an overcrowded review pile. But I’m totally stoked that release date is just about here and that I’ll be able to check out this awesome-sounding book.

    I am super curious to find out just what having a mix of human and extraterrestrial DNA means for Ariane. And I’m also curious as to just what her creators were planning on doing with her if she hadn’t escaped.

    The five rules she’s chosen to live by seem fairly straightforward. But of course they don’t take into account the fact that it’s almost impossible to stop yourself from falling in love. Love doesn’t play by the rules.

    But I am hopeful that falling for Zane Bradshaw doesn’t complicate things too much. Though I’m guessing it just might.

    THE RULES sounds so very exciting and I cannot wait to get the chance to check it out.

    Chosen at Nightfall

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    CHOSEN AT NIGHTFALL by C.C. Hunter will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 416 pages.

    CHOSEN AT NIGHTFALL is fifth and final full-length book in the author’s Shadow Falls series.

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    I just saw that CHOSEN AT NIGHTFALL will be the final book in this series and I’m absolutely devastated. I’ve fallen quite far behind and I’d hoped to catch up before the series ended. And yet it’s ending and I’m still behind.

    I have all previously released book in the series – and the novellas – on my Kindle. And I’ve had CHOSEN AT NIGHTFALL pre-ordered for ages. So when it downloads on Monday Midnight I will have the complete Shadow Falls collection. I just need to get caught up.

    I have not read beyond the fist paragraph of the description but it does hint that there is still a love triangle… though not who the two boys are…. And it mentions that the conclusion will be epic, which is something I’m all for.

    I hope that things work out for Kylie but if she still must decide between two boys – pick Lucas, pick Lucas! – I think this series ending will be a bittersweet one.

    And as I am so far behind I won’t get the chance to catch up this spring, but I definitely want to devour the entire series this summer.

    Exile

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    EXILE by Rebecca Lim will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 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 288 pages.

    EXILE is the second book in author Rebecca Lim’s Mercy series. The third book in the series, MUSE, and the fourth book, FURY, are not yet slated for release in the U.S.

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    I never thought they’d release EXILE in the U.S. I’ve been waiting not so patiently for almost two years for its release. Actually, longer than that, since I read an eGalley through NetGalley prior to its release in May 2011.

    It’s been so long that only the tiniest of fragments remain in my memory – the writing had a very unique cadence to it. And there was a bus.

    But I’m not one to give up on a series that makes me wait ages and ages – I waited more than a decade for all the books in Stephen King’s Dark Tower series. In comparison, two years isn’t too terrible.

    So when I discovered that EXILE was available to pre-order for the Kindle I jumped all over it. Even though my memories are fuzzy, I do remember enjoying it and wanting to see where this story was headed. But if there is going to be another two year wait between books in the U.S., I think I’ll just order the foreign editions of the remaining two books if this sequel turns out to be awesome.

    Why wait if I don’t have to?

    I did end up taking a peek at the description, which is bringing back some memories of Mercy’s story. I do remember being fascinated by the fact that Mercy was doomed to return to Earth in a different human form over and over. And I do remember that she suffered from memory loss. But I don’t remember much about the love story, so I’m excited to have my own lost memories of this series restored.

    I am also super curious to find out if the author reveals why Mercy’s been exiled and whether she’ll be able to break the cycle she’s forced to repeat. As this is a four book series, I don’t know how much will be unveiled, but I’m hopeful of getting a few answers in this installment.

    Natural Born Angel

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    NATURAL BORN ANGEL by Scott Speer will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 368 pages.

    NATURAL BORN ANGEL is the second book in Scott Speer’s Immortal City series. No information is yet available about a sequel.

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    I am so thrilled that the second book in Scott Speer’s Immortal City, NATURAL BORN ANGEL, is releasing this week. I have loved the sound of this series since before the first book was released, and I’ve actually read about half of book one before being forced to set it aside for a review book or two.

    I’ve had NATURAL BORN ANGEL pre-ordered for my Kindle since very soon after it was made available to order online. But I have not checked out this book’s description as I do not want to spoil the ending for IMMORTAL CITY.

    I cannot wait to continue this series and hopefully Maddy’s story. But as I don’t know the outcome of that first book or whether this sequel switches to another character’s perspective, I can only hope… and wonder….

    I would love to read the two books in this series back-to-back. Hopefully early this summer. And as it has been awhile since I read the first-half of book one, I am going to start over and read it from the beginning.

    I’ve never been a fan of picking a book back up from where I’ve left off when I’ve been away from it for several months, as I never reconnect in quite the same way. And I want to be able to connect with these characters, with this world and with this story.

    The Elite

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    THE ELITE by Kiera Cass will be released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 336 pages.

    THE ELITE is the second book in author Kiera Cass’ Selection series. The third book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I haven’t yet read the first book in the series, THE SELECTION, but I own it and it sounds like it will be a fun read. I did cave and check out a review just the other week, which made me think that it definitely will be something I’ll enjoy when I get the chance to read it. So I headed over to Amazon to pre-order THE ELITE for my Kindle and it seems I’ve had it pre-ordered since October 24, 2012.

    Clearly I’d planned on continuing this series for awhile. Even without having checked out another blogger’s views on book one. It’s very possible I was lured in by the pretty covers.

    And it’s very likely that I was hooked by the fact that this story involves a competition with a Prince as its prize.

    I couldn’t help but peek at this book’s description, which thankfully isn’t too revealing. And it’s made me curious to find out who I’d choose for America – Prince Maxon or Aspen. But it’s also made me wonder just what “devastating loss” America suffers that makes her “question everything.”

    As this is a trilogy any possibility for a happily ever after ending won’t be in this book, but I am hopeful this won’t end on too big of a cliff as I do plan on reading these first two books in the series early this summer.

    Other Books of Note

    Crush

    CRUSH (Crash #3) by Nicole Williams

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: HarperCollins

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Jane Austen Goes to Hollywood

    JANE AUSTEN GOES TO HOLLYWOOD by Abby McDonald

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Truth or Dare

    TRUTH OR DARE (Capital Girls #3) by Ella Monroe

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Unnatural Creatures

    UNNATURAL CREATURES: Stories Selected by Neil Gaiman

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: HarperCollins

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Silver Dream

    THE SILVER DREAM (Interworld #2) by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reaves

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    How Zoe Made Her Dreams Mostly Come True

    HOW ZOE MADE HER DREAMS (MOSTLY) COME TRUE by Sarah Strohmeyer

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    manicpixiedreamgirl

    manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Darius and Twig

    DARIUS & TWIG by Walter Dean Myers

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Amistad

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    How I Lost You

    HOW I LOST YOU by Janet Gurtler

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Quintana of Charyn

    QUINTANA OF CHARYN (Lumatere Chronicles #3) by Melina Marchetta

    Pub. Date: April 23, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    I didn’t realize I had seven books pre-ordered. I knew there were a ton of books releasing this week, I just didn’t realize that I’d have seven books scheduled to download on Tuesday.

    What’s worse… or better depending on how you look at it… is that there are a couple books releasing that I didn’t pre-order but I know I will be buying on release day. Such as manicpixiedreamgirl and HOW I LOST YOU. So the reality is there are likely nine books getting added to my collection, of which eight of them are TBR books.

    And with the number of books releasing the weeks of April 30th and May 7th, I am a little bit terrified of how deep a hole I’m digging for myself. I may seriously have to start putting the blinders on when it comes to new releases. Or seriously look into taking that speed-reading course I’ve been curious about.

    Or discover a way to have a book’s contents implanted into my brain – with all the feels – so that it will cut down on reading time by at least one thousand percent. Now that would be awesome.

    Anyway….

    I don’t think I missed any titles that I’ve ordered, even if I might have missed one or two books of note that are releasing this week. But maybe that isn’t such a bad thing. The not discovering, that is. I can only read so many books in this lifetime. And I have enough already on my Kindle to last me for years and years.

    Still… I’d love to hear which of the books releasing this week are books you’ve had your eye on and are most excited to add to your collection. If you’d like to share your favorite releases, feel free to leave a comment!

    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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