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    THE KEEP OF AGES Blog Tour: Fantasy Movie Cast Guest Post + #Giveaway

    Welcome to Day #2 of the Keep of Ages Blog Tour!

    To celebrate the release of The Keep of Ages (Vault of Dreamers #3) by Caragh M. O’brien (8/29/17), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Caragh and 10 chances to win a complete set of The Vault of Dreamers Trilogy!

    I am super excited to share Caragh M. O’Brien’s Movie Fancast post. I love the author’s actor selections for her characters, especially her choices for Rosie and Dubbs. And of course, now I will forever picture Dean Sandy Berg as Ryan Gosling. Because how could I not?

    I am a huge fan of this series and am both happy and sad to see it end. Thrilled because I finally have answers to those lingering questions I had after reading THE RULE OF MIRRORS and a bit melancholy because Rosie’s story has come to an end  and I have to say goodbye.

    If you’d like to know what I thought about this final book in the series, stop by next week for my review. But for now, scroll down for Caragh M. O’Brien‘s awesome Movie Fantasy Cast and for a chance to win a complete set of the series.

    And…

    Be sure to follow the tour for additional chances to win and for some awesome posts from the author!


    About THE KEEP OF AGES

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    Title: THE KEEP OF AGES (The Vault of Dreamers #3)
    Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
    Release date: August 29, 2017
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Pages: 400
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    In the fast-paced, high-stakes conclusion to Caragh M. O’Brien’s Vault of Dreamers trilogy, Rosie travels to a derelict theme park to shut down dream mining once and for all.

    Driven by fear when Dean Berg kidnaps her family, Rosie Sinclair strikes out across the country to rescue them. When an elusive trail leads her to Grisly Valley, the contaminated ruin of a horror theme park, Rosie has to consider that Berg may once again be manipulating her every move to make her fearful, priming her for a final, lethal dream mining procedure. As Rosie struggles to outmaneuver Berg, she unearths the ultimate vault of dreamers and the hint of a consciousness more powerful and dangerous than any she’s imagined before. Faced with unspeakable suffering and otherworldly beauty, Rosie must discover how to trust her mind, her friends, and reality itself.

    Propulsive and deeply speculative, The Keep of Ages concludes the Vault of Dreamers trilogy with stirring possibilities for what it means to be alive.

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    The Guest Post

    Fantasy Movie Cast

    It would amaze and delight me if the Vault of Dreamers series were turned into a film or a mini series on Netflix or HBO.  As it turns out, I have a film agent to pitch my work to producers, so while seeing Rosie’s story on the screen is a long shot, it isn’t strictly impossible.

    If I could select a fantasy cast, I’d give Millie Bobby Brown (from Stranger Things) a couple more years to grow up, plus a mess of wavy dark hair, and then I’d choose her for Rosie Sinclair. Millie Bobby has an intensity about her that would mesh well with the fragile, splintering quality of Rosie’s mind, and she has a vulnerable, genuine quality that matches Rosie, too. When she smiles, she’s completely disarming. The only snag is that Rosie has a gap between her front teeth, and Millie Bobby doesn’t.

    For Linus Pitts, Timothée Chalamet would evoke a good combination of streetwise and confident. I can’t tell if Timothée’s eyes are the caramel brown shade of Linus’s, but his hair color is right, and he has a distinctive jawline that suits Linus. I could picture him in the garb of a kitchen worker being drawn into the limelight by Rosie, and transforming for a high status job later in the series. The only catch is, we’d need to be sure he has a faint Welsh accent left over from childhood like Linus does.

    Dante Brown would be an ideal actor to play Burnham Fister, who has a complex relationship with Rosie and needs to be played with depth and heart, especially once he suffers. Dante comes off as serious, smart, direct, and determined like Burnham. I can picture him wearing his grandfather’s watch when he tacitly claims his heritage, and I can see him refusing to back down when he’s in danger.

    Picking the right actor for Dean Sandy Berg is tough, because the person has to look like the trustworthy head of a school before millions of Forge Show viewers, but he must also contain a twisted heart. I’m going with Ryan Gosling because he can easily pull of Berg’s charm in front of the cameras, but he can also convince us he’s a puppet master who enjoys his evil game.

    Dubbs Sinclair, Rosie’s kid sister, is a blonde little girl who is alternately ethereal and down to earth, riding her bike along the boxcars they call home, all skinny limbs and sunlight. In the final book, The Keep of Ages, which is due out this August, Dubbs has a larger roll and her bravery is tested. She could be played by Alyvia Alyn Lind who has a warm, sweet smile one minute and a cheeky grin the next.

    I would fill out other rolls with Skai Jackson for dancing, snobby Paige; Kiernan Shipka for theatrical Janice; Devon Gearhart for Henrik with his chinstrap beard; and Ellie Kemper for Ma, Rosie’s loving but misguided mother. It would also be cool to cast my actress/cartoonist niece, Becca Hart, as one of the Forge teachers, since she was the real life inspiration for Janice.


    About Caragh M. O’Brien

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    Caragh M. O’Brien is the author of the BIRTHMARKED trilogy and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS series, both from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. O’Brien was educated at Williams College and earned her MA in the Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University. Her young adult science fiction has been honored by the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, the Amelia Bloomer Award, the Junior Library Guild, and numerous state reading lists. A former high school English teacher, she now writes young adult novels full time from her home in rural Connecticut.

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    Other Books in the Series

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    Title & Series: THE VAULT OF DREAMERS (The Vault of Dreamers #1)
    Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
    Release date: September 16, 2014
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the ridges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

    From Caragh M. O’Brien, author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes the first book in a new series, The Vault of Dreamers, a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

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    Title & Series: THE RULE OF MIRRORS (The Vault of Dreamers #2)
    Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
    Release date: February 16, 2016
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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    Description…

    The fast-paced, psychologically thrilling sequel to The Vault of Dreamers follows Rosie after her consciousness has been split in two.

    The entire country was watching when Rosie Sinclair was expelled from Forge, the prestigious arts school that doubles as a reality TV show. But few know how Dean Berg was mining students’ dreams in laboratories deep below the school. And no one, least of all the Dean himself, knows that when Rosie’s dreams were seeded into the mind of another patient, Rosie’s consciousness woke up in that body–a girl far from Forge, a girl with a completely different life from Rosie, a girl who is pregnant.

    Told from alternating points of view between Rosie as she makes sense of her new identity and the shattered subconscious that still exists in her old body, The Rule of Mirrors will keep readers on the edge of their seats and leave them hungry for more.

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    The Giveaway

    As a tour participant, I have for giveaway…

    • ONE (1) set of the complete Vault of Dreamers trilogy (Vault of Dreamers, Rule of Mirrors, and Keep of Ages) – US ONLY

    Must be 13 or older to enter. Giveaway ends on August 29th. There will be ONE winner. Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email. Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be selected. Prize will be sent directly from the publicity agency.

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    THE RULE OF MIRRORS Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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    Welcome to today’s stop on THE RULE OF MIRRORS Blog Tour. I have a review to share of this awesome second book in the series along with a giveaway for a paperback copy of the first book in the series – THE VAULT OF DREAMERS.

    If you haven’t yet met Rosie Sinclair or visited the Forge School, be sure to scroll down to the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a copy. You should NOT read the description for THE RULE OF MIRRORS or the review if you haven’t. The description is super spoiler-y and while the review isn’t as spoiler-y it does reveal some things that you might not want to know from the first book in the series.

    The description for THE VAULT OF DREAMERS is further below, so be sure to check that out. Of course if you have read it, then feel free to check out both the description and review. It is a fascinating and totally unexpected sequel that is guaranteed to make you want book three ASAP.

    And if you’d like to check out the other stops on the tour, the schedule is at the bottom of the post, and will be updated with direct links to each of the stops.


    About THE RULE OF MIRRORS

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    Title & Series: THE RULE OF MIRRORS (The Vault of Dreamers #2)
    Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
    Release date: February 16, 2016
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    The fast-paced, psychologically thrilling sequel to The Vault of Dreamers follows Rosie after her consciousness has been split in two.

    The entire country was watching when Rosie Sinclair was expelled from Forge, the prestigious arts school that doubles as a reality TV show. But few know how Dean Berg was mining students’ dreams in laboratories deep below the school. And no one, least of all the Dean himself, knows that when Rosie’s dreams were seeded into the mind of another patient, Rosie’s consciousness woke up in that body–a girl far from Forge, a girl with a completely different life from Rosie, a girl who is pregnant.

    Told from alternating points of view between Rosie as she makes sense of her new identity and the shattered subconscious that still exists in her old body, The Rule of Mirrors will keep readers on the edge of their seats and leave them hungry for more.

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


    The Review

    Caragh M. O’Brien really left readers hanging at the end of the first book in this series. But it was well worth the wait. THE RULE OF MIRRORS is fascinating and unexpected and even more chilling than its predecessor. And it will keep you in suspense, wondering what’s real and what’s a dream. With a disturbing twist you might not have seen coming, a predicament that complicates things even further, a creepy jailor, a couple of mad scientists, and a desire for revenge that overshadows everything, this sequel is guaranteed to keep the pages turning.

    Rosie Sinclair was a prisoner in more ways than one and freeing herself would be almost impossible. Even if she could escape from those who held her captive, she couldn’t escape what they’d done to her. But she was not about to give up without trying.

    She needed to find someone who would believe her and who she could trust. But her ex-boyfriend betrayed her and her family proved they couldn’t be trusted when they relinquished their guardianship. And with a reward out for details on her whereabouts, finding someone she could count on wouldn’t be easy. Especially when the truth of what happened to her sounded crazy even to herself.

    THE RULE OF MIRRORS takes readers and characters even farther down the rabbit hole, revealing an even more sinister plot than that in book one. It’s shocking, unsettling, and more than a little bit heartbreaking. The obstacles that Rosie faces seem insurmountable. Her allies are few and her enemies powerful. The damage done to her irreversible. The chance of returning to a somewhat normal existence slim.

    Which makes for one heck of a wild and thrilling ride. And with new characters to get to know, the reappearance of characters both loved and despised, and new depths of horror to which the “doctors” will go, this sequel will be unputdownable.

    While the ending doesn’t leave readers hanging off quite as steep a cliff, Author Caragh M. O’Brien does leave them hanging with a number of burning questions left unanswered, the fates of a few of her characters unknown, and the very real possibility that there won’t be happy endings for Rosie, Linus, Burnham, or the other dreamers.

    For readers looking for a story – and series – that is different and interesting and tension-filled and gripping, THE RULE OF MIRRORS is an absolute must.

    The Rating

    05


    About Caragh M. O’Brien

    CaraghO'Brien(c)TomyO'Brien2014

    Caragh M. O’Brien is the author of the BIRTHMARKED trilogy and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS series, both from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. O’Brien was educated at Williams College and earned her MA from Johns Hopkins University. She recently resigned from teaching high school English in order to write young adult novels.

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    Title & Series: THE VAULT OF DREAMERS (The Vault of Dreamers #1)
    Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
    Release date: September 16, 2014
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the ridges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

    From Caragh M. O’Brien, author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes the first book in a new series, The Vault of Dreamers, a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

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    The Giveaway

    Courtesy of the publisher…

    • I am giving away a paperback copy of THE VAULT OF DREAMERS to ONE (1) winner – US only

    Rules are in the Rafflecopter. Giveaway ends 2.27.16 at 11:59 PM Pacific

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    Top 10 of 2015: Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2016

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    Welcome to Day Five of the Top 10 of 2105

    A WEEK OF LOOKING BACK…

    …AND LOOKING FORWARD

    As I mentioned previously…

    This is my fifth year co-hosting this event with Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, my fourth year co-hosting with Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and my second year co-hosting with Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader. Wow that’s a lot of years. But this event is so much fun, that I’m thrilled to be able to do it again in 2015.

    If you haven’t yet heard of the Top 10 of 2015 week-long event, in a nutshell it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours over the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    Once again, we’re each hosting our own giveaways on four of the five days of this challenge – I’m hosting Day One’s giveaway, Two Chicks on Books is hosting Day Two’s giveaway, Tales of a Ravenous Reading is hosting Day Three’s giveaway, and Magical Urban Fantasy Reads is hosting today’s Day Four giveaway. So be sure to check in with each of our blogs this week.


    Books I Can’t Wait For

    Today’s topic is…

    Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2016

    I am looking forward to so many books in the coming year – so many continuing series and so many new releases. And so, as to be fair to all those new releases (as I tend to favor continuing series because I’m already invested), I’m doing two top 10 lists – one for continuing series and one for new standalones and series books.

    And of course I couldn’t resist including a few honorable mentions for some of the many continuing series I am desperately eager to read in 2016.


    Top Ten Continuing Series Books

    #1

    TheFlameNeverDiesTHE FLAME NEVER DIES (The Stars Never Rise #2) by Rachel Vincent

    Release date: August 16, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    ONE SPARK WILL RISE. Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth—that the war against demons is far from over—seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant younger sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go.

    In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth.

    Nina isn’t about to let that happen . . . even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.


    #2

    UNTITLED (The Arcana Chronicles #4) by Kresley Cole

    Release date: May 31, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads


    #3

    MASQUERADE (Menagerie #2) by Rachel Vincent

    Release date: Fall 2016

    Find it: Goodreads


    #4

    A Tourch Against the NightA TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir

    Release date: August 30, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

    In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.


    #5

    TheWinnersKissTHE WINNER’S KISS (The Winner’s Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski

    Release date: March 29, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks.

    But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?


    #6

    The King SlayerTHE KING SLAYER (The Witch Hunter #2) by Virginia Boecker

    Release date: June 14, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Magic, suspense, and political intrigue collide in this sequel to The Witch Hunter, perfect for fans of Graceling and the Grisha Trilogy.

    Former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is hiding within the magically protected village of Harrow, evading the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, the usurper king of Anglia. Their last encounter left Blackwell ruined, but his thirst for power grows stronger every day. He’s readying for a war against those who would resist his rule–namely Elizabeth and the witches, wizards, pirates, and healers she now calls her friends.

    Having lost her stigma, a magical source of protection and healing, Elizabeth’s strength is tested both physically and emotionally. War always means sacrifice, and as the lines between good and evil blur once more, Elizabeth must decide just how far she’ll go to save those she loves.

    In this sequel to The Witch Hunter, Virginia Boecker delivers a powerful story full of action, suspense, camaraderie, and romance.


    #7

    Glass SwordGLASS SWORD (Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard

    Release date: February 9, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

    The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

    Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

    But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

    Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?


    #8

    UNTITLED (Firebird #3) by Claudia Gray

    Release date: 2016

    Find it: Goodreads


    #9

    CROOKED KINGDOM (Six of Crows #2) by Leigh Bardugo

    Release date: September 22, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads


    #10

    TRAITOR’S PYRE (The Worldwalker Trilogy #3) by Josephine Angelini

    Release date:

    Find it: Goodreads


    The Honorable Mentions
    • FROST LIKE NIGHT (Snow Like Ashes #3) by Sara Raasch – Goodreads
    • ENDURE (Defy #3) by Sara B. Larson – Goodreads
    • UNTITLED (The Young Elites #3) by Marie Lu – Goodreads
    • THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER (The Wrath and the Dawn #2) by Renee Ahdieh – Goodreads
    • THE RULE OF MIRRORS (The Vault of Dreamers #2) by Caragh M. O’Brien – Goodreads
    • CLANLESS (Nameless #2) by Jennifer Jenkins – Goodreads

    Top Ten New Releases

    #1

    BlackheartsCoverBLACKHEARTS by Nicole Castroman

    Release date: February 9, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

    Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

    Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

    From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.


    #2

    And I DarkenAND I DARKEN (The Conquerors Saga #1) by Kiersten White

    Release date: June 28, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

    Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

    But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.


    #3

    PassengerCoverPASSENGER (Passenger #1) by Alexandra Bracken

    Release date: January 5, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    passage, n.
    i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
    ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
    iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

    In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

    Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

    Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.


    #4

    Salt to the SeaSALT TO THE SEA by Ruta Sepetys

    Release date: February 2, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    The author of Between Shades of Gray returns to WWII in this epic novel that shines a light on one of the war’s most devastating—yet unknown—tragedies.

    In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.

    Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.


    #5

    Reign of Shadows CoverREIGN OF SHADOWS (Reign of Shadows #1) by Sophie Jordan

    Release date: February 9, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

    But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

    With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.


    #6

    Sword and Verse CoverSWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan

    Release date: January 19, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.

    Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.


    #7

    Assassin's HeartASSASSIN’S HEART by Sarah Ahiers

    Release date: February 2, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

    Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

    With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.


    #8

    Burning GlassBURNING GLASS by Kathryn Purdie

    Release date: March 1, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

    Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

    But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

    As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

    BURNING GLASS is debut author Kathryn Purdie’s stunning tale of dangerous magic, heart-rending romance, and the hard-won courage it takes to let go.


    #9

    The Crown's GameTHE CROWN’S GAME (The Crown’s Game #1) by Evelyn Skye

    Release date: May 17, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

    And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

    Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

    For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

    And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

    As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.


    #10

    The Way I Used to BeTHE WAY I USED TO BE by Amber Smith

    Release date: March 22, 2016

    Find it: Goodreads

    Description…

    In the tradition of Speak, this extraordinary debut novel shares the unforgettable story of a young woman as she struggles to find strength in the aftermath of an assault.

    Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

    What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

    Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year—this provocative debut reveals the deep cuts of trauma. But it also demonstrates one young woman’s strength as she navigates the disappointment and unbearable pains of adolescence, of first love and first heartbreak, of friendships broken and rebuilt, and while learning to embrace a power of survival she never knew she had hidden within her heart.


    So, those are the books I’m most looking forward to in 2016. What are yours?

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    RYAR Review: THE VAULT OF DREAMERS by Caragh M. O’Brien

    Previously published on ReadingYA.rocks


    ABOUT THE BOOK


    THE VAULT OF DREAMERS by Caragh M. O’Brien
    Published by Roaring Brook Press on September 16, 2014
    Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
    Provided by: Publisher
    Rating: 5 stars

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    This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

    DESCRIPTION

    From the author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

    The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.


    REVIEW


    Caragh M. O’Brien’s THE VAULT OF DREAMERS is an exciting and refreshingly different story that combines some of the very best elements of dystopia and science fiction. It has a futuristic setting that takes place within the confines of an arts school in which its students’ lives are broadcast on a TV program known as the Forge Show. It provides a backdrop in the form of a contest that pits students against one another for the chance to remain at the school. It introduces “leaders” whose actions are at best suspect and at worst sinister. It explores scientific concepts such as inducing sleep to promote creativity and mining for and harvesting dreams.

    This story was such an unexpected and incredibly awesome surprise and was not at all what I expected when I first heard about it, or even after I started reading it. What on first glance appeared to be a typical dystopian, with a smart, inquisitive main character who was sure to beat the odds, clash with the higher ups and fall for one of the two potential love interests, turned out to be something quite different.

    It was gripping, suspenseful and most of all chilling. The “Big Brother” element added tension throughout. It had mystery, conflict and romance. The secrets were darker than I had imagined they would be. The goings-on were more disturbing. And the ending was so shocking it completely blew my mind.

    I had not realized this was the first in a series until after I’d read this book. The promise of something more potentially makes the ending slightly less of a shocker, but after having re-read it knowing there was more to come, it was still jaw-dropping.

    Had I kept certain things in mind – like the book’s title and its description – throughout the read, I might have put a few pieces of the puzzle together and not been completely blindsided by that ending. But I got so caught up in what was going on with Rosie Sinclair, that I didn’t even think to look ahead.

    THE VAULT OF DREAMERS is full of twists and turns, shocks and surprises. It’s peppered with moments that will stun. The tension and suspense make for an enthralling and nerve-racking read. And its strong and likable main character will have readers rooting for her until the very end. While it doesn’t dive too deeply into the science and technology behind what is happening, it gives readers a lot to think about, to imagine, to be horrified by. It is a fascinating story and total mind-bender.

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    THE VAULT OF DREAMERS Blog Tour: Interview with Caragh M. O’Brien + Giveaway

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    I absolutely loved THE VAULT OF DREAMERS and I am so excited to be today’s stop on THE VAULT OF DREAMERS Blog Tour with an interview with the very amazing author, Caragh M. O’Brien.

    This book’s title caught my eye, its cover grabbed me, and its description completely sold me. The setting – a boarding school – is one of my favorites, the idea that “every waking moment” of the students’ lives are being caught on camera and televised piqued my interest, and the fact that something sinister might be going on at night made this an absolute must read.

    And I did read it. Early. And I did love it. A lot. It had all sorts of unexpected twists and turns. It did not follow a predictable path. And had this novel been a standalone that ending would have been a total mind-bender. As it stands, it’s still an ending that left an impression… one I probably shouldn’t share or I will completely spoil what happens.

    THE VAULT OF DREAMERS released yesterday, September 16th, so if you just can’t wait to find out what happens, head to your library, bookstore, or pick up a copy online. Some information about the book and places you can find it are below.

    If you’d like to learn a little bit more about THE VAULT OF DREAMERS, check out my Q&A with Caragh M. O’Brien in which she talks about the story’s POV, the Forge School of the Arts, her favorite scenes, and more. And if you visit some (or all) of the stops on the tour you can find more interviews, a few excerpts, and a few reviews.

    Each stop on the tour has a copy of of THE VAULT OF DREAMERS for giveaway (US only). So be sure to visit all the stops for more chances to win.

    And be sure to check out the FIERCE READS Tour page to see if Caragh M. O’Brien will be talking about and signing THE VAULT OF DREAMERS in your town.

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    About The Vault of Dreamers

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    Title: THE VAULT OF DREAMERS
    Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
    Release date: September 16, 2014
    Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    From the author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

    The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

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    The Interview

    Q. Had you intended THE VAULT OF DREAMERS to be a standalone when you first wrote it? If so, what changes did you make in order to expand it into a series?

    First, let me say thanks, Rachel, for inviting me by!  I’m so delighted to be visiting Fiktshun on the Vault of Dreamers Blog Tour!

    Since I first conceived of The Vault of Dreamers, I have always had a sense of it being part of a larger story arc, but as I wrote this first book, I focused on it as its own, complete story, and I’m very aware that it could be read as a stand alone novel.  In fact, I rather like the ending just as it is and part of me would be very happy to leave things there.  My planning for the next books has been deliberately open ended so that I’ll be able to explore and discover while I’m writing them, too.  For instance, while the setting of the first novel is primarily the campus of the Forge School, it’s connected to a larger world, and the characters, especially the evil ones, have larger motives.  I also left myself a few key loose ends to play with and planted some quirky details I plan to follow up on later.

    Q. THE VAULT OF DREAMERS is written in first person whereas your Birthmarked series is written in third person. What made you decide to change the POV to first person to tell Rosie Sinclair’s story?

    As it happens, I tried a couple chapters in third person just to see how they would work, but I quickly decided to use the energy of Rosie’s inner voice to guide the story.  First person also worked well with Rosie’s gradual discovery of the hidden layers at the Forge School.  It was a challenge, though.  Rosie thinks more quickly than I naturally do, and she has a very visual, camera-like way of seeing the world, so it took some adjusting for me to write from her perspective.  She’s also not the most reliable narrator, and it was challenging to convey information that I wanted the reader to grasp when Rosie herself didn’t understand it.  With guys, for instance, Rosie is slow to pick up certain cues, and she makes mistakes with her trust.

    Q. For those who haven’t yet visited it, could you please describe the Forge School of the Arts and what their supposed mission is?

    I love this boarding school.  I had so much fun thinking it up.  In the first place, it’s a prestigious, innovative arts school that’s incredibly competitive to get into.  It’s also the setting of The Forge Show, a reality TV show that follows every student so they’re each the star of their own feed, and people who watch the show determine the students’ blip ranks of popularity.  The attention and pressure are geared to make the students be more creative, and this works, but the daily intensity has to be balanced, so the school requires the students to sleep for 12 hours every night.  The mission of the Forge School of the Arts is to foster the most creative, accomplished artists possible in all of the arts: dance, music, theater, film, painting, sculpture, creative writing, photography, and even IMGD.  It’s ambitious in the extreme.

    Q. Without revealing too much, can you tell us more about what their real aim is and what Rosie discovered?

    The surface layer of the arts school is already very complicated, but there’s another level going on in the novel, too.  Rosie first glimpses it when she skips her sleeping pill and sees the school doctor tending one of the other sleeping girls in a sinister way.  It has to do with dreams, as you might guess from the title, but for the sake of not spoiling anything, I really ought not to say anything more.

    Q. What was your favorite scene to write in THE VAULT OF DREAMERS (and why was it a favorite)?

    I have a few favorites for different reasons.  There’s a moment that scares me every single time I read it.  It happens on a particular morning when Rosie wakes up in her dorm room after a bad night.  I know it’s coming, I wrote it myself, and yet when a certain line shows up, it totally freaks me out. The ending scene is a favorite of mine, too.  I originally planned to use the scene in the opening chapter of Book 2, but then I realized it was the perfect way to end Book 1 because of the risks it takes, so I shifted it there.

    Q. There were quite a few unexpected twists and turns in the story which will keep readers on the edge of their seats. What were the challenges, if any, in crafting a story that continued to shock and surprise throughout?

    To be honest, the novel needed many, many drafts before it came together, probably because I was discovering the evil along with Rosie at first, and later I had to go back and think of the story from the bad guy’s perspective. It’s a story in layers that get peeled away, and I had to be careful that the reveals built on each other to create suspense.  By the end, after many shifts and cuts, I had a very precise timeline of how the nights and days fit together, and it became impossible to shift a scene even by a few hours.  That’s when I knew I had nailed down the plot.

    Thanks, Rachel, for these thought-provoking questions, and thanks again for having me by!


    About Caragh M. O’Brien

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    Caragh M. O’Brien is the author of the BIRTHMARKED trilogy and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS, both from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. O’Brien was educated at Williams College and earned her MA from Johns Hopkins University. She recently resigned from teaching high school English in order to write young adult novels.

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    The Giveaway

    Thanks to the awesome folks at Macmillan, I have a hardcover copy of THE VAULT OF DREAMERS to offer to ONE WINNER – US ONLY.

    Prize will be sent directly from the publisher.

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • There will be ONE winner
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    • Giveaway ends September 23, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
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    • Winner will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen

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    The Tour Schedule

    Sept. 9th | Ex Libris & The Book Monsters

    Sept. 10th | BookHounds & Candace’s Book Blog

    Sept. 11th | Mundie Moms & Word Spelunking

    Sept. 12th | My Bookish Ways & Working for the Mandroid

    Sept. 13th | Fiction Fare

    Sept. 14th | Icey Books & My 5 Monkeys

    Sept. 15th | SciFi Chick & Supernatural Snark

    Sept. 16th | YA Interrobang & I’d So Rather Be Reading

    Sept. 17th | Fiktshun & Book Briefs

    Sept. 18th | Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks & The Irish Banana Review

    Sept. 19th | Alice Marvels & Forever Young Adult

    Sept. 20th | Good Choice Reading & Step Into Fiction

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #45

    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 November 8th-November 14th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted will be released in the U.S. on November 8, 2011 in hardcover and eBook format. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

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    I had first heard of this book when I received an early copy through a trade with another blogger. I passed it along  when I realized I wouldn’t get to it before release date, but I did pre-order it for my Kindle.

    As a child I enjoyed reading Little Women, so when I heard that this author wrote a modern twist on this classic about a girl who, when working on an assignment about the book, ends up getting transported into the story, I thought it sounded like a lot of fun.

    It’s been years since I read the original, and I can’t wait to revisit the story, especially with a new character added to the mix.

    Goodreads description:

    Emily is sick and tired of being a middle sister.

    So when she gets an assignment to describe what she’d change about a classic novel, Emily pounces on Little Women. After all, if she can’t change things in her own family, maybe she can bring a little justice to the March sisters. (Kill off Beth? Have cute Laurie wind up with Amy instead of Jo? What was Louisa May Alcott thinking?!)

    But when Emily gets mysteriously transported into the world of the book, she discovers that righting fictional wrongs won’t be easy. And after being immersed in a time and place so different from her own, it may be Emily-not the four March sisters-who undergoes the most surprising change of all.

    Lauren Baratz-Logsted’s winning confection will appeal to fans of Little Women as well as anyone who enjoys a modern twist on an old favorite.

     Fetching by Kiera Stewart releases November 8, 2011 in the U.S.

    Find it here: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    Prized, Birthmarked #2 by Caragh M. O’Brien releases November 8, 2011 in the U.S.

    Find it here: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    The Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries Vol. 4: The Ripper by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec releases November 8, 2011 in the U.S.

    Find it here: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

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    I only have one book pre-ordered this week, which I suppose is a good thing since it means less for the TBR pile and a much smaller hit to my wallet. There aren’t too many books releasing this month that I have pre-ordered but most of them are absolutely amazing books I’ve been dying to read for a really long time.

    I hadn’t heard much about the Birthmarked series by Caragh M. O’Brien until I created my Extras post the other day, but it looks really interesting, so I may have to pick up the first book in the series to find out.

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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 Extras: October & November

    Yes we’re back with this month’s and last month’s “Extras” post. As some of you may already know…

    Whenever I find either a legal free download, an excerpt or sneak peek of a book online, I try to link to it in a related post or include the link in my sidebar (to your right).

    But once a month I’ll pop them into a post for a “one-stop shop” with a brief description. You may have previously seen some of these in my sidebar and one or two may still be lingering, well here they are once more in case you missed them. (My sidebar tends to have a LOT of info.)

    We have a few peeks at upcoming releases, just released books and some of them are just items that have been offered for free for awhile but you might have missed.

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    I know I’m a month late with this post, so I’m doing one LONG post combining this month and last month, but better late than never. Especially for free stuff!

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    November Peeks

    Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep will be released in the U.S. on November 29, 2011.

    Kiss of Frost is the second full-length book in the Mythos Academy series by the author. Dark Frost, the third book in the series, is slated for release in 2012.

    This sounds like an exciting series. Gwen Frost is a warrior-in-training at Mythos Academy, a school for “myths, magic and warrior whiz kids.” In this sequel, Gwen is in her second year and there is a new mystery or two to solve. It seems two people – an invisible archer and a Reaper – want Gwen dead. And she’ll have to team up with Logan Quinn in order to figure out how to stop them and hopefully survive.

    To get a peek at Chapter One from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Legend by Marie Lu will be released in the U.S. on November 29, 2011.

    Legend is the first book in a new dystopian series by the debut author, set in a militaristic nation, now occupying the western portion of the United States.

    The story revolves around June, who is from a well-to-do family, and Day, who is not. Day becomes the suspect in June’s brother’s murder and she is seeking vengeance against his killer. With a description that promises “nonstop action, suspense, and romance,” Legend looks to be an exciting read.

    To get an early peek from the series website, CLICK HERE. And to read an excerpt from Scribd, CLICK HERE.

    Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie will be released in the U.S. on November 22, 2011.

    Unleashed is the first book in the new Wolf Springs Chronicles by the authors.

    This new series sounds absolutely intriguing. Katelyn McBride is sent to live in the small town of Wolf Springs, nestled in the Ozarks of Arkansas. The town’s secrets are centuries-old and “sinister” according to the description and Katelyn is the catalyst for some sort of change – for good or bad we do not know.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE. To listen to (or download) an audio excerpt, CLICK HERE.

    The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler will be released in the U.S. on November 15, 2011.

    The premise of The Future of Us is absolutely fascinating. This story takes readers to back 1996 when fewer than half of high schoolers in the U.S. had used the Internet. Emma gets her first computer and she and her best friend Josh log on to find themselves on Facebook in 2011. Like the title says, they get a glimpse at their future selves and it will be exciting to see what it holds for these two characters.

    The authors wrote alternating chapters, according to Carolyn Mackler’s website. She wrote Emma’s first draft and he wrote Josh’s. Then they swapped and edited each other’s work. It sounds like an exciting concept where two different voices are made cohesive through the editorial process and I’m excited to see just how well it all comes together.

    To read an excerpt on Carolyn Mackler’s website, CLICK HERE.

    To access the App on Facebook for all sorts of exclusive content, CLICK HERE. (Requires a FB account.)

    Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi will be released in the U.S. on November 15, 2011.

    Shatter Me is the first book in a new dystopian/paranormal series by debut author Tahereh Mafi.

    I normally give a little summary based on the Goodreads description for each book. But I’ve read Shatter Me and I loved, loved, loved it, so I first have to say, just read the excerpt. You won’t be disappointed. This book is written so unbelievably beautifully. Any description won’t do it justice.

    If you must know the basics and believe me, they don’t even touch on the amazing-ness of this book, Shatter Me is being called a dystopian novel with a paranormal twist. The Reestablishment has imprisoned Juliette for murder. Her touch is lethal and because of that she’s been in isolation for a very long time. After being in captivity for so long, without any human contact, they decide that her deadly touch could be an asset. She could be their weapon. And Shatter Me is Juliette’s story.

    To get a sneak peek at chapter one on the book’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE.

    The Pledge by Kimberly Derting will be released in the U.S. on November 15, 2011.

    The Pledge is a dystopian novel set in Ludania, a violent country where language determines class. The main character Charlaina has the ability to understand all languages, which in Ludania can be very dangerous. And from the description, life in Ludania is harsh and its citizens are fearful, but Charlie seems to be the key to ousting the “oppressive” leadership and changing things for everyone.

    To read an excerpt of Chapter One from the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    The Ripper: The Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on L.J. Smith’s The Vampire Diaries novel and the CW’s The Vampire Diaries television show, will be released in the U.S. on November 8, 2011.

    The Ripper is the fourth volume of Stefan’s Diaries and interestingly, its release corresponds to the appearance of Stefan as “The Ripper” on this season’s show, although this book is about the original serial killer, Jack the Ripper.

    This installment takes readers to London in 1888 where Stefan is drawn to the investigation that follows Jack the Ripper, the famous serial killer, and Stefan thinks the killer is a vampire and someone he knows.

    To take a peek inside, courtesy of HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    Prized by Caragh M. O’Brien will be released in the U.S. on November 8, 2011.

    Prized is the second book in the Birthmarked series by the author. Birthmarked was the author’s debut novel.

    The second book in this dystopian series follows sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone as she leaves the Enclave and heads out into the wasteland. She’s is captured by another society, where the women outnumber the men, whose rules state that kissing is a crime. And from the description it seems that in order to be reunited with her sister, she must follow their rules and not her heart.

    To read an excerpt of Chapter One, courtesy of the publisher, Macmillan, CLICK HERE.

    November Peeks: Already Released

    Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.

    Tiger’s Voyage is the third book in the Tiger’s Curse series by the author. Tiger’s Destiny, the fourth book in the series, and Tiger’s Dream, the fifth book, are both scheduled for release in 2012.

    As I haven’t yet read this series, but own the first two books, I’ve been trying to avoid the Goodreads description for this book. But I did get a glimpse. And it seems that this book will bring Kelsey and the tiger princes closer to breaking the curse.

    To get a long look inside at the first four chapters from the series website, CLICK HERE.

    Reckoning by Lili St. Crow was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.

    Reckoning is the fifth and final book in the Strange Angels series by the author.

    Strange Angels is a favorite series that I’ve fallen quite behind on, so I absolutely will not look at its description on Goodreads. But I know that the first two books in this series, which follows Dru Anderson, a girl with “the touch” who has to constantly battle to survive, were incredibly exciting.

    To get a preview at the first chapter of Reckoning, CLICK HERE.

    Crossed by Ally Condie was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.

    Crossed is the second book in the Matched trilogy by the author. The third book, slated for release next year, is currently untitled.

    I have yet to read Matched, but it is in my collection. In this installment, Cassia journeys to the Outer Providences to find Ky and according to the description, she still hasn’t decided about a future with Ky or one with Xander. It also promises that twists and turns can be expected for this sequel in a series I can’t wait to devour.

    To read an excerpt of the first two chapters of Crossed from EW’s Shelf Life,CLICK HERE.

    Last Breath by Rachel Caine was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.

    Last Breath is the eleventh book in the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine. The twelfth book, Black Dawn, will be released in 2012.

    In this installment, there are three missing vampires and a new arrival in town named Magnus. Claire Danvers is certain that he he isn’t human, but she’s not sure just what he is. Could there be a new paranormal in Morganville?

    Last Breath has already been released, but for those who don’t have it quite yet, but don’t want to wait, CLICK HERE for an excerpt from Penguin’s website.

    Dark Eden by Patrick Carman was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.

    A sequel, Eve of Destruction, is slated for release on April 24, 2012.

    Seven teens are sent to Fort Eden in a last-ditch attempt to overcome their fears. But while Fort Eden may hold the cure, the price might not be worth paying. And with an unusual twist at the end about just what’s really going on at Fort Eden and a complete multimedia experience to supplement the story, this is definitely worth checking out.

    To get a look inside Dark Eden courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

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    October Peeks

    Since I had so many peeks for November, and the post is getting quite lengthy, for your sanity and mine, I’m only putting in the release date information and the excerpt links for October.

    Most of these books were featured in my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” posts throughout October with a brief summary, as I’ve purchased nearly all of them, so if you really wanted to know more, feel free to check them out in the archives.

    The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa was released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011.

    The Iron Knight is the fourth and final book in the Iron Fey series by author Julie Kagawa, told from Ash’s perspective.

    To read an excerpt from the book’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE. (Liking the page may be required to read it.)

    Destined by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast was released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011.

    Destined is the ninth full-length book in the House of Night series. The tenth book, Hidden, is scheduled for release in 2012.

    To read or listen to an excerpt from the series website, CLICK HERE.

    The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters: Phantom created by L.J. Smith was released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011.

    Phantom is the first book in the new The Hunters series. Moonsong, Hunters #2, and Eternity, Hunters #3, will be released in 2012.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of the publisher, HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez was released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.

    To get a long look inside Virtuosity courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    Swear by Nina Malkin was released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.

    Swear is the sequel to Swoon by author Nina Malkin.

    To get a look inside Chapter One from the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl was released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.

    Beautiful Chaos is the third full-length book in the Beautiful Creatures series by the authors.

    A long look inside is available on the book’s website, just CLICK HERE.

    (This excerpt was already included in my September’s Extras post, but just in case you thought I’d forgotten it, because it is an October release, I’ve included it here.)

    Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel was released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.

    Dearly, Departed is the first book in the Gone with the Respiration series by author Lia Habel. Dearly, Beloved, the second book in the series, is slated for release in 2012.

    To get a look inside Dearly, Departed from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Devoted by Hilary Duff was released in the U.S. on October 11, 2011.

    Devoted is the sequel to Elixir by the author.

    To read an excerpt of Chapter One courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    Unforsaken by Sophie Littlefield was released in the U.S. on October 11, 2011.

    Unforsaken is the sequel to Banished by the author.

    To read an excerpt on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday was released in the U.S. on October 11, 2011.

    Deadly Cool is the first book in the new series of the same name by author Gemma Halliday. Social Suicide, the second book in the series, is slated for release in 2012.

    To read an excerpt online of Chapter One on the author’s website, CLICK HERE. To download the excerpt in PDF format to add to your eReader, also courtesy of the author, CLICK HERE.

    Awake at Dawn by C.C. Hunter was released in the U.S. on October 11, 2011.

    Awake at Dawn is the second book in the Shadow Falls series by author C.C. Hunter. The third book in the series, Taken at Dusk will be released in April 2012.

    To get a look at an excerpt from the first chapter courtesy of the publisher Macmillan, CLICK HERE.

    Eve by Anna Carey was released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011.

    Eve is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Anna Carey. The sequel, Once, is scheduled for release in 2012.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of the publisher, HarperTeen, and DarkDays, CLICK HERE.

    Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon was released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011.

    Carrier of the Mark is the first book in a new trilogy by this debut author.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick was released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011.

    Silence is the third book in the Hush, Hush series. A fourth book, yet to be titled, is planned.

    To read an excerpt of Chapter One courtesy of the publisher Simon & Schuster, CLICK HERE. An audio excerpt is also available, HERE.

    Liesl & Po, a middle grade illustrated novel, written by Lauren Oliver, was released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of HarperCollins Children’s Books, CLICK HERE.

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    I have only read a few of the above October and November releases. That’s just how far behind I am with my reading. And I haven’t checked out any of the excerpts.

    But I do own most of the books in the above list or have them pre-ordered, so I hope to get to them soon.

    I know I’ve missed quite a few Amazon freebie downloads in this post, but if they’re still available when I do my December Extras post in a few weeks, I’ll add them to that, much shorter list.

    I hope there are a few excerpts for books that you might enjoy. Happy freebie reading!

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