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    Giveaway: Signed River of Time Series

    I recently won a blogger contest on author Lisa T. Bergren’s website in which one of the prizes was a signed set of her amazing books. As I already own the eBook versions of all three books, the author and I thought it would be great if I’d give the signed copies away on the blog.

    Yep. Even though I love signed and personalized books, I decided not to keep these all to myself. I’m all about sharing the bookish love I have for this amazing series. I’m not even going to keep a signed bookmark. All three books and bookmarks will be given away here to one winner.

    As I mentioned in my Reading Pile post, the back corner of the cover to Cascade got a bit bent thanks to the USPS, but all other books are perfectly perfect.

    If you haven’t heard of this series, be sure to check out Waterfall, Cascade and Torrent on Goodreads. This is such an amazing series and one I really hope to re-read soon.

    What’s Up for Grabs:

    A signed paperback set of all three books in the River of Time series by Lisa T. Bergren – Waterfall, Cascade and Torrent – plus signed bookmarks.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. You must be 13 or older.

    3. Giveaway is International.

    4. Books will be sent via U.S. mail.

    5. Contest ends at 10:59 p.m. on October 17th. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced on Tuesday, October 18th.

    6. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours after notification to respond with their details.

    There is no requirement to like or follow. But if you’d like to spread the word that would be awesome!

    And if you’d like to stalk the author on Twitter, here’s where you can make that happen… @LisaTBergren.

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    Thank you to everyone who entered. The contest is now closed. I’ll be running the names through Random shortly and announcing the winner here in this post. Stay tuned…

    Congratulations Kai! You’re the winner for the signed set of books and swag. I’ve sent you an email and you will have 48 hours to respond or I will be forced to choose another winner.

    Thanks so much to everyone who entered. This is such an amazing series and although you didn’t win, I really hope you get a chance to read these awesome books from author Lisa T. Bergren.

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    The Crush List #2

    There are books that you fall in love with, that leave you breathless and sobbing your eyes out. Books that take your heart and stomp on it, leaving you completely destroyed.

    Then there are books that steal your heart. These bookish thieves take but do not destroy, leaving you forever captivated by their charms and always begging for more.

    These are the books that are the source of our undying crushes. The ones that leave us sighing, with a small smile that is just for them. We give our hearts to these books and would follow them to the very ends of the earth. Some of them make us do just that, and we follow, oh so willingly.

    A crush may be a fragile thing, but we certainly have room for many. I know I’ve crushed on hundreds of books in my lifetime and I’ll crush on many, many more. They say crushes are harmless, after all, so what’s wrong with having just a few…or a few more?

    Here are a few books that I’m crushing on big time

    If I Die by Rachel Vincent is a fairly new crush. I’ve crushed on the series for a couple years now, but I just read If I Die last month and have been crushing hard ever since.

    The more time that passes, the more desperate I become to read it again. And I can’t wait for September so that I can.

    Crushes are supposed to fade over time, right? That is so not happening here.

    Why I’m crushing: Shock factor. Ka-pow. Knocks you right down. Twisty-turny delectable, agonizing, torture. Kept me in knots the entire time. Surprise, surprise, surprise. So many yummy surprises. And an ending that…okay, I can’t tell you THAT, but you’ll see.

    Dead Rules by Randy Russell is a brand new crush and one that I did not expect to have at all. I just love surprise crushes.

    I mean I knew the book would be cool – rules for the dead, that cover, but did not expect this to make my crush list…until I actually read it, that is.

    And I am so totally crushing on this book. Still.

    Why I’m crushing: Dark. Mildly disturbing. Killer irony. Eternal love…or not quite. Bizarre, freakishly bizarre, deaths. Sliders…they may be bad, but they’re way more fun. Mars Dreamcote. So what, I’m crushing on a dead dude. Who says that has to be wrong?

    From Sliders to Siders…

    A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford is an old crush. Yeah, I know it debuted this year, but I’ve been crushing on it since 2010. That makes this crush practically ancient.

    And ever since the cover reveal for A Touch Morbid, my crush for the first book has come back full-force. I mean, come on, one peek at these covers and how can you not be crushing?

    Why I’m crushing: Dark. Yep, this one’s dark, too. Maybe I’m a touch morbid… Edgy, clever, suspenseful. The suspense borders on cruel. Seriously bad-a**. And hello heartbreak.

    Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren is a fairly new and unexpected crush.

    And as it’s the second book in the series, it really is an add-on crush that I developed when reading Waterfall.

    Why I’m crushing: Time travel. Knights. A love story. Action – the heart-stopping, nail-biting kind. Damsel in mega distress. Danger. Suspense. Knights – so nice I had to mention them twice.

    Slumber by Samantha Young is a brand new crush. We’re talking one week old and yet it’s already hit me big time.

    And it is another one of those total surprise crushes. Although I’m thinking this one will move from crush to love affair with the next installment in the series.

    Why I’m crushing: Epic. Magical. Sweet, sweet torture. The chemistry. The love story. Wolfe Stovia – Vikomt oh how I’m crushing on you, too. Wicked. Definitely, grin-worthily wicked. Riveting. How can you not crush on story with a sword-bearing hero who is the ultimate protector?

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    So, these are just a few more books from my very eclectic crush list. I seem to have chosen books that are either bordering on the morbid or of the epic adventure variety. Knights, Reapers, Siders, Sliders, I have plenty of room in my heart to crush on them all.

    Do you crush on books?

    What makes a book crushworthy for you?

    I would love to know!

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    The Extras: Teasers #5

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

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

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    I know I had this quote in my review, but looking back over the book, with all its amazing passages and quotes, this one is still my favorite.

    I cannot stop laughing just picturing this. Any book that can infuse humor into a love story has got my vote.

    Kate to Georgia:

    “Yeah, right, like Catherine Deneuve has her own hot-guy SWAT team trolling the neighborhood for celebrity stalkers with swords.”

    In this story filled with so many humorous passages, I just had to choose the one that was all warm and fuzzy.

    No, it’s not sappy, not even close, and any girl would die for a pickup line like this one.

    Colt to Ash:

    “Somehow, one night, at a bar filled with retirees and old fisherman, in a town that might as well be off the map, he sees a girl sitting at the bar. Even though she’s only twisting idly in her bar stool ordering a drink, that’s all it takes for him to recognize that she might be the fire he’s been looking for. In that moment he realizes that he could spend the rest of his life doing all the things he ever wanted to do in all the places he ever wanted to see, but if he doesn’t ask her for her name, this is the moment that, forty years from now, he’ll still remember as the moment when he blew it.”

    (As this passage was taken from an ARC the final version may differ. I hope it doesn’t. I really, really hope it doesn’t, but if it does I will be sure to make the change.)

    I loved the author’s writing in this book. I think there are so many beautiful passages. The way she expresses the character’s thoughts and feelings is just so eloquent.

    Most of the passages I would have chosen gave too much away, but I found one that I loved and which also gives some insight into who Maddie is.

    Maddie’s thoughts:

    I didn’t realize how much I needed to touch somebody. I took a deep breath and felt the hollowness inside of my chest slowly curl in on itself. It’s strange that a single person can be as nourishing, as necessary as food to make you feel alive.

    I just love books with passages that leave me breathless. This is one of those books and one of those passages. I don’t think I need to say more, it speaks for itself.

    Gemma’s thoughts:

    But I was caught off guard, unprepared to deal with what I was now experiencing with Henry. The searing, white-hot heat of my feelings for this magnificent person was different, almost primal. I didn’t expect to be sucked under by such a ferocious wave of raw emotion. It scared me a little, like when the water rushes back into the sea and the sand disappears under my feet. I knew that within the sealed framework that was my heart, Henry would be my undoing, my last and only love until I exhaled my dying breath. I just hoped that when I finally did die, at the hands of Lucian or some other unseen entity, that Henry’s face would be the last I would see, that his lips would be the last I would taste, before moving onto the in-between.

    Everything about this book is graceful and so beautifully written. Instead of giving a peek into Finley Jayne’s thoughts, I thought I’d give a taste of just what Griffin thought as he gazed at Finley.

    Talk about romantic – in a crowded room he just knew she was there and was drawn to her. Swoon, swoon.

    Griffin’s thoughts:

    Something drew his gaze. A young woman in a splendid feathered costume that made her look like the most exotic bird. His heart gave one tight thump against his ribs as he recognized her. His senses had found her even when he hadn’t been looking.

    Finley. And she was holding on to Jack Dandy like a woman in love.

    This just proves that chivalry is not dead….Well, at least not in fiction. And most definitely not for a knight.

    An exchange between Pietro and Gabriella:

    “Pietro, I–” I whispered.

    “To the end, m’lady,” he said with a nod. His eyes did not break from mine. “See that you get to it, that you save Marcello and Fortino as well as yourselves, and I shall consider my life well spent.”

    Inside, my heart again screamed at me to stay, to fight with him, but my mind understood that it would do no one any good if we all died here. And unless we escaped, we would all die this day. I looked at the other two men and Mom, then back to Pietro. “I shall remember you forever.”

    He smiled and covered his heart. “To remembered forever by one of the Ladies Betarrini is an honor I shall cherish with my dying breath.”

    This book is filled with some wonderfully, deliciously torturous passages that will play wicked games with your heart. Here is just a fraction of one of them.

    Lucas and Helen:

    Lucas’s whole face crumpled. Helen had had no reason to hope after what she had heard the night before, but for some reason there was a tiny spark still glowing in her that maybe, somehow, she had misunderstood. Or that he would change his mind. It went out completely when Lucas nodded.

    No one but Jenna Black has ever made the leader of the Wild Hunt so appealing. At least no one I’ve read. Even though he’s way too old for Dana, how can he not be the most intriguing character in the series with passages like this one?

    Dana’s thoughts about the Erlking:

    Every time I laid eyes on him, it was like a punch to the gut. He was probably the most frightening and dangerous person I had ever met, and he was also the most breathtakingly gorgeous. Even for a Fae, which is saying a lot. He was a bad boy to the nth degree, only there was nothing remotely boyish about him.

    (As this passage was taken from an ARC the final version may differ. If it does I will update the post.)

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    I debated long and hard about including a passage from If I Die by Rachel Vincent. I even have it picked out. It is absolutely delectable. It teases, oh how it teases, but it doesn’t reveal anything. But as the book is so far from release date I thought it would be cruel. But there are definite “to die for” passages in that book. Be prepared.

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    Review: Cascade

    Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren is the second book in The River of Time series. It was released in the U.S. on June 1, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats.

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

    Published by David C. Cook, the print edition is 416 pages.

    ***Goodreads description is slightly spoiler-y for some of the events in book one***

    Goodreads description:

    Mom touched my underdress—a gown made six hundred years before—and her eyes widened as she rubbed the raw silk between thumb and forefinger. She turned and touched Lia’s gown. “Where did you get these clothes?”

    Gabi knows she’s left her heart in the fourteenth century and she persuades Lia to help her to return, even though they know doing so will risk their very lives. When they arrive, weeks have passed and all of Siena longs to celebrate the heroines who turned the tide in the battle against Florence—while the Florentines will go to great lengths to see them dead. But Marcello patiently awaits, and Gabi must decide if she’s willing to leave her family behind for good in order to give her heart to him forever.

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    When Gabriella Betarrini left Siena, she left her heart behind. With every single moment in the present she knows that days, weeks or even months are passing.

    Staring at the ruins of Castello Forelli, all she wants is to return to the past to see if her love awaits, or if her long absence has forced him to move on. And every second of not knowing feels like an eternity.

    But the only way back to the past is with the help of her sister Lia. And unless she can convince Lia to take the journey with her, she will be forever trapped in the present with no way of knowing what ever became of her beloved Marcello.

    Even with her sister’s help, there is no guarantee she would find her way back to that same moment in time, to the boy she gave her heart to, and the place she now calls home.

    Will the Siena she returns to be the same one she left? With such a long absence will Marcello have decided to honor his commitment to the Lady Rossi?

    With each passing second, Gabi knows only that she must get back to fight for what is hers.

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    Cascade is the fast-paced, thrilling and even more irresistible second book in The River of Time series. Readers are once again taken back to fourteenth century Italy with Gabriella Betarrini where her adventure continues.

    While the Sienese herald her return, not everyone is as welcoming. Being a heroine to some means becoming an enemy to others and Gabi has some difficult decisions to make. But this time she’s not alone.

    Time has passed and not everything is as she had left it. And although some things may seem to have changed for the better, her actions have set things in motion that have altered the past as it once was.

    As the unease between Firenze and Siena continues to build and suspicions against those once considered loyal are raised, Gabi must figure out who can be trusted before her enemies align forces and begin a siege against Castello Forelli, and all of Siena, that can’t be won.

    In Cascade, the tension continues to build from the first page to the last. As Gabriella tries to protect all those she loves and the Sienese people that have captured her heart, she is once again catapulted into the middle of a long-standing power struggle between these two cities. But this time there’s a bounty on her head and her safety is now more important than ever.

    Author Lisa T. Bergren continues to enthrall readers with her gripping tale of epic battles, fearsome pursuits and heroic rescues. Her writing style once again invites readers into the story and the world she has so richly developed.

    Although a fictional account, the characters and events feel very believable. The author has not sugar-coated this story to make it less primitive or barbaric than everyday life during that period in time.

    And as the heroine, Gabriella continues to grow stronger and becomes even more loyal and committed to the people of Siena. As an icon, she is truly worthy of their respect and devotion.

    Cascade is another exciting installment in this series and with its cliffhanger ending, Torrent, which comes out this fall, is a book not to be missed.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    I am such a huge fan of this series. I loved having the opportunity to read both books back-to-back. I only wish I had Torrent, the third book, as September seems so far off and a long time to be left hanging.

    Yes. Cascade ends much in the same way as Waterfall, with many things left up in the air. And although it ends on a hopeful note, the wait will be torturous.

    There are so many things I want to talk about from this book, but am holding back as it might spoil parts of the first book in the series for those who haven’t read it. So, if I am vague it’s on purpose.

    I loved the new twists and turns in Cascade. There were moments that I was practically holding my breath, waiting to see how certain events turned out. The author did a fantastic job of creating tension. I spent much of this book racing through the words just to find out whether things would be okay.

    I loved once again being back in the fourteenth century and seeing Medieval Italy through Gabi’s eyes. As much action as there was in the first book, in this one it quadruples.

    Cascade has more enemies, more danger, more battles, more chases and even more people not to be trusted. But in the midst of all this, there is still love, honor, and even kindness from the most unexpected of sources.

    With the constant threat of war, plague and just the overall cruelty of the time, the Italy we see in Cascade is probably not one I want to time travel to any time soon. But Gabi fits so well into that world.

    And in Cascade she has grown stronger and even more courageous than ever, and is ready to put her life on the line not just for love, but for the place she now sees as home.

    One of my favorite characters has returned, and we see less of some of my least favorite characters, thankfully. But there is a new, very intriguing character in this book that surprised me. I kept hoping that they would be more than what they appeared, and they were.

    And although this is simply a fictional tale, the author does not unrealistically give every single character a happily ever after. It is war, after all and there will be loss.

    There are a few more spiritual aspects to this story, but for the most part they don’t affect the pacing or detract from the storyline, and in some instances they bring something more to the story, giving Gabi a bit more depth to her character.

    As the action has dramatically picked up in this book, there was a lot less time for a love story, which I missed just a little, but it was there, and there was so much more to keep me hooked.

    I am dying to find out what happens in the next book. There are so many questions left at the end of this book as compared to Waterfall and of course Torrent isn’t out for a few months.

    I want to go back into the story and the world that the author created. I already miss the adventures and characters and I just finished reading it. I got so absorbed into the story, that being yanked back into the here and now has me slightly dazed.

    I am just glad that there is only a four month wait rather than a year for the next book. And I will be re-reading the finished copy of Cascade, to see if there are differences from the version I read, prior to Torrent’s release.

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    Book trailer for Cascade:

    This review is based on an eARC received from the author.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #22

    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 May 31st-June 6th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Nightspell by Leah Cypess will be released in the U.S. on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 336 pages.

    I have had Nightspell on pre-order for ages. I bought the eBook for Mistwood right before I started blogging, but it’s currently in my TBR pile. It’s one of the books I am dying to read, but since I started blogging I just haven’t had the time to move it to the top of the pile.

    I am debating whether or not to read Nightspell before I read Mistwood as it mentions that it is a standalone companion novel in the series, but I’m somewhat wary. I tend to like to read books in the order they’re released, so I haven’t made up my mind just yet.

    I really want to find out more about Ghostland and this book has sorcerers, spells, warriors and…you guessed it – ghosts! (And handsome ones at that.) So, I am going to make it my mission to read Mistwood just so that I can unlock the mysteries of Nightspell.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a look inside Nightspell, HERE.

    As I haven’t yet found a trailer for Nightspell, here is the trailer for Mistwood:

    The Eternal Sea by Angie Frazier, the second book in the Everlasting series, will be released in the U.S. on June 1, 2011. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover format only.

    Published by Scholastic Press, the print edition is 368 pages.

    The Eternal Sea is a book that I bid on and won an ARC of in a charity auction. I’ve also owned Everlasting in eBook format for quite some time and had wanted to read both books before release date, but June has come up too quickly.

    I am hoping to read both this month as this series looks amazing and the description of Eternal Sea (which I shouldn’t have read before reading Everlasting) completely got me hooked.

    I love books involving immortality and true love. And according to the description this story has both, but a curse threatens everything and puts the main character, Camille, and her love in danger. While I always secretly hope for happily ever after, without a fight to keep it, it isn’t nearly as exciting.

    As The Eternal Sea is not yet available as an eBook, I will be buying the finished copy in hardcover on release date if the eBook isn’t released on that date.

    Book trailer for Everlasting, the first book in the series:

    Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini will be released in the U.S. on May 31, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available online to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by HarperTeen, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 496 pages.

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

    I have already spotlighted Starcrossed in my “Book Watch” post, so I promise to keep this super short. Destiny, demigods, myths and legends, beautiful cover. Amazing writing. What more could I want in a book? Nothing.

    This book (which I’ve already started reading) is amazing. I can’t wait for the eBook to download, but I also managed to snag a hard copy at the bookstore today. It’s even more beautiful than the very flat jpg image that I’d been staring at for months.

    To read an excerpt of Starcrossed, courtesy of the publisher, HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    Book trailer for Starcrossed:

    The Ivy: Secrets by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur will be released in the U.S. on May 31, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 320 pages.

    I had a chance to get an ARC through a trade, but hadn’t realized it was a sequel at the time. I still have to read the first book, and this one, but I had flipped through the ARC and also listened to the authors discuss the book on YouTube.

    This series sounded so amazing that I bought the first book for my Kindle and pre-ordered Secrets. I just have to get the time to read both. I’m so curious to find out what happened to Callie her first semester at Harvard and then to find out what happens in this installment with this group of back-stabbing, power-hungry Ivy Leaguers.

    It sounds as if surviving Harvard’s courses are the least of Callie’s problems and I can’t even imagine what she might have done that’s making her keep so many secrets.

    To read an excerpt of The Ivy: Secrets, courtesy of HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    Forgiven by Janet Fox will be released in the U.S. on June 2, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Speak, the print edition is 288 pages.

    I have an ARC of Forgiven which is on my reading pile this week. But I had this book on pre-order in eBook format for awhile. I’m definitely a historical young adult fiction newbie, but this book sounded intriguing and based on the author’s writing style it looks like one I think I’ll really enjoy.

    I definitely have cover love for this book, and the character’s name, Kula, is very memorable and different. I can’t wait to see what life in San Francisco is like through Kula’s eyes and to find out whether she gets accepted into society and finds true love.

    Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade, the second book in The Ghost and the Goth series, will be released in the U.S. on May 31, 2011. It is available to pre-order online in hardcover format only at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, a division of Disney Book Group, the print edition is 272 pages.

    I had this book on pre-order ever since I heard the author speak at the RT Convention in Los Angeles, but spotted a copy in the bookstore early, so I bought it. (It’s always better to have it now, rather than having to wait.) When I heard her talking about her first book in the series,  The Ghost and the Goth, it sounded so awesome and the type of book I would totally enjoy.

    I have the eARC of Queen of the Dead through NetGalley, and have both books on my reading pile this week, but I knew I’d want to have this one for my collection. Just hearing the author speak about her writing process and a little bit about what went into creating this book made this one a definite must read for me. And yes, I am glad this series will continue beyond the two books.

    This second installment in the series does not sound like much fun for Alona. A homecoming queen turned ghost who has to work and then has to worry about her family moving on and her only connection to the living world, Will, not paying her quite enough attention, is surely not an ideal afterlife. Oh, and according to this description there’s a huge cliffhanger.

    Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren, the second book in the River of Time series, will be released in the U.S. on June 1, 2011. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in paperback and eBook formats.

    Published by David C. Cook, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Cascade is another book I have on my reading pile for this week, as I received an eARC for review from the author. But I have this book on pre-order in eBook format, as I know I’ll want it for my collection. I recently read Waterfall and I can’t wait to start reading Cascade.

    I just love the world that the author has created and can’t wait to head back to the fourteenth century to see what happens next. I have loved stories about traveling through time since forever and this series is no exception.

    I don’t know much about what’s in store for this installment, but I can’t wait to find out, and I’m glad I get to read it a few days before its release.

    To read an excerpt of Cascade, courtesy of Scribd, CLICK HERE.

    Torrent, the third book in the series releases in September.

    Book trailer for Waterfall, the first book in the series:

    The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen will be released in the U.S. on June 1, 2011 in hardcover format. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Point, a division of Scholastic, the print edition is 272 pages.

    The Vampire Stalker is another one on my pile this week. I have a printed ARC but will be ordering the finished copy on release date in eBook format if it’s available or in print format if it’s not. This is one I’ll definitely want for my collection as I love the author’s writing and own a few of her books already.

    I absolutely love that this story is about a girl who falls for the main character in a story she’s reading who manages to escape the pages of the book and become a reality in order to track down a vampire.

    I really hope their love story works out, as it would be totally devastating if he had to return to the story and leave her heartbroken. I think I will be keeping my fingers crossed while I read this one.

    To read an excerpt of chapter one from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Book trailer for The Vampire Stalker:

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    For those eBook fans, The Girl in the Steel Corset comes out in eBook format on June 1, just over a week after the hardcover edition was released.

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    I cannot believe how many new releases there are this week, especially since Simon & Schuster doesn’t seem to have any books coming out this week. I have all of these either pre-ordered or already purchased and I can’t wait to start reading them all.

    Next week is another huge week and so is June 14th. I’m stuck somewhere between being ecstatic and slightly frantic. And my wallet is completely giving me the evil eye. So, I’m just ignoring it.

    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, let me know!

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    My Reading Pile #11

    So, I didn’t get too many new books in the mail this past week, but the ones I did are pretty awesome, because they’re all signed, although they aren’t on my pile of reads for this week.

    I still have a book left behind from last week to catch up on, but because there’s an extra day to this weekend I hope to get caught up. Next week’s pile is scary given just how many books are releasing on June 7th that I have sitting next to me. I’ll definitely have some tough decisions to make.

    But, as next weekend is the read-a-thon over at Awesome Bookworm, which sort of straddles this week’s reading pile selections and next week’s, I hope to tackle some of those June 7th and June 14th releases. We shall see. But for now…

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

    (May 29-June 4, 2011)

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    I can’t wait to read The Vampire Stalker. I have wanted to read this book forever. I really enjoyed Raven by Allison van Diepen and was excited to get an early copy of this book through a trade. Of course, because I’m so behind I’m only getting to it now. It was on my wishful thinking reads list last week, but my wishes did not come true, so it’s on the pile this week.

    The idea of fiction becoming reality as characters from a book come to life is definitely intriguing. Especially when there’s a bit of a mystery and a love story involved.

    There is an excerpt on the author’s website of chapter one, HERE.

    I received an eARC of Cascade from the author for review. I’m really excited to start reading the book this weekend, just in time to review it for release date on June 1st. This is the second book in the River of Time series and I can’t wait to return to fourteenth century to continue the adventures and see what happens next for Gabi and whether she’ll choose love over family.

    The third book in the series, Torrent, will be released in September, so there’s not too long a wait to read the next book.

    And if you haven’t checked out the first book, Waterfall, Scribd has a peek of the prologue and first chapter, HERE.

    Forgiven is another book I received through a trade awhile back. But I just didn’t have a chance to get to read it when it first landed in my mailbox. As it releases this week, I’m excited to finally read it.

    This sounds like a completely different type of story than ones I typically read. From the description, it appears to be historical fiction, with a heroine who has to overcome hardship and in the process falls in love.

    I love discovering books that are outside the scope of what I normally read. I enjoy variety and just from flipping through the pages of the book the author’s writing style has a really nice flow.

    I received an eARC of Queen of the Dead from the publisher via NetGalley. As I haven’t yet read the first book in the series, The Ghost and the Goth, I’m hoping to read that book and this one, this week. (Although this may be one of the books that gets read during the read-a-thon.)

    I heard the author speak on a panel during the RT Convention in April, and I immediately bought her book. She was absolutely delightful and the series sounds like such fun. I definitely want to find out what happens with this very unconventional romance – a ghost cheerleader and a goth boy are a completely unexpected match-up. It’s bound to be highly entertaining.

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    Okay, so I’ve increased it to four this week, and with the first book in a series I need to read, that makes it five. I’m stretching it, as one of the days this week is the read-a-thon, so I’m thinking it might be doable.

    Plus, it’s a holiday weekend here in the United States and I have an extra day off. I’m hoping to spend a part of that reading, although I do plan on enjoying time at the beach. It is summer kick-off weekend after all.

    Wishful thinking reads:

    Half-Blood. Definitely. That is my only wishful thinking read this week. I want to read this asap. I already started it, just a bit, but release date is way off and so I really should read some other more timely books first. But isn’t reading about finding your favorite books and reading those? I think so. So this one might just pop itself on top of the pile.

    Those left behind:

    Reading pile-wise, nothing got left behind. But I have a few books that weren’t on the pile that I must read in the next week or two – Between by Cyndi Tefft, Slumber by Samantha Young and The Kringle Khronicles Volume I: The Legend of Winterdale by B. Jason Roer. These are three books that I cannot wait to read!

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    Do you create a reading pile?

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

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