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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #178

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    Below are the (mostly) YA books releasing this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of May 27th-June 2nd that I have pre-ordered.


    City of Heavenly Fire

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    CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, the print edition is 752 pages.

    CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE is the sixth and final full-length book in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series.


    CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE is my most anticipated read this week. I have been waiting forever and ever for this book’s release and I cannot wait until it downloads to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. I will be reading it the moment it arrives.

    I love this series, and I am totally heartbroken that it will be ending. But at the same time I can’t wait, as I feel like I’ve been waiting forever.

    I have not read the description, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t want to know until I read about it in the book. And while I normally take forever and ever to read a series-ending book, I don’t want to have this series’ ending spoiled for me, so I hope to be able to read it in one sitting. No matter how late I’ll have to stay up to do so.

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    ΕRCHOMAI, SEBASTIAN HAD SAID.

    I am coming.

    Darkness returns to the Shadowhunter world. As their society falls apart around them, Clary, Jace, Simon and their friends must band together to fight the greatest evil the Nephilim have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in the world can defeat him — must they journey to another world to find the chance? Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world changed in the sixth and last installment of the Mortal Instruments series!


    Take Me On

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    TAKE ME ON by Katie McGarry will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 544 pages.

    TAKE ME ON is the fourth full-length novel in Katie McGarry’s Pushing the Limits series. A novella, BREAKING THE RULES, is slated for release on December 30, 2014.


    love this series by Katie McGarry. I hope it never ends. I got the chance to read TAKE ME ON just a little bit early and I love, love, loved it. So of course I can’t wait for the finished copy to download and get added to my permanent collection.

    I would love to talk about West and Haley but as I plan on posting a review just after my tour stop next week, I don’t want to ramble on here. But I will just quickly say that Katie McGarry brings her amazing writing and characters to this fourth book in the series. And it’s every bit as awesome as I’d hoped it would be.

    I adored West before I read this book, but now I adore Haley too. And while I won’t be re-reading it just yet, I will definitely be re-reading all the books in this series some day soon.

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    Acclaimed author Katie McGarry returns with the knockout new story of two high school seniors who are about to learn what winning really means.

    Champion kickboxer Haley swore she’d never set foot in the ring again after one tragic night. But then the guy she can’t stop thinking about accepts a mixed martial arts fight in her honor. Suddenly, Haley has to train West Young. All attitude, West is everything Haley promised herself she’d stay away from. Yet he won’t last five seconds in the ring without her help.

    West is keeping a big secret from Haley. About who he really is. But helping her-fighting for her-is a shot at redemption. Especially since it’s his fault his family is falling apart. He can’t change the past, but maybe he can change Haley’s future.

    Hayley and West have agreed to keep their relationship strictly in the ring. But as an unexpected bond forms between them and attraction mocks their best intentions, they’ll face their darkest fears and discover love is worth fighting for.


    The Girl with the Windup Heart
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    THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART by Kady Cross will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 400 pages.

    THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART is the fourth full-length novel in Author Kady Cross’ Steampunk Chronicles.


    I had the opportunity to read THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART early but I just couldn’t bring myself to (possibly) say goodbye. As much as I want to know what’s going to happen with Finley, Griffin, Jack, Emily, Sam, Jasper and even The Machinist, I am just not ready for these characters’ stories to end.

    The finished version will be downloading to my Kindle this week and I am planning on buying a print copy for my collection. But it may take a few more weeks for me to be ready to part with this series.

    I am excited about learning more about Mila who we briefly got the chance to meet in the previous book. I’m not sure whether I’ll like her, given that Jack seems to have taken a fancy to her. But if this is really the series-ending book, I hope he gets a happily ever after. I just kind of still wish for it to be with Finley.

    I know I won’t be reading it this week, but I hope to read it in June. I really don’t want to risk having this ending spoiled for me. So I might just have to be brave. We shall see.

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    In 1897 London, a final showdown is about to begin.

    London’s underworld is no place for a young woman, even one who is strong, smart and part-automaton like Mila. But when master criminal Jack Dandy inadvertently breaks her heart, she takes off, determined to find an independent life, one entirely her own. Her search takes her to the spangled shadows of the West End’s most dazzling circus.

    Meanwhile, taken captive in the Aether, Griffin King is trapped in an inescapable prison, and at the mercy of his archenemy, The Machinist. If he breaks under the hellish torment, The Machinist will claim his powers and control of the Aether itself, and no one in either world will be safe-especially not Finley Jayne and her misfit band of friends.

    Finley plunges headlong into the Aether the only way she knows how, by temporarily dying. But she cannot parry The Machinist’s maneuvers for long. To defeat him for good, Griffin will have to confront his greatest fear and finally come face-to-face with the destructive power he wields.


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    THE DARK WORLD by Cara Lynn Shultz will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    THE DARK WORLD is the first book in Cara Lynn Shultz’s series of the same name.


    I love Cara Lynn Shultz’s writing and can’t wait for THE DARK WORLD to download to my Kindle on Tuesday. When I first heard that the author was writing a new series and that it involved demons and demon slayers, I immediately pre-ordered a copy.

    The description, which is somewhat vague, totally piqued my curiosity. But it revealed enough to make this read a must. Magic and warlocks and demons and a Dark World sound so totally awesome.

    It sounds like such a “me” book. And I can’t wait to dive in. So I hope I can manage to sneak it in next week. If not, it will definitely be the week thereafter.

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    Paige Kelly is used to weird–in fact, she probably corners the market on weird, considering that her best friend, Dottie, has been dead since the 1950s. But when a fire demon attacks Paige in detention, she has to admit that things have gotten out of her league. Luckily, the cute new boy in school, Logan Bradley, is a practiced demon slayer-and he isn’t fazed by Paige’s propensity to chat with the dead. Suddenly, Paige is smack in the middle of a centuries-old battle between warlocks and demons, learning to fight with a magic sword so that she can defend herself. And if she makes one wrong move, she’ll be pulled into the Dark World, an alternate version of our world that’s overrun by demons-and she might never make it home.


    Guardian
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    GUARDIAN by Alex London will be released in the U.S. on May 29, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Philomel, the print edition is 352 pages.

    GUARDIAN is the second book in Alex London’s Proxy series.


    I can’t believe that GUARDIAN, the sequel to PROXY, releases this week. I had every intention of reading the first book just before its release so that I could read both books back to back when this book downloads to my Kindle on Monday Midnight.

    I definitely have some catching up to do.

    As I don’t want to risk spoilers by reading the description, I don’t know what happened with Knox and Syd. I don’t know what happens during their flight across the country. I haven’t met the rebels.

    But I can’t wait to do so, especially now that this sequel is out. And I hope to be able to read both books in a couple of weeks.

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    The pulse-pounding sequel to Proxy! Inspired by The Whipping Boy and Feed, this adrenaline-fueled thriller will appeal to fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent.

    In the new world led by the Rebooters, former Proxy Syd is the figurehead of the Revolution, beloved by some and hated by others. Liam, a seventeen-year-old Rebooter, is Syd’s bodyguard and must protect him with his life. But armed Machinists aren’t the only danger.

    People are falling ill—their veins show through their skin, they find it hard to speak, and sores erupt all over their bodies. Guardians, the violent enforcers of the old system, are hit first, and the government does nothing to help. The old elites fall next, and in the face of an indifferent government, Syd decides it’s up to him to find a cure . . . and what he discovers leaves him stunned.

    This heart-stopping thriller is packed with action, adventure, and heroics. Guardian will leave you breathless until the final page.

    A fast-paced, thrill-ride of novel full of non-stop action, heart-hammering suspense and true friendship—just as moving as it is exhilarating. Fans of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider series, James Dashner’s Maze Runner, Patrick Ness’s Chaos Walking series, and Marie Lu’s Legend trilogy will be swept away by this story.


    The Lost
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    THE LOST by Sarah Beth Durst will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin MIRA, the print edition is

    THE LOST is the first book in Sarah Beth Durst’s series of the same name. The second and third books in the series, releasing in 2014 and 2015, are entitled THE MISSING and THE FOUND.


    I am so excited about this new series by Author Sarah Beth Durst. I love her writing and can’t wait to read THE LOST when it downloads to my Kindle on Tuesday.

    While this isn’t a YA series, it sounds every bit as fascinating and thrilling as the books she’s written for the genre. I can’t wait to find out more about this town called Lost. I can’t wait to see whether Lauren is able to escape.

    The setting sounds amazing and I love stories that involve fate. And if all goes as planned, I’ll be able to get this on the pile next week.

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    Brilliantly riveting. * Thought-provoking and stirring. *

    Award-winning author Sarah Beth Durst has been praised for her captivating novels that merge the darkly imagined with very real themes of self-discovery and destiny. In The Lost, we’ll discover just what it means to lose one’s way….

    It was only meant to be a brief detour. But then Lauren finds herself trapped in a town called Lost on the edge of a desert, filled with things abandoned, broken and thrown away. And when she tries to escape, impassible dust storms and something unexplainable lead her back to Lost again and again. The residents she meets there tell her she’s going to have to figure out just what she’s missing—and what she’s running from—before she can leave. So now Lauren’s on a new search for a purpose and a destiny. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll be found….

    Against the backdrop of this desolate and mystical town, Sarah Beth Durst writes an arresting, fantastical novel of one woman’s impossible journey…and her quest to find her fate.


    Meridian
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    MERIDIAN by Josin L. McQuein will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 464 pages.

    MERIDIAN is the second book in Josin McQuein’s Arclight series.


    I was told that I must read the first book in the series, so I added it to my collection and pre-ordered MERIDIAN. Now that both books are out I will definitely be reading them back-to-back.

    I haven’t yet met Marina, Tobin or Anne-Marie, so I don’t know whether they all survive an encounter with the Fade. And while it seems that Marina might have, I don’t know what she has become.

    I refuse to peek at the description for this book, though I am super curious. I’ll just have to wait until I can get both books on the pile to find out. I’ll just have to be patient.

    As things are a little crazy IRL and with required reads for the blog, I will have to wait just a bit before I can try to get this on the pile. But I hope to be able to do so before the end of June.

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    Marina thought that she had solved all of the Arclight’s mysteries. She had found her own history—that she was one of the Fade, that she never should have been human. She knows that the Fade who surround the Arclight don’t want to be the humans’ enemies at all. She knows that the leader of those inside the Arc, Honoria Whit, never told the whole truth. But there is so much more that Marina is just discovering. There are more survivors out there. Only Marina—and her friends, all of whom have connections to the Fade they’d never known about—can lead her people to them. But there are also darker dangers, things that even the Fade fear. And Marina slowly realizes she may never have been “cured,” after all.

    The sequel to Arclight, Meridian is an intense, action-packed page-turner about the lines we draw between right and wrong, light and dark . . . and the way nothing is ever that black and white.


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    DIVIDED by Elsie Chapman will be released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Random House Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 320 pages.

    DIVIDED is the second book in Elsie Chapman’s Dualed series.


    I have had DIVIDED pre-ordered since the moment I noticed it was available to order it for the Kindle. While I haven’t yet read DUALED, it was one of my most anticipated releases. So of course I had to order the sequel.

    And while I received an invite for an eARC of DIVIDED, I wasn’t able to get both books on the pile prior to DIVIDED’s release. But this is another series where I definitely plan on reading both books back-to-back, and I hope to do so mid-June.

    I can’t wait to discover this world, meet West and find out whether she’s met her Alt. I can’t wait to learn what misstep caused her to lose confidence. And I can’t wait to find out why not only her Alt, but love, can destroy her.

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    The hunter becomes the hunted. . . .

    West Grayer is done killing. She defeated her Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and proved she’s worthy of a future. She’s ready to move on with her life.

    The Board has other plans. They want her to kill one last time, and offer her a deal worth killing for. But when West recognizes her target as a ghost from her past, she realizes she’s in over her head. The Board is lying, and West will have to uncover the truth of the past to secure her future.

    How far will the Board go to keep their secrets safe? And how far will West go to save those she loves? With nonstop action and surprising twists, Elsie Chapman’s intoxicating sequel to Dualed reveals everything.


    Novellas

    Just One NightJUST ONE NIGHT (Just One Day #2.5) by Gayle Forman

    Pub. Date: May 29, 2014

    Publisher: Viking Children’s

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    After spending one life-changing day in Paris with laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter, sheltered American good girl Allyson “Lulu” Healey discovered her new lover had disappeared without a trace.

    Just One Day followed Allyson’s quest to reunite with Willem; Just One Year chronicled the pair’s year apart from Willem’s perspective.

    Now, back together at last, this delectable e-novella reveals the couple’s final chapter.


    The Best Things in DeathTHE BEST THINGS IN DEATH (The Memory Chronicles #1.5) by Lenore Appelhans

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    In this Memory of After e-short story, Felicia and Neil share their favorite memories of falling in love with each other.

    Having recently saved Level 2 from the Morati and been reunited with her boyfriend, Felicia decides to make up some lost time with Neil before moving on to the mysterious Level 3.

    In this e-short story, Felicia and Neil share their favorite memories of falling in love with each other from their past lives on Earth.


    Tiger's PromiseTIGER’S PROMISE (The Tiger Saga #0.5) by Colleen Houck

    Pub. Date: June 1, 2014

    Publisher: CreateSpace

    Find it: AMAZON

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    Before the curse, there was a promise.

    A prequel to the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, this much anticipated novella recalls the beginning of Ren and Kishan’s story. Before Kelsey there was a girl, raised by a villain, whose love for a hero changed the course of history.

    Trapped under the thumb of her abusive and powerful father Lokesh, Yesubai struggles to keep her own magical abilities secret while evading his dark powers. When Lokesh promises Yesubai to the prince of a neighboring kingdom, she becomes the central pawn in his plot to destroy the ruling family and take power for himself. Yesubai is trapped by her father’s threats and desperate to protect the man she comes to love, but she knows that any decision she makes will have dire consequences. As dark forces gather around her, Yesubai must decide if she’s willing to reveal that somewhere deep within her she has the power to change everything.


    Other Books of Note

    We are the GoldensWE ARE THE GOLDENS by Dana Reinhardt

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Nell knows a secret about her perfect, beautiful sister Layla. If she tells, it could blow their world apart.

    When Nell and Layla were little, Nell used to call them Nellaya. Because to Nell, there was no difference between where she started and her adored big sister ended. They’re a unit; divorce made them rely on each other early on, so when one pulls away, what is the other to do? But now, Nell’s a freshman in high school and Layla is changing, secretive. And then Nell discovers why. Layla is involved with one of their teachers. And even though Nell tries to support Layla, to understand that she’s happy and in love, Nell struggles with her true feelings: it’s wrong, and she must do something about it.


    PlayedPLAYED (Hooked #2) by Liz Fichera

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    This Game Is Getting All Too Real

    He said: I like to keep under the radar and mostly hang out with my friends from the rez. But when I saved Riley Berenger from falling off a mountain, that rich suburban princess decided to try to save me.

    She said: If I can help Sam Tracy win the heart of the girl he can’t get over, I’ll pay him back for helping me. I promised him I would, no matter what it takes.


    While We RunWHILE WE RUN (When We Wake #2) by Karen Healey

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Abdi Taalib thought he was moving to Australia for a music scholarship. But after meeting the beautiful and brazen Tegan Oglietti, his world was turned upside down. Tegan’s no ordinary girl – she died in 2027, only to be frozen and brought back to life in Abdi’s time, 100 years later.

    Now, all they want is for things to return to normal (or as normal as they can be), but the government has other ideas. Especially since the two just spilled the secrets behind Australia’s cryonics project to the world. On the run, Abdi and Tegan have no idea who they can trust, and when they uncover startling new details about Project Ark, they realise thousands of lives may be in their hands.

    A suspenseful, page-turning sequel to When We Wake that will keep readers on the edge of their seats and make them call into question their own ideas about morality – and mortality, too.


    Circa NowCIRCA NOW by Amber McRee Turner

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Twelve-year-old Circa Monroe has a knack for restoring old photographs. It’s a skill she learned from her dad, who loves old pictures and putting fun digital twists on them. His altered “Shopt” photos look so real that they could fool nearly anybody, and Circa treasures the fun stories he makes up to explain each creation.

    One day, her father receives a strange phone call requesting an urgent delivery, and he heads out into a storm. The unimaginable happens: a tornado, then a terrible accident. Just as Circa and her mom begin to pick up the pieces, a mysterious boy shows up on their doorstep, a boy called Miles who remembers nothing about his past. The only thing he has with him is the photograph that Circa’s dad intended to deliver on the day he died.

    As Circa tries to help Miles recover his identity, she begins to notice something strange about the photos she and her father retouched-the digital flourishes added to the old photos seem to exist in real life. The mysteries of the Shopt photos and Miles’s past are intertwined, and in order to solve both, Circa will have to figure out what’s real and what’s an illusion.

    With stunning prose, captivating photographs, and a hint of magic, Circa Now is a gripping story full of hope and heart.


    Allies & AssassinsALLIES & ASSASSINS (Enemies of the Prince #1) by Justin Somper

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

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    Sixteen-year-old Jared is the newly crowned Prince of All Archenfield, ascending the throne after his older brother’s mysterious death. But Jared feels reluctant and unprepared to rule the Princedom and its dangerous and powerful court. Like each Prince of All Archenfield before him, Jared must rely on the Council of Twelve to advise him. But he knows he can just as easily be at their mercy–especially when it appears that one of the Twelve might have orchestrated his brother’s untimely death. Propelled by his rage over the loss of his brother and wary of all his advisors, Jared can trust only Asta: a clever, strong-willed girl from the settlements, currently serving as the Physician’s apprentice. Asta and Jared take it upon themselves to hunt down his brother’s assassin–though the assassin may be hunting them, as well.

    Murder, betrayal, and intrigue abound in Justin Somper’s thrilling YA series debut. Exploring the political machinations of the medieval-esque court and the lives that hang in the balance, Allies & Assassins is a gripping tale of a teen torn between duty and revenge.


    OblivionOBLIVION by Sasha Dawn

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: EgmontUSA

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Lisa McMann’s Dead to You meets Kate Ellison’s The Butterfly Clues in a psychological thriller full of romance, intrigue, and mystery.

    One year ago, Callie was found in an abandoned apartment, scrawling words on the wall: “I KILLED HIM. His blood is on my hands. His heart is in my soul. I KILLED HIM.” But she remembers nothing of that night or of the previous thirty-six hours. All she knows is that her father, the reverend at the Church of the Holy Promise, is missing, as is Hannah, a young girl from the parish. Their disappearances have to be connected and Callie knows that her father was not a righteous man.

    Since that fateful night, she’s been plagued by graphomania — an unending and debilitating compulsion to write. The words that flow from Callie’s mind and through her pen don’t seem to make sense — until now.

    As the anniversary of Hannah’s vanishing approaches, more words and memories bubble to the surface and a new guy in school might be the key to Callie putting together the puzzle. But digging up the secrets she’s buried for so long might be her biggest mistake.


    IgnitedIGNITED (Sense Thieves #3) by Corrine Jackson

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: K-Teen

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Nobody hides forever.
    Ever since Remy O’Malley discovered her dual identity as a Healer and a Protector, she’s kept alive by staying one step ahead of both sides in this centuries-old war. Now someone’s trying to draw her out of hiding, using her kidnapped father as bait.

    To save him, Remy will need every friend she’s got. But as new alliances form, old bonds fray. Her boyfriend Asher is losing his powers, becoming more mortal every time she touches him. Meanwhile, Remy finds herself growing closer to Asher’s brother Gabe, even as a family tragedy drives her sister Lucy farther away.

    On a rescue mission to London, Remy decides she’s tired of being the hunted. It’s time to end this war once and for all, as Protectors and Healers alike hurtle towards a final, violent confrontation that not everyone will survive.


    Perfectly MessyPERFECTLY MESSY (Effortlessly With You #2) by Lizzy Charles

    Pub. Date: May 27, 2014

    Publisher: Swoon Romance

    Find it: AMAZON

    Description:

    Popularity isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Justin Marshall knows this better than most. For the captain of the basketball team, small business owner, and son of Minnesota’s next governor, life can get pretty overwhelming. But Justin can handle anything as long as he has Lucy, the girl who fell for the man he’s trying to be.

    But for Justin and Lucy, finding time together proves challenging. Stolen kisses and whispered promises just aren’t enough. That is, until scandalous photos of the couple are leaked to a press intent on creating a juicy scandal during Justin’s dad’s gubernatorial campaign. And when Lucy becomes fair play for the tabloids and gossip pages, Justin does the only thing he can to protect her: he breaks her heart.

    For Lucy, junior year is everything she hoped it would be: new friends, second chances, and a boyfriend she can’t stop kissing. That is, until the boy she’s pretty sure she loves chooses the life his family wants for him, over her.

    Now it’s up to Lucy to teach him what it really means to have everything. Because for Justin, being who everyone needs him to be just might cost him the one person he can’t live without.


    Other Releases

    GUY IN REAL LIFE by Steve Brezenoff

    GIRLS LIKE US by Gail Giles

    SURROUNDED BY SHARKS by Michael Northrop

    THE TRUTH AGAINST THE WORLD by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

    BAD LUCK GIRL (The American Fairy #3) by Sarah Zettel

    CHORUS (Coda #2) by Emma Trevayne

    BLUR (Blur Trilogy #1) by Steven James

    CURSES AND SMOKE: A Novel of Pompeii by Vicky Alvear Shecter


    It is another insane week for releases and it seems that I have eight books and two novellas pre-ordered. Only one of which I’ve read pre-release. Plus there are a couple of other books of note that I really want to add to my collection, which means even more dollars and an even bigger TBR Pile.

    And with a ton of releases coming out through early June, I don’t know when I’ll get the chance to read them all. Ack!

    Anyway… as this post is long enough already, and it is a holiday weekend and a gorgeous day outside, I’ll stop rambling. But I hope that one or two of your long anticipated reads is releasing this week and that you’ll get the chance to add them to your collection.

    And I hope that if one of those books is a series-ending book, it won’t be too tough to say goodbye.

    Happy release week and happy reading week!

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

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

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #168

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    Below are the (mostly) YA books releasing this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of March 18th-March 24th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Elusion

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    ELUSION by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam will be released in the U.S. on March 18, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books the print edition is 400 pages.

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    I am totally stoked that ELUSION is releasing this week and the finished copy will land on my Kindle. When I first started reading I wasn’t sure what to expect, though I had a feeling I’d love, love, love it.

    What I didn’t realize was that this was the first book in a series, and while I won’t reveal all that happened, I’ll just say that I cannot believe what happened there at the end. I’m just glad I found out that there would be more books before I got there or I’d have been totally surprised.

    As I just recently spotlighted ELUSION for my Book Watch post and also got the chance to ramble and gush about it on the blog tour this past week, I will refrain from my usual long-winded ramble. Especially as I hope to post a review some time this week.

    The cover is gorgeous, but so is the book. And I am super excited for it to download and for others to get their copy so I can hear what they think.

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    Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.

    A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.

    Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.

    Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous—Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty…a decision that will affect the lives of millions.

    Suspense, thrills, and romance fuel this near-future story about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world, and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.

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    PRETTY SLY by Elisa Ludwig will be released in the U.S. on March 18, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 336 pages.

    PRETTY SLY is the second book in Elisa Ludwig’s Pretty Crooked series. No information is yet available on the third book in the trilogy.

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    I have been waiting forever for the release of PRETTY SLY. I saw it on Amazon ages ago and then the release date changed and it fell off my radar for awhile, until I saw it on Edelweiss.

    While I didn’t grab a copy for review, I did add it to my list of pre-orders because I can’t wait to find out what happens with Willa in this sequel and learn what the truth is about her life and her mom.

    This book sounds even more exciting than the first – a national manhunt, a “shocking twist ending” and a “thrilling mystery.” Yeah, I definitely can’t wait to dive in. Though I am a tad wary about diving in immediately as there’s no information about the final book in this trilogy. I might just wait until a release date is set for book three.

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    Sequel to Pretty Crooked…

    Willa Fox was told to stay out of trouble. In fact, it was an order from a very serious juvenile court judge.

    However, that was before Willa found her house ransacked and a mysterious email from her mother telling Willa she had to leave Paradise Valley for a while and not to come looking for her. Willa knows her mom’s in danger and that no one at school will miss her after her recent sticky-fingered stunts with the Glitterati. So with the help of her pal Tre and with her degenerate crush Aidan as her wingman, Willa violates her probation and hits the California highway in search of her mom.

    But when Willa and Aidan’s journey turns dangerously criminal and they wind up being the focus of a national manhunt, they realize it’s sometimes easier to escape the law than the truth—and that everything Willa thought she knew about her mom, and her life, was wrong.

    Pretty Sly is Elisa Ludwig’s fast-paced sequel to Pretty Crooked, the second book in a trilogy that’s pitch-perfect for fans of Ally Carter. With a daring heroine who has one-of-a-kind spunk, a roller-coaster Bonnie and Clyde romance, a thrilling mystery, and a shocking twist ending, this book will have readers rooting for Willa as she makes the wrong choices to do the right thing. Fans will be eagerly awaiting the series conclusion.

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    Novellas

    The Course of True LoveTHE COURSE OF TRUE LOVE (And First Dates) (The Bane Chronicles #10) by Cassandra Clare

    Pub. Date: March 18, 2014

    Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood might fall in love—but first they have a first date.

    When Magnus Bane, warlock, meets Alec Lightwood, Shadowhunter, sparks fly. And what happens on their first date lights a flame…

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    Other Books of Note

    Side Effects May VarySIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY by Julie Murphy

    Pub. Date: March 18, 2014

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

    Find It: AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE

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    What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?

    When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.

    Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?

    Julie Murphy’s SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.

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    Remnants of TomorrowREMNANTS OF TOMORROW (Ashes Trilogy #3) by Kassy Tayler

    Pub. Date: March 18, 2014

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The thrilling conclusion of the Ashes of Twilight trilogy—A whirlwind of adventure, romance, conspiracy and the struggle to stay alive in a dystopian world where nothing is as it seems.

    Remnants of Tomorrow brings all the factions together. The royals, the shiners, the rovers and the everyday workers of the dome as they fight against each other and the inevitable. It is time to leave the dome.

    Wren’s father takes her on a journey through the dome where she sees the after effects of the destruction caused by her friends and the blue coats who came into the tunnels. What he doesn’t realize is that instead of subduing her, he is giving more purpose and fuel to her cause. When he realizes his plan has backfired, he sells Wren and her friends caught inside to the rovers. They manage to escape and add more fuel to the hatred between the rovers and the dome. Wren and her friends from inside the dome and America are caught in the middle as the battle escalates and whoever wins the battle wins the right to life.

    It’s up to Wren to make both sides see that the only way they can survive is by working together.

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    The Edge of FallingTHE EDGE OF FALLING by Rebecca Serle

    Pub. Date: March 18, 2014

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

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    Growing up in privileged, Manhattan social circles, Caggie’s life should be perfect, and it almost was until the day that her younger sister drowned when Caggie was supposed to be watching her. Stricken by grief, Caggie pulls away from her friends and family, only to have everyone misinterpret a crucial moment when she supposedly saves a fellow classmate from suicide.

    Now she’s famous for something she didn’t do and everyone lauds her as a hero. But inside she still blames herself for the death of her sister and continues to pull away from everything in her life, best friend and perfect boyfriend included. Then Caggie meets Astor, the new boy at school, about whom rumours are swirling and known facts are few. In Astor she finds someone who just might understand her pain, because he has an inner pain of his own.

    But the more Caggie pulls away from her former life to be with Astor, the more she realises that his pain might be darker, and deeper, than anything she’s ever felt. His pain might be enough to end his life…and Caggie’s as well.

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    Obsidian MirrorTHE SLANTED WORLDS (Chronoptika #2) by Catherine Fisher

    Pub. Date: March 18, 2014

    Publisher: Dial

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Part Dr. Who, part Blade Runner, and part A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this genre-busting fantasy from the author of Incarceron asks: If you had the chance to change the past, would you do it?

    In book two of the critically acclaimed Obsidian Mirror series, New York Times bestselling author Catherine Fisher, called “the first lady of British fantasy” by the London Times, once again shows us that she is a master of world-building and surprising plot-twists. Jake, Sarah, and Oberon Venn continue their fight for control of the Obsidian Mirror, and whoever wins will either save a life, change the past, or rescue the future.
    But the Mirror has plans of its own.

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    Siren's SongSIREN’S SONG by Heather McCollum

    Pub. Date: March 18, 2014

    Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

    Find It: AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Jule Welsh can sing. She enthralls people with her bel canto voice. But it takes more than practice to reach her level of exquisite song; it takes siren’s blood running through her veins.

    Jule is starting her senior year at Cougar Creek High when her relatively normal world begins to resemble a roller coaster flying through a carnival scare house. Her mother is diagnosed as insane and committed, a psycho-stalker is snapping pictures of her to put into his homemade Jule-shrine, her voice is suddenly putting people into comatose trances, oh and the gorgeous new guy in town, Luke Whitmore, is interested in her . . . but also wants to kill her.

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    Other Releases

    CLOAK OF THE LIGHT (Wars of the Realm #1) by Chuck Black

    ALPHA GODDESS by Amalie Howard

    PROVIDENCE by Lisa Colozza Cocca

    NOAH: ILA’S STORY by Susan Korman

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    It’s a nice quiet week for releases this week, but it’s really just the eye of the storm. Next week there are a few more titles releasing and then the three weeks after that are crazy insane. After that… I haven’t even bothered checking.

    I only have two full-length YA books pre-ordered that I’m aware of plus the eNovella. But I think I’m going to end up clicking to buy pre-release THE EDGE OF FALLING by Rebecca Serle as it sounds really awesome and I’m so curious about just how dark things are for Astor.

    Even if I do, it’s still not too bad, especially as I already read ELUSION, so that would be only two books for the TBR pile. And as neither book is a review book, I can read them at my leisure.

    Although the list of books releasing this week seems pretty short, I don’t think I’ve missed any YA books that would otherwise have been on my radar. But if there are a couple books that I should be aware of, please let me know.

    Happy release week!

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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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    My Reading Pile #153

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    I am prepping this post just a little bit early this week so I’m not sure if I received any books in the mail later in the week. But there was that one book that arrived after I’d prepared last week’s post so I have a pretty picture to include with this week’s post.

    And as I received a couple of eARCs as well, it definitely wasn’t a quiet week at the mailbox.

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    I received a copy of THE KISS OF DECEPTION, the first book in Mary Pearson’s Remnants Trilogy from Henry Holt & Co. (BYR). It was a total surprise but the book sounds amazing and I can’t wait to add it to my reading pile. As it doesn’t release until July, I probably won’t get the chance to read it until mid-March, but I definitely plan on reading it long before its release because the buzz is super positive.

    And while I didn’t receive any other print books in the mail before I created this post, I did receiving a couple of eARCs. And they are…

    From NetGalley & Edelweiss

     

    Courtesy of Disney-Hyperion and NetGalley…

    THE RING & THE CROWN by Melissa de la Cruz

    I didn’t think I’d be approved for this request. But I just had to try and I’m so glad I did! This book looks outstanding and I love this author’s writing and can’t wait to get the chance to add it to the pile. As it releases on April 1st, I am going to try to sneak it onto the pile in the next week or two.

    Courtesy of Avon Impulse and Edelweiss…

    FIFTY FIRST TIMES: A New Adult Anthology by Julie Cross, J. Lynn, Molly McAdams, et al

    I have this anthology pre-ordered and I know it releases in just a couple of weeks on the 25th. But I couldn’t resist grabbing it and reading a few of the short stories just a bit earlier.

    And while I’ll likely read one or two… or more… of the short stories this week, as I probably won’t get the chance to read them all I’ve opted not to officially add it to the pile.

    But I did add a couple of other books to the pile. And they are…

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

    (February 16, 2014 – February 22, 2014)
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    Death Sworn

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    First up on the pile is DEATH SWORN by Leah Cypess. I received an eARC for review courtesy of the publisher Greenwillow via Edelweiss ages ago. I can’t believe I haven’t had the chance to add it to the pile before now.

    This book sounds utterly amazing and enchanting. Magic. Assassins. And a “new and dangerous love.” Yeah, I’m totally intrigued. And I have been since long before I saw this gorgeous cover.

    I will be on this book’s tour in a couple of weeks, but I would have added it to the pile this week regardless, because it is exactly the type of story I want to read right now. And as Leah Cypess is a fantastic writer I just know this is going to be an awesome read when I dive into it on Tuesday.

    The Description…

    When Ileni lost her magic, she lost everything: her place in society, her purpose in life, and the man she had expected to spend her life with. So when the Elders sent her to be magic tutor to a secret sect of assassins, she went willingly, even though the last two tutors had died under mysterious circumstances.

    But beneath the assassins’ caves, Ileni will discover a new place and a new purpose… and a new and dangerous love. She will struggle to keep her lost magic a secret while teaching it to her deadly students, and to find out what happened to the two tutors who preceded her. But what she discovers will change not only her future, but the future of her people, the assassins… and possibly the entire world.

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    Clockwork Princess

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    Next up on the pile is a back on the pile read. I am finally going to (hopefully) read  CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare. I know, I know, I’ve said it before. But this time I mean it… I think.

    My Don’t Let It End Reading Challenge started on Friday, so I kind of have to choose one series-ending book to say goodbye to. And it’s getting kind of ridiculous that I haven’t said goodbye to CLOCKWORK PRINCESS. I’m just so totally surprised the ending has not yet been spoiled for me.

    As this week is a little bit up in the air for me – my exam is this weekend and I may have jury duty this week – I’m not sure when I’ll get the chance to dive into this book. But hopefully by Thursday I’ll finally get this on the pile and actually get the courage to read it.

    We shall see…

    The Description…

    London 1873 shape-shifter Tessa Gray 16 is engaged to Jem Carstairs 17, dying of addiction to demon drug, all bought up by evil Mortmain. The “clockwork prince” controls an army of automatons to abduct Tess, kill the Shadowhunters, and blackmail Charlotte Branwell, head of London Institute. Will and Tessa hide their love, for love of Jem.

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    Wishful Thinking Reads

    My wishful thinking read this week is a complete wish. Because it’s not released, it’s not in ARC format and the first book in the series isn’t even out yet. But I still wish I could read the currently UNTITLED second book in Victoria Scott’s Fire & Flood series. I got so caught up in the story in FIRE & FLOOD that I nearly sobbed when it came to an end and I realized I didn’t have the sequel to dive into immediately. So while it’s a completely unrealistic wishful thinking read, it’s still the book I am most wishing I could read right now.

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    Those Left Behind

    I didn’t have such a great review week this week. I had a lot of posts going on, but no reviews unless I managed to write and post my Quickie Review for THE GUARD by Kiera Cass, which I snuck onto the pile this past week.

    I will also, hopefully, by the time this post goes “live” have written my reviews for FIRE & FLOOD and SOMETHING REAL which I plan on posting this coming week. But I’m sad that I wasn’t able to make a dent in those reviews I should have already written.

    I devoured FIRE & FLOOD last weekend. It was such a quick and awesome read. And while I didn’t get to start on LANDRY PARK until Wednesday I’m certain I’ll have finished it before today.

    I’ve been super stressed about the fact that I haven’t had time to study for my exam and have been dealing with an insane number of migraines due to the climate changes, so reviewing has proven to be a bit of a challenge. But maybe with the extra day this weekend I’ll be able to focus. Though with the Winter Olympics, I’m not entirely sure that’s going to happen.

    If I don’t get stuck on jury duty this week, I will make it my goal to write at least three reviews. While I have a few blog tour stops this week, that doesn’t mean I can’t write them and post them next week, or the week thereafter, when the blog is just a wee bit quieter.

    And while I haven’t yet had the chance to sneak SPLIT SECOND onto the pile at the time I’m writing this post, I have a feeling it will be marked as “read” before this week ends. That remains TBD.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    I avoided NetGalley this week so that I wouldn’t get into trouble. The same can’t be said about Edelweiss as I did end up grabbing that New Adult Anthology I mentioned above.

    But when I searched NetGalley on Wednesday for purposes of this post, I did find a few very awesome titles available to request. And they are…

    WITCHFALL (The Tudor Witch Trilogy #2) by Victoria Lamb (Harlequin Teen, Mar 25 2014)

    HEXED by Michelle Krys (Random House Childrens, Jun 10 2014)

    THE STRANGE MAID (United States of Asgard #2) by Tessa Gratton (Random House Childrens, Jun 10 2014)

    THE BREAK-UP ARTIST by Philip Siegel (Harlequin Teen, Apr 29 2014) **US/Canada reviewers preferred**

    THE WORST GIRLFRIEND IN THE WORLD by Sarra Manning (Little, Brown Book Group UK, May 1 2014) **UK reviewers preferred**

    SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE by Erica Cameron (Spencer Hill Press, Mar 4 2014)

     

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    I am really excited about this week’s reads, though after having a conversation with another blogger I am desperately in the mood to re-read the Vampire Academy books. Especially SHADOW KISSED. Currently I’m trying to resist that urge as I have so many books I need to be reading.

    I just wish I had some consistency to my weekend days so that I could write a few reviews each week. I find that I’m much more able to write during daylight hours, but as Sundays are the only days I occasionally have free, it doesn’t bode well.

    I get so little time to read these days and when I do I cherish it. So finding time to blog and write those reviews always ends up taking a back seat. And with my love of sailing not lessening I’m having some serious time-management issues. I really, really wish I didn’t need to sleep.

    Oooh… or that I could read while sleeping.

    Anyway… I hope that your bookish haul is filled with all sorts of yummy reads and that you have a few great books on your reading pile this week. If you’d like to share what books you received and are reading this week, leave a comment or a link!

    And as always… Happy reading!

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    Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2014

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    Today is the final day of Top 10 of 2013.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

    And I am thrilled to be able to co-host this event for the third year in a row with Jaime from Two Chicks on Books and for a second year with Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.

    If you haven’t yet heard of this week-long event, it’s where we’ve been sharing our favorite bookish lists and inviting you to share yours each day for the past five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    This year’s event giveaway is shared via a common Rafflecopter on all three of our blogs. Leaving a comment each day on each host’s blog will give you extra entries, so be sure to check out each of our Top 10 lists for more chances to win.

    It’s not too late to sign up for this event – though today is the last day. Just check out the Sign-up Post for all the details – HERE.

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    Today’s topic is…

    Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2014

    Last year, it seems, I cheated a little and I changed the post to top ten books in a series I’m dying to continue reading. This year I’m going to do the same.

    Because there are already at least 80 books I’m pining for that will be releasing next year and there’s no way I can narrow that list down to ten. So this tens list is in NO way complete. Not by far.

    Of course I just had to do an “honorable mentions” section listing a few other books I’m dying to read. And I will be posting a list of Top 10 Debut Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2014 on The Annex to fill some of those gaps I’m leaving.

    But, to make things easier on myself, I decided to leave off the books in 2014 that I am looking forward to but have already read or am reading. Books such as UNHINGED by A.G. Howard, INDEPENDENT STUDY by Joelle Charbonneau, EVERTRUE by Brodi Ashton, PANIC by Lauren Oliver, and A LITTLE TOO HOT by Lisa Desrochers.

    While this is the hardest list I’ve had to create yet, I think I’m happy with my choices. I just wish some of those “must read” 2014 books had covers… or titles.

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    Top Ten Books in a Series I’m Dying to Continue Reading in 2014

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    UNTITLED (The Arcana Chronicles #3) by Kresley Cole

    Why Top Ten?

    Death. Jack. A deadly game. Sexy times. A killer cliffhanger ending. Even sexier times. A wicked scary and totally fierce heroine. A world in chaos, born of destruction. Edge-of-your-seat suspense. Danger. Bad boys. Mean girls. Creepy villains. Battles of the epic variety. Amazing writing. Fascinating lore. And an insanely creative series that just keeps getting better and better.

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    THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS (White Rabbit Chronicles #3) by Gena Showalter

    Why Top Ten?

    Action-packed. Zombies a-plenty. A seriously kick-a** heroine. A super sexy and maddeningly frustrating bad boy. An awesome nod to a beloved classic. Fierce, gory and epic zombie slaying battles. A mystery. Tension, tension, tension. Grin-worthy sexy times. Sizzling chemistry. Suspense, suspense, suspense. An awesome and addictive adventure in Zombieland.

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    Ignite MeIGNITE ME (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

    Why Top Ten?

    Gorgeous, breathtaking, amazingly beautiful writing. A chilling and super scary futuristic world. Deadly powers. Evil rulers. A super sexy but totally redeemable bad boy. A super cute and totally honorable good boy. A cast of characters that is completely and totally adorable… well, except for the evil dudes. A totally addictive and unputdownable, action-filled story. A finish that I just know will be epic, epic, epic.

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    City of Heavenly FireCITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

    Why Top Ten?

    The second ever YA series I discovered and fell in love with. Clary and Jace. A series ending that has been long awaited and greatly feared. Captivating. Amazing. My obsession. A creative and original and unique and brilliant series. An elaborate and intriguing world. Tension-filled. Nerve-wracking. A seriously awesome supporting cast. A forever favorite.

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    The OneTHE ONE (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

    Why Top Ten?

    A total guilty pleasure read. Warning: highly addictive. An almost-Cinderella love story. A super nice, super sexy and totally awesome Prince. A fun and vicious competition. Action. Deception. Scheming. Deadly threats. A society in turmoil. An uprising. A love triangle. Another love triangle. A decision I’m just dying to find out. Who is “the one”?

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    THE FOREVER SONG (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa

    Why Top Ten?

    An epic adventure. An even more epic setting. Vampires + dystopia = instalove. Kanin *sigh*. Zeke *sigh*. Jackal *sigh*. Each boy of the three boys is of the swoon-worthy variety. A daring and kick-a** heroine. Nail-biting suspense. Deadly threats. An insanely torturous killer cliffhanger ending that was scream-inducing. Riveting. Imaginative. Wildly entertaining. Totally brill.

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    BurnedBURNED (Dani O’Malley #2) by Karen Marie Moning

    Why Top Ten?

    Mega. Ryo. Christian. A decimated world. Killer fae. Amazing, amazing, amazing writing… and world… and characters. Addictive. Consuming. Epic. Spellbinding. Seductive. Sexy. Electrifying. Action-packed. Unforgettable. Abso-freaking-lutely awesome. One of the best. Series. Ever.

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    Sisters FateSISTERS’ FATE (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #3) by Jessica Spotswood

    Why Top Ten?

    Bewitching. Nerve-wracking. Insanely appealing. Heartrending. Utterly enchanting. Gripping. Suspenseful. Secrets. Heartbreak. Jealousy. Hidden powers. Deadly consequences. Gorgeous writing. Lovable, detestable, maddening, swoon-worthy characters. A “no freaking way” gut-wrenching ending. A must, must, must read series.

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    TAKE ME ON (Pushing the Limits #4) by Katie McGarry

    Why Top Ten?

    Romantic. Sexy. Heartbreaking. Heartwarming. Deliciously torturous. Yummy. Addictive. Beautiful characters. Beautiful writing. Beautiful stories. A guilt-free guilty pleasure read. Every. Single. Time. Complicated pairings. Challenging relationships. Love stories to root for. Intense. Angst-filled. Ahhh-mazing. And now it’s West’s turn.

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    Up From the GraveUP FROM THE GRAVE (Night Huntress #7) by Jeaniene Frost

    Why Top Ten?

    Cat. Bones. Amazing chemistry. H.O.T. times infinity. Fiery. Electric. Steamy. Sizzling. Wicked battles. Edge-of-your-seat excitement. Seriously fierce heroine. Kicks some major a**. Action. More action. Even more a**-kicking action. All-consuming. Epic. Riv-et-ing. Completely and totally satisfying. Totally re-read worthy. A long, long, long, long, LONG-awaited, highly anticipated, ab-so-lutely must read – dying to read – final installment.

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    A Few Other Books I’m Pining For

    Continuing Series

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME FOUR by Rachel Vincent

    THE LOVELY AND THE LOST (The Dispossessed #2) by Page Morgan

    SPLIT SECOND (Pivot Point #2) by Kasie West

    SWEET RECKONING (The Sweet Trilogy #3) by Wendy Higgins

    CRESS (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

    STEADFAST (Spellcaster #2) by Claudia Gray

    UNTITLED (The Elemental Trilogy #2) by Sherry Thomas

    THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART (Steampunk Chronicles #4) by Kady Cross

    GRADUATION DAY (The Testing #3) by Joelle Charbonneau

    EARTHQUAKE (Earthbound #2) by Aprilynne Pike

    TEASE (The Ivy Chronicles #2) by Sophie Jordan

    FRAGILE SPIRITS (Souls #2) by Mary Lindsey

    DARKBOUND (Moonset #2) by Scott Tracey

    UNTITLED (All Our Yesterdays #2) by Cristin Terrill

    WILD THINGS (Chicagoland Vampires #9) by Chloe Neill

    UNTITLED (Starling #3) by Lesley Livingston

    DELIVERANCE (Defiance #3) by C.J. Redwine

    OBLIVION (Nevermore #3) by Kelly Creagh

    MORTAL HEART (His Fair Assassin #3) by R. L. LaFevers

    New Releases

    THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES (Broken Destiny #1) by Jeaniene Frost

    UNINVITED (Uninvited #1) by Sophie Jordan

    AFTER THE END (After the End #1) by Amy Plum

    THE SHADOW PRINCE (Into the Dark #1) by Bree Despain

    ON THE FENCE by Kasie West

    THE WINNER’S CURSE by Marie Rutkoski

    AFTERPARTY by Ann Redisch Stampler

    HEARTBEAT by Elizabeth Scott

    AND WE STAY by Jenny Hubbard

    REBEL BELLE by Rachel Hawkins

    THE IRON TRIAL (Magisterium #1) by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

    MORTAL (A Court of Rose and Thorns #1) by Sarah J. Maas

    DEATH SWORN (Death Sworn #1) by Leah Cypess

    ELUSION by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

    FORGET ME by K.A. Harrington

    WICKED GAMES by Sean Olin

    ONLY EVERYTHING (True Love #1) by Kieran Scott

    SLEEP NO MORE by Aprilynne Pike

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    We have decided to combine the giveaways into one Rafflecopter form that is shared on all three host blogs and will be posted in each of the Top 10 posts this week.

    There is a box of 2014 ARCs, a box of books, two books of your choice, and a book from one of the host’s top ten lists up for grabs. Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter.

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    Top 10 Book Covers of 2013

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    Today is the second of five days of Top 10 of 2013.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

    And I am thrilled to be able to co-host this event for the third year in a row with Jaime from Two Chicks on Books and for a second year with Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.

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

    This year’s event giveaway is shared via a common Rafflecopter on all three of our blogs. Leaving a comment each day on each host’s blog will give you extra entries, so be sure to check out each of our Top 10 lists for more chances to win.

    It’s not too late to sign up for this event. Just check out the Sign-up Post for all the details – HERE.

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    Today’s topic is…

    Best Book Covers of 2013

    Last year’s picks were all about the beautiful ladies. I’m happy to say that this year’s picks are a little more varied and interesting in addition to being visually stunning. And while I named quite a few 2013 covers in my post last year, not all of them ended up being on my top ten list due to the fact that I am really trying so very hard to keep it at just the ten.

    I am not even going to begin to name 2014 covers that I think are gorgeous. I will leave that for next year. But I did have to share just a few peeks in gallery form of other amazing 2013 book covers that I loved.

    Now, without any further ado, here are those…

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    Covers I Love 2013

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    Splintered

    SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard

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    The Burning Sky

    THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    3.

    MILA 2 Cover

    MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    4.

    Everbound

    EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    5.

    Clockwork Princess

    CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    6.

    Pulse

    PULSE by Patrick Carman

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    7.

    Soul Screamers Volume Three

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME THREE by Rachel Vincent

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    8.

    Tidal

    TIDAL by Amanda Hocking

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    9.

    Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

    BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Genevieve Tucholke

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    10.

    Altered

    ALTERED by Jennifer Rush

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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    Other Covers I Love, Love, Loved

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    What is there to love?

    SPLINTERED is gorgeous and vibrant and interesting and magical and beautiful. And the typography is amazing.

    THE BURNING SKY is rich and dark and eye-catching and fantastical and stunning.

    MILA 2.0 is clean and modern and different and wicked awesome.

    EVERBOUND is simply beautiful and elegant.

    CLOCKWORK PRINCESS is beautifully detailed and magical and different and captivating.

    PULSE is interesting and thought provoking.

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME THREE is bright and beautiful and simply perfect.

    TIDAL is dark and stunning and gorgeous and sexy.

    BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA has amazing typography and a dark and striking background image.

    ALTERED is wicked cool and sexy and is amazing in black and white.

    But that’s what I think… what about you? What are your 2013 cover picks?

    The Giveaways

    We have decided to combine the giveaways into one Rafflecopter form that is shared on all three host blogs and will be posted in each of the Top 10 posts this week.

    There is a box of 2014 ARCs, a box of books, two books of your choice, and a book from one of the host’s top ten lists up for grabs. Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #155

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    Below are the YA books releasing this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of December 17th-December 23rd that I have pre-ordered.

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    Fracture Me

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    FRACTURE ME by Tahereh Mafi released in the U.S. today, December 17, 2013, in eBook format. It is currently available to order online in eBook format only at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the novella is 72 pages.

    FRACTURE ME is a companion novella to Author Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series. The final book in the trilogy, IGNITE ME, is slated for release on February 4, 2014.

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    I don’t normally include novellas in my Releasing This Week posts but I just had to talk about FRACTURE ME which I’m totally stoked released today. I have loved everything about this series from the moment I first read the first few pages of the very first book in the series and I am so excited to have yet another story about this world and its characters.

    As I am terrified of just how this series will end and how badly my heart will be broken I am so glad to have a companion novella which just might not do as much damage. Though, having read the description, I have a feeling it might….

    While I haven’t been able to pick up a book for the past couple of weeks due to some real life stuffs going on, I think FRACTURE ME will be just the book to be able to hold my focus and allow me to escape for a little while. And I can’t wait to dive in.

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    In this electrifying sixty-page companion novella to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, discover the fate of the Omega Point rebels as they go up against The Reestablishment. Set during and soon after the final moments of Unravel MeFracture Me is told from Adam’s perspective.

    As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam’s focus couldn’t be further from the upcoming battle. He’s reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend’s life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James’s safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It’s time for war.

    On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam’s newly discovered half brother, won’t be that easy. The Reestablishment can’t tolerate a rebellion, and they’ll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

    Fracture Me sets the stage for Ignite Me, the explosive finale in Tahereh Mafi’s epic dystopian series. It’s a novella not to be missed by fans who crave action-packed stories with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu.

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    Ashes to Ashes

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    ASHES TO ASHES by Melissa Walker will be released in the U.S. on December 23, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 336 pages.

    ASHES TO ASHES is the first book in a duology by Author Melissa Walker. The second and final book in the series, DUST TO DUST, is slated for release in December 2014.

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    When I first read the description for ASHES TO ASHES I knew I had to add it to my list of pre-orders and I can’t wait for it to finally be released on Monday. The description promises tragedy, romance, a story that is “emotionally rich” and an ending that is breathtaking – how could I not want to have this book in my collection?

    I love the idea that in this story Callie’s life doesn’t end with her death and that her spirit travels to an ethereal plane populated by ghosts. I love that she is able to bring peace to those she left behind. And I love, too, that she has to fight to save those she loves from the angry spirits who threaten their existence.

    I can’t wait to meet Callie and find out whether her story is one that has a happy eternally ever after or is one that ends in heartbreak. But I suppose that even if I were to read ASHES TO ASHES right now, I won’t know for certain. I’m pretty sure I won’t get that answer until next December with the release of DUST TO DUST.

    And as much as I probably should wait until closer to that book’s release, I don’t think I’ll be able to. Though I will try and wait until January. Especially as I just know there will be tears.

    Description…

    If I Stay meets the movie Ghost in this first book in a teen duology about a teenage-girl-turned-ghost who must cling to the echoes of her former life to save the people she left behind.

    Ashes to Ashes is author Melissa Walker’s sweeping, romantic, and emotionally rich story about the things that torment and tempt us, even from the Great Beyond. This book is perfect for fans of Die for Me and Imaginary Girls, and its breathtaking ending will leave readers anxiously awaiting the series conclusion, Dust to Dust.

    When Callie’s life is cut short by a tragic accident, she expects to find nothingness, or maybe some version of heaven.

    Instead, her spirit travels to the Prism, an ethereal plane populated by the ghosts she thought were fictional. Here she meets a striking and mysterious ghost named Thatcher, who is meant to guide her as she learns to haunt and bring peace to the loved ones she left behind.

    However, Callie uncovers a dark secret about the spirit world: The angry souls who always populate ghost stories are real, dangerous, and willing to do whatever it takes to stay on Earth, threatening the existence of everyone she ever cared about.

    As she fights to save them, Callie will learn that while it may no longer beat, her heart can still love-and break.

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    Echo in Time

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    ECHO IN TIME by C.J. Hill will be released in the U.S. on December 23, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 400 pages.

    ECHO IN TIME is the second book in Author C.J. Hill’s Erasing Time series.

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    I can’t wait to get the chance to read ECHO IN TIME when it releases on Monday. I love this series and I am anxiously awaiting the chance to continue it with this second book, which I’ve had pre-ordered for ages.

    As I already spotlighted it for my Book Watch post the other week and I will be on the book’s tour in a couple weeks, I won’t go on and on and on. But I am seriously excited to find out what happens on Taylor and Joseph’s mission and to see just what consequences their actions have.

    The description calls this sequel “action-packed and romantic” and I am very much looking forward to escaping into this world and finding out if that’s true. If real life isn’t too crazy next week I hope to be able to discover it then.

    Description…

    Echo in Time delivers on “the possibility of an equally thrilling sequel” (Kirkus Reviews) to Erasing Time.

    After being pulled 400 years into the future, twins Taylor and Sheridan have found some refuge from the government of Traventon, which used the dangerous Time Strainer to yank the girls from the past. Yet the threat of the dangerous technology still looms. Taylor and an ally, Joseph, are selected to go on a mission to destroy the time machine and weapon. But their actions before they do may have major consequences for the future and the past.

    Action-packed and romantic, this futuristic sequel to Erasing Time is perfect for fans of dystopian and sci-fi novels such as The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Across the Universe by Beth Revis, and Matched by Ally Condie.

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    Other Books of Note

    ***Novella***

    Dangerous DreamDANGEROUS DREAM (Beautiful Creatures #0.5) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

    Pub. Date: December 17, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The #1 New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures series continues in this brand-new digital-exclusive story.

    Catch up with Ethan, Lena, and Link as they finally graduate from high school and get ready to leave the small Southern town of Gatlin. But when Dark Caster Ridley makes an appearance, the sometime bad girl can’t resist picking a fight with her sometime boyfriend, Link.

    Angry and rebellious as ever, Ridley ends up alone in New York City and becomes entangled in the dangerous underground Caster club scene, where the stakes are high and losers pay the ultimate price.

    Where’s a Linkubus when you need him?

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    ***Novella***

    The Last Stand of the New York InstituteTHE LAST STAND OF THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE (The Bane Chronicles #9) by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

    Pub. Date: December 17, 2013

    Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

    Find It: AMAZON

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    Magnus meets Valentine in battle as the Circle attacks the Downworlders of New York City.

    In the time of the Uprising, Valentine’s Circle goes after Downworlders in New York…and the Shadowhunters of the Institute must decide whether to join him, or fight with Magnus and his kind. This is the first time Magnus sees Jocelyn, Luke, and Stephen—but not the last. It is not long before Jocelyn seeks him out…

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    What We Lost in the DarkWHAT WE LOST IN THE DARK (What We Saw at Night #2) by Jacquelyn Mitchard

    Pub. Date: December 17, 2013

    Publisher: Soho Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Allie Kim’s fatal allergy to sunlight, XP, still confines her to the night. Now that she’s lost her best friend Juliet to an apparent suicide, the night has never felt darker—even with Rob at her side.

    Allie knows why Juliet killed herself: to escape the clutches of Garrett Tabor, whom the trio saw committing an unspeakable crime. Garrett is untouchable; The Tabors founded the world-famous XP clinic that keeps Allie and Rob alive and their small Minnesota town on the map.

    Allie can’t rest until Garrett is brought to justice. But her obsession jeopardizes everything she holds dear. Not even Parkour can distract her; nothing reminds her more that Juliet is gone. When Rob introduces Allie to the wildly dangerous sport of nighttime deep diving, Allie assumes he’s only trying to derail her investigation… until they uncover the horror terrible secret Garrett Tabor has hidden under Lake Superior.

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    Missed Last Week

    ***NOTE: This is an ADULT title***

    The Professional Part 1THE PROFESSIONAL Part I (The Game Maker 0.1) by Kresley Cole

    Pub. Date: December 16, 2013

    Publisher: Pocket Star

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    He makes the rules . . .
    Mafiya enforcer Aleksandr “The Siberian” Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well—on his own wicked terms.

    Rules are made to be broken . . .
    PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. With every day she spends under his protection, she falls deeper under his masterful spell.

    Are you ready to play?
    Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy’s reach, Sevastyan spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-wealthy in Paris, the two lovers will discover that even their darkest—and most forbidden—fantasies can come true…

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    I know I missed last week’s Book Watch: Releasing This Week post and I will very likely post and backdate it just so that I have a complete record on the blog of books that have released that I’ve pre-ordered. But I didn’t want to miss posting about this week’s releases, even if I am just a touch late in posting it.

    While I’m still not reading, as I can’t seem to find an escape in books at the moment, I am desperately going to try and do so with FRACTURE ME this week. But we shall see. Life has given me a beating as of late, but I’m hoping that books will be able to once again be things that bring me joy.

    For all of you who are able to find happiness in a good book or three, I hope there are some titles releasing this week that will do just that for you. And while there aren’t a ton of new releases this week, there are a few lovely eNovellas out this week that are definitely worth adding to your collection.

    So I wish you all a happy book acquiring and reading week this week.

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

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

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #148

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    Below are the YA books releasing this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of October 29th-November 4th that I have pre-ordered.

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    The Iron Traitor

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    THE IRON TRAITOR by Julie Kagawa will be released in the U.S. on October 29, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 352 pages.

    THE IRON TRAITOR is the second book in author Julie Kagawa’s The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series.

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    Release day is almost here! It’s almost HERE!!!!

    I am totally stoked that THE IRON TRAITOR is releasing this week. I have had it pre-ordered for ages and ages and I am so excited to finally be able to own a finished copy.

    I love, love, love this spinoff series and I cannot wait until everyone gets the chance to read this second book, to find out what happens with Keirran and Ethan. I am reading it right now and it’s making me very, very nervous. I’m sort of afraid of how it will end and whether I’ll be screaming in frustration while I wait for the next book.

    As I have spotlighted this amazing book for my Book Watch post, I won’t ramble on about it right now. Especially as I’m so tempted to talk about what I’m reading, what’s happening, and what I think is going to happen.

    So I will just say once again that while I am anxiously awaiting all the books I have on order, I am ecstatic that THE IRON TRAITOR will be in my possession in just a few short days.

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    In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice. 

    After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as “normal” as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he’s forbidden to see her again.

    But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, “normal” simply isn’t to be. For Ethan’s nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan’s and Keirran’s fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan’s next choice may decide the fate of them all.

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    In the Age of Love and Chocolate

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    IN THE AGE OF LOVE AND CHOCOLATE by Gabrielle Zevin will be released in the U.S. on October 29, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), the print edition is 304 pages.

    IN THE AGE OF LOVE AND CHOCOLATE is the third and final book in author Gabrielle Zevin’s Birthright series.

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    I have fallen behind on this series, but there was no way I wasn’t going to pre-order this final book in the trilogy – IN THE AGE OF LOVE AND CHOCOLATE. And I can’t wait for it to download on Monday Midnight.

    Of course I am kicking myself for taking a peek at the description which is SUPER SPOILER-Y for a certain event that happened in book two. And which makes me that much more curious about what the “misjudgment” is that “leaves Anya fighting for her life.”

    I had no idea this was only a three-book series. But now that this final book is releasing I will definitely have to read it to its conclusion. I love this author’s voice and I was fascinated by this series’ premise which is so very different than any other YA book I’ve read. I both listened to and read the first book in this series, and I plan on listening to both subsequent books in audio format.

    So, even though I will be adding this to my Kindle book collection, I will be ordering the audio from iTunes on release date. And hopefully I’ll be able to listen to both books in early November and find out where Anya’s choices have led her.

    Description…

    All These Things I’ve Done, the first novel in the Birthright series, introduced us to timeless heroine Anya Balanchine, a plucky sixteen year old with the heart of a girl and the responsibilities of a grown woman. Now eighteen, life has been more bitter than sweet for Anya. She has lost her parents and her grandmother, and has spent the better part of her high school years in trouble with the law. Perhaps hardest of all, her decision to open a nightclub with her old nemesis Charles Delacroix has cost Anya her relationship with Win.

    Still, it is Anya’s nature to soldier on. She puts the loss of Win behind her and focuses on her work. Against the odds, the nightclub becomes an enormous success, and Anya feels like she is on her way and that nothing will ever go wrong for her again. But after a terrible misjudgment leaves Anya fighting for her life, she is forced to reckon with her choices and to let people help her for the first time in her life.

    In the Age of Love and Chocolate is the story of growing up and learning what love really is. It showcases the best of Gabrielle Zevin’s writing for young adults: the intricate characterization of Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac and the big-heartedness of Elsewhere. It will make you remember why you loved her writing in the first place.

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    Sentinel

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    SENTINEL by Jennifer L. Armentrout will be released in the U.S. on November 2, 2013 in paperback format. It is currently available to pre-order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Spencer Hill Press, the print edition is 360 pages.

    SENTINEL is the fifth and final book in author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Covenant series.

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    I don’t have SENTINEL pre-ordered as it’s not yet available to pre-order in Kindle format. But as soon as it is available to buy, I will be adding this to my collection.

    I cannot believe that this is the fifth book in the series. What’s more, I cannot believe how far behind I am on this series that I’d been dying to read ever since I first learned about it. But I have to catch up. I have to know what’s been happening with Alex. I have to know if Aiden is still in the picture.

    I have not read the description, though I couldn’t help but see its first line which mentions something about a war. *GULP.* So I don’t know what’s in store for any of the characters in this final book.

    And as I haven’t taken a series to its conclusion with this author, I don’t know whether she’ll be kind or cruel to her characters. But I am hoping for a happily-ish ever after. Because from the moment I met Aiden I wanted one for him and Alex.

    Since I am so far behind it might take awhile for me to get caught up. But I don’t see it as a challenge to do so… it’s more like an adventure. And I plan on restarting this series from the beginning and taking it to its end this December.

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    It’s a beautiful day for a war.

    As the mortal world slowly slips into chaos of the godly kind, Alexandria Andros must overcome a stunning defeat that has left her shaken and in doubt of their ability to end this war once and for all.

    And with all the obstacles between Alex and her happily-ever-after with the swoonworthy Aiden St. Delphi, they must now trust a deadly foe as they travel deep into the Underworld to release one of the most dangerous gods of all time.

    In the stunning, action-packed climax to the bestselling Covenant series, Alex must face a terrible choice: the destruction of everything and everyone she holds dear… or the end of herself.

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    Horde

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    HORDE by Ann Aguirre will be released in the U.S. on October 29, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Feiwel & Friends, the print edition is 432 pages.

    HORDE is the third and final full-length book in author Ann Aguirre’s Razorland trilogy.

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    I own each of the books in this series… well, I will once HORDE downloads to my Kindle this Tuesday… but I haven’t yet started it. I just know that this series is going to be awesome so I’ve added each book to my collection on its release date.

    It sounds dark and gritty and chilling and action-packed. It’s a world I desperately want to visit. Okay, maybe not in reality, but definitely in fiction. And I’m excited to be able to read this series all at once from start to finish, meet Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan and find out who are the victors.

    The title of this final book sounds ominous. So I’m not entirely sure that all the characters will survive. But as I have not yet read a book by Ann Aguirre, I don’t know whether she’ll leave me in tears or shouting, “Yesssss!” at the series conclusion.

    I love kick-a** battles, I love dark storylines. So I cannot wait to finally start this one and see just how “epic” it is.

    Description…

    The epic conclusion to the USA Today bestselling trilogy.

    The horde is coming.

    Salvation is surrounded, monsters at the gates, and this time, they’re not going away. When Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan set out, the odds are against them. But the odds have been stacked against Deuce from the moment she was born. She might not be a Huntress anymore, but she doesn’t run. With her knives in hand and her companions at her side, she will not falter, whether fighting for her life or Fade’s love.

    Ahead, the battle of a lifetime awaits. Freaks are everywhere, attacking settlements, setting up scouts, perimeters, and patrols. There hasn’t been a war like this in centuries, and humans have forgotten how to stand and fight. Unless Deuce can lead them.

    This time, however, more than the fate of a single enclave or outpost hangs in the balance. This time, Deuce carries the banner for the survival of all humanity.

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    The Shadowhunters Codex

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    THE SHADOWHUNTER’S CODEX by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis will be released in the U.S. on October 29, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON (a deluxe edition is also available) and BARNES & NOBLE (a special edition is also available).

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, the print edition is 288 pages.

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    I am really curious to see what this illustrated guide looks like on my Kindle. Yes, I pre-ordered the eBook version of THE SHADOWHUNTER’S CODEX, not the print edition. So I think I need to charge up my Kindle Fire before its release date so I can take a peek.

    I am not someone who typically buys illustrated guides. I’m not sure I ever was, even as a child. But I am curious about Clary’s sketches. I am curious to see what other information about the Shadowhunters is included in this guide. And I want to hang on to this world for just a little bit longer.

    I have a feeling the artwork in this book will be stunning and the special edition and deluxe edition will be even more gorgeous. But as I am far more likely to read and keep it if its in electronic format I decided to test that edition out.

    While this is not the type of book I’d read cover to cover, I will definitely be perusing it when it downloads on Monday Midnight.

    Description…

    Delve into the details of all things Shadowhunter with this illustrated guide to the knowledge and lore of the Shadowhunter world.

    Since the thirteenth century, the Shadowhunter’s Codex has been the one and only manual for Shadowhunters looking to brush up on their demon languages, learn proper stele use, and discover just what exactly a pyxis is. Featured in both The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices, this guide is a necessity for any young Nephilim on their journey to becoming a Shadowhunter. Beautifully illustrated, the Codex contains images of the famous Shadowhunter homeland of Idris, as well as depictions of demons and other Downworlders.

    But this isn’t just any copy of The Shadowhunter’s Codex. It’s Clary’s copy, and as an artist herself, she’s sketched pictures of her friends and family in the book, and scrawled helpful advice in the margins. Of course, she couldn’t exactly stop Jace or Simon from adding their thoughts either. Part encyclopedia, part history, part training manual—complete with commentary from Shadowhunters who have seen it all—this beautiful guide is a perfect supplement to the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

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    Other Books of Note

    AlteredALTERED (Crewel World #2) by Gennifer Albin

    Pub. Date: October 29, 2013

    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Life. Possibility. Choice.

    All taken from Adelice by the Guild—until she took them back.

    But amid the splendid ruins of Earth, Adelice discovers how dangerous freedom can be. Hunted by soulless Remnants sent by Cormac Patton and the Guild, Adelice finds a world that’s far from deserted. Although allies are easy to find on Earth, knowing who to trust isn’t. Because everyone has secrets, especially those Adelice loves most. Secrets they would kill to protect. Secrets that will redefine each of them. Torn between two brothers and two worlds, Adelice must choose what to fight for.

    In this thrilling sequel to Crewel, Adelice is about to learn how tangled up her past and future really are. Her parents ran to protect her, but nothing can save her from her destiny, and once she uncovers the truth, it will change everything.

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    WaterfellWATERFELL (The Aquarathi #1) by Amalie Howard

    Pub. Date: October 29, 2013

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    THE GIRL WHO WOULD BE QUEEN

    Nerissa Marin hides among teens in her human form, waiting for the day she can claim her birthright—the undersea kingdom stolen from her the day her father was murdered. Blending in is her best weapon—until her father’s betrayer confronts Nerissa and challenges her to a battle to the death on Nerissa’s upcoming birthday—the day she comes of age.

    Amid danger and the heartbreak of her missing mother, falling for a human boy is the last thing Nerissa should do. But Lo Seavon breaches her defenses and somehow becomes the only person she can count on to help her desperate search for her mother, a prisoner of Nerissa’s mortal enemy. Is Lo the linchpin that might win Nerissa back her crown? Or will this mortal boy become the weakness that destroys her?

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    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children GNMISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN: The Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs and Cassandra Jean

    Pub. Date: October 29, 2013

    Publisher: Yen Press

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Ransom Riggs’s haunting fantasy bestseller adapted to a graphic novel!
    As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive.

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    Other Releases

    SORROW’S KNOT by Erin Bow

    FRACTURED (Guards of the Shadowlands #2) by Sarah Fine

    RELIC (Book of Eva #1) by Heather Terrell

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    I could have sworn I’d pre-ordered WATERFELL by Amalie Howard, but since I haven’t I will be waiting until just after its release date to order it for my Kindle. I’ve kind of gone a little spend crazy this month and I want to wait for November 1st before adding yet another item on my credit card statement.

    I will also likely buy ALTERED since I have CREWEL on my Kindle, even though I haven’t yet had the chance to read it. The description for the sequel sounds epic, so I can’t imagine not having it as part of my collection.

    There are a pretty decent number of books releasing this week, but thankfully it’s not an overwhelming number. So I’m hopeful of getting caught up just a little bit in anticipation of the crazy number of books releasing in 2014.

    Last week I did have another book on order, BLACK AND BLUE (Otherworld Assassin #2) by Gena Showalter. But as it isn’t a YA title I figured I’d just mention it here rather than list it as “missing” above.

    And, while I don’t normally list eNovellas, I just have to mention, to anyone who may have missed it, THE MOTH IN THE MIRROR (Splintered #1.5) by A.G. Howard released last week. I’ve been trying to decide whether to read it before or after I read UNHINGED. I’m definitely thinking before.

    Anyway… I hope you have all your bookish pre-orders lined up for the week. And if there are any books I’ve missed, please, please, please let me know.

    Happy bookish buying!

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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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