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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #123

    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 May 7th-May 13th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Reboot

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    REBOOT by Amy Tintera will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 384 pages.

    REBOOT is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Amy Tintera. The second book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I am so unbelievably excited that REBOOT is releasing this week. I fell instantly in love with it the second I read the description. And I have major cover love for it, too. So, waiting for its release has been torturous.

    I cannot wait to meet Wren Connolly and Callum Reyes. I can’t wait to see just how his humanity turns the “perfect soldier” into someone willing to disobey her orders. And I cannot wait to visit this intriguing world that author Amy Tintera has created.

    I have avoided all reviews, but I couldn’t help but hear the tiniest bits of chatter mentioning that this book rocked. So I’m hoping that I’ll be finished with this week’s reads early enough so that I can sneak REBOOT onto the pile this week.

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    Invisibility

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    INVISIBILITY by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2013 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 320 pages.

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    I love Andrea Cremer’s writing and I am so very curious about this joint endeavor with author David Levithan. I’ve had INVISIBILITY pre-ordered since the moment I first learned of its existence and I can’t wait to check it out.

    I love books that involve curses. Of course I love stories that include romance. And I can’t wait to find out if Elizabeth and Stephen discover a way to break the curse and just what sacrifice they’ll have to make in order for Stephen to “become visible.”

    While I won’t get the chance to take a peek at it this month, I am hopeful of reading INVISIBILITY early next month. Because it’s been awhile since I read anything by author Andrea Cremer and I am definitely going through withdrawal.

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    The 5th Wave

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    THE 5th WAVE by Rick Yancey will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 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 Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 480 pages.

    THE 5th WAVE is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Rick Yancey. The second and third books in the series are currently untitled and slated for release in August 2014 and August 2015, respectively.

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    There has been a ton of buzz about Rick Yancey’s THE 5th WAVE, all of it positive, so I just had to pre-order it for my Kindle. Even though I haven’t read either THE PASSAGE or ENDER’S GAME, which the description compares this book to.

    But any book that is billed as “epic” is one I have to check out. And when its description mentions that “only darkness remains” and “only the unlucky survive,” how could I not want to read it?

    I more than want to read it. I desperately want to do so. And I’m so very hopeful of being able to meet Cassie and the “[b]eguiling and mysterious” Evan Walker in the next week or two.

    The 1st Wave…


    The 2nd Wave…


    The 3rd Wave…


    The 4th Wave…


    The 5th Wave…

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    The End Games

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    THE END GAMES by T. Michael will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 384 pages.

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    I cannot believe THE END GAMES is releasing this week. I had so hoped to read it early, but that didn’t happen. This book is yet another one of those books I consider must reads. It sounds so chilling and awesome.

    As I’ve spotlighted it for my Book Watch post, I won’t ramble on endlessly, especially as this post is long, but I will just say that this book is one I’m so eager to dive into. I want to find out how The Game changes, how The Bellows, evolve and just what The Game Master is up to.

    While I won’t get the chance to read THE END GAMES this week, there’s no way I’m going to let the month end without having read it.

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    If I Should Die

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    IF I SHOULD DIE by Amy Plum will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 416 pages.

    IF I SHOULD DIE is the third, and final, book in the Revenants series by author Amy Plum.

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    After having just recently read UNTIL I DIE, I don’t think I’m more anxious for any book’s release than IF I SHOULD DIE by Amy Plum. I absolutely love the author’s stories about the Revenants and I cannot wait to find out what happened after that killer ending.

    And from reading those excerpts on the IF I SHOULD DIE Blog Tour, I am even more desperate to continue the story. Which I hope to do when my eBook downloads on Monday Midnight.

    Because I want to know why Jules and Kate are in New York. I want to know what happens with the traitor. And I want to know how this series ends.

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    Icons

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    ICONS by Margaret Stohl will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2013 in hardcover, large print paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE. It will be available in audiobook format on July 16, 2013.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 448 pages.

    ICONS is the first book in author Margaret Stohl’s new series of the same name. The second book in the series, currently untitled, is expected in 2014.

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    ICONS is another book I wanted to read before its release, but due to the umpteen books I needed to read first, it just didn’t happen. But I have ICONS pre-ordered and I will be reading it just as soon as my schedule frees up a bit.

    I am so very fascinated by the first line of the description which mentions that “[y]our heart beats only with their permission.” I’m curious to find out why Dol is so different. And I’m excited to discover this world in which Earth is at the mercy of the Icons.

    The description promises a story that is “heart-pounding” in a world that is “haunting” and I cannot wait to finally get the chance to discover it for myself. Something I plan to do a bit later this month.

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    Fall of Night

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    FALL OF NIGHT by Rachel Caine will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE. It will be available in audiobook format on May 27, 2013 at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by NAL Hardcover, the print edition is 352 pages.

    FALL OF NIGHT is the fourteenth book in the Morganville Vampires series. The fifteenth book, DAYLIGHTERS, is slated for release on November 5, 2013.

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    I am seriously behind on this series. But I own every single book and I do plan on catching up on it this year. Hopefully by the time the fifteenth book is released. But I have FALL OF NIGHT pre-ordered and I’m super excited to add it to my collection when it releases this week.

    Although I shouldn’t have, I couldn’t help but take a peek at the description. And now I’m even more excited to get caught up. Because in this installment it seems that Claire leaves Morganville and has an entire adventure far away from this Texas town and its resident vamps.

    I’m very curious about her experiments and just what happens with her human test subjects to make her question whether leaving Morganville was such a good thing.

    While I won’t be reading FALL OF NIGHT in the next few months, I am so very hopeful that I’ll have gotten caught up on this series by the end of October so that when DAYLIGHTERS releases in early November I’ll be ready to dive in.

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    Dead Ever After

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    DEAD EVER AFTER by Charlaine Harris will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2013 in hardcover, paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover, audio and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Ace Hardcover, the print edition is 352 pages.

    DEAD EVER AFTER is the thirteenth and final full-length book in the author’s Sookie Stackhouse series. AFTER DEAD: What Came Next in the Word of Sookie Stackhouse, is due out on October 29, 2013.

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    I’m a mix of relieved and sad to see this series end. I loved the first nine books but have fallen a bit out of love with the story for the past few installments. Though I do have DEAD EVER AFTER pre-ordered in both eBook format and a special signed edition from Barnes & Noble.

    But after having the ending spoiled for me by a commentator on my other blog, I’m not sure when I will be reading this last installment. I may just pretend that this series ended with book nine.

    Eric the Northman is one of my favorite vampire characters and I’ve adored Sookie for many of the books she’s been in. Even with the head-shaking decisions she’s made. And while I am a fan of the True Blood series on HBO, that series has not in any way changed my feelings about Mr. Bill Compton, [insert derogatory term here], vampire extraordinaire.

    So learning, just yesterday, that the author originally planned for a different fate for him and altered that due to pressures because of that show, it has made me a little less enthusiastic toward the series. Because I would have loved for the author’s original idea to have been a part of her story.

    My feelings are definitely conflicted, so I don’t plan on reading DEAD EVER AFTER until the chatter dies down. But I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to read it and find out just how the story ends for these characters I’ve known and loved for years, eventually. Even if the ending isn’t one I’d wished for Sookie. 

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    Mystic

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    MYSTIC by Alyson Noel will be released in the U.S. on May 7, 2013 in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 320 pages.

    MYSTIC is the third book in Alyson Noel’s Soul Seekers series. The fourth book in the series, HORIZON, is slated for release on November 19, 2013

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    I have yet to get started on Alyson Noel’s Soul Seekers series but I’ve purchased each of the books so that I eventually can read them all at once. As I’m not sure how many books are planned in the series, it might be awhile before MYSTIC ends up on my reading pile. But it will definitely be part of my collection when it downloads on Tuesday.

    I very much enjoyed the author’s The Immortals series. And I thought her middle grade spin-off series was absolutely delightful. So I’m very excited about reading her latest endeavor and meeting Daire Santos.

    I did take a peek at the description since I figure that by the time I do read it, I’ll have forgotten what I’ve read. And it sounds incredibly exciting. With someone’s fate hanging in the balance and someone else who plans on destroying the world and everyone Daire loves, this third book in the series sounds so very suspenseful.

    Which makes me glad that I will be waiting until each of the books has released before reading them so that I won’t have to wait to continue the story.

    Other Books of Note

    The Lucy Variations

    THE LUCY VARIATIONS by Sara Zarr

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The S Word

    THE S-WORD by Chelsea Pitcher

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Gallery Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Chantress

    CHANTRESS (Chantress Trilogy #1) by Amy Butler Greenfield

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Originals

    THE ORIGINALS by Cat Patrick

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Nantucket Blue

    NANTUCKET BLUE by by Leila Howland

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Tremble

    TREMBLE (Denazen #3) by Jus Accardo

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013 (eBook edition); PB May 14 but avail now

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    How My Summer Went Up in Flames

    HOW MY SUMMER WENT UP IN FLAMES by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Reluctant Assassin

    THE  RELUCTANT ASSASSIN (W.A.R.P. #1) by Eoin Colfer

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Fifteenth Summer

    FIFTEENTH SUMMER by Michelle Dalton

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Savage Blue

    THE SAVAGE BLUE (The Vicious Deep #2) by Zoraida Cordova

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Nothing But Blue

    NOTHING BUT BLUE by Lisa Jahn-Clough

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Maid of Secrets

    MAID OF SECRETS (Maids of Honor #1) by Jennifer McGowan

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Beauty

    BEAUTY by Nancy Ohlin

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Riptide

    RIPTIDE by Lindsey Scheibe

    Pub. Date: May 8, 2013

    Publisher: Flux

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Summer I Became a Nerd

    THE SUMMER I BECAME A NERD by Leah Rae Miller

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Disgrace of Kitty Grace

    THE DISGRACE OF KITTY GREY by Mary Hooper

    Pub. Date: May 9, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Seven Deadly Sins

    SEVEN DEADLY SINS Vol. 1: LUST, ENVY  by Robin Wasserman

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Beach Lane

    BEACH LANE (The Au Pairs #1) by Melissa de la Cruz

    Pub. Date: May 7, 2013 (reissue edition – originally published May 25, 2004)

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    This week is absolutely INSANE! There are just way too many amazing books releasing this week, that I have no idea how I’m going to clear them all off the pile without a reading marathon of some kind.

    I am so excited for THE 5th WAVE, REBOOT, THE END GAMES, ICONS and IF I SHOULD DIE. And there are a few books that are on my radar that I haven’t yet purchased, like TREMBLE, THE S-WORD, THE ORIGINALS, CHANTRESS and THE LUCY VARIATIONS. All of which I am so very tempted by.

    As this post is excessively long I just have to keep this sign-off brief. Because with nine books downloading on Monday Midnight, none of which I’ve yet read, I need to get to the books currently on pile so that I can make some room.

    Besides, with all the bookish information above, I doubt you’re interested in hearing me ramble.

    So….

    I hope you have some amazing titles to add to your collection this week. And I hope that if you’ve missed a few, this post has put them back on your radar.

    If any of the books are ones you’ve been anxiously awaiting, I’d love to hear which ones they are! And if, for some reason, there is another book releasing this week that I’ve missed, please let me know. Because I hate missing out on awesome new releases, even if there are a ton of books already being added to my collection.

    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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    After Dark Review: DEADLOCKED

    Previously published on Fiktshun After Dark…

    Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12)
    Author: Charlaine Harris
    Published: May 1, 2012
    Publisher: Ace
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    On Goodreads…

    With Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), in town, it’s the worst possible time for a body to show up in Eric Northman’s front yard—especially the body of a woman whose blood he just drank.

    Now, it’s up to Sookie and Bill, the official Area Five investigator, to solve the murder. Sookie thinks that, at least this time, the dead girl’s fate has nothing to do with her. But she is wrong. She has an enemy, one far more devious than she would ever suspect, who’s out to make Sookie’s world come crashing down.

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    HOW IT RATES…

    THE LONG…

    Deadlocked is the twelfth book in author Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampires or Sooke Stackhouse series. Once again trouble lands right at Sookie’s door in the form of a dead girl. Well, not technically her door, but her boyfriend, Eric Northman’s.

    While Eric was the last person to be seen with her, there are any number of suspects. From Felipe de Castro or his entourage who are visiting, to Mustapha Khan, who just so happens to be conspicuously absent when the police show up, to any of Eric’s or Sookie’s enemies. And there are always plenty of those.

    Trying to find out who the killer is means figuring out the motive behind framing Eric. Is it to drive Eric and Sookie apart? To get Eric out of the picture to get to Sookie? To cast doubt on Eric’s ability as Sheriff? Or is it part of a much more elaborate and sinister plot?

    Deadlocked is a quick read, although the pace doesn’t really pick up until the very end. And while this twelfth book in the series moves the story along, ties up a number of loose ends and answers several questions that have been begging for them, it doesn’t bring the same level of excitement to the story as some of the earlier books in the series. And it seems to wrap up some of the storylines too neatly and conveniently.

    This installment in the series did scale back the violence, although there was some. It eliminated all but the briefest sexual encounter. And it once again had very few scenes with of one of the more exciting characters in the series, Eric Northman.

    More than anything this book felt as if it was winding the series down, moving it toward its conclusion. Even some of Sookie’s musings envisioned endings to many of the characters’ stories in a perfect world. And it took the story in a direction that may please some fans of the series and upset others, depending on just how they want Sookie’s story to end.

    Appearances, albeit brief, are made by some longtime favorite characters in the series. New obstacles to Sookie and Eric’s happiness are introduced. And happy endings are given to some of the many characters in the world and unhappy ones to others.

    With a few surprises, a few “Oh Sookie” moments, and an ending that will leave readers on edge as they wait to find out where this series will conclude, Deadlocked is a necessary, if not electrifying, installment in this series.

    So, what more can I possibly say about Deadlocked?

    I’m caught somewhere between it being just “okay” for me and a “liked.” I liked getting answers, even if they’re not the ones I want. I liked that the plot was moved along. And I liked when the pace picked up at the end.

    I just didn’t feel connected to the story. And I didn’t have fun reading it. The mystery didn’t have that quality that kept me riveted as some of the earlier ones did. I found myself more annoyed with Sookie than anything. I felt things were too conveniently wrapped up and I just didn’t care about how things ended for some of the characters.

    But more than anything I just missed Eric and Pam. My two favorite characters in the series. For the third book in a row I didn’t feel Eric’s presence. Whether that was the author’s intent or not, I can’t say. But it just feels as if he’s being pulled away from the story. He’s no longer the Eric that is always there for Sookie. Stopping by for a quickie doesn’t count.

    And his involvement in this story was negligible, even though it was about a girl found dead at his doorstep.

    While I understand trying to wrap up a story and close all loopholes, I felt as if some characters were brought back into the story for no logical reason other than to say goodbye. Some of whom I already thought I’d said goodbye to for good.

    I enjoyed Deadlocked more than Dead in the Family, but a bit less than the previous book in the series, Dead Letters. And while I will definitely take this series to its conclusion, no matter how heartbroken I know I’ll be about the direction this story seems to be headed, I will probably stick with re-reading just the first nine books in the series as I’ve done four times already.

    …AND SHORT OF IT

    Not enough Eric. While the author may have other plans for good ol’ Sookie, it is hard to see such an important character in the series play such a minor role in this book. Especially since the frame job surrounds him.

    Not enough excitement. While I admit that the violence was escalating in a rather shocking way in poor Sookie’s life prior to this book, there didn’t seem to be that much going on here. Even with a murder, an underhanded plot and a huge cast of characters.

    Not enough heat. While the scenes don’t have to be the steamy kind of hot, there should have been some heat. From somewhere. But there was just no fire or passion in any of the exchanges between any of the characters. The one brief booty call was rushed and not at all sexy. And without any intensity in the glances or fiery arguments, there just wasn’t any real spark.

    A nerve-wracking conclusion. Well, the ending certainly delivers. It created that twisty knotty feeling that was missing throughout this read. The way things left off will make many readers very nervous about what to anticipate in the last book. The last ten percent of the story was exciting. And the ending will definitely keep readers guessing about what’s to come.

    MY FAVORITE BITES…

    I’d loved two vampires. Bill had broken my heart. Maybe Eric was on the way to doing the same thing.

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    I began to think I was spoiled. There was no such thing as boring sex with Eric.

    I wondered if he’d dance for me, if I asked him nicely. I was having a very pleasant fantasy about that when Claude reemerged on the stage, still in his spangled tights and boots.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #70

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

    These are books for the week of May 1st-May 7th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Black Dawn by Rachel Caine will be released in the U.S. on May 1, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by New American Library (NAL), the print edition is 384 pages.

    Black Dawn is the twelfth book in author Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series.

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    I just keep falling farther and farther behind on this series! I think I have to have a Morganville Vampires readathon just to get caught up. I absolutely love this series and I keep buying all the books with the hope of reading them and yet I haven’t been able to. Must remedy that.

    I miss Claire and Shane and Michael. And I want to head back to Morganville to find out what adventures they’ve been on, what enemies they’ve had to face and what has changed since I last visited.

    Even though I’m not caught up on the series, I still can’t wait for Black Dawn to download to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. And yes, I did take a peek at the description. And yes, I think this one sounds amazing. It promises that “…intrigue, romance and nail-biting suspense” will be taken to new heights. I’m already intrigued and I love all of those things.

    I really hope to catch up on the series through this latest installment before the next book in the series, Bitter Blood, is released later this year.

    Shine by Jeri Smith-Ready will be released in the U.S. on May 1, 2012 in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in all formats.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Shine is the third and final book in the Shade trilogy by author Jeri Smith-Ready.

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    I had the chance to read Shine just a little bit early and I tried. I really, really tried. But I’m absolutely terrified of how this series is going to end. Just having read the beginning had me all tied up in knots with worry.

    I’m horrible at reading series ending books. I’m almost never ready to say goodbye to my favorite characters. And I really, really don’t want to say goodbye to Logan Keeley. Shine will be downloading to my Kindle and I hope to muster up the courage to read it shortly after release, but I may try to prolong the inevitable for just a bit longer.

    Although I really want to find out about Aura’s past. I want to know more about the Shift. I want to see just what happens to Zach. And I want to find out just what the description means when it says that Aura will have to betray her own heart.

    I have heard this book is absolutely amazing by everyone who’s read it. So, if I can prepare myself for heartbreak, tears and an exciting but incredibly nerve-wracking read, I will be adding Shine back onto the pile in May.

    Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins will be released in the U.S. on May 1, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 464 pages.

    Sweet Evil is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at The Story Siren and is one of my original picks.

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    I can’t believe it’s finally here! Sweet Evil will be releasing on Tuesday, which means I’ll have my eBook available to re-read on my Kindle on Monday Midnight. Though I really hope to receive my print copy on Tuesday, too.

    Sweet Evil was my most anticipated 2012 debut and having read it (twice) and reviewed it, I already know just how awesome and well worth the wait it is. Anna Whitt and Kaidan Rowe are the characters to meet. She’s just so good and he’s just so very, very bad. And their story is wicked, addictive, exciting, nerve-wracking and riveting. All those things and so much more.

    As I have already spotlighted Sweet Evil for my Book Watch post I won’t go on and on and on and on. Though I really, really want to. But I will just say that this story about children of the fallen is so very different and tantalizing and utterly fascinating. And I can’t wait to read it again.

    Insurgent by Veronica Roth will be released in the U.S. on May 1, 2012 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, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 544 pages.

    Insurgent is the second book in the Divergent series by author Veronica Roth. The third book in the series, as yet untitled, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I had the great fortune to read Insurgent just a bit early thanks to Jaime and Patricia of Two Chicks On Books, who loaned me their ARC. I’m still recovering. Still. And I will be for quite awhile.

    I have the eBook pre-ordered to download from Amazon but I may have ordered a print copy to help free Four also. I guess I’ll find out on Tuesday.

    This follow up is absolutely amazing. I don’t think the author could have done a better job building upon her characters and her world for this sequel. As I have already reviewed it, I won’t continue to ramble too much. But yes, war is looming as the description promises. Yes, it is a “thrill ride.” And yes, there are most definitely “heartbreaks” and “twists.” Oh those twists. They’re killer.

    I can’t wait to re-read Insurgent when I get my finished copy. I’d love to sneak it in later this week if I can somehow find the time. Because I am not quite ready to say goodbye for another year until book three’s release.

    Destined by Aprilynne Pike will be released in the U.S. on May 1, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 320 pages.

    Destined is the fourth and final book in the Wings series by author Aprilynne Pike.

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    I hated saying goodbye to the Wings series by Aprilynne Pike. I hadn’t known that Destined was the last book in the series when I first added it to my reading pile. But I am happy to have the finished copy scheduled to download to my Kindle to join the first three books in the series this week. I just wish there were a few more books as I’m sad to see this series end.

    This has been such a magical series. And Destined is no exception, though it was much more action-packed than the earlier books. Which I loved. I was fortunate to get an ARC through a trade, which I just had to read and review early because I just couldn’t wait to find out how this series ended.

    As I have read it and can’t guess as to what might happen with Tamani, David and Laurel and just what Avalon’s fate is, since I already know what happened, I will simply reveal what I can about Destined….

    It’s bittersweet. Definitely bittersweet. There is loss. There is heartbreak. There is action, action and so much more action. And there’s an ending that wraps things up without any real loose ends. I thought it ended perfectly. But tormenting? Oh yes. The entire read puts your emotions on one huge roller coaster. And the ending, well… I’ll leave that a mystery.

    I agree with the description that it’s a “stunning conclusion” and I can’t wait to re-read this entire series in the near future.

    Deadlocked by Charlaine Harris will be released in the U.S. on May 1, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Ace, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Deadlocked is the twelfth book in the Southern Vampires series by author Charlaine Harris.

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    I’m sneaking in a non-YA title into the post because I am such a fan of this series, though I don’t always list my non-YA book purchases on the blog. But I am so excited this next book in the Southern Vampires series is releasing this week I just couldn’t help myself.

    I will be reading Deadlocked on release day when it downloads to my eReader because I have to find out just what happens next with… you guessed it… Eric Northman. Especially since he seems to be in some trouble in this next installment with a body turning up in his yard.

    I’m even more worried that Sookie and Bill seem to be teaming up to solve the crime. Very, very worried, actually.

    I can’t wait to find out who Sookie’s newest enemy is, or if it’s an old enemy that’s come back into the picture. I can’t wait to see where things go with Sookie and Eric and I hope, hope, hope that nothing rekindles between her and Bill.

    This series has gotten a bit darker with each book, so I can’t wait to find out if this one is even more grim. And I will most definitely be devouring it this week.

    Wanted by Heidi Ayarbe will be released in the U.S. on May 1, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 400 pages.

    ***

    I am so curious about this book. I first heard about Wanted when I was offered a copy in a trade. And even though I haven’t yet read the ARC, I still decided to pre-order it for my Kindle. Because it sounds awesome.

    I don’t believe I’ve ever read a story about a teenage bookie. And I most certainly have not read one that has elements of a Robin Hood story thrown into the mix. I can’t wait to meet Michal, the bookie who goes against her better judgment and places a bet. A losing bet which pushes her to crime in order to repay it.

    This book sounds dark, it sounds exciting, it sounds thrilling. And I can’t wait to check it out this month.

    Revived by Cat Patrick will be released in the U.S. on May 1, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 352 pages.

    ***

    I received an early copy of Revived as a gift from another blogger. I thought I had all the time in the world to read it, but apparently I didn’t. I haven’t yet read it and with release date right around the corner I may end up reading the Kindle version I have pre-ordered instead.

    I think this story sounds absolutely creepy, though I have a feeling it will also be quite thought provoking. A government manufacturing a drug that will bring people back from the dead is totally creepy and it gives me the chills. And just knowing that the main character, Daisy Appleby, has been Revived several times in the past few years makes me a little bit horrified for her.

    I can’t wait to find out what the bigger picture is and whether morality will win out in the end. I’m not too hopeful, but I am curious. And I’m dying to find out just what will happen to Daisy who’s had to reinvent herself time and time again.

    I really hope to read this in the coming weeks, though I haven’t decided whether or not to read the ARC or the finished copy.

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    Body & Soul (The Ghost and the Goth #3) by Stacey Kade

    Pub. Date: May 1, 2012

    Published by: Hyperion Books for Children

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3) by Kristin Cashore

    Pub. Date: May 1, 2012

    Published by: Dial

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    This is the second of three huge release weeks in a row. I don’t know how I’m going to make a dent in my TBR pile if I continue adding this many books each week. While I only have eight books pre-ordered, the two books of note I’ve mentioned in this post are books that I will be buying, I just haven’t pre-ordered them.

    Fortunately I have read a few of the books releasing this week. The only problem is that while they’re not technically TBR, a couple of them are books I want to re-read. So that means the pile is still pretty high.

    Maybe I should take a short break from making any new bookish purchases. Though I don’t think it’s a very realistic goal for me. I suppose I’ll just have to read faster….

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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 #35

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

    These are books for the week of August 30th-September 5th that I had pre-ordered.

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    Soul Thief by Jana Oliver was released today, August 30, 2011, in the U.S. in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 320 pages.

    Soul Thief is the second book in the Demon Trapper’s series by Jana Oliver.

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    This was a total must have for me. I have been waiting for this book to come out ever since I read the first book in the series. I was extremely fortunate to receive an early copy as part of a book tour, and so I didn’t have quite as long of a wait as the rest of us readers here in the U.S. But as I had to pass that along, I’ve been dying to get a copy back in my hands just to be sure that the ending hasn’t changed in the final version. Plus, this series is one I intended to keep in my collection.

    This second book picks up almost immediately after the climactic and catastrophic ending in book one, and is just as action-packed as the first. Atlanta is in chaos, Riley is on a mission to find out what happened to her father and Den is caught up in Demon Trapper politics.

    For Den Beck fans, there is plenty of him to satisfy and Ori, the freelance demon hunter, has definitely added to the excitement.

    And somewhere in the middle of everything, the author throws in a huge new twist that really sets things up for the torturous cliffhanger ending. Read it and you’ll see exactly what I mean. I have been dying for this book to be read by others so I can finally discuss it and I am super excited that it will be releasing this week.

    If you’d like to check out my review, click here.

    The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson was released today, August 30, 2011, in the U.S. in hardcover, eBook and audio formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), the print edition is 304 pages.

    The Fox Inheritance is the second book in the Jenna Fox Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson.

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    I fell in love with the first book’s cover and immediately ordered it on Amazon. While I still haven’t had the chance to read it, I knew that I wanted to, and so I had to get book two, The Fox Inheritance.

    I happened to win a copy during Armchair BEA, and received my copy a short while ago. But as I prefer finished eBooks and don’t keep unsigned anything, I wanted to pre-order it so I’d have it in my collection and could read both books back-to-back.

    I did sneak a peek at the description for book two, and I’m hoping that I will forget it by the time I actually get to read it. But this sequel sounds amazing. It takes place 260 years later and Kara and Locke are no longer trapped in the digital world, but are now free and in a completely new time where almost nothing is the same.

    This series has always stood out to me as one so very different from any other that I’ve even considered reading and I really hope I can dive into this book and its predecessor really, really soon.

    The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann was released today, August 30, 2011, in the U.S. in hardcover, eBook and audio formats. It is available online to order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in all formats.

    Published by Aladdin, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 400 pages.

    The Unwanteds is Lisa McMann’s first novel for a middle grade audience.

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    I am a huge fan of author Lisa McMann and there was no way I was going to miss the chance to read one of her books, even if it’s aimed at a much younger audience than I am a part of. So, I added this one to my pre-orders months ago. When I saw this available for request from the Shelf Awareness newsletter, I decided to request it…and they sent it to me.

    I am currently in the middle of this story, and find it a super quick and thoroughly entertaining read. At age thirteen, the children of Quill are divided into those who are Wanteds and those who are Unwanteds.

    Of course the group of Unwanteds are the creatives and instead of getting sent on to school, they get a death sentence. But all hope is not lost when Alex discovers a place called Artime where creativity is not only accepted, but encouraged. And although he has managed to find an escape from his fate, he is still separated from his twin.

    The world that the author has created is magical, and in trying to imagine it through the eyes of someone much younger, I can’t imagine that they wouldn’t be transported as I am now. I think the cover is absolutely adorable and I would love to have this one for my shelf, but for now, I’ll just be adding the eBook to my collection.

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

    Twisted by Gena Showalter was released today, August 30, 2011, in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    (Note: the eBook versions are available for pre-order and will be released on September 1, 2011.)

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 304 pages.

    Twisted is the third book in the Intertwined series by Gena Showalter.

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    I have been in love with every single cover on each of the three books in this series. And if you line them all up they look amazing together. I started reading Intertwined a couple years ago, but never got the chance to finish it. Since then, I’ve been buying up each book, just hoping that I’d have the time to catch up on this series.

    And when I saw this cover, and managed to trade for an ARC, I was on a mission to get them all read in time. Yeah, that didn’t happen. So, I decided to pass it along to another blogger and added this one to my long list of pre-orders. While it won’t be the same, owning an eBook versus a printed one, at least I know this will be in my collection for keeps.

    I absolutely love the name of the main character. That alone made me want to try this series out. But then, with a name like Aden Stone, who wouldn’t fall in love with this series? Twisted sounds like an even more exciting installment and I have got to find the time to catch up.

    According to the book’s description, death is now stalking Aden and could take him at any time. There is a growing darkness inside of him and is weakening the three souls he has trapped in his head.

    With each book in this series, things seem to get more dire for Aden and now, more than ever, I have got to move these books up in the pile and find out what’s going to happen at this book’s end.

    Fury by Elizabeth Miles was released today, August 30, 2011, in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Fury is the first book in The Fury Trilogy by author Elizabeth Miles.

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

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    I’ve had this book on pre-order since it was first available to advance order online in eBook format. In fact, I’ve had this one on so long that it has a completely different release date for the purchase. So, I really hope it downloads on the new release date.

    As I already spotlighted this for my Book Watch post, I won’t go on and on about just how much I’m looking forward to reading this new series about The Furies. Especially as I’ve already done so. I am sad that I wasn’t able to read this before release, but better late than never.

    I will just say that in anything I’ve ever read about them, being in The Furies’ sights is not good news. And I can’t wait to find out just how bad things get.

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    The Sookie Stackhouse Companion by Charlaine Harris was released today, August 30, 2011, in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Ace Hardcover, the print edition is 480 pages.

    The Sookie Stackhouse Companion includes a new novella written by Charlaine Harris.

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    I am a sucker for companion novels. I always buy them but never read them. But this one promises a novella from the series, so there was no way I was passing this up. This is the last book I have on pre-order from 2010, and I’m so excited to finally have this one download.

    I have no idea just how viewer friendly the eBook will be, but I’m really only in it for the novella, which I’m sure will be absolutely fine.

    This series is one of my favorites, and is one of my Desert Island Books from yesterday’s post. I really didn’t want to like this one, but after much prodding, not only did I like it, I absolutely adored it. Talk about completely addicting. As the series went on, I really got to like Sookie even more. She went from being a sweet and somewhat optimistic bar maid to a someone with a dark side. And I like that dark side.

    I have no idea what the novella is about – I haven’t spent any time stalking the author’s website – but I can’t wait to get another look into this world.

    eBook Watch releases:

    Beyond the Grave by Mara Purnhagen, will be released in the U.S. on September 1, 2011 in eBook format at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Beyond the Grave is the third full-length book in the Past Midnight series by author Mara Purnhagen.

    I can’t believe I missed the official release date for Beyond the Grave by Mara Purnhagen. I have been a huge fan of the Past Midnight series and am devastated that I didn’t include it in my Book Watch post last week. But as I have the eBook version pre-ordered for download, it did not come up with my list of pre-orders last week.

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    Blood Bound, by Rachel Vincent, will be released in the U.S. on September 1, 2011 in eBook format at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I already included this in my Book Watch post last week, but for those who haven’t yet grabbed their eBooks, I thought I’d pop it back here this week. Blood Bound is the first book in the new Unbound series by Rachel Vincent for an adult audience.
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    Mile 81, by Stephen King, will be released in the U.S. on September 1, 2011 in eBook format only at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It’s not young adult, it’s probably not paranormal – although with Stephen King you never know – but it’s the King, so I had to list it.

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    Okay, so I have nine books on order this week. Fortunately, I’ve read a few of them, two are really just short stories and two are from series that I have a bit of catching up to do on. So, that really leaves just two books, right?

    The releases just keep coming through the fall, and if the purchase-to-read ratio continues as it has been, I will seriously be behind by 2012. I can’t not buy my favorite books, but maybe I’ll just try out a few fewer new ones next year. Though, that doesn’t really seem fair to me or those new as yet to be discovered books. We’ll see…

    I clearly missed one book last week, so I really hope that doesn’t happen again this week.

    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!

    UPDATE: I know that Torrent by Lisa T. Bergren is releasing this week, but as it is not yet available as an eBook, I don’t have it on order. I’ll include it in next week’s list if the eBook is made available on release date.

    Also, I can’t believe I missed Anna Dressed in Blood. I had it on pre-order for my Kindle but it didn’t show up on the list for August 30th. But it downloaded this morning…

    Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake was released today, August 30, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Tor Teen, the print edition is 320 pages.

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

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    Desert Island Books

    This week The YA Sisterhood blog has asked a few of us bloggers if we’d like to play Desert Island Books. And of course I couldn’t say no!

    The rules of the game are simple – By some strange twist of fate you know in advance that you’re going to be trapped on a desert island. You’re allowed to take a bunch of stuff with you – in this instance books – and nothing else.

    Thankfully the rulemakers of this game have allowed us to choose five adult and five young adult books or series to bring with us. (I’m so glad they said a series counts as one book or I think I would have fought my way off that island after about a week.)

    So, here are my picks, in no particular order. And don’t judge me too harshly for not picking the classics – after all, there aren’t too many classics with books in a series.

    And all my favorite debut YA authors please understand, I am going for quality AND quantity, so until that third book in your series is published I can’t take all of you with me.

    My Five Adult Books/Series

    The Dark Tower series by Stephen King

    (my favorite series of all time)

    The Long Walk by Richard Bachman a.k.a. Stephen King

    (I’ve read this at least seven times and could read it a million times more)

    Paint It Black by Janet Fitch

    (a book that will remind me that things could be a lot worse than being stuck on an island)

    The Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris

    (the longest series I know that I adore – why not grab as many books as possible)

    Unbound series by Rachel Vincent

    (currently my favorite new adult book and if I’m island-bound I’m hoping book 2 will be out )

    …and yes, the Unbound series has officially knocked Ken Grimwood’s Replay off the list!

    My Five Young Adult Books/Series

    The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

    (do you really expect me to be stranded on and island without Clary and Jace?)

    The Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent

    (I wasn’t Tod’s advocate for no reason. But If I Die better be released or I’m so not going)

    The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

    (Rose, Dimitri – hello?!? have you met me before? – “Love fades. Mine has.” Um, yeah…)

    The Grace series by S.L. Naeole

    (I can’t head to an island without having read Grace of Day – plus each book is super long with tons to read)

    My Blood Approves series by Amanda Hocking

    (so I can keep re-reading in the hopes that things turn out differently for Peter)

    …so, how many people want to shoot me for not bringing the Harry Potter books? And I can’t know that I’d want to bring the Hunger Games trilogy since I haven’t actually read them yet.

    In three years time, this list will look very different – by then I’ll have read all three books by Karsten Knight, Leah Clifford, Scott Tracey, Josephine Angelini, Jeri Smith-Ready, Amy Plum,  and goodness knows what else by Melissa Marr, Carrie Jones, Lisa McMann… Not liking this island game so much anymore.

    But if you want to check out who else is playing this week, be sure to stop by…

    …to see just what books make it to the island.

    (All images link to the books on Goodreads if you want to add any to your TBR lists.)

    What books would you bring to the island?

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    Quickie Giveaway: Dead Reckoning

    I’ve run the entrants through the list generator at Random.org and the winner is…

    Ingrid you have 48 hours to respond to my email or I will offer the book to the next name on the list.

    Thank you everyone for entering my quickie giveaway. I have these every so often either for new books or books I’m clearing off my bookshelf, so feel free to check back.

    Planned giveaways are listed on my contests page.

    In my last post I said I picked up a few books. Well here is the third book.

    It’s not a debut, but I was at the checkout and thought this book looked so pretty behind the counter. I asked to take a look at it and then didn’t have the heart to ask the clerk to put it back. So, here it is for giveaway!

    The giveaway:

    Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris (unsigned) + random signed and unsigned swag.

    The details:

    Must be 18 or older to enter – as this book contains mature content there is an age requirement

    – Giveaway is International

    – Complete the form to enter

    – Only one entry per person

    – Random.org will be choosing the winner

    – Giveaway ends at midnight tonight

    – Winner has 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen

    – Books will be sent via U.S. mail

    There is no requirement to follow, tweet or “like,” but following is always appreciated and helping spread the word would be super awesome!

    The entry form:

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    Review: Dead Reckoning

     

    Dead Reckoning is the eleventh book in the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris. It was released in the U.S. on May 3, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats.

    It is currently available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in all formats.

    Published by Ace Books, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Goodreads description:

    With her knack for being in trouble’s way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte’s, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. But Sookie suspects otherwise and she and Sam work together to uncover the culprit – and the twisted motive for the attack.

    But her attention is divided. Though she can’t ‘read’ vampires, Sookie knows her lover Eric Northman and his ‘child’ Pam well – and she realises that they are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master.

    Gradually, she is drawn into the plot -which is much more complicated than she knows. Caught up in the politics of the vampire world, Sookie will learn that she is as much of a pawn as any ordinary human – and that there is a new Queen on the board . . .

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    Once again, Sookie Stackhouse, our favorite telepathic barmaid at Merlotte’s in Bon Temps, Louisiana has managed to land herself right in the middle of a dangerous situation.

    When someone attempts to firebomb Merlotte’s, Sookie isn’t so sure the target is Sam. Business has been slumping, possibly due to the less than successful coming out of the two-natured, but even Sam doesn’t have nearly as many enemies as Sookie does.

    And while things have been quiet with the fairies after most of them returned to their world, those that remain are definitely up to something. And that includes her cousin Claude. She just hasn’t figured out exactly what they’re planning.

    With Victor looking for any excuse to take Eric out of the picture, things between the two of them have been strained. Still not one hundred percent sure of her feelings for Eric due to the blood bond they share, Sookie is trying to figure out if what they have is real. And when Eric refuses to reveal a secret he’s been keeping, something even Pam thinks she should know about, she’s ready to take drastic action.

    As if all this wasn’t bad enough, when she finds out something shocking about her grandmother Adele, she doesn’t know how much more she can take.

    From having her job at risk due to the slowdown at Merlotte’s, to knowing her enemies are just looking for another shot at her, to living with Victor’s threat around every corner, to questioning her relationship with Eric, to sharing her home, and sometimes her bed, with two faeries, Sookie realizes she is going to have to make a few changes.

    ***

    Dead Reckoning is the fast-paced, wickedly entertaining and truly tormenting eleventh installment in the Southern Vampire series. This story grabs right from the start with the attack on Merlotte’s. And it just keeps going. Right up to the second to last page.

    As with every book in the series, trouble manages to find Sookie no matter what she does. This time she suspects it comes in the form of an old enemy that has returned. A few of the loose ends from Dead in the Family are tied up and the story comes to a close without a cliffhanger. Although this doesn’t make the ending any less torturous.

    Many questions still remain about the fate of Sookie and Eric’s relationship and the true motivations of Claude and Dermot. And a whole slew of new questions are added to the list.

    In Dead Reckoning the cast of characters is smaller, with the focus placed back on Sookie, though some of our favorite and not-so-favorite characters do make an appearance. And although it continues down a bloody path, it’s a much less dark one than some of its predecessors.

    Author Charlaine Harris continues to captivate readers with her addictive series that is always humorous, often violent, positively steamy at times, and unbelievably tormenting for readers as they await each book’s release.

    What’s not to like in a series filled with sexy but lethal vampires, swoon-worthy and fiery tempered weres, drop-dead gorgeous but devious and plotting faeires and a damsel that is always in distress, whether she wants to be or not?

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    This was the installment I was waiting for. I love it and hate it – in a good way. Dead in the Family left me feeling like something was missing. This book kept the plot simpler and resolved some of the loose ends from DITF that made me crazy.

    It does wrap up nicely at the end without a cliffhanger, but there are still so many questions that need answers and a another curve ball that was thrown into Sookie’s ever complicated relationship with Eric.

    I was hooked right away. I did not put the book down until the moment I was smacked in the face with that big whopper of a curve ball. If you want to know what that is, you’ll have to read it. I will not give away spoilers.

    I loved that there was more time spent on Sookie in this book and less on some of the secondary characters. Although I did wish there was more of Pam…and as always, more of Eric. Can’t get enough of his story and presence.

    I would really love an entire book from his perspective as I can’t always imagine what that Viking is thinking and I would so like to get a peek inside his mind. (I said mind. This is a wholesome blog after all.)

    I’m glad to see Bubba again. I always miss him when he hasn’t made an appearance, even if I’m not too keen on his preference for cats. And I’m happy that certain characters didn’t make their appearance until closer to the middle of the book. It was nice to have so much time with just a few of my favorites.

    There are two scenes in the book that made me chuckle. The first involves an unexpected visitor in Sookie’s home – you’ll know exactly what I’m referring to when you read it. And the other is one of those, “Oh, Sookie what were you thinking” scenes, which happens right after a chase through the rain.

    The only things I would change about this book are that it ended way too soon and it left me with too many questions. But that’s just me being totally selfish and impatient.

    As much as I want this series to go on and on – and believe me I do – I am dying to know what happens right now. Even if it doesn’t resolve as I’d like it to – which I don’t think it will – I don’t want to have to wait.

    I am left in shreds once again at the end of this installment and now I begin the long wait for book twelve. And, yes, I am still hopeful of a happy ending for Sookie and Eric.

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    The author is offering a peek at Chapter One on her website, HERE.

    There is also an excerpt from Chapter Three being offered by Penguin, HERE, for those who want a longer look.

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