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    The Trailers: May

    They’re back! For those times when you just need a short break from reading.

    Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for just some of the books releasing in May, a peek at a few of those coming out in June and beyond and a glimpse at a few authors talking about their books.

    While I may have already included a couple of those May trailers in the April peeks, I just couldn’t resist including them again this month. And if you missed the early teaser peeks at The Golden Lily, be sure to check out the April Trailers post, HERE.

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    Destined by Aprilynne Pike

    Release date: May 1, 2012

    (harperteen)

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    Revived by Cat Patrick

    Release date: May 1, 2012

    (LittleBrownBooks)

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    Insurgent by Veronica Roth

    Release date: May 1, 2012

    (harperteen)

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    Black Dawn by Rachel Caine

    Release date: May 1, 2012

    (MorganvilleTV) – U.K. Trailer

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    City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

    Release date: May 8, 2012

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    Until I Die by Amy Plum

    Release date: May 8, 2012

    (harperteen)

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    Endure by Carrie Jones

    Release date: May 8, 2012

    (BloomsburyPublishing)

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    Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

    Release date: May 8, 2012

    (harperteen)

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    Struck by Jennifer Bosworth

    Release date: May 8, 2012

    (fiercereads)

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    A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

    Release date: May 15, 2012

    (Allenandunwin) – Teaser Trailer #1

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    A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

    Release date: May 15, 2012

    (Allenandunwin) – Teaser Trailer #2

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    Of Poseidon by Anna Banks

    Release date: May 22, 2012

    (fiercereads)

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    Fated by Alyson Noel

    Release date: May 22, 2012

    (authoralysonnoel)

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    And for just a peek at what’s coming in June and August….

    Arise by Tara Hudson

    Release date: June 5, 2012

    (harperteen)

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    Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

    Release date: June 5, 2012

    (fiercereads)

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    Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

    Release date: June 5, 2012

    (fiercereads)

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    Surrender by Elana Johnson

    Release date: June 5, 2012

    (elanajohnson)

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    Rapture by Lauren Kate

    Release date: June 12, 2012

    (RandomBooks)

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    The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

    Release date: June 12, 2012

    (BloodlinesBooks) – Teaser #3

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    The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

    Release date: June 12, 2012

    (BloodlinesBooks) – Teaser #4

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    The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

    Release date: June 12, 2012

    (BloodlinesBooks) – Teaser #5

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    The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

    Release date: June 12, 2012

    (BloodlinesBooks) – Teaser #6

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    This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers

    Release date: June 19, 2012

    (StMartinsPress)

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    Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

    Release date: August 7, 2012

    (bloomsburykids)

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    Here’s what the authors are saying…

    A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

    Release date: May 15, 2012

    (harperteen) – the author talks about his book

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    Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti

    Release date: May 29, 2012

    (susanecolasanti) – the author talks about her book

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    Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep

    Release date: May 29, 2012

    (cosproductions) – the author is interviewed about her book

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    Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

    Release date: July 24, 2012

    (harperteen) – the author talks about her book

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    We hope you enjoyed the lovely distractions. Stay tuned…we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow.

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    Giveaway: City of Lost Souls Signed

    I thought that the cover for City of Lost Souls looked amazing online, but the online picture did not do justice to it. It’s absolutely gorgeous IRL. The best cover yet.

    And while this year Barnes & Noble didn’t seem to have the exclusive edition available to order signed, the author was signing a few copies at Books of Wonder in New York. So I just had to order a couple from them.

    They also tossed in this swag pack – though only just the one – which may be pictures or postcards of the Shadow Hunters Family Rings. As I haven’t opened the sealed package, I can’t tell if they are postcards or just pictures. But instead of keeping them for myself, I’m giving them away along with the copy of this book shown above.

    So anyway, onto the giveaway….

    What’s up for grabs:

    A hardcover copy of City of Lost Souls SIGNED by Cassandra Clare plus the unsigned swag shown above.

    The deets:

    1. One entry per person.

    2. There will be ONE winner.

    3. You must be 13 or older.

    4. Giveaway is International.

    5. Contest ends at 9:01 p.m. Pacific on Thursday, May 17, 2012.

    6. Winner will be chosen by Random.org through Rafflecopter and announced on May 17th in this post.

    7. Winner will have 24 hours after notification to respond with their details.

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

    If you are viewing this post via email you will have to click the link to enter the giveaway on the blog as Rafflecopter forms do not work through email.

    To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form:

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #71

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

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    Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock will be released in the U.S. on May 8, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

    Hemlock is the first book in a new trilogy by author Kahthleen Peacock. The second book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I can’t wait to read Hemlock. I haven’t read too many books about werewolves but this one sounds awesome. I love the idea that the author calls this a “syndrome” and that it’s as if it’s an epidemic that’s “on the rise.” And I absolutely love the fact that there is a murder mystery combined with the paranormal in this book.

    I am dying to find out what secrets Mac uncovers in her quest to find Amy’s killer. I am curious to see who is responsible and if it’s a friend that was responsible or someone else.

    While I instantly fell in love with the cover, it was the book’s mention of a “maelstrom of violence and betrayal” that made this a must read for me. While I did receive an early copy through a trade, I wasn’t able to add it to the pile before release date, but I will definitely be reading this in a couple of weeks, and most likely it will be the finished copy on my Kindle.

    Until I Die by Amy Plum will be released in the U.S. on May 8, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Until I Die is the second book in the Revenants series by author Amy Plum. The third book in the series, If I Should Die, is slated for publication in 2013.

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    I have been dying to read Until I Die for weeks now. I can’t believe release date is on Tuesday and I’ll have the finished copy on my Kindle. I hope to have read – or at least started – it before then, though, because I’m so curious to find out what happens with the Revenants in this book.

    Although, I hear that there’s a cliffhanger ending….

    I am nervous about Kate and Vincent. I hope that their love story continues even though Vincent’s responsibilities are making that seem impossible. And I am even more nervous about this new enemy that the description mentions. I can’t imagine who it could be and what they could possibly do to jeopardize Vincent’s immortality.

    I also can’t wait to catch up with Jules who is one of my favorite characters in this series. I miss his charming, flirtatious behavior and hope he hasn’t changed at all in this sequel.

    City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare will be released in the U.S. on May 8, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, the print edition is 544 pages.

    City of Lost Souls is the fifth book in The Mortal Instruments series by author Cassandra Clare. The sixth book in the series, City of Heavenly Fire is slated for release in 2014.

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    Of all the books in this series, City of Lost Souls has my favorite cover. And the title has me unbelievably curious about where this series is headed. I can’t believe it’s May already and that my Kindle copy will be downloading on Tuesday and my signed copy will be arriving this week.

    While I haven’t finished reading City of Fallen Angels, I am still excited for this book’s release. Although I may wait a bit to read it, as there will be a nearly two-and-a-half year wait for the next book in the series. Which I’m guessing is because of the film’s release.

    As I’ve already spotlighted City of Lost Souls for my Book Watch post, I’ll keep this brief. But the characters the author created in this series are some of my very favorites. And I miss knowing just what has been happening with Clary and Jace, although I did accidentally read a spoiler in CoLS’ description so I know some of what happened. But not firsthand.

    I have not read the entire description because I don’t want to have any more of CoFA spoiled, but I hope that things don’t get much worse in this fifth book in the series for Jace, or Clary for that matter.

    First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky will be released in the U.S. on May 8, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, the print edition is 208 pages.

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    I read Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky last year and it was amazing. So when I heard that she had a new release title coming out I just had to pre-order a copy.

    This story sounds like it will either be bittersweet or heartbreaking. And it sounds like it will be a very realistic love story and not one that has been glamorized, romanticized or dramatized.

    I love the character’s names – Gray and Dylan – and I love that they are opposites and that their love wasn’t insta-love and that their relationship is hard work. Of course I hope for a happy ending for them, but I think I’d be just as satisfied if it doesn’t end happily. But I can’t wait to find out…. And possibly shed a few tears.

    Endure by Carrie Jones will be released in the U.S. on May 8, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, the print edition is 272 pages.

    Endure is the fourth and final book in Carrie Jones’ Need series.

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    I have Endure on my reading pile this week and I can’t wait to read it. Sort of. I love, love, love this series and I’m heartbroken it’s ending. But the description does say the “romantic finale” will be “utterly satisfying” so I hope I’ll be left with a smile.

    I already miss Zara and Nick. I’m so curious to see whether she can lead an army against the evil pixies to defend Bedford. I’m hopeful the battle will be successful. I’m dying to find out what the surprise revelation is and I really want to know what happens with the pixie king.

    I wanted to read this earlier, but I’d just read Destined and so I didn’t want to suffer two series-ending books in such close proximity. But I think I’m ready now. And for this one there may be tears.

    I have the entire series on my Kindle and I can’t wait for this final book to download on Monday Midnight so that I can complete my collection.

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    UPDATE: I can’t believe I didn’t list one of my MOST anticipated reads I was just talking about last night!

    Last Rite by Lisa Desrochers will be released in the U.S. on May 8, 2012 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Tor Teen, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Last Rite is the third and final book in the Personal Demons series by author Lisa Desrochers.

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    I am so devastated that I didn’t have Last Rite pre-ordered until now and didn’t list it in this post. It was only thanks to a tweet from Pam at Bookalicious that I was made aware of its release this week. I had been checking on it for ages, but it hadn’t been available in eBook format until more recently and I’ve just been too busy to check for new releases.

    I am so excited for this book’s release. Excited and sad. I can’t wait to see what happens with Frannie and Luc and Gabe. I am hoping things end happily. But when demons are involved I am never confident of that happening. But I am sad to see this series end. I could definitely have used a few more books about these characters and this world.

    I don’t know which side Frannie will choose, so that of course makes me nervous. And I don’t know what happens with Frannie’s powers. According to the description they go “horribly awry.” Which makes me even more nervous. As the term “apocalyptic” is used, I can only imagine that things go epically wrong.

    But what makes me the most nervous is that apparently someone won’t be able to trust the ones they love. And I really, really am hoping that it’s not Luc that gets hurt in the process. I think I know who might be untrustworthy, but I won’t guess here as it’s a spoiler for Original Sin.

    I will definitely be reading this book next week if I don’t get a chance to read it sooner. While I know I’ll miss the characters, there’s no way I can wait to find out what happens.

    END OF UPDATE

    Fall from Grace by Charles Benoit

    Pub. Date: May 8, 2012

    Published by: HarperTeen

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    Okay. This wasn’t such a bad week. I believe I only have five books pre-ordered to download. That’s half the books from last week. Though I haven’t read any of the books this week, so they’re all going straight to the TBR.

    I’m glad that things will be slowing down a bit over the next month – I think – so that I can try to catch up on just a few “must read” titles. And I’m still thinking of a book buying ban, though I’m having a tough time imagining saying “no.”

    Anyway, I hope I didn’t miss any release titles that I have ordered or ones I should have had ordered. I guess I’ll find out on Tuesday. Happy book 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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    Book Watch: City of Lost Souls


    City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare will be released in the U.S. on May 8, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in all formats. Barnes & Noble has an Exclusive Edition.

    Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 544 pages.

    City of Lost Souls is the fifth book in author Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series.

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    There are quite a few seriously awesome books releasing the week of May 8th. I am super excited for Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock, Until I Die by Amy Plum and Endure, the final book in the Need series by Carrie Jones. But I have been waiting for what seems like an eternity for City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare and so that is my pick for the book to watch this week.

    I have no idea what to expect in City of Lost Souls because I haven’t finished reading City of Fallen Angels. I got a bit sidetracked last spring and never had the chance to finish reading it. And when I finally did have the time to pick it up I was warned the ending had a major cliff and was advised to wait until closer to release of CoLS. So that’s exactly what I’m doing.

    Because I haven’t read CoFA, I can’t even begin to guess as to what might happen in this upcoming book or even wonder who might be in it. Though I accidentally saw the first line in the Goodreads description which totally spoiled something from CoFA, so I know at least one thing that happened. But, instead of upsetting me, it’s made me want to get caught up on the series even more.

    I miss not knowing what’s been happening with Clary and Jace – two of my all-time favorite characters in YA – and I can’t wait to see if the focus is more on them in this next book. From what I had read of CoFA, there seemed to be a lot of Simon and while I think he’s utterly adorable it’s the scenes with Clary and Jace I am most excited to read.

    Regardless of the fact that I haven’t read CoFA, City of Lost Souls is still my most anticipated read for the week of the 8th. The original trilogy is one of the first YA series I fell in love with. So much so that I forced my friend to read it and fall in love like I had. Cassandra Clare is a brilliant and gorgeous writer. I was instantly swept up into her world, fell madly in love with Clary and Jace and went through every possible emotion along with her characters. And I never wanted to leave. Which prompted a few re-reads and me falling in love all over again.

    Of all the books in the series, this one has my favorite cover. And it is the first one that makes me want to read this book for cover love alone. Though, of course I want to read it for way more than its cover. But the darker tones, the intensity of the sky in the background and the connection between the two characters makes me more than excited and nervous to find out what’s ahead for them. And the title has me just a little bit worried.

    For those of you who have read City of Fallen Angels, the series website does have an excerpt from Chapter One of City of Lost Souls. Just in case you haven’t read it fifty or more times already while waiting for this release….

    I can’t believe the wait is almost over. With only just a few weeks until release date, I have cleared time in my reading schedule to read both books back to back. I just hope that it won’t make me even more desperate to read the last book in the series which is not slated for release until September 2014 – a very, very long two year and four month wait.

    So, while I am sure this book is already in the spotlight and has been since long before the title was revealed, because I am such a huge fan of the author and this series, I just had to spotlight it here on the blog this week.

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    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author on GOODREADS

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s TUMBLR

    The author’s BLOG

    The series WEBSITE

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    The demon Lilith has been destroyed and Jace has been freed from her captivity. But when the Shadowhunters arrive to rescue him, they find only blood and broken glass. Not only is the boy Clary loves missing–but so is the boy she hates, Sebastian, the son of her father Valentine: a son determined to succeed where their father failed, and bring the Shadowhunters to their knees.

    No magic the Clave can summon can locate either boy, but Jace cannot stay away—not from Clary. When they meet again Clary discovers the horror Lilith’s dying magic has wrought—Jace is no longer the boy she loved. He and Sebastian are now bound to each other, and Jace has become what he most feared: a true servant of Valentine’s evil. The Clave is determined to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. Will the Shadowhunters hesitate to kill one of their own?

    Only a small band of Clary and Jace’s friends and family believe that Jace can still be saved — and that the fate of the Shadowhunters’ future may hinge on that salvation. They must defy the Clave and strike out on their own. Alec, Magnus, Simon and Isabelle must work together to save Jace: bargaining with the sinister Faerie Queen, contemplating deals with demons, and turning at last to the Iron Sisters, the reclusive and merciless weapons makers for the Shadowhunters, who tell them that no weapon on this earth can sever the bond between Sebastian and Jace. Their only chance of cutting Jace free is to challenge Heaven and Hell — a risk that could claim any, or all, of their lives.

    And they must do it without Clary. For Clary has gone into the heart of darkness, to play a dangerous game utterly alone. The price of losing the game is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she even still trust him? Or is he truly lost? What price is too high to pay, even for love?

    Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are other seriously amazing books releasing on May 8th:

    Until I Die by Amy Plum

    Endure by Carrie Jones

    Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

    First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky

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