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    Consume Blog Tour: Savannah and Tristan Character Interviews + Giveaways

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    When I was selected to be a part of the tour for CONSUME, the third book in Melissa Darnell’s The Clann series, and given the opportunity to interview both Savannah and Tristan I was so excited.

    The series is sweet and romantic and at times heartbreaking and a super quick read – I had no idea the books were as long as they were! The pages just flew by.

    So getting the chance to ask both Savannah and Tristan a few of the questions I’d wanted answers to after having read COVET was amazing. I tried to keep them spoiler-free, but of course there were just certain events that took place toward the end of COVET, the second book in the series, that I just had to ask about.

    And I also just had to ask them a few similar questions, as I was dying to know what each of their answers would be to questions about each other, favorite moments, happily ever afters….

    I was not at all surprised by what Savannah had to say. I felt like I got to know her really well in the books. But I was totally surprised by a few of Tristan’s answers. And I also did not expect his answers to be as swoon-worthy as they were. Though I really should have, as he is most definitely swoon-worthy. But for those of you who already “met” him, I don’t need to tell you that.

    Anyway. These were such fun interviews to conduct. And I’m so grateful to the author for allowing her characters to answer all of my questions and for the tour hosts to grant me an interview stop on the tour.

    If you haven’t yet met Sav or Tristan, you’ll get to know a little bit about them from their answers. And for those who already do, you might just learn a few new things.

    As this is the tour for the third book in the series, CONSUME, I thought I’d share the book’s description and places to find it online first. But the interviews follow immediately after that if you just want to get right to them.

    I’ve also included some information about the author and places to find her online, as well as descriptions for the other books in the series if you’d like to learn a little bit more about these enchanting stories.

    And the wonderful folks at Harlequin Teen have a number of awesome giveaways for this tour, so be sure to check the details below and enter for a chance to win.

    The tour continues on Friday at Mundie Moms. But if you’d like to check out the two stops before this one, they are linked in the schedule at the bottom of this post. You can also find out more on Kismet Book Touring’s website linked in the banner above.

    About the Book

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    CONSUME (The Clann #3)

    Available August 27th

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    These violent delights have violent ends

    And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,

    Which, as they kiss, CONSUME

    —William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

    About CONSUME

    Tristan Coleman has survived the change from Clann magic user to vampire, much to Savannah Colbert’s joy—and despair. By changing the Clann’s golden boy and newly elected leader, even to save him from death, she has unleashed a fury of hatred and fear that they cannot escape.

    As the Clann and the vampire council go to war, Tristan and Sav face a new threat—a fracturing of the all-consuming bond they share. To fight for peace, they must forge a new trust and risk everything to take down their deadliest enemy, even as they must run for their lives. Soon they will learn that some bonds are stronger than love—and some battles cannot be won without sacrifice.

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    The Interviews
    Savannah

    Q. For those who have not yet met you, how would you describe yourself in 15 words or less?

    I’ve learned I’m different…really different…and that’s okay. 🙂

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    Q. How would you describe Tristan in 15 words or less?

    Tristan is a guy with so much depth and heart, plus a whole lot of sexy!

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    Q. If you could give up all your dhampir abilities to be normal would you? And why?

    Yes and no. I’d love to just be normal because then my life would be so much easier, the lives of everyone around me would be easier, and Tristan wouldn’t have ever been off limits to me. My dhampir abilities have been a curse in some ways and caused situations that brought me and my loved ones heartache and loss.

    But on the other hand, my dhampir abilities have also given me a few advantages that have allowed me to save some people I love and eventually change the world in a couple of huge ways! I’ve learned to accept who and what I am, and that’s a big deal after hating my abilities for so long.

    It really comes down to choice, though…I’ve finally figured out that just because I have these abilities doesn’t make them a curse or a blessing. It’s how I choose to use them and work with them that determines how my life turns out and what kind of person I am each day. (And yes, Mom, I know you’re reading this and muttering “I told you so!”. Okay, so you were right after all!)

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    Q. If you had to choose between being a vampire or one of the descendants, which would you choose and why?

    Well, obviously being a descendant has some huge bonuses, like having some sway in your local community, plus the whole spell casting thing. But it also comes with a ton of rules and secrecy and others telling you what to do and how to live your life.

    Being a vampire is both harder and easier…it’s easier because you only have a few basic rules to follow in terms of hiding your abilities and needs from the humans and you don’t have a bunch of fellow vamps judging you and telling you what to do everywhere you go. But being a vamp is harder because your needs are physical and can’t be escaped or ignored for long without some serious and potentially horrible consequences, plus you’re a constant danger to every human and descendant around you. And did I mention that whole blood memory thing? Awful, really awful.

    But I still think I’d prefer being a vamp to a descendant, because at least as a vamp I can learn to adjust to my basically unchanging physical needs without all that political Clann stuff to have to deal with. Adjusting to the changing rules and political demands of the Clann as a descendant would take more constant mental effort, and I’m not the greatest at dealing with other people’s unreasonable and ever-changing demands!

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    Q. Tristan is gorgeous, obviously, but what is the one thing about him that made you fall in love with him?

    Before we fell in love, we started off as best friends when we were little kids. He’s always been the easiest person for me to talk to (other than my mom and Nanna), and he always finds a way to make me laugh somehow even when my life seems like a nightmare. So I guess I’d have to say that it’s his personality and heart that I fell in love with, even if that’s a cliche. It’s true that he’s gorgeous, but there are lots of hot guys who can flash a great smile. Tristan’s different. Underneath the looks is a guy with so much depth and heart and really amazing courage that I can’t help but be inspired by him sometimes.

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    Q. What is your most favorite moment that you spent with Tristan?

    This is a tough one. Through all the ups and downs and tough times, we’ve also had a lot of really great moments together, especially while dream connecting. But probably our first date would be the best because it was before I was aware of all the consequences of every moment we spent together and the danger I put him in just by kissing him.

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    Q. If you could change one thing that happened in your life, what would that be?

    That day in the woods with Nanna.

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    Q. What is your happily ever after?

    Finding a way to be with Tristan forever without having the vamp council and Clann chasing after us or afraid of us! And I’d really like to see my parents, each of my friends and Tristan’s sister Emily all find their own happily ever afters too (because it’s really hard to enjoy your own happily ever after if the people you love aren’t happy too!).

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    Q. You were forced into a tough situation – change Tristan or watch him die. Do you regret changing him? If you had it all to do over again, would you?

    No, I refuse to regret that. I’ve learned the hard way that you just have to make the best decisions you can in the moment, because we can’t see the future and know ahead of time how everything will turn out. And I never could have gone on living for a literal eternity if he had died. So yes, I would absolutely do it all over again.

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    Tristan

    Q. For those who have not yet met you, how would you describe yourself in 15 words or less?

    Oh man, I hate questions like these. No, wait, I know! I’m the guy who loves Savannah Colbert the best! 😉

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    Q. How would you describe Savannah in 15 words or less?

    Beautiful inside and out. Amazing dancer. Best laugh ever. The only girl I’ve ever loved or ever will love.

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    Q. You and Savannah were friends once, and are more than friends now. Do you wish that you’d never stopped being friends for all those years or are you glad to have had the time apart so that you could have more than friendship now?

    I hate that I let my parents tear us apart for years. Even back then I think I kinda knew she was the one. But you know, I was just a kid, so what was I supposed to do?

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    Q. What is the one thing about Savannah that made you fall in love with her?

    You want me to pick just one thing? Nope, can’t do it. It’s a long list, and we’d be here all day if I got going on it. Let’s just say she’s the whole package…her smile, her laugh, the way she makes me feel when I’m around her (and I’m not just talking about the dhampir stuff).

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    Q. What is your most favorite moment that you spent with Savannah?

    Every moment I’m with her. Except for when we were broken up, because all of those sucked big time.

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    Q. If you could change one thing that happened in your life, what would that be?

    Losing Dad.

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    Q. What is your happily ever after?

    Getting to spend the rest of my life with Sav without being on the run from something or someone.

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     ***SPOILER-Y QUESTION***

    Q. Do you regret what happened to you, or are you glad that Savannah changed you and now you can both share your thoughts, kiss without fear, go public with your relationship?

    How can I possibly regret being turned by the only woman I’ll ever love? It’s the best thing that’s happened to me…well, other than that whole part where I need to drink blood. Because that sucks (get it? lol).

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    ***SPOILER-Y QUESTION***

    Q. If you had to choose between being a vampire or going back to being just one of the descendants, which would you choose and why?

    This one’s easy…I’d be a vamp. Being a descendant comes with too many rules and expectations and people watching you all the time and telling you what to do and how to live your life. At least being a vamp I can live my life how I want as long as I don’t reveal the existence of vamps to the human world or attack a descendant. And did I mention being a vamp means I can be with Savannah now without her being afraid to kiss me?

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    About the Author

    Melissa Darnell

    About Melissa Darnell

    Melissa Darnell is the author of a growing list of adult and YA fiction and nonfiction books. Born in California, she grew up in Texas and has also called the following states home since then: Utah, West Virginia, Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, Iowa and South Dakota.

    She currently lives in Nebraska with her husband Tim and two children, Hunter and Alexander, where she enjoys watching Whale Wars, Glee and True Blood, designing digital graphic products for the virtual world of Second Life, and of course writing her latest book.

    For information about her other books, please visit Melissa’s website at www.melissadarnell.com.

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    Other Books in the Series

    Crave

    CRAVE (The Clann #1)
    Release date: October 25, 2011
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 432
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description:

    Savannah Colbert has never known why she’s so hated by the kids of the Clann. Nor can she deny her instinct to get close to Clann golden boy Tristan Coleman. Especially when she recovers from a strange illness and the attraction becomes nearly irresistible. It’s as if he’s a magnet, pulling her gaze, her thoughts, even her dreams. Her family has warned her to have nothing to do with him, or any members of the Clann. But when Tristan is suddenly everywhere she goes, Savannah fears she’s destined to fail.

    For years, Tristan has been forbidden to even speak to Savannah Colbert. Then Savannah disappears from school for a week and comes back…different, and suddenly he can’t stay away. Boys seem intoxicated just from looking at her. His own family becomes stricter than ever. And Tristan has to fight his own urge to protect her, to be near her no matter the consequences….

    GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND

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    CovetCOVET (The Clann #2)

    Release date: September 25, 2012
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 496
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

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    Dangerous to be together. Painful to be apart.

    Savannah Colbert knows she broke up with Tristan Coleman for the right reasons. Most of all, to keep from killing him with her new vampire abilities. But try telling her heart. Now, lost in a sea of hostile Clann faces, Sav tries to come to terms with what she’s becoming and what that means for her future. And that someone is doing their best to bully her into making a terrible mistake.

    Tristan can’t believe Sav won’t even talk to him. If being apart is her decision, fine. Just don’t expect him to honor it. But even as he prepares to fight for the girl he loves, forces beyond their control take them both in directions neither could have foreseen or prepared for.

    A reckoning is coming…and not everyone will survive.

    GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND

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    The Giveaways

    The tour includes some amazing giveaways. (US/Canada ONLY)

    — A giveaway for a copy of the winner’s choice of ONE of the books in The Clann series at each of the six blog stops

    — A GRAND PRIZE “Harlequin Teen Prize Pack” giveaway – incl. CONSUME, COVET, INDELIBLE by Dawn Metcalf, THE IRON TRAITOR (ARC) by Julie Kagawa, 3 bookmarks, a Harlequin notebook, a YEAHYA! lip gloss, 2013-2014 Harlequin Teen catalog

    So be sure to check out ALL the stops for additional chances to win.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour

    WEEK ONE

    Monday, Aug. 5th – Harlequin Paranormal Blog

    Tuesday, Aug. 6th – A Bookish Escape

    Wednesday, Aug. 7th – Fiktshun

    Friday, Aug. 9th – Mundie Moms

     

    WEEK TWO

    Monday, Aug. 12th – A Book Obsession

    Wednesday, Aug. 14th – Parajunkee

    Friday, Aug. 16th – Mother. Gamer. Writer

     

    Visit the CONSUME tour page at Kismet Book Touring for more information.

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    My Reading Pile #81

    I was completely surprised to find out that I received an audiobook for review this week in the mail. Aside from a book supposedly sent to me, which I have yet to receive, I did not expect anything in the mail. And yet my mailbox wasn’t empty.

    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to TSS]

    Thanks to Macmillan Audio I received an audiobook copy of OUTPOST by Ann Aguirre for review. I was not expecting it at all so it was an awesome surprise. And it gives me the perfect excuse to read the first book in the series, ENCLAVE, which I’ve been dying to read. It sounds like such a “me” series that I can’t wait to read book one and listen to book two. Which will definitely happen in a couple of weeks.

    Though I’d love to be able to pick both books up this week I will have to clear a few books off the pile first. But I can’t wait to finally get the chance to experience this series for myself.

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

    (September 30 – October 6, 2012)

    First up on the pile is ERASING TIME by C.J. Hill. I’m on the blog tour this week and my stop is a review stop so I can’t wait to finally check this book out and share my thoughts.

    I’ve been dying to read this book since I first heard about it. I love that the two main characters somehow end up trapped in the future in a world that’s completely different from the one they came from. And I can’t wait to see just how they manage to flee the government that brought them there.

    This book promises “adrenaline-injected chases and heartbreaking confessions” and I can’t wait to read them all. This sounds like an awesome adventure story and I’m so super excited to meet Taylor and Sheridan and take the journey with them.

    I really hope they are able to escape with Echo and get back to their time. But I’m guessing with a sequel planned for next year, it might not happen at the end of book one.

    Next up on the pile is CRAVE by Melissa Darnell. Though I may end up finishing it before I finish ERASING TIME as I happened to pick it up just the other day and may not be able to set it down.

    I’ve been wanting to read this book since before its release. I even got an early copy, but wasn’t able to read it… until now. I love the idea behind this book and can’t wait to find out just how this story ends. I’m on the book tour for COVET in October and while I don’t have to read both books for review, I want to.

    I want to know more about The Clann and just why they are so afraid of Savannah Colbert. I want to know what’s so wrong about her being with Tristan. While I’ve read enough to know just what’s going on with Savannah, I still can’t imagine why The Clann is so wary of her. But I can’t wait to find out more.

    The cover for this book is awesome and so far it’s been a super fast and easy read and I’m hoping if I read quickly enough I’ll be able to sneak a couple other books onto the pile this week that I’m really looking forward to reading. But especially the sequel, COVET.

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    Wishful Thinking reads:

    I have two wishful thinking reads this week, but as I am still not settled into my new place and I have a few “must read” books for review, I can’t add either one to the pile this week. The first is Poison Princess by Kresley Cole. It releases this week and I so desperately want to devour that book. It sounds just so utterly amazing I don’t know if I’ll be able to resist the temptation to read it.

    The next book is Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter. I think I’ve blathered on and on about this book enough, so I won’t do it again, but I’m desperate to get just a few hours to read this book. And I’m wishing, begging, pleading, that I’ll find those hours this week.

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    Those left behind:

    I have not had the chance to read QUARANTINE just yet. But I will be reading it this week after I finish ERASING TIME. So I’m not too far behind. What I am behind on are reviews. Which I must get caught up on by next week.

    And I really would love to get the chance to read a few of those “left behind” books from older reading piles. I have so many print books stacking up that I’d like to be able to pass along. I just have to read them first.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I’ve been good. No NetGalley this week. Although the lack of internet access for most of it was definitely a reason I was able to stay away. But I am getting so very curious to see what’s coming up that I may have to check. Especially now that I’ve halted all trading.

    I’ve learned one thing this past week and that’s moving and blogging don’t mix. Not only did I have zero time to write posts and post them, I didn’t have any energy left at the end of each long day to read.

    So, my reading pile has grown. Though I’ve managed to catch up on a few television series I’d downloaded on iTunes prior to getting stuck completely offline for a few days. Such a guilty pleasure.

    But now that I’ve found my Kindle I have no excuses. So it’s back to reading. Anyway….

    I hope you have an awesome reading week ahead with some envy-inducing reads on your pile.

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    Do you create a reading pile?
    If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #43

    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 October 25th-October 31st that I have pre-ordered.

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    Amplified by Tara Kelly will be released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011 in hardcover format. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Henry Holt and Co. Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 304 pages.

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    I saw this book ages ago during a cover reveal and immediately knew that I had to have it. The cover totally rocks. As it’s currently not available for for the Kindle, I have the print edition pre-ordered because I just don’t want to have to wait.

    I love the idea that the main character is a girl with stage fright who dreams of becoming a musician, leaves home and tries to convince the band C-Side – whose name I think is totally awesome – that she should be their lead guitarist.

    I am pretty sure that things are not only not going to go smoothly, but that they’ll likely end in disaster for Jasmine and C-Side and I can’t wait to find out what happens.

    I haven’t yet read anything by the author, Tara Kelly, but I heard that she is an amazing writer and I’m excited about Amplified.

    Between the Sea and Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore will be released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and in hardcover and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, the print edition is 240 pages.

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    Jaclyn Dolamore was one of the first new authors I “discovered” when I joined Twitter last fall. I hadn’t read any of her works before, but I heard that she had a new book coming out this year called Between the Sea and Sky. I’ve been keeping an eye on its release ever since.

    I also heard that it was available on NetGalley, but as I was so behind by the time it was made available, I decided not to request it and simply wait until it was released. Well, release date is here, and I’m excited for my eBook to download on Tuesday.

    I haven’t really read very many stories about mermaids and I’m not sure how much of a pull I have toward those stories. But I like that in this book it’s not only about mermaids, but about a race of people from the sky.

    And the love story between Esmerine and Alandare that “cannot be bound by sea, land, or air” is one that I can’t wait to discover.

    The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa will be released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    The Iron Knight is the fourth full-length book in The Iron Fey series by author Julie Kagawa.

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    I didn’t really want to say fourth and final book above, because I don’t want this series to really be over. But I am so excited to be reading The Iron Knight right now, and I can’t wait to own the finished copy on my Kindle this week.

    When I first learned that The Iron Queen was the last story from Meghan Chase’s perspective I was devastated. But that quickly changed when I found out there would be a story from Ash’s point of view. I have been Team Ash since book one and have never deviated from that. My loyalty was always for this Winter Court boy and I’m so thrilled that the author wrote an entire book all for him and his fans.

    As I’ve already spotlighted this for my Book Watch post I will try to be brief. But I can’t help but be excited for this book which is an adventure with Ash, Puck and Grim.

    I am so hopeful that things will work out for Ash and Meghan. I can’t imagine that the author would be so completely cruel as to leave us hanging, so there must be some kind of ending, but I’m not sure just how happily ever after it will be.

    I am just really, really, really worried what this “ultimate sacrifice” is and can’t wait to get back to reading to find out.

    Crave by Melissa Darnell will be released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011 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 432 pages.

    Crave is the first book in the Clann series by author Melissa Darnell.

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    I received a copy of Crave through a trade and I may have requested a copy on NetGalley, but I’m not sure. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, so I will most likely be checking out the eBook that will be downloading to my Kindle on Monday Midnight rather than the printed ARC.

    I wanted this book so badly once I saw the cover. And no, the title, Crave, did not make me crave it. It was the cover. In fact, until I checked out the description on Goodreads for the purpose of this post, I didn’t even know what the book was about.

    But now that I have, I’m dying to read it even more. I love the fact that Savannah is addicted to Tristan and it seems that Tristan is just as addicted to her. And it sounds like these two are from feuding clans, making this a sort of star-crossed love story. Or if not love, then obsession.

    I can’t wait to find out just what happened to change Savannah during her illness. I really hope to get the chance to read this in the next couple of weeks, because I don’t think I want to wait to find out.

    Destined by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast will be released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Destined is the ninth full-length book in the House of Night series by authors P.C. and Kristin Cast.

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    I have mixed feelings about this series, but I have Destined on pre-order for my Kindle. I have read all the full-length books in the series and have one of the novellas as an audiobook for review, so I’m not quite ready to walk away. But I think this book will be the decision-maker for me.

    The description makes it seem like a lot will be happening in this installment – a battle at the House of Night in Tulsa and Rephaim and Stevie Rae finally getting the chance to be together – but it also makes it sounds as if this isn’t anywhere near the end of this series, so I’m not sure just how far the story will progress.

    I am not rushing this to the top of my reading pile, but I will read it eventually. I really enjoyed this series early on – there was something very appealing about the series and especially Zoey, Kalona and Stark – and the one book that had that shocking and devastating cliffhanger kept me begging for more. But my enthusiasm has dimmed somewhat after the last two books, so it remains to be seen just how much I’ll end up loving Destined.

    You Are My Only by Beth Kephart will be released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 256 pages.

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    I had an ARC for this book that I received through a trade, but I knew I couldn’t read it before release date, so I passed it on. I added this to my list of Kindle pre-orders and with release date coming up on Tuesday, I can’t wait to have this one back in my collection.

    You Are My Only has such a pretty and haunting cover but the title is what first drew me in. Although, once I read the description I knew I had to read this book. It just sounds so unbelievably sad and at the same time uplifting.

    From the description it appears that this story is told from both Emmy and Sophie’s perspectives. Emmy has a child who gets taken from her. And it seems that Sophie is that child, a child who has had to lead a life being homeschooled and constantly on the run.

    I am hopeful that the two somehow manage to find each other and find happiness, but it’s just as likely that they won’t. I can’t wait to get this book back in my hands so I can read it and find out for myself.

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    Other releases of note:

    Nightshade: The Poison Diaries by Maryrose Wood will be releasing on October 25, 2011 in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats. (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters: Phantom by L.J. Smith will be releasing on October 25, 2011 in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats. (Amazon, Barnes & Noble.)

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    It’s a six book release week for me, and it would have been seven, but I decided to hold off on ordering Phantom until I had a chance to check out a few reviews. As I still haven’t read the previous book in the series, I wasn’t in a rush to purchase this one, especially as it isn’t written by L.J. Smith, at least not completely.

    I am reading The Iron Knight right now, so that’s one less book that will be sitting on my TBR “shelf,” but that still leaves five books to be added to the pile. I’d love to be able to read Amplified immediately because it’s the book I’ve been pining for the longest on this list. But I don’t think that will happen.

    I think I just need a year or two off from buying any books and maybe I’ll be caught up. One day….

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

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

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    The Trailers: October

    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 upcoming books for October.

    And because my most anticipated upcoming September release  just announced their trailer today, I just had to post it along with another trailer for an end-of-September release….

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    If I Die by Rachel Vincent

    Release date: September 27, 2011

    (Harlequinbooks)

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    A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies

    Release date: September 27, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon

    Release date: October 4, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

    Release date: October 4, 2011

    (SimonSchusterUK) – The official UK trailer

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    Tris & Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison

    Release date: October 11, 2011

    (MetteHarrison)

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    The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

    Release date: October 18, 2011

    (MaggieStiefvater)

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    Crave by Melissa Darnell

    Release date: October 25, 2011

    (Harlequinbooks)

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    The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

    Release date: October 25, 2011

    (Harlequinbooks) – Not the trailer – Behind the Scenes Cover Shoot

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    And for just a quick look back at a couple newly released trailers for September 20th releases…

    Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

    Release date: September 20, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen

    Release date: September 20, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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

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    Book Watch: Sacrifice

    Sacrifice by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz is the second book in the Crave series. It will be released in the U.S. on September 20, 2011 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 & Schuster Children’s Publishing, the print edition is 272 pages.

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    I didn’t even have to check my pre-orders or the various publisher websites to know what was coming out on September 20th. I’ve been hoping and waiting for this sequel to Crave since I first found out there would be a sequel.

    I discovered Crave back before I started blogging and got really caught up in Shay and Gabriel’s story. I remember finishing it and searching desperately online to see if there was a sequel out already or if one was planned, and finding no information. None. I was devastated. This was definitely a story I wanted to keep on reading, characters I didn’t want to move away from.

    A few months ago, after I’d learned of these things called online publisher catalogs, I was scanning through Simon & Schuster’s and saw this and nearly passed out from shock. I was so excited I ran to Twitter to share my excitement. And when it ended up on the Galley Grab newsletter I freaked out.

    I am dying to find out what happens next for Shay and Gabriel. Things were very up in the air when I last saw them and I’m hoping for happier times for them in Sacrifice. Although, given that the title is what it is, I’m super nervous.

    Crave was a quick and easy-to-love read. The writing had such great flow and the story was definitely different. I loved the way the authors introduced Gabriel slowly into the story, letting the readers discover him as Shay did.

    I don’t think I’ve read any story quite like Crave and I’m really excited to finally find out if they’ll be able to get out of their current situation unscathed. This series by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz is definitely one to watch.

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    If you haven’t yet read the first book in the series, check out the description for Crave on Goodreads.

    Or for a longer look at Crave, check out an excerpt of Chapter One on the publisher’s website.

    ***Goodreads description is spoiler-y for book one***

    Goodreads description:

    Gabriel and Shay are convinced that they can make their relationship work. Knowing that Shay is half-vampire, Gabriel thinks that his coven will embrace her as one of their own, but instead they view her as an abomination, a thing that doesn’t belong in either world. And they want her dead. Now Gabriel must make the ultimate decision – watch his love be killed by his coven or defy the people closest to him, the people he has spent centuries with to save her.

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