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    RELATIVITY by Cristin Bishara was released in the U.S. on September 10, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Walker Childrens, the print edition is 288 pages.

    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion about the book.

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    Description…

    If Ruby Wright could have her way, her dad would never have met and married her stepmother Willow, her best friend George would be more than a friend, and her mom would still be alive. Ruby knows wishes can’t come true; some things just can’t be undone. Then she discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities.

    Suddenly, Ruby can access completely different realities, each containing variations of her life—if things had gone differently at key moments. The windshield wiper missing her mother’s throat…her big brother surviving his ill-fated birth…her father never having met Willow. Her ideal world—one with everything and everyone she wants most—could be within reach. But is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?

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    Review

    RELATIVITY is a smart, thought-provoking and incredibly captivating novel that explores the concept of alternate realities and invites readers to contemplate the idea that one small change in a distant past can result in a radically different present, the notion that some things are meant to be, and the possibility that no matter how many different realities may exist, a perfect alternate may not.

    Ruby Wright’s life hasn’t turned out quite as she had hoped it would. Her mother is not much more than a distant memory. Her father seems to care more about his deadlines than her. And she had to leave behind her home and her best friend George to move halfway across the country to live with her father’s new wife Willow and her daughter Kandy, who is anything but sweet.

    So when a portal opens, giving her access to nine alternate versions of her reality, she is anxious to explore each of them in order to find one more perfect than her own. One where her mother is still alive. One where her father is more involved in her life. One where she can finally know what being happy really means.

    But finding a better reality, one that has everything she wants, might not be possible. And even if she does find one, she’d have to give up everything from her reality – her past, her friend, the possibilities of that future – permanently displace a version of herself and slip into her new life knowing she took it away from someone else. Though, for her, the chance at a perfect life might be worth the cost.

    She just needs to find it before the portal closes. Before time runs out and she’s left wondering whether one of her unexplored realities is even better. Before choosing a reality is no longer an option. Before she finds herself trapped in a reality far worse than the one she hopes to leave behind.

    Author Cristin Bishara takes readers on a journey with her character, Ruby Wright, who is looking for a life that isn’t missing quite as many pieces as her own. She lets Ruby see what could have been and what might be, and gives her the chance to pick her future. She created a character who is intelligent and curious and incredibly determined but who is also vulnerable and in need of affection, which makes her both likable and relatable and a character worth rooting for.

    RELATIVITY touches upon the science behind traveling between realities and presents it in a way that is interesting and easy to understand. It offers up food for thought about what might have happened to make one reality so drastically different from another, what would happen if Ruby chose to abandon her own reality, and why certain events seem destined to reoccur – it’s a story that allows readers to use their imaginations to explore all the possibilities.

    At under 300 pages, RELATIVITY is a quick and engaging read, but one that will continue to make readers think long after they’ve turned the final page. With scientific concepts that are fascinating, a journey filled with excitement, anticipation and more than a little trepidation, a character whose plight is heartfelt and a story that asks the question “what if?” this book is a must.

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    On a personal note…

    I am not someone who is particularly curious about science. I am not someone who typically reads science fiction. And yet from the moment I read the description for RELATIVITY I knew it was a book that I had to read.

    The idea of alternate realities intrigued me. The fact that this story would take me through multiple realities made me even more excited to read it. And the possibility that one of those realities could be better than the one the main character, Ruby, was living made me want to find out if that was the case.

    I was instantly drawn into the story. I loved that it moved quickly into the events that lead to Ruby’s travel between realities and developed the backstory during the course of her journey instead of dumping it all right at the outset. I loved that the science was explained in a way that was not dry or dull or boring. And I loved that there wasn’t just a quick peek at most of the alternate realities, that this story explored a number of them.

    But what I loved most was that this story gave me a lot to think about. As interesting as the description was, I didn’t expect it to engage me in the way that it did. I didn’t expect to wonder what might have happened to make one of Ruby’s realities so very different from another. I didn’t expect to have to think about things like fate and destiny. And I didn’t expect to be as fascinated by the science as I was, so much so that I looked up wormholes online to learn more.

    I could have spent hours exploring each of Ruby’s realities with her. I would have loved there to have been more time spent in each one, though I found the amount of time spent was enough to satisfy my curiosity. I would have loved to have answers to all of my questions, but at the same time I loved the fact that it was left up to me and my imagination to come up with my own.

    When I first met Ruby I wasn’t sure she’d be a character I would like or relate to. Her interests weren’t ones I was ever interested in. Her dissatisfaction with her life seemed more a cry for attention than true unhappiness. But it didn’t take long for me to change my mind.

    I was excited for her when she made certain discoveries about her family – no, I have no intention of revealing those spoiler-y discoveries here. I was heartbroken for her at the difficult decisions she was forced to make. And I was hopeful that whatever happened in the end – whatever, or whomever, she’d have to leave behind – wouldn’t be too devastating for her to recover from.

    Even though this story wraps up nicely at the end, it still left me wondering what might be or what might have been. I found myself pondering just what tiny thing might have made one of the realities so very similar to another and what other tiny thing might have caused them to be so different. I’m still wondering about that. And I’m still wondering what happened in those alternate realities that Ruby visited after she’d left.

    RELATIVITY totally surprised me by its intelligence. I was also caught by surprise at just how much I loved it, how quickly I devoured it and how much I would love to read a sequel. And while I normally don’t gravitate toward books in this genre, if the author wrote similarly themed books I would dive right in.

    The story was engaging, it had a great pace, it offered up a touch of romance and a few moments that made me tear up. It made me think, which is not something that often happens with the books I read. And it made me wish for a happily ever after, which is also not something that’s happens very often.

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    Favorite passage…

    I have a favorite passage that brought me to tears. But revealing it would spoil something important to the story so I’ve opted to share just a bit of a scene that isn’t nearly as spoiler-y. And it’s one that made me smile.

    I don’t belong here. I need to click my way through the universes and get back.

    “Is that a yes or no?” George asks. His lips are parted, half-curled into a smirk, and he’s daring me. To say yes. I slide closer and this time he doesn’t inch away.

    This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

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    Relativity Blog Tour: Character Ruby Wright – Guest Post + Giveaway

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    I fell in love with RELATIVITY the moment I read its description and even though science fiction isn’t my go-to genre there was just something about this book that I found wildly appealing. So I am more than thrilled that I got the opportunity to not only put together the tour for this awesome book, but that I was able to participate on it and have Ruby stop by to share a post about what it’s like to travel through a wormhole.

    And now that I’ve had the chance to read RELATIVITY and to meet Ruby Wright I can tell you that I am in love with more than the book’s premise. This story was wonderfully thought-provoking, a little bit heartbreaking and the science was absolutely fascinating.

    As I don’t want to spoil what happens in this book I won’t reveal what I know about Ruby’s trip through the portal. And I won’t talk about whether the universes she lands in are better or worse than the one she left behind. But some of her discoveries made me smile, some of them brought tears to my eyes and some of them made me wonder just what ripples a teeny tiny change in a distant past could mean for the present.

    Yes, as I said, fascinating.

    And if you’d like to know a little bit more about Ruby, about wormholes, about the science behind RELATIVITY, enter for a chance to win the book, check out all the stops on the tour to read the posts and reviews and visit the author’s website. Of course if you haven’t yet heard about this intriguing and utterly captivating book, the description follows immediately below.

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    About the Book

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    RELATIVITY by Cristin Bishara

    Publisher: Walker Books (Bloomsbury)
    Pub. Date: September 10, 2013
    Pages: 288
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Description…

    If Ruby Wright could have her way, her dad would never have met and married her stepmother Willow, her best friend George would be more than a friend, and her mom would still be alive. Ruby knows wishes can’t come true; some things just can’t be undone. Then she discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities.

    Suddenly, Ruby can access completely different realities, each containing variations of her life—if things had gone differently at key moments. The windshield wiper missing her mother’s throat…her big brother surviving his ill-fated birth…her father never having met Willow. Her ideal world—one with everything and everyone she wants most—could be within reach. But is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?

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    About the Author

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    About Cristin Bishara

    Before publishing Relativity, Cristin Bishara worked as a professional copywriter, and taught composition and fiction writing at the university level. She has an M.F.A. in creative writing.

    Cristin lives in Florida with her husband, two girls, and rescued racing greyhound.

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    Guest Post

    by Ruby Wright

    What it’s like to travel through a wormhole

    Physically, going in and out of the portal is exhausting. I’m not sure what happens on a molecular level, but it feels like I’m somehow getting torn apart, little by little. It leaves me thirsty, and the shock of the doorknob lingers, as if my insides have been literally wired, and the electricity continues to course through me.

    Emotionally, all of this is true, too. Especially the part about getting torn apart, little by little. Whatever you’re hoping to find in the next universe may or may not be there. Be prepared.

    The other thing is, once you’ve been through a portal, there’s no way to ever look at an ordinary door the same way. I find myself hesitating because I’m afraid to touch the knob. (Is it charged?) I catch myself holding my breath, half expecting to find a yellow brick road instead of the inside of my closet, or the kitchen pantry, or a classroom at Ennis High.

    And if I’m being completely honest, I have to admit that I still hold out a tiny bit of hope that I’ll find another way to more universes. Maybe, someday, there will be that door that has something unexpected behind it. And yeah, even though I shouldn’t, I would probably go through, just to take a quick peek…

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    The Giveaways

    First up… 

    There is a tour-wide giveaway for a SIGNED hardcover copy of RELATIVITY to THREE (3) Winners.

    • You must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway ends on September 24th at 11:59 p.m. Pacifc
    • There will be THREE winners
    • Giveaway is US only

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    Next up…

    Author Cristin Bishara is hosting a special giveaway for a chance to win an awesome prize. To enter simply follow the instructions in the image below.

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    Sept. 9th – Seeing Night Reviews – Guest Post + Review

    Sept. 10th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

    Sept. 11th – Parajunkee – Interview

    Sept. 11th – Working for the Mandroid – Review

    Sept. 12th – Fic Fare – Interview

    Sept. 13th – The Bookshelf Sophisticate – Guest Post

    Week Two

    Sept. 16th – Fiktshun – Guest Post

    Sept. 17th – Imaginary Reads – Interview

    Sept. 18th – Magical Urban Fantasy Reads – Interview

    Sept. 18th – Icey Books – Interview

    Sept. 19th – The Book Monsters – Interview

    Sept. 20th – Readers In Wonderland – Review

    Sept. 20th – [B.O.O.K.L.I.F.E.] – Interview

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #141

    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 September 10th-September 16th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Briar Rose

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    BRIAR ROSE by Jana Oliver will be released in the U.S. on September 12, 2013, in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON.

    Published by Macmillan Children’s Books, the print edition is 480 pages.

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    I am such a huge fan of author Jana Oliver and I cannot wait until her newest novel BRIAR ROSE releases later this week. I love the story of sleeping beauty and I am super excited for this reimagining to download to my Kindle so I can see for myself just how this awesome this story will be.

    The description hints it will be “dark and sexy” and I am all for that. It promises that there will be a handsome prince. I am all for that, too. But it also mentions a twisted fairy tale and the possibility that there won’t be a happily ever after at the story’s end.

    Which makes me even more excited to read this book. And which makes me really, really hope that it will happen this weekend.

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    Relativity

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    RELATIVITY by Cristin Bishara released in the U.S. yesterday, September 10, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Walker Childrens, the print edition is 288 pages.

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    I am so happy to have RELATIVITY on my Kindle as part of my permanent collection. I had the chance to read it just a little bit early and I absolutely loved it. Of course I totally wish this was a series and that Ruby’s story would continue. But it was a complete story that wrapped up really well.

    I loved getting to meet Ruby and getting to see what possibilities she had in all the alternate realities she visited. I was fascinated by the science and by the fact that just one small event could make such a big difference. It’s a story that made me think and made me wonder and I couldn’t have been more surprised about that fact than I was.

    As I have just recently read this book it won’t be going on my reading pile this week. But I just know this is a book I will re-read and so I’m glad I own it and can do so whenever the mood strikes.

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    The Waking Dark

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    THE WAKING DARK by Robin Wasserman released in the U.S. yesterday, September 10, 2013, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 464 pages.

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    I cannot believe that THE WAKING DARK is in its final form on my Kindle. I’d just gotten it onto the reading pile early Monday morning and fell immediately in love. I’d planned on finishing it prior to its release on Monday Midnight but got a surprise book I had to read first. But it’s back on the pile and I hope to be able to finish it today.

    This book starts right off with its chilling realities, its horror. It immediately reveals just how wrong things are in Oleander, Kansas. It is dark. It is horrifying. It is awesome.

    And I cannot wait to keep reading and to find out just how dark it is and why the things that happened, happened.

    I’ve only just met the players but I cannot wait to see what part they play. I can’t wait to see what darkness they have within them. And I can’t wait to find out if they are able to defeat their own darkness and the darkness in their town.

    This is my current read and one I plan on finishing in the next twenty-four hours. And if it continues to be as awesome as it has been then I will be a very happy reader.

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    The Chaos of Stars

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    THE CHAOS OF STARS by Kiersten White released in the U.S. yesterday, September 10, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 288 pages.

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    I am so sad that I didn’t get the chance to read Kiersten White’s THE CHAOS OF STARS before its release. I absolutely love the title of this book and I love that this is a story about a human daughter of Egyptian gods.

    I have been a huge fan of this author’s Paranormalcy series for ages and I can’t wait to read her latest book and meet Isadora. I’m super curious just why things are so complicated for her when trying to live a “normal” life. But I’m even more curious about just what things she discovers in her nightmares that “foretell destruction.”

    I would really love to take a peek at this book this week, but as I’m so far behind on the books I must read this month, I think I won’t get the chance to get THE CHAOS OF STARS on the pile until early next month.

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    Thornhill

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    THORNHILL by Kathleen Peacock released in the U.S. yesterday, September 10, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 352 pages.

    THORNHILL is the second book in Author Kathleen Peacock’s Hemlock series. The third book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I have not yet read the first book in this series but I own the finished copy on my Kindle and just had to pre-order THORNHILL so I could own both books. I fell in love with HEMLOCK’s cover and description and I just knew that I’d want to continue the series.

    As I have not yet met Mac or found out whether she was able to track down her friend Amy’s killer I refuse to read the description for THORNHILL. But I am so very curious about what happened that caused her to be “thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal.” And I’m anxious to find out whether she was able to stay out of danger and survive to be the leading character in this sequel.

    Now that this second book in the series has released I definitely plan on diving in and reading both books. And while it is tempting to try and wait for the third book in the series’ release date to get closer, it’s even more tempting to read the two books currently available.

    I think they’ll be the perfect due to read later this month.

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    Antigoddess

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    ANTIGODDESS by Kendare Blake released in the U.S. yesterday, September 10, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Tor Teen, the print edition is 336 pages.

    ANTIGODDESS is the first book in author Kendare Blake’s new series, Goddess War. The second book in the series, ARISTEIA, is slated for release in 2014 and FATALISTE, the third book in the series, is due out in 2015.

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    I feel like I’ve waited forever for ANTIGODDESS to be released. And I’m so unbelievably excited that at this very moment I have the opportunity to take a peek at this story I’ve been pining for since I first saw its title, its cover and read its description.

    Of all this week’s releases, this is the book I have been dying to read for the longest time. So I’m totally thrilled that the wait is finally over, that I own this book, and that I can start reading it whenever I want. Which is now… or just as soon as I finish my current read.

    As I’ve already spotlighted ANTIGODDESS for my Book Watch post, I won’t go into all the reasons why I want to meet Cassandra, see just how the gods are dying or discover how the Goddess War begins. But the reasons are many.

    And if all goes as planned I will be sneaking this onto the pile on Thursday.

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    ROGUE by Gina Damico released in the U.S. yesterday, September 10, 2013, in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HMH Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 336 pages.

    ROGUE is the third and final book in Author Gina Damico’s Croak series.

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    I only recently learned that ROGUE is the third and final book in this series. And while I haven’t yet read the first two books in the series I own them and pre-ordered this third book for my Kindle. So now I’m kind of excited that I’ll be able to read this series from start to finish.

    I love stories about reapers, and I want to see just how this author paints them. Even though they’re Grim will they be dark? Even though Lex has to deliver souls from this life into the next life will be she cold-hearted or evil? I have not the first clue but I can’t wait to find out.

    As I haven’t yet started on this series I will definitely have to carve out some time to devour all three books at once. But I’m hoping that will be some time next month as I really want to meet Lex and see what happens in the town of Croak.

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    Monsters

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    MONSTERS by Ilsa J. Bick was released yesterday, September 10, 2013, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 688 pages.

    MONSTERS is the third and final book in Author Ilsa J. Bick’s Ashes trilogy.

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    I heard such amazing things about ASHES, the first book in this series, that I ended up purchasing that book and the sequel even though I haven’t yet had the chance to fully check them out. And I just had to pre-order MONSTERS as I definitely wanted to have the complete series as part of my collection.

    I’d been wary about picking up this series when it first released as the cover was more than a little bit eerie. But when they made the switch to the new covers – which I love, love, love – I definitely knew I’d be reading these books eventually.

    As I haven’t yet started on this series there is no way I plan on reading the description for this third book. I haven’t yet met Alex, Tom or Ellie. I haven’t discovered who can be trusted or who is no longer human. And I really don’t want to know until I discover those answers in the story itself.

    I would love to read each of the books back-to-back-to-back but if I don’t get the time to do that in the next few weeks, I’ll at the very least move ASHES toward the tip-top of the pile.

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    Fangirl

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    FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell released in the U.S. yesterday, September 10, 2013, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 448 pages.

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    I haven’t yet read a book by Rainbow Rowell. In fact, I hadn’t heard about this author until everyone began raving about ELEANOR & PARK earlier this year. And while I still haven’t had a chance to read that title I decided to pre-order FANGIRL for my Kindle and was super excited when it downloaded on Monday Midnight.

    This story sounds like it will be a lot of fun and maybe just a little bit heartbreaking. It sounds sweet and sad and it has made me incredibly curious to see how this author writes, how she creates her stories, how she develops her characters.

    I am hopeful that Cath will be able to live her own life and leave Simon Snow in her past. But as I’m very unfamiliar with this author’s writing I won’t let myself get too hopeful. I’ll just opt to be very excited to be able to read this book in the next few weeks.

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    Other Books of Note

    Cherry Money Baby

    CHERRY MONEY BABY by John M. Cusick

    Pub. Date: September 10, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Unthinkable

    UNTHINKABLE (Impossible #2) by Nancy Werlin

    Pub. Date: September 12, 2013

    Publisher: Dial

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Smoke

    SMOKE (Burned #2) by Ellen Hopkins

    Pub. Date: September 10, 2013

    Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Until It Hurts To Stop

    UNTIL IT HURTS TO STOP by Jennifer R. Hubbard

    Pub. Date: September 12, 2013

    Publisher: Viking Juvenile

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Final Descent

    THE FINAL DESCENT (The Monstrumologist #4) by Rick Yancey

    Pub. Date: September 10, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Living with Jackie Chan

    LIVING WITH JACKIE CHAN by Jo Knowles

    Pub. Date: September 10, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    More Than This

    MORE THAN THIS by Patrick Ness

    Pub. Date: September 10, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Thin Space

    THIN SPACE by Jody Casella

    Pub. Date: September 10, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse/Beyond Words

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    (Previously published August 22, 2012)

    Friday Never Leaving

    FRIDAY NEVER LEAVING by Vikki Wakefield

    Pub. Date: September 10, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Rose Under Fire

    ROSE UNDER FIRE (A Code Name Verity Novel) by Elizabeth Wein

    Pub. Date: September 10, 2013

    Publisher: Miramax

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    I am a day late with this post, but due to a number of tours on the blog over the past couple of days I had to wait to post this until today. Better late than never, right? Besides, there are still several titles that are yet to be released that I’m watching out for, two of which – UNTHINKABLE and UNTIL IT HURTS TO STOP – are ones I will likely be purchasing prior to their release.

    So the nine pre-orders may end up being eleven by the time this post goes live on the 11th. Which is really not ideal for my reading pile. Thankfully, at least one of this week’s releases is one I’ve already finished reading and another is one I should be done with before the day is over. So the additions to the TBR pile will be still be in single digits.

    Which is a really, really, really good thing. Because I just can’t seem to read fast enough.

    Anyway… as this post is very long already, what with all the lovely new books releasing this week, and as it arrived on the blog just a little bit later than I’d hoped, I will try to keep this short. And I will just say that I hope that there aren’t too many books being added to your TBR pile and that I wish that the ones that do land there are books you are, and have been, dying to read.

    As ever, happy reading and happy book acquiring!

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

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

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    My Reading Pile #129

    I was totally surprised by two of the books that showed up in the mail this week and am super excited to receive the third book that arrived.

    While I am still waiting, wishing and hoping on one book to arrive, I am not watching the mailbox as it’s very possible it might never arrive. But if it does, it’s one of those “drop everything and read” books. So I remain ever hopeful.

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    I received an ARC of THE BRIDE WORE SIZE 12 by Meg Cabot from William Morrow. It was on the list of available review copies and I couldn’t resist the urge to request it. I know it’s not a YA title and the fifth book in a series I have yet to discover, but I plan on reading and reviewing it regardless.

    It’s been awhile since I read any contemporary fiction or mysteries that are not young adult, so I’m super excited to try this one out. I’ve heard Meg Cabot is a fantastic writer, so I’m excited to read her latest release.

    I also received a copy of SLAYERS and an ARC of the sequel FRIENDS AND TRAITORS by C.J. Hill from the folks at Feiwel & Friends in anticipation of the upcoming tour I’m on this October.

    The finished copy of the first book was sent so that I can offer it up for giveaway for my tour stop. But I was surprised when the sequel showed up a few days later, as my stop on the tour is not for a review and I thought there were only going to be eARCs. As I already own the first book in the series in Kindle format, I will definitely be reading both books back-to-back prior to my stop next month.

    And while I normally am not one for redesigning covers once a series has begun, these covers are just so amazing and I am so glad the first book’s cover was redone.

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    I was also offered an eARC of CONJURED by Sarah Beth Durst for review from the publisher, Walker Children’s, and I couldn’t say no. I love the author’s writing and this book sounds so good and totally creepy.

    I think it was the line about dreams of buttons being sewn into the MC’s skin that gave me the chills… yes, that was probably it. And while I won’t get the chance to read it before its release date I am definitely hoping to add this to the pile in the next couple of weeks.

    Anyway….

    While I might try to sneak the Meg Cabot book onto the pile later this week, I actually have two completely different books planned for this week’s pile. And they are…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (September 1, 2013 – September 7, 2013)

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    Relativity

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    First up on the pile is RELATIVITY by Cristin Bishara. Since the moment I first heard about this book I couldn’t wait to read it. And once I received the eARC from the publisher, Walker Children’s, for the tour I’m on for this awesome-sounding book, I’ve been dying to get it on the pile.

    Well the time has finally arrived and I can’t wait to dive in and meet Ruby and find out all about her alternate realities. I can’t wait to learn more about just how she is able to access those realities. And I can’t wait to find out just what she’s willing to sacrifice in order to find a “perfect world.”

    The description teases only a little about what is in store for Ruby in this book and what readers can expect. Which makes me all the more eager to get started on it. And I plan to do just that first thing on Monday as long as I’ve finished writing my review for a tour I’m on this week.

    The Description…

    If Ruby Wright could have her way, her dad would never have met and married her stepmother Willow, her best friend George would be more than a friend, and her mom would still be alive. Ruby knows wishes can’t come true; some things just can’t be undone. Then she discovers a tree in the middle of an Ohio cornfield with a wormhole to nine alternative realities.

    Suddenly, Ruby can access completely different realities, each containing variations of her life—if things had gone differently at key moments. The windshield wiper missing her mother’s throat…her big brother surviving his ill-fated birth…her father never having met Willow. Her ideal world—one with everything and everyone she wants most—could be within reach. But is there such a thing as a perfect world? What is Ruby willing to give up to find out?

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    Next up on the pile is THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas. I was first drawn to this book because of its gorgeous cover. But when I read the description, I just had to grab the eARC from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss.

    This book sounds totally epic. Prophecies. Mages. Saviors. Tyrants. Princes. Sacrifices. A love story. Difficult choices. And the possibility of a “fiery clash to the death.”

    And I am super excited to meet Iolanthe and Titus. I can’t wait to find out whether the prophecy comes true. And if it does, I am hopeful that Iolanthe is the victor and isn’t the one who meets a fiery end.

    If all goes according to plan I will be transported to this amazing world on Tuesday night. I can hardly wait.

    The Description…

    It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning…

    Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.

    Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he’s also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to avenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.

    But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.

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    Wishful-Thinking-Reads

    The two books I wish I could be reading right now are actually on my pile this week. But if I had to select another book it would be RESIST by Sarah Crossan. I am dying to find out how the story ends. And I’m really in the mood to read a book with a dystopian setting. But as I have a few books I must read between now and RESIST’s release date, adding it to the pile is only just a wish.

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    I didn’t technically leave anything behind. Well… once I finish reading THE LIBERATOR this weekend I won’t have left anything behind…. Though I still haven’t broken out of my review writing slump. That must change. And fast. As I need to write one for a tour early this week.

    I went a little bit off-pile to read a couple of books that were left behind from previous piles – WILD CARDS, DECEPTION and THE CROWN OF EMBERS. And I did end up reading and loving DESCENDANT from last week’s pile. So while a majority of the books I read weren’t planned reads, I did somehow manage to find time to read four books amidst the chaos that was my life last week.

    Still, I’m so behind on my reading and with so many new books coming out that I am desperate to read before they get buried deep down in the pile, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. Which makes me want to go totally off-pile “just because.”

    Hopefully I’ll be able to organize my thoughts and put together a semi-coherent review for the book on tour and hopefully that will give me the push I need to review the other books I’ve read recently. But I’ve decided, I think, that instead of trying to review some of the earlier books I read and not-reviewed, I’ll put together a “The Quick and Dirty” post and just briefly share my thoughts about each of them.

    Who knows… maybe that will inspire me to actually review them one of these days. But that, for now, remains TBD.

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    I didn’t spend any time hanging around on NetGalley this week except to prepare this post. So I managed to refrain from requesting any new titles. My NetGalley “shelf” is quite crowded at the moment, so that’s a good thing.

    But there are a few awesome books I noticed when I was on there, the first of which, ALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME, looks really interesting and makes me want to take a longer look at the printed ARC I have. THE RULE OF THREE is also incredibly tempting, but for now I have not yet clicked to receive it for review.

    It’s still early days, though.

    ALL THE TRUTH THAT’S IN ME by Julie Berry (Penguin Young Readers Group, Sep 26 2013)

    DIAMONDS & DECEIT (At Somerton #2) by Leila Rasheed (Disney Book Group, Jan 7 2014)

    SHADOWS by Robin McKinley (Penguin Young Readers Group, Sep 26 2013)

    THE RULE OF THREE by Eric Walters (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Jan 21, 2014)

    EMPIRE OF BONES (Ashtown Burials #3) by N.D. Wilson (Random House Children’s, Oct 22, 2013)

    THE IRON TRAITOR (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten #2) by Julie Kagawa (Harlequin Enterprises Australia, Nov 1 2013) **Australian reviewers only**

    ENTWINED by Cheryl S. Ntumy (Harlequin (UK) Ltd, Sep 25 2013)

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    I enjoyed getting lost in a few books this past week. Epic fantasy, fantasy, dystopian and contemporary reads made this a well-rounded, if eclectic, reading week. And with sci fi and another epic fantasy novel on the pile this week, my reads continue to be varied. Which I love.

    I hope to be able to sneak in that adult contemporary/mystery I received and maybe a YA thriller. But as I stare at the ARC of BLYTHEWOOD by Carol Goodman that’s just a few feet away from me, I think if I do go off-pile that will be the book I dive into.

    As I am a day late with this post due to the final day of the Authors Are Rockstars Tour, I will stop rambling and get back to reading 3:59 which was just so hard to put down in order to finish this post.

    But I wish you the happiest of reading weeks this week and I hope that for those of you in the U.S. that get the day off tomorrow you manage to sneak in a read of a book you’ve been wanting to read for ages.

    And if you’d like to share what books are on your pile this week or books you received that you can’t wait to read, I’d love to know.

    Happy reading!

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