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    Dance of the Red Death

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    DANCE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin was released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 336.

    DANCE OF THE RED DEATH is the second and final full-length book in author Bethany Griffin’s Masque of the Red Death series.

    NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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    Bethany Griffin continues the journey of Araby Worth in Dance of the Red Death—the sequel to her teen novel Masque of the Red Death.

    In Dance of the Red Death, Araby’s world is in shambles—betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust. But she finds herself and discovers that she will fight for the people she loves, and for her city.

    Her revenge will take place at the menacing masked ball, though it could destroy her and everyone she loves…or it could turn her into a hero.

    With a nod to Edgar Allan Poe, Bethany Griffin concludes her tragic and mysterious Red Death series with a heroine that young adult readers will never forget.

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    Dark, richly detailed and beautifully written, DANCE OF THE RED DEATH is a riveting conclusion to author Bethany Griffin’s Masque of the Red Death series. This story captivates as it takes readers from a city on the verge of collapse to the plague-ridden swamps on its outskirts to the opulent but deadly palace of Prince Prospero for a sinister and macabre masked ball.

    This second and final book in the series will keep readers on edge as they follow along with Araby in her pursuit to find her father, save her friend, save her city and defeat the two rivals who wish to see its destruction. It is a haunting story filled with heartbreak and loss, a heroine who is faced with difficult decisions and an ending that is bittersweet.

    With the Red Death taking lives faster than the Weeping Sickness ever did, with two madmen on a collision course that will leave the city and its citizens in ruins and with two boys who hold a piece of her heart awaiting her decision, Araby Worth’s time is running out.

    But unless she can find her father, discover a cure for this deadliest of diseases, emerge victorious from Prospero’s latest game and stop Malcontent from achieving his goal of total annihilation, there will be no reason for her to choose between a future with Elliott or one with Will. Because there will be no future. Not for her. Not for her friends. Not for anyone.

    Beautiful even at its most horrifying, DANCE OF THE RED DEATH weaves its magic and draws readers into its darkly alluring world full of twists and turns, shocks and surprises, with its flawed, damaged, despairing but not defeated, maniacal, malevolent, determined and hopeful characters. All of whom are incredibly fascinating. All of whom serve to make this story one that is memorable.

    Author Bethany Griffin gives readers another unique look at a story that has Poe’s as its inspiration. She builds the suspense in this sequel, making this a nail-biter, and gives her once directionless protagonist a purpose, turning her into a heroine that is strong, determined and one worth rooting for.

    DANCE OF THE RED DEATH is an immensely entertaining finish to this two-book series. With its battle of good versus evil times two, its triangle-shaped love story, its chilling setting, its intriguing characters and the surprises it delivers along the way, it is a story not to be missed.

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    On a personal note…

    I knew this series-ending book wasn’t going to be an easy read. I was filled with dread about what was going to happen to the characters from the second I began reading. I knew that something was going to happen that would break my heart. I just wasn’t sure how badly broken it would be.

    But I can’t reveal the level of heartbreak I felt. I can’t reveal whether or not I’ve recovered from said heartbreak weeks after having read DANCE OF THE RED DEATH. Because then I would have to say why my heart was broken. And that answer is all sorts of spoiler-y.

    What I can say is that I thought this book was amazing. The writing was every bit as gorgeous as it was in the first book in the series. It pulled me so deeply into the story that Araby’s reality became my own. And the world she saw through her eyes was the one I saw with mine.

    And it was a chilling world. One filled with danger and death and disappointment and disease. But it wasn’t one that gave in to despair. It wasn’t one without hope. It wasn’t one without the possibility of something more.

    I absolutely loved the direction this story took. I hadn’t thought beyond Prospero’s party when anticipating this book’s release. I hadn’t wondered what else this story might contain. And I hadn’t thought about what fate might await any or all of its characters.

    And I want so badly to talk about their fates. I want to talk about everything in this book, from what went down at the party, to whether Prospero or Malcontent were victorious, to whether the victor was someone else entirely, to whether all of the main characters made it to the story’s end or whether none of them did.

    I didn’t think it would be possible to successfully wrap up this series in just two books. It felt like there was too much story left to tell to be able to condense everything into just the one. But the author did an amazing job of bringing the story arc to its conclusion, tying up any and all loose ends and answering the question once and for all about Will and Elliott.

    While I would have loved to see a third book, to see the party scene expanded upon, to have a happily ever after for each and every character I adore, this final book in the series was awesome exactly as it was. Even though not everyone got the ending I imagined for them.

    I was utterly fascinated by every moment spent at Prospero’s. I was anxious while I awaited Malcontent’s next move. I was torn between wishing for Elliott and wishing for Will. And I was afraid to hope that things might turn out okay in the end.

    An ending that came all too quickly. An ending I never wanted to have to reach. Because I did not want to say goodbye to the characters. I did want to leave this dark and disease-ridden world. I did not want to find out who Araby chose or if she survived to have that choice to make. And I did not want to find out what characters may have fallen along the way.

    I fell madly in love with the characters in the first book in the series and I loved them no less in this final one. I only wish I had more time to spend with each of them, in this story, in this world. Saying my goodbyes to Araby, Will, Elliott, April, and even Malcontent and Prospero wasn’t easy. I’m still not certain I’m ready to bid them farewell. I’m still holding out a thread of hope for another story. Even if it is a short one.

    And even though DANCE OF THE RED DEATH broke my heart, even though it made it impossible to say goodbye, even though it’s a story that didn’t always bring a smile to my face, it is one that I will love forever.

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    Favorite passage…

    I have so many favorite passages. So, so many. And I’d love to share them all, but that would require pretty much reprinting the entire book. Which is a “no no.”

    So, I thought I’d share this one, which may be just a little bit spoiler-y. But it is one of my very most favorites.

    Will’s voice is soft. “Lie on your stomach, sweetheart. I want to get a good look at the stitches.”

    The throwaway endearment takes me back to the Debauchery Club. A simpler time when I didn’t know dark secrets and wasn’t trying to help save the world. But it doesn’t wipe away his betrayal. He touches my good shoulder to try to help me, and I brush him off.

    Elliott sits up, scooting down to the foot of the bed. He doesn’t even try to hide his smirk from Will.

    This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #128

    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 June 11th-June 17th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Another Little Piece

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    ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE by Kate Karyus Quinn will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 432 pages.

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    I am so excited for the release of ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE on Tuesday. I’ve had it pre-ordered ever since I stumbled upon it a few months ago and I cannot believe that release day is finally almost here.

    I did get an eARC for review but was having a bit of an issue with the formatting, so I decided to wait to finish it when my Kindle edition downloads. But it hasn’t been easy… the wait has been killer.

    This book is so completely different from any of those I’ve read in recent years. The author’s voice and the way the story presents itself is quite unique. And the story is most definitely “haunting,” as the description so aptly calls it.

    While I haven’t yet finished reading it, I have read enough to know that this is my kind of book. And I cannot wait to see how it all ends next week, just as soon as Novella Reading Week ends.

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    Dance of the Red Death

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    DANCE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    DANCE OF THE RED DEATH is the second and final full-length book in author Bethany Griffin’s Masque of the Red Death series.

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    I cannot wait for both my eBook to download and my print copy, with its beautiful deckle edge, to arrive on Tuesday. DANCE OF THE RED DEATH was an amazing follow-up to the first book in the series. And as sad as I am that the series has ended, I am so unbelievably stoked to have had the chance to read it early.

    As it was my Book Watch pick a few weeks ago, and I plan on posting my review on Tuesday, I won’t go rambling on and on about this sequel. I’m also just a little bit afraid that I might reveal too much, like why certain events broke my heart, why I was fascinated with what happened at the party, why I couldn’t decide between Will and Elliott.

    I probably should stop now…. Though I just have to add that things are even more dire in DANCE OF THE RED DEATH, things do get resolved by the story’s end, and there are things in this book that made me cheer, things that made me tear up and many, many things that made me so very, very nervous.

    While I won’t be re-reading it this week, I will be reading the novella, GLITTER & DOOM, and I hope to be able to read both books in this series again this summer.

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    Rush

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    RUSH by Eve Silver will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 368 pages.

    RUSH is the first book in author Eve Silver’s The Game series. The second book in the series, PUSH, is slated for release in 2014 and the third book in the series, CRASH, will be releasing in 2015.

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    I hadn’t heard much about RUSH until I saw the cover pop up all across the blogosphere a few months ago. The cover was awesome and the title grabbed me so I decided to pre-order it for my Kindle without having actually read the description.

    And if I had realized I had an early copy thanks to Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, I would have checked it out a bit more before its release. But as release day is just about here, I’m a little too late to do that.

    But now that I have taken a peek at the description, I’m totally intrigued. Is it a game? Is it reality? And just what is the “deadly turn” the description mentions? I want to know.

    While I can’t check it out this week, I think I’m going to have to add it to the pile in the next few weeks, because it sounds just a bit different than the books I normally read.

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    Spies and Prejudice

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    SPIES AND PREJUDICE by Talia Vance will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 304 pages.

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    I love author Talia Vance’s writing. And I’m totally stoked to be able to add SPIES AND PREJUDICE to my collection this week. While I’m not exactly an Austen fan, I do think the framework of her story is interesting and I love the idea that this story gives that one a nod.

    Even if I hadn’t read a book by the author before, I would have pre-ordered this book for my Kindle based on the first line in the description – “Fields’ Rule #1: Don’t fall for the enemy.” Because it tells me two things about the book – one that Fields is going to be a character I like and, two, she is going to fall for the enemy.

    But the rest of the description also makes me excited to read this book. It sounds like a lot of fun with a bit of a mystery and two characters I can’t wait to meet. And I cannot wait to get this on my reading pile. Which I definitely plan to do after the challenge.

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    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: ACT TWO by A.R. Kahler will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 in Kindle serial book format only. A paperback edition will be released in August.

    Published by 47North, it is currently available to pre-order online at AMAZON.

    THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: ACT TWO is the second book in author A.R. Kahler’s The Immortal Circus series.

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    I am so in love with this series and I’m so glad that it was brought to my attention this past winter. I loved reading the first book in the series in serial format and I’m totally thrilled to be able to add THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: ACT TWO to my collection this week. Well… episode one, that is.

    Though I actually got the chance to read this just a bit early. And so I got to experience this second book in its entirety, in one sitting, instead of in serial format. Which makes me happy and sad. Happy because I don’t have to wait between reads. But sad because I know exactly where each episode ends and begins and just how deliciously torturous it would have been to experience as a serial.

    Even though I have read ACT TWO already, I think I am going to re-read each Episode as they release, to experience it that way again. While it won’t be quite as torturous, I think I still will be anxiously awaiting the next episode’s release. And given all the stuff that happens in the Cirque des Immortels and all that is revealed about Vivienne, I just know it will be every bit as exciting a read as it was the first time.

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    Born of Illusion

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    BORN OF ILLUSION by Teri Brown will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    BORN OF ILLUSION is the first book in author Teri Brown’s series of the same name. The second book in the series, BORN OF DECEPTION, is expected in 2014.

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    I am devastated that I didn’t get the chance to finish reading BORN OF ILLUSION before its release. I’d received an early copy from Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and read about one-fourth before I was forced to set it aside to read the books I needed to read for review.

    But I have had it pre-ordered for my Kindle and I cannot wait until it downloads so I can read the finished version. And I think I’m going to end up purchasing the print edition which has a deckle edge, because the cover is gorgeous. I’m just waiting to see if it has a matte or glossy finish first.

    I love the time period the story is set in – the 1920s. I love that it’s set in New York and involves illusionists and real magic. And I cannot wait to continue this story and find out just what happens with Anna Van Housen and whether she is related to the “greatest magician of all.”

    If I can get it on the pile again before the end of the month I will be a very happy girl.

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    A Matter of Days

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    A MATTER OF DAYS by Amber Kizer will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Delacorte Press, the print edition is 288 pages.

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    When I saw that author Amber Kizer had a new book releasing last month I instantly added it to my pre-orders. I hadn’t heard of A MATTER OF DAYS until I was searching for June releases for my Book Watch post last month.

    I immediately added it to buy, but didn’t actually read the description until I was creating this post. But now that I have, I think it sounds totally cool – the world sounds wonderfully dark and the journey sounds like it will be fraught with danger.

    Traveling across the country in the hope of finding a survivalist compound through a world that has been decimated by the BluStar pandemic sounds like it will be incredibly exciting. And with no promise that this destination will even exist makes it sound that much more of a nerve-wracking adventure.

    I can’t wait to find out what happens to Nadia, Rabbit and the rest of the kids on this journey and whether their trip was in vain. And I hope to do so early next month during the holiday.

    Other Books of Note

    Linked

    LINKED (Linked #1) by Imogen Howson

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Burning

    BURNING by Elana K. Arnold

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

    THE GIRL WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO DIE by April Henry

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Infamous

    INFAMOUS (Fame Game #3) by Lauren Conrad

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Harper Collins

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Mortal Fire

    MORTAL FIRE  by Elizabeth Knox

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Secret Ingredient

    THE SECRET INGREDIENT by Stewart Lewis

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Boy Nobody

    BOY NOBODY (Boy Nobody #1) by Allen Zadoff

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Plague in the Mirror

    PLAGUE IN THE MIRROR by Deborah Noyes

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Belle Epoque

    BELLE EPOQUE by Elizabeth Ross

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Ghost Time

    GHOST TIME by Courtney Eldridge

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Skyscape

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Charm and Strange

    CHARM & STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Far Far Away

    FAR FAR AWAY by Tom McNeal

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    My Chemical Mountain

    MY CHEMICAL MOUNTAIN by Corina Vacco

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Siren's Secret

    THE SIREN’S SECRET (The Shapeshifter’s Secret #2) by Heather Ostler

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc.

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Deviant

    DEVIANT by Helen FitzGerald

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Soho Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Sacrifice

    THE SACRIFICE (The Enemy #4) by Charlie Higson

    Pub. Date: June 11, 2013

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Once again this week there are a ton of new books releasing. While I only have seven books pre-ordered, there are a few of the books of note that I’m definitely interested in taking a longer look at, including LINKED and BURNING. But for now I’m going to stick with pre-ordering just the seven.

    Fortunately not all seven are being added to the pile – I did finish two of them – though both read books are ones I plan on re-reading….

    But hopefully I’ll get a chance to read a few more of the new additions to my collection before the month is out – ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE, SPIES AND PREJUDICE, BORN OF ILLUSION – and the remainder I’ll get to finish next month. But, I suppose, that shall remain to be determined.

    Anyway…

    As this is such a long post, with all the new releases this week, I’ll stop rambling and just say that I hope you have some amazing new books getting added to your collection this week. And if I missed something in my searches, please let me know! As I never, ever, want to miss an awesome title that should be in my permanent collection.

    As always, happy book acquiring and happy reading!

    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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    Dance of the Red Death Blog Tour: Top 5 Guest Post + Giveaway

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    I am so unbelievably stoked to be kicking off the tour for DANCE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin. This series is absolutely amazing. From its intriguing characters, to its dark world, to its gorgeous writing. It is a series I consider a must, must, must read.

    While I would have loved there to have been a third book in this series, DANCE OF THE RED DEATH was an amazing conclusion and I cannot wait to read the novella, GLITTER & DOOM, next week. Because, although I finished reading this final book in the series last week, I’m still not ready to say goodbye to the characters and this world.

    And while I would love to talk about just how this book ends for the characters, whether good or evil wins, whether everyone survives, I probably should remain silent. And I probably shouldn’t talk about just why it was so difficult for me to decide who I liked better – Elliott or Will – or who I thought was worse – Prospero or Malcontent.

    But just like the first book in the series, DANCE OF THE RED DEATH was beautiful and gruesome and haunting and bittersweet and completely and totally captivating from beginning to end. And I cannot recommend this series enough.

    Although I’ve rambled on for far too long already, I just have to add that I’m so thrilled that the author and her characters stopped by to share their favorite passages from this sequel. While I would have loved to know which passages were Alice and Malcontent’s favorites, asking for more than the five passages I have to share from Elliott, Will, Araby, Prospero and Author Bethany Griffin would have been way too greedy.

    And, no, I will not reveal which character the author is talking about in the passage she is sharing. If you want to know who that is, you’ll have to read this amazing book, which I have some information about immediately below along with places to find it online. And in case you haven’t yet “met” the author, there’s a short bio and places to find her online, too.

    This tour also has a few awesome giveaways, so be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter. And if you’d like to check out some of the other stops on tour this week and next, the schedule is included at the bottom of this post.

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    About the Book

    Dance of the Red Death

    DANCE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin

    Publisher: Greenwillow Books
    Release Date: June 11, 2013
    Format: Hardcover, eBook
    Pages: 336

    Bethany Griffin continues the journey of Araby Worth in Dance of the Red Death—the sequel to her teen novel Masque of the Red Death.

    In Dance of the Red Death, Araby’s world is in shambles—betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust. But she finds herself and discovers that she will fight for the people she loves, and for her city.

    Her revenge will take place at the menacing masked ball, though it could destroy her and everyone she loves…or it could turn her into a hero.

    With a nod to Edgar Allan Poe, Bethany Griffin concludes her tragic and mysterious Red Death series with a heroine that young adult readers will never forget.

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    About the Author

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    Bethany Griffin

    Bethany Griffin is a high school English teacher who prides herself on attracting creative misfits to elective classes like Young Adult Literature, Creative Writing, and Speculative Literature. She is the author of HANDCUFFS and MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH. She lives with her family in Kentucky.

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    Top 5 Favorite Passages
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    Elliott’s favorite passage…

    My hair catches on the rough stone of the wall as he lifts me, so I’m pressed against him. I wrap my legs around him. What’s left of my dress bunches up around me. The bandage on my shoulder shifts and the wound stings, but we don’t stop. My arms are around his neck.

    I’ve been looking for oblivion in all the wrong places.

    Will’s favorite passage…

    The floorboards are hard and unforgiving. I think I hear something from behind the wardrobe, a soft tapping that reminds me of a frightening story that Finn used to tell me when Father worked late in the laboratory and the two of us were alone in the dark. If I got too afraid, he would hold me, like Will is now.

    Araby’s favorite passage…

    “But kissing makes everything better, “ she says. Her eyes meet mine, and I laugh a real, true laugh.

    Prospero’s favorite passage…

    We have to cross a bridge to enter the city from this direction. It’s built of white stone, cool to the touch, I learn when I reach to touch the railing. The water is about a foot lower than usual. It ripples over knees and elbows and faces with the same cheerful sound it makes when flowing over the smooth stones that line the bank.

    Bethany’s favorite passage…

    I can hear his heart beating. Rapidly. Unless it’s mine.

    He doesn’t move. Maybe he’s going to hold me here, against his heart, forever. Every nerve ending has come to life, making me painfully, horribly, aware. His breath stirs my hair and his arm trembles from holding me up, but otherwise we are completely still.

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    Giveaways

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    There are four awesome prizes being offered up for giveaway on this tour…

    GRAND PRIZE – Poe nail decals, MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH inspired bracelet, hardcover copy of DANCE OF THE RED DEATH, bracelet and a bookmark!

    PRIZES – 3 hardcover copies of DANCE OF THE RED DEATH, bracelet and bookmark!

    Giveaway is US/Canada ONLY.

    *** The giveaway book prizes have been updated. They are for copies of DANCE OF THE RED DEATH.***

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour

    Week One

    June 3rd – Fiktshun – Guest Post

    June 4th – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

    June 5th – Katie’s Book Blog – Interview

    June 6th – The Starry-Eyed Revue – Guest Post

    June 7th – Burning Impossibly Bright – Character Interview

    Week Two

    June 10th – Coffee, Books and Me – Guest Post

    June 11th – Shelfspace Needed – Review

    June 12th – Shortie Says – Character Interview

    June 13th – Lust For Stories – Review

    June 14th – The Bookish Brunette – Review

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    Book Watch: Dance of the Red Death

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    DANCE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin will be released in the U.S. on June 11, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 336 pages.

    DANCE OF THE RED DEATH is the second, and final, full-length book in author Bethany Griffin’s Masque of the Red Death series.

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    There are a ton of amazing books releasing the week of June 11th that I’d love to spotlight. But as I have to choose just one book, DANCE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin is it.

    Without a doubt, it’s my most anticipated book releasing that week. It’s the book I’ve been dying to read ever since I finished MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH. And it is absolutely amazing. Yes, I’m reading it right now and it’s even better than I hoped it would be.

    Of course I wish this series was a trilogy as I’d first thought it would be. Just knowing that when I reach the story’s end it will all be over, makes me want to read this sequel really, really slowly. But it’s proving to be a bit of a challenge.

    Because, as I may have already mentioned, it’s amazing. And I want to know how Araby exacts her revenge. I want to know which boy she chooses, if any. And I want to know how it all ends.

    There’s just something so hypnotic/beautiful/wonderful about author Bethany Griffin’s writing. I am immediately transported into the story whenever I pick it up and the rest of the world just disappears and is replaced by the one she created.

    I love the characters – Araby, Will, Elliott and even Prospero – the fact that this series is inspired by Poe’s story, and that the author has not only made it her own but did so in such a way that, while reading, I often forget it was inspired by anything other than her own creativity.

    Even though I will have read DANCE OF THE RED DEATH before its release date, it is still the book I am most excited for releasing on that date. And it’s not because I am awaiting the print edition with its gorgeous cover and deckle edge to add to my collection along with the eBook. It’s because this series is one of the ones that I think is unforgettable and plan on reading again and again.

    So, as excited as I am about several of the other books releasing the week of June 11th, there is no other book I’m anticipating quite as much as Bethany Griffin’s amazing sequel, DANCE OF THE RED DEATH. Which is why, for me, it is the book to watch this week.

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    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s BLOG

    The author on GOODREADS

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    Bethany Griffin continues the journey of Araby Worth in Dance of the Red Death—the sequel to her teen novel Masque of the Red Death.

    In Dance of the Red Death, Araby’s world is in shambles—betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust. But she finds herself and discovers that she will fight for the people she loves, and for her city.

    Her revenge will take place at the menacing masked ball, though it could destroy her and everyone she loves…or it could turn her into a hero.

    With a nod to Edgar Allan Poe, Bethany Griffin concludes her tragic and mysterious Red Death series with a heroine that young adult readers will never forget.

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here is just a fraction of the many other awesome books releasing the week of June 11th:

    ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE by Kate Karyus Quinn

    BORN OF ILLUSION by Teri Brown

    SPIES AND PREJUDICE by Talia Vance

    RUSH (The Game #1) by Eve Silver

    BURNING by Elana K. Arnold

    THE GIRL WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO DIE by April Henry

    INFAMOUS (Fame Game #3) by Lauren Conrad

    LINKED (Linked #1) by Imogen Howson

    A MATTER OF DAYS by Amber Kizer

    MORTAL FIRE by Elizabeth Knox

    THE SECRET INGREDIENT by Stewart Lewis

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    My Reading Pile #113

    I wasn’t expecting any books in the mail this week and I didn’t really get any except for this pre-order of a limited edition signed copy of DEAD EVER AFTER by Charlaine Harris… a book I’m not entirely certain I plan on keeping.

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    But as it is so pretty in its slipcase, I just had to share a picture. And yes, its covered in plastic wrap – I am always loathe to remove the protective covering – but until I decide whether or not to keep it, I will let it remain protected.

    And while I didn’t get any physical books in the mail I may have gone a little crazy on Edelweiss this week….

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    Thanks to HarperCollins I received…

    DANCE OF THE RED DEATH (Masque of the Red Death #2) by Bethany Griffin which is due out on June 11th from Greenwillow Books.

    ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA (For Darkness Shows the Stars #2) by Diana Peterfreund which is due out on October 15th from Balzer + Bray.

    BLACKOUT (Blackout #1) by Robison Wells which is due out on October 1st from HarperTeen.

    While I have a little time before both ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA and BLACKOUT release I couldn’t resist adding Bethany Griffin’s upcoming title to the pile this week. But it’s not the only book I’m planning on reading this week. And so…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (May 12, 2013 – May 18, 2013)

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    Dance of the Red Death

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    First up on the pile is DANCE OF THE RED DEATH by Bethany Griffin. The moment I saw it was available on Edelweiss I just had to request it. I absolutely loved the first book in this series and I’ve been dying to find out what happens in this sequel.

    I was so excited to find out that it was immediately available for me to download, so of course I’ve already started reading it. And so far it’s awesome.

    The writing is just as gorgeous as it was in MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH. And I’m even more excited to find out what happens with Araby. Even though this is the  final book in this series.

    But I refuse to let that stop me from falling in love with this book or seeing how it wraps up. Hopefully I’ll be able to add it to the “read” pile on Sunday.

    Bethany Griffin continues the journey of Araby Worth in Dance of the Red Death—the sequel to her teen novel Masque of the Red Death.

    In Dance of the Red Death, Araby’s world is in shambles—betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust. But she finds herself and discovers that she will fight for the people she loves, and for her city.

    Her revenge will take place at the menacing masked ball, though it could destroy her and everyone she loves…or it could turn her into a hero.

    With a nod to Edgar Allan Poe, Bethany Griffin concludes her tragic and mysterious Red Death series with a heroine that young adult readers will never forget.

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    The 5th Wave

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    Next up on the pile is THE 5TH WAVE by Rick Yancey. I’d originally planned on a different read, but the buzz about this book has made me just so curious that I had to add it to the pile this week.

    Yes, I succumbed. I want to know what all the fuss is about. I don’t care that I’ll have to wait ages for the sequel. I want to learn more about the world this author created. It sounds incredibly dark and chilling and awesome.

    As it is a series, I’m guessing that Cassie won’t choose “despair,” “surrender” and “death.” But I’m excited to see what she has to do to survive. And I’m very curious about the “[b]eguiling and mysterious” Evan Walker.

    The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

    After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

    Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

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    Wishful Thinking Reads:

    I have been in such a dark reading mood lately that I would really love to read Robison Wells’ BLACKOUT. It sounds like it will be an awesome fast-paced thriller with a paranormal twist.

    Terrorists. A virus that gives super powers to those infected. And “catastrophic danger.” Yeah, definitely a book I wish I could read right about now.

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    Those Left Behind:

    I didn’t have much time to read this past week and with the fact that I still haven’t finished my review for UNTIL I DIE I couldn’t read IF I SHOULD DIE. But I did read and love THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED. Thankfully its release date is on Tuesday so I can start to count down the sequel’s release. Because I would love to continue this series. Granted, I don’t know when that will be….

    Of course I still have to write my review, which I plan on doing on Saturday. And if I can finish my review for UNTIL I DIE I’d love to read IF I SHOULD DIE on Sunday. Just as soon as I finish DANCE OF THE RED DEATH, that is.

    But as I’m supposed to be focusing on writing this weekend, I’m not sure how much review writing or reading I will actually get done. But I am hopeful. And if this upcoming week is just a bit less hectic, I hope to get caught up on some other past due reads and reviews.

    Of course it is season finale week on television. So that might not happen.

    I did finish beta reading THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS ACT TWO which was so unbelievably amazing. And I did end up reading much of ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE which was so very different in both writing style and story – in a good way. So I wasn’t a complete FAIL when it came to my reading pile.

    I just hope to stay a bit more on track this week and finally get caught up on those lingering reviews. I am keeping my fingers crossed. But only temporarily. As I can’t really write with crossed fingers.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

    I managed to refrain from requesting any new books from NetGalley. But I did get approved for CARNIE PUNK by Rachel Caine, et al, HIDDEN by Marianne Curley and FANGIRL by Rainbow Rowell. So I thought it best not to request any more books this week. Not from NetGalley, anyway.

    And even though I didn’t ask for any new titles, I did notice a few books worth checking out. The first of which is one I’m fighting the urge to request in the worst way.

    GATED by Amy Christine Parker (Random House Children’s, Aug 27 2013)

    ENTANGLED by Amy Rose Capetta (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group, Oct 1 2013)

    SPIES AND PREJUDICE by Talia Vance (Egmont, Jun 11 2013)

    PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL by Kara Taylor (St. Martin’s Press, Jul 30 2013)

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    I am not entirely certain how effective a strategy creating reading piles is for me. But I like to think that without these posts I’d be even worse with my reading schedule. I try to pick books that are ones I’m in the mood to read as well as ones I should be reading for review. But sometimes my mood shifts mid-week and I can’t help but go off-pile for a book that’s calling to me.

    I still can’t imagine how anyone reviews books for a living. If I was “forced” to read a book I wasn’t in the mood to read, I can’t imagine my review would be positive… or accurate. If I can’t make a connection to a story I can’t enjoy it. And if that reason is solely because of mood, not the story itself, it seems a disservice would be done to that book.

    Not something I want to do. Ever.

    Anyway…

    If you had any requests pending, I hope you received those books. If you were the lucky recipient of a surprise package of books, I hope it made you smile versus stress you out. And I hope that you have some amazing books on the pile to read this week.

    If you’d like to share what you’re reading or you’ve received, leave a comment, I’d love to know!

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    If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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    Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2013

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    Today is the LAST day of Top 10 of 2012.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

    I am so excited to be able to co-host this event again this year with Lisa from A Life Bound By BooksJessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Jaime from Two Chicks on Books. I am even more stoked that Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads has joined us as a co-host this year.

    In case you hadn’t heard of our week-long event, it runs for five days, ending today, where we have been sharing some of our FAVORITE lists and inviting YOU to share yours in the Linky list each day.

    Throughout the week, each of the hosts has offered up some bookish items for giveaway that you can enter, so be sure to check out all of our stops this week. Of course, if you’re just as curious as I am, you’ll want to check out as many of the top ten lists being shared this week as possible.

    And if you haven’t yet signed up, that’s OK, there’s still time, though not much…. Just check out THIS POST for all the details.

    Even if just want to join in for just today that’s okay. We’d love to check out your post.

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    The topic for today is…

    Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2013

    The only requirement seems to be that the book releases in 2013. So of course that means I’m going to cheat, just a little. Because I can’t possibly list only ten books releasing in 2013 I’m dying for. Though I will make them exclusively YA books I just can’t wait for.

    So….

    There will be TWO lists of top ten books I’m looking forward to. Those that are books in a series whose sequels I’m dying for and new books I can’t wait to read. But that second list will be making its appearance on The Annex or else this post would be WAY too long.

    And sadly they won’t include any of the seven books listed below, as I’ve already read them and either reviewed or rated them and just didn’t think it would be fair to list them….

    Books I’m Still Looking Forward to but Already Read

    SHADOWS IN THE SILENCE (Angelfire #3) by Courtney Allison Moulton

    EVERBOUND (Everneath #2) by Brodi Ashton

    GOLD (Bandia #2) by Talia Vance

    UNRAVEL ME (Shatter Me #2) by Tahereh Mafi

    ASHES ON THE WAVES by Mary Lindsey

    SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard

    MOONSET (Legacy of Moonset #1) by Scott Tracey

     

    Top Ten Books in a Series I’m Dying to Continue Reading in 2013

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    With All My Soul

    WITH ALL MY SOUL (Soul Screamers #7) by Rachel Vincent

    Why Top Ten? Tod Hudson… Well, yes, him. But also because this series is one of my all-time favorites. The author is a brilliant writer. The characters are near – and oh so dear – to my heart. The ride has been one heck of a roller coaster. Who knew banshees could be this kind of awesome?

    Sadly this series is coming to its heartbreaking end. Okay, so maybe the book won’t be heartbreaking – though I think it will be – but my heart will be broken that it’s ending. And that after getting to know Kaylee, Tod, Nash, Sabine and Emma as well as I have, having no more books to look forward to will be devastating.

    So, yes, there was no question WITH ALL MY SOUL would top my list of books I’m just dying to read this year. I just hope I’ll be ready to say goodbye on release date.

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    Phantom Eyes

    PHANTOM EYES (Witch Eyes #3) by Scott Tracey

    Why Top Ten? Because that ending in DEMON EYES was devastating. Because the story is amazing and intense. Because the characters are ones whose safety I fear for constantly. Because the writing has moments of beauty, humor, snark and tension.

    Yet another series I’ve fallen in love with is coming to an end in 2013. I wouldn’t be able to bear the thought of having to say goodbye to this series if I didn’t get the chance to read the first book in the author’s new series – MOONSET. If there wasn’t the promise of more of that, I’m not entirely sure how I’d cope.

    Because saying goodbye to Braden, Drew, Trey and Jade is something I’m not fully prepared for. Three books is way too short a series and I’m ever hopeful for a prequel story in this world. Whether that be one about Jason and Catherine or one all about Drew and Jade.

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    ENDLESS KNIGHT (The Arcana Chronicles #2) by Kresley Cole

    Why Top Ten? That ending. It killed me. I am obsessed with finding out just what happens next. I’m also super curious to know more about the Arcana. Especially Death. As I may have mentioned yesterday, I’m intrigued by Death.

    As there is not even the littlest of hints about what is in store for the characters in this upcoming book on Goodreads, I’m even more desperate for answers, a tiny clue… anything.

    But even if my curiosity wasn’t quite as piqued as it is, this book would still make my top ten because the world is amazing, chilling, horrifying. The characters are ones I could read about forever. The chemistry between them is electrifying. And the possibilities seem endless.

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    A Touch Menacing

    A TOUCH MENACING  (A Touch Trilogy #3) by Leah Clifford

    Why Top Ten? Because I’ve never been more scared to read a series-ending book than I am with A TOUCH MENACING. Because it is one of the darkest series in YA I’ve ever read. Because it’s so unique and evil and brilliant.

    I’m terrified of seeing just how this series ends. I’m not at all looking forward to… okay maybe I am, just a little, morbid curiosity and all… finding out just how cruel the author has been to her characters. She pulls no punches. Ever.

    And I have this feeling… a bad, bad feeling… that I’m going to be shocked, heartbroken, devastated when I reach that last page. Which is why I’m so glad that there weren’t any ARCs made available in 2012.

    Because I think this book is one I’m going to have to fight to start reading and when I do, I’m sure I’ll be reading it with squinted eyes or through the spaces between my fingers like I do with anything that has the potential to scare me. I’m sure it will be scary good… but it will be knife-through-the-heart terrifying too.

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    AFTERGLOW (Wildefire #3) by Karsten Knight

    Why Top Ten? Because this series is epic. Because the heroine is seriously, seriously fierce. Because the mythology is diverse and interesting. Because the story is action-packed, heartbreaking, and packs one heck of a punch. Because the writing is simply gorgeous.

    I can’t imagine that this series will be able to come to a close in this third book. This story just holds so much possibility. There are so many gods and goddesses who have interesting backgrounds I’d love to know more about.

    And Ashline Wilde’s “predicament” doesn’t seem even close to being resolved.

    Of course I’m confident the author will be able to wrap things up in this third book. I just don’t want that to happen. I most definitely want more.

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    SWEET PERIL (The Sweet Trilogy #2) by Wendy Higgins

    Why Top Ten? Kaidan Rowe. That is all.

    Okay, well I wasn’t being entirely honest. There is more to this book than Kaidan Rowe. There’s the fact that this world is so incredibly dark. The bad boy is incredibly bad – he is the son of the Duke of Lust after all. Oops… I somehow brought that back around to Kai again.

    The writing is so incredibly good. The characters are interesting. The plot is immensely entertaining. And I’m just dying to know what’s next. Especially as I read the description….

    Which leaves me with questions, questions and more questions. Release date is just too far away.

    7.

    Dance of the Red Death

    DANCE OF THE RED DEATH (Masque of the Red Death #2) by Bethany Griffin

    Why Top Ten? The writing is gorgeous and haunting and flows beautifully. The world is utterly intriguing and horrifying. It pays homage to Poe’s stories. It’s dark, disturbing and tension-filled.

    I am so looking forward to continuing this story. I’m actually rather desperate since I took a peek at the description and read these two sentences:

    “Araby’s world is in shambles—betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust.”

    Yeah. That makes me really worried about just what happened with the two boys I thought she could trust. Even though there already was that one incident….

    If only April would get here quicker….

    8.

    Boundless

    BOUNDLESS (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand

    Why Top Ten? This series is gorgeous. It’s made me cry so very many tears over the heartbreaking moments. It left me almost equally torn between the two boys in Clara’s life. The writing is simply beautiful. Did I mention how often it made me cry?

    I don’t want this series to end, even if this final book is as “riveting” as the description promises. I want it to go on for at least another two books… or more.

    Although I’m not ready to face “The End” or witness the final battle, I am looking forward to this next installment. I just wish it wasn’t the final one.

    The description talks of “sacrifices” and “betrayal” but gives no answers as to who will make the sacrifice, who is being sacrificed, who gets betrayed or who does the betraying. All I know is that I’m very, very nervous about just how the author will have her characters say their goodbyes.

    Yet even with all of that I cannot wait until BOUNDLESS releases and I can discover those answers for myself.

    9.

    Goddess

    GODDESS (Starcrossed #3) by Josephine Angelini

    Why Top Ten? Because I read DREAMLESS way too early and the wait has been torturous. Because I am desperately anxious for just what will become of the star-crossed lovers – Helen and Lucas. Because after that last epic journey that kept Helen and Lucas apart, I’m even more nervous for their future.

    I fell madly in love with STARCROSSED. I loved the crazy and intense connection that Helen and Lucas made. I loved how they had to fight their urge to destroy one another. I loved how the author resolved that situation…. Nope, sorry, no spoilers here.

    In DREAMLESS I ached for the situation that Helen was being put through. I was terrified about this new connection she was making. I was intrigued by the mythology that was explored. And when I reached the end I nearly screamed because I wanted more, more, more.

    Well, it’s almost 2013. The wait is just about over. Of course the fact that this is yet another series-ending book has me totally devastated. But the description promises there will be “no question unanswered.” Yet at the same time it says no heart will be “untouched.” Oh no!

    So… of course this book made my top ten list. I only wish there was another one to make the list in 2014.

    10.

    Unbreakable

    UNBREAKABLE (Unraveling #2) by Elizabeth Norris

    Why Top Ten? Because UNRAVELING was such an amazing surprise. Because that book tugged on every heartstring. Because that ending left me desperate for the sequel. And because I read the description for UNBREAKABLE and oh my gosh….

    I have absolutely no right to be tormented about the wait for UNBREAKABLE. Because I joined this party late – I only read UNRAVELING this fall. But  I feel tormented. I am tormented.

    That description definitely did its job. It’s left me at the edge of my seat wanting to know just what happens next. It leaves me with so many questions. It makes me want answers NOW. And it makes me so very nervous about a certain character I didn’t ever want to be nervous about.

    As this sequel also has its own sort of countdown clock, I just know it will be every bit the nail-biter that UNRAVELING was. Which makes me more than look forward to its release. Words like desperate, maybe a little despondent, slightly inconsolable, and perhaps a touch wretched come to mind.

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    So that’s my top ten… well, one of them anyway. As mentioned above, I couldn’t possibly list just ten books releasing in 2013 I’m looking forward to. So these are just those books in a series I’m looking forward to continuing in 2013.

    My top ten picks for new books in a series, standalones, debuts or other books that will be a “first” for me, can be found on THE ANNEX.

    Honorable-Mentions

    Last year I went a little crazy with my Top 10 Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2012 list. I’m thinking the numerous honorable mentions are what prompted the suggestion this year that we don’t go overboard. Yes I did a top ten “best of” list and then did a list of the “rest of” the books I was dying to read.

    So this year I’m keeping the honorable mentions to just five books I have on my radar. Of course I did create that other list on The Annex… but still, that totals a mere twenty-five books. A much more reasonable number than the 100+ I had on last year’s list.

    SCARLET (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer

    UNTITLED (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

    DARK TRIUMPH (His Fair Assassin #2) by Robin LaFevers

    CLOCKWORK PRINCESS (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

    THE LOST SUN (The United States of Asgard #1) by Tessa Gratton

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    It’s still not too late to sign up for the event, even though it ends today. Whether you want to go back and post your Top Ten Lists for any of the missing posts or you just want to start today… you can!

    For those of you who are participating, I can’t wait to check out your Top Ten posts – and most especially today’s post as I just know there are a ton of books coming out in 2013 that I haven’t heard of yet. Just leave your link in the Linky List below so everyone can take a peek.

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    And don’t forget to check out today’s giveaway on…

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    PLEASE NOTE: This is the SAME Linky List that is on each of the co-hosts blogs, so please just enter your links once!



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