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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #63

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

    These are books for the week of March 13th-March 19th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Infamous by Sherrilyn Kenyon will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 480 pages.

    Infamous is the third book in the Chronicles of Nick series by author Sherrilyn Kenyon.

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    I seriously have to start reading the Dark-Hunters books and I must get caught up on the Chronicles of Nick. I loved the first book in the series and I’ve been dying to read Invincible since its release. So, of course I pre-ordered this for my Kindle the second it was available.

    In this third book, according to the description – and yes I took a peek – Nick Gautier must fight for his survival. Even his father is trying to kill him. And this battle is even more epic because it will determine whether he’s a hero or the boy who “ends the world.”

    And apparently for someone who has all sorts of amazing abilities like raising the dead and killing zombies, he isn’t mastering the art of driving. That normal, mundane, human task.

    I can’t wait to finally find the time to catch up on Nick’s story and to meet him as an adult in the author’s adult series. I hope to do one or the other in the next couple of months.

    Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover and eBook format. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Spell Bound is the third book in the Hex Hall series by the author.

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    Finally. Finally, finally, finally! The wait is over. I can’t believe it. Seriously. I know I’m in the middle of reading another book right now, but I will be checking my Kindle download the second I get Spell Bound so that I can find out what the heck happened.

    The wait has been torturous. I haven’t been able to stop guessing as to just what might have happened to everyone at the end of Demonglass. I am so glad to not have to wait any longer. The author and publisher have been very hush hush about everything and it’s been killing me. Slowly. Every day. Just killing me.

    Even the description doesn’t reveal anything. It actually made things worse by saying that Sophie is “defenseless” and “alone.” What does that mean?

    Because of all the secrecy and that cliffhanger ending, I think this is the book I’m most anticipating the release of this week. I spotlighted it for my Book Watch post last month and I’ve been counting down the days until its release.

    I am so curious as to why Sophie’s powers have been stripped, how she plans on saving the world and most of all just what happened after that cliffhanger. I have no idea if this is the final book in the series, but I seriously hope not and I hope that if there are many books to come that the endings aren’t quite as cruel as the last.

    The Savage Grace by Bree Despain will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 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 496 pages.

    The Savage Grace is the third and final novel in the Dark Divine series by author Bree Despain.

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    I can’t believe that The Savage Grace is the final novel in the series. When I heard that it was, a few months back, I was wrecked. This series was one of my very first series about werewolves that I fell in love with – being a fan of the vamps I was always wary of their furry counterparts. But this series was so easy to love.

    Even though my pre-order will download tonight I have a feeling that I’m going to pretend that this series is not ending and wait to read it for just a little while. Although I wanted to throttle Grace just a bit in the last book, I still adore her and Daniel and even Caleb.

    The description is not making it easy, though. Starting right off with – “A troubled soul. An impossible choice. A final battle.” – has already more than piqued my curiosity. And to say that the love story will have a “breathtaking conclusion” has me freaking out a little.

    But I am ecstatic that this book is releasing this week and that I’ll have my copy in just a few short hours. I only wish that there were a couple more books to come.

    Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    Wanderlove is author Kirsten Hubbard’s sophomore novel.

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    Wanderlove is another book whose release date surprised me. But I’m super thrilled it’s releasing this week and that I’ll have a copy for my collection. When I first heard about the book, it seemed like forever until its release, but forever is here.

    The cover is what drew me in. Much like the cover for Like Mandarin, the author’s debut novel, its beauty and simplicity really caught my eye. But a story about a girl who is on a “quest for independence” who travels to Central America to discover herself and meets a boy who is also trying to find his way sounds absolutely beautiful and magical and bittersweet.

    I can’t wait to meet Bria and Rowan and discover just what they learn about themselves, if anything.

    To read a short excerpt from the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    Pretty Crooked is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    The title of the book Pretty Crooked is what first grabbed me. Then after reading the description I was hooked. This story sounds fun and super cute. I love Robin Hood stories and one with a contemporary spin is even better.

    I had an early ARC I received through a trade, but had to pass it along since I wasn’t able to read it before release, but I did pre-order it because I wanted to have this book in my collection to read when I got the chance.

    Prep school. Theft. Revenge. And one incredibly distracting bad boy. Yes, this book is definitely a book I can’t wait to read.

    To read an excerpt of the prologue at TeenReads CLICK HERE.

    Starters by Lissa Price will be released in the U.S. on March 13, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

    Starters is the first book in a new series of the same name by the author and is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    I only just recently discovered Starters, though I did see it on NetGalley a few weeks before that. But having listened to the chatter and then taking a look at the description made me so curious about this book with a cover that is hauntingly, eerily beautiful and somewhat disturbing.

    And oooh that description. It makes this book sound seriously creepy and incredibly good, so of course I had to pre-order it. When I first saw the words “Spore Wars,” it made me think this was a fantasy type of novel. But reading on, it seems like something very different.

    Between the neurochips, Prime Destinations – the facility in Beverly Hills that rents out bodies so that older people can feel young again – and some kind of an evil plan, this is one book that I’m already dying to find out more about.

    I really, really hope that I can read this next month.

    To take a look inside, courtesy of the publisher Delacorte Press, CLICK HERE.

    And to check out the book on the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Scorched Skies by Samantha Young will be released in the U.S. in paperback format on March 16. The eBook is available now at Amazon.

    Scorched Skies is the second book in the Fire Spirits series by author Samantha Young.

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    One of the seriously awesome things about self-published books is that the wait between releases in a series tends to be a bit shorter. Especially books by author Samantha Young, because she is a writing machine.

    Scorched Skies, the second book in the Fire Spirits series already released in eBook format, but the paperback edition comes out this week. So, even though I have an eBook copy, I wanted to include it with this week’s releases since I hadn’t included it in last week’s post.

    I am so excited to continue the story of the Ari, Jai and Charlie. The world that the author created of the Jinn (genies) is magical and alluring and exciting. And I’m incredibly nervous about what is to come in this second book in the series.

    According to the description there are lives lost, Ari is being hunted and there is someone else for her to fear. I can’t wait to find out if Ari takes control of her powers and becomes the hunter instead of being the hunted and just what happens, if anything, with her and Jai… or Charlie.

    And I absolutely can’t wait to find out what the White King is up to and to meet the new villain in this story, a dark sorcerer.

    This sequel sounds totally epic and I can’t wait to read this (hopefully) next week.

    Out of Sight, Out of Time (Gallagher Girls #5) by Ally Carter

    Pub. Date: March 13, 2012

    Published by: Hyperion Books for Children

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    The Vampire Diaries: Moonsong (The Hunters Vol. 2) by L.J. Smith

    Pub. Date: March 13, 2012

    Published by: HarperTeen

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    {Note: All covers link to the books on Goodreads}

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    Another awesome week full of amazing new releases. I don’t know how I am going to stay on track with my reads when there are just so many books releasing this week that I’m dying to dive into.

    Maybe things will quiet down for the next couple of weeks… I hope… because there are quite a few books releasing in April and a ton of new books releasing in May that I’m more than anxious to devour. Though I have a feeling there are just a few more books full of win that will be releasing this month.

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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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    Review: The Lost Saint

    The Lost Saint by Bree Despain is the second book in the Dark Divine series. It was released in the U.S. in hardcover, audio and eBook formats on December 28, 2010. The print edition is 416 pages.

    Synopsis from the author’s website. Don’t read if you haven’t read the first book in the series CONTAINS SPOILERS:

    Grace Divine made the ultimate sacrifice to cure Daniel Kalbi. She was infected with the werewolf curse while trying to save him, and lost her beloved brother in the process. When Grace receives a haunting phone call from Jude, she knows what she must do. She must become a Hound of Heaven.

    Desperate to find Jude, Grace befriends Talbot—a newcomer to town who promises her that he can help her be a hero. But as the two grow closer, the wolf grows in Grace, and her relationship with Daniel is put in danger—in more ways than one.

    Unaware of the dark path she is walking, Grace begins to give into the wolf inside of her—not realizing that an enemy has returned and a deadly trap is about to be sprung.

    It’s ten months later and Grace’s life still hasn’t returned to normal – or at least as close to normal as she’s going to get given the events that went down with Daniel and her brother Jude.

    Jude is still missing and her Mom alternates between being in overprotective mode and acting like the living dead. Her Dad is gone all the time, supposedly looking for Jude, and neglecting his fatherly duties and responsibilities as Pastor, leaving her, her sister Charity and her baby brother James to fend for themselves.

    When Grace gets a call from Jude and discovers cryptic messages telling her not to trust someone, she is determined to find him, uncover the meaning behind his warnings and save him as she promised she would. But when she turns to Daniel looking for help, he pulls away, pleading with her not to go looking on her own.

    As he becomes more and more secretive, she wonders if Daniel was the one her brother warned her about. And when she meets someone who is willing to help her harness her abilities and try to track down Jude, she is more than ready to accept his assistance.

    Sneaking around and not confiding in Daniel are things Grace never thought she would do, but with Daniel’s lack of trust in her, why should she listen to him? As she grows closer to her mentor and friend Nathan Talbot, will she be willing to walk away from her relationship with Daniel, the one she was willing to sacrifice everything for in the first place?

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    The Lost Saint is the second novel in the Dark Divine series by author Bree Despain. It continues the story of Grace Divine as she attempts to get control over her newly acquired abilities and find her brother so that her family can be made whole once again. In her quest to do so, her relationship with Daniel suffers and the control she so desperately wants begins to slip further and further away.

    This is yet another brilliantly written story by Ms. Despain. The book starts right off with a riveting prologue that will immediately have you questioning everything.

    What at first seems like a typical plot with an elusive boyfriend, a lack of communication, a girl turning to someone else for affection and a pretty straightforward mystery, The Lost Saint is instead quite a surprise. Each character raises suspicions and at every turn someone new rises to the top of the list. When you think you’ve got everything figured out, think again.

    The story is climactic and builds to an explosive and heartbreaking conclusion that will leave you hanging as Grace once again proves to be a worthy and lovable heroine.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

    On a personal note:

    I absolutely loved the first book in the series. It was actually the rather subtle but pretty cover that made me buy it in the first place. I had no idea what it was about or where it was leading. I remember being at the edge of my seat for the second half of the book and completely blow-away by its ending. Needless to say, I’ve had this book on my pre-order list for ages.

    When I first started to read this I wasn’t sure if I completely remembered everything from the first book, but it all came back within pages. A lengthy retelling was not necessary to bring back all the events from book one. The first story was so different and the storyline stood out making this series very memorable.

    I spent the first half of the book so frustrated with Grace and Daniel and the second half completely on-edge, wondering what might happen. I was completely shocked by the ending which is a really good thing. Who wants predictable? And a few definite tearful moments thrown in – yes I did sob just a little bit – made this such a perfect story to read in one sitting. Grace may in fact truly be “the Divine One.”

    (And I love the fact that the author includes that Grace’s dad believes that: anything important could be found in a book. So totally true!)

    This series is definitely a re-read and I’d like to read both books back-to-back just to have the experience of discovering this as one complete story.

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    At the time of this review I don’t have any information on the next book in the series, but with the cliffhanger ending, hopefully one is forthcoming next December (or sooner)!

    Click here to read the gripping prologue of The Lost Saint from the author’s website.

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    If you haven’t read the first book in the series, The Dark Divine, here is a peek at Chapter 1 from the author’s website.

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    Book Watch: The Lost Saint (Book 2 in the Dark Divine series)

    The Lost Saint is the second novel in the Dark Divine series by author Bree Despain. It is scheduled to be released on December 28, 2010 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats and is available now for pre-order.

    Description of the first book in the series, The Dark Divine from the author’s website:

    Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared—the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in blood. But she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night really held. And when Daniel returns three years later, Grace can no longer deny her attraction to him, despite promising Jude she’ll stay away.

    As Grace gets closer to Daniel, her actions stir the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind Jude and Daniel’s dark secret . . . and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it—her soul.

    The long awaited sequel, The Lost Saint, continues the story of Grace, Daniel and Jude. As the description contains spoilers for those who haven’t read The Dark Divine, it is not being posted here. To read the synopsis on the author’s website, click here.

    The Dark Divine was the debut novel for the author and it and The Lost Saint are definite must reads for readers interested in the YA paranormal genre.

    Book trailer for The Dark Divine:

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