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    The Extras: October & November

    Yes we’re back with this month’s and last month’s “Extras” post. As some of you may already know…

    Whenever I find either a legal free download, an excerpt or sneak peek of a book online, I try to link to it in a related post or include the link in my sidebar (to your right).

    But once a month I’ll pop them into a post for a “one-stop shop” with a brief description. You may have previously seen some of these in my sidebar and one or two may still be lingering, well here they are once more in case you missed them. (My sidebar tends to have a LOT of info.)

    We have a few peeks at upcoming releases, just released books and some of them are just items that have been offered for free for awhile but you might have missed.

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    I know I’m a month late with this post, so I’m doing one LONG post combining this month and last month, but better late than never. Especially for free stuff!

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    November Peeks

    Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep will be released in the U.S. on November 29, 2011.

    Kiss of Frost is the second full-length book in the Mythos Academy series by the author. Dark Frost, the third book in the series, is slated for release in 2012.

    This sounds like an exciting series. Gwen Frost is a warrior-in-training at Mythos Academy, a school for “myths, magic and warrior whiz kids.” In this sequel, Gwen is in her second year and there is a new mystery or two to solve. It seems two people – an invisible archer and a Reaper – want Gwen dead. And she’ll have to team up with Logan Quinn in order to figure out how to stop them and hopefully survive.

    To get a peek at Chapter One from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Legend by Marie Lu will be released in the U.S. on November 29, 2011.

    Legend is the first book in a new dystopian series by the debut author, set in a militaristic nation, now occupying the western portion of the United States.

    The story revolves around June, who is from a well-to-do family, and Day, who is not. Day becomes the suspect in June’s brother’s murder and she is seeking vengeance against his killer. With a description that promises “nonstop action, suspense, and romance,” Legend looks to be an exciting read.

    To get an early peek from the series website, CLICK HERE. And to read an excerpt from Scribd, CLICK HERE.

    Unleashed by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie will be released in the U.S. on November 22, 2011.

    Unleashed is the first book in the new Wolf Springs Chronicles by the authors.

    This new series sounds absolutely intriguing. Katelyn McBride is sent to live in the small town of Wolf Springs, nestled in the Ozarks of Arkansas. The town’s secrets are centuries-old and “sinister” according to the description and Katelyn is the catalyst for some sort of change – for good or bad we do not know.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE. To listen to (or download) an audio excerpt, CLICK HERE.

    The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler will be released in the U.S. on November 15, 2011.

    The premise of The Future of Us is absolutely fascinating. This story takes readers to back 1996 when fewer than half of high schoolers in the U.S. had used the Internet. Emma gets her first computer and she and her best friend Josh log on to find themselves on Facebook in 2011. Like the title says, they get a glimpse at their future selves and it will be exciting to see what it holds for these two characters.

    The authors wrote alternating chapters, according to Carolyn Mackler’s website. She wrote Emma’s first draft and he wrote Josh’s. Then they swapped and edited each other’s work. It sounds like an exciting concept where two different voices are made cohesive through the editorial process and I’m excited to see just how well it all comes together.

    To read an excerpt on Carolyn Mackler’s website, CLICK HERE.

    To access the App on Facebook for all sorts of exclusive content, CLICK HERE. (Requires a FB account.)

    Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi will be released in the U.S. on November 15, 2011.

    Shatter Me is the first book in a new dystopian/paranormal series by debut author Tahereh Mafi.

    I normally give a little summary based on the Goodreads description for each book. But I’ve read Shatter Me and I loved, loved, loved it, so I first have to say, just read the excerpt. You won’t be disappointed. This book is written so unbelievably beautifully. Any description won’t do it justice.

    If you must know the basics and believe me, they don’t even touch on the amazing-ness of this book, Shatter Me is being called a dystopian novel with a paranormal twist. The Reestablishment has imprisoned Juliette for murder. Her touch is lethal and because of that she’s been in isolation for a very long time. After being in captivity for so long, without any human contact, they decide that her deadly touch could be an asset. She could be their weapon. And Shatter Me is Juliette’s story.

    To get a sneak peek at chapter one on the book’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE.

    The Pledge by Kimberly Derting will be released in the U.S. on November 15, 2011.

    The Pledge is a dystopian novel set in Ludania, a violent country where language determines class. The main character Charlaina has the ability to understand all languages, which in Ludania can be very dangerous. And from the description, life in Ludania is harsh and its citizens are fearful, but Charlie seems to be the key to ousting the “oppressive” leadership and changing things for everyone.

    To read an excerpt of Chapter One from the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    The Ripper: The Vampire Diaries: Stefan’s Diaries by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on L.J. Smith’s The Vampire Diaries novel and the CW’s The Vampire Diaries television show, will be released in the U.S. on November 8, 2011.

    The Ripper is the fourth volume of Stefan’s Diaries and interestingly, its release corresponds to the appearance of Stefan as “The Ripper” on this season’s show, although this book is about the original serial killer, Jack the Ripper.

    This installment takes readers to London in 1888 where Stefan is drawn to the investigation that follows Jack the Ripper, the famous serial killer, and Stefan thinks the killer is a vampire and someone he knows.

    To take a peek inside, courtesy of HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    Prized by Caragh M. O’Brien will be released in the U.S. on November 8, 2011.

    Prized is the second book in the Birthmarked series by the author. Birthmarked was the author’s debut novel.

    The second book in this dystopian series follows sixteen-year-old Gaia Stone as she leaves the Enclave and heads out into the wasteland. She’s is captured by another society, where the women outnumber the men, whose rules state that kissing is a crime. And from the description it seems that in order to be reunited with her sister, she must follow their rules and not her heart.

    To read an excerpt of Chapter One, courtesy of the publisher, Macmillan, CLICK HERE.

    November Peeks: Already Released

    Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.

    Tiger’s Voyage is the third book in the Tiger’s Curse series by the author. Tiger’s Destiny, the fourth book in the series, and Tiger’s Dream, the fifth book, are both scheduled for release in 2012.

    As I haven’t yet read this series, but own the first two books, I’ve been trying to avoid the Goodreads description for this book. But I did get a glimpse. And it seems that this book will bring Kelsey and the tiger princes closer to breaking the curse.

    To get a long look inside at the first four chapters from the series website, CLICK HERE.

    Reckoning by Lili St. Crow was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.

    Reckoning is the fifth and final book in the Strange Angels series by the author.

    Strange Angels is a favorite series that I’ve fallen quite behind on, so I absolutely will not look at its description on Goodreads. But I know that the first two books in this series, which follows Dru Anderson, a girl with “the touch” who has to constantly battle to survive, were incredibly exciting.

    To get a preview at the first chapter of Reckoning, CLICK HERE.

    Crossed by Ally Condie was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.

    Crossed is the second book in the Matched trilogy by the author. The third book, slated for release next year, is currently untitled.

    I have yet to read Matched, but it is in my collection. In this installment, Cassia journeys to the Outer Providences to find Ky and according to the description, she still hasn’t decided about a future with Ky or one with Xander. It also promises that twists and turns can be expected for this sequel in a series I can’t wait to devour.

    To read an excerpt of the first two chapters of Crossed from EW’s Shelf Life,CLICK HERE.

    Last Breath by Rachel Caine was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.

    Last Breath is the eleventh book in the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine. The twelfth book, Black Dawn, will be released in 2012.

    In this installment, there are three missing vampires and a new arrival in town named Magnus. Claire Danvers is certain that he he isn’t human, but she’s not sure just what he is. Could there be a new paranormal in Morganville?

    Last Breath has already been released, but for those who don’t have it quite yet, but don’t want to wait, CLICK HERE for an excerpt from Penguin’s website.

    Dark Eden by Patrick Carman was released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011.

    A sequel, Eve of Destruction, is slated for release on April 24, 2012.

    Seven teens are sent to Fort Eden in a last-ditch attempt to overcome their fears. But while Fort Eden may hold the cure, the price might not be worth paying. And with an unusual twist at the end about just what’s really going on at Fort Eden and a complete multimedia experience to supplement the story, this is definitely worth checking out.

    To get a look inside Dark Eden courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

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    October Peeks

    Since I had so many peeks for November, and the post is getting quite lengthy, for your sanity and mine, I’m only putting in the release date information and the excerpt links for October.

    Most of these books were featured in my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” posts throughout October with a brief summary, as I’ve purchased nearly all of them, so if you really wanted to know more, feel free to check them out in the archives.

    The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa was released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011.

    The Iron Knight is the fourth and final book in the Iron Fey series by author Julie Kagawa, told from Ash’s perspective.

    To read an excerpt from the book’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE. (Liking the page may be required to read it.)

    Destined by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast was released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011.

    Destined is the ninth full-length book in the House of Night series. The tenth book, Hidden, is scheduled for release in 2012.

    To read or listen to an excerpt from the series website, CLICK HERE.

    The Vampire Diaries: The Hunters: Phantom created by L.J. Smith was released in the U.S. on October 25, 2011.

    Phantom is the first book in the new The Hunters series. Moonsong, Hunters #2, and Eternity, Hunters #3, will be released in 2012.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of the publisher, HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez was released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.

    To get a long look inside Virtuosity courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    Swear by Nina Malkin was released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.

    Swear is the sequel to Swoon by author Nina Malkin.

    To get a look inside Chapter One from the publisher’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl was released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.

    Beautiful Chaos is the third full-length book in the Beautiful Creatures series by the authors.

    A long look inside is available on the book’s website, just CLICK HERE.

    (This excerpt was already included in my September’s Extras post, but just in case you thought I’d forgotten it, because it is an October release, I’ve included it here.)

    Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel was released in the U.S. on October 18, 2011.

    Dearly, Departed is the first book in the Gone with the Respiration series by author Lia Habel. Dearly, Beloved, the second book in the series, is slated for release in 2012.

    To get a look inside Dearly, Departed from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Devoted by Hilary Duff was released in the U.S. on October 11, 2011.

    Devoted is the sequel to Elixir by the author.

    To read an excerpt of Chapter One courtesy of the publisher, CLICK HERE.

    Unforsaken by Sophie Littlefield was released in the U.S. on October 11, 2011.

    Unforsaken is the sequel to Banished by the author.

    To read an excerpt on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Deadly Cool by Gemma Halliday was released in the U.S. on October 11, 2011.

    Deadly Cool is the first book in the new series of the same name by author Gemma Halliday. Social Suicide, the second book in the series, is slated for release in 2012.

    To read an excerpt online of Chapter One on the author’s website, CLICK HERE. To download the excerpt in PDF format to add to your eReader, also courtesy of the author, CLICK HERE.

    Awake at Dawn by C.C. Hunter was released in the U.S. on October 11, 2011.

    Awake at Dawn is the second book in the Shadow Falls series by author C.C. Hunter. The third book in the series, Taken at Dusk will be released in April 2012.

    To get a look at an excerpt from the first chapter courtesy of the publisher Macmillan, CLICK HERE.

    Eve by Anna Carey was released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011.

    Eve is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Anna Carey. The sequel, Once, is scheduled for release in 2012.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of the publisher, HarperTeen, and DarkDays, CLICK HERE.

    Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon was released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011.

    Carrier of the Mark is the first book in a new trilogy by this debut author.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick was released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011.

    Silence is the third book in the Hush, Hush series. A fourth book, yet to be titled, is planned.

    To read an excerpt of Chapter One courtesy of the publisher Simon & Schuster, CLICK HERE. An audio excerpt is also available, HERE.

    Liesl & Po, a middle grade illustrated novel, written by Lauren Oliver, was released in the U.S. on October 4, 2011.

    To get a long look inside courtesy of HarperCollins Children’s Books, CLICK HERE.

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    I have only read a few of the above October and November releases. That’s just how far behind I am with my reading. And I haven’t checked out any of the excerpts.

    But I do own most of the books in the above list or have them pre-ordered, so I hope to get to them soon.

    I know I’ve missed quite a few Amazon freebie downloads in this post, but if they’re still available when I do my December Extras post in a few weeks, I’ll add them to that, much shorter list.

    I hope there are a few excerpts for books that you might enjoy. Happy freebie reading!

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #44

    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 November 1st-November 7th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Reckoning by Lili St. Crow will be released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011 in paperback format. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, the print edition is 30y pages.

    Reckoning is the fifth and final book in the Strange Angels series by author Lili St. Crow

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    I have been a fan of this series for ages, although since I started blogging I have fallen way behind. I didn’t even realize that this was the final book in the series, though its release has been on my radar for months.

    While it’s not yet available for me to pre-order for my Kindle or Nook now, I expect it to be released electronically soon. I own all the other books in the series, have read the first two, and can’t wait for this book to join my permanent collection.

    I only took a tiny peek at the Goodreads description, just enough of one to let me know it was the final book, because I didn’t want it to spoil Jealousy or Defiance, which are still on my TBR list. But for those who want to check it out, there is a link to the book page on Goodreads in the cover image.

    I can’t believe this series is ending. I would love the opportunity to re-read the series from the beginning so that I can have all four books fresh in my mind when I read this last book. I am hoping for a happy ending, but as I don’t know what happened in Jealousy or Defiance, I’m not certain where things stand for Dru Anderson.

    I wish this was already downloadable as an eBook, but this is a book and series that is worth waiting for. Of course if I do get the chance to re-read the series prior to it being made available electronically, I will purchase a print copy of this book to read.

    Crossed by Ally Condie will be released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Dutton Juvenile, a division of the Penguin Group, the print edition is 367 pages.

    Crossed is the second book in the Matched series by author Ally Condie.

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    Crossed is another book I’ve been anxiously anticipating. I had hoped to read Matched – which I own and which has been on my TBR pile since it was first released – prior to Crossed’s release date, but it doesn’t look like that is going to happen.

    Even though I’m not caught up, I still have this pre-ordered for my Kindle and I hope to get to both books soon. I heard such amazing things about Matched, and the few whispers I’ve listened to about Crossed have been positive, so of course I’ve been dying to dive into this series.

    Once again, as I don’t want to read the Goodreads description for fear of spoilers, I’ve linked it through the cover image. But I did check out the Goodreads description for Matched and I’m so super curious about this dystopian novel.

    I’ve loved both covers, but I think I love the cover for Crossed a little bit more. The first book’s cover had the girl trapped in the bubble, in this book the girl is breaking free, so I can’t wait to find out just how that relates to the story.

    To read an excerpt of the first two chapters of Crossed from EW’s Shelf Life, CLICK HERE.

    Touch by Jus Accardo’s official release date in the U.S. is November 1, 2011, although the eBook was made available on October 9, 2011. It is currently available to order online in print and eBook formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Entangled Publishing, the print edition is 251 pages.

    Touch is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

    Touch is the first book in the Denazen series by author Jus Accardo.

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    I heard about this book on author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s blog. I decided to check it out, and after I read the book’s description I just knew that this would be a book I’d love to read. And while I did download the eBook for my Kindle earlier this month, I waited until its official release date to mention it in my Releasing This Week post.

    I heard really great things from the bloggers I know who already read this book, so I’m even more excited to start reading this soon. I am super curious to find out just what happens at the Denazen Corporation, why Kale’s touch is deadly and what secret he’s keeping..

    I am also dying to find out just who or what the Sixes are and what kinds of weapons they’re being used as.

    I’m thrilled that this is already in my permanent collection and I can’t wait to add it to the top of my reading pile, hopefully next month.

    Last Breath by Rachel Caine will be released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by NAL, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Last Breath is the eleventh book in the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine.

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    This is another series I love but am seriously behind on. I haven’t had a chance to read Ghost Town or Bite Club, which were both released after I started blogging.

    I love this series, the world, the characters and the book covers and am excited whenever each book releases so that I can add them to my permanent collection, I just haven’t had the time to read the last few books.

    As I already spotlighted this book for my Book Watch post, I will only say that this is just such a fun and easy-to-read series and I can’t wait to get caught up and find out who this new character is in Last Breath.

    To get a long look inside Last Breath on the book’s website,  CLICK HERE.

    Dark Eden by Patrick Carman will be released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio 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, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Dark Eden is the first book in a new series by the same name from author Patrick Carman.

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    While I’ve already read and reviewed Dark Eden and checked out many of the online additions like the “Fear Test” and downloaded the App from iTunes, I do have the eBook pre-ordered for my Kindle.

    I gave away my ARC and I want the eBook in my permanent collection. Especially as there will be a book two, which I did not know about when I read it.

    Eve of Destruction is slated for release on April 24, 2012 from Katherine Tegen Books, and is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover format only.

    I just have to know where this series is headed after the rather surprising twist at the end. And I’m glad that Eve of Destruction will be released in less than six months.

    As I did just recently review Dark Eden, here, and got all sorts of extras as part of my blog tour stop, here, I won’t go rambling on and on. But this is an exciting story that is a bit of a mystery and even more of a chilling thriller. And I’m curious to see if the final version deviates in any major way from the ARC I read for review.

    To get a long look inside Dark Eden courtesy of HarperTeen, CLICK HERE.

    Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck will be released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats.

    It’s currently available to pre-order online in hardcover and audio formats at Amazon, and in eBook and audio formats and an exclusive hardcover edition with an extra chapter, at Barnes & Noble. [To find the audiobook edition at B&N, CLICK HERE.]

    Published by Splinter, the print edition is 560 pages.

    Tiger’s Voyage is the third book in the Tiger’s Saga series by author Colleen Houck.

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    I don’t remember how I first learned of this series, but the cover for the first book in the series was so beautiful I had to buy it. I also purchased the second book in the series and now have the third book in the series pre-ordered at Barnes & Noble.

    While I haven’t yet read any of this series, it’s one I’m really looking forward to discovering. Aside from the beautiful covers – and this one’s my favorite – the story sounds absolutely amazing. According to the description of the first book, it’s an epic story that has magic, spells, romance and adventure – all things I love to read about.

    As I haven’t yet started the series, I have avoided the Goodreads description for this third book, but I have linked it in the cover image for those who want to know more.

    And for an even longer look at the first four chapters of Tiger’s Voyage from the series website, CLICK HERE.

    And if you haven’t yet read any of the series, be sure to check out the Tiger’s Curse website, as the first seven chapters of Tiger’s Curse are available to read online as are the first four chapters of Tiger’s Quest.

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    Once again it’s another six book week. But there are not too many books that I actually can add to the top of my reading pile. Four of the books are from series that I have earlier books I must read in order to get caught up. One book I’ve already read.

    So that just leaves Touch, which I am dying to read just as soon as I get a little more caught up with promised reads.

    But those four series books are ones that I’m just dying to get caught up on so that I can read these latest releases. I just hope that I can get to at least one or two of them before the year ends.

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

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

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    The Trailers: November

    They’re back! For those times when you just need a short break from reading. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for just some of the upcoming books releasing in November, the trailer for a much anticipated book releasing today, and a few late arrivals that I just couldn’t leave behind.

    There are quite a few November releases that either don’t have trailers, or don’t have them yet, but I hope to include those with next month’s “The Trailers” post.

    I anticipate the trailers for Tiger’s Voyage by Colleen Houck and Reckoning by Lili St. Crow, whose Strange Angels series always has had such kick-a** amazing ones.

    And I am really hoping that there will be a trailer for Rachel Caine’s Last Breath, one for The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler, and one for Kimberly Derting’s The Pledge.

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    The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

    Release date: October 25, 2011

    (Harlequinbooks)

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    Crossed by Ally Condie

    Release date: November 1, 2011

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Dark Eden by Patrick Carman

    Release date: November 1, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

    Release date: November 15, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    Legend by Marie Lu

    Release date: November 29, 2011

    (PenguinGroupUSA)

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    And for just a peek ahead at what’s coming in December…

    The Clockwork Prince Masquerade Ball Trailer by Cassandra Clare

    Release date: December 6, 2011

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    And for a look back at a couple of those we may have missed…

    The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

    Release date: September 27, 2011

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

    Release date: October 4, 2011

    (SimonSchusterVideos) – the US trailer

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

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    Dark Eden Blog Tour + Giveaway

    Welcome to the official Dark Eden blog tour!

    Halloween is just around the corner and to celebrate the publication of Dark Eden, available everywhere November 1st, this month author Patrick Carman will be visiting blogs to share spooky guest posts and sneak peeks from his brand new book and app.

    Title: Dark Eden

    Author: Patrick Carman

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    Pub. date: November 1, 2011

    Pages: 336

    Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    Description:

    When Will Besting approaches Fort Eden for the first time, he knows something isn’t right.

    With more terrifying secrets at every turn he discovers a hidden fear deep inside himself, a dark mystery a thousand years in the making, and the unexpected girl of his dreams.

    But can he save everyone from the dangers of Fort Eden before it’s too late?

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    I am super excited to be a part of the tour for Patrick Carman’s Dark Eden. I had the chance to read and review the book, which was definitely creepy, especially when combined with the different multimedia components.

    I downloaded the App from iTunes which let me experience Dark Eden in a completely different – and definitely more chilling – way than just reading the book, and it’s absolutely worth checking out. (Details and a whole bunch of other awesome stuff are available from the Dark Eden website, linked below.)

    I took the Fear Test, which I highly recommend, but prepare to be scared. I know I was. And if you stick it out to the end, you get to meet Rainsford, the “mastermind” behind Fort Eden.

    According to my test, apparently I’d much rather be curled up with a book and my iPod rather than hanging out in a crowd of people. It was so right!

    There is a sequel planned, which I had no idea about when I read the book, but I can’t wait for its release. Dark Eden 2: Eve of Destruction will be released on April 24, 2012 and is available to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    My tour stop gives everyone a peek at an interview with Alex Hersch, one of the seven victims patients at Fort Eden. Check it out, below. I am also giving away a pre-order of Dark Eden at the end of this post.

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    At Fort Eden, Will Besting and six other teenagers take turns in mysterious fear chambers designed to help them overcome their crippling phobias.

    On today’s tour stop check out this private video interview with one of Dark Eden‘s characters, Alex Hersch.

    Do you dare to face your fears?

    TAKE THE Dark Eden

    PLACES TO STALK

    Follow Patrick Carman on Twitter

    Visit the official Dark Eden website

    Like Dark Eden of Facebook

    BOOK TRAILER FOR Dark Eden

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    Be sure to check out all the stops on the Dark Eden blog tour

    October 3rd:  The Bookish Brunette
    October 4th:   The Reader Bee
    October 5th:   Novel Novice
    October 6th:   The Bookworms
    October 7th:   Girls in the Stacks
    October 10th: Between the Pages
    October 11th: Dark Readers
    October 12th: Letters Inside Out
    October 13th: The Book Faery
    October 14th: Books Complete Me
    October 17th: Two Chicks on Books
    October 18th: Starry Sky Books
    October 19th: Great Imaginations
    October 20th: Once Upon a Twilight
    October 21st: Me, My Shelf and I
    October 24th: Fiktshun
    October 25th: PageTurners
    October 26th: Icey Books
    October 27th: Truly Bookish
    October 28th: Stuck in Books

    What’s up for grabs:

    A pre-order of Dark Eden by Patrick Carman to one winner, sent directly from Amazon or The Book Depository

    The deets:

    • One entry per person
    • You must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway is International
    • Book will be sent directly from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
    • Contest ends on Friday, October 28, 2011 at 10 p.m. Pacific
    • Winner will be chosen by Random.org and announced here in this post by Midnight on the 28th
    • Winner will be notified by email and have 48 hours to respond with their details

    There is no requirement to like or follow, but spreading the word is always appreciated.

    And if you’d like to follow the author on Twitter, you can find a link in the “Places to Stalk” section above.

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    Stay tuned. Winner will be announced in just a few minutes…

    Congratulations Shari! Random chose you. I have contacted you by email and you have 48 hours to reply with your details or I will be forced to choose another winner.

    Thank you to everyone who stopped by to check out my blog tour stop, take the fear test and to enter the giveaway for a copy of this most unusual book. Happy reading!

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    Review: Dark Eden

    Dark Eden by Patrick Carman will be released in the U.S. on November 1, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio 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, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Goodreads description:

    Fifteen-year-old Will Besting is sent by his doctor to Fort Eden, an institution meant to help patients suffering from crippling phobias. Once there, Will and six other teenagers take turns in mysterious fear chambers and confront their worst nightmares—with the help of the group facilitator, Rainsford, an enigmatic guide. When the patients emerge from the chamber, they feel emboldened by the previous night’s experiences. But each person soon discovers strange, unexplained aches and pains. . . . What is really happening to the seven teens trapped in this dark Eden?

    Patrick Carman’s Dark Eden is a provocative exploration of fear, betrayal, memory, and— ultimately—immortality.

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    Just how far would you go to cure yourself of your darkest fears? What price would you be willing to pay?

    Fort Eden promises a cure for even the most incurable of phobias. A cure that will take you to the darkest depths of your fear, making you confront what terrorizes you the most.

    But in the end, if you make it through and the cure doesn’t kill you, you will be able to live a normal life. Free of the crippling dread that once left you paralyzed.

    But at what cost? How much of yourself would you be willing to give up to be free? And would it still be worth it if you knew just what dark purposes were achieved in order for you to be cured?

    If living free of your worst nightmares is worth any price, then welcome to Fort Eden….

    ***

    Dark Eden is a gripping story that will draw readers into the mystery of Fort Eden and the seven teens who are sent there to confront and overcome their fears.

    As each piece of the puzzle is slowly revealed about this remote facility that promises a cure to what seem to be incurable phobias, new questions arise, leaving readers to guess as to just who Rainsford is and how the supposed cures really work.

    When Will Besting and the six other patients – Ben, Kate, Alex, Connor, Marisa and Avery – first arrive at Fort Eden, Will releases he just can’t go through with it. So, as the others head to the Fort, Will takes off, figuring he can hide out until the week is over.

    While he does have provisions that can sustain him for the week, what he fails to realize is that the nights are extremely cold. So when he gets the opportunity to sneak into the bunker that is adjacent to the facility, he takes a chance.

    And what he discovers in the basement of the bunker is both fascinating and chilling – a bomb shelter with monitors that allow him to watch the other patients as they receive their cures. So, as one by one each of the patients undergoes the process that supposedly cures them, Will watches unnoticed. Hidden away in the depths of the bunker, he is a voyeur to all that is happening.

    The more he sees, the more he begins to question just what is going on. And in his attempt to find out the secret behind the cures and what Fort Eden really is, he may just become its next victim.

    Author Patrick Carman has done something quite different by offering this story as both a complete novel and one that can be approached as a multimedia experience.

    Exploring the word of Fort Eden through audio and video, as well as through the written word, can make each reader’s experience an individual one depending on just how much or how little of each of the different media they choose to incorporate into their reading.

    While choosing to include some, or all, of these extras into the story does enhance the overall effect, it is not required to enjoy this book. Told entirely in the first person from Will Besting’s perspective, it’s as if readers are experiencing the horrors of Fort Eden right along with Will.

    Dark Eden is a fast-paced and captivating story with a twist at the end that readers just might not see coming.

    Reviewer gives this book

    On a personal note:

    I wasn’t sure what to expect when I received a copy of Dark Eden for review. I hadn’t heard about it until it arrived in my mailbox, but from the description (especially that last line), the tagline “Fear is the Cure,” and the cover, it sounded really cool. Definitely something I might enjoy.

    I was a little bit wary after I took a peek inside and saw the chapters were named after the different characters in the story. I was so sure that this would be told by each of the seven characters and I thought that having this story told from all those perspectives might be just a bit too much.

    But when I finally picked it up and got past the first chapter I was ecstatic to discover that the entire story was told from Will Besting’s point of view.

    I got off to a little bit of a slow start with this book, as I found myself puzzling over just what was going on during the first few pages. I spent way too much time trying to figure things out, rather than reading on and getting absorbed in the story. Which I did. Very shortly thereafter.

    And once I did, I was completely taken in. By Will. By everything that was happening at Fort Eden. I wanted to know just what each character’s fears were, what Fort Eden was doing to them and whether everything would be okay in the end. I just had this bad feeling that things would end on a dark note.

    In addition to this being a thriller, there was a mystery, which I immediately set out to try and unravel. And while I was able to figure out most of the story’s secrets and the character’s motives, I did end up missing the biggest one of them all.

    Though I had a few suspicions, I didn’t discover everything there was to know and didn’t quite get what I did piece together right. When everything was revealed at the story’s end, I found myself saying, “Huh” and “Didn’t see that coming….”

    Will Besting was the most interesting – and surprising – of the seven patients at Fort Eden and I liked having the whole story told from his perspective. I loved how he was practically a ghost at Fort Eden for the majority of his stay, wandering alone, in secret and afraid, but I wish he could have explored some more. I would have loved to get a longer look at Fort Eden.

    I did download the App for my iPhone and checked out the free episode Arrival and watched some of the videos and listened to some of the audio. Which really did enhance the experience of this book. But I did all that after my read, rather than combining both and making this a truly interactive experience.

    The videos and audio added a level of creepiness to the Dark Eden experience, but I would have liked to have the author paint more of a picture through his words and through Will’s observations in the book itself.

    I absolutely loved the bunker, which reminded me so much of the one in Lost with those monitors. But my favorite part of Fort Eden had to be the staircase that spiraled down into the endless dark. The one that Rainsford used to come and go.

    I also loved how the numbers and colors had meaning – which I won’t say anything more about because they are definitely spoiler-y.

    But what I loved the most – and it probably has something to do with my age and younger readers won’t find as interesting – were the observations and wrap-up at the end.

    I had wondered about a lot of what was talked about and revealed in that last section. And I liked that the author made his reasons for including certain things a part of the story rather than simply explaining things in an afterword.

    As soon as Will and the other six were headed to Fort Eden I was hooked and was not able to put this down until all my questions were answered. And Will Besting made me smile, right up to – and especially because of – the last line.

    This was such an enjoyable and easy read, with a mystery to solve, a few eerie and chilling moments, especially as pertains to Rainsford, and a pretty huge twist at the end. And while this was not a heartbreaking story, there was just something so sad about how it all ended.

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    For other ways to experience Dark Eden, check out my post, HERE.

    Book trailer for Dark Eden:

    This review is based on an ARC I received from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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    My Reading Pile #28

    I’m not going to lie, it was an awesome week at the mailbox. I just know a bunch of stuff will turn up tomorrow, but what I got so far is unbelievably yummy and full of surprises that I had to create my post tonight rather than waiting for Sunday as I sometimes do when nothing shows up until Saturday afternoon.

    And while the focus of this post will always be about my reading pile and what I’m reading each week, since I am sharing what I got in my mailbox – because I actually have something to share – I would like to give credit to Kristi at The Story Siren who came up with the idea of sharing what’s in her mailbox each week.

    So, as you can imagine from the lovely pile above, I’m super happy with what I got so far this week.

    For review I received a copy of Lockdown by Alexander Gordon from Macmillan. I’m excited to venture into the first book in the Escape from Furnace series as it looks dark and kind of scary.

    Also for review, thanks to the author, Sarah Beth Durst, and Simon & Schuster, I received a finished copy of Drink, Slay, Love. I have been wanting to read this book, and the finished copy is absolutely gorgeous.

    I had purchased two copies of Enthralled from the wonderful independent bookstore, Constellation Books, which happen to be signed by not only the always amazing Jeri Smith-Ready, but Logan Keeley himself. I can’t wait to see Logan in next year’s YA Crush Tourney as he is my favorite crushworthy boy in that series. Sorry Zach! Of course one of these is headed out in a few days to the winner of my Enthralled giveaway.

    I had entered, and won, a charitable auction for a signed ARC of Lola and the Boy Next Door – because the ARC I gave away just wasn’t good enough – and there’s also a signed Anna and the French Kiss bookmark included. I’m in love. I will definitely be reading this series asap!

    And finally – well, finally for books that is – I received two books from Macmillan Audio, The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson and Dragon’s Oath by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, for review.

    Definitely not a bad book haul. But that wasn’t all that showed up.

    I received a few surprise signed bookmarks from Jeri Smith-Ready which I will be sending on to a young fan of the series that I know. And I also received the most gorgeous stack of If I Die bookmarks, all signed! Six of those lovelies will be heading out this week to the six winners of my If I Die giveaway. The rest are mine, mine all mine. No, just kidding. I will be sharing the bookmark love.

    Anyway, moving on to the pile for this week, because that’s what I’m really supposed to be doing with this post, and not just gushing about what the UPS and FedEx men brought me.

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

    (September 25-October 1, 2011)

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    First up this week is Drink, Slay, Love. I know that I just received it, but I’ve been waiting not so patiently for it, although I did buy the eBook just in case I couldn’t wait for the review copy. Well, since I received the hardback for review, I will be saving my eBook copy for a re-read.

    And this book has to go to the top of the pile this week because I just can’t wait.

    As I’ve mentioned before, I am dying to find out just how Pearl managed to get herself stabbed by a unicorn and begin to take on certain human traits, like being able to go out in the sun.

    And I am ever so curious to see whether she goes along with her family’s wishes and lures those poor unsuspecting high school students into a feast for the Vampire King, where they will be the meal.

    But what I’m most interested in finding out is what happens with Pearl and the vampire slayer. I do not imagine that falling for a vampire slayer is going to end well, but I can’t wait to see for myself.

    To take a peek inside on the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

    Next up is Dark Eden by Patrick Carman. I received a copy for review a couple months back, and have been extremely curious about this book. I am a huge fan of scary stories and this one sounds totally creepy and all sorts of awesome.

    Set in an institution, the main character, along with six other teens, are forced to confront their worst nightmares as some sort of dream therapy. But, according to the description, there may be more going on since each one “discovers strange, unexplained aches and pains.” That does not sound good at all.

    I am totally terrified about the idea of dream therapy. And being locked up in an institution would be my worst nightmare. If this book is as terrifying as it sounds I may just read this one during daylight hours.

    If you’d like to learn more about Dark Eden and the multimedia experience the publisher, HarperCollins, has created for this book, watch the trailer or get links on where to stalk the author, check out my post, here.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    While I think I have about a million wishful thinking reads, Entralled tops my list right now. I have been dying to get my hands on this book since April and I finally have it – both in eBook and print format. It looks every bit as awesome as I had hoped it would be and I want nothing more than to dive right into each author’s story, meet new characters and get a chance to see some of my favorites again.

    While I may not get a chance to read this book from cover to cover this week, I have decided that I will be reading at least a few of my favorites whenever I get a chance. And no, I will not tell you who those favorites are, but if you know me, I’m sure you can guess at least two of them.

    Those left behind:

    I am behind on last week’s pile, but I have until Sunday, so we’ll see how things progress. It took me awhile to recover from The Girl of Fire and Thorns – I just wasn’t ready to start something new. But I think I’ve managed to separate myself from that world and am dedicated to tackling last week’s pile and this one.

    I still am behind on reviews from books I read weeks and months ago, and don’t even want to think about what waits for me on NetGalley, but as much as I wish it were different, I can only read one book at a time.

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    I am planning on trying to sneak in one of the audiobooks I received this week for review, perhaps Dragon’s Oath. But it depends on how far I get with last week’s pile which is somehow heaped on top of this one.

    As September comes to a close, I’m still not where I’d like to be with my reads, especially since I’ve managed to acquire just a few more review books although I promised myself I wouldn’t. Fortunately I’m pretty excited about the books I did receive, so you will hear no – well, not too many – complaints from me.

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    Do you create a reading pile?

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

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    Experience Dark Eden

    When I received a surprise copy of Dark Eden from the publisher, HarperCollins, I was thrilled. Dark Eden sounds like one of those books I might not have crossed paths with, but one that is so totally me. Dark and ominous. An institution. Phobias. Yeah, totally me. I mean, look at my site.

    A book that is described as “… a provocative exploration of fear, betrayal, memory, and ultimately immortality” gives me chills.

    Even the tagline gets it right – Fear is the cure. Wow!

    So when the publisher let me know about all these extras, like the trailer – I am a trailer junkie after all – and the multimedia experience, and invited me to share it on the blog, I couldn’t say no. I mean, what’s the harm in spreading a little fear….

    About Dark Eden

    Fifteen-year-old Will Besting is sent by his doctor to Fort Eden, an institution meant to help patients suffering from crippling phobias. Once there, Will and six other teenagers take turns in mysterious fear chambers and confront their worst nightmares—with the help of the group facilitator, Rainsford, an enigmatic guide. When the patients emerge from the chamber, they feel emboldened by the previous night’s experiences. But each person soon discovers strange, unexplained aches and pains. What is really happening to the seven teens trapped in this dark Eden?

    The When’s and Where’s

    Dark Eden will be released on November 1, 2011 in the U.S. That’s right 11-1-11. Wicked cool!

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

    Here’s where you can add Dark Eden to your Goodreads TBR.

    The Dark Eden Experience

    Dark Eden can be experienced in two ways.

    The series is enhanced by a downloadable app that enriches the elements of the traditional narrative through innovative story artifacts including still images, audio recordings, videos, scans, and text entries.

    (For a complete explanation of how the app experience works, check out this video from author Patrick Carman.)

    The Dark Eden app is available now on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and all Android enabled devices.

    To get a taste of what’s to come, download THE ARRIVAL, the first free episode, available through the Dark Eden mobile app in the Apple/iOS App Store and the Android Market.

    Places to Stalk

    Dark Eden on Facebook, the author on Facebook

    The book’s website, the author’s website

    The author on Twitter

    HarperCollins’ book page, HarperCollins’ author page

    The Trailer on MTV Geek

    Sneak a peek at the official Dark Eden trailer that debuted on MTV Geek on September 8th: DARK EDEN Exclusive Trailer

    The Seriously Awesome Trailer

    If you’d prefer to watch it here…

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