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    RYAR Review: INVISIBLE by Dawn Metcalf

    Previously published on ReadingYA.rocks


    ABOUT THE BOOK


    INVISIBLE by Dawn Metcalf
    Series: The Twixt #2
    Published by Harlequin Teen on September 30, 2014
    Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
    Provided by: NetGalley
    Rating: 5 stars

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    This book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

    DESCRIPTION

    Some things lie beneath the surface.

    Invisible.

    With the power to change everything.

    Joy Malone wants it all—power, freedom and the boyfriend who loves her. Yet when an unstoppable assassin is hired to kill her, Joy learns that being the girl with the Sight comes with a price that might be too high to pay. Love will be tested, lives will be threatened, and everyone Joy knows and cares about will be affected by her decision to stand by Ink or to leave the Twixt forever.

    Her choice is balanced on a scalpel’s edge and the consequences will be more life-altering than anyone can guess.


    REVIEW


    The world of the Twixt that Dawn Metcalf created in her series is so different, so imaginative, a little bit creepy, but absolutely wonderful. And INVISIBLE returns readers to that magical world, to characters who are unusual, beautiful, bizarre, and whose motives are most often unknown, complex, and potentially sinister.

    This second installment in the series picks up a few months after the events in INDELIBLE. While things first appear to have settled down for Joy Malone, it’s a calm that is short-lived. With time ticking down to a choice that must be made that could sever her ties to Ink and the Twixt forever, a ruthless knight hell-bent on slaying her, putting everyone she cares about at risk, secrets that she’s keeping and decisions that she’s made that threaten to destroy everything, and a revelation that could change not only her life, but the Twixt, forever, things in Joy’s life are far from tranquil.

    With even bigger stakes, an even greater threat, and a choice that promises heartbreak, INVISIBLE is a sequel that is action-packed, suspense- and tension-filled, nerve-wracking, heartwrenching, and incredibly exciting. It’s a story that will keep readers glued to the page until the very end.

    I was not able to put this book down. I devoured it in one sitting. It had everything I loved about INDELIBLE – its characters, the world, the magic – but it ratcheted up the action, the suspense, the mystery elements. It made me root for the main character, but also want to throttle her, much like a certain much-loved character in this series did. And I may have screamed at her once or twice before she once again became the Joy I knew and adored.

    I loved everything about this story, but I especially loved the foreshadowing, the bits and pieces the author dropped in along the way that made me curious, that put me on alert, and made me anxious and worried about what it would mean. I also loved that many questions were answered, but some only partially, leaving plenty to wonder about, to hope for, in the books to come.

    There is no cliffhanger ending in INVISIBLE, just like with the first book in the series. The story ends in a place that wraps things up enough to satisfy, but keeps them open enough for readers to wish the next book was available to continue the story immediately.

    This second book is not a filler book. It moves the plot forward, it takes the story deeper, it further develops the characters, it introduces even more conflict, and it adds a few twists that promise to make the remaining books in this series positively riveting.

    For readers who enjoy stories filled with magic, extraordinary and interesting and peculiar and lovable characters, writing that is creative and engaging and absolutely delightful, worlds that are just a little bit different, then INVISIBLE is a must.

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    INVISIBLE Blog Tour: Joy Malone Character Interview + Giveaway

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    I am super excited to be kicking off Dawn Metcalf’s INVISIBLE Blog Tour hosted by Kismet Book Touring. I fell in love with this series when I was first introduced to it last spring. The Twixt is a fascinating world and the characters in that world are so very interesting and unique. I was sad to say goodbye to Ink, Inq and Graus Claude but am happy that their story will continue for at least a few more books.

    And, I can’t forget to mention Joy – though her connection with the Twixt at the end there was a bit tenuous I still consider her a part of that world. I loved getting to know her in INDELIBLE and I am stoked to have learned what she’s been up to since we last saw her. I’m even more thrilled to be able to share her answers to the interview questions I bombarded her with.

    First, though, I thought I’d include the details about INVISIBLE, which releases in just a couple of weeks on September 30th. And if you aren’t quite caught up on this series, the details for INDELIBLE are just a bit farther down in the post.

    But if you’d like to get to know Joy a little bit better, learn more about the Twixt, and maybe… just maybe… get a little more nervous about what’s in store for her, be sure to check out the interview.

    And if you haven’t yet met Dawn Metcalf, you might just get some insight into who she is, the kinds of stories she writes, and the characters that spring from her imagination by reading her very awesome bio and following her on her social media sites around the web.

    Oh… and before I forget… if you’d like the chance to win one of the books from this series and be entered into an amazing grand prize giveaway, scroll down to the Rafflecopter for more details and to enter.

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    About Invisible

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    Series: The Twixt #2
    Release date: September 30, 2014
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Paperback, eBook

    Description…

    Some things lie beneath the surface.

    Invisible.

    With the power to change everything.

    Joy Malone wants it all—power, freedom and the boyfriend who loves her. Yet when an unstoppable assassin is hired to kill her, Joy learns that being the girl with the Sight comes with a price that might be too high to pay. Love will be tested, lives will be threatened, and everyone Joy knows and cares about will be affected by her decision to stand by Ink or to leave the Twixt forever.

    Her choice is balanced on a scalpel’s edge and the consequences will be more life-altering than anyone can guess.

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    The Character Interview

    Interview with Joy Malone

    Hi Joy, thanks so much for stopping by the blog to answer a few questions. We are all so excited to find out what you’ve been up to lately.

    (laughs nervously) Well, there’s been a lot happening. *taps mike* Is this thing on?

    Q. If you had to describe everything that happened and what you went through in INDELIBLE in 25 words or less, how would you describe it?

    Terrifying, nerve-wracking, beautiful, terrible, completely turning my world upside down and finding the love of my life after he sliced me in the eye.

    I said “terrifying,” right?

    Q. For those who haven’t yet met you or visited the Twixt, can you talk a little bit about it and how its existence has changed your life?

    Uh…how about totally? It’s one thing to dream about another world where everything’s different, especially when life currently sucks, but it’s a whole other thing to have it actually be true. Now the Twixt isn’t really another world, it’s our world where the rules have changed—or stayed the same, you pick—there’s magic and monsters and a lot of politics and etiquette between strange sorts of people-things who are more than willing to kill you, but once you get used to the idea that there’s a bunch of Folk you can’t see living on the fringes, then you know you’ve gone a certain kind of crazy where it half makes sense.  And now I live there, part-time.

    Q. As it’s been awhile since we last got the chance to check in, can you tell us what you’ve been up to lately? If I recall, the last time we saw you was when you were visiting your mother in California and you had received a certain gift from a certain someone….

    Yeah, well, visiting Mom was…nice. It was good, but it didn’t change things dramatically. She’s still living in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and I’m staying with Dad back in Glendale, but it changed a lot of little things that were going unsaid between us and that was refreshing. There was chocolate and tears and that’s all we need to say about that. When I got home, I had to get a summer job and I started waitressing at Antoine’s Café. I’m saving up to pay for my phone and someday a car and in the meantime, I am travelling all over the world with Ink—it’s one of the perks of having a boyfriend who can slice through space and time! Right now, I’m planning to stick around the house because my brother, Stef, is due to come home for the rest of the summer and I want us to spend some extra time together while Dad is hanging with his girlfriend, Shelley.

    Q. What was it like for you losing your connection with Ink and having to leave the Twixt? Do you miss it? Have you been back? Have you seen Indelible Ink and Invisible Inq? Kurt? Graus Claude?

    Okay, it’s not like I lost everything. I have Ink and we have each other, I’m just not marked as “belonging” to Ink any more and, let’s face it—who wants to be someone’s property? This is the twenty-first century, people! As far as going back, Ink and I have been lots of places and not just to mark people, either. Last time, we went to some Greek island with Inq and her long-time lover-boy, Kurt. We rented a boat and ate fresh octopus and yogurt with honey and I got a seriously amazing tan. I haven’t seen Graus Claude in a while but, honestly, that’s okay by me. I’ve discovered that giant, four-armed toads in three-piece suits are best met in small doses.

    Q. If you could do things differently, to change what happened, would you? Would you still risk losing Ink if it meant keeping your family and friends safe?

    You know, I don’t know. I’ve thought about it a lot. And while I had no idea what I could do at the time, I did it in order to save people—people I cared about and people I didn’t even know—because that was the right thing to do. I’d like to think that I’m the sort of person who would choose the right thing to do at any time, but everyone would like to think that. If it happened again, would I do the same thing? Maybe. Maybe not. I’m not interested in finding out. I’m happy with the way things are right now.

    Q. We’ve met some pretty interesting characters (for lack of a better word) that, had Ink not seen you, connected with you, you might never have met. As you still have the Sight, can you tell us if there are any new people or beings that you (and we) get to meet? If so, can you tell us a little bit about any – or all – of them?

    Well, even without the Sight, I have met some interesting people since that night in the Carousel, like the Cabana Boys, for starters! They may be ordinary humans, but they’re hardly ordinary! Can you say, “H-O-T?” We’ll learn a lot more about Enrique and Ilhami this time around, which also means we’ll meet a guy named “Ladybird” (don’t ask), a bunch of new faces marching through Graus Claude’s office, and a new Council member, Sol Leander, who thinks Aniseed’s Golden Age is a great idea. (Can you say, “Fanatic creep?”) Then there’s also someone out there trying to kill me, but I don’t know his name…no one does.

    Q. If you had to describe everything that happens to you that we don’t yet know about, in 25 words or less, how would you describe it?

    Attempting normalcy in the face of family drama, Folk politics, obligation, infatuation, best friendship, hormonal hotties and an unstoppable assassin. And remember: no stupid!

    Q. If you could share one moment (passage, interaction, excerpt) of what lies ahead in INVISIBLE, what would it be? And why is it important to you or important for us to know?

    There are a lot of moments: shocking moments, thrilling moments, revealing moments, sexy moments, but there is a moment between Monica and I that I think is important—it’s when we get to be best friends, which isn’t always peaches and cream. True friendship is sometimes ugly and honest and embarrassing and uncomfortable. Being a best friend doesn’t mean one person is always there for the other like zombie fangirls, it means that both people are there for each other, even—or especially—when one of you doesn’t think they need it or want it. Friendship goes both ways. A lot of time we focus on one person being supported by their best friend, but sometimes the “best friend” needs support, too. Some people criticized Monica, my best friend, last time around and so I’m curious to see how people react to my being a best friend to Monica this time around.

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    Thank you so much again for answering my questions. I am nervous about what is ahead for you, though I can’t wait to find out. From what I’ve heard you’re going to have to make a difficult choice, one that sounds impossible to make. I hope that the consequences won’t be as devastating as it sounds like they might be. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for you, for Ink, for everyone.

    Um…thanks. Now I’m nervous, too!

    Seriously, though, I’ve got my family, my friends and Ink. I still have the Sight, a scalpel in my purse and a four-leaf clover in my wallet. As long as I have all that, what could possibly go wrong?

    Yes, what could possibly go wrong? [Insert evil laugh here.]  Everyone will just have to read INVISIBLE to find out, won’t they?


    About Dawn Metcalf

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    The role of Dawn Metcalf will be played by the tall brunette in the off-the-shoulder, floor-length leather straitjacket. Makeup by Clinique, buckles by Jada Pinkett Smith, hair by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

    I have no good excuse for the way I write. I lived in a normal, loving suburban home, studied hard, went to college, went to graduate school, got married, had babies and settled down in northern Connecticut. Despite this wholesome lifestyle, I’ve been clearly corrupted by fairy tales, puppet visionaries, British humor and graphic novels. As a result, I write dark, quirky and sometimes humorous speculative fiction.

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    Other Books in the Series

    Indelible_CoverTitle: INDELIBLE (The Twixt #1)
    Release date: July 30, 2013
    Publisher: Harlequin Teen
    Pages: 384
    Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

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    Some things are permanent.

    Indelible.

    And they cannot be changed back.

    Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye.

    Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep and a life that will never be the same.

    Now Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes there are no mistakes.

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    And…

    INVIOLATE (The Twixt #3) – coming June 2015
    INVINCIBLE (The Twist #4) – coming May 2016


    The Giveaway

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    • Each stop on the INVISIBLE Blog Tour is offering up a copy of either INDELIBLE or INVISIBLE.
    • And ONE lucky Grand Prize winner will receive a grand prize package including the following HarlequinTEEN titles: INDELIBLE, INVISIBLE, GHOST HOUSE, THE AFTERMATH, and WITCHRISE.

    ***Giveaway is open to US/Canada***

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    Week One

    Monday, Sept. 15th – Fiktshun – Character Interview (Joy)

    Wednesday, Sept. 17th – Istyria Book Blog – Author Interview

    Friday, Sept. 19th – Refracted Light Reviews – Guest Post

    Week Two

    Monday, Sept. 22nd – Books and Things – Guest Post

    Monday, Sept. 22nd – Harlequin Paranormal Blog

    Wednesday, Sept. 24th – A Book and a Latte – Author Interview

    Friday, Sept. 26th – Addicted Readers – Guest Post

    To visit the tour page at Kismet Book Touring just click on the graphic below…

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    My Reading Pile #182

    MyReadingPileIt was another quiet week at the mailbox this past week. I didn’t receive any physical books in the mail and I only grabbed one title from Edelweiss. And, yes, I’m a few days late in posting again, but after these last two weeks I was completely thrashed this past weekend.

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    I am anticipating a book for review, by either mail or eGalley I’m not sure, but when it arrives there will be much cheering. I’m keeping fingers crossed it will be this week.

    And while I’m trying to reduce the number of eGalleys I do end up grabbing, I couldn’t resist this awesome-sounding title.

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    The Prey

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    THE PREY (The Hatchery #1) by Tom Isbell

    This book sounds absolutely chilling and exciting and dark and awesome and I just couldn’t resist the chance to read it a bit early. I am so very much in the mood for a story that is action-packed and deadly, and this sounds like it fits in with my mood perfectly.

    And while it’s not officially getting added to this week’s pile, I may just have to sneak it onto the pile later this week. But for now…

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

    {September 7, 2014 – September 13, 2014}


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    Once again I’m opting to add only one book to the pile this week and it is INVISIBLE, the second book in Dawn Metcalf’s The Twixt series. I received an eARC for review last week in anticipation of the book’s tour next week. And I’m so excited to get it on the pile because I have been dying to read this sequel.

    I’ve been anxiously awaiting what happens next with Joy and Ink and Inq. I can’t wait to go back to the Twixt, it’s been so long since my last visit. The description is all sorts of cryptic and makes me nervous about just what the consequences of Joy’s choice will be. And I really hope that things won’t be as devastating as I think they might be.

    While I don’t need to read this before the tour, it gives me the perfect excuse to read it. And I am hopeful of diving in on Wednesday night.

    The Description…

    Some things lie beneath the surface.

    Invisible.

    With the power to change everything.

    Joy Malone wants it all—power, freedom and the boyfriend who loves her. Yet when an unstoppable assassin is hired to kill her, Joy learns that being the girl with the Sight comes with a price that might be too high to pay. Love will be tested, lives will be threatened, and everyone Joy knows and cares about will be affected by her decision to stand by Ink or to leave the Twixt forever.

    Her choice is balanced on a scalpel’s edge and the consequences will be more life-altering than anyone can guess.


    Wishful Thinking Reads

    I have so many books I wish I could read right now, choosing just one is torture. But if I had to choose, I’d have to say THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE by Cynthia Hand. This book sounds beautiful and heartbreaking. The author’s writing is gorgeous. And every time I see it on my Kindle I desperately wish I could be reading it right now.


    Those Left Behind

    Even with all the craziness this past couple of weeks, I still managed to finish GET EVEN and read and review last week’s pile add – FALLING INTO PLACE by Amy Zhang. While I have to write my review for GET EVEN and post it later this week, the review for FALLING INTO PLACE will be up on the blog in the next couple of hours for my tour stop.

    I also started reading – and will hopefully finish tomorrow – THE GIFTED DEAD by Jenna Black. It’s an awesome book so far, and I can’t wait to get back to reading once I finish writing a few posts for this week on the blog.

    After the insanity that was the last couple of weeks, I completely crashed this weekend and, of course, got sick. But I did manage to read and fall madly in love with Amy Zhang’s book and write my review before becoming completely out of it.

    If all goes well, I’ll be able to write and post my review for GET EVEN on Thursday or Friday and write and schedule my review for THE GIFTED DEAD for some time next week. But we shall see. I have a bunch of stuff to catch up on, and I’m really feeling more in the reading mood than the writing mood at the moment.


    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    I didn’t request any books from NetGalley this past week. Though there is one book I am so tempted to download and another I desperately want to request. But for now, since I am so behind on my reads, I will refrain. But it’s not easy. Anyway…

    Here are this week’s finds…

    BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE (The Raven Cycle #3) by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic, Oct 21 2014)

    BELZHAR by Meg Wolitzer (Simon and Schuster UK Children’s, Oct 9 2014) **UK Reviewers Preferred**

    WHEN by Victoria Laurie (Disney Book Group, Jan 13 2015)

    ALTHEA AND OLIVER Sneak Peek by Cristina Moracho (Penguin Young Readers Group, Oct 9 2014)

    WHATEVER LIFE THROWS AT YOU by Julie Cross (Entangled Publishing, LLC, Oct 7 2014)

    STORM (Salt #2) by Danielle Ellison (Entangled Publishing, LLC, Sep 29 2014)

    DEAD OVER HEELS by Alison Kemper (Entangled Publishing, LLC, Sep 29 2014)


    Once again things were fairly quiet on the blog last week. But I am finally done with the project at work that took over my days and nights. And while I am still recovering, I have a few hours each night to blog. Which makes me happy.

    I did get a little distracted over the weekend by Witches of East End on Netflix. But I was so out of it, I couldn’t possibly have read. And I managed to devour the entire first season on Saturday so it won’t be a distraction going forward.

    Anyway… as I am still barely functional, I am going to crawl back under covers with my Kindle. But I hope your reading week has been awesome so far and that an amazing book or two landed in your mailbox. And if you’d like to share what you received and are reading, I’d love to know.

    Happy reading!

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #135

    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 July 30th-August 5th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Indelible

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    INDELIBLE by Dawn Metcalf will be released in the U.S. on July 30, 2013 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 384 pages.

    INDELIBLE is the first book in author Dawn Metcalf’s The Twixt series. No information is yet available about the sequel.

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    I am so excited that INDELIBLE is releasing this week and that everyone will get a chance to meet Joy and Ink and the rest of more than interesting characters, like Graus Claude, that author Dawn Metcalf introduced in this first book in the series.

    I thought this story was magical and quite a bit different from what I imagined, which was a lovely surprise. So I’m totally stoked it will be downloading to my Kindle on Tuesday and I can include it as part of my permanent collection.

    As I’m hoping to have my review posted some time this week, I won’t go on and on for too long here. But I will just say that this was such a fun and quick read and I hope to learn more about what the sequel entails as I definitely plan on continuing this series.

    I am also hopeful that things between Joy and Ink… well… I probably shouldn’t say… but as things left off in a way that left me anxious for more, I wish I had those answers sooner rather than later.

    As I have read INDELIBLE, I won’t be reading it again this week. But I will definitely be re-reading this story before the sequel comes out.

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    Earthbound

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    EARTHBOUND by Aprilynne Pike will be released in the U.S. on July 30, 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 Razorbill, the print edition is 352 pages.

    EARTHBOUND is the first book in a new series of the same name by author Aprilynne Pike. No information is yet available about the sequel.

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    I absolutely loved EARTHBOUND and cannot wait until it resides on my Kindle tomorrow. Because that means that it’s one more day closer to the release of the as yet unnamed sequel. While the ending is not a cliffhanger, it very much leaves off in a place that has me desperate to find out what happens next. And I cannot wait for whatever that may be.

    As I have read this book, I can’t pretend to guess at what happened with Tavia, or feign ignorance about what the visions mean. I can’t unknow what happens between her and this mystery boy or what happens with Benson.

    This was such an exciting read, and the start of a series I know will be every bit as amazing, if not more so, than the author’s Wings series. It was a book I’ve been pining for since I first heard of its existence and is a book I definitely plan on re-reading. So I cannot wait to add it to my collection when it downloads to my Kindle.

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    Soul Screamers Volume Three

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    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME THREE by Rachel Vincent will be released in the U.S. on July 30, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 768 pages.

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME THREE contains the novels IF I DIE and BEFORE I WAKE and the novella NEVER TO SLEEP.

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    I’ve already read and devoured the Soul Screamers books. But I am so unbelievably excited that SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME THREE is releasing tomorrow and that my print copy will be delivered on release day.

    I can’t wait to see what it looks like on my book tower next to the two previously released volumes I own. Both those books are absolutely gorgeous and this one looks to be no less stunning. So I’m super stoked that it will finally be added to my collection. I miss this series.

    As I have read and reviewed, or rambled about, all the stories in this book, and I spotlighted VOLUME THREE for my Book Watch post the other week, I won’t go on and on about just how amazing this particular volume is. But with IF I DIE, one of my most favorite books not only in the series but for all time, and BEFORE I WAKE, a book that brought me to almost as many tears, included in this volume, this is most definitely my favorite volume yet.

    And while I won’t be diving into SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME THREE this week, I am planning to re-read the series in its entirety over the course of a long weekend at some point this summer. Though I will likely read the Kindle eBook download of this volume that I also have pre-ordered this week.

    Other Books of Note

    Seven Minutes in Heaven

    SEVEN MINUTES IN HEAVEN (The Lying Game #6) by Sara Shepard

    Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

    Publisher: Harper Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    All Our Pretty Songs

    ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS by Sarah McCarry

    Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Under the Empyrean Sky

    UNDER THE EMPYREAN SKY (The Heartland Trilogy #1) by Chuck Wendig

    Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

    Publisher: Skyscape

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Sound

    THE SOUND by Sarah Alderson

    Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK

    (AMAZON PB, AMAZON eBOOKBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Bubble World

    BUBBLE WORLD by Carol Snow

    Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

    Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. (BYR)

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Love Disguised

    LOVE DISGUISED by Lisa Klein

    Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Phenomenals

    A GAME OF GHOULS (The Phenomenals #2) by F.E. Higgins

    Pub. Date: August 1, 2013

    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

    (AMAZON)

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    The Boy on the Bridge

    THE BOY ON THE BRIDGE by Natalie Standiford

    Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

    Publisher: Scholastic Press

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    A Kiss, A Dare and a Boat Called Promise

    A KISS, A DARE AND A BOAT CALLED PROMISE by Fiona Foden

    Pub. Date: August 1, 2013

    Publisher: Scholastic

    (AMAZON)

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    Have a Little Faith

    HAVE A LITTLE FAITH by Candy Harper

    Pub. Date: August 1, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    If I Ever Get Out of Here

    IF I EVER GET OUT OF HERE by Eric Gansworth

    Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

    Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Prep School Confidential

    PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL (Prep School Confidential #1) by Kara Taylor

    Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Midnight Frost

    MIDNIGHT FROST (Mythos Academy #5) by Jennifer Estep

    Pub. Date: July 30, 2013

    Publisher: K-Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Previously published in the UK

    The Wicked Wood

    THE WICKED WOOD (Tales from the Tower) by Isobelle Carmody

    Pub. Date: August 1, 2013

    Publisher: Allen & Unwin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    I don’t have many books pre-ordered this week. At least none that I’m aware of, aside from the three mentioned above. But I am totally ecstatic for each of the books I have on order as they are all amazing.

    And while I don’t have any plans – yet – to purchase any of the books of note I’ve listed in this post, there are some titles that have caught my eye that I just might end up adding to my collection when I get the chance to take a longer look at them.

    But for now I’m stoked that I technically don’t have any new books to add to the TBR pile. Even though I plan on re-reading each of the books I’ve pre-ordered, they’re technically not TBR books. Which makes me less stressed about my reading pile.

    I hope that you found some gems amongst the new releases this week. And I hope that your reading pile won’t be too overburdened with all the new adds. If you have a bookish “must buy” recommendation, I’d love to know.

    Until next week, happy book collecting!

    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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    Indelible Blog Tour: ‘Graus Claude’ Character Guest Post + Giveaway

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    I was so unbelievably excited when I was chosen to be on this tour. From the moment I saw the cover for INDELIBLE and read its description I just knew I was going to love this book.

    It sounded dark. And magical. And maybe, perhaps, just a little bit different. All qualities I love, love, love in books. And it was all of those things and more.

    I devoured it practically the instant it downloaded to my Kindle. I just had to meet this Indelible Ink and see just why his mark branded Joy Malone as his property. And I absolutely loved meeting Ink, Joy, Inq and the rest of the fascinating characters in this first book in the series.

    While Ink wasn’t at all what I expected, I loved him for being so unexpected. And while the story was much different than I imagined it would be, I loved that it could surprise me and I loved the way it surprised me.

    I loved all the unexpected elements… and characters… in this story, actually. And I’m totally stoked to have one of this story’s more interesting characters on the blog today talking about the book and the world of the Twixt.

    Graus Claude is rather difficult to describe. He’s this mix of hideous and refined, mild-mannered and dangerous. But he is most definitely a fascinating character, as you will see from his guest post, below.

    And with a title such as he has – Bailiwick of the Twixt, comptroller of the edge between the worlds – I suppose he might just be a little bit arrogant. Still… I kind of adore him.

    But before I completely hijack this post with my own ramblings that could devolve into major spoiler reveals if I don’t put myself in check, I think I’ll just turn this over to G.C. now. Though I thought it might help to include the book’s description before you read more about it in G.C.’s post.

    So without any further ado….

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    About the book

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    INDELIBLE (The Twixt #1) by Dawn Metcalf

    Coming July 30, 2013

    Description…

    A young girl’s life is forever changed when she is marked by a mysterious fae boy and drawn into the fantastical and dangerous world of the Twixt in INDELIBLE, the first book in the stunningly powerful The Twixt fantasy series by Dawn Metcalf.

    Some things are permanent. Indelible. And they cannot be changed back. Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye.

    Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep and a life that will never be the same.

    Now Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes there are no mistakes.

    Metcalf’s unique style and distinct voice add layers to a complex plot and create a fascinating romance that readers will find unforgettable.

    INDELIBLE will be available wherever books are sold and at Harlequin.com.

    GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | INDIEBOUND | BOOKS-A-MILLION

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    The Guest Post

    “A Note from Graus Claude”

    Indelible is a story. Never forget that. It is a story and it is not real. You should not put any stock in the creative ramblings of the author nor should you come with any expectations that it reflects in any way the truth. There is no truth. That is the nature of fiction.

    That said, the Twixt—as it is described within these pages—is a collection of the last vestiges of magic in the world, pockets of power that join the human world to that of the Folk, people who should be considered not so much “persons” as “myth.” Without one world, there cannot be the other and thus they are bound together through prophecy, obligation and ancient pacts. These bonds are safeguarded by those persons known as the Scribes, Indelible Ink and Invisible Inq, who mark humans the way the Folk once marked the land, as belonging to the Twixt. Therefore the “setting” of this narrative includes everything from a refurbished grand carousel to a North Carolinian flat to a hotel suite in Toyko and a shepherd’s hut in Ireland and hundreds, if not thousands, of people in-between. Unclear? Yes, well, that is the nature of fiction as well.

    Far be for me to give credence to it. It is, after all, merely a fanciful tale, undoubtedly dreamed up by the overactive imagination of the author whom, I understand, is a housewife with a rather peculiar personal history and a penchant for mythology. The story itself is one that encompasses magic and mystery, the suspenseful and fantastic, honor, betrayal, and, undoubtedly, romance as that seems to be a popular genre nowadays. I despair the loss of the classics, but that is progress for you—time marches on and is, alas, often unkind.

    Monsters? I read no monsters in these pages. Rather, perhaps a failure to recognize “difference” as anything other than “otherness,” which I will kindly attribute to a lack of worldly vision and proper upbringing. Indeed, it is as if the author lacked basic Sight, which would explain much but not all of the inconsistencies. For example, if there were, in fact, a comptroller who had positioned him- or herself between worlds, why would such a being live in a brownstone of all places? Why not somewhere more exotic or far-reaching? Cairo, perhaps, or Beijing? Why attribute someone as paradoxical as a mute bodyguard/manservant to his keeping? A gentleman’s gentleman should be attentive and loyal, yes, but also one would think that speech might be a desirable qualification. It stretches the boundaries of plausibility, in my mind. And another thing: to dismiss the expert craftsmanship involved in procuring a wardrobe of traditional silk smoking jackets and exquisitely hand-tailored suits for an eight foot tall amphibian with four arms is nothing short of criminally lax. These efforts fall grievously short if one wishes to properly convey the necessary details for a major character. Clearly, the author is ignorant of the subtle complexities of living in two disparate worlds while simultaneously maintaining a sense of proper decorum in both.

    If the Twixt were real, which, of course, it isn’t.

    Submitted respectfully,

    G.C.

    Post Script: Lastly, but perhaps most egregious, a toad is a warty, muddy-complected amphibian while a frog is a wholly different animal, sporting of a variety of colors and textures and hailed by cultures worldwide as a symbol of fecundity, fertility, virility, prosperity and good fortune. Not everyone wears their years with grace. It would behoove Ms. Metcalf to remember that.
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    About the Author

    Dawn Metcalf

    About Dawn Metcalf

    The role of Dawn Metcalf will be played by the tall brunette in the off-the-shoulder, floor-length leather straitjacket. Makeup by Clinique, buckles by Jada Pinkett Smith, hair by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

    I have no good excuse for the way I write. I lived in a normal, loving suburban home, studied hard, went to college, went to graduate school, got married, had babies and settled down in northern Connecticut. Despite this wholesome lifestyle, I’ve been clearly corrupted by fairy tales, puppet visionaries, British humor and graphic novels. As a result, I write dark, quirky and sometimes humorous speculative fiction.

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    The Giveaways

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    There are TWO seriously awesome giveaways included as part of this tour.

    Giveaway #1 is for a chance to win ONE copy of INDELIBLE.

    Giveaway #2 is for a chance to win an INDELIBLE inspired Grand Prize Package.

    *** Giveaway is US/Canada ONLY***

    Enter in the Rafflecopter, below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    Monday, July 8 – Harlequin Paranormal Romance Blog
    Wednesday, July 10 – Coffee, Books and Me
    Thursday, July 11 – Reading Teen
    Friday, July 12 – Fiktshun

    Monday, July 15 – Refracted Light Reviews
    Wednesday, July 17 – Two Chicks on Books
    Friday, July 19 – Good Choice Reading

    Monday, July 22 – Parajunkee
    Wednesday, July 24 – Chapter by Chapter
    Friday, July 26 – Rainy Day Ramblings

    For all the details about the tour, visit Kismet Book Touring’s INDELIBLE tour page, HERE.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #26

    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 June 28th-July 4th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Fins are Forever, the second book in the Fins series by Tera Lynn Childs, will be released in the U.S. on June 28, 2011. It is currently available to pre-order online in hardcover and eBook formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 272 pages.

    I have not yet read the first book in the series, Forgive My Fins, but this series sounds like such a fun summer read. I own the first book and have this one on pre-order and I definitely want to read both books in the next month.

    I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where a mermaid is the main character so I’m excited to see what happens. And the description for Fins are Forever says that there’s fun, romance and adventure – all things I love.

    Legacy by Cayla Kluver will be released in the U.S. on June 28, 2011 in paperback format. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    An earlier edition of the book is currently available in hardcover, eBook and audio formats at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the paperback edition is 496 pages.

    I received a printed ARC through a trade and an eARC from NetGalley but haven’t yet had a chance to read either version. The description is rather beautifully written and sounds quite elaborate but very intriguing. This is one of those books that is not one of my typical picks, but I think it might be something new I will enjoy.

    A kingdom, a princess, an arranged marriage and a boy with a “shocking past” who opens up her world sounds like it might be pretty epic.

    And I just love the font and scrolling on the cover. I almost wish I had purchased the print edition instead of the eBook that I have on pre-order.

    Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma will be released in the U.S. on June 28, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 464 pages.

    I received an eARC from the publisher through their Galley Grab program, but also have this on pre-order for my eReader. I liked the cover and so I downloaded it having no idea what it was about. I started hearing such amazing feedback on this book, that it was incredibly powerful, so I knew that I’d be reading it, even though I hadn’t even checked out the description.

    I first saw the description when I put together my Reading Pile post the other day. The subject of the book – forbidden love – and the cover with the barbed wire heart, gave me fair warning that this would not be a light and fun sort of read.

    I’m very curious to see where this story leads, with this brother and sister who fall in love. I don’t imagine that it will be happy. And judging from everyone’s response, I may need a few days to recuperate from this book.

    Book trailer for Forbidden:

    The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder will be released in the U.S. on June 28, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster, the print edition is 320 pages.

    I have an eARC of the book courtesy of Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab. And as I also mentioned this book in yesterday’s post, I’ll be super quick. But I did decide to go ahead and pre-order this in case I didn’t have a chance to read it before release date.

    This story, told in letters and verse, will be my first Lisa Schroeder book and one of the few books that are done in this style. So, I’m very interested to see just how this type of writing style works for me and also just how the author develops her characters in this short format.

    I did skim through the first several pages and I like what I’ve read so far and can’t wait to see what happens with Amber and Cade.

    Eternity, the second book in the Fallen Angel series by Heather Terrell will be released in the U.S. on June 28, 2011. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover and eBook formats.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 304 pages.

    I had very much been looking forward to this series about fallen angels. I heard about it long before I started blogging and had it on pre-order for quite some time. I read it when it was released at the end of last year, just a month or so after I started blogging.

    It wasn’t quite what I had expected and had some difficulty connecting to the book. But I wanted to read the second book in the series as there were some things I really enjoyed, and I wanted to see what this next book had to offer. I have this on pre-order for my Kindle and I hope to get a chance to read it soon.

    Luminous by Dawn Metcalf will be released in the U.S. on June 30, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Dutton Juvenile, a division of Penguin Group, the print edition is 384 pages.

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

    I received an ARC of Luminous through a trade on Friday, but I’ve had this on pre-order long before I managed to acquire an ARC.

    This book seems really, really different and I can’t wait to dive in. Consuela’s powers sound very cool and I’m super curious to find out more about this world of the Flow.

    I love books where there are several characters with very different abilities and I can’t wait to find out what they are. Plus, there’s a murderer who Consuela apparently has to try and catch, yet at the same time needs him to get back home.

    As the description is vague but intriguing I’ll have to find out for myself just what happens in this debut book.

    Teaser trailer for Luminous:

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    It’s another six book pre-order week. My wallet is definitely feeling it, and July looks to be just as packed with new releases as June has been. I think things slow down in August before they pick right back up in September.

    I’m hoping this is the case, because I really want to tackle all these lovely books I’ve been receiving before I blink and the year is over and a whole new set of books will be released.

    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: June

    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 this June.

    I included a couple trailers from May 31st as the May trailers came out so late and I just wanted to make sure that they weren’t missed.

    I hope that trailers will be made for some amazing June releases, just a few of which are – Hourglass, The Revenant, and Trial by Fire.

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    Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

    Release date: May 31, 2011

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    The Ivy: Secrets by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur

    Release date: May 31, 2011

    (HarperTeen) – Not a trailer. The authors talk about the series

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    The Vampire Stalker by Allison Van Diepen

    Release date: June 1, 2011

    (Scholastic Teens)

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    Hereafter by Tara Hudson

    Release date: June 7, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    Passion by Lauren Kate

    Release date: June 14, 2011

    (Kids at Randomhouse) – I had this in May, but it’s here for comparison with the Australian version

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    Passion by Lauren Kate

    Release date: June 14, 2011

    (Randomhouse Australia) – The official trailer for the Australian release of Passion

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    A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young

    Release date: June 21, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

    Release date: June 21, 2011

    (Bloomsbury Kids)

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    Luminous by Dawn Metcalf

    Release date: June 30, 2011

    (Dawn Metcalf)

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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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