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    The Extras: August

    Yes we’re back with this 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.

    And yes, I know it’s not August yet, but it’s a monthly post that I do around this time each month in anticipation. Besides, wouldn’t you rather read the excerpts before the books are released? I know I would.


    Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake will be released in the U.S. on August 30, 2011.

    This story sounds just as cool and creepy as its cover. A boy who hunts and kills the dead ends up in a town where a ghost, Anna Dressed in Blood, has been murdering everyone who enters her home, except him.

    Anna was murdered and still wears the dress she was killed in, but now it’s covered in blood. Definitely creepy.

    The publisher, Tor, is giving readers a look inside, HERE.

    Hades by Alexandra Adornetto will be released in the U.S. on August 30, 2011.

    Hades is the sequel to Halo which was released last year and it continues Gabriel, Ivy and Bethany’s story. In this installment, Bethany gets tricked into taking a motorcycle ride into Hell and if she wants to be freed she has to agree to a bargain that may just not be worth it.

    The description is very mysterious and cryptic, but perhaps the excerpt can shed some light as to what we can expect.

    The publisher, Feiwel and Friends, a division of Macmillan, is giving readers a long look, HERE.

    Twisted by Gena Showalter will be released in the U.S. on August 30, 2011.

    Twisted is the third book in the Intertwined series. And from the description things just keep getting worse for Aden Stone. With everything that has happened to him over the course of the past two books he now has a darkness within him that just keeps growing.

    It doesn’t sound like things are going to end on a happy note at this book’s conclusion.

    The author is giving readers a peek at Twisted on her website, HERE.

    Bloodlines by Richelle Mead will be released in the U.S. on August 23, 2011.

    This book, set in the same world as the Vampire Academy series, is about Sydney – yay – and Jill Dragomir and takes place at a human school in Palm Springs, California.

    And according to the description some of the characters we’ve known from the series will make an appearance in this book.

    Penguin Young Readers is offering a look at the first chapter of Bloodlines, via Scribd, HERE.

    Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011.

    The description promises flirting and fun for Elise and sounds like it might be a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice. Set at a prep school in Los Angeles, Elise is the principal’s daughter, the hot boy is Derek Edwards, and to round out this love triangle is the sexy outcast, Webster Grant.

    Epic Fail sounds like it just might be an win.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a nice long look inside, HERE.

    Never Have I Ever by Sara Shepard will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011.

    It is the second book in The Lying Game series. Emma is still trying to solve her twin sister’s murder. The sister she never knew she had. She is living as her sister while trying to uncover who the killer could be. In this sequel there are even more suspects and Emma is in even more danger.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a super long look inside, HERE.

    Eternal by Gillian Shields will be released in the U.S. on August 2, 2011.

    Eternal is the third book in the Immortals series. This installment is about Sarah Fitzalan who is fighting to keep the sisterhood together and prepare for an attack by the dark coven. Everything is up in the air as Evie and Helen aren’t as dedicated to the sisterhood as they once were, possibly leaving Sarah on her own to fight for them all.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a peek at Eternal, HERE.

    Supernaturally by Kiersten White will be released in the U.S. on July 26, 2011.

    Supernaturally is the second book in the Paranormalcy series. Evie is trying to fit into the normal world with limited success. She decides to do some work with IPCA, but things keep going wrong. And no matter how hard she tries, she can’t seem to avoid Reth, who tells her something about her past that is completely shocking.

    Once again HarperTeen is giving readers a long look, HERE.


    And for one more chance to take a peek, here are a few books that are available now.

    Nightspell by Leah Cypess was released in the U.S. on May 31, 2011.

    It is a standalone companion book to Mistwood. Darri heads to Ghostland to rescue her sister but in order to do so she must face a number of obstacles, including a “handsome ghost prince.” And she will be forced to make a decision that will threaten the “balance of power between the living and the dead.” Sounds like a pretty epic journey.

    Yet another peek inside by the awesome HarperTeen, HERE.

    Dead Rules by Randy Russell was released in the U.S. on June 21, 2011.

    Jana Webster thought she’d be with Michael Haynes forever. But when she turns up in Dead School alone and it doesn’t seem Michael’s in any rush to join her, she decides to take matters into her own hands. Because if they can’t be together in life, they may as well be together in death. It’s what Romeo and Juliet did, after all.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a peek inside, HERE. This is definitely a book worth checking out. But, as I’ve said before, be warned because once you start reading you will won’t be satisfied with just the excerpt.

    Immortal by Gillian Shields was released in the U.S. on August 4, 2009.

    Evie Johnson is forced to attend the Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies. She is lonely and having a difficult time fitting into life at the school until she meets Sebastian. But he is keeping secrets about his past, and as the story unfolds she learns things about Sebastian and about herself that she never could have imagined.

    HarperTeen is giving readers a chance to take a look at the entire book in anticipation of Eternal’s release, HERE.


    I haven’t read all of these books, but I have read a few of them. And I managed to stay strong and not check out any of the excerpts. I plan on buying all of the upcoming books without a peek, but sometimes it’s nice to be able to take a long look inside before making a purchase.

    So, I’ve included them here for your reading pleasure. Happy reading!


    The Extras: Teasers #6

    There are so many amazing books out there – released or soon-to-be-released – that have certain passages that just captivate.

    Here are just a few of those that caught my attention in the past month.


    I have five favorite passages in this book. One which is a total spoiler and is tied for my favorite. It is so hard not to reveal it right here and now because there is nothing I want to talk about more.

    The other one in the tie is slightly less revealing, but could potentially be seen as a spoiler. I may reveal parts of that in my defense of Tod when he goes up in the tournament against Archer Cross, but we’ll see.

    My third favorite passage I might just add to the teasers next month. That’s still TBD. So here is my fourth favorite. And no, I will not tell you who said it or who is being talked about.

    Anonymous – sorry, but this is a teaser after all:

    “He feels…addictive.” She hugged her own stomach, and her backpack swung to one side, but she didn’t seem to notice. “When he looks at you, you feel really, really good. Like an afterglow that’s not…after. You want things, and you know he can give them to you, and when he looks away, it feels like the spotlight left you to shine on someone else, and you’ll do anything to bring it back. To feel that heat.”

    (As this quote is from an ARC, when the finished book is released I will check it against that source for accuracy.)

    There are actually quite a few hot and steamy passages in this book. Some that would easily rate above a PG-13. But while they were some of my favorites, they didn’t tease me nearly as much as this one did.

    And although I read this book twice, and have thought about what exactly this passage might mean, I still have no idea. So, this is as much a teaser for me as it might be to those who haven’t yet read this book.

    King Lucifer to Luc:

    “I know what she is, and I’m going to have her, Lucifer. She was mine in the Beginning and she’ll be mine again. There’s nothing you can do to stop me.”

    It was fairly difficult to choose a teaser for this book. There were a few rather beautiful passages in this story and several entertaining ones, but I always tend to favor those about love.

    I wanted to include the entire interaction to give a complete picture – cutting it off short would have been too cruel. But in order not to give too much away, I decided to leave the name of the boy who kissed Violet a mystery.

    Violet and…(well now, to find out you’ll just have to read it) :

    He just stepped closer to me, right on my shadow, which had been the only thing between us. His eyes were angry and conflicted but his hands were gentle on my face, wrapping around the back of my neck. He pulled slightly and I stumbled forward. His mouth closed over mine, the kiss sending warmth shooting all the way from my belly down to my knees. His tongue was bold, sliding over mine as if I were strawberry ice cream. I felt devoured, delicious, decadent.

    He stopped abruptly, pulling back, his breath ragged.

    “I’m not good enough for you either.”

    I really thought about teasing some of the funnier lines in the story, and there are so many humorous and twisted passages. Those passages, and they were many, were my favorites.

    But as they really need to be discovered in context with the rest of the story, and would also spoil some of the enjoyment in reading this book if I revealed them here, I decided on one that gives just a little insight into Jana’s thoughts about Michael.

    In her eyes, he really was her one true love, her soul mate, her Romeo.

    Jana’s thoughts about Michael:

    She thought of the times she’d danced with Michael. When they danced, they became one person. They gave themselves to each other. Just like when they kissed. His lips were hers. Her lips were his. When she and Michael kissed, they owned each other, but not themselves. Two people becoming one person was the way Jana had always imagined true love.

    I know I already included a short quote with my review, but there were a number of passages that I loved in this book. So, as this is the teaser post, I thought I’d include a longer one here.

    It’s still not my favorite quote, as that one is filled with much innuendo and is definitely above the PG-13 rating I’m trying to keep here on the blog, so sadly (or not so sadly) that one can only be discovered by reading the book for yourself.

    Wolfe to Rogan:

    He cocked his eyebrow. “At first I thought imposed isolation would make you miss me-“

    “Why you arro-“

    “-But then I realised that it’s being near me you can’t resist. And there are only so many kisses you’ll take before you give in to me completely, Rogan.”

    I already included one of my favorite passages in my review, but there were a few more gems in this book. Sin was such a sarcastic main character and couldn’t help some of the hilarious things she said, so I almost included one of her best lines as the teaser.

    But, as is to be expected, I decided instead to include something much more swoon-worthy.

    Cynthia and…if you can even believe it…Alan:

    He was gorgeous by moonlight, hair and skin turned a hazy golden color, his eyes starlit-night blue and so sweet, so deep, pools you could drop your heart into and lose it forever.

    “Cynthia,” he murmured, fingers still brushing her cheek, making her shiver. “I’m not lying.”

    I included my very favorite passage in my review, but this one is also so completely awesome. It is from the same scene as the one I chose before, which goes on for a few pages and has so many amazing passages.

    This scene alone, which is just about mid-way through the book, makes this story worth a read.

    Amelia and Joshua:

    …We leaned into each other and pressed our lips together.

    The kiss crashed over me, wave upon wave of fire. The ache exploded across my chest like an atom bomb, incinerating everything in its path. I let it burn me; I let it consume me.

    Almost every single passage in this story had such a beautiful flow. I included the one I thought was the most powerful – and didn’t contain any spoilers – in my review.

    This was another passage that I thought was absolutely amazing, but I’ve only included a portion – enough to tease but not reveal too much.

    Chloe’s thoughts:

    They forgot who she was:

    Something fantastic we could never explain. Someone better and bolder than every one of us. Someone to paint murals and build bridges for. Someone worth every ounce of our love.

    Someone powerful, but in the end not powerful enough.


    Last month I decided not to post a teaser from If I Die by Rachel Vincent. But as Tod just won his first match (but hopefully not his last) in the YA Crush Tourney, I thought I’d post a small teaser here. I’ll save the slightly bigger one until either my next match in the tourney or next month’s teasers post.

    And although I read and reviewed Supernaturally, I completely forgot to write down my favorite passages and have since given away both copies of the book. So any teasers I have for it will have to be included in the post next month. Sorry!


    The Crush List #2

    There are books that you fall in love with, that leave you breathless and sobbing your eyes out. Books that take your heart and stomp on it, leaving you completely destroyed.

    Then there are books that steal your heart. These bookish thieves take but do not destroy, leaving you forever captivated by their charms and always begging for more.

    These are the books that are the source of our undying crushes. The ones that leave us sighing, with a small smile that is just for them. We give our hearts to these books and would follow them to the very ends of the earth. Some of them make us do just that, and we follow, oh so willingly.

    A crush may be a fragile thing, but we certainly have room for many. I know I’ve crushed on hundreds of books in my lifetime and I’ll crush on many, many more. They say crushes are harmless, after all, so what’s wrong with having just a few…or a few more?

    Here are a few books that I’m crushing on big time

    If I Die by Rachel Vincent is a fairly new crush. I’ve crushed on the series for a couple years now, but I just read If I Die last month and have been crushing hard ever since.

    The more time that passes, the more desperate I become to read it again. And I can’t wait for September so that I can.

    Crushes are supposed to fade over time, right? That is so not happening here.

    Why I’m crushing: Shock factor. Ka-pow. Knocks you right down. Twisty-turny delectable, agonizing, torture. Kept me in knots the entire time. Surprise, surprise, surprise. So many yummy surprises. And an ending that…okay, I can’t tell you THAT, but you’ll see.

    Dead Rules by Randy Russell is a brand new crush and one that I did not expect to have at all. I just love surprise crushes.

    I mean I knew the book would be cool – rules for the dead, that cover, but did not expect this to make my crush list…until I actually read it, that is.

    And I am so totally crushing on this book. Still.

    Why I’m crushing: Dark. Mildly disturbing. Killer irony. Eternal love…or not quite. Bizarre, freakishly bizarre, deaths. Sliders…they may be bad, but they’re way more fun. Mars Dreamcote. So what, I’m crushing on a dead dude. Who says that has to be wrong?

    From Sliders to Siders…

    A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford is an old crush. Yeah, I know it debuted this year, but I’ve been crushing on it since 2010. That makes this crush practically ancient.

    And ever since the cover reveal for A Touch Morbid, my crush for the first book has come back full-force. I mean, come on, one peek at these covers and how can you not be crushing?

    Why I’m crushing: Dark. Yep, this one’s dark, too. Maybe I’m a touch morbid… Edgy, clever, suspenseful. The suspense borders on cruel. Seriously bad-a**. And hello heartbreak.

    Cascade by Lisa T. Bergren is a fairly new and unexpected crush.

    And as it’s the second book in the series, it really is an add-on crush that I developed when reading Waterfall.

    Why I’m crushing: Time travel. Knights. A love story. Action – the heart-stopping, nail-biting kind. Damsel in mega distress. Danger. Suspense. Knights – so nice I had to mention them twice.

    Slumber by Samantha Young is a brand new crush. We’re talking one week old and yet it’s already hit me big time.

    And it is another one of those total surprise crushes. Although I’m thinking this one will move from crush to love affair with the next installment in the series.

    Why I’m crushing: Epic. Magical. Sweet, sweet torture. The chemistry. The love story. Wolfe Stovia – Vikomt oh how I’m crushing on you, too. Wicked. Definitely, grin-worthily wicked. Riveting. How can you not crush on story with a sword-bearing hero who is the ultimate protector?


    So, these are just a few more books from my very eclectic crush list. I seem to have chosen books that are either bordering on the morbid or of the epic adventure variety. Knights, Reapers, Siders, Sliders, I have plenty of room in my heart to crush on them all.

    Do you crush on books?

    What makes a book crushworthy for you?

    I would love to know!


    Review: Dead Rules

    Dead Rules by Randy Russell will be released in the U.S. on June 21, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by HarperTeen, a division of HarperCollins, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Dead Rules is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at

    Goodreads description:

    Till death

    Jana Webster and Michael Haynes were in love. They were destined to be together forever.


    But Jana’s destiny was fatally flawed. And now she’s in Dead School, where Mars Dreamcote lurks in the back of the classroom, with his beguiling blue eyes, mysterious smile, and irresistibly warm touch.


    Michael and Jana were incomplete without each other. There was no room for Mars in Jana’s life—or death—story. Jana was sure Michael would rush to her side soon.


    But things aren’t going according to Jana’s plan. So Jana decides to do whatever it takes to make her dreams come true—no matter what rules she has to break.


    It was supposed to be Jana and Michael, Webster and Haynes, for always. She wasn’t supposed to die. Their future was all mapped out. They were supposed to be together. Forever.

    But if she had to die, then he should be with her. He was Romeo to her Juliet. And without Juliet there was no Romeo. Romeo couldn’t live without Juliet and so he followed her in death.

    Michael should not have wanted to exist without her for a single moment. Her death should have meant something.

    So where was he?

    Jana was forced to ride the bus to Dead School alone. And with each passing moment she was forgetting little details from her life. She didn’t want to forget Michael. Not his face, not his voice, nothing. He was her everything and she was his, but yet she sat here alone.

    Death would not separate the two of them. She wouldn’t let it. They would be together. Even if it meant she had to kill him to bring him to her.


    Dead Rules is the wildly funny, dark and disturbing, yet light, and at times sweet, debut young adult novel from author Randy Russell. This exceptional story pulls you in from the very first lines and is an extremely fast, incredibly ironic and immensely entertaining read.

    The story is told mainly from Jana’s perspective – a girl who met her untimely demise in what appears to be a freak bowling accident – with a few alternate perspectives and peeks at the world of the living throughout.

    As awareness slowly dawns on Jana about her new situation and the fact that she is separated from the love of her life, she becomes determined to make sure that she and Michael are reunited.

    And if she can’t convince him to join her in death, then she plans on taking matters into her own hands to ensure that the two of them are together, forever.

    The author has written an exceedingly creative one-of-a-kind story with Dead Rules. Each character has such a distinct personality, all of whom create such a nice balance in this book. Jana is driven but lovable, Mars is a bad boy seeking redemption, Wyatt is sarcastic but supremely likable, and Arva is the voice of reason and responsibility.

    The story moves incredibly quickly, and will keep readers engaged from beginning to end. And even though this story may be centered around a dark subject that is treated with humor, it has an uplifting side, too, showing that redemption is possible, that not everything is hopeless and that being selfless can have positive results.

    This is a story not to be missed by readers who love books with a wicked sense of humor, an enormously inventive storyline and a refreshing look at life after death.

    I consider this an absolute must read and look forward to much, much more from this author.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=6] Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

    On a personal note:

    This book is so full of awesome you can’t imagine – that’s why you have to read it like I did, and which I plan on doing again. It’s a completely twisted but utterly fantastic version of what comes after death. And it totally appeals to both my darker side and the side that’s a sucker for a love story.

    I adore the way this author’s mind works. The story is the perfect mix of brilliantly funny, slightly gruesome and wonderfully heartwarming.

    I fell in love with this story immediately. It seemed like such an easy read, but one that I found had a lot more depth than I initially thought. And the longer I thought about it, the more I discovered, and the more deeply in love I fell.

    Jana is my ideal main character. She was completely devoted to the love of her life, Michael. Even when presented with a totally hot alternative she still remained dedicated to the boy she promised her heart to. That made her admirable, even if she wanted to kill him to keep him with her always.

    Jana was strong and determined and slightly devious, and she would let nothing stop her from getting what she wanted – and that was Michael – even if it meant getting herself into some pretty outrageous situations.

    But she was also an extremely sympathetic and lovable character for a dead girl. She had a lonely life, with a self-centered mother who put her down, and who made her feel less. It’s no wonder she attached herself so strongly to Michael.

    I loved the way this story was constructed, slowly revealing pieces of information as the story progressed, from not only Jana’s perspective but other characters in the book, and how it was interspersed with the tales of how several of the characters met their unfortunate ends. Absolutely brilliant.

    And those slow reveals kept you riveted and left you wanting more. Plus, those little déjà vu moments each of them had were the perfect touch, giving their stories continuity.

    The author’s sense of humor was just so wickedly funny. I am trying not to tell all, but from the opening lines to the chapters, to the subtle and not-so-subtle descriptions and actions of Jana’s fellow classmates, the writing kept me snickering evilly throughout.

    One of my favorites had to be when the author mentioned that Pauline was beside herself. Actually, really, every single aspect of Pauline was so totally hysterical and disturbing.

    And the irony – initially I thought there were just one or two examples of it in the story, but looking back I see that the author used it several times to great effect. But that end was so completely ironic it makes me grin wickedly every time I think about it.

    What else did I love? Everything! From the characters’ names which were unbelievably unique, to keeping the characters’ appearances frozen at the moment of their death, to the different factions at Dead School – the Risers, the Sliders, the Grays, the Virgins, the Stretchers. And although Risers are supposed to have it so much better, being a Slider sounds like way more fun.

    What made this story absolutely perfect were those little touches – elements that didn’t have to be there, but just made this story complete – the lawn dart, the hairdos, the croaky voice, the skin color, the body temperatures, the drinking water. They also kept this story from being completely dark, making it feel light and fun.

    And finally, after probably revealing every little thing in this book that wasn’t a major plot point, I loved that the Risers smelled of Ivory soap – 99.44% pure, so not quite at the status of the Virgins, but still headed in the right direction.

    I probably should have saved most of this rambling for a Book Buzz post, but I just couldn’t help myself.

    I could continue to go on and on about this book which made me smile right up to the end. I will definitely be re-reading Dead Rules and I wish that it was a series – I have no idea if it will be one – because Dead School has been a great place to visit and I really want to know more about Jana and that super hot Mars Dreamcote.

    Book trailers for Dead Rules:

    Dead Rule #1

    Dead Rule #2

    Dead Rule #3



    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #25

    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 21st-June 27th that I have pre-ordered.


    A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young will be released in the U.S. on June 21, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 272 pages.

    I was not able to get my hands on an early copy of this book, so my first peek will be when my eBook downloads on Monday at Midnight, but from the description this is a book I can’t wait to read. Battling destiny and fighting to stay with the ones you love sounds like the kind of book I will immediately connect with.

    Even though I haven’t read any reviews, there was a ton of buzz about this book over the past few months and all of it has been amazing. Being one of the Forgotten does not sound like an easy destiny to live up to for Charlotte and I hope there is a happy ending for her in this book. And I really want to read this in the next week or two so I can find out.

    Book trailer for A Need So Beautiful:

    Vicious Little Darlings by Katherine Easer will be released in the U.S. on June 21, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, the print edition is 320 pages.

    Vicious Little Darlings is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at

    Even though I have an early copy of this book, I can’t wait for the eBook to download. As I won’t have read this book by release date I’m not sure whether I’ll read the final version or the ARC, but it is on my pile this week.

    The title of this book is what hooked me. It kind of says it all. I just wish I had the chance to read it sooner. But I’m dying to find out just what bad things Sarah’s new roommates are up to that make things turn deadly.

    Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz will be released in the U.S. on June 21, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Hyperion, the print edition is 288 pages.

    I have loved this cover since the moment I saw it. It’s gorgeous. And I love the author’s young adult series so I can’t wait until I get my copy of her debut adult novel. I lost an auction bid to win an early copy of this book so I’ve been waiting not-so-patiently for a chance to read it.

    I had a chance to meet one of the characters in the author’s novella, Bloody Valentine, and I’m excited to learn more about her and the other witches. The description also promises a few cameos from some of the characters from Blue Bloods and I can’t wait to see who appears in this story.

    It also says there will be a battle of good and evil, which sounds sort of epic, so I can’t wait to see which side wins in the end.

    Book trailer for Witches of East End:

    Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey will be released in the U.S. on June 21, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available online in both formats for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Walker Childrens, the print edition is 352 pages.

    I have an early copy of Haunting Violet, but it’s the UK edition. I’m not sure if there are any differences between that version and the one for the U.S. but I’m looking forward to receiving the finished copy to find out. I’ve actually read most of the ARC already, but I had pre-ordered this book long ago and want the final version for my collection.

    The one thing I didn’t know until the moment I started reading it on Saturday was that it does not take place in the present. I had no idea from the description on the back cover or on Goodreads that it took place in Victorian England.

    I thought the description sounded like a great read – a girl who doesn’t believe in ghosts, whose mother is a fraudulent medium, is suddenly being haunted by them. But I was a bit wary once I heard it wasn’t a modern story.

    I’m not a huge fan of Victorian novels, but so far it has been a delightful read and is making me rethink my stance on Victorian novels. It is not stuffy or boring at all! And the characters are just as entertaining as those in the author’s Drake Chronicles.

    Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz will be released in the U.S. on June 21, 2011 in paperback format and on July 1, 2011 in eBook format. It is currently available to pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 352 pages.

    Spellbound is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at

    I have an eARC of Spellbound and I plan on reading it this week, but I knew from the moment I read the description that I’d want to own this, so I pre-ordered a finished copy of the eBook. (Of course that won’t be available until July 1st, so I’ll be reading the eARC, because I do not want to have to wait.)

    I love the fact that this book takes place in New York City set among the snooty Upper East Side prep school kids. I’ve read quite a few books where they just get it wrong, and I can’t wait to see how the author creates her world.

    I’m curious as to why Emma is so fixated on Brendan Salinger, aside from his looks and money. And I’m dying to find out why the street lights are going out when she walks by. (This is an odd phenomenon that used to happen to me in NYC all the time, so I can’t wait to find out why it’s happening to Emma.)

    And I always love stories that involve past lives. They’re just so cool, which makes me even more excited to read this author’s debut novel.

    Dead Rules by Randy Russell will be released in the U.S. on June 21, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Dead Rules is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at

    Okay, I can’t wait to get the finished copy of this book. I have this on pre-order in eBook format, but I think I’ll also be picking up a finished print copy for my collection just because I love this cover. I’ve already have the ARC which I devoured in one sitting on Friday, but I will be passing that on to another blogger as I never keep ARCs.

    I think it is such a fabulous idea to give rules out to the dead. And Jana is one character that does not like to play by the rules, so that makes this story even more entertaining.

    But there is just so much to like about Dead School, even with its rules, especially yummy Mars Dreamcote. And I’ve never read a story with a dead girl who is nearly as determined as Jana.


    This week I have six books on pre-order. My wallet is super happy, though my TBR pile isn’t – I read only one of the books. And next week will be so much worse. I am really, really hoping that my vacation days will allow me to get caught up on some of those must reads!

    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!


    Quickie Giveaway: Dead Rules

    Okay, so this is clearly not a giveaway free month, but this one’s a quickie. I just had to share the love. It’s Father’s Day after all.

    Dead Rules was such an amazing read that I just couldn’t help but give away two copies. One to someone in the U.S. and one to someone located Internationally.

    I have a lot of love for this book and just had to spread the love. So, if you don’t yet have a copy and would like to enter, details follow below.

    What’s up for grabs?

    One copy of Dead Rules by Randy Russell sent directly from Amazon or The Book Depository.

    The Deets:

    * There will be TWO WINNERS – one U.S. and one International.

    * Only one entry per person.

    * Must be 13 or older to enter.

    * Contest is International where allowed by law.

    * Giveaway ends tonight, Sunday, June 19th at 11:59 p.m.

    * Winners will be chosen by and announced on the blog on Monday, June 20th.

    * Winners will have 48 hours after notification to respond.

    *Prizes will be sent directly from Amazon or The Book Depository.

    There is no requirement to follow, tweet or “like,” but following the blog is always appreciated.

    To enter, fill out the form below:

    Thank you everyone for entering the Quickie Giveaway for a copy of Dead Rules. I will be running the names through Random shortly and announcing the US and International winners here on the blog.

    Random has spoken and the winners are…

    International –

    U.S. –

    Congratulations Tristan and Amy! You have 48 hours to respond to my email with your details or I will be forced to choose another winner. Once I receive your information I will be ordering your books from The Book Depository for the International winner and Amazon for the U.S. winner.

    Thanks to everyone who has entered the giveaway! I’m sure I’ll be having another one in July!


    My Reading Pile #14

    My intake of printed books has been much smaller this week – yay! But next week I’m expecting fifteen or more books…soooo not good for the pile. And I may have books sitting in the storage room in my building, but they left early, holding my books hostage. So I won’t get them until Saturday afternoon or on Monday, long after this post goes up.

    Instead of holding off this post for a day just to get a picture of a few books, I thought I’d post this lovely picture of books (and a few swaggy things) that I got this week. Starcrossed and Sleight are both signed. And I love the Starcrossed swag! Will definitely have to give some of that away.

    Fortunately only one of those books are unread, so it doesn’t add too much to my actual reading pile. And I’ll most likely be giving this copy of Passion away as I shall be getting a signed copy from the awesome Amy of Lady Reader’s Bookstuff. Anyway…

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

    (June 19-June 25, 2011)


    Dead Rules by Randy Russell was on top of the pile for this week, but due to the early demise of my eReaders I actually started it prior to this post. And I’ll probably be finished with it before this post goes live.

    I have an ARC of the book from a trade, but apparently I have another one coming to me from another trade at some point in the near-ish future… Yep, another accidental duplicate trade. But I’m glad I got at least one of the copies early so I could read it before release.

    I already spotlighted Dead Rules for my Book Watch post. So again, less rambling. But this book is so much more than just its cover. It is creepy and so funny and a super quick read. And I don’t think I’d ever want a reality that involved dying and having to go back to school, even if the kids at Dead School are rather unique and at least one Slider is major eye-candy.

    Next up is Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey. I received an ARC of Haunting Violet from a contest the publisher had on their Facebook page. It’s the UK edition, so I’ll be reading it this weekend and hopefully have my review up on release date.

    I love the author’s Drake Chronicles and can’t wait to read her book about ghosts. I’m really starting to love young adult books that have a ghost or two as major characters in the story. They’re not usually the completely creepy, evil kind of ghosts, more the pesky, annoying kind, so it makes these books pretty entertaining reads, rather than spooky ones.

    From the description, Violet sounds like a rather reluctant believer and I am curious to see how she manages to handle her ghostly problem and keep this ability secret from her family.

    And this cover is so pretty!

    Last up is Vicious Little Darlings by Katherine Easer. I received an ARC of this book through a trade. I just loved the title and the premise and knew I had to grab an early copy of the book.

    It sounds really dark, devious and deadly. It’s one of those stories where everything starts out happy and perfect and fun. Then things kind of head in a downward spiral pretty quickly as the main character, Sarah, starts to discover that things are really, really wrong with her friends Maddy and Agnes.

    I cannot wait to find out just how wrong they are and whether or not Sarah will be able to get away before it’s too late.


    I’m seriously behind on my last two reading piles. As I mentioned above, due to the early retirement of my Kindle and Nook I’ve had to turn to my printed books and hold off reading any of my eBooks.

    I’ve only added three books to the pile this week so that I could finish reading Slumber by Samantha Young once I have my replacement Kindle up and running with all my eARCs.

    Wishful Thinking reads:

    I have three books that I really want to read this week – A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young, Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz and Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz. But as there are so many books ahead on the pile I have to keep them on the Wishful Thinking reads list. But I will be reading Spellbound next week if I can’t read it this week.

    And, next week my reading pile will be quite interesting, as I will be on vacation for awhile so I plan on catching up on some older reads, required reviews and just a few upcoming ARCs that are calling to me. My goal is to read at least seven books during my vacation, but we’ll see how well that goes. Plans and me are like oil and water.

    Those left behind:

    From Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender was left behind due to my Kindle crash and burn as was Passion by Lauren Kate. I hope to read both of them this week or next week as they are two books that I have been dying to read and I don’t want them to sink into my deep, dark and murky TBR pile.

    As always I am ever hopeful.


    Do you create a reading pile?

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