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    Top 10 Book Covers of 2013

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    Today is the second of five days of Top 10 of 2013.

    A week of Looking Back…

    …and Looking Forward.

    And I am thrilled to be able to co-host this event for the third year in a row with Jaime from Two Chicks on Books and for a second year with Mindy from Magical Urban Fantasy Reads.

    If you haven’t yet heard of this week-long event, it’s where we share our favorite bookish lists and invite you to share yours each day for the next five days by leaving your post links in the daily Linky Lists.

    This year’s event giveaway is shared via a common Rafflecopter on all three of our blogs. Leaving a comment each day on each host’s blog will give you extra entries, so be sure to check out each of our Top 10 lists for more chances to win.

    It’s not too late to sign up for this event. Just check out the Sign-up Post for all the details – HERE.

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    Today’s topic is…

    Best Book Covers of 2013

    Last year’s picks were all about the beautiful ladies. I’m happy to say that this year’s picks are a little more varied and interesting in addition to being visually stunning. And while I named quite a few 2013 covers in my post last year, not all of them ended up being on my top ten list due to the fact that I am really trying so very hard to keep it at just the ten.

    I am not even going to begin to name 2014 covers that I think are gorgeous. I will leave that for next year. But I did have to share just a few peeks in gallery form of other amazing 2013 book covers that I loved.

    Now, without any further ado, here are those…

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    Covers I Love 2013

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    Splintered

    SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Burning Sky

    THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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    MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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    Everbound

    EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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    Clockwork Princess

    CLOCKWORK PRINCESS by Cassandra Clare

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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    Pulse

    PULSE by Patrick Carman

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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    Soul Screamers Volume Three

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME THREE by Rachel Vincent

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    8.

    Tidal

    TIDAL by Amanda Hocking

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

    9.

    Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

    BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Genevieve Tucholke

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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    ALTERED by Jennifer Rush

    (GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE)

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    Other Covers I Love, Love, Loved

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    What is there to love?

    SPLINTERED is gorgeous and vibrant and interesting and magical and beautiful. And the typography is amazing.

    THE BURNING SKY is rich and dark and eye-catching and fantastical and stunning.

    MILA 2.0 is clean and modern and different and wicked awesome.

    EVERBOUND is simply beautiful and elegant.

    CLOCKWORK PRINCESS is beautifully detailed and magical and different and captivating.

    PULSE is interesting and thought provoking.

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME THREE is bright and beautiful and simply perfect.

    TIDAL is dark and stunning and gorgeous and sexy.

    BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA has amazing typography and a dark and striking background image.

    ALTERED is wicked cool and sexy and is amazing in black and white.

    But that’s what I think… what about you? What are your 2013 cover picks?

    The Giveaways

    We have decided to combine the giveaways into one Rafflecopter form that is shared on all three host blogs and will be posted in each of the Top 10 posts this week.

    There is a box of 2014 ARCs, a box of books, two books of your choice, and a book from one of the host’s top ten lists up for grabs. Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

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    Novella Reading Week Wraps Up!

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    Novella Reading Week has ended. Wow that went fast! I’d been debating making it a two-week event, but it seems that one week was the perfect length in order to get a few of those novellas read and not cause too much of a backup for those review books.

    And I cannot thank Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads enough for co-hosting this event with me. It was nice to know that even if no one else took part in the challenge this past week, she was joining me in my quest to clear a few novellas off my TBR pile.

    But she wasn’t the only one participating in Novella Reading Week! I am totally stoked that there were so many awesome readers joining us this past week. And I cannot wait to check out each and every one of the reviews.

    Mindy and I will be gathering all the participants entries – from the Linky List and from the comments on our posts – and we’ll throw them into Random to choose the winners, which will be announced in our Novella Reading Week Begins posts on Tuesday.

    I hope that you got a few novellas cleared off your piles and that at the one, or ones, you did read made it worth your while. And I can’t thank you all enough for joining this event and for sharing your thoughts about those novellas you did read.

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    My Novella Reading Week…

    While I didn’t get every novella read that I wanted to read, I did reach my goal of reading seven novellas for this challenge. I’d originally chosen five books to read for the challenge, but decided to aim for seven and I managed to read them all.

    Though I would have liked to read the other five novellas I’d earmarked, I wouldn’t have been able to read all those stories and have any time left over to write reviews. So I stuck with just my seven initial picks.

    And while I only posted reviews for four of the novellas I read, I did end up writing six reviews before the challenge officially ended and hope to finish writing the last one momentarily. The three remaining reviews will be posted on Tuesday and Wednesday as I have a blog tour scheduled for today.

    The novellas I read for the challenge were…

    UNDONE (Unbreakable #1.5) by Elizabeth Norris. (Review)

    GLITTER & DOOM (Masque of the Red Death #1.5) by Bethany Griffin. (Review to post Tuesday)

    DIE FOR HER (Die for Me #2.5) by Amy Plum. (Review)

    RADIANT (Unearthly #2.5) by Cynthia Hand. (Review)

    DESTROY ME (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi. (Review in progress)

    FLIRTING WITH MAYBE by Wendy Higgins (Review to post Wednesday)

    ORIGINS: THE FIRE (Mila 2.0 #0.5) by Debra Driza. (Review)

    So while it wasn’t a complete success, I do consider this past week a success. I read seven novellas I’ve been wanting to read – some for quite some time. I managed to fall in love with some of my favorite series all over again. And reading a couple of the novellas gave me the push I needed to finally be willing to say goodbye to those series. Which, for me, is a win.

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    Your Novella Reading Week…

    But enough about me. What about your novella reading week?

    Did you read all the novellas you wanted to read this week? Did you read more than you’d planned? Or did you read fewer than anticipated?

    Were the novellas you did read ones that you absolutely adored or were some more of a miss than a hit?

    And, whether you read one or twenty-one, do you consider this a successful novella reading week for you?

    If you’d like to share your thoughts, I’d love to know!

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    Mini Review: Origins: The Fire

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    ORIGINS: THE FIRE by Debra Driza was released in the U.S. on January 8, 2013 in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the story is 15 pages.

    ORIGINS: THE FIRE is a free eBook short story that includes the first seven chapters of MILA 2.0

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    Description…

    Heart-stopping and electric, MILA 2.0: Origins: The Fire contains a short prequel story and an excerpt to MILA 2.0, the first book in a riveting Bourne Identity–style trilogy by Debra Driza.

    Mila can’t remember anything before the fire that took her father’s life. It’s normal to have some memory loss after traumatic events, but Mila doesn’t remember if she’s ever learned to ride a bike, or if she’s ever been in love. Nothing.

    What she doesn’t know is that she isn’t supposed to remember—that she was built in a computer science lab and programmed to forget. Because if she remembers, she might discover her true identity.

    The question is: If she relived the fire, what would she see?

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    ORIGINS: THE FIRE offers readers a short introduction to the world of MILA 2.0 along with several chapters from the full-length novel. It is a teaser-length story that gives just a taste of the author’s writing and only hints at who Mila is. The context for this story itself is revealed in MILA 2.0.

    It’s an engaging read that tells the tale of the fire that was an integral part of Mila’s memories. And it ends in a way that may be a bit of a surprise to those who haven’t yet “met” Mila or read the description for the novel.

    Readers should not expect a novella-length story. It is simply a brief intro. But for those who have yet to purchase the full-length novel, it gives a nice long look at seven chapters from the book.

    Set before the events in MILA 2.0, ORIGINS: THE FIRE can be enjoyed by both those who have read the book and those who have yet to read it.

    Reviewer gives this short story…

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    On a personal note…

    I really liked this short story. I found myself totally caught up in what was happening, so I was more than a little bit surprised when it ended so suddenly. Of course I wanted more!

    I’d been alerted to the fact that it was so short before I started reading it, so I wasn’t as surprised as I would have been had I not known that most of the eBook was taken up with several chapters from MILA 2.0.

    It was interesting reading it after having read MILA 2.0, knowing exactly what was going on. But I can imagine, if I read this story first, I would have wondered what the heck happened right there at the end.

    I am glad that this was written and that I read it. It makes me even more sympathetic toward Mila and makes me wonder a little bit more about Mila’s mom. Though I won’t say why, as my questions about her are rather spoiler-y.

    As this was such a short read, I won’t make my review any longer than it already is, but I will just say that the eBook offers readers a great short story and a nice long look at the full-length novel.

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    My Reading Pile #117

    It was a fairly quiet week at the mailbox this week. Granted, I didn’t check my mailbox since Tuesday. But aside from a few books I’d traded for that won’t be here until next week, I wasn’t expecting anything.

    Which is why the one book that showed up on my doorstep on Tuesday night was a complete and total surprise.

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    I was ecstatic when I opened the package late Tuesday night and inside was a copy of EARTHBOUND (Earthbound #1) by Aprilynne Pike thanks to the amazing folks at Razorbill. It was completely unexpected. I may have tried to request the eARC ages ago from either NetGalley or Edelweiss but I was too late to the party and quotas were reached.

    I love, love, loved the author’s Wings series and I’m so unbelievably stoked to be able to read the first book in this new series just a little bit early. I’m actually so very tempted to try and squeeze it in before Novella Reading Week, but if not, it will be the first book on the pile next week.

    I didn’t put in any new requests this past week at Edelweiss. Sadly I did not get approved for Holly Black’s novel. But I did get approved for two amazing titles from NetGalley, both of which I’m anxious to get on the pile really soon.

    But this week, my pile is going to be just a little bit different. And so…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (June 9, 2013 – June 15, 2013)

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    In last week’s post I may have mentioned that I, along with Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, have decided to challenge ourselves (and anyone who wants to join in) to read as many novellas as we possibly can. So, from June 10th through June 16th (Monday through Sunday) I will be reading only those novellas I have on my eReader.

    Which means that My Reading Pile this week is going to be a little bit different.

    And while I may not stick to the list of novellas I currently have on the pile, these are the five books I am hoping to read this week….

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    Glitter and Doom

    GLITTER & DOOM (Masque of the Red Death #1.5) by Bethany Griffin

    I read DANCE OF THE RED DEATH a couple of weeks ago and I still can’t believe I had to say goodbye to this amazing series. And with everything that happened in that book, diving back into the series with this novella will be bittersweet.

    And I’m so curious how much of a difference it would have made to both reads had I read this novella before I read the final book….

    Either way, I’m totally stoked to be able to dive into this short story which sounds absolutely ahhhh-mazing!

    A 50-page, digital-only novella set in the world of Bethany Griffin’s dark and haunting retelling of the classic Edgar Allan Poe story Masque of the Red Death. When a rich teenage girl who spends her nights in the most desirable club and a smart, young inventor meet, they might have more in common than they know.

    April, niece to the dying city’s cruel dictator, is Araby Worth’s glittery and frivolous best friend. But she’s more than she appears. And when she disappeared in Masque of the Red Death, where did she go? This short novella answers that question, taking us deep underneath the crumbling city, where April crosses paths with Kent, the serious young inventor who is key to rebellion. Glitter & Doom is a story of chilling action, of spies, and of surprising love. Can love be anything but doomed is a city that’s burning down around its survivors?

    A dark, unnerving story about two of the most fascinating characters from Masque of the Red Death.

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    Destroy Me

    DESTROY ME (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi

    I had DESTROY ME on the reading pile months ago. I even started it. Warner is my favorite character in the series so I was totally stoked when he got a novella all to himself.

    And yet I still haven’t actually read it….

    But that will change this week. And while I am reading it out of order, as I’ve already read UNRAVEL ME, it would have been the same no matter what, because I’d received an early copy of UNRAVEL ME and read it before this novella was released.

    Perfect for the fans of Shatter Me who are desperately awaiting the release of Unravel Me, this novella-length digital original will bridge the gap between these two novels from the perspective of the villain we all love to hate, Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

    In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

    Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

    Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me,Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45.

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    MILA 2 Origins of Fire

    ORIGINS: The Fire (Mila 2.0 #0.5) by Debra Driza

    I wanted to read this the moment I finished MILA 2.0 but my schedule just wouldn’t allow. But now that I have a little time I’m super curious as to just what Mila would see if she did relive the fire.

    I believe this came out before the first book in the series, so I’m curious as to just how much detail they go into about who and what Mila is. And it will be interesting to see how it might have changed my perception of those early chapters if I had read it first.

    Heart-stopping and electric, MILA 2.0: Origins: The Fire contains a short prequel story and an excerpt to MILA 2.0, the first book in a riveting Bourne Identity–style trilogy by Debra Driza.Mila can’t remember anything before the fire that took her father’s life. It’s normal to have some memory loss after traumatic events, but Mila doesn’t remember if she’s ever learned to ride a bike, or if she’s ever been in love. Nothing.What she doesn’t know is that she isn’t supposed to remember—that she was built in a computer science lab and programmed to forget. Because if she remembers, she might discover her true identity.The question is: If she relived the fire, what would she see?

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    Die for Her

    DIE FOR HER (Die for Me #2.5) by Amy Plum

    I haven’t yet read the final book in the series, so I’m so thrilled to be able to read this novella in the correct order in which it was released. I have a feeling that IF I SHOULD DIE is going to have a lot to do with Jules and so I’m glad to be able to read this now, before whatever happens in that book happens.

    I love this author’s series and Jules is one of my favorite characters. He might even be my favorite. So I’m totally excited to get the chance to read this novella this week.

    Set in the romantic and death-defying world of the international bestselling Die for Me trilogy, this digital original novella follows Jules, a brooding, immortal French artist who has fallen in love with his best friend’s girlfriend.

    Jules Marchenoir is a revenant-an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save human lives. He’s spent the better part of the last century flirting his way through Paris, but when he met Kate Mercier, the heroine from Amy Plum’s Die for Me trilogy, he knew his afterlife had changed forever and he had found the love of his life. Until Kate fell for his best friend, Vincent. Now Jules is faced with an impossible decision: choosing between his loyal friend and a love truly worth dying for.

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    Flirting with Maybe

    FLIRTING WITH MAYBE by Wendy Higgins

    I am a huge fan of author Wendy Higgins. And while this novella isn’t one that’s connected with her Sweet Trilogy, I’m super excited to read another story penned by her.

    I haven’t read a contemporary story in awhile, but I’m really excited to read one that sounds sweet, fun and swoon-y.

    And as the author is one whose writing I absolutely adore, I just know it’s going to be awesome.

    He was fifteen and she was seventeen. 

    When sophomore Ryan “The Kid” McPhearson makes the Varsity baseball team, he finds himself submersed into the life of upperclassmen, and falling in love with senior Brooke Bennet. To Ryan she’s his dream girl, perfect. Maybe to the outside world a two-year age difference doesn’t matter, but this is high school. Everything matters.

    Ryan soon realizes Brooke’s life is not so perfect. He becomes her closest friend, her safe place to fall when she needs to escape. Ryan seems to be benched in the friend zone with no chance to bat.

    Time is both a curse and a blessing. It ushers Brooke away to college, and Ryan into the arms of his first girlfriend. It alters Ryan from a kid to a high school graduate, ready to venture to college himself. But when Ryan sees Brooke again he realizes there are some things even time can’t touch.

    Though much has changed, one question still remains. Will the things that mattered in high school always stand between them?

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    And if I have just a bit of extra time – if I manage to read one novella a day – I’m going to pick two of these…

    UNDONE (Unraveling #1.5) by Elizabeth Norris

    RADIANT (Unearthly #2.5) by Cynthia Hand

    WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN PERU (The Bane Chronicles Part #1) by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan

    THE ASSASSIN AND THE PIRATE LORD (Throne of Glass #0.1) by Sarah J. Maas

    … though I have a feeling that I’ll be reading UNDONE even before I read all five of my chosen reads.

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    Wishful Thinking Reads:

    EARTHBOUND by Aprilynne Pike. The book I received for review this week. It’s sitting right next to me, begging to be read. And I really want to give in to temptation. But I do have a bit of a reading challenge that I’m hosting and I really need to stick to plan. So I think that EARTHBOUND will have to remain a wishful thinking read. At least for another week.

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    Those Left Behind:

    I didn’t really get any reading done this past week, except to finish STAR CURSED, which took an extra day or two due to my crazy schedule this past week. And while I started reading OF POSEIDON, I won’t get to finish it before I have to start reading this week’s reads on Monday. And as I want to be able to read that book and OF TRITON back-to-back, I’m going to wait to read them until after Novella Reading Week.

    But I also ended up putting PHOENIX back on the pile and I did start reading that book from the beginning, too. So I will likely end up finishing that book tomorrow and will hopefully have time to sneak in a review this week.

    I ended up writing and posting three reviews this week, so I’m starting to get caught up. But I still have to finish my review for GODDESS, which I hope to post this week, write my review for DANCE OF THE RED DEATH, which I plan to post on Tuesday and maybe, just maybe, write a review for INDELIBLE, which I won’t be posting until July.

    But that remains to be determined.

    Taking the week to read novellas is going to put me a bit further behind on books I should be reading now, but I’ve wanted to do this for ages. So I am. I can’t only be reading for review or to try and complete those other reading challenges I’m doing, can I? I say, “No!”

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

    I did not request any new books on NetGalley this week. but I did get approved for the two books I requested last week, CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas and WILD CARDS by Simone Elkeles. Which was a huge – and awesome – surprise.

    They’re both books I want to get on the pile really, really soon, even though neither book is releasing for awhile.

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    Although I haven’t requested any of these titles, there are a few I’m definitely interested in. But as I’m really trying to finish reading the eARCs and printed ARCs I already have for review, I am going to try and refrain.

    NEVER FADE (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken (Disney Book Group, Oct 15 2013)

    QUARANTINE: THE SAINTS (Quarantine #2) by Lex Thomas (Egmont USA, Jul 9 2013)

    THE ENCHANTER HEIR (Heir Chronicles #4) by Cinda Williams Chima (Disney Book Group, Oct 1 2013)

    SOMETIMES NEVER, SOMETIMES ALWAYS by Elissa Janine Hoole (Flux, Nov 8 2013)

    PIROUETTE by Robyn Bavati (Flux, Nov 8 2013)

    … Well that didn’t last long. I did end up clicking to request NEVER FADE by Alexandra Bracken. I’m not certain I’ll be approved, but I would love to be able to read the two books in that series back-to-back and requesting it for review will give me the added incentive to get them both on the pile.

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    I think I’m out of my reading slump. There’s always something wonderful about reading books outside of what you’d normally read and then being completely surprised by them that helps bring back the happy feels. There’s also just something so lovely about reading a physical book now and then. Even if it means clamping on a book light to read in the dark.

    I am looking forward to this week’s reads, although they are all in electronic format. But the idea of short forays into the worlds I know and love holds such an appeal at the moment.

    And while I have many, many, many more novellas on my Kindle begging to be read, even if I do I think I’m going to be able to read more than one a day, I may just stop at seven. I want to be able to enjoy them a little bit and not turn this week into a read-a-thon.

    Anyway…

    I think I was actually in more of a reviewing slump than a reading slump. I just couldn’t find the words to convey my thoughts. But after having read both BORN WICKED and STAR CURSED, they reappeared. As if by magic. And so I am very, very hopeful I’ll have reviews done for GODDESS and DANCE OF THE RED DEATH this week.

    And maybe, just maybe, I’ll write quickie/mini/micro reviews for the novellas I’m reading. Fingers crossed.

    But what about you? Did your books arrive safely from BEA? Have you started reading any of those books yet? If you didn’t attend the event, did you get some exciting new books in the mail or did you buy a few that you’ve already added the pile?

    I’d love to know what you received and are reading this week!

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

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    Review: MILA 2.0

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    MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza was released in the U.S. on March 12, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 480 pages.

    MILA 2.0 is the first book in author Debra Driza’s new series of the same name. The second book, currently untitled, is slated for release on April 1, 2014.

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    Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.

    Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past—that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

    Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

    Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity-style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel.

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    MILA 2.0 is an action-packed, suspense-filled and wildly entertaining first book in author Debra Driza’s new series with an atypical main character who is incredibly likable and surprisingly relatable. With a fast pace, an exciting storyline that will keep readers riveted and an ending that will make them anxious for the next installment, this book is the perfect way to jump-start this series.

    Mila Daily had no idea she wasn’t like everyone else. She had no idea that the recent tragedy that made her mother relocate them to Clearwater wasn’t real. She had no idea that her memories weren’t real. She had no idea she wasn’t real.

    Until an accident revealed the truth and set into motion events that would force her and her mother to flee the town they only recently called home. Force Mila to learn about who she really was and what she was capable of. Force Mila to become ACTIVE.

    And force her to leave behind the boy who stole her heart. A heart that she never really had to begin with.

    MILA 2.0 combines elements of science fiction, action/adventure and a touch of romance in a story that has at its core the development of the main character and the question of what makes someone human. And with its rapid pace, its shifting setting, its changing cast of secondary characters, and a heroine who is easy to connect with, this story will have a wider appeal than those stories geared only toward readers of sci-fi.

    Mila may not be a typical heroine, but she very much resembles one. She acts like the teenager she appears to be. She thinks like one. She has all the feelings and emotions that any teenage girl would have. And as such, she’s incredibly sympathetic, likable and easy to relate to.

    But she is also fierce, competitive and deadly, qualities only touched upon in this first book in the series, but will likely play a larger role in the sequel. And which will make her a powerful and dangerous ally or adversary.

    Told in four parts, each more exciting, tension-filled and captivating than the last, author Debra Driza has created a story that is intriguing, fun and lightning-fast, and the perfect escape into a world that is danger-filled with a character who is every bit as charming as she is lethal.

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    On a personal note…

    I loved this book. Seriously loved it. I did not expect it to be as quick of a read as it was. I did not expect it to be as action-packed, even with the description comparing it to one of my favorite films.

    I did not expect to adore the main character like I did. I certainly didn’t expect to make a connection with her. I did not expect her humanity.

    I anticipated this story would be very scientific in nature. I expected passages detailing the technology behind MILA 2.0’s creation. I expected to be interested but not engaged.

    But oh my gosh I was engaged. I was riveted. I wanted to know what Mila’s real story was. I wanted to know more about her “mother” Nicole. I knew that things couldn’t stay as they were and I anxiously awaited the moment when things would change.

    There is so much I loved about this story, but as it would require me to go into way too much detail about what happened with Mila, her mom, Lucas and another character who I won’t name as it would be spoiler-y, I can only talk about just a few things I loved.

    I loved how the author introduced her character in the first part of the story. If someone didn’t read the book’s description or take a close look at the cover they might have been just as in the dark as the character about who and what she was.

    And I loved that this story was separated into parts. Each one taking me somewhere new. Each one introducing me to a slightly different Mila. Each one offering up a new adventure.

    I loved Mila’s relationship with Hunter at the beginning. And I loved her interactions with Lucas at the end. But the thing I loved most was that she had relationships at all. That she wasn’t what she was expected to be. That there was so much more to her.

    As someone who doesn’t consider myself a sci-fi fan, I found myself connecting to this story and character from the very beginning. I thought the author did an amazing job developing her main character. I thought that after the initial set-up the pace just took off and didn’t let up. But I liked that the story didn’t start off so quickly. I liked that the author took the time to introduce her character before things got crazy.

    There was the perfect amount of action and suspense in MILA 2.0. There was more than enough mystery, romance and heartbreak – yes I cannot believe I teared up on more than one occasion during my read. But especially after what happened toward the end.

    I am still wary about a certain character’s motivations. But I suppose I’ll have to wait for the sequel to find out if my suspicions are correct. And I think there’s something going on with the character I won’t name, which is not going to make Holland at all happy. Which is fine by me.

    The ending is not one with a cliffhanger, exactly, but because I desperately want to continue the story, it feels very much like one. I want to know more about a certain group that was only mentioned very briefly in this first book, but I hope will have a larger part to play in the next.

    And I want to know whether a character whose safety is very much up in the air at the end of this book will be making an appearance. I really, really hope so.

    MILA 2.0 was such a fun and entertaining read. My connection with the character was a complete surprise. My total enjoyment of this type of story was also unexpected. It had just the right amount of tech and science for me. Not too heavy. Not too light. And it even managed to tug at my heartstrings. Yep, loved this book.

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    Favorite passage…

    I have a favorite passage. It’s an amazing passage that immediately grabbed me, that I would love to share. But it is a bit longer than I should share, with no logical cut-off point. And it is a bit revealing. So I won’t post it here.

    But for those who want to know, it is the passage that begins with… His sideways glance burned right through my arm….

    So, I’m sharing one that is much shorter, but makes me smile because it is so Mila.

    The room was a small square of hopelessness.

    A flash of red. And then:

    Dimensions: 10 ft. by 9 ft.

    I swallowed a horrified giggle. Perfect. And now I knew the exact measurements of hopelessness.

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    This review is based on an ARC I received through a trade and is my honest option of the book.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #115

    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 March 12th-March 18th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Poison

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    POISON by Bridget Zinn will be released in the U.S. on March 12, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, the print edition is 288 pages.

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    I am so excited for the release of POISON by Bridget Zinn. I just started reading it and it’s every bit as enchanting as I’d hoped it would be. While I have it pre-ordered for my Kindle, I am definitely going to be checking out the print version after it releases. Because if it’s even half as gorgeous as the ARC, the hardcover will be a must have for my collection.

    As I’ve talked about POISON quite a bit in my Book Watch post a few weeks back, and as I’m reading it now, I don’t want to reveal too much. But I will say it is just so easy to get transported into the world the author created. And I cannot wait to finish this journey with Kyra.

    And as much as I do love this adventure, it is a bittersweet read for me knowing that this lovely author isn’t around to share more of her stories or to learn of her book’s reception among its readers.

    But I am so very happy that I did learn of this book and get to go on this adventure. One I cannot wait to get back to. And I cannot wait for the finished copy to download on Monday Midnight.

    MILA 2 Cover

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    MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza will be released in the U.S. on March 12, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 480 pages.

    MILA 2.0 is the first book in author Debra Driza’s new series by the same name. The second book in the series, as yet untitled, is slated for release on April 1, 2014 and the third book in the series does not have a release date yet set.

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    I was so excited to have been able to trade for an early copy of MILA 2.0. But I cannot wait until the finished copy downloads to my Kindle on release date. Because I definitely want this book to be a part of my permanent collection and ARCs don’t stick with me for very long.

    I loved the cover for MILA 2.0 but I loved the story even more. Even though it’s dubbed a “sci-fi” thriller, which are generally not my kind of stories, to me it was just an awesome and action-packed story with a character I instantly connected with.

    The description was not wrong when it called MILA 2.0 “riveting” with “heart-pounding action.” Because I was totally riveted from start to finish. And there was plenty of action to keep me on the edge of my seat. Of course there was that ending… but I won’t be talking about that.

    I didn’t read the short prequel novella yet, but I’m just dying to find out more. So, I’m not sure whether it would be better to read before the full-length book or after. But I’m thinking after, as I liked getting to know Mila just as she was introduced in Part One of MILA 2.0 and couldn’t imagine having met her in any other way.

    Other Books of Note

    Strands of Bronze and Gold

    STRANDS OF BRONZE AND GOLD (Strands of Bronze and Gold #1) by Jane Nickerson

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Panic

    PANIC by Sharon M. Draper

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Deep Betrayal

    DEEP BETRAYAL (Lies Beneath #2) by Anne Greenwood Brown

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Trinkets

    TRINKETS by Kirsten Smith

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Starstruck

    STARSTRUCK by Rachel Shukert

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Surfacing

    SURFACING by Nora Raleigh Baskin

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Promises to Keep

    PROMISES TO KEEP (Den of Shadows #9) by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Heart of Glass

    HEART OF GLASS (Cross My Heart #2) by Sasha Gould

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Temptation

    THE TEMPTATION (The Secret Circle #6) by Aubrey Clark, L.J. Smith

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Chasing the Prophecy

    CHASING THE PROPHECY(Beyonders #3) by Brandon Mull

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Aladdin

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Escape Theory

    ESCAPE THEORY by Margaux Froley

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Soho Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Scowler

    SCOWLER by Daniel Kraus

    Pub. Date: March 12, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    There are a ton of books releasing this week, but I’ve only pre-ordered two of them. I could have sworn PRETTY SLY by Elisa Ludwig was releasing this week, but all details are stripped from its records on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, so I’m not sure the cause for the delay.

    And apparently I forgot that I had three other books pre-ordered last week – A BLOOM IN WINTER (Summerset Abbey #2) by T.J. Brown, DEATH, DOOM AND DETENTION (Darklight #2) by Darynda Jones and THIRST NO. 5: THE SACRED VEIL by Christopher Pike. So I’m super glad I only have two books downloading this week, as I don’t think my wallet could have handled another huge release week.

    At least I think I only have two books pre-ordered… I can’t be positive given Amazon’s new setup. It seems that each release week brings me a new surprise on release day. Though I won’t complain about receiving unexpected books.

    As I am currently reading one of the two books releasing this week that I have on order, and have read the other, fortunately by release date on Tuesday I won’t have any new books being added to the TBR pile. Which is a relief. Because I’m anxiously awaiting CLOCKWORK PRINCESS’ release next week and I just know I won’t be able to resist diving into that book on release day.

    I hope you have some awesome books headed your way this week and that the wait has ended for a few much anticipated titles.

    As ever, happy book buying and reading!

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

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

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