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    Deception Blog Tour: Logan McEntire Character Interview + Giveaway

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    I am so very excited to be hosting today’s stop on the DECEPTION Blog Tour because not only is this tour amazing, this story is amazing, the characters are amazing and the author is amazing. As if that wasn’t enough to be excited about, for my stop today I have an interview with Logan McEntire that couldn’t be more perfect.

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    DECEPTION releases today!

    Which means that everyone will get the chance to find out just what happens next with Logan and Rachel. They’ll get to discover whether the Commander makes an appearance. And they’ll get to find out whether or not there is in fact a saboteur.

    This sequel is every bit as awesome as the first book in the series, maybe even a little bit more so given the fact that… well, I really shouldn’t say what “that” is as it is just a bit spoiler-y. But it is.

    DECEPTION is an absolutely captivating read from start to finish. It’s one of those books you will not want to put down. And after what happens at the beginning, there’s no way you’ll be able to put it down. I couldn’t. Not that I tried, of course.

    Anyway… if you haven’t yet had the chance to read the description for DECEPTION, you’ll definitely want to take a peek at it below. But only if you’re read the first book in the series, DEFIANCE, whose description I’ve included a little farther down in this post.

    And while there is an awesome giveaway as part of this tour, my favorite part is the interview. Because Logan was incredibly forthcoming about who he is, what he thinks of Rachel and what he’d be willing to do for her. So I hope it’s your favorite part of today’s stop, too.

    The full tour schedule is at the bottom of this post, but you can visit Mundie Moms Blog Tours site for more details by clicking the banner above.

    As I’ve rambled on for too long already – and I could probably ramble quite a bit more about just what happened in DECEPTION (yes, I’m dying to discuss this with someone) – I should wrap up this intro and let you get to the book details, author details, giveaway details and the interview with the utterly perfect Logan McEntire.

    So without further ado….

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    About DECEPTION

    Release Date: August 27, 2013
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 480
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander’s whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father’s death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it’s up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington’s army, who is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.

    But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn’t long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the band of survivors begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.

    In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight.

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    with Logan McEntire

    Hi Logan, thank you for taking the time to stop by the blog to answer a few questions. It was an absolute pleasure getting to know you in DEFIANCE and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for you and Rachel in DECEPTION. With the way things ended, I’m a bit anxious.

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    Q. For those readers who haven’t yet had the chance to meet you, as I have, how would you describe yourself in 15 words or less?

    Logical. Inventor. Fighter. Planner. Afraid of failing. Driven. Outcast. Rachel’s.

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    Q. Things were not easy for you growing up, given what the Commander did. What was it like to be taken in by Jared Adams as his apprentice and to be made a part of his family when you had none of your own?

    It was a bright spot of love and acceptance that made me all the more determined to make something of myself. I won’t ever forget what Jared and Oliver did for me. I don’t know if I would have survived without them. Because of them, I know how to read, how to use my mind for something other than trying to figure out where my next meal is coming from, and I know how to be part of a family.

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    Q. Jared’s daughter Rachel isn’t like any of the other girls in Baalboden. What was she like when you first met her? And how would you say she’s changed since then?

    She was a whirlwind of fierce kindness with a staunch dedication to seeing justice happen for wrongs inflicted, even if she had to dispense that justice herself. The first time I saw her, I was foraging for food in an alley behind Oliver’s tent in Lower Market. Some boys were circling me, shoving me down, taking my food from me, and trying to get me to start a fight so they could complain to the guards and get me banned from Lower Market. Those boys were at least three years older than Rachel, and twice her size, but she came out of Oliver’s tent at a dead run and threw herself at them, fists flying. They never stood a chance. From that point on, she’d earned my undying loyalty and friendship, even though as she grew older, that friendship became more and more complicated.

    She’s still the warrior who loves and fights with equal fierceness, but some of her confidence is gone. She’s weary and sad, even though she still refuses to back down from a fight if she thinks it’s the right thing to do.

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    Q. There were a couple years after Rachel’s declaration of her feelings that you two weren’t friends. What was it like for you losing her as a friend? Did you try to fix things or was every scenario that played out in your head a “worst case”?

    It was awful. I had no idea how to fix it. If our friendship had been a piece of tech or a math problem, I could’ve solved it quickly. A little bit of logic and some tinkering, and the whole thing would be patched up in no time. I kept thinking of things to say, things to do, that would smooth it out and give me back my best friend, but every time I opened my mouth, it all came out wrong. Or it sounded cold–all logic and reasoning–when Rachel needed warmth.  It was two solid years of worst case scenario played out every time we were in the same room.

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    Q. What is your favorite memory of Jared? Of Oliver? Of Rachel?

    Jared: The moment when he sat me down in Oliver’s tent, four years after Oliver took me in, and offered to train me to be a courier. I knew he didn’t make the offer lightly. It meant I’d earned his respect, and that was something none of the other boys, with all of their education and money and traditional families, had been able to do.

    Oliver: The day he put a slab of freshly baked bread in front of me and then rested his hand on my head and said “Eat up, son,” and I knew he meant “I love you.”

    Rachel: Well, if you’d asked me this question a month ago, I would’ve said the time that I finally, after three years of trying, beat her at sparring practice, but now I have to say it’s our first kiss.

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    Q. What is your favorite invention? And why?

    The little bombs I hid inside the lining of my cloak because it helped me get away from the Commander and get to Rachel when she needed me.

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    Q. Would you say you’re an optimist, a pessimist or a realist?

    A realist. There’s no benefit to either optimism or pessimism. There are only plans, back-up plans, and more back-up plans.

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    Q. You and Rachel complement each other really well. You’re both smart. You’re both brave. You’re both loyal. But she’s a bit more reckless where you’re much more of a strategist. She acts first, thinks second, where you typically think first and then act. What do you think the benefits are of working together to defeat the Commander and keep the citizens of Baalboden safe? What would you say are the drawbacks?

    The benefits are that Rachel has a warrior’s instincts, and no plan is complete without taking those into account. She knows when it’s time to stop planning and start acting. I know when it’s time to pull back and put more thought into something. As long as we keep that balance, we both bring something necessary to the table and that’s to our advantage. The drawbacks are when we disagree on how to find that balance. When I take too long to plan, or she rushes into something, and we fail to make the most of our partnership.

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    Q. If you could change one decision you made when it comes to Rachel, what would that be, and why?

    I would’ve agreed to go over the Wall with her when she first asked because if I had, so much damage could’ve been avoided.

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    Q. If you were asked to describe Rachel to someone who hasn’t met her, how would you describe her? And does that description accurately convey just how you feel about her?

    She’s fierce, loyal, outspoken, and feels things deeply. I don’t think words ever do her justice. How can they? She’s so much more than that, but I don’t know how to describe it. She’s the strength that pushes me when I don’t feel like I can face another day. She’s the one who knows how to make me laugh and mean it. She’s the one who keeps me up late at night worrying and wondering and hoping. She consumes me, and it’s wonderful and terrifying and it’s still more than that, because Rachel isn’t a girl you can neatly sum up with a few well chosen words.

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    Q. You seem to be a bit wary about Quinn, the boy Rachel met in the Wasteland. Is that only because of the way Quinn looks at her? Or is there a reason you don’t seem to trust him?

    I’m not sure what to make of the way he looks at her, but I trust Rachel so that isn’t the main worry. I’m concerned because I don’t know his past, and there’s something he’s keeping hidden. Sometimes I think I catch a glimpse of something that reminds me of a feral, cornered animal. He has a right to his secrets, but if he’s going to stay with us, I need to know that he’s safe.

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    Q. While I don’t want to spoil anything that happened in DEFIANCE, a lot of things happened to you both that not only will leave a permanent mark, but have repercussions for the events in DECEPTION. If you could, without giving too much away, list the best and worst case scenarios for what might be expected in the coming days, weeks, months.

    Best Case Scenario: We get those who are following us to safety before we’re hunted by those who want what we’ve got.

    Worst Case Scenario: We never make it out of the Wasteland because of highwaymen or the Cursed One or those who hunt us.

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    Q. I know this answer already, but for the sake of those who haven’t yet met you (and because I just want to hear you say it again) I just have to ask – if you had to sacrifice yourself for Rachel, would you do it and why?

    I’d sacrifice myself for her in a heartbeat. She’s my family, and that’s what you do for those you love.

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    About C.J. Redwine

    C. J. Redwine lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her four beautiful kids, an amazing husband, two fairly crazy cats, and a dog. She has books in every corner of her house, an impressive Harry Potter memorabilia collection, and a bunch of really cool friends she doesn’t get to see nearly as much as she’d like to. She is also the author of Defiance.

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    About DEFIANCE

    Release Date: August 28, 2012
    Publisher: Balzer + Bray
    Pages: 416
    Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

    While the other girls in the walled city-state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt. While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers for sparring practice.

    When Rachel’s father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city’s brutal Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector: her father’s apprentice, Logan—the boy she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself.

    As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.

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    There are a few awesome prizes for this tour – (US/Canada)

    A SIGNED copy of either DEFIANCE or DECEPTION – winner’s choice – to ONE winner.

    A set of bookmarks to TWO runner’s up.

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    Aug. 23 – Carina’s Books – Interview with Rachel

    Aug. 23 – Curling Up With A Good Book – Excerpt

    Aug. 26 – Two Chicks on Books – Playlist

    Aug. 27 – The YA Sisterhood – Review

    Aug. 27 – Fiktshun – Interview with Logan

    Aug. 28 – Reading Teen – Top 10s List

    Aug. 28 – Fangirlish – Review

    Aug. 29 – Ex Libris – Author Interview

    Aug. 29 – Mundie Moms – Spotlight

    Aug. 30 – Page Turners Blog – Review

    Aug. 30 – Emily’s Crammed Bookshelf – Excerpt

    Aug. 31 – Peace, Love, Teen Fiction – Excerpt

     

    More information about the DECEPTION Blog Tour can be found on the Mundie Moms Blog Tour website by clicking the banner a the top of the post or HERE.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #139

    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 August 27th-September 2nd that I have pre-ordered.

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    Crown of Midnight

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    CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens, the print edition is 432 pages.

    CROWN OF MIDNIGHT is the second full-length book in author Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series. The third through sixth full-length books, currently untitled, are slated for release in 2014 through 2017.

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    I cannot wait for the release of CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas on Tuesday. I own all of the previous books in the series, including the novellas, and I’m totally stoked that this latest installment in the series will be added to my collection this week.

    I have heard this sequel is even more amazing than the first book in the series and I’m excited to see what happens with Celaena now that she’s the new royal assassin. The description hints that she’s going to have to have to make a choice. I only hope it isn’t between Prince Dorian and Captain Westfall.

    I really wanted to read this book before its release, as I had an eARC, but I wasn’t able to. Though I will definitely be reading it next week as I am dying to find out what happens in this sequel.

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    The Bitter Kingdom

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    THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 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 Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 448 pages.

    THE BITTER KINGDOM is the third and final full-length book in author Rae Carson’s Fire and Thorns trilogy.

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    I cannot believe that release day is just about here for THE BITTER KINGDOM. I am reading the previous book in the series and hope to sneak this on the pile just after its release this week. But as it is a series-ending book I’m not trusting my ability to say goodbye to this awesome series.

    The description calls this series epic, and I couldn’t agree more. I love the world that author Rae Carson built and I love Elisa and Hector.

    I hope that this series has a happily ever after ending, though, given just how heartbreaking the events in book one were, I’m not entirely confident about that.

    If I can’t get it on the pile later this week, I will definitely try to conquer my series-ending fears and read it next weekend. And I won’t take a peek at this book’s description until I finish THE CROWN OF EMBERS.

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    Origin

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    ORIGIN by Jennifer L. Armentrout will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 2013 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Entangled Teen, the print edition is 400 pages.

    ORIGIN is the fourth full-length book in author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series. The fifth book in the series, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I am so excited for the release of ORIGIN and can’t wait for it to download to my Kindle this week. I am a little bit behind on this series due to a mishap which involved reading the ending of book three and so I’m hoping that now that the fourth book in the series is out, the element of the unknown will motivate me to dive back in.

    I love these characters and the author’s writing style. I am fascinated by the world. And as much as I want to take a peek at ORIGIN’s description, I refuse to, in the event I might potentially encounter another spoiler.

    I feel like it’s been forever since I last read about Katy and Daemon and I hope that after things quiet down in mid-September I’ll be able to read both this book and the previous book, so that I can get caught up.

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    The Beginning of Everything

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    THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING by Robyn Schneider will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 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 Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 352 pages.

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    I am totally stoked to finally get a copy of THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING. I’d hoped to get my hands on an early copy but then the release date changed and so did this book’s title. But the wait is almost over until I can finally take a peek at this story that’s intrigued me for quite a long while.

    I am just so curious about Ezra and his theory about everyone having a tragedy waiting for them. His particular tragedy is very similar to someone I’ve known, so I already feel a connection with the story. But I cannot wait to meet Cassidy Thorpe, too.

    The description calls this book “lyrical, witty, and heart-wrenching” and if it is all those things I just know I’ll fall madly in love with this story that I hope to be able to sneak onto the pile over Labor Day weekend.

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    Consume

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    CONSUME by Melissa Darnell will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 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 384 pages.

    CONSUME is the third book in author Melissa Darnell’s Clann series.

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    Melissa Darnell’s Clann series is such a sweet and delightful read and I am thrilled to be able to add CONSUME to my collection this week. I had the chance to read this book just a bit early and it was just as entertaining as the previous books in the series.

    As I have read it, I don’t want to talk about what happens with Tristan and Savannah in this installment. I won’t reveal just what happens with the Clann and the vampires. But it was a super quick and engaging read and a great addition to the series.

    And with all the new YA books releasing this week, I’m so glad I had the chance to read this already and it won’t be stuck on an ever-expanding TBR pile.

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    Deception

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    DECEPTION by C.J. Redwine will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 480 pages.

    DECEPTION is the second book in author C.J. Redwine’s Defiance series.

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    I love, love, love this series. I only just recently read DEFIANCE a month or two ago and am going to be reading DECEPTION on Monday and I cannot wait. I will probably switch from the printed ARC to my Kindle copy when it downloads at Monday Midnight so I can read that much faster.

    I fell in love with Rachel and Logan’s story and the world that author C.J. Redwine created. Their story is captivating and heartbreaking and when I put DEFIANCE down I wished I’d had the sequel to dive right into.

    Of course now that release day is just about here, I’m getting a bit nervous as to whether there is another book in the series and whether it will be that much more agonizing to wait an entire year for that book. Though I’m pretty sure it will.

    My plan is to read this on Monday and even though it is a fairly lengthy book, I’m confident I’ll be able to finish it in one sitting, even if it means a late night read.

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    DESCENDANT by Lesley Livingston will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 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 HarperTeen, the print edition is 336 pages.

    DESCENDANT is the second book in Lesley Livingston’s Starling series.

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    I am currently reading DESCENDANT and I will definitely have it read before it downloads to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. It was just so easy to fall back into this story and into this world of Norse mythologies, Mason Starling and the Fennrys Wolf.

    I love Lesley Livingston’s stories and I immediately fell in love with the first book in this spin-off series that includes one of my most favorite characters from her Wondrous Strange series, Fenn. After that cliffhanger ending in STARLING, I didn’t think I’d survive the wait for DESCENDANT’s release. But thanks to a slightly early finished copy I didn’t have to wait quite as long.

    Of course the longer it takes me to write this post, the longer I’ll have to wait to get back reading. So I will just say that this sequel sounds even more action-packed than the first, I am totally thrilled about the journey into the Underworld and I am super curious whether the ending of this second book in the series will leave me dangling off a cliff.

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    The Liberator

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    THE LIBERATOR by Victoria Scott will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Entangled Teen, the print edition is 352 pages.

    THE LIBERATOR is the second book in author Victoria Scott’s Dante Walker series.

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    I am totally stoked that Dante… I mean THE LIBERATOR is releasing this week. I fell madly in love with the first book in the series and its adorable heroine and bad-boy hero – yes Dante is a hero.

    I was lucky enough to get a peek at this story just a little bit early. And as I mentioned in My Reading Pile this past weekend I will be finishing this book on Tuesday. So this won’t be on the TBR pile for very long at all. Which is a good thing, as I don’t think that Dante has very much patience.

    And as I spotlighted this in my Book Watch post a couple of weeks ago, I really don’t want to ramble on any longer. Especially as this post is super long with all the new releases that are being added to my collection this week and the many that are under consideration.

    Besides, it’s Dante Walker, need I really say anything more?

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    Don't Look Now

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    DON’T LOOK NOW by Michelle Gagnon will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 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 HarperCollins, the print edition is 336 pages.

    DON’T LOOK NOW is the second full-length book in author Michelle Gagnon’s PERSEFoNE series.

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    I am super excited for the release of DON’T LOOK NOW, the second book in author Michelle Gagnon’s trilogy. While I haven’t yet had the chance to read the first book in the series, I do own it and the novella and I cannot wait to add this book to my collection this week.

    This series sounds totally like my kind of read – packed with action, danger, thrills and excitement. And I cannot wait to finally meat Noa and Peter.

    As I haven’t yet read the first book in the series I tried hard not to look too closely at this sequel’s description, but I did catch the very bold words “jaw-dropping” when I was grabbing the book’s link on Goodreads. Which made me that much more interested in meeting the characters and discovering this story for myself.

    I am still going to try and hold out until closer to the release date for the third book in the series before I dive into these books. But I have a feeling that I’ll only last until October before my curiosity gets the best of me.

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    The Fall of Five

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    THE FALL OF FIVE by Pittacus Lore will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 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 HarperCollins, the print edition is 416 pages.

    THE FALL OF FIVE is the fourth full-length book in the Lorien Legacies.

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    I cannot believe that THE FALL OF FIVE, the fourth book in this series, is releasing this week. I pre-ordered a copy for my Kindle the second I saw it on Amazon even though I’m officially so far behind on this series that I really shouldn’t buy another installment without catching up.

    And while I’ve only read the first book in this series and part of the second, I have taken a peek at each and every description. And I’m not going to change my approach for this fourth book.

    I love that this installment has all six survivors banding together to defeat their enemy. I love that they’re going to try and “master their Legacies” so that they stand a chance against the Mogadorians. And I am curious to find out whether Number Five’s sign is really a trap and whether the Garde will be able to find Five “before it’s too late.”

    The description promises that the Lorien will rise again. It promises that they will not lose the war. I am hoping that this installment lives up to its promises. And I’m hoping to be able to finally catch up on this series before the next installment is released.

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    The Dark Between

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    THE DARK BETWEEN by Sonia Gensler will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

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    When I saw Sonia Gensler’s latest release, THE DARK BETWEEN, available for pre-order I immediately clicked to order it for my Kindle. In addition to the awesome title and the super creepy cover, the book’s description sounded amazing.

    I love the early twentieth century setting. I love that this story is dubbed “[a] supernatural romance about the powers that lie in the shadows of the mind.” And I can’t wait to meet Elsie, Kate and Asher and find out whether it’s a villain or something “otherworldly” that is responsible for the dead body they discover.

    I am always totally creeped out by stories of ghosts and spirits, in a good way, of course. And the idea that there may be something more to this story has me intrigued.

    I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get this on the pile in September, but this sounds like a perfect story to read at the end of October.

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    Here Without You

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    HERE WITHOUT YOU by Tammara Webber will be released in the U.S. on August 27, 2013 in paperback format and was previously released in eBook format on August 6th. It is currently available to pre-order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE in paperback format and is available to order online now in eBook format.

    Self-published, the print edition is 252 pages.

    HERE WITHOUT YOU is the fourth and final book in author Tammara Webber’s Between the Lines series.

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    I had no idea until the week prior to the eBook release of HERE WITHOUT YOU that Tammara Webber was concluding her Between the Lines series. And while I already have the Kindle copy in my collection, I’ve been trying to list releases based upon their print release date. Which is why I’m just posting about this now.

    This series is amazing. I knew from the moment I read the first book in the series that this author was insanely talented. She had such a way with words and gave me a story – and series – that blew me away. I did not expect the layers of depth in her story, I did not expect to make such a strong emotional connection to it. But I did.

    I thought it was just going to be a light and fun series, but it was dramatic and heart-wrenching and gorgeous.

    I have not yet read this final installment to the series. It is one of those series I don’t want to see end. Just thinking about the fact that I’ll have to say goodbye to these characters is making me teary-eyed.

    So I’m not sure when I’m going to be able to say goodbye to it. Even though I am super curious about what happens with Reid and Dori. But I am hopeful I’ll get the courage up later this fall.

    Other Books of Note

    Love in the Time of Global Warming

    LOVE IN THE TIME OF GLOBAL WARMING by Francesca Lia Block

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. (BYR)

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Just Like Fate

    JUST LIKE FATE by Cat Patrick and Suzanne Young

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Taste Test

    TASTE TEST by Kelly Fiore

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Walker Childrens

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Two Boys Kissing

    TWO BOYS KISSING by David Levithan

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Confessions of a Hater

    CONFESSIONS OF A HATER by Caprice Crane

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Relic

    RELIC by Renee Collins

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Everlast

    EVERLAST (The Chronicles of Nerissette #1) by Andria Buchanan

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Battle Lines

    BATTLE LINES (Department 19 #3) by Will Hill

    Pub. Date: August 29, 2013

    Publisher: Razorbill

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Overpowered

    OVERPOWERED by Mark H. Kruger

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    To Be Perfectly Honest

    TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST by Sonya Sones

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Unfed

    UNFED (Undead #2) by Kirsty McKay

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Chicken House

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Black Spring

    BLACK SPRING by Alison Croggon

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Candlewick

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Moonlight & Ashes

    MOONLIGHT & ASHES by Sophie Masson

    Pub. Date: September 1, 2013

    Publisher: Random House Australia

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Blood Song

    BLOOD SONG (Llarmell #1) by Rhiannon Hart

    Pub. Date: September 1, 2013

    Publisher: Random House Australia

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Rein It In

    REIN IT IN (The A Circuit #4) by Georgina Bloomberg and Catherine Hapka

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Morning Star

    THE KATERINA TRILOGY, VOL. III: THE MORNING STAR by Robin Bridges

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Nazi Hunters

    THE NAZI HUNTERS by Neal Bascomb

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Believe

    BELIEVE by Sarah Aronson

    Pub. Date: September 1, 2013

    Publisher: Carolrhoda Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Iron Fey Volume One

    THE IRON FEY VOLUME ONE by Julie Kagawa

    Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

    Publisher: Harlequin Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Promise Me Something

    PROMISE ME SOMETHING by Sara Kocek

    Pub. Date: September 1, 2013

    Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    This Is How I Find Her

    THIIS IS HOW I FIND HER by Sara Polsky

    Pub. Date: September 1, 2013

    Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    As this post is insanely long already I’m going to keep this section brief. Or at least I’ll try to be brief….

    I can’t believe I will be the owner of all twelve releases I’ve spotlighted by Monday Midnight. This makes me both excited and nervous about the size of my TBR pile.

    And with twenty-one other books releasing this week that caught my eye, I’m thinking I should have budgeted just a little bit more for books this week, as I just know I’ll be clicking to buy a few of them.

    While next week may not be as “bad” as this week, I know of at least six books I’m adding to my collection next week already. So it’s very possible I have just as many, if not more, books pre-ordered that will be releasing next week. *GULP.*

    Fortunately I have read one of the books releasing this week already, and will hopefully have four others read by the end of the week. But that, for now, remains to be determined.

    Anyway….

    I promised to keep this short – for me – so I will just end by saying that I hope you have a few books, or more, releasing this week that will be added to your collection. And I hope that your TBR pile won’t be quite as crazy as mine will be over the next two or three weeks.

    And if there is a YA title I’ve missed, please let me know in the comments… though I’ll be a little scared if there is.

    As ever, happy reading and happy book buying!

    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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    My Reading Pile #127

    It was a super quiet week at the mailbox this week. And when I finally checked the mail it turns out that I didn’t get any physical books last week, either. But there are a couple books I have been waiting on, so I’m hoping they’ll show up this week. But we shall see….

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    I did get one eGalley via NetGalley for the blog tour I’ll be on in September thanks to the awesome folks at Walker Childrens.

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    RELATIVITY by Cristin Bishara (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Sep 10 2013)

    I am so excited to read this book. It sounds absolutely amazing. And while I won’t be adding it to the pile this week, it will definitely be on the pile next week.

    But I do have a book or two to read this week….

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (August 18, 2013 – August 24, 2013)

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    Deception

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    First up on the pile is DECEPTION by C.J. Redwine. I will be on the blog tour next week and while I hadn’t received a copy for review, I did end up trading for one because I have been dying to read this book ever since I finished reading DEFIANCE.

    I am so terrified as to where this story is headed. The things that happened in the first book made me incredibly anxious about what is going to happen with Rachel and Logan. But after reading this book’s description, I’m even more nervous. Though I should have known what would happen, given the book’s title.

    The description mentions threats from Carrington’s army, but an even bigger threat from someone who is supposed to be on their side. It mentions sabotage and “chaos” and “uncertainty.” But what has me most worried is that it hints that Logan and Rachel’s love story is in trouble. And if that falls apart I will be devastated.

    Anyway, I am super excited to finally get DECEPTION on the pile and I can’t wait to start reading it on Monday.

    Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander’s whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father’s death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it’s up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington’s army, who is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.

    But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn’t long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the band of survivors begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.

    In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight.

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    ***NOT a YA title***

    Blood of an Ancient

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    Next up on the pile is BLOOD OF AN ANCIENT by Rinda Elliott. I cannot wait to read this second book in the Beri O’Dell series. I received an early copy for review and I had hoped to be able to read it already. But those pesky life stuffs got in the way.

    Though not for long. Because I will be reading BLOOD OF AN ANCIENT this week.

    The first line of the description is just so wildly appealing to me. I love dark stories and I love that Beri will be tapping into her “inner darkness” in this sequel.  And I love that, from the sound of things in the description, this story will be packed full of action.

    Things have not gotten any easier for Beri, it seems they’ve gotten worse – out-of-control magic, an insane mentor, an imprisoned lover and a being more powerful than the Dweller.

    Yeah, it sounds completely epic and totally awesome and I can’t wait to dive in.

    Saving the love of her life could mean letting her inner darkness out to play.

    Beri O’Dell is on a mission. She has to rip back into a hell dimension fast, but needs two things first—the blood of an ancient and a fix for her friend Blythe’s magic, which careened out of control after the battle with the Dweller.

    Finding ancient blood isn’t easy when the old ones are rare and unwilling to donate. She needs to find Blythe’s former mentor…except the woman has lost her mind and joined a traveling band of singing witches.

    That’s not the only magical monkey on her back. Nikolos is imprisoned, and after a screwed-up spell lets her witness the horror that has become his life, her fear for him grows by the day. Now there’s another problem—a powerful being unleashed during the battle with the Dweller likes her gluttonous new existence, and will kill anyone who threatens it.

    But Beri has a few tricks up her costumed sleeve, even if it means mining the darkness of her soul to set everything right…and get Nikolos back in her arms.

    Warning: Sleazy ancients. Random fires. Nosy teenage hackers. Hints of off-screen torture. Battles with…Beri doesn’t know what. And one scary boyfriend who keeps inching toward insanity.

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    Wishful Thinking Reads:

    MARIE ANTOINETTE, SERIAL KILLER by Katie Alender is my wishful thinking read this week. I have been wanting to read this book ever since I saw the cover and title, and now that I have an ARC from a trade, I’m just dying to sneak in a read.

    But as I am so behind on books I must read for review, I really don’t think I will have the time to read it prior to release. But oh how I wish I did.

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    Those Left Behind:

    Everything. I have not read anything for over a week. I am hoping to get caught up on reads this week, but I’m not entirely sure that will happen. Especially as I have an off-pile book I’m going to be reading… actually, it’s a book I have tried to sneak in already… before I start on this week’s reads. (It’s THE LIBERATOR by Victoria Scott. And what I have read is awesome.)

    I am still in a bit of a reviewing slump. Though I’m not entirely sure it’s a slump versus just not having enough motivation to sit down and try. I’ve been trying to deal with real life and with figuring out blogging priorities, and it’s taken most of my energy. But as I have a review stop coming up on a blog tour in a couple weeks, and I do want to review some of those books I’ve read, I am hopeful that it isn’t really a slump.

    Really, really hopeful.

    With only so many hours in a day, I am starting to come to the realization that I just can’t do everything I’d like to do. So, I’m trying to focus on those things I am most passionate about – reading, reviewing and writing. And hopefully by the end of October I’ll be able to do much more of all three.

    And then maybe, just maybe, there won’t be any books left behind.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

    Once again I showed a modicum of restraint this week in terms of NetGalley requests. As much as I wanted to request a couple of the titles I found this week, I didn’t request any. Though I did receive the eGalley I mentioned above…

    RELATIVITY by Cristin Bishara (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Sep 10 2013)

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    While I didn’t spend too much time searching the site this week, as things were a little crazy for me IRL, I did find a few new titles. And they are…

    WATERFELL by Amalie Howard (Harlequin Teen, Oct 29 2013)

    UNTIL IT HURTS TO STOP by Jennifer Hubbard (Penguin Young Readers Group, Sep 12 2013)

    ENGINES OF THE BROKEN WORLD by Jason Vanhee (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Nov 5 2013)

    UNTHINKABLE (Impossible #2) by Nancy Werlin (Penguin Young Readers Group, Sep 12 2013)

    BROTHERHOOD by Anne Westrick (Penguin Young Readers Group, Sep 12 2013)

    WILD CARDS by Simone Elkeles (Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, Jan 2 2014) **UK & ANZ edition**

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    Between the Authors Are Rockstars event, Rockstar Book Tours and getting my posts together for the blog, I have had very little time this past week to read. Try none. But I’m hopeful that this coming week will allow me some free time to read and review. Though I doubt it. As there are quite a few tours coming up this week and a ton of authors still on tour.

    And with even more responsibilities in real life to deal with this week, I have a feeling that while I will have time to read, I won’t have the time or mental energy to write any reviews. But I’m going to keep my fingers crossed once again.

    I hope that you had – and will have – a productive reading week, that you received some awesome titles in the mail and that blogging has been a fun and stress-free endeavor.

    As always, happy reading! And if you’d like to share what bookish reading plans you have this week and any books you’ve received, I’d love to know!

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    Do you create a reading pile?
    If so, what’s in your pile this week?

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