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    THE STARS NEVER RISE Signed ARC Giveaway

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    As you may already know, I’m a huge fan of Author Rachel Vincent – I have loved every story I’ve read and every character I’ve met. And this new novel and these new characters are no exception.

    THE STARS NEVER RISE is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!!!!

    And while I’d love for you to take my word for it, one of you won’t have to. Because I have this gorgeous signed ARC available to give away thanks to the awesome, brilliant and insanely talented author, Rachel Vincent.

    As THE STARS NEVER RISE doesn’t release until next June, I won’t be revealing anything about what happens in this book – nope, not a word – until a bit closer to its release date. So no teasers, tidbits or swoon-worthy passages until next year.

    But, if you haven’t yet heard about THE STARS NEVER RISE, and you want to know what it’s about, here are the deets.

    About The Stars Never Rise

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    Title: THE STARS NEVER RISE
    Release date: June 9, 2015
    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 368
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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    Description…

    Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. Her town’s population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

    When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she’ll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie’s sin has put her in serious trouble.

    To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

    Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can’t survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.


    The Giveaway

    A SIGNED ARC of THE STARS NEVER RISE by Rachel Vincent – ONE WINNER

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway is US ONLY
    • There will be ONE winner
    • Prize will be sent via US Mail, Media Mail with tracking
    • Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
    • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
    • Winner will have 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    About Rachel Vincent

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    A resident of Oklahoma, Rachel Vincent has a BA in English and an overactive imagination, and consistently finds the latter to be more practical. She shares her workspace with two black cats (Kaci and Nyx) and her # 1 fan. Rachel is older than she looks-seriously-and younger than she feels, but remains convinced that for every day she spends writing, one more day will be added to her lifespan.

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    The Beautiful and the Cursed Blog Tour: Review, Trivia Q&A + Giveaway

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    I am “over the moon” thrilled to be a part of THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED Blog Tour which gave me the chance to read this absolutely amazing book just a little bit early. I am even more thrilled to be hosting a stop on RELEASE DAY!!!!! I cannot thank Books Complete Me enough for including me.

    And I happen to think this tour is totally awesome with the addition of the “Team Dispossessed” and “Team Waverly” trivia questions and answers which must be paired up and which makes following this tour that much more fun!

    My stop on the tour today is for a review, but as I tend to be a bit long-winded I’ve only included a part of it in this post with a link out to the full review for those who want to read on. But I didn’t want all the awesome parts of this tour – the trivia questions, the giveaway, the tour schedule or the author’s details – to get lost amidst my gushing ramble.

    Because, yes, there was gushing. This story was so amazing, incredibly unique, utterly captivating and one I just wanted to keep on reading long after I was forced to stop. But I think I may say all of that in my review, which starts below the details about the book and author, if you want to know just what I thought about this delicious book.

    Be sure to follow along at each of the stops for more trivia questions and answers and be sure to visit the hosts for another awesome giveaway.

    And if you haven’t yet heard about this fascinating book with its stunning cover, its description follows immediately below.

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     About the Book

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    Description…

    After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris.
    In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.

    And Grayson has gone missing.

    No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home.

    Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead—she can feel it deep in her soul—but she knows he’s in grave danger. It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she’ll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried.

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    About the Author

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    PAGE MORGAN has been fascinated with les grotesques ever since she came across an old, black-and-white photograph of a Notre Dame gargoyle keeping watch over the city of Paris. The gargoyle mythologies she went on to research fed her imagination, and she became inspired to piece together her own story and mythology for these remarkably complex stone figures. Page lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their three children.

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    The Review

    A story as unique, as riveting and as gorgeously written as Page Morgan’s THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED stands out in the crowded landscape of which it is a part. It invites readers to discover a mythology that is refreshingly original, characters that are intriguing and incredibly appealing, and an exciting plot that is full of twists, turns and shocking surprises.

    Set in Paris in the late 1800s, this story manages to evoke the charm and elegance of the era while keeping the pace quick, the action thrilling and the characters relatable. And with a mix of paranormal elements, a dark premise and a touch of romance, readers will be transfixed.

    Ingrid Waverly was glad to leave London and her tarnished reputation behind. But escaping to Paris only to discover that their new residence was a dilapidated building that was once an abbey and that her brother Grayson was missing wasn’t the fresh start she was hoping for.

    And when it turns out that Grayson’s wasn’t the only disappearance, but that a number of girls had also vanished without so much as a clue to their whereabouts, Ingrid is more desperate than ever to solve the mystery and find her brother. Because she knows that he’s still alive. She can feel that he is. But she also knows that he’s running out of time.

    Told from multiple characters’ points of view, in a way that weaves together each of their viewpoints seamlessly, readers are able to explore more of the fascinating world the author created, learn more about each of the characters and uncover more of their dark secrets.

    Author Page Morgan gives readers two strong and likable, but very different, female main characters in Ingrid and Gabby, three charismatic male protagonists – Luc Rousseau, Vander Burke and Nolan Quinn – who are even more dissimilar from one another than the Sisters Waverly but just as likable, two captivating love stories – one shaped a little bit like a triangle – and one very dark, deadly and deliciously chilling mystery. And with the author’s extraordinary ability to make the grotesque beautiful, she introduces readers to her fascinating and incredibly imaginative world of the Dispossessed.

    Danger-filled and exciting, heartwarming and heartbreaking and gripping from beginning to end, THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED is a wildly entertaining must read first book in this new series.

    To read the full review, which includes my rating, my personal thoughts and my favorite passage, CLICK HERE.

    A note: This review is based upon an advanced copy of the book received from the publisher in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

    The Trivia

    Team WAVERLY Trivia QUESTION

    What does Gabby sometimes call Ingrid (much to Ingrid’s dislike)?

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    Team DISPOSSESSED Trivia ANSWER:

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    The Giveaways

    There are TWO awesome giveaways included with this tour.

    Giveaway #1

    There will be FIVE winners for a THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED Signed Swag Pack. And it’s open internationally!

    This giveaway can be entered via the common Rafflecopter form, below, provided by the tour hosts.

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    Giveaway #2

    There will be TWO winners for a signed, annotated copy of THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED. To enter this giveaway, visit Books Complete Me and Once Upon a Twilight.

    ++ Readers will need to correctly pair up as many Team Dispossessed trivia questions and answers and Team Waverly trivia questions and answers as they can.

    ++ Winners will be randomly chosen from those who get the most correct.

    To enter at Books Complete Me – Team Waverly Trivia – CLICK HERE.

    To enter at Once Upon a Twilight – Team Dispossessed Trivia – CLICK HERE.

    The Tour Schedule

    Monday, May 13th

    Katie @ Katie’s Book Blog – Review

    Stacey & Amber @ Page Turners Blog – Author Interview

    Tuesday, May 14th

    Rachel @ Fiktshun – Release Day! Review

    Kathy @ I Am Reader, Not A Writer – Release Day! Guest Post

    Wednesday, May 15th

    Anna @ Anna Reads Books – Review

    Jen @ Hypable – Guest Post

    Thursday, May 16th

    Christin @ Portrait of a Book – Review & Ingrid Interview

    Damaris @ Good Choice Reading – Review

    Friday, May 17th

    Nancy @ Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Review & Gabrielle Interview

    Katie @ Mundie Moms – Review

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    Review: The Beautiful and the Cursed

    The Beautiful and the Cursed

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    THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED by Page Morgan releases in the U.S., today, May 14, 2013, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House, the print edition is 352 pages.

    THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED is the first book in Author Page Morgan’s The Dispossessed series. No information is yet available about the sequel.

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

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    Description…

    After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris.

    In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.

    And Grayson has gone missing.

    No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home.

    Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead—she can feel it deep in her soul—but she knows he’s in grave danger. It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she’ll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried.

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    A story as unique, as riveting and as gorgeously written as Page Morgan’s THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED stands out in the crowded landscape of which it is a part. It invites readers to discover a mythology that is refreshingly original, characters that are intriguing and incredibly appealing, and an exciting plot that is full of twists, turns and shocking surprises.

    Set in Paris in the late 1800s, this story manages to evoke the charm and elegance of the era while keeping the pace quick, the action thrilling and the characters relatable. And with a mix of paranormal elements, a dark premise and a touch of romance, readers will be transfixed.

    Ingrid Waverly was glad to leave London and her tarnished reputation behind. But escaping to Paris only to discover that their new residence was a dilapidated building that was once an abbey and that her brother Grayson was missing wasn’t the fresh start she was hoping for.

    And when it turns out that Grayson’s wasn’t the only disappearance, but that a number of girls had also vanished without so much as a clue to their whereabouts, Ingrid is more desperate than ever to solve the mystery and find her brother. Because she knows that he’s still alive. She can feel that he is. But she also knows that he’s running out of time.

    Told from multiple characters’ points of view, in a way that weaves together each of their viewpoints seamlessly, readers are able to explore more of the fascinating world the author created, learn more about each of the characters and uncover more of their dark secrets.

    Author Page Morgan gives readers two strong and likable, but very different, female main characters in Ingrid and Gabby, three charismatic male protagonists – Luc Rousseau, Vander Burke and Nolan Quinn – who are even more dissimilar from one another than the Sisters Waverly but just as likable, two captivating love stories – one shaped a little bit like a triangle – and one very dark, deadly and deliciously chilling mystery. And with the author’s extraordinary ability to make the grotesque beautiful, she introduces readers to her fascinating and incredibly imaginative world of the Dispossessed.

    Danger-filled and exciting, heartwarming and heartbreaking and gripping from beginning to end, THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED is a wildly entertaining must read first book in this new series.

    Reviewer gives this book…

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    Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

    On a personal note…

    I never imagined it would be possible for me to fall in love with a book about gargoyles. Not that THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED is only about them, because that would be the understatement of the century. But they are a very important part of this story. And while I’ve always thought they were awesome and the history behind them fascinating, I never would have thought I could be so completely captivated by a story where they played such a large part.

    But the impossible happened. I did fall in love. Madly in love. This book was incredible. And amazing and gorgeous and spellbinding and surprising and absolutely wonderful. It was a book that I didn’t want to put down, and when I had to I couldn’t stop thinking about it until the second I was able to pick it back up again.

    I was totally transported into this story and its world from the moment I began reading it, which is not always possible for me when there are multiple character points of view. But everything flowed beautifully. And I loved how much of this world I could see when not limited by one character’s viewpoint.

    There were just so many characters I adored and wanted to know more about. And if I were only to have gotten a glimpse at them through one character’s eyes, it wouldn’t have been enough. I wouldn’t have gotten to know Ingrid, Gabby, Luc, Nolan, Vander, and even Grayson, in the way that I did without experiencing things from their perspectives.

    And I wouldn’t have gotten to love them nearly as much.

    THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED checked every box. There was action. Suspense. Mystery. Forbidden romance. There was a love story. There was a love triangle. There were intriguing characters. An exciting storyline. And mythology that was so very different and so very appealing.

    The story was dark at times. Chilling, even. And on more than one occasion I may have found myself rambling, “Oh no, oh no, oh no!” over and over and over again. Especially during that one scene with Grayson. And the one with Gabby. And that one with Gabby and Nolan. Oh, and the one with Luc. And that other one with Grayson. And I can’t forget about that one with Ingrid, either. Or that other one.

    I don’t often say a story is compelling. In fact, I know I’ve said it less than a handful of times since I started blogging. There aren’t a lot of stories that fit that description for me. But I can’t think of a more perfect word to describe THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED. Unless, of course, ohmygoshthisbookissofreakignamazing gets added to the dictionary.

    I did not expect to be as captivated by the mythology as I was by the not one but two love stories. I did not anticipate a story that was as incredibly imaginative as this story was.

    And I most certainly did not expect to fall head over heels for a gargoyle. And no, I will not say who that gargoyle is. As much as I may want to.

    Actually, there are quite a few things I’d love to talk about. But it is absolutely impossible to say anything without revealing secrets about certain characters, developments in the plot that are best left to be discovered while reading, exciting twists to the story that I would never, ever want to reveal and…

    No, I suppose I shouldn’t even mention that.

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    Favorite passage…

    There were more than a few. But I did have two favorites – a chilling passage about Grayson and a swoon-worthy one involving Ingrid. However, as both were way too revealing, I chose this one, which made me sigh.

    “I’ll get to you if you need me,” he whispered, the press of his fingers a tangible version of his pledge. She wished neither of them was wearing gloves. The feel of his skin against hers shouldn’t have been the foremost desire in her mind, but it was. Luc sapped her of all reason, it seemed. And his touch made it difficult to breathe.

    “I know you will,” she said.

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

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    My Reading Pile #112

    The book that I was hoping would arrive in the mailbox this week did arrive. I didn’t necessarily expect that it would show up before this post, but it was in my mailbox Friday evening, so I’m totally stoked to have been able to take a snap and include it.

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

    I received an ARC of THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED by Page Morgan from the publisher, Delacorte Books for Young Readers, in anticipation of a tour that I’m going to be on next week. And I’m so unbelievably excited to get it just a bit early so that I can finally meet the characters and discover for myself just how awesome this book really is.

    Another Little PieceAs I wasn’t necessarily expecting anything in the mail, I found myself going a little eGalley request crazy this past week. Of course most of that was on NetGalley, while creating this post. But there were a couple titles I requested from Edelweiss, one of which was approved.

    It’s a book I’ve been dying to read since I first heard about it. It sounds so eerie and unbelievably awesome. And thanks to HarperTeen via Edelweiss I have an eARC of ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE by Kate Karyus Quinn to devour.

    But as I have a few books I need to read… or finish reading… first, it won’t be going on the pile this week. Even though I did start reading it the second it downloaded….

    However, I do have two amazing books that I will be reading. And so…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (May 5, 2013 – May 11, 2013)

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    First up on the pile is THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED by Page Morgan. Yes, I just received this in the mail from the publisher, Delacorte Books for Young Readers, but as I will be reading it and reviewing it for a tour stop, it goes immediately to the top of the pile.

    But that’s not the only reason. I’ve heard this book is all sorts of amazing. With a fascinating storyline and swoon-worthy boys. So, yeah. It’s definitely a book that I’m super thrilled to dive into. Just as soon as I finish writing this post.

    As I spotlighted it for my Book Watch post a couple weeks back and I will be reviewing it next week, I won’t say another word about it. However, if you want to take a longer look, there is a chapter sampler available thanks to Random Buzzers.

    I hope to finish this book before the weekend’s over. And if it’s as awesome as it promises to be, I will definitely have finished reading it before the next book on the pile releases on Tuesday.

    After a bizarre accident, Ingrid Waverly is forced to leave London with her mother and younger sister, Gabby, trading a world full of fancy dresses and society events for the unfamiliar city of Paris.

    In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abandoned abbey, its roof lined with stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.

    And Grayson has gone missing.

    No one seems to know of his whereabouts but Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant at their new home.

    Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead—she can feel it deep in her soul—but she knows he’s in grave danger. It will be up to her and Gabby to navigate the twisted path to Grayson, a path that will lead Ingrid on a discovery of dark secrets and otherworldly truths. And she’ll learn that once they are uncovered, they can never again be buried.

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    If I Should Die

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    Next up on the pile is IF I SHOULD DIE by Amy Plum. While it isn’t available yet, it will be releasing on the 7th and I’m very hopeful my pre-ordered eBook copy will have downloaded on Monday Midnight so I can find out just what happens in this next book in the series.

    I only just finished reading UNTIL I DIE this past week and I cannot fathom how everyone managed to wait an entire year for this sequel’s release. That ending killed me. Everything was left up in the air. I have no idea how what happened at the end can possibly be resolved. But I’m desperate to find out.

    I’m pretty sure this is the final book in the series, but I will have no problem diving into IF I SHOULD DIE when it releases. I’m so anxious to find out what happens next that it totally overshadows the fact that this might be the last book in this series.

    I love all the characters in this series and cannot wait to continue their adventure in this next book. I may be partial to Jules at the moment, but I cannot wait to see how I feel at the series’ end. Which should be some time on Wednesday.

    I will not lose another person I love. I will not let history repeat itself.

    Vincent waited lifetimes to find me, but in an instant our future together was shattered. He was betrayed by someone we both called a friend, and I lost him. Now our enemy is determined to rule over France’s immortals, and willing to wage a war to get what they want.

    It shouldn’t be possible, none of it should be, but this is my reality. I know Vincent is somewhere out there, I know he’s not completely gone, and I will do anything to save him.

    After what we’ve already fought to achieve, a life without Vincent is unimaginable. He once swore to avoid dying—to go against his nature and forsake sacrificing himself for others—so that we could be together. How can I not risk everything to bring my love back to me?

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    Wishful Thinking Reads:

    The only books I wish I were reading right now are the ones I should have already read – PHOENIX by Elizabeth Richards and GODDESS by Josephine Angelini. I am desperate to read both those books, but for some reason other books keep getting piled on top of them.

    So while I know I am going to be way too busy during the first part of the week, I am so very hopeful I will have time during the latter part of the week to read at least one of them.

    Of course, for now, that remains just a wish.

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    Those Left Behind:

    I only left one of the two books from last week’s pile behind – FLICKER & BURN. I did read UNTIL I DIE but have yet to write my review. Which I’ll have to do quickly, and soon, because I am desperate to read IF I SHOULD DIE when it releases this Tuesday and I can’t do that if I haven’t reviewed the previous book.

    Surprisingly, I spent quite a bit of time early this week getting reviews written. I’m still not caught up, but I’ve managed to write reviews for SWEET PERIL by Wendy Higgins, which I did end up sneaking onto the pile the other week, THE GIRL IN THE CLOCKWORK COLLAR  by Kady Cross and BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards.

    Which means I can finally read THE GIRL WITH THE IRON TOUCH, which I started reading, and PHOENIX, which I desperately want to read. So I just have three past due reviews and one recently read review to write.

    Hopefully I’ll be able to tackle two of those this week. Yes, I’m hopeful, but not wholly confident.

    This is because I’ll be beta reading a book this weekend and I have my own WIP to complete. So review writing has slipped a little farther down my list of priorities. At least for the next few days, anyway.

    Furthermore, I’m still in that “I’d rather be reading” mood. So, we’ll see how things ended up in next week’s MRP post.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

    I don’t know what possessed me to go searching around NetGalley during the wee hours of the morning earlier this week. Whatever it was, it made me request a book…

    Awaken

    AWAKEN (Abandon #3) by Meg Cabot (Scholastic Inc., Jul 2 2013)

    I couldn’t resist. I may not exactly be caught up with this series… I haven’t yet read either of the two previous books… but I own both and desperately want to read all three books back-to-back.

    So when I got approved for AWAKEN I was ecstatic.

    And when searching for books for this post, I may have found and requested a few others. All three are pending approval.

    Carniepunk

    CARNIEPUNK by Rachel Caine, Rob Thurman, Kevin Hearne, Seanan McGuire, Jennifer Estep (Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books, Jul 23 2013)

    Hidden Marianne Curley

    HIDDEN by Marianne Curley (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books Jun 25 2013)

    Phantom Eyes

    PHANTOM EYES (Witch Eyes #3) by Scott Tracey (Flux Oct 8 2013)

    I’m not sure whether or not I’ll get approved for CARNIEPUNK as it isn’t a YA title, but the authors are amazing and I’m very curious about this book. It is one of the books I have pre-ordered so if I don’t get to read it for review, I will be reading it when it releases.

    There are also some other really exciting books available on NetGalley this week. The first of which I’m so very tempted to request.

    STRIKEFORCE (Skyship Academy #3) by Nick James (Flux, Oct 8 2013)

    THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR by Dawn Klehr (Flux, Oct 8 2013)

    BACKWARD GLASS by David Lomax (Flux, Nov 8 2013)

    CONFESSIONS OF AN ALMOST GIRLFRIEND by Louise Rozett (Harlequin UK Limited, Jul 5 2013) **The UK edition, no restrictions**

    TERMINATED (Revivalist #3) by Rachel Caine (Penguin Books Australia, Jul 24 2013) ++Not YA++ ***Australian Book Reviewers Only***

    TRUE by Erin McCarthy (Penguin, Berkley, NAL/Signet Romance NAW May 7 2013) ++Not YA++

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    I’ve been trying for a better blog-work-life balance this past week, and I’ve been fairly successful. But sleep seems to have become the necessary sacrifice. As there’s just not room for everything.

    But I’ve chosen to wake up early each morning so that I can sneak in an hour to an hour-and-a-half of reading time before I have to start my day. Which makes me oh so happy. Even if it does make me a little sleepy.

    And while I haven’t yet had the chance to read all the books I’ve wanted to read as of late, at least I feel like some of those titles are nearing the top of the pile. Well, as long as I don’t heap a few more on top of them before they actually do make it to “currently reading” status.

    But with my own writing and editing to do and a beta read, I have a feeling that it may be a few more weeks before I actually get to read most of them. Which saddens me just a little bit. Even though I’m totally looking forward to the beta.

    Anyway…

    I hope your trip to the mailbox was happy and that the titles you received were ones you’ve been pining for. I’d love to know what they are and what you plan on reading this week. So, feel free to leave a comment if you’d like to share.

    And if you do create a book haul post or one in which you share your upcoming reads, leave a link to your post so that I can check it out..

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

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    Book Watch: The Beautiful and the Cursed

    The Beautiful and the Cursed

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    THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED by Page Morgan will be released in the U.S. on May 14, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

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

    THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED is the first book in author Page Morgan’s Dispossessed series.

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    I cannot believe how many amazing books are releasing the week of May 14th. I have at least ten books pre-ordered and most of them are ones I consider “must reads.” With so many books releasing that week, I’ve only mentioned half of the ones that caught my eye at the bottom of this post. Yes, there are that many.

    But of all the books releasing, the one I am most excited for is THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED by Page Morgan. Ever since Jaime of Two Chicks on Books pointed it out to me I couldn’t wait to read it and find out more.

    The title alone was enough to draw me in. But it was the setting – gothic Paris – and the mystery that made this a must read.

    I’m also a huge fan of stories set in spooky mansions, and this “creepy, old abbey” fits the bill. Of course the fact that there’s a “devastatingly handsome servant” with “dark secrets” makes this book all the more intriguing… and appealing.

    I’m just dying to find out what caused Ingrid and Gabby to leave London and all its glamour behind. I’m curious about what happened to their brother Greyson and just why finding him will be so dangerous.

    Add to all of this the fact that there’s a murderer on the loose, and this story sounds like it will be all sorts of awesome.

    With only a few weeks remaining until THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED releases, thankfully the wait won’t be too much longer. Because I can’t wait to meet Ingrid, Gabby, Luc and Greyson. And I can’t wait to find out just what “nightmare” it is that “walk[s] in the light.”

    So, even with the very much anticipated SCHOOL SPIRITS, GOLDEN and SPIRIT AND DUST releasing the week of May 14th, I just had to put THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE CURSED in the spotlight, because, for me, it is the book to watch this week.

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    Goodreads description:

    It was bizarre and inexplicable, and after it happened, Ingrid Waverly was forced to leave her life in London behind. She had to trade a world full of fancy dresses and society events for exile in gothic Paris with her mother and her younger sister, Gabby.

    In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and disturbingly, the house rented by Ingrid’s twin brother, Grayson, isn’t a house at all. It’s an abbey. A creepy, old abbey with a roof lined in stone gargoyles that could almost be mistaken for living, breathing creatures.

    And to top it all off, Grayson is missing.

    Yet no one seems to be concerned about Grayson’s whereabouts save for Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant who has some deep and dark secrets of his own.

    There’s one secret about the city that even Luc can’t keep hidden, though: there’s a murderer on the loose. And every day that Grayson is missing means there’s less chance he’s still alive.

    Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead–she can feel it deep in her soul–but she knows that he’s in grave danger, and that it’s up to her and Gabby to find him before all hope is lost.

    And yet the path to him is more dangerous than she could ever imagine.

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here are just a few of the many, many other awesome books releasing the week of May 14th:

    SCHOOL SPIRITS (School Spirits #1) by Rachel Hawkins

    GOLDEN by Jessi Kirby

    SPIRIT AND DUST by Rosemary Clement-Moore

    PARALLEL by Lauren Miller

    SPARK (Sky Chasers #2) by Amy Kathleen Ryan – Paperback ed.

    THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING by Ashley Elston

    FIVE SUMMERS by Una LaMarche

    FORMERLY SHARK GIRL by Kelly Bingham

    THE ROSE THRONE by Mette Ivie Harrison

    THE CAGED GRAVES by Dianne Salerni

    THE SWEET DEAD LIFE by Joy Preble

    TOWERING (Kendra Chronicles #3) by Alex Flinn

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    Book Watch: Dead River

    Dead RiverDEAD RIVER by Cyn Balog will be released in the U.S. on April 9, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats.

    It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 256 pages.

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    Last week I missed a ton of “dying for” releases when making my decision on which book to watch for the week of April 2nd, but I still stand by my choice.

    This week I am almost positive I discovered all the YA books releasing the week of April 9th before choosing this week’s book to spotlight. And while it wasn’t easy, as there are four books releasing that I can’t wait for, the mystery behind the book I did choose was what made me decide that DEAD RIVER by Cyn Balog was the book to watch.

    The cover is completely creepy and captivating. The description is totally cryptic. And even though it doesn’t reveal anything substantive about the book, it makes me desperate to get my hands on it to find out more.

    I’ve gotten so curious about this upcoming title by author Cyn Balog that I’ve even gone so far as try and read a review from editorial media. However, that review won’t be available to the public until closer to the book’s release. Yes, I am that desperate.

    Fortunately the author revealed a little bit about what inspired her story in a recent blog post, HERE. Though it still doesn’t reveal just what happens in this book.

    So, while I know next to nothing about this upcoming book, I just had to put it in the spotlight because I am so curious about it and because I have read another book by this author which I absolutely loved. And so I cannot wait to read this, her latest release, which sounds like it will be my kind of book.

    I mean, what’s not to love about a book that is described as being a “creepy paranormal thriller”?

    And while I am looking forward to continuing the Covenant series and the Chronicles of Nick and am curious about STRANGELETS, the book that has me most excited for April 9th to roll around is DEAD RIVER by Cyn Balog and so I just had to make it the book to watch this week.

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    My friends and I are spending prom weekend at a remote wooded cabin on the Dead. The Dead River.

    I thought it was going to be just us.

    I was wrong.

    Nothing is what it seems in this creepy paranormal thriller by Cyn Balog

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    Here are some other awesome books releasing the week of April 9th:

    STRANGELETS by Michelle Gagnon

    INFERNO (Chronicles of Nick #4) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

    APOLLYON (Covenant #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    THE SHADOW GIRL by Jennifer Archer

    ZOM-B CITY (Zom-B #3) by Darren Shan

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    Moonset

    MOONSET by Scott Tracey (releasing April 8th)

    Technically MOONSET should have been included with last week’s releases as I choose my books based on release weeks from Tuesday through Monday and it should have been my Book Watch spotlight book. But…

    As I had just recently participated in a book blast for MOONSET I didn’t want to have too much overlap with that post and I figured I’d sneak it in with this week’s books to spotlight. However…

    As I am going to be having a giveaway for a few copies on Monday, once again I’m running into a potential “too much MOONSET” issue. And while I don’t think there can be too much MOONSET, perhaps my blog’s readers might think so. Because then there will be my review post and then my tour post. So…

    I thought I’d just include it as a special mention here, to acknowledge that most definitely YES I am aware of its release and YES I would have loved to have put it in the spotlight last week if I hadn’t blasted it the week before. And YES I loved this first book in author Scott Tracey’s new series. But five MOONSET posts in one month on the blog might be overkill for some….

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