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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #61

    Below are the YA books coming out this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of February 29th-March 5th that I have pre-ordered.

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    A Touch Morbid by Leah Clifford will be released in the U.S. on February 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 304 pages.

    A Touch Morbid is the second book in the Touch trilogy by author Leah Clifford.

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    I can’t believe that release date is finally just about here. I never thought it would arrive. I gave away the ARC I had traded for after I wrote my review and have been pining for it ever since.

    A Touch Morbid is one of my all-time favorite series. It’s just so dark and delectable. I love each of the characters for very, very, different reasons and I’m so totally psyched that I’ll finally be able to get the finished copy in just a couple of days. Even having the Browse Inside option from the publisher just wasn’t the same.

    Things take an even darker turn – if you can believe it – in this installment. And the ending may just make you want to scream… a lot. And for those who have been paying any attention to the author’s Blog TV shows or the chatter on Twitter, you will definitely want to know about the kitten.

    I will stop rambling now – for my sake as well as yours. I am completely, and probably unhealthily, obsessed with this book. I already reviewed it, and I spotlighted it a few weeks ago for my Book Watch post, and I cried when I thought I wasn’t going to get to read it early (but thanks to a trade I did) and I’ve turned green with envy when everyone got their copies last week from the publisher.

    And I’ve ordered five copies of the book signed from The Learned Owl bookstore. And I have a copy ordered for my Kindle. So yeah, kind of obsessed. This book and series are so totally must reads.

    Fugitives by Alexander Gordon Smith will be released in the U.S. on February 28, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan, the print edition is 288 pages.

    Fugitives is the fourth book in the Escape from Furnace series by author Alexander Gordon Smith.

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    The Escape from Furnace series is another one that I’m obsessed with. I absolutely fell in love with it when I discovered it last fall. I can’t believe that the series is nearly over. Fugitives is the fourth book and the final book, Execution (as you may guess from that title), is the end.

    I did get a chance, thanks to NetGalley and the publisher, to read and review this one early. I think I may have died if I had to wait until release date. Each book gets progressively darker, less hopeful, more deadly. Especially for the main character, Alex.

    Each book has creatures that are more horrific than the last. And each book is just a little more shocking. I cannot wait until my pre-order downloads on Monday night.

    I am so unbelievably tempted to get the final book from the UK instead of having to wait for the U.S. edition to be released. I’m dying to see who comes out the victor in the final showdown. I’m curious to see if good triumphs over evil. Somehow I think that evil will win in the end….

    This series is so unbelievably awesome. The writing is amazing. There is no love triangle. There is no love story. There is just an incredibly addictive, riveting and gruesome story. I’d say more, but because this is the fourth book in the series and even the Goodreads description is spoiler-y, I’ll just say that this series is a definite must read.

    Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver will be released in the U.S. on February 28, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperCollins, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Pandemonium is the sequel to Delirium by author Lauren Oliver. Requiem, the third book in the series will be published in 2013.

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    I am afraid to read this sequel. I was offered the chance to borrow Pandemonium but I didn’t want to read it before release. It may be downloading at Monday Midnight, but I’ve heard the end is even more tormenting than the end of Delirium, so I’m just not sure if I can handle it right now. I know from the chatter that the wait for Requiem is going to be excruciating.

    So, I’m considering waiting on reading this until either I just can’t stand to remain in the dark about what happens next or release date for book three is right around the corner. I hope I can wait. Because I’ve been warned.

    Until today, I didn’t even check out the Goodreads description for fear of what I might learn about exactly what happened during those last pages of Delirium. Fortunately… or unfortunately… it doesn’t say a thing. It just teases that this next book has “forbidden romance” and “the sparks of a revolution.”

    Lauren Oliver is a brilliant and amazing writer. I have no doubt I will love this book. I just know that the end of the first book nearly killed me and the long wait since I read it on NetGalley has been sheer agony.

    My resolve may not hold and I may end up jumping right in on release date, but I already expect to sob a little, get twisted up a lot and be tormented mercilessly after reading Pandemonium.

    Hana by Lauren Oliver will be released in the U.S. on February 28, 2012 in eBook format. It is currently available to pre-order online in eBook format only at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperCollins, the eBook novella is 144 pages.

    Hana is a novella set in the world of Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

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    I am so thrilled that this is releasing as an eBook. When I first heard about it a couple of months ago, I stalked Amazon until I could pre-order it. I know it was made available for free on or around Valentine’s Day to read online, but as I can’t stand to read stories on the web, I have been anxiously awaiting its release for my Kindle.

    I am excited to get to know Hana just a little better. This novella sounds like it will give a nice long look at her last summer of freedom before the cure and will give readers a peek at just how she feels about Lena.

    I’m super curious to find out if seeing some of the events that took place in Delirium through Hana’s eyes will change just how I felt about her, about Lena and about what was happening.

    I really can’t wait to get this eBook, which according to Goodreads is nearly 150 pages. And I don’t plan on waiting too long to read it, either. If the events in the story are as “life-changing” as the description promises, then I definitely need to know now.

    Torn by Amanda Hocking will be released in the U.S. on February 28, 2012 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 336 pages.

    Torn is the second book in the Trylle trilogy by author Amanda Hocking. The final book in the trilogy, Ascend, will be released on April 24, 2012.

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    I am so happy that this second book in the series is releasing this week. I have both the eBook and the print edition of Torn on order. I love the new covers and I love the fact that this edition, published by St. Martin’s, has a bonus short story, “One Day, Three Ways.”

    I’m super curious to find out whose perspectives those three ways are from. While I probably won’t be reading Torn again until after Ascend is released, so I can read them all back-to-back-to-back, I will be taking a peek at the short story.

    I have been a huge fan of author Amanda Hocking since I discovered her My Blood Approves series. And it was her Trylle series that got me to start blogging in the first place. So, I am so unbelievably thrilled that her books are being traditionally published and that I can find them on the shelves of my local bookstore.

    And Torn is an amazing sequel. It was even more exciting than Switched and Wendy really grows as a character in this sequel. The world of the Trylle is magical and those boys are absolutely swoonworthy. I’m really not sure I’ll be able to wait for book three….

    Allegiance by Cayla Kluver will be released in the U.S. on February 28, 2012 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 512 pages.

    Allegiance is the second book in the Legacy series by author Cayla Kluver. The third book, Sacrifice, will be released later this year.

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    I have not yet read Legacy but I have it on my Kindle to read soon, although I might wait until closer to release date for the final book in the series. I ended up pre-ordering Allegiance because I heard such amazing things about the first book that I just had to buy the sequel.

    Both covers are absolutely gorgeous, though I love this cover for Allegiance just a bit more. Although I promised myself I wouldn’t, I did sneak a peek at the description and it sounds epic and heartbreaking. A Queen who must protect her kingdom from an enemy. An enemy that she never really believed would attack, but who it seems has. And an enemy she is in love with. Definitely epic.

    I cannot wait to meet Queen Alera and Narian. I hope that their love story will have a happy ending, but with the third book entitled Sacrifice, I’m a little nervous. And I can’t wait to discover the world the author created. A world filled with danger and magic. I’m intrigued.

    This amazing sounding series is yet another one I’m definitely anxious to read.

    Partials by Dan Wells will be released in the U.S. on February 28, 2012 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 Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 480 pages.

    Partials is the first book in a new series of the same title. Fragments, book two, is slated for release in 2013.

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    I received an ARC of Partials through a trade, but I haven’t had the chance to read it before release. I have this book pre-ordered for my Kindle so I’m not sure which version I’ll end up reading. But I wanted this one for my permanent collection.

    Partials is another book I have serious cover love for. The colors and images are amazing. I would have bought this book for its cover alone. But the description sounds totally fascinating – sort of like one of my favorite Stephen King’s.

    I love stories where humanity is on the verge of extinction. I hope that Kira can discover just what is needed to ensure their survival. But as this is the first book in the series, I’m not sure if anything will be resolved at the story’s end.

    And the idea of the partials sounds both creepy and strangely intriguing. The fact that they are beings that are engineered to be exactly like humans and that they are at war with the humans is definitely chilling. If they are so alike, how do the humans stand a chance?

    The description says this book is a mix of the action from The Hunger Games and the themes from Battlestar Galactica. And even though I’m not familiar with either, this book sounds incredibly awesome and I can’t wait to read it really, really soon.

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    BZRK by Michael Grant

    Pub. Date: February 28, 2012

    Published by: EgmontUSA

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    Unafraid (Archangel Academy #3) by Michael Griffo

    Pub. Date: February 28, 2012

    Published by: KTEEN

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    {Note: All covers link to the books on Goodreads}

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    Well this is more like it. I just knew things had been too quiet for too long. There’s no way this could have been another slow week. With six pre-orders for full-length books and one for the eBook novella, I’m so glad that I won’t be left with that sinking feeling that I’d forgotten something yet again this week.

    A few of the books that are releasing I’ve already read and reviewed, though I do plan on reading a couple of them again very soon. So that leaves a manageable amount that are being added to my TBR pile. Of that I am most definitely glad.

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    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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    Heartbreak Row #1

    As I mentioned in my Crush List post, there are books that you fall in love with, that leave you breathless and sobbing your eyes out. Books that take your heart and stomp on it, leaving you completely destroyed.

    Thankfully there aren’t too many books that shatter your heart into a million pieces. But, here are five that have earned their place on Heartbreak Row.

    As some of the reasons they are so heartbreaking would involve spoilers, I will be slightly cryptic with my answers as to why I’m heartbroken. But if you’re willing to risk a broken heart, definitely check these books out.

    (Also, I could have called this Devastation Alley instead of Heartbreak Row, but that just sounds too over-dramatic, now doesn’t it?)

    If I Stay has earned a permanent place on Heartbreak Row. I still can’t even think of this book without tearing up. As much as I want to read it a second time, knowing how affecting it is, I just can’t quite willingly put myself through that again at the moment.

    And, this is one of those books that is just so powerful the first time around that you have to think about whether or not a re-read will take away from the experience.

    Why I’m heartbroken: It’s just so, so sad. The writing makes it impossible not to feel the depth of pain, the incredible loss, and the difficult choices that the main character is faced with.Delirium earned a spot on Heartbreak Row that I hope is not permanent. As it is the first book in a trilogy and I haven’t a clue as to what is going to happen next, I am keeping hope alive that things will be less devastating in the second and third books in the series. Of course, having now read two books by this author I don’t think that will be the case.

    And it is definitely possible that either of the next two books will be even more heartbreaking, but for now, Delirium is right where it should be.

    Why I’m heartbroken: The ending. And that lead up to the ending. Crushing. A complete tear-jerker ending. Shocking. Sob-inducing. The writing throughout is absolutely beautiful. It lulls you into a state of calm and then the floor drops right out from under you.

    Black Halo has a permanent place on Heartbreak Row. I have not yet read the last book in the series, Grace of Day, but that wouldn’t matter, although I have a feeling that it might be right up here with Black Halo when I do get a chance to read it.

    The series itself tugged at my heart multiple times in each of the books I’ve read. There are just so many moments that squeezed my heart and brought tears to my eyes.

    But none come even close to the one scene in this book which had me crying out loud without even realizing I was.

    Why I’m heartbroken: The scene between Robert and Grace – the one in which Grace puts her love for Robert above all else. My heart is breaking right now thinking of it. The scene was so raw, so real, so powerful and so unbelievably heartbreaking. Oh yeah, and then there’s the last page of the book.

    Shadow Kiss is another permanent fixture on Heartbreak Row. I was completely annihilated by the events that transpired in this book. Spirit Bound was a contender, but as it only had the one line which crushed me, Shadow Kiss was way more deserving of a spot. It is an absolute heartbreaker.

    Now, this is not to say that my heart wasn’t shredded a little bit in every single one of these books. But Richelle Mead reached in, grabbed my heart, ripped it out, and played football with it in Shadow Kiss.

    Why I’m heartbroken: For Rose. For what happens toward the end of this book. For having to walk away, completely helpless, unable to do anything even though it’s killing her. Rose’s heart was broken, so was mine.

    Absolution – and really the entire trilogy – caused me enough heartache, suffering and anguish to have earned a prime spot on Heartbreak Row.

    Every book in the trilogy lifts you up, gives you hope, and then smashes you to pieces. But as Absolution is the final book in the series, it’s the ending that kills – when there are no more pages to keep hope alive, when the story wraps up and you realize that the once possible future is no longer.

    Why I’m heartbroken: Because it had the right ending, even though it wasn’t the ending I had hoped for. Because I could see happily-ever-after being ripped away. Because I continued to hope until the very last possible moment. Because I fell in love with the idea of something impossible.

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    So, this is just a peek at five of the books I have on Heartbreak Row. Books I’m glad that I’ve read without an audience. Books that make me glad I keep a box of Kleenex handy.

    And books whose pages deliver pain, sorrow, anguish and total heart-stopping devastation. Stories that are just as beautiful as they are cruel. Books that I will remember always.

    What books have you read that left you heartbroken?

    As I’m a total heartbreak junkie, I’d love to know!

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    The Extras: Teasers

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

    Here are just a few of those that caught my attention.

    From the thoughts of Ellie Monroe: (Note, this is from an electronic review copy and may not appear in the finished book.)

    Fresh, relentless, warm tears rolled down my cheeks. His promise melted through me, and my heart ached for everything that I wanted and couldn’t have. In the end, he was all I had. Through each lifetime, every last thing that I came to know and love in the world changed or vanished completely except for him. He was the only thing permanent in all of forever.

    I had to throw in one quote amongst all these passages, but it’s so true. This one from Ellie’s Mom regarding love:

    “It doesn’t make you blind. You’re very, very aware of everything about the one you truly love, whether you know it from what your eyes tell you or your heart. So no, love doesn’t make you blind. It paralyzes you until you can’t breathe or run away from it.”

    Ethan’s thoughts about Lena:

    I pulled her closer, until our hair was full of ash and grass, and the bitter lemon was lost somewhere beneath our feet at the bottom of the blanket. The heat was on my skin, like fire. Even though all I could feel was a biting cold whenever I held her hand lately, when we kissed – really kissed – there was nothing but heat. I loved her, atom by atom, one burning cell at a time. We kissed until my heart began skipping beats, and the edges of what I could see and feel and hear began to fade into darkness…

    From the thoughts of Lena Haloway:

    This is what I want. This is the only thing I’ve ever wanted. Everything else–every single second of every single day that has come before this very moment, this kiss–has meant nothing.

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    I know that life isn’t life if you just float through it. I know that the whole point–the only point–is to find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go.

    Varen Nethers writing to Isobel:

    In the shadows of the dreamland, he waits. He watches the gaping window to the world he had so longed to open. Now flown wide, bleak and empty, ravaged–like him–it grants his wish. He belongs.

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    My beautiful, my Isobel. My Love. You ask me to wait. And so I wait.

    For all of this, I know, is but a dream.

    And when, in sleep, at last we wake,

    I will see you again.

    Grace’s thoughts (about Robert):

    My arms lifted and wrapped themselves around him. I brought him close against me, as close as I could, and he let me. He allowed me to bring him into the embrace, and he kissed me with a need that was beyond description. I knew it, I felt it; I breathed it in because I needed it, too.

    My heart was racing against time itself inside of my chest, and the voice inside of my head, the name that signified everything that mattered to me right then and there, blurred into peaceful hum that harmonized with the song that sang in my blood as I tasted the fire and everything it touched.


    Kylie’s thoughts from Born at Midnight: (please note that this passage is from a review copy and may not appear in the finished copy):

    Because as much as she liked kissing Trey, it was as if this was her very first grown-up kiss. Her first real taste of passion. This kiss, the thing she’d felt was somehow more. And God help her, because while she wasn’t ready for “more,” she still wanted it. And that, she supposed, was the true meaning of passion.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #5

    Below are the YA books coming out this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    I am posting this a day earlier than usual as I have a couple reviews that I will be posting on Monday and also there are so many books this week to choose from that you may need an extra day to shop!

    As is the case each week, these are all books I’ve either got on pre-order or plan on buying when released.

    The Demon Trapper’s Daughter is a debut novel by author Jana Oliver. It will be released in the U.S. on February 1, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 368 pages. In the U.K., released on January 7, 2011, the book is titled Forsaken.

    The Demon Trapper’s Daughter is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

    I had the good fortune to win an ARC of this book from Goodreads and read and reviewed it back in December. I gave away the ARC copy to another reviewer and immediately pre-ordered the eBook for my Kindle. I’ve also pre-ordered a copy for comparison for my Nook.

    This is a such a great book. It’s gritty, edgy and very original. No sexy demons in this one, but a great heroine who is not afraid of a little demon slime.

    To learn more about the book, visit the book’s website.

    A short prequel story, Retro Demonology, is still available for free from Amazon in Kindle format. If you’d like to read my quickie review, click here.

    Delirium is the first book in a new trilogy by Lauren Oliver. It will also be released in the U.S. on February 1, 2011 and is available for pre-order in hardcover and eBook formats from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The print edition, published by HarperTeen, is 448 pages.

    This was another book that I had the opportunity to read in advance of release. I received an electronic ARC courtesy of NetGalley and HarperTeen and read and reviewed it back in December. If you’d like to check out my review, click here.

    This is a dystopian novel you will not want to miss. Author Lauren Oliver is an exquisite writer. She has such a magical way of creating a world with her words. I have this book on pre-order for my Kindle so I can own the final copy and plan on re-reading this closer to the release of the second book in the series.

    To read an excerpt from HarperTeen click here.

    Haunted by Joy Preble is second book in the Dreaming Anastasia series. It too will be released in the U.S. on February 1, 2011. It is currently available from both Amazon and Barnes & Noble in eBook and paperback formats. Published by Sourcebooks Fire the paperback is 304 pages.

    I pre-ordered this book solely based on the beautiful cover. (Although there are some similarities to the face in the background that remind me of the cover of Brightly Woven.) Only when creating this post did I realize this is the second book of the series. So, I’ve just downloaded the first book in the series, Dreaming Anastasia. The cover on that first book is just as beautiful.

    But books about magic and love are subjects I’m always happy to read and with author Cynthia Leitich Smith calling it, “Spooky, sassy, sinister, and sexy!” I am sold.

    If you haven’t yet read the first book in the series, click here to read an excerpt of Dreaming Anastasia from Scribd.

    Here Lies Bridget is the debut novel for author Paige Harbison. It was released in paperback format on January 18, 2011 but the eBook format will be releasing this week on February 1, 2011. The print edition is available now and the eBook is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Published by HarlequinTEEN the print edition is 224 pages.

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

    This is a story of a mean girl looking for redemption before it’s too late. I received a copy of this as an electronic ARC from NetGalley and HarlequinTEEN just over a week ago and my review will post on Monday. I have purchased the eBook version for my Kindle so I can have the final copy for my collection.

    The screen rights to Here Lies Bridget were acquired so we may end up seeing this made into a movie in the near (or not so near) future.

    Waterfall is the debut YA novel for best-selling and award-winning author Lisa T. Bergren. It is the first book in the River of Time series. It is releasing in the U.S. on February 1, 2011 and is currently available for pre-order in paperback only from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Published by David C. Cook, the paperback edition is 384 pages.

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

    I’ve decided to bite the bullet and order this one in paperback format. Time travel, lost cities, knights and castles make this one sound like a magical adventure and I don’t want to have to wait for the eBook’s release.

    To read the prologue and first chapter at Scribd, click here.

    For those interested in a great contest, click here for details on the author’s website.

    The second book in the series, Cascade, is available for pre-order also and will be released on June 1, 2011.

    Because I really liked this one, here is the trailer for Waterfall:

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    The Trailers: February

    For those times when you just need a short break from reading. Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for upcoming books releasing this February.

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    Delirium by Lauren Oliver

    Release date: February 1, 2011

    (Fan made)

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    Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann

    Release date: February 8, 2011

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    Desires of the Dead (Body Finder series) by Kimberly Derting

    Release date: February 15, 2011

    (HarperTeen)

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    Darkest Mercy (Wicked Lovely series) by Melissa Marr

    Release date: February 22, 2011

    (COS Productions)

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    We hope you enjoyed the lovely distractions. Stay tuned…we’ll be back with our regularly scheduled programming this afternoon.

    http://www.amazon.com/Delirium-Trilogy-Lauren-Oliver/dp/0061726826
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    Review: Delirium

    Delirium by Lauren Oliver (author of Before I Fall) will be released in hard cover and eBook formats on February 1, 2011.

    Goodreads description:

    Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -the deliria- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

    But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

    Magdalena “Lena” Haloway Tiddle exists in a future where on your eighteenth birthday you have a procedure that will cure you from contracting the disease amor deliria nervosa – “the deadliest of all deadly things.”

    Although most people are cured when they turn eighteen, the disease can still get you before then and so every precaution is taken. There are guarded borders protecting the cured and soon-to-be-cured from the Wilds where the Invalids, those who refused the cure, exist. Conversation is monitored. Physical contact is rarely permitted. Interaction between two uncured individual of the opposite sex is not allowed. Raids are conducted to ensure adherence to the rules.

    But none of these protections are infallible. The disease can infect you beforehand and the cure doesn’t always work. Lena has been anxiously awaiting the day when she too will be cured and will no longer be at risk for infection. She had witnessed the effects of the disease on both her mother and sister and the shame it brought to her and the rest of her family.

    All she wants is to just make it through the next ninety-five days until her procedure, so she can receive her match whom she will marry upon finishing college and spend the rest of her life safe and normal. But ninety-five days is a long time, and when something goes wrong on her evaluation day it will turn her world around and make Lena question everything she’s ever believed in and everything she’s ever wanted.

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    Delirium is the stunning first book in a new series by Lauren Oliver about a dystopian society in which love is considered a disease that threatens safety and stability and the only hope to stop the infection is to undergo the cure – a procedure administered at age eighteen.

    Delirium has such sophistication, eloquence and beauty in the writing that it rivals novels like White Oleander aimed at an adult audience. The story is hypnotic and you will get caught up and lost in the fluidity of the words and the breathtaking imagery.

    This is not a quick or light read and there is not a lot of dialogue in this book. There are many ideas that need to be absorbed, but nothing that feels extraneous. Every word and every idea has meaning. Even the book’s concept alone is fascinating – just taking love out of the equation could make for a more peaceful society.

    Lauren Oliver is an insanely good writer with an extraordinary imagination. There is such a level of detail put into this story, from the passages that introduce each chapter, to all the elements that had to be included to look at this “problem” from all angles, to taking the character from acceptance of society to her disdain for it.

    Ms. Oliver did not create a cute story with characters that were instantly lovable going on wacky adventures. Throughout there is an undercurrent of bleakness and desolation. While this is a story of a futuristic fictional society, the ideas were very real and were well thought out and expressed.

    There are simply no words to describe how amazing and powerful this story is. No words.

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

    On a personal note:

    Delirium has to be the best written young adult book I think I’ve ever read. (And I’ve read a lot of YA books.)

    It has taken me a few days to write this review because after reading the book I was left speechless and a bit daunted at writing a review for such a stellar book. Perhaps if I was a writer even one-one-hundredth as talented as Lauren Oliver I could have come up with something brilliant. Alas…

    I am not an avid reader of books set in futuristic dystopian societies. In this genre I’ve only read Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies series and maybe a Stephen King or two. I haven’t even read the Hunger Games books. (Shame on me.) But, as I had recently read Before I Fall I knew that I loved Lauren Oliver’s writing style and the dark and heartbreaking ending of that story, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to read this one.

    I don’t know what it is about her writing, but I just keep getting drawn further and further into the story, even when I know there may not be a happy ending and even when I know I might just be devastated at the end. Perhaps it’s passages like these:

    Everything else—every single second of every single day that has come before this very moment, this kiss—has meant nothing.

    I know that life isn’t life if you just float through it. I know that the whole point—the only point—is to find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go.

    If I wrote down all the unbelievably awesome and memorable sections from this book I’d practically be posting the whole story here and that is a definite no-no, what with copyright infringement and all.

    This is an emphatic “must read” with Kleenex at the ready.

    To read an excerpt from HarperTeen click here.

    Pandemonium, book two in the series will be released in 2012 and Requiem, the third book in the series is slated for 2013.

    Thank you HarperTeen and NetGalley for the review copy.

    Author Lauren Oliver talks about Delirium:

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