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    Random Thoughts: Books I’m Dying to Re-read

    With so many new books releasing every week – have you seen just how many awesome books are coming out this week yet? – it’s almost impossible to squeeze in all those new releases, let alone think about books you love and want to re-read. But I just can’t help it. I do.

    I find that during those quiet hours I miss re-reading my favorites. I find my thoughts straying to those books I love and miss and want to dive into again.

    Not every book I read is re-readable immediately. Sometimes I don’t want to revisit those books for months or years. But most of my favorites end up on my re-read wish list eventually. And right now there are just a few that keep calling out to me, begging for some of my attention.

    As that list is long, I’ll just name five that are at the top of my TBRR pile.

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    I may have mentioned just how much I’ve been missing Nick from The Demon’s Lexicon, well I still am. I am dying to re-read this first book in the series. After reading The Demon’s Surrender I was sad to see the series end and missed the Nick that I got to know and love from book one.

    I did read this book twice already. The first time was before I started blogging, and then I just had to read this again for review. And it was such a different experience the second time, knowing what was going to happen and being on the lookout for clues right from the start. Plus, with the second read I knew I already loved it, so it didn’t take much to make me fall in love again.

    So, of course, now I want to go back and meet him all over again. I am still hoping that there will be some kind of spinoff book in the series, but for now, I would be happy to have a chance to re-read this book.

    I may have not yet read Passion but I really want to re-read Fallen, the first book in the series. Of the two I’ve read, Fallen was my favorite and I really want to go back and meet Luce, Daniel and Cam all over again.

    I had a completely different experience between the first and second reads, although between both reads, some of the details got a little fuzzy and so parts of the book felt like they were brand new.

    The first time I read Fallen I loved Daniel and only Daniel, but when I re-read it, I grew to like Cam just a little bit more. And after reading Torment, I am seriously starting to love Cam.

    It’s been a long while since I’ve read either book, but I really miss Luce and Daniel and seeing Luce’s reactions to Daniel, and discovering what she does, makes me want to go back to it once more.

    While I loved Hex Hall, I’m pining for a re-read of Demonglass. I think it’s really just that I want to torture myself with questions all over again about that ending. I’m a little bit twisted, what can I say?

    I only read Demonglass the one time, but was left with so many “what ifs” that I drove myself mad for a short while. Sadly, after much debate I think I’m ready to do that all over again.

    I want to see if Archer is as great as I remember him or if Cal is my favorite, as I had hoped he would be when I met him in book one. And I think a second read will be the only way to figure this out.

    As there is no novella or short story to keep me going between release dates, I think a re-read would be the perfect fix for my addiction.

    I am dying to re-read Nevermore thanks to Mary Lindsey, actually. Just hearing about her upcoming book Annabel has me thinking about Poe and dark, dark things and it immediately brings to mind Nevermore by Kelly Creagh.

    I’ve actually read this book twice – once before I began blogging and once after – and I love the dark and twisty world that Isobel and Varen live in and that ending left me so, so sad both times I read it.

    With Enshadowed on the horizon I just have to go back to this story. I never realized just how long it was until I got a signed copy, as I’d read it both times on my Kindle, but I just got so caught up in that imaginative world that I didn’t even notice.

    And I love how Varen’s name is a play on “raven” and so of course I’m wondering just how many more hidden-to-me Poe references there are.

    Yes, of course I want to re-read A Touch Mortal, when don’t I? This is also a book I’ve read a couple times. Maybe more, but who’s counting? I’m not.

    I think having my Facebook avatar as the cover for A Touch Morbid always keeps that series in mind, but that doesn’t mean it’s top of mind because of my cover love. I don’t need a reminder to want to re-read this book.

    I love dark books. And each time I re-read this book makes me realize how much I’ve missed on the previous read. I feel like I’m getting to know the Siders way more by revisiting their story, even though it’s the same story over and over.

    Yes, I need to read book two, but in the meantime I’d be happy just to have the chance to read this one more time.

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    So, you’re wondering where If I Die is on this list, aren’t you? It’s all I’ve been talking about everywhere for the past month or two. And yet it hasn’t made my “Dying to Re-read” list.

    Well, that’s because although I am dying to re-read it, I won’t be dying for long. I will be re-reading it this week, so I can’t very well complain about pining for it.

    The re-read wish list above is just that, a wish list. As much as I’m dying to re-read all those books, the likelihood of that happening in the next month is pretty slim.

    But If I Die by Rachel Vincent is a must re-read. I only read it the one time and that wasn’t even the finished copy, so there may be new surprises in store for me in the published version that I’ll be receiving on my Kindle at Monday Midnight.

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    Do you like to re-read books? Is your TBRR pile as long as your TBR pile?

    I would love to hear your thoughts on re-reading and which books top your TBRR pile

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    Book Buzz: Demonglass

    As I recently announced in my “Random Thoughts” post, I am starting a new feature here on the blog called “Book Buzz.” It will be a weekly or bi-weekly post in which a “buzzworthy” book will be up for discussion.

    All information in these posts will be my opinions and observations. I do not claim to be an expert, nor do I claim to be all-knowing, these are simply my thoughts and things I’ve observed.

    I would like this to be an open discussion. All viewpoints are welcome as long as they do not contain inappropriate language for readers of all ages. And all opinions should be respectful and they should be respected. Everyone has a right to their own opinion and no one opinion is more important than another. Critical, differing or challenging opinions are always welcome, being insulting or nasty to an author or other commenter is not and those comments will be removed.

    If you would like to buzz about a book on your site, please leave a link to your post in the comments so that I or other readers can visit your blog and participate in your discussion.

    So, without further ado, here is this week’s “Book Buzz.”

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    The Book:

    Demonglass is the second book in the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins. It was released on March 1, 2011. Not too long ago, yet it seems like forever.

    Loved it or Hated it?

    Loved it. Loved the first book in this series. Loved this one ten times as much. Easily. And the ending? Killed me. Absolutely killed me.

    The Early Buzz:

    It seems like everyone was talking about this sequel months before it came out. It was actually all the chatter that got me to finally pick up the first book, which I’d owned for awhile, and start reading.

    People were excitedly tweeting about this cover and then about the fact that they managed to land advance copies. I was not one of those people, so I was in that “anxiously awaiting” group.

    I did not see this one on NetGalley so only those who got the ARCs in the mail had a chance to start the early buzz on this. And there was a ton of early buzz.

    Fizzle or Sizzle:

    Sizzle. Or pretty close. The reviews continued to pour in for weeks after its release. Perhaps it’s because of the limited number of ARCs, but everyone couldn’t wait to start reading Demonglass and when they did, you could hear the shrieks for miles about that cliffhanger ending. Oh, that Rachel Hawkins is a devil!

    Even now, over two months after release there are copies available in a few of my local bookstores and not hidden on the lower out-of-the-way shelves, but at eye level. Great shelf placement. But that’s pretty typical for books that sizzle.

    What Happened?

    Nothing early on. Demonglass had its moment to shine. As with most books, time moves on, people move on to the next hot book, and our favorites move to the back of the line awaiting the next release by the author or a sequel if one is forthcoming.

    When it gets closer to the release of the third book in the series, or the release of this book in paperback format, the buzz will start all over again for the author and this series. No question.

    This was a sizzle book with a ginormous cliffhanger ending which will generate a lot of speculation and buzz as excerpts are leaked, sneak peeks are given and author tweets reveal tidbits to the fans.

    What’s Left to Buzz About?

    (Note: I loved this book and no one I know personally has read it, so I’ve been dying to dissect this story with anyone who wants to talk about it.)

    The Love Triangle. Well, for those who like a love triangle, there’s always the Cal versus Archer debate? Who is the better man for Sophie? Who’s hotter? Who’s the better hero? Who’s more honorable? Who would we choose for her to end up with when the series closes?

    The Cliffhanger Ending. Medieval torture device or the perfect way to close out a book? Demonglass seems to have one of the most cruel cliffhanger endings for readers. Talk about being left hanging?!?

    The Big Move. The series is called Hex Hall but the majority of this story doesn’t take place at Hecate Hall. Was the move overseas a plus or a minus? Did it add dimension to the story or did it veer off from the original path so much so as to make this feel like a completely different series? If the series doesn’t return to Hex Hall, should it be referred to by another name like the Demon Chronicles?

    The Others. There were quite a few new and interesting characters added to the mix in this story. I do not completely trust them nor do I believe they should be trusted. Am I wrong?

    And of course Sophie. The sarcastic heroine. The girl who’s powers landed her at Hex Hall in the first place seems to find trouble no matter where she goes. Even in the quaint countryside of England. Do you love her? Want to throttle her? Probably a little of both, but she is definitely a character worth buzzing about.

    Buzzworthy?

    Heck yes. If you’ve checked out most of the reviews – well those that don’t detest a love triangle – they agree. This book is action-packed, addicting, entertaining, a total “wow” and an amazing follow-up to Hex Hall.

    I’m sad to see it leave the spotlight. I miss the characters, and in a perfect world I would be reading this book again soon, rather than biding my time until the third book in the series comes out next year. But sadly this is not a perfect world and so I have to accept the fact that the buzz will eventually quiet down on this book.

    But for now I want to keep it going just a little bit longer. But what do you think? Is Demonglass a book that’s buzzworthy? Does it deserve more time to shine, or has it had enough time in the spotlight and should now step aside and make room for the next great thing?

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    Any item related to this book is up for discussion. Just because I haven’t mentioned it here doesn’t mean you can’t bring it up in the comments.

    And feel free to discuss any points of interest from reviews that you’ve seen and would like to talk about. But please talk about them in general terms and don’t point out specific reviews unless they are my reviews or your own.

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    The Extras: Teasers #3

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

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

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    Sadly I had to skip a few books with amazing passages as the passages or quotes I’d want to use would give away too much. The teasers below are just meant to tease. Never to spoil.

    It feels like I read this book a lifetime ago rather than just three weeks ago. This is one of my favorite passages. As always non-spoilery. I had included a part of this passage in my review, but the full passage is just so much more beautiful.

    Rhine’s thoughts:

    He weaves his fingers through mine, and I allow it, feel the clammy warmth of his palm against mine. Flush. Alive. Eventually I realize that I am holding on to him just as tightly as he holds on to me. And here we are: two small dying things, as the world ends around us like falling autumn leaves.

    There were just so many really amazing passages to choose from, but I’ve tried to choose one that stuck out that doesn’t give anything away.

    Cassel’s thoughts:

    At the window to my room, I catch my reflection in the glass. Shaggy black hair. Sneer. I look like a hungry ghost, glowering in at a world I am no longer fit to be part of.

    I could only choose one and I wanted it different from the one I put in my review. But really, I could have practically reprinted the entire book as almost every single passage was amazing. So, I opted to choose one that just resonated with me for a long while after reading this book. It still does.

    Mia’s thoughts:

    I don’t know exactly what’s happened to me, and for the first time today, I don’t really care. I shouldn’t have to care. I shouldn’t have to work this hard. I realize now that dying is easy. Living is hard.

    I’ve used this quote in my review, but I still say it’s my favorite one from the book. And I’ve since purchased the finished copy so I can confirm that this quote did make it in. Yay!

    Mark to Krista:

    “I want you to listen to me. You seem to be under the misconception that there is something wrong with you, that there is nothing special about you. There is nobody else in the whole world that I would rather be with. I could look at you for hours and never get sick of it. I could spend every second of everyday in your presence and I would die a happy man. You belong with me.”

    Yes, this one is in my review, and it’s short and to the point, but could you imagine Tamani saying anything better than this to Laurel?

    Tamani to Laurel:

    “I just don’t want to cozy up to the guy whose girl I have every intention of stealing.”

    I couldn’t choose between the two. One creepy and one a line any girl would love to hear from a boy she likes.

    Alexis’s thoughts:

    Could evil seep through the walls of the house, plant a seed of obsession in someone’s heart?

    Carter to Alexis:

    “I can’t help it, Alexis,” he said. “I want to make you think too much . . . and then I want to hear the things you’ve been thinking . . . too much.”

    How can you not want to read this book with passages like this one?

    Sophie’s thoughts:

    I stood there absorbing his words like blows, my heart aching. But it wasn’t what he said that made me feel like I’d been punched in the chest. It’s that I knew he was lying.

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    The Extras: April

    I can’t believe it’s been a month since my last “Extras” post. Time flies in the blogosphere. So, as some of you may already know…

    Whenever I find either a legal free download, an excerpt or sneak peek of a book online, I try to link to it in a related post or include the link in my sidebar (to your right).

    But once a month I’ll pop them into a post for a “one-stop shop” with a brief description. You may have previously seen some of these in my sidebar and a couple are still there, well here they are once more in case you missed them. (My sidebar tends to have a LOT of info.)

    We have a few peeks at upcoming releases, just released books and some of them are just items that have been offered for free for awhile but you might have missed.

    And yes, I know it’s not April yet, but it’s a monthly post that I do around this time each month in anticipation.

     

    Red Glove is the second book in Holly Black’s Curse Workers series. It will be releasing on April 5, 2011. Holly Black is an amazing author and this is an amazing series.

    The author has given us a peek at the first chapter in this book on her blog, HERE.

    I have read and loved the first book in the series and can’t wait to read this book. If you’d like to read my review or learn more about Cassel Sharpe and the curse workers, click here.

    Where She Went by Gayle Forman is the sequel to If I Stay. It will be releasing on April 5, 2011. There is still time to read the first book in the series in anticipation of this release.

    For those of you who’ve already read the first book and just can’t wait to find out more or for those of you who haven’t read If I Stay, Scribd has something for all. They have provided an excerpt of the upcoming book and a chapter of the first, HERE.

    I have owned If I Stay for awhile, but it’s on my way too long TBR list. However, I am planning on reading this in the next week, as I have an early copy of Where She Went which I hope to read and review and I never like to read a sequel without having read the first book. I’ve heard such amazing things about this author, so this is a sneak peek worth checking out.

    City of Fallen Angels, the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare will be releasing on April 5, 2011.

    And I know, I know…I’ve already “Book Watch” posted this, with all sorts of links to extras and videos, but as this is just for the Extras, I can’t exclude it. But I won’t ramble on about this book since I’ve already done. So…

    Cassandra Clare has included an excerpt from chapter one on her site, HERE. I have not read this particular excerpt, if you can believe, as I’m trying to hold out until April 5th.

    What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen will be releasing on May 10, 2011. It is her tenth novel.

    An excerpt is available on the author’s blog, HERE.

    I have not yet read this author’s work, but I’ve heard such great things and so this will be my introduction to her characters and writing. I can’t wait and just have a feeling I’ll be a huge fan. (Which means I’ll have nine more books to read before I run out – this is a good thing.)

    Goodreads is offering a chance to win this book as part of their First Reads program. You can look through all the books they are offering for giveaway here.

    Hard Bitten is the fourth book in author Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires series. It will be released on May 3, 2011.

    This series is the author’s adult series, but I’ve included this excerpt here for fans of the author who have read both her adult and young adult series.

    An excerpt from Chapter One is available on the author’s website, HERE.

    I just love her young adult Dark Elite series and am very interested in reading the Chicagoland Vampires series.

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

    A Touch Mortal is Leah Clifford’s debut novel and the first in a series. It was released on February 22, 2011.

    If you haven’t read this book, HarperTeen has offered a look inside, HERE.

    I absolutely loved this book and am excited to see what’s coming up in the series. If you want to learn more or read my review, click here.

    Demonglass is the second book in the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins. It was released on March 1, 2011.

    An excerpt is available on the Hex Hall website, HERE.

    I’ve read and reviewed both books on the site and I loved them both, although I love Demonglass just a bit more than Hex Hall!

    Afterlife is the final book in the Evernight series by Claudia Gray. It was released on March 8, 2011.

    This is an amazing series, and if you haven’t yet read it, you can now and won’t have to wait to read all the books. (Lucky readers.)

    HarperTeen has provided an excerpt for readers who haven’t yet gotten caught up with the series, HERE.

    Illegal is the debut novel for author Bettina Restrepo. It was released on March 8, 2011.

    I am excited to start reading this one later this month, and have not taken a look at the excerpt in case of spoilers.

    But once again the folks at HarperTeen have generously provided a look inside, HERE.

    The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight by L.J. Smith was released on March 15, 2011.

    By now everyone’s heard of the television series, but these are the books that have started it all.

    HarperTeen has been kind enough to give us a peek, HERE.

    I own but still must read this book and cannot wait to find the time – it’s a fairly long book filled with goodness!

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    Review: Demonglass

    Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins is the second book in the Hex Hall series. It was released on March 1, 2011 in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Hyperion Books (a division of Disney), the print edition is 368 pages.

    GOODREADS DESCRIPTION IS SPOILER-Y FOR HEX HALL

    SO IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES, PLEASE SKIP!

    Goodreads description:

    Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.

    That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

    Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.

    But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

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    After an eventful year at Hecate Hall, Sophie Mercer is sent to spend a relaxing summer in the English countryside with her father at Thorne Abbey. But she does not plan to head off to England all by herself with a man she doesn’t even know.

    There is no way she’d be able to survive the summer without her best friend and roommate Jenna. Especially with the rumors that Archer Cross, the boy who betrayed and tried to kill her, is in London.

    While her father hopes to teach her more about her powers, all she wants to do is ask the Prodigium to help her get rid of them. There is no way she is willing to risk the damage that will inevitably result when her powers get out of control.

    Even though the Removal is a risk to her life, she just wouldn’t be able to live with herself if using her powers ended up resulting in someone’s death. And ever since the situation with Alice and Elodie her magic hasn’t been quite the same, with some seriously disastrous results. So there is no way she wants to take any chances.

    But all her plans have to take a back seat when she has a disturbing premonition. And when she learns that the Eye is specifically out to get her and when someone who is supposed to be an ally may in fact have their very own agenda, Sophie is once again in the middle of a mystery she she’ll need to solve. And quickly.

    So much for a relaxing summer.

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    Demonglass is the exciting, fast-paced, action-packed, tension-filled sequel to Hex Hall. It picks up at the end of the school year, which Sophie has managed to make it through even with all the shocking events from the previous fall.

    She heads to England with the hope of convincing the Prodigium to remove her powers, and perhaps run into Archer Cross…or not. In addition to allowing her friend Jenna to come along to keep her company, the school has also insisted that Alexander Callahan (who we all know as Cal), groundskeeper and healer extraordinaire, go too.

    As usual, things do not go smoothly for Sophie and she receives quite a few surprises when she finally gets to meet the Prodigium.

    As a sequel, this book transcends the first book in the series by leaps and bounds. There is a lot more action, a darker edge and a tremendous amount of tension and build-up leading to the electrifying cliffhanger ending.

    Author Rachel Hawkins has exceeded every single expectation for this second book. From page one the story is riveting and it becomes even more so as it develops. There is not one extraneous moment in the storyline and every word will keep you absorbed.

    This installment moves the story forward with a few new mysteries to solve, a whole new group of people to mistrust and a potential new love interest. There are a number of surprises and even more heartbreak than in Hex Hall. But Sophie is just as sarcastic, if not more so, and the humor that was one of the key elements in the first book continues in Demonglass tenfold.

    This book is a must read. Period.

    Reviewer gives this book [rating=6]. Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating. (My very first for a sequel.)

    On a personal note:

    AHHHH! Yes, I screamed when I finished this book. There was no guardrail when I hit that cliff at the end and tumbled head-over-heels right off the edge.

    From about two-third of the way in until the end, this book was four thousand tortures rolled into one.

    If you’ve read my reviews before you know I try not to give anything away, but I have say one thing: If Archer Cross was in a celebrity death-match with Romeo (of R&J) and Tony (of WSS) every single day of the week he will beat those guys hands down. Every. Single. Time.

    If you loved Hex Hall you will love, love, love, love this book. If you only liked it, it is so worth giving this one a read.

    Oh, Rachel Hawkins how you’ve tortured us at the end though. 2012 is too far away. I knew I should have waited six months so the agony would be far shorter.

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    Click here to read the excerpt.

    If you’d like to read my review of Hex Hall click here.

     

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #9

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

    Here are the books for the week of March 1st-7th that I have ordered or am purchasing on release date.

    Demonglass is the second book in the Hex Hall series by author Rachel Hawkins. It will be released on March 1, 2011 in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats.

    It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Hyperion Books, the print edition is 368 pages.

    UPDATE: Click here to read the excerpt.

    I only recently read Hex Hall and I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this sequel. This is one of the first books that I’ve actually read reviews for – non spoiler-y ones anyway – as I couldn’t wait to get some insight into the sequel.

    The first book was immensely entertaining and I’ve heard there is much more action in this one. Author Rachel Hawkins is a fantastic writer and I love the world that was created for Sophie.

    If you haven’t read Hex Hall you’ll only need the one day as it is such a quick read and one you won’t be able to put down. Plenty of time for you to catch up before the Tuesday release of Demonglass.

    If you’d like to read my review of Hex Hall click here.

    If you want to learn more about Demonglass from my “Book Watch” post click here.

    Clarity is the debut young adult novel for author Kim Harrington. It will be released in the U.S. on March 1, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is available for pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Point (Scholastic) the print edition is 256 pages.

    Clarity is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com. It is one of my original twelve picks.

    I don’t know too much about the book, except that it’s gotten positive feedback from those who’ve read it. It’s dubbed a “paranormal murder mystery” and I love mysteries.

    The main character, Clarity, has the ability to see things through visions she gets from touch, and it’s her abilities that will help her in solving a murder.

    I have not read any excerpts, just the book description, but I will definitely read this one soon – can’t wait- and as it’s a short book, it can easily be read in one sitting.

    Falling Under is the debut young adult novel for author Gwen Hayes. It will also be releasing on March 1, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats in the U.S. It is currently available for pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by NAL Trade the print edition is 336 pages.

    Falling Under is also one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com. Although not one of my original twelve choices this was a book I’ve had on pre-order for awhile and was definitely planning on reading in 2011.

    I chose to buy this book simply because of the cover, and then because of its description. I have been anticipating this book’s release for quite some time now and am so glad it’s finally here.

    I hope to read this book this week, although due to the overwhelming number of February TBRs I might not get to read this until next week. But I will NOT let this one move down the list as it looks amazing.

    If you’d like to read the Goodreads description or watch the trailer, check out my Book Watch post here.

    The Liar Society is the debut novel for authors Lisa and Laura Roecker. It will be released in the U.S. on March 1, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. It is now available for pre-order from Amazon in both formats and Barnes & Noble in paperback only.

    Published by Sourcebooks Fire, the paperback is 368 pages.

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

    If you haven’t been on Twitter you may not have seen any of the authors or bloggers who have “pinked” their avatars/profile images. And if you had seen it, but had no idea why, this book and these authors are why.

    It was the pink that first drew me to this book. I had been following the authors on Twitter and had the book on my TBR on Goodreads but only really took note of their book after all the pinked hairdos started cropping up. Everywhere.

    I did not have this on my list of DAC picks, but it is one I will definitely be reading. And it just recently became available for the Kindle so of course I ordered it.

    The premise is fun – how many characters get email messages from the deceased – and mysterious. This is another great release to start off March the right way!

    If you’d like to watch the trailer for this book, check out my post for March trailers here, which includes the trailers for some other March releases.

    The Vespertine by author Saundra Mitchell will be released in the U.S. on March 7, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. (Although Amazon has been shipping out the print versions for over a week now, at least. I got mine last Monday.)

    It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by Harcourt Children’s Books the hardcover is 304 pages.

    I was drawn to The Vespertine for its beautiful cover. Not typically the type of book I would read – historical fiction – there was something about the plot that made me want to read this. Secrets, prophecies and forbidden romance all make for a very intriguing tale.

    I received an eARC for this book which I’ll be reviewing this week, and also have the hardcover which I bought from Amazon simply to see if they’d really send it pre-release. I am also pre-ordered for the Kindle version. So, yes. I do want to read this book.

    One Hundred Candles by Mara Purnhagen came out on February 15, 2011 in paperback in the U.S. I’m including it here this week as the eBook, which is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, is releasing on March 1st and that’s the version I’ve opted to purchase.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the paperback edition is 240 pages.

    This book came out in paperback on February 15th, but not in eBook format. And, as I’ve only purchased the electronic version I’ve included it this week instead. If you are an eReader junkie like I am perhaps you’ve also waited until now to buy.

    I have read this book as I had an eARC for review and it was my favorite of the series. While I completely enjoyed all the books, this one had just something extra and a dark ending that left me surprised, shocked and wanting more.

    The link to the free eBook for the novella Raising the Dead which takes place just prior to this second book in the series can be found in my sidebar on the right.

    If you’d like to read my review of One Hundred Candles or read the Goodreads description, click here.

     

    Outside In is the second book in the series by Maria V. Snyder. It was released in paperback format on February 15, 2011 in the U.S., but the eBook format is releasing this week on March 1, 2011. It is now available for pre-order from both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the paperback is 336 pages.

    Outside In is another book that released earlier in paperback format than in electronic format. But as I have only purchased the eBook version it is included in this week’s Book Watch: Releasing This Week post.

    I was fortunate to have received an eARC of the book prior to its release, and have already read and reviewed this book. But I am still adding the finished copy to my collection as I thoroughly enjoyed this series.

    This is the second book in the series and it has a lot more action than the first book, although that one is still my favorite of the two.

    If you have read the first book you will definitely want to read this, and if you haven’t read Inside Out then you should. It is part dystopian novel, part mystery and part sci-fi. And if you’re not a fan of science fiction, don’t worry, there is only a hint of it in the story.

    If you would like to read my review, get links to an excerpt or read the Goodreads description, click here.

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    Book Watch: Demonglass

    Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins is the second book in the Hex Hall series. It will be released in the U.S. on March 1, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order at Amazon in both formats and at Barnes & Noble in hardcover only.

    Published by Hyperion Books (a division of Disney), the print edition is 368 pages.

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    I am choosing Demonglass as a book to watch, as opposed to skipping to the week of March 8th as I would normally do, because I absolutely love Hex Hall, which I’m currently reading.

    This author has such a fun and easy style to her writing that just makes her book Hex Hall (which was released in paperback last week) a wildly entertaining read. Sophie is a completely adorable character and one of my new favorites.

    I am so sad that I hadn’t read this sooner. (It was a planned read about a month ago, but got rudely shoved out of the way.) But I am glad that now I only have to wait a few short weeks before the release of Demonglass.

    If you haven’t yet read the first book, do not read the Goodreads description or excerpt below as they are somewhat spoiler-y. (I made the mistake of reading the description when adding the book to my Goodreads list of “to reads,” so was tipped off before I even started the first book.)

    But just to give you a tiny peek at what’s to come without spoiling anything, I’ll just say that yet again Sophie’s powers are causing some trouble and she has to head off to London to try and fix things. And that’s all that I’ll say, except you should definitely read this series!

    If you follow the author on Twitter you can get a Hex Hall fact of the day every day until the Demonglass release date.

    If you’d like to read my review of Hex Hall it will be posting later today.

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    I’ve hidden the text in both descriptions. To view, simply highlight the text with your mouse and it will appear.

    Goodreads description:

    Goodreads description:

    Sophie Mercer thought she was a witch.

    That was the whole reason she was sent to Hex Hall, a reform school for delinquent Prodigium (aka witches, shapeshifters, and fairies). But that was before she discovered the family secret, and that her hot crush, Archer Cross, is an agent for The Eye, a group bent on wiping Prodigium off the face of the earth.

    Turns out, Sophie’s a demon, one of only two in the world—the other being her father. What’s worse, she has powers that threaten the lives of everyone she loves. Which is precisely why Sophie decides she must go to London for the Removal, a dangerous procedure that will destroy her powers.

    But once Sophie arrives she makes a shocking discovery. Her new friends? They’re demons too. Meaning someone is raising them in secret with creepy plans to use their powers, and probably not for good. Meanwhile, The Eye is set on hunting Sophie down, and they’re using Archer to do it. But it’s not like she has feelings for him anymore. Does she?

    Excerpt from Disney Hyperion:

    A brief excerpt from the Disney Hyperion website:

    “Last semester was intense,” I said to Dad.

    “Intense?” he echoed, picking up my file.  “Let’s see.  On your first day at Hecate, you were attacked by a werewolf.  You insulted a teacher, which resulted in semester-long cellar duty with one Archer Cross.  According to the notes, the two of you became ‘close.’ Apparently close enough for you to see the mark of L’Occhio di Dio on his chest.

    I flushed at that, and felt Mom’s arm tighten around me.  Over the past six months, I’d filled her in on a lot of the story with Archer, but not all of it.

    Specifically, the whole me-making-out-in-the-cellar-with-a-murderous-warlock-working-with-the-Eye-part.

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