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    Quickie Review: Destroy Me

    Destroy Me

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    DESTROY ME by Tahereh Mafi was released in the U.S. on October 2, 2012 in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online at AMAZON and BARNES &  NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the story is 103 pages.

    DESTROY ME is a novella in the author’s Shatter Me series set between SHATTER ME and UNRAVEL ME.

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    Description…

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

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

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

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

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    DESTROY ME is an eye-opening and incredibly entertaining novella told from Warner’s point of view. It picks up shortly after the climactic events that occur toward the end of SHATTER ME and continues through the early parts of the next book, UNRAVEL ME.

    This exciting short story lets readers see Warner as someone other than the monster he appeared to be in that first book. It gives a glimpse into what his earlier life was like, how and when it all changed, what his existence has been shaped into due to his father’s influence and just how different he is from his outward persona.

    It shows his human side, that he has a human side. And it reveals just how he feels about his father, his role as a leader, those he commands, his isolated existence… and Juliette.

    This brief look at the story from Warner’s perspective brings to light just what Juliette really means to him, how important she is, how similar their pasts and how connected he is to her. It also sheds light on how cold-hearted and calculated his father is and to just what lengths he is willing to go.

    DESTROY ME paints Warner as a character deserving of sympathy. It reveals someone who is very much in need of human contact, someone who is brave and yet fearful, kind but also cruel, and someone who may be unlovable but has the capacity to love.

    For readers who are fans of the series, even if not of Warner, this story is a must. It can be enjoyed before or after having read UNRAVEL ME but it will be a much more enlightening story if read before that second book in the series. And for those who haven’t yet read UNRAVEL ME, this story will make them want to dive right in to find out just why getting to know Warner is so important.

    DESTROY ME is fast-paced. It is surprising. And it’s more than a touch heartbreaking. Even though it’s not necessary to the story arc, it is necessary to gaining a better understanding of one of the series’ more important characters, one who has a significant role in UNRAVEL ME.

    This short novella includes not only an excerpt of the first two chapters of UNRAVEL ME but an excerpt from Warner’s Files.

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    On a personal note…

    I don’t know why it took me so long to read this novella. It was amazing. And if I were the type to use lots of exclamation points I wouldn’t need to utter another word, just fill the page with those slashes with dots at the end. But as I’m not….

    I read UNRAVEL ME early, long before this story was released, and had been a Warner fan since the first book in the series. So not immediately devouring this novella affirms the fact that I am insane.

    While I knew some of Warner’s feelings – as they were revealed in UNRAVEL ME – getting to know about them from him was so much better. And getting to know even more about what he thought about Juliette made me adore him all the more.

    I loved learning about why he was first interested in Juliette. I loved learning the truth about his actions. I loved learning about what he thought about a certain journal. And I loved hearing about just how he was destroyed.

    I could go on and on about the awesomeness that is Warner or how this short story broke my heart for him all over again. But I probably should keep my lips sealed just in case someone hasn’t yet read this novella or the second book in the series.

    I’ll just say that this is unquestionably a must read. Even if you don’t love Warner. Yet. Or ever. Because it explains a lot. It will make you see certain events from both books in a different light. It is a story that gives you pages and pages of the author’s heart-achingly beautiful writing.

    And maybe, just maybe, it will introduce you to a character who is redeemable.

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    Novella Reading Week Wraps Up!

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

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

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

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

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

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    My Novella Reading Week…

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

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

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

    The novellas I read for the challenge were…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Your Novella Reading Week…

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

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

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

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

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

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    My Reading Pile #117

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

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

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    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to The Story Siren]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Glitter and Doom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Destroy Me

    DESTROY ME (Shatter Me #1.5) by Tahereh Mafi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    MILA 2 Origins of Fire

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

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

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

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

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    Die for Her

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

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

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

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

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

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    Flirting with Maybe

    FLIRTING WITH MAYBE by Wendy Higgins

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

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

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

    He was fifteen and she was seventeen. 

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

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

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

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

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

    UNDONE (Unraveling #1.5) by Elizabeth Norris

    RADIANT (Unearthly #2.5) by Cynthia Hand

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

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

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

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    Wishful Thinking Reads:

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

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    Those Left Behind:

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

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

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

    But that remains to be determined.

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

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    PIROUETTE by Robyn Bavati (Flux, Nov 8 2013)

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

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

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

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

    Anyway…

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

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

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

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

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

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    The Trailers: September and October

    They’re back! For those times when you just need a short break from reading.

    Here, for your viewing pleasure, are a few amazing book trailers for just some of the books that released in September and October, a peek at a few of those coming out in November and beyond, a look back at those we may have missed, and a glimpse at a few authors talking about their books.

    While I may have already included a few of those September trailers in the August peeks, some were just too good not to repost.

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    Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr

    Release date: September 4, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Outpost by Ann Aguirre

    Release date: September 4, 2012

    (Fierce Reads)

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    Origin by Jessica Khoury

    Release date: September 4, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Entice by Jessica Shirvington

    Release date: September 4, 2012

    (cosproductions)

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    Hidden by Sophie Jordan

    Release date: September 11, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

    Release date: September 11, 2012

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    The Diviners by Libba Bray

    Release date: September 18, 2012

    (LittleBrownBooks)

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    Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    Release date: September 18, 2012

    (Spencer Hill)

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    What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang

    Release date: September 18, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

    Release date: September 18, 2012

    (Jay Kristoff)

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    The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

    Release date: September 18, 2012

    (Maggie Stiefvater)

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    Ten by Gretchen McNeil

    Release date: September 18, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin

    Release date: September 18, 2012

    (MacmillanChildrens)

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    My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century by Rachel Harris

    Release date: September 18, 2012

    (EntangledPublishing)

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    Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

    Release date: September 25, 2012

    (harlequinbooks)

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    Dodger by Terry Pratchett

    Release date: September 25, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Eve and Adam by Katherine Applegate and Michael Grant

    Release date: October 2, 2012

    (MacmillanChildrens)

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    Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter

    Release date: October 2, 2012

    (cchunterbooks)

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    Breathe by Sarah Crossan

    Release date: October 2, 2012

    (BloomsburyPublishing)

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    Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

    Release date: October 2, 2012

    (hupulse)

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    Red Rain by R.L. Stine

    Release date: October 9, 2012

    (SimonSchusterVideos) – NOT YA

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    Second Chance by Heather Brewer

    Release date: October 16, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos

    Release date: October 16, 2012

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    Hidden by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

    Release date: October 16, 2012

    (houseofnightbooks)

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    Crewel by Gennifer Albin

    Release date: October 16, 2012

    (Fierce Reads)

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    Blind Spot by Laura Ellen

    Release date: October 23, 2012

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    The Beautiful Creatures Novels (Beautiful Redemption) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

    Release date: October 23, 2012

    (LittleBrownBooks)

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    Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

    Release date: October 23, 2012

    (SimonSchusterAU)

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    The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

    Release date: October 23, 2012

    (harlequinbooks)

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    The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

    Release date: October 23, 2012

    (Mara Dyer) – Teaser Trailer

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    The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

    Release date: October 23, 2012

    (SimonSchusterVideos)

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    Venom by Fiona Paul

    Release date: October 30, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    For just a peek at what’s coming in November and beyond….

    Reached by Ally Condie

    Release date: November 13, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

    Release date: December 11, 2012

    (PenguinYoungReaders)

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    Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas

    Release date: December 25, 2012

    (Stephanie Rice)

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    And for a look back at a few we may have missed….

    Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman

    Release date: August 7, 2012

    (bloomsburykids)

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    Starling by Lesley Livingston

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (HarperTeen)

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    Inbetween by Tara Fuller

    Release date: August 28, 2012

    (Tara Fuller)

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    Here’s what the authors are saying…

    Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

    Release date: September 11, 2012

    (SimonSchusterVideos) – the author talks about her recently released book

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    The Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda

    Release date: September 25, 2012

    (HCChildrensBooks) – the author talks about his recently released book

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    Breathe by Sarah Crossan

    Release date: October 2, 2012

    (HarperTeen) – the author talks about her book

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    Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

    Release date: October 2, 2012

    (SimonSchusterVideos) – the author talks about her book

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    Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi

    Release date: October 2, 2012

    (Tahereh Mafi) – the author talks about her eNovella

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    Rootless by Chris Howard

    Release date: October 30, 2012

    (ScholasticTeens) – the author talks about his book

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    Roar and Liv by Veronica Rossi

    Release date: October 30, 2012

    (HarperTeen) – the author talks about her book

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    Rebel Heart by Moira Young

    Release date: October 30, 2012

    (SimonAudioBooks) – the narrator, Heather Lind, talks about the book

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

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #92

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

    These are books for the week of October 2nd-October 8th that I have pre-ordered.

    Destroy Me by Tahereh Mafi was released in the U.S. today, October 2, 2012, in eBook format. It is currently available to order online in eBook format only at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    The eBook is published by HarperCollins.

    Destroy Me is a novella in the Shatter Me series by author Tahereh Mafi. The second full-length book in the series, Unravel Me, is slated for release on February 5, 2013.

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    Okay, so I’ve read Unravel Me, which means that I’m more excited than ever to read this short novella about Warner. I am so excited Destroy Me is finally out and hope to destroy it – yes, I said that – in a day or two, because I just can’t wait.

    I’m desperate for the release of Unravel Me, so this is the perfect way to bridge the gap. And although I’ve already read it, Unravel Me’s release would mean I’m that much closer to getting my hands on the next book in the series.

    I am just dying to find out how this story plays out from Warner’s POV. Seeing things from Juliette’s perspective is awesome, but getting a peek into Warner’s mind would be even more amazing.

    Yes, I am Team Warner, though I love, love, love Adam. And you can bet, I’ll be reading Destroy Me this week.

    Poison Princess by Kresley Cole was released in the U.S. today, October 2, 2012, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Poison Princess is the first book in author Kresley Cole’s Arcana Chronicles.

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    I’m so freaking excited that Poison Princess has landed on my Kindle. I don’t know if I’ll be able to read it in the next day or two, but I will be reading it this week. I traded for a copy ages ago, but not for me as I hadn’t really heard much about the book. But once I did check out the description I was dying to read it.

    It’s post-apocalyptic. It’s dark. It’s sexy. And I’m so unbelievably anxious to meet Jack Deveaux, Cajun accent and all.

    As I’ve already rambled on endlessly in my Book Watch post, I won’t go on here, but just re-reading those passages and checking out the excerpts on the author’s website make it harder and harder for me to resist the temptation to drop everything to read it.

    I hope to will get the chance later this week.

    The Suburban Strange by Nathan Kotecki was released in the U.S. today, October 2, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, the print edition is 368 pages.

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    I can’t believe it’s October and The Suburban Strange released today. I’d been dying to read it and just got the chance to pick up the ARC late last night. Of course I’m now tempted to read the finished eBook instead.

    I only just got the chance to meet Celia and get a taste of the author’s writing which is very different from what I had expected based on the book’s description. But it has such a unique style to it that I already can’t wait to find out more. I’m very intrigued.

    I am super curious about the Kind and the Unkind and why girls are having “near-fatal accidents on the eve of their sixteenth birthdays.” And I hope all will be answered later this week when I’ve finished reading.

    Breathe by Sarah Crossan was released in the U.S. today, October 2, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Breathe is the first book in the author’s series of the same name. The second book in the series, Resist, is slated for release on October 10, 2013.

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    I have wanted to read this book since the second I first heard about it. The idea behind Breathe sounded so amazing that I just had to have it. I did get an early copy but hadn’t had the chance to read it early, though I will be reading it. And very, very soon.

    Because I want to find out more about this world where oxygen is manufactured, where survivors rely upon a corporation to provide the very air they need to breathe.

    I want to meet Alina, Quinn and Bea. I want to take the journey with them as they leave the protection of their homes and head to the Outlands with only two days worth of breathable air.

    I’m anxious. I’m scared for the characters. But that won’t prevent me from finding out more – like is there a way to survive in the Outlands? Is everything the corporation told them a lie? If they have to turn back will they have enough air to do so?

    I’m holding my breath just a little bit in anticipation. And I really hope to be able to read this next week.

    Whispers at Moonrise by C.C. Hunter was released in the U.S. today, October 2, 2012, in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 400 pages.

    Whispers at Moonrise is the fourth book in the author’s Shadow Falls series. The fifth book in the series, Chosen at Nightfall, is slated for release in April 2013.

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    I don’t know where the time goes. I’m so behind on this series and yet I keep acquiring each of the books because I really do want to catch up on it some day.

    I loved meeting Kylie and Della and Lucas and I want to read Whispers at Moonrise to find out just where they are right now. But I won’t take a longer look at the description although I’d read the first sentence which promises it is the “most explosive installment yet.”

    I have a bit of catching up to do as I’d only read the first book and the novella, but I know it was a super quick and easy read and I hope to be able to read books two, three and four later this fall, so that I’ll be able to read the fifth book in the series, Chosen at Nightfall when it releases next spring.

    Feedback by Robison Wells was released in the U.S. today, October 2, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 320 pages.

    Feedback is the sequel to author Robison Wells’ Variant.

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    I didn’t discover Variant until right around its release date, but when I read the description and one or two reviews I just knew that it was a book that I would love. And while I haven’t had the chance to add it to my reading pile, I’ve been keeping an eye on the series and pre-ordered the second book in the series so that I could have both to read back-to-back.

    I did end up taking a peek at the description and I’m hoping I forget it when I read book one as there are some things that may be spoiler-y. But I can’t wait to meet Benson Fisher and find out just what happened in Variant and see what horrors he faces in Feedback. It sounds like things get even more dangerous for him.

    With words like “twisted” and “sinister” I can’t wait to get started on this series. And as this sequel promises answers, twists and turns I am so glad that I don’t have to wait to read both books.

    Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones was released in the U.S. today, October 2, 2012, in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and in paperback and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 304 pages.

    Death and the Girl Next Door is the first book in the author’s Darklight series.  The second book, Death, Doom, and Detention, is slated for release on March 5, 2013 and the third book in the series, Death and Other Distractions, is also slated for release in 2013.

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    I am not sure where I heard of this book, but I know it was on a blog. And the second I’d read the description I just had to pre-order it. Death and the Girl Next Door is an intriguing title. And the description made me instantly curious to find out just what happened to Lorelei’s parents.

    I want to know why Cameron Lusk stalks her and lurks outside of her house every night. I want to know who this Jared Kovach and why things are complicated with his arrival at Lorelei’s school. I’m dying to find out just why they “instantly despise” one another. And I’m super curious as to why Jared might know something about Lorelei’s parents.

    Just re-reading the description makes me want to pick it up right now and find answers. Although the fact that it is a series makes me a little worried I won’t get all of them and may end up left on a cliff.

    The description promises a “thrilling, sassy, sexy, and inventive” read and I can’t wait to discover it for myself.

    Wolf Pact: Part One by Melissa de la Cruz was released in the U.S. today, October 2, 2012, in eBook format. It is currently available to order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in eBook format only.

    A print edition was released on September 25, 2012 but is currently unavailable at Amazon.

    Published by Hyperion Books for Children, the print edition is 256 pages.

    Part Two is slated for release on October 23, 2012, Part Three will release on November 13, 2012 and Part Four will be available on December 4, 2012.

    ***

    I have been waiting for this spinoff series forever. While I’m just a little bit confused about the differences between the print edition and the eBook’s four-part release schedule, I am just so happy to finally get a chance to read more about Bliss Llewellyn and the wolves.

    While I love the blue bloods more, I couldn’t help but like Bliss, and when I heard that there would be stories about her that would further expand this world, I was stoked. And now I can’t wait to meet this Lawson who sounds dangerous and exciting and find out just how Bliss will be able to help him defeat the Hounds of Hell and save the love of his life, Tala.

    I may wait until part two comes out to read this first book. As it’s only a few weeks away, it won’t be too long a wait. But as I’ve been waiting a long time already, I may just give in to temptation and start it sooner.

    Demon Eyes by Scott Tracey will be released in the U.S. on October 8, 2012 in paperback format.  It is currently available to pre-order online in paperback format at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    The eBook formats were released on October 1, 2012 and are available to order at both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Flux, the print edition is 408 pages.

    Demon Eyes is the second book in author Scott Tracey’s Witch Eyes series. The third and final book in the series, Phantom Eyes, is slated for release in 2013.

    ***

    This second book in the series was amazing. I loved Witch Eyes but Demon Eyes blew that first book out of the water. I already loved the characters so getting a longer look at who they are, the situation they’re in and just how things end up was unbelievably awesome.

    So of course I had to buy not only the eBook but the print edition. Which I’m still waiting on as it doesn’t release until the 8th. Though they were shipping things a bit early so it could be in my mailbox right now….

    While I have read Demon Eyes more times than I’d like to admit, I will be reading it again, hopefully later this week. Because I want to find out just what might have changed in the final version.

    As I have read the book I can’t speculate as to what might have happened in this installment, but it is action-packed. There is an ending which is jaw-dropping. And, yes, the description is totally spoiler-y for the first book in the series.

    I will say no more, or else I might inadvertently spoil one or two things, because I’m just dying to talk to someone about them….

    ***

    Through to You by Emily Hainsworth

    Pub. Date: October 2, 2012

    Published by: Balzer + Bray

    (AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE)

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    Another eight books downloaded last night, plus my eBook copy of Demon Eyes landed on my Kindle on Monday night, so I have a reading pile I’m just dying to dive into right about now.

    While I’ve read Demon Eyes more than a few times, I’m itching to pick it up just one more time before its print edition release later this week. Maybe something changed in the final version that hadn’t existed in the eARC. And of course I must know.

    But I’m also dying to read Breathe and Destroy Me and Poison Princess. And I must get caught up on Robison Wells’ series because I heard Variant was amazing.

    I am trying to ignore television’s fall lineup and focus on reading, which I haven’t been completely successful at so far, but I’ve managed to read a couple of books in the past three days, so it’s not a total fail.

    I really hope that next week and the week thereafter are a little slower as I’ll never get caught up on my reads with eight or nine books downloading each week. As I haven’t checked my pre-orders, I’m just not sure. But my fingers are crossed.

    And as I haven’t checked out the non-YA releases in a long while I’m super curious as to what I might be missing by some of those favorite authors of mine. Perhaps if next week is a bit slower I might take some time to find out.

    Anyway, I hope that you haven’t missed any awesome releases this week that you’ve been dying to acquire! I don’t think I’ve missed any. Well, I hope not….

    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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