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    Die for Her

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    DIE FOR HER by Amy Plum was released in the U.S. on April 2, 2013 in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the story is 6o pages.

    DIE FOR HER is a novella in the author’s Die for Me series set between UNTIL I DIE and IF I SHOULD DIE.

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    Description…

    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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    DIE FOR HER is a wildly entertaining and incredibly revealing novella in author Amy Plum’s Die for Me series told from Jules’ perspective. Released between books two and three, this short story takes a look at events from the first two books in the series from his POV and concludes at the same point in the story as UNTIL I DIE.

    As it does parallel the story as told from Kate’s point of view, this novella should not be read prior to having read both previously released books. And as it reveals certain things that were hinted at in that second book, and which will likely come to light in IF I SHOULD DIE, it is best read prior to reading that third and final book in the series.

    Jules is one of the author’s more charismatic characters. His charming and flirtatious behavior serve to make him one of the more likable characters in this series, even if at first glance he appears to be a bit shallow. But in this novella, readers will get to see a different side of Jules and will learn that there is more to him than what meets the eye.

    This novella also gives readers an expanded look at the world as well as a look at it from an alternate viewpoint. It offers a quick look at events that couldn’t be explored from Kate’s perspective, insight into events where her POV may not have been the most accurate, and an eye-opening peek at scenes involving both Kate and Jules.

    DIE FOR HER is not only a riveting read but a heartbreaking one. For fans of the series, and especially Jules, this story is not one to be missed. And for those readers who may not have picked up on the hints in UNTIL I DIE, reading this novella will make them want to go back for a second look.

    As it doesn’t cover new ground or bridge a gap between novels, it’s not mandatory to read DIE FOR HER to complete the series. But for those readers who like to take a longer look at the world or who like to see another character’s views on what has transpired, this novella is a must.

    And as it includes a short excerpt of chapter one from IF I SHOULD DIE, readers will get to continue the story right to the edge of a small cliff.

    Reviewer gives this novella…

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    On a personal note…

    Jules is my favorite male character in this series. While Vincent may have held the top spot in DIE FOR ME, I’ve always been fond of his ever flirty best friend Jules. But after having read UNTIL I DIE, Vincent was out and Jules was in.

    So I was totally thrilled to be able to read this short novella from his perspective. And I was even more thrilled to find out that what I thought was going on with Jules wasn’t just  wishful thinking.

    As a fan of this character, I couldn’t help but fall instantly in love with this story. It made me grin, it tore my heart out and it made me want to read an entire novel from his point of view. It also made me happy that I was right to adore him, that he wasn’t just a flirt, that he was so much more.

    And I am so glad I read this before reading IF I SHOULD DIE. I would have been wondering if my suspicions were correct for the entire read until all was revealed. And not knowing Jules’ thoughts would have made for a completely different reading experience of that last book.

    I don’t usually get all swoon-y over a novella. And I almost never fall madly in love with one. But it couldn’t be helped. This story was all sorts of awesome.

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    Top 10 Book Covers of 2011

    Today is the second day of Top 10 of 2011.

    Top 10: A Week of Looking Back….
                                    ………and Looking Forward.

    If you haven’t yet signed up, there’s still time to participate. Just click on the banner above to read the details in the original post and sign up with the Linky.

    I was so excited to be invited by Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Lisa from A Life Bound By Books to co-host this event along with my very best blogger friends Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books.

    As fun as this event is, it’s a lot of hard work coming up with so many top tens. I’m all about Top 100, but Top 10 is tough! Though I am much happier with today’s post topic than I was with yesterday’s.

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    Today’s topic is “Top 10 Book Covers of 2011.” I wish they didn’t only have to be books released in 2011 as I would totally have loved to include Everneath on this list among quite a few others like Pretty When She Kills, Until I Die, Rapture, A Touch Morbid and Endlessly.

    While there were plenty of covers I loved this year, I think I was able to narrow the list down to my most favorite ones, though I did have a few honorable mentions including Witches of East End, Fateful, Unearthly, Imaginary Girls, Blood Magic and Swear.

    Unlike with the Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2011 list, I will not be going into detailed explanations of why these book covers are my favorite. I think the pictures tell the story as to why I love them all. Each one of them is beautiful in their own way, either graceful and elegantly beautiful or with a strong and powerful beauty.

    But what is consistent with each one of these ten covers is that I can’t take my eyes off any of them. So, here they are in order…

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    Top 10 Book Covers of 2011 

    1.

    Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    2.

    Die for Me by Amy Plum

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    3.

    Hereafter by Tara Hudson

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    4.

    The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    5.

    Abandon by Meg Cabot

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    6.

    Soul Screamers Volume One by Rachel Vincent

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    7.

    Supernaturally by Kiersten White

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    8.

    The Pledge by Kimberly Derting

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    9.

    Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I know this isn’t the final cover, but it’s the one I have on my ARC and one of my most favorite covers of the year.

    10.

    Existence by Abbi Glines

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    Well, there you have it. As you can see, most of my covers are of the ladies, but I couldn’t resist this cover for Existence as those eyes just keep drawing me back to them. Mesmerizing, really.

    Although I haven’t read all ten books, I own them all and they were all released in 2011 so they qualify according to the rules of the event.

    Oh my gosh, I cannot believe I didn’t include Wither by Lauren DeStefano. I love that cover. It’s amazing. One of my favorites.

    Well, I can’t possibly knock one of my ten picks off the list above to add Wither. I love them all so much and it took me forever to narrow them down to just ten. But Wither is definitely a cover that should be on my Top 10 List for 2011 and definitely close to the top of that list.

    And while I also love the 2011 covers for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Chronicles of Nick series and Gena Showalter’s Intertwined series, I was only able to pick just the ten.

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    This event runs through Friday, and each day I will be posting a different list of top ten favorites. Tomorrow’s topic will be Top 10 Book Boyfriends in 2011, which I don’t even want to think about. I don’t know how I will narrow it down to ten. I’m just glad I didn’t read any TMI books this year or I’d be in even more trouble.

    If you’d like to see what the rest of the topics will be, check out the original post or the update post for more details.

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    NOTE: this is the SAME Linky on each of the Co-hosts Blogs, so please only enter your Name, Blog Name and the URL for YOUR Top 10 post of the day on one blog. Thanks!

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    Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2011

    Today is the first day of Top 10 of 2011.

    Top 10: A Week of Looking Back….
                                    ………and Looking Forward.

    If you haven’t yet signed up, there’s still time to participate. Just click on the banner above to read the details in the original post and sign up with the Linky.

    I was so excited to be invited by Jessica from Confessions of a Bookaholic and Lisa from A Life Bound By Books to co-host this event along with my very best blogger friends Jaime & Patricia from Two Chicks on Books.

    Of course I didn’t really think about what this would entail. Especially as I’m not someone who’s really very good at putting together top ten lists. This post has caused me sleepless nights – yes, it’s true – and took over four hours to actually pull together.

    I don’t really think of books in order of most favorite to least favorite, they’re either favorites or they’re not. So, this was definitely a challenging way to end the year.

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    Today’s topic, “Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2011” was the hardest for me. It was so tough for me to pick, that I decided to cheat the system.

    Forget about honorable mentions, I’ve created two lists – Top 10 Debut Books I’ve Read in 2011 and Top 10 Non-Debut Books I’ve Read in 2011.

    Not that it made it much easier, but there was just no way I could narrow it to only ten. I’ve listed my Top 10 Debut Books below and my Top 10 Non-Debut Books will be revealed in my post on Fiktshun’s Ramblings tomorrow for the Top 10 Tuesdays meme I participate in on that blog.

    While there are a few books that I absolutely loved, that are top-of-my-list favorites like Angelfire, Unearthly and Delirium, apparently I read all of those in 2010 and can’t list them in either post.

    So, here is my attempt at narrowing my list of favorite debut books down to just ten….

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    Top 10 Debut Books I’ve Read in 2011

    1.

    A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    If anyone didn’t guess I’d pick A Touch Mortal as my number one debut book I’ve read in 2011 then they really don’t know me too well. I think I’ve talked about this book endlessly. I’ve read it umpteen times. Yes, that is a word and umpteen is just how many times I’ve read it.

    2.

    Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    This book slaughtered me with its awesomeness. I was not able to instantly recover after reading it. So I had to read it again. And it killed me. Again. I listed it as my number two book, because it’s still clinging to me. Making my heart ache.

    3.

    Wildefire by Karsten Knight

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    You may have heard me ramble on and on about my love for this book and its jaw-dropping ending. If you haven’t, then we just met this past few months. Because I could talk of little else but this book from the moment it landed in my mailbox until months after I’d read it. Seriously kick-a**.

    4.

    Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I fell so in love with this book earlier in the year when I read it. It has turned me into a slightly obsessed Jennifer Armentrout fan. And she has many of those. Well, I am one of them. Half-Blood is amazing and her heroine Alex is seriously awesome. Of course Aiden is no slouch either. Yum.

    5.

    Everneath by Brodi Ashton

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Yes, this is a 2012 release, but I’ve read it in 2011 so I have to list it here, even if I haven’t yet reviewed it. This is another book that clings to me. I cannot even think about some of the passages in this book without it feeling like my heart is being squeezed. And so, there was no way Everneath would be left off my list of top 10’s this year.

    6.

    Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I live in torment awaiting the sequel to Witch Eyes. I want to head back to Belle Dame, okay not in reality because that place is seriously dangerous, but as it exists for me as a reader. I want to get enveloped once more in the beautiful writing, find out who has demon eyes and see just what sorts of hell the author will put Braden and Trey through in book two.

    7.

    Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    How could a book full of snark, sarcasm and beauty not make my top ten list? It couldn’t. This book is gorgeous from its cover to its story to its characters. Lenzi is all sorts of amazing. I don’t think I smiled or laughed out loud – yes, it’s not just an expression – when reading a book quite as often as I did while reading Shattered Souls. Talk about a great character and story to connect to.

    8.

    Divergent by Veronica Roth

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    I am still asking myself what’s wrong with me. This was on my original DAC list for the year and I only read it this past week. This book was, is and always will be full of win. I love the world – not that I’d want to live there – and I love Tris. Yes, everyone goes on and on about Four, but Tris is so much more awesome than he is. It’s really nice to meet a super strong heroine that gets to take center stage instead of the boy every so often.

    9.

    Die for Me by Amy Plum

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Who knew I could love beings, aside from vampires, that weren’t exactly alive? I didn’t. Revenants are so much sexier than zombies. And Jules and Vincent are two of my very favorite revenants. I haven’t been able to get this story – but even more so its characters – out of my mind since I read it those many, many months ago. And I’ve been dying for the sequel ever since.

    10.

    Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

    Oooh, I loved this book. I loved the gods and goddesses and loved the promise of what is still to come in Dreamless. The ending – as is the case with most of my favorites – has left me in torment. I can’t wait to read more. I read this book three times this year and loved it each and every time.

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    If I could pick just two more books they would have to be Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton and Dead Rules by Randy Russell. Oh I hate all things ten. I really do.

    If you’d like to see what my Top 10 Non-Debut Books I’ve Read in 2011 are, head over to Fiktshun’s Ramblings tomorrow.

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    This event runs through Friday, and each day I will be posting a different list of top ten favorites. Tomorrow’s topic will be Top 10 Book Covers of 2011, which will be a much easier list to come up with, though sorting them is an entirely different matter…. (And, no. I did not create tomorrow’s list yet.)

    If you’d like to see what the rest of the topics will be, check out the original post or the update post for more details.

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    NOTE: this is the SAME Linky on each of the Co-hosts Blogs, so please only enter your Name, Blog Name and the URL for YOUR Top 10 post of the day on one blog. Thanks!

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    The Extras: Teasers #5

    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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    I know I had this quote in my review, but looking back over the book, with all its amazing passages and quotes, this one is still my favorite.

    I cannot stop laughing just picturing this. Any book that can infuse humor into a love story has got my vote.

    Kate to Georgia:

    “Yeah, right, like Catherine Deneuve has her own hot-guy SWAT team trolling the neighborhood for celebrity stalkers with swords.”

    In this story filled with so many humorous passages, I just had to choose the one that was all warm and fuzzy.

    No, it’s not sappy, not even close, and any girl would die for a pickup line like this one.

    Colt to Ash:

    “Somehow, one night, at a bar filled with retirees and old fisherman, in a town that might as well be off the map, he sees a girl sitting at the bar. Even though she’s only twisting idly in her bar stool ordering a drink, that’s all it takes for him to recognize that she might be the fire he’s been looking for. In that moment he realizes that he could spend the rest of his life doing all the things he ever wanted to do in all the places he ever wanted to see, but if he doesn’t ask her for her name, this is the moment that, forty years from now, he’ll still remember as the moment when he blew it.”

    (As this passage was taken from an ARC the final version may differ. I hope it doesn’t. I really, really hope it doesn’t, but if it does I will be sure to make the change.)

    I loved the author’s writing in this book. I think there are so many beautiful passages. The way she expresses the character’s thoughts and feelings is just so eloquent.

    Most of the passages I would have chosen gave too much away, but I found one that I loved and which also gives some insight into who Maddie is.

    Maddie’s thoughts:

    I didn’t realize how much I needed to touch somebody. I took a deep breath and felt the hollowness inside of my chest slowly curl in on itself. It’s strange that a single person can be as nourishing, as necessary as food to make you feel alive.

    I just love books with passages that leave me breathless. This is one of those books and one of those passages. I don’t think I need to say more, it speaks for itself.

    Gemma’s thoughts:

    But I was caught off guard, unprepared to deal with what I was now experiencing with Henry. The searing, white-hot heat of my feelings for this magnificent person was different, almost primal. I didn’t expect to be sucked under by such a ferocious wave of raw emotion. It scared me a little, like when the water rushes back into the sea and the sand disappears under my feet. I knew that within the sealed framework that was my heart, Henry would be my undoing, my last and only love until I exhaled my dying breath. I just hoped that when I finally did die, at the hands of Lucian or some other unseen entity, that Henry’s face would be the last I would see, that his lips would be the last I would taste, before moving onto the in-between.

    Everything about this book is graceful and so beautifully written. Instead of giving a peek into Finley Jayne’s thoughts, I thought I’d give a taste of just what Griffin thought as he gazed at Finley.

    Talk about romantic – in a crowded room he just knew she was there and was drawn to her. Swoon, swoon.

    Griffin’s thoughts:

    Something drew his gaze. A young woman in a splendid feathered costume that made her look like the most exotic bird. His heart gave one tight thump against his ribs as he recognized her. His senses had found her even when he hadn’t been looking.

    Finley. And she was holding on to Jack Dandy like a woman in love.

    This just proves that chivalry is not dead….Well, at least not in fiction. And most definitely not for a knight.

    An exchange between Pietro and Gabriella:

    “Pietro, I–” I whispered.

    “To the end, m’lady,” he said with a nod. His eyes did not break from mine. “See that you get to it, that you save Marcello and Fortino as well as yourselves, and I shall consider my life well spent.”

    Inside, my heart again screamed at me to stay, to fight with him, but my mind understood that it would do no one any good if we all died here. And unless we escaped, we would all die this day. I looked at the other two men and Mom, then back to Pietro. “I shall remember you forever.”

    He smiled and covered his heart. “To remembered forever by one of the Ladies Betarrini is an honor I shall cherish with my dying breath.”

    This book is filled with some wonderfully, deliciously torturous passages that will play wicked games with your heart. Here is just a fraction of one of them.

    Lucas and Helen:

    Lucas’s whole face crumpled. Helen had had no reason to hope after what she had heard the night before, but for some reason there was a tiny spark still glowing in her that maybe, somehow, she had misunderstood. Or that he would change his mind. It went out completely when Lucas nodded.

    No one but Jenna Black has ever made the leader of the Wild Hunt so appealing. At least no one I’ve read. Even though he’s way too old for Dana, how can he not be the most intriguing character in the series with passages like this one?

    Dana’s thoughts about the Erlking:

    Every time I laid eyes on him, it was like a punch to the gut. He was probably the most frightening and dangerous person I had ever met, and he was also the most breathtakingly gorgeous. Even for a Fae, which is saying a lot. He was a bad boy to the nth degree, only there was nothing remotely boyish about him.

    (As this passage was taken from an ARC the final version may differ. If it does I will update the post.)

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    I debated long and hard about including a passage from If I Die by Rachel Vincent. I even have it picked out. It is absolutely delectable. It teases, oh how it teases, but it doesn’t reveal anything. But as the book is so far from release date I thought it would be cruel. But there are definite “to die for” passages in that book. Be prepared.

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    The Crush List #1

    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.

    Then there are books that steal your heart. These bookish thieves take but do not destroy, leaving you forever captivated by their charms and always begging for more.

    These are the books that are the source of our undying crushes. The ones that leave us sighing, with a small smile that is just for them. We give our hearts to these books and would follow them to the very ends of the earth. Some of them make us do just that, and we follow, oh so willingly.

    A crush may be a fragile thing, but we certainly have room for many. I know I’ve crushed on hundreds of books in my lifetime and I’ll crush on many, many more. They say crushes are harmless, after all, so what’s wrong with having just a few…or a few more?

    Here are a few books that I’m crushing on big time

    Die for Me by Amy Plum is a new crush. I’ve just met this book and already I’m infatuated. Sure, I was little bit infatuated before I actually read it, but now “I Heart Revenants” too!

    Why I’m crushing: Paris, love before all, mad swordfighting skills, and one hot revenant…maybe two.

    Wildefire by Karsten Knight is a fairly long-standing crush for me. I crushed on it when I saw the cover and I became slightly obsessed after it arrived in my mailbox. I devoured this book and went back for seconds.

    Why I’m crushing: Kick a** heroine, to-die-for writing, wicked cool gods and goddesses, one killer ending, and just a dash mountain of sarcasm thrown in to keep things interesting.

    Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton became a crush the second I saw the cover. It became a mad crush the moment I started reading. Just so freaking awesome. Definitely appeals to my darker nature.

    Why I’m crushing: Dark and disturbing, mesmerizing, macabre, poetic, do I really need to say more? Okay, how about dark magic performed in a cemetery.

    Daimon by Jennifer L. Armentrout is a new crush, but it really is just an extension of my existing crush. You see, I have been crushing on Half-Blood since I read its description ages ago, but once I got my hot little hands on this bad boy, I was all over it… And it was all over for me.

    Why I’m crushing: Action, action, action. A chase, daimons, demi-gods, oh yeah, and did I say action? And one heroine with some pretty bad taste in music. What’s not to love?

    Red Glove by Holly Black is an ongoing crush. It came into being when I read White Cat a few months ago. It continued right on through this second book in the series. And I am so hoping for a gloveless society. Curse Workers rule!

    Why I’m crushing: Con artists, curse workers, mystery, and the only gloved hero I will ever love – Cassel Sharpe.

    Illusions by Aprilynne Pike is an old crush that started with Wings. A three book crush is a pretty fierce thing and is now walking that fine line between crush and stalking. If this series lasts too much longer I’ll have to find some new crazed fan-dom category for this.

    Why I’m crushing: Super sweet, one swoonworthy faery, one insanely cruel love triangle, and a slew of evil trolls. All ingredients that make up the perfect fairytale.

    Shift by Jeri Smith-Ready is a year-long crush that started with Shade. I still consider this crushworthy although it borders on those “tear your heart out” books I mentioned earlier. We’ll see where things go with Shine to see if this falls off the Crush List and onto Heartbreak Row.

    Why I’m crushing: Undying love, a naughty heroine, a mystery, the river scene, and a love triangle verging on a square. And who could forget those Keeley’s – no wonder Aura is having such a tough time.

    Sirensong by Jenna Black is another three book crush. This series just gave me the warm and fuzzies right from the start. I couldn’t help but fall in love. And my cover love is almost as intense as my book crush.

    Why I’m crushing: Danger, thrills, an adventure through Faerie, and more than one hottie to choose from. And, oooh, the return of the Erlking makes my heart go pitter-patter.

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    So, these are just a few books from my slightly eclectic crush list. Who says I have to only be obsessed with just one type of book? This is only the tip of a very large iceberg and by next month I’m sure I’ll have quite a few more to add.

    Do you crush on books?

    What makes a book crushworthy for you?

    I would love to know!

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    Review: Die for Me

    Die for Me by Amy Plum was released in the U.S. on May 10, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats. It is currently available online at Amazon in all formats and Barnes & Noble in hardcover and eBook formats.

    Published by HarperTeen the print edition is 352 pages.

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

    Goodreads description:

    My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything.

    Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent.

    Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.

    Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has enemies . . . immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind.

    While I’m fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk putting my heart—as well as my life and my family’s—in jeopardy for a chance at love?

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    Kate first saw Vincent across a crowded café. And the moment when her eyes locked with his something inside of her began to wake up from that long slumber she’d been in since the death of her parents.

    It was not merely that he was handsome. She felt as if she already knew him. And he had an air of danger about him, which she found intriguing.

    Even though Paris is often referred to as the City of Romance, Kate was not about to let herself fall victim to a clichéd love story where two people see each other across the room and instantly fall in love. But try as she might to erase him from her memory, Vincent was not so easily forgettable.

    Risking her heart after she’d lost so much already was not something Kate was sure she was ready to do. Under normal circumstances falling in love put her heart on an emotional rollercoaster. And with Vincent, circumstances were anything but normal.

    His past, his present and his future were tied to something much greater than the two of them here and now. Something much more dangerous, that would forever be a threat to her already fragile heart and could potentially take from her even more than had already been taken.

    But was it already too late for her to walk away with her heart intact, without returning to the brink of despair she had been at for so long before they met? Would loving him be worth the risk to her heart? And would loving him be worth the risk to her life?

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    In Amy Plum’s debut novel Die for Me the writing is beautiful and graceful and enticing, the story is enchanting, the characters are lovable and heartbreaking, and the world she created is completely seductive.

    Set in Paris, Die for Me is more than just a love story, although that part of the story alone is enough to make this great. The author introduces a rather unique element which takes this to another level, infusing it with all the danger and excitement and magic that can only come from a paranormal story.

    The author gives readers a nice glimpse of Paris through Kate’s eyes as she visits the local cafés and museums and brings into the story some of the less favorable aspects of the city’s past through Kate’s discussions with Vincent.

    Die for Me is a truly unforgettable one-sit read. It will so thoroughly captivate and is a story that will appeal to anyone who enjoys a little danger mixed in with their romance, the thrill of a sword battle and the tension and anguish that are ever-present in stories involving matters of the heart.

    Die for Me is a definite must read, if only to find out just what makes loving Vincent so perilous.

    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.

    On a personal note:

    This story tied me up in knots. It kept me glued to the page. It made me bite my nails with worry. It made me sigh. And oh did it make me smile.

    It sent me to Paris. It wrapped me up in a love story. And it gave me so much more.

    To say that I was carried away by this story would only be just the beginning. I fell in love. With Paris. With Kate and Vincent and Jules and Ambrose and Charlotte.

    But this is more than just a simple love story between two characters. There are obstacles. There is sacrifice. And there is the risk that comes with giving your heart to someone else. But oh, Vincent is so worth the risk and so is Kate.

    I developed a huge crush on this story. It couldn’t be helped. I’m a complete sucker for these types of books. There were times when it took my breath away. Nothing about this love story was sappy. Nothing was overdone. It was just beautiful. It had the perfect mix of angst and joy, danger and tranquility.

    I loved that the author made me feel like I was as much a part of Paris as Kate was. And I thought it was just perfect that she infused so much of the history of Paris into this story.

    I am trying desperately to keep my fingers from typing all that I want to say about this amazing debut book, but for fear of spoilers I will stop now. And I will just say that “I Heart Revenants” too! (Well, at least the good ones anyway.)

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    My favorite quote is by Kate – and it’s not even a romantic one:

    “Yeah, right, like Catherine Deneuve has her own hot-guy SWAT team trolling the neighborhood for celebrity stalkers with swords.”

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    The author gives readers a peek at the cut prologue from this book on her website, HERE.

    Until I Die, the second book in the series is slated for release in 2012.

    Book trailer for Die for Me:

    Thank you to HarperTeen and NetGalley for the eARC for review.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #19

    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 May 10th-May 16th that I have pre-ordered.

    Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs will be released in the U.S. on May 10, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online for pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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

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

    I saw this book on the list for the 2011 DAC and thought it was something different from what I’d normally read so I thought I’d check it out. The timing for release is perfect as it sounds like a great summer read.

    A book that includes gorgeous surfer dudes, mermaids and destiny sounds like one definitely worth a look. I decided to put it on my pre-order list a few days ago and can’t wait to dive in. (No pun intended. Okay, maybe a little one.)

    The cover is pretty cool, too. I like that her tattoo matches her scales.

    If you’d like to add it to your Goodreads pile, click here.

    What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen will be released in the U.S. on May 10, 2011 in hardcover, eBook and audio formats. It is currently available for pre-order in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Viking Juvenile, the print edition is 402 pages.

    What Happened to Goodbye sounds amazing. I’ve had this in my reading pile for awhile but I’m glad that I’ll finally be reading it this week. I’ve heard so many great things about this author – I think I’m probably one of the few people who haven’t yet read a book by Sarah Dessen.

    I really wanted to start reading this sooner, but now I’m dying to. I was just at the bookstore and saw an entire table filled with Sarah Dessen books and they all looked so pretty that I almost bought a couple. Almost. I think I should read this one first, though!

    I love that the main character’s name is Mclean – it’s a definite stand-out. And I can’t wait to find out just how moving umpteen times has affected her now that she’s finally found a place to settle down.

    Even though I have an ARC of the book, I have this on pre-order so that I can have the finished copy for my collection.

    To check out What Happened to Goodbye on Goodreads, click here.

    The author gives a peek at chapter one on her blog.

    Sarah Dessen talks about her book What Happened to Goodbye:

    Die for Me by Amy Plum will be released in the U.S. on May 10, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by HarperTeen the print edition is 352 pages.

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

    I have already talked about this book endlessly on the blog, so I won’t be too redundant here. But I am so looking forward to start reading this book today. I have an eARC of the book, which has been screaming at me to read it, but I haven’t had time until now.

    I just know that this will be a keeper so I added it to my pre-orders as soon as it was available in eBook format. I always love stories which involve a shocking event that causes a complete upheaval in the character’s life. Where there’s this pivotal moment that changes everything and puts them on a completely different path.

    And of course, I also cannot wait to find out what Vincent’s deadly destiny is.

    The author just announced tonight on Twitter that she finished writing the second book in the Revenants series, Until I Die, which is due out in 2012. I already can’t wait for its release.

    You can read the description and add Die for Me to your Goodreads pile HERE.

    The author has a peek at the cut prologue from this book on her website, HERE.

    Book trailer for Die for Me:

    The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski will be released in the U.S. on May 10, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble in both formats.

    Published by EgmontUSA, the print edition is 336 pages.

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

    This is another book I discovered when stalking the DAC list. In keeping with the idea that I want to discover new authors and also want to expand the type of books I read, I thought I’d add this to my list of books to pre-order.

    Plus, I’m also looking to read books from different publishers to get a feel for the authors they sign and I don’t believe I’ve read an Egmont book before.

    The Sweetest Thing sounds like a fun, sort of YA chick-lit story. A girl whose world is a mess is trying to rebuild her family before they have to move to New York.

    The description also promises “cute boys” and “romance,” and a cover filled with candy in the shape of a heart all make this book sound quite enticing.

    To check out The Sweetest Thing on Goodreads, click here.

    Book trailer for The Sweetest Thing:

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    Although I’m not pre-ordering the following, here are a few books that I may end up purchasing on or soon after release date:

    Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier releases on May 10, 2011.

    Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audio

    Available for pre-order: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    Flawless by Lara Chapman (I have an ARC and if I love it, I will buy the finished copy) releases on May 10, 2011

    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

    Available for pre-order: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

    Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando (I have an ARC of this, too, and will also buy a finished copy if I love it) releases on May 10, 2011

    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Available for pre-order: Amazon, Barnes & Noble

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    It’s a bit slower for new releases – at least for me – so my wallet is happy. Although I have a feeling I’m missing out on a number of great releases that I’ll find when checking out the blogs this week. But for now, I only have four books pre-ordered.

    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    And please let me know if I missed purchasing something that is a “must read” – I never like to miss out on great books!

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