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    Character Interview: EARTHQUAKE’s Tavia Michaels + Giveaway

    Character_Interview

    I am so excited to be able to share this interview I conducted with Tavia Michaels for the EARTHQUAKE Blog Tour. While my post for the tour changed to a review, I love that I still get to share what Tavia and I talked about last month.

    I love, love, LOVE this series and its characters. I’m dying to read the next book, which Tavia hints at in the interview. And for those of you who haven’t yet met her (or those who have, but haven’t yet gotten a chance to read this sequel) I’m offering up a copy of either of the books in this series for giveaway.

    If you haven’t read EARTHBOUND you may want to skip this interview and just read the one I conducted with Tavia last year, which is linked in the intro below, as there are some very minor spoilers about a certain character. But if you don’t mind a little tease about what happens in EARTHQUAKE or what is to come in the third book, then you won’t want to miss it.

    If I wasn’t already dying to have the next book in hand, I would be now.

    Anyway… enough of my rambling. I’ve already gushed about this book, this series and this author. Let me avoid redundancy and stop so that you can check out the interview.

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    The Interview

    Hi Tavia, I’m so excited to welcome you back to the blog this year and to be able to ask a few questions that I didn’t get the chance to ask when you stopped by last August.

    I tried to be somewhat cryptic with my questions in case not everyone who stopped by got the chance to meet you. But I thought that now, after all this time has passed, it might be okay to ask you just a few questions that might require more detailed answers.

     Q&A with Tavia Michaels

    Q. What was it like having discovered you’re an Earthbound and that you have powers to remake the earth?

    Blew. My. Mind. I was barely coming to terms with the fact that I was alive and (mostly) functioning. But it’s a strange blend of exciting and devastating because … well, the truth is, a lot of people are dead because of what I am. I hope I can make up for that.

    Q. Knowing how complicated your life has been and continues to be, do you ever just wish you were normal? And if so, what would your ideal “normal” be?

    Yes and no. It’s incredibly stressful and full of pressure to be who I am. But if I weren’t, well, the entire world would be doomed. I’m glad that someone is what I am, but the truth is, I’d rather it wasn’t me.

    Normal? Wow. What is normal? Normal is Michigan. Life before the plane crash. And certainly before this whole Earthbound mess. But I guess normal also means ignorant of my true nature. And it’s hard to wish for that. Even if it would be wonderful.

    Q. If you could go back and change anything about your situation, about yourself, or about what happened with Benson or with Logan, would you? And what would you change and why?

    I’m big on truth and knowledge. And that’s the one thing I wish I could change. I met both Logan (Quinn) and Benson and under completely false pretenses. I didn’t actually know who or what either of them was in the beginning. And while I’m glad I know the truth now, I wish I could have known from the beginning.

    Q. What is your favorite memory of Logan – past or present – and why is it a favorite?

    The memory that I have of Logan simply coming home to our cabin one day—the one that I saw right when I realized who I was, or used to be—that’s described in the first book is my favorite memory. Partly because it was sweet and romantic, but also because it’s such a clear memory. And so few of my memories are. I like it so much I kind of play with it in the next book. 🙂

    Q. I’ve heard that we get to learn a little bit more about both the Curatoria and the Reduciata. Without revealing too much, is there anything you can say about both factions? Is there more than meets the eye with both? Is there one you feel like you can trust more than the other?

    Even though the words came from Quinn’s diary, I feel like they’re my opinion—both now and in my past—as well. “Trust ye the Curatoria but tenuously, and the Reduciata not at all.” I think of the Curatoria as the lesser of two evils, but if Sammi and Mark didn’t trust them, I certainly don’t either.

    Readers will learn a lot about both brotherhoods in this next book. And just like me, I’m not sure they’re going to like what they discover.

    Q. What has it been like being around Logan without him having any idea of who you are or having any memories of your past? And is he any different from the boy you used to know?

    It’s torturous!! I expected this to be easy, and it has been anything but. It would actually be fun to slowly explore each other and start a brand-new relationship and not worry too much about when the memories came back. But I don’t have the luxury of time. Every minute that passes our lives are in even greater danger. And that’s without taking into consideration how heart-breaking it is.

    Q. Is there anyone new we get to meet that we should keep an eye out for? If so, who are they and why should we look for them?

    In this next book you’re going to see Earthbound using their abilities in ways I never even considered. Helping humanity and working to redeem themselves from their curse. Secretly, of course. Keep a particular eye out for Audra. And watch out for Alanna.

    Q. In fifteen words or less, can you give us a hint as to what we can expect from this next chapter in your life?

    Huge discoveries, secrets revealed, disaster is imminent, and it’s all up to me.


    About Earthquake

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    Series: Earthbound #2
    Author: Aprilynne Pike
    Release date: July 8, 2014
    Publisher: Razorbill
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Tavia Michaels has discovered that she’s an Earthbound—a fallen goddess with the power to remake the Earth—and that a rival faction of Earthbounds, the Reduciata, has created a virus that is literally wiping swaths of the planet out of existence.

    Tavia is captured and imprisoned before she can act on this information, along with her eternal lover, Logan. Huddled in a claustrophobic cell, they lose track of the days, their attempts to escape proving as ephemeral as Tavia’s newly gestating powers. But then Tavia and Logan are mysteriously rescued. . . .

    They’re brought to the underground headquarters of the Curatoria, another group of Earthbounds that Tavia doesn’t fully trust. There, she’s told that she can save the Earth before it disappears. She agrees.

    Tavia quickly realizes that she isn’t like other Earthbound, and as her abilities continue to awaken, they begin to threaten her centuries-long relationship with Logan. When Benson—Tavia’s former best friend and romantic interest—appears at Curatoria headquarters, Tavia will again have to make a choice about who to be with even as she tries to stop the virus that is destroying the world and uncover the truth about the two Earthbound organizations that have her tangled up in their webs.

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    About Earthbound

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    Series: Earthbound #1
    Author: Aprilynne Pike
    Release date: July 30, 2013 (PB released June 17, 2014)
    Publisher: Razorbill
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told.

    Tavia immediately searches for answers, desperate to determine why she feels so drawn to a boy she hardly knows. But when Tavia discovers that the aunt and uncle who took her in after her parents’ death may have actually been responsible for the plane crash that killed them–and that she may have been the true intended victim–she flees for the safety of Camden, Maine, where the boy she sees in her visions instructs her to go.

    Now, Tavia is on the run with no one to trust. No one, that is, except for her best friend and longtime crush, Benson.

    Tavia feels torn between the boy who mysteriously comes to her at night and the boy who has been by her side every step of the way. But what Tavia doesn’t know is that the world is literally falling apart and that to save it she will have to unite with the boy in her visions. Only problem? To do so would mean rejecting Benson’s love. And that’s the one thing Tavia Michaels swore she’d never do.

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    About Aprilynne Pike

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    Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Utah, and dreams of warmer climates.

    Aprilynne Pike’s #1 New York Times best-selling debut, WINGS, is the first of four books about a seemingly ordinary girl with a not-so-ordinary destiny. In this tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever…

    WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOOGLE + | GOODREADS


    The Giveaway

    I am giving away a copy of either EARTHBOUND or EARTHQUAKE to ONE WINNER

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway is International
    • Book can either be Paperback (Earthbound) or Hardcover (either)
    • Book will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
    • Giveaway ends August 11 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
    • Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
    • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
    • Winner has 72 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    EARTHQUAKE Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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    I am super excited to be today’s stop on the EARTHQUAKE Blog Tour hosted by Book Nerd Tours. I love this series by the author and I’m already dying to read the next installment to find out what did happen and what’s going to happen.

    If you haven’t yet met Tavia Michaels, or discovered what it means to be an Earthbound, now’s the perfect time to do so. With EARTHQUAKE’s release last week you’ll be able to read the first two books in this series back-to-back and with plenty of time to get caught up before the next book in the series releases.

    While I’d normally ramble and gush and tease about the book here, as my stop is now a review stop, I’ll leave my rambling to the review part of this post. But if you’d like to know just a little bit more about both books in the series, there’s some information and places to find them online below.

    I also just had to add in a giveaway for this seriously fantastic second book in the series. Just scroll down to the Rafflecopter for a chance to win.

    After reading the author’s Wings series I didn’t think I could love anything she wrote more. I was wrong. This series is awesome.


    About Earthquake

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    Series: Earthbound #2
    Author: Aprilynne Pike
    Release date: July 8, 2014
    Publisher: Razorbill
    Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

    Description…

    Tavia Michaels has discovered that she’s an Earthbound—a fallen goddess with the power to remake the Earth—and that a rival faction of Earthbounds, the Reduciata, has created a virus that is literally wiping swaths of the planet out of existence.

    Tavia is captured and imprisoned before she can act on this information, along with her eternal lover, Logan. Huddled in a claustrophobic cell, they lose track of the days, their attempts to escape proving as ephemeral as Tavia’s newly gestating powers. But then Tavia and Logan are mysteriously rescued. . . .

    They’re brought to the underground headquarters of the Curatoria, another group of Earthbounds that Tavia doesn’t fully trust. There, she’s told that she can save the Earth before it disappears. She agrees.

    Tavia quickly realizes that she isn’t like other Earthbound, and as her abilities continue to awaken, they begin to threaten her centuries-long relationship with Logan. When Benson—Tavia’s former best friend and romantic interest—appears at Curatoria headquarters, Tavia will again have to make a choice about who to be with even as she tries to stop the virus that is destroying the world and uncover the truth about the two Earthbound organizations that have her tangled up in their webs.

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    The Review

    Aprilynne Pike’s EARTHQUAKE is an incredibly exciting, nail-biting, suspenseful and action-filled second book in the Earthbound series. It takes readers back to a world that is even darker and deadlier than the one they left at the end of book one. The mystery goes even deeper, there are even more twists and turns, and with nearly everyone’s motives suspect, it makes for an unputdownable read.

    With only a few memories of her past lives, Tavia Michaels doesn’t feel like the goddess she once was and is supposed to be. She feels more like a human than an Earthbound. She doesn’t remember what her abilities are. She doesn’t remember what secrets she is keeping. She doesn’t remember who she can trust and who she shouldn’t. She doesn’t remember what it is like to love someone eternally.

    But if she is as powerful as everyone thinks she is, then she has to try and stop the deadly virus that is threatening to destroy the world and everyone in it. Even if it means working with the Curatoria to develop a vaccine. Even if it means temporarily putting her trust in those she’s not sure she should trust. Even if it means waiting to try and recover more of her missing memories. And even if it means having her heart torn between the boy she has loved forever and the one she loves in this life.

    In this second book in the series, Aprilynne Pike ratchets up the excitement with a deadly threat, a ticking clock, a number of suspicious characters, peeks into Tavia’s past lives, a love triangle and a jaw-dropping, climactic conclusion, keeping readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish. The story is full of shocks and surprises, tension, angst and heartache. And with the change in setting, the author is able to reveal more about the Earthbound – about who they are and what they’re capable of – and more about Tavia – about who she is, who she was, and what she’s willing to become.

    The story is riveting, the mythology is original, the mystery will keep everyone guessing, the main character is likable and easy to connect with, the love story will make it tough to choose a side and the ending is killer, making EARTHQUAKE a definite must-read sequel.

    The Rating

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    On a personal note…

    I loved the first book in this series. It was fascinating and different and romantic and heartbreaking. I loved it so much that I was worried that this second book in the series would suffer from sophomore slump. But I should have known, given how much I love this author’s writing and stories, that something like that would never happen.

    EARTHQUAKE is an amazing follow-up to EARTHBOUND. It had everything that I loved about the first book in the series and then some. It was action-packed. It kept me on edge, wondering whether every new character I met had some ulterior motive. It tortured me in the very best of ways with the love triangle between Tavia, Logan and Benson. It made me anxious wondering just when the next devastating thing was going to happen.

    It’s a book I never wanted to put down. It immediately grabbed hold. It made me question, it made me hope, it made me want to know more, it made me fall madly in love with it, right from the start. It surprised me, when I didn’t think I could be surprised. It stumped me – I love not being able to solve the puzzle a story presents instantly.

    I adored Tavia, even if I didn’t always agree with everything she did. She was brave and determined and kind and broken and had some seriously awesome powers. I loved the love triangle, even when it didn’t look like the boy whose side I chose would be the one Tavia chose.

    EARTHQUAKE was so easy to just dive right into. I loved that it picked up very shortly after the events in EARTHBOUND, not missing a beat. I loved that the pace sped up in this sequel. I loved every single thing about it… well, except for the fact that it had to end and that I have to wait for a year until the next book in the series releases.

    Favorite passage…

    There are so many awesome passages in this book that I call favorites. But the one I included below is my most favorite non-spoiler-y one. And to keep it from being in any way spoiler-y I’m leaving out the attribution.

    So, in order to find out which boy said this to Tavia, you’ll have to read the book. Because my lips are sealed.

    “I’ll wait forever. Because what we have, it’s worth it. It’s worth anything.” Abruptly he pushes to his feet, and the space in front of my face feels more than empty. And in a fierce voice he says, “And I’ll fight to get it back.”


    About Aprilynne Pike

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    Aprilynne Pike has been spinning faerie stories since she was a child with a hyper-active imagination. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found at the gym; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne currently lives with her husband and three kids in Utah, and dreams of warmer climates.

    Aprilynne Pike’s #1 New York Times best-selling debut, WINGS, is the first of four books about a seemingly ordinary girl with a not-so-ordinary destiny. In this tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever…

    WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOOGLE + | GOODREADS


    Other Books in the Series

    EarthboundPBCoverTitle: EARTHBOUND (Earthbound #1)
    Release date: July 30, 2013 (PB released June 17, 2014)
    Publisher: Razorbill
    Pages: 352
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio eBook

    Description…

    Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told.

    Tavia immediately searches for answers, desperate to determine why she feels so drawn to a boy she hardly knows. But when Tavia discovers that the aunt and uncle who took her in after her parents’ death may have actually been responsible for the plane crash that killed them–and that she may have been the true intended victim–she flees for the safety of Camden, Maine, where the boy she sees in her visions instructs her to go.

    Now, Tavia is on the run with no one to trust. No one, that is, except for her best friend and longtime crush, Benson.

    Tavia feels torn between the boy who mysteriously comes to her at night and the boy who has been by her side every step of the way. But what Tavia doesn’t know is that the world is literally falling apart and that to save it she will have to unite with the boy in her visions. Only problem? To do so would mean rejecting Benson’s love. And that’s the one thing Tavia Michaels swore she’d never do.

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | GOODREADS


    The Giveaway

    I am giving away a hardcover copy of EARTHQUAKE to ONE WINNER

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
    • Giveaway is International
    • Book will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
    • Giveaway ends July 23rd at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
    • Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
    • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
    • Winner has 72 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    The Tour Schedule

    July 8th – *Book Birthday* – I Am A Reader = What’s On Aprilynne’s Desk/In Her Purse

    July 9th – Such a Novel Idea – Review

    July 10th – Wholly Books – 10 (Even More) Random Things About Aprilynne

    July 11th – Ex Libris – Review

    July 12th – Mundie Moms – Review

    July 13th – Fiction Fare – A Day in the Life of Aprilynne Pike

    July 14th – Gone with the Words – Review

    July 15th – Fiktshun – Character Interview with Tavia Michaels

    July 16th – Fictitious Delicious – Review

    July 17th – Me, My Shelf and I – Review

    July 18th – Jean Book Nerd – Review

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #184

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

    These are books for the week of July 8th-July 14th that I have pre-ordered.


    Through to You

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    THROUGH TO YOU by Lauren Barnholdt will be released in the U.S. on July 8, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 288 pages.


    I absolutely adored THROUGH TO YOU and cannot wait for the finished copy to download to my Kindle on Tuesday. I love Lauren Barnholdt’s writing and I was so excited to have had the chance to read this super early.

    It was all sorts of angsty and sweet and romantic. I loved getting to see things from both Harper and Penn’s POV. And I will definitely be reading this one again this summer.

    I don’t want to spoil all the twisty-turny moments, so I won’t reveal whether there is a happy ending for the two. But as it’s such a quick read that can be totally devoured in one sitting, you won’t have to wait very long to find out.

    Description…

    Opposites attract—and then complicate—in this romantic, relatable novel from the author of Two-Way Street and Sometimes It Happens.

    It starts with a scribbled note in class: I like your sparkle. Harper had casually threaded a piece of blue and silver tinsel through her ponytail in honor of school spirit day. And that carefree, corny gesture is what grabs Penn Mattingly’s eye. Penn—resident heartbreaker of the senior class. Reliably unreliable. Trouble with a capital “T.” And okay, smolderingly sexy.

    Harper’s surprised by Penn’s attention—and so is Penn. The last thing he needs is a girlfriend. Or even a friend-with-benefits. The note is not supposed to lead to anything.

    Oh, but it does. They hang out. They have fun. They talk. They make out. And after a while, it seems like they just click. But Penn and Harper have very different ideas about what relationships look like, in no small part because of their very different family backgrounds. Of course they could talk about these differences—if Penn knew how to talk about feelings.

    Harper and Penn understand their attraction is illogical, yet something keeps pulling them together. It’s like a crazy roller coaster—exhilarating, terrifying, and amazing all at once. And neither knows how to stop the ride…


    Boomerang Cover Image

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    BOOMERANG by Noelle August will be released in the U.S. on July 8, 2014 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by William Morrow, the print edition is 336 pages.

    BOOMERANG is the first book in a new series of the same name by the authors. The second book in the series, REBOUND, is slated for release on December 9th.


    I almost ended up buying the various installments of BOOMERANG, even though I had the eARC and got the chance to read it early and love, love, loved it. I almost couldn’t wait for the complete version to be available so it could become a permanent part of my collection. But I’m glad I did and can’t wait for it to finally download.

    This was a fantastic and sexy New Adult title that had me anxiously anticipating every last thing between Mia and Ethan. I loved their chemistry. I loved the situation they found themselves in after the night they met. I loved the dual POVs, even though it made me even more nervous about every single suspenseful thing that I won’t talk about.

    As I recently read this, I won’t be reading it again right away, but I will be reading it again just before REBOUND releases. It was soooo good.

    Description…

    The first book in a sensational New Adult trilogy from Noelle August

    Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up

    Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.

    Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

    What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.

    As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?


    Earthquake

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    EARTHQUAKE by Aprilynne Pike will be released in the U.S. on July 8, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 352 pages.

    EARTHQUAKE is the second book in Aprilynne Pike’s Earthbound series.


    I am counting down the hours until my copy of EARTHQUAKE downloads to my Kindle so I can start reading it immediately. I loved the first book in this series, and after having read the description for this book, I’m even more excited for this sequel.

    I don’t want to say too much, as all things related to book two in the description are super spoiler-y for book one. But this was such an intriguing concept. I loved the characters. And I’ve been eager to find out what happens with Tavia given the way things left off.

    I have been so nervous about spoilers that I haven’t even looked at the Character Interview I have for my tour stop next week. As I hope to be finished reading this by Wednesday, I won’t have to peek, thankfully. But I cannot WAIT to get this on the pile late tonight.

    Description…

    Tavia Michaels has discovered that she’s an Earthbound—a fallen goddess with the power to remake the Earth—and that a rival faction of Earthbounds, the Reduciata, has created a virus that is literally wiping swaths of the planet out of existence.

    Tavia is captured and imprisoned before she can act on this information, along with her eternal lover, Logan. Huddled in a claustrophobic cell, they lose track of the days, their attempts to escape proving as ephemeral as Tavia’s newly gestating powers. But then Tavia and Logan are mysteriously rescued. . . .

    They’re brought to the underground headquarters of the Curatoria, another group of Earthbounds that Tavia doesn’t fully trust. There, she’s told that she can save the Earth before it disappears. She agrees.

    Tavia quickly realizes that she isn’t like other Earthbound, and as her abilities continue to awaken, they begin to threaten her centuries-long relationship with Logan. When Benson—Tavia’s former best friend and romantic interest—appears at Curatoria headquarters, Tavia will again have to make a choice about who to be with even as she tries to stop the virus that is destroying the world and uncover the truth about the two Earthbound organizations that have her tangled up in their webs.


    The Half Life of Molly Pierce

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    THE HALF LIFE OF MOLLY PIERCE by Katrina Leno will be released in the U.S. on July 8, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 240 pages.


    I have been totally intrigued by THE HALF LIFE OF MOLLY PIERCE ever since I first learned of its existence. And while I am so sad that I didn’t get to read it early, I am stoked that my Kindle copy will be downloading at Midnight.

    This story sounds so very different from much of the books I’ve read. And I can’t wait to find out why Molly can’t remember parts of her life. I can’t wait to find out who she loved that she can’t let go of. I can’t wait to find out whether she’ll remember everything that was lost.

    As this is such a short novel, I really hope to be able to get it on the pile this summer. Hopefully early next month at the very latest.

    Description…

    You take it for granted. Waking up. Going to school, talking to your friends. Watching a show on television or reading a book or going out to lunch.

    You take for granted going to sleep at night, getting up the next day, and remembering everything that happened to you before you closed your eyes.

    You live and you remember.

    Me, I live and I forget.

    But now—now I am remembering.

    For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she’s missed bits and pieces of her life. Now, she’s figuring out why. Now, she’s remembering her own secrets. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led…and the love that she can’t let go.

    The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a suspenseful, evocative psychological mystery about uncovering the secrets of our pasts, facing the unknowns of our futures, and accepting our whole selves.


    The Kiss of Deception

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    THE KISS OF DECEPTION by Mary E. Pearson will be released in the U.S. on July 8, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), the print edition is 496 pages.

    THE KISS OF DECEPTION is the first book in the Remnant Chronicles by the author. The second book in the series, HEART OF BETRAYAL, is slated for release in 2015.


    I am currently reading THE KISS OF DECEPTION and am madly in love with it. But I can’t wait for my Kindle copy to download so that I can finish reading it in eBook format as I seem to only have time to read in the early hours of the morning these days.

    The writing in this book is gorgeous. The story is epic. The world is amazing. And because I want to get back to reading it – and possibly finishing it – by Midnight tonight, I shall say no more… for now.

    Well, except to add that I’m nervous that the ending will leave me hanging for the year until the next installment releases. I’ve refused to take a peek at any of the reviews or listen to any of the chatter. But hopefully there won’t be a killer cliffhanger in my future. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

    Description…

    In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

    In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

    On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.


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    IDOLS by Margaret Stohl will be released in the U.S. on July 8, 2014 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 432 pages.

    IDOLS is the second book in Margaret Stohl’s Icons series.


    I have not yet read the first book in the series but have had IDOLS pre-ordered for ages and can’t wait for it to land on my Kindle. I love Margaret Stohl’s writing and I’ve been very curious about reading this series written solely by her.

    I can’t wait to meet Dol, Ro, Tima and Lucas and find out what it means to be Icon Children. This series promises to be both action-packed and romantic and I cannot wait to see how the author marries the two.

    I did end up peeking at the description for this book – I just couldn’t help it – and I am even more thrilled with the idea of reading both books back-to-back. Especially with an “epic showdown” ahead and with the death of a potentially beloved character to be heartbroken over. And I’d love to be able to read both books later this August.

    Description…

    The Icons came from the sky. They belong to an inhuman enemy. They ended our civilization, and they can kill us.

    Most of us.

    Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas are the four Icon Children, the only humans immune to the Icon’s power to stop a human heart. Now that Los Angeles has been saved, things are more complicated – and not just because Dol has to choose between Lucas and Ro, the two great loves of her life. As she flees to a resistance outpost hidden beneath a mountain, Dol makes contact with a fifth Icon Child, if only through her visions. When Dol and the others escape to Southeast Asia in search of this missing child, Dol’s dreams, feelings and fears collide in an epic showdown that will change more than just four lives — and stop one heart forever.

    In this riveting sequel to Icons, filled with nonstop action and compelling romance, bestselling author Margaret Stohl explores what it means to be human and how our greatest weakness can be humanity’s strongest chance at survival.


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    THIS SUMMER by Katlyn Duncan will be released in the U.S. on July 9, 2014 in eBook format. It is currently available to pre-order online at AMAZON.

    Published by Carina, the book is 288 pages.


    I am also currently reading THIS SUMMER and will likely be finished before my Kindle pre-order downloads on Thursday. I fell in love with this cover when I first saw it and had been anxious to read Hadley and Will’s love story ever since.

    As I have read some – but not all – of this book, I won’t reveal whether Hadley is having a “summer to remember” or whether Will’s arrival changed everything. And I won’t reveal – because I don’t yet know – all the secrets that Will’s keeping.

    But I can’t wait to find out what exactly has been going on with him and why he feels the need to keep things from Hadley.

    Description…

    Before college, before responsibilities, Hadley Beauman and best friend Lily are determined to have a summer to remember. There will be all the usual dramas – ex-boyfriends who don’t seem to know what ‘ex’ means, pesky younger brothers with unrequited crushes, but what Hadley didn’t anticipate was the out-of-the-blue return of the seriously hot boy-next-door, Will Carson. The boy who broke her heart when he skipped town two years ago.

    Will may have shot up a foot and filled out (oh yes), but inside he carries the weight of guilt – for leaving, for coming back… Now he’s just passing through to tie up loose ends but it’s clear the old chemistry still crackles between him and Hadley. Trouble is, it’s built on two years of lies…

    This summer might just be the best time of their lives, but is Hadley ready for everything to change – again?


    eBook Novellas

    The InitiateTHE INITIATE: A DIVERGENT STORY (Divergent #0.2) by Veronica Roth

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    More Four!

    Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by “The Initiate,” the second of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective.

    Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory, and relationships.


    The SonTHE SON: A DIVERGENT STORY (Divergent #0.3) by Veronica Roth

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    More Four!

    Fans of the Divergent series by No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by ‘The Son’, the third of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective.

    This short story continues to explore the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown secrets of his personality and intriguing backstory.


    The TraitorTHE TRAITOR: A DIVERGENT STORY (Divergent #0.4) by Veronica Roth

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    More Four!

    Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by “The Traitor,” the fourth of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective.

    Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory, and relationships.


    Other Books of Note

    Wild CoverWILD by Alex Mallory

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    In this action-packed and timely “Tarzan for the digital age,” Cade, a teen raised in the wilderness, is brought into modern civilization.

    The forest is full of secrets, and no one understands that better than Cade. Foraging, hunting, surviving-that’s all he knows. Alone for years, Cade believes he’s the sole survivor. At least, until he catches a glimpse of a beautiful stranger…

    Dara expected to find natural wonders when she set off for a spring break camping trip. Instead, she discovers a primitive boy-he’s stealthy and handsome and he might be following her. Intrigued, Dara seeks him out and sets a catastrophe in motion.

    Thrust into society, Cade struggles with the realization that the life he knew was a lie. But he’s not the only one. Trying to explain life in a normal town leaves Dara questioning it.

    As the media swarm and the police close in, Dara and Cade risk everything to get closer. But will the truth about Cade’s past tear them apart?


    UnravelUNRAVEL (Linked #2) by Imogen Howson

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Untold dangers await telepathic twins in this sequel to the futuristic, romantic thriller called classic sci-fi, space-travel adventure at its best.

    After Elissa and Lin exposed the government’s secret experiments in Linked, which Booklist called a roller-coaster ride into space that just about everyone should enjoy, their home planet Sekoia is thrown into chaos. Determined to do their part to help the planet they’ve hurt, they return to Sekoia only to discover that things are far worse that they imagined. Resources are suddenly scarce, people are scared, and there’s a rising current of anger against the Spares. When Lissa and Lin find themselves among another group of Spares and twins, they feel like they’ve found their kindred spirits at last. But a threat none of them could have expected is lying in wait for Sekoia’s Spares.


    In DeepIN DEEP by Terra Elan McVoy

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Ultracompetitive Brynn from The Summer of Firsts and Lasts craves swimming victory—and gets in over her head—in this irresistible novel from Terra Elan McVoy.

    Swim.
    Push.
    Breathe.
    Swim.

    Nothing else matters to Brynn as she trains her body and mind to win. Not her mediocre grades and lack of real friends at school. Not the gnawing grief over her fallen hero father. Not the strained relationship with her absent mother and clueless stepdad. In the turquoise water, swimming is an escape and her ticket to somewhere—anywhere—else. And nothing will get in her way of claiming victory.

    But when the competitive streak follows Brynn out of the pool in a wickedly seductive cat-and-mouse game between herself, her wild best friend, and a hot new college swimmer, Brynn’s single-mindedness gets her in over her head, with much more than a trophy to lose.


    UncagedUNCAGED (The Singular Menace #1) by John Sandford and Michele Cook

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    #1 New York Times bestselling Prey author John Sandford and Michele Cook debut a high-octane young adult thriller series.

    Shay Remby arrives in Hollywood with $58 and a handmade knife, searching for her brother, Odin.

    Odin’s a brilliant hacker but a bit of a loose cannon. He and a group of radical animal-rights activists hit a Singular Corp. research lab in Eugene, Oregon. The raid was a disaster, but Odin escaped with a set of highly encrypted flash drives and a post-surgical dog.

    When Shay gets a frantic 3 a.m. phone call from Odin—talking about evidence of unspeakable experiments, and a ruthless corporation, and how he must hide—she’s concerned. When she gets a menacing visit from Singular’s security team, she knows: her brother’s a dead man walking.

    What Singular doesn’t know—yet—is that 16-year-old Shay is every bit as ruthless as their security force, and she will burn Singular to the ground, if that’s what it takes to save her brother.


    The DefiantTHE DEFIANT (The Forsaken #3) by Lisa M. Stasse

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    In this gripping conclusion to The Forsaken Trilogy, Alenna’s loyalties are put the ultimate test—and it’s one of life and death.
    Alenna Shawcross and the others who escaped the wheel are working toward an all-out assault on the United Northern Alliance. The plan is to dismantle it from the inside—and Alenna is one of the few people who can access the organization’s inner sanctum. But when she returns to the home she has nearly forgotten, she encounters old friends and is swept into a secret plan that puts everything she loves in danger.

    Knowing what is at stake for her and her friends, Alenna ventures into the heart of the treacherous UNA. She’s determined to bring them down, because freedom is the only choice. Or is it?


    Embers & AshEMBERS & ASH (Cold Fury #3) by T.M. Goeglein

    Pub. Date: July 10, 2014

    Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Sara Jane Rispoli is on the wrong side of the Russian mob, but closer to finding her family than ever. And she’s willing to do whatever it takes to finally end this terrible journey even if the price is her own life.

    The very cold fury that has seen her through the worst of her troubles is now killing her; she knows the cure, but she can’t sacrifice the deadly electricity until she’s rescued her family. But when she finally does rescue them, it’s not the happy reunion she pictured. And the torment doesn’t stop there, not even when she finally discovers Ultimate Power. Only destroying the Outfit completely can end this terrible nightmare.

    Old enemies return to seek vengeance, double-crosses abound, and even more mysteries are uncovered as we rocket toward an end no one saw coming.


    Zom-B ClansZOM-B CLANS (Zom-B #8) by Darren Shan

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    B’s first mission with the Angels –sentient, do-gooder zombies– went horribly wrong when vicious members of the Ku Klux Klan attacked New Kirkham, a stronghold of precious human survivors. B is not about to let the racist thugs persecute innocent people, but while saving the town, one of B’s oldest friends is kidnapped by the Klan.

    The Angels are prepared to do what it takes to save him, but B will have to make some very hard decisions about loyalties–to old friends, to the Angels, and to new families and old.


    Midnight ThiefMIDNIGHT THIEF (Midnight Thief #1) by Livia Blackburne

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

    But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

    Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

    When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.


    Demon DerbyDEMON DERBY by Carrie Harris

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Casey kicked cancer’s ass. Now a demon wants to kick hers. . . .

    Casey hates being known as the girl who survived cancer. She wants people to treat her like her old self, fearless and strong. And after a creepy encounter with a crazy guy in an alley, Casey is all about reclaiming her power.

    So when she has a chance to try out for the Apocalypsies roller derby team, she jumps on it. Being a derby girl would prove that she doesn’t need anybody’s pity. It doesn’t hurt that Michael, the team manager, is almost unnaturally hot. Which makes sense when Casey finds out that he’s not human.

    Michael’s got a secret: he trains demon hunters. That crazy guy in the alley? Demon. And the fact that Casey went head to head with evil and lived makes her a threat to demonkind. Casey thought she’d already fought and won the battle of her lifetime. But it’s only beginning. . . .


    StarbreakSTARBREAK (Starglass #2) by Phoebe North

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The Asherah has finally reached Zehava, the long-promised planet. There, Terra finds harsh conditions and a familiar foe—Aleksandra Wolff, leader of her ship’s rebel forces. Terra and Aleksandra first lock horns with each other . . . but soon realize they face a much more dangerous enemy in violent alien beasts—and alien hunters.

    Then Terra finally discovers Vadix. The boy who has haunted her dreams may be their key to survival—but his own dark past has yet to be revealed. And when Aleksandra gets humanity expelled from the planet, it’s up to Terra, with Vadix by her side, to unite her people—and to forge an alliance with the alien hosts, who want nothing more than to see humanity gone forever.


    MindWarMINDWAR (MindWar #1) by Andrew Klavan

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Thomas Nelson

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Rick Dial has the potential to be a hero. He just doesn’t know it yet.

    Rick’s high school football team couldn’t be stopped when he was leading them as their quarterback. He was going to Syracuse on a scholarship. But then his dad abandoned them and a terrible accident left him crippled.

    Certain his old life is completely lost, Rick spends months hiding away in his room playing video games. He achieves the highest scores on so many games that he’s approached by a government agency who claims to be trying to thwart a cyber attack on America that would destroy the technological infrastructure of the entire country. The agents say that the quick-thinking of a quarterback coupled with Nick’s gaming experience make him perfect for this assignment. The problem is that there are no extra lives and this isn’t just a game . . . but Rick doesn’t have many other options at the moment.

    Entering “The Realm” gives Rick the one thing he thought he’d never have again: a body that’s as fast and as strong as he ever was before the accident. But the more time he spends in The Realm, the more questions he has. What secrets are these agents keeping from him? What really happened to his father? How many others have gone into The Realm already . . . and failed? And perhaps most important, is he the hero they think he is?


    Spirits of Ash and FoamSPIRITS OF ASH AND FOAM (Rain Cacique #2) by Greg Weisman

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    In this second book of the Rain of the Ghosts series, Rain Cacique (who can talk to ghosts thanks to a gift from her dead grandfather) is navigating high school while searching for answers.

    Welcome to the Prospero Keys (or as the locals call them: the Ghost Keys), the beautiful chain of tropical islands on the edge of the Bermuda Triangle where Rain Cacique lives. When Rain’s maternal grandfather passed away, he left her his special armband: two gold snakes intertwined, clasping each other’s tails in their mouths. Rain soon discovers that the armband is actually a zemi – a very powerful talisman created by the island’s native Arawak Taino Indians – and that it allows Rain to see ghosts, including her own grandfather who is determined to help her uncover the Ghost Keys’ hidden world of mystery and mysticism, intrigue and adventure.

    Now, Rain Cacique’s looking for a few answers — and the second zemi, a Taino relic that allows her to see dead people. But it’s the first week of school, so she’s pretty busy juggling teachers, homework, baby-sitting duties, new friends, missing tourist kids… and a vampire with a tribal twist.


    Four A Divergent CollectionFOUR: A DIVERGENT COLLECTION (Divergent #0.1-0.4) by Veronica Roth

    Pub. Date: July 8, 2014

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Two years before Beatrice Prior made her choice, the sixteen-year-old son of Abnegation’s faction leader did the same. Tobias’s transfer to Dauntless is a chance to begin again. Here, he will not be called the name his parents gave him. Here, he will not let fear turn him into a cowering child.

    Newly christened “Four,” he discovers during initiation that he will succeed in Dauntless. Initiation is only the beginning, though; Four must claim his place in the Dauntless hierarchy. His decisions will affect future initiates as well as uncover secrets that could threaten his own future—and the future of the entire faction system.

    Two years later, Four is poised to take action, but the course is still unclear. The first new initiate who jumps into the net might change all that. With her, the way to righting their world might become clear. With her, it might become possible to be Tobias once again.

    From #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth comes a companion volume to the worldwide bestselling divergent series, told from the per-spective of the immensely popular character Tobias. The four pieces included here—The Transfer, The Initiate, The Son, and The Traitor—plus three additional exclusive scenes, give readers an electrifying glimpse into the history and heart of Tobias, and set the stage for the epic saga of the Divergent trilogy.


    eBook Collections

    UNDER THE NEVER SKY Complete Collection by Veronica Rossi – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    LYING GAME Complete Collection by Sara Shepard – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    CRASH Complete Collection by Nichole Williams – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    THE PARTIALS SEQUENCE Complete Collection by Dan Wells – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    THE DIVERGENT LIBRARY by Veronica Roth – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    SHATTER ME Complete Collection by Tahereh Mafi – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: First Bite 4-Book Collection – AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE


    Other Releases

    DIVERGENT SERIES ULTIMATE FOUR-BOOK BOX SET by Veronica Roth – AMAZON | BARNES &  NOBLE


    Parting words…

    I knew it was a crazy week for releases, and I am pretty sure I’m missing a ton. But as I have seven full-length books and three eBook novellas pre-ordered, I figured it would be dangerous to keep looking just in case I might have missed something.

    I don’t think I missed anything last week. But as I haven’t yet checked my Kindle for downloads, it’s possible that there are a few books I’d missed. Though I really hope not.

    And as there are quite a few of the “other books of note” that I’d love to add to my collection this week – WILD, UNRAVEL, IN DEEP, THE DEFIANT, MIDNIGHT THIEF and DEMON DERBY – I really, really, hope not.

    Anyway… If you’ve been waiting for THE KISS OF DECEPTION I’m so excited for you that the wait is finally over. And if you’re looking for some perfect summer romance reads, then there are plenty of lovely books to choose from.

    Happy bookish acquiring, happy reading, and happy book birthday!

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

    And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!

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    I received a couple of awesome books in the mail this week. One I was expecting and one was a total surprise and a book I hadn’t heard of before. But it sounds amazing.

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    I received a copy of WAYFARING STRANGER by James Lee Burke for review from the publisher, Simon & Schuster. I’ll be on the book tour and I can’t wait to read this exciting sounding novel set in 1934.

    I also received an amazing surprise package (shown below) with an ARC of GIRL DEFECTIVE by Simmone Howell thanks to the folks at Atheneum Books for Young Readers. I love the setting for this story and I love, love, love both films the description references. So while I hadn’t heard of it before it landed on my doorstep, I can’t wait to read it before its release this September.

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    [I will be giving away those “Shop Local” stickers in a planned giveaway very soon.]

    As a member of the EXQUISITE CAPTIVE blogger caravan I was totally stoked to receive this lovely and amazing swag pack from Author Heather Demetrios. I cannot wait to read this book, the first in the author’s new series. It’s very unique and the author is a fantastic writer, so I just know I’m going to love it.

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    In addition to the physical books I received this week, I received a couple of eARCs for review.

    Courtesy of the Author

    FORECAST (Sisters of Fate #2) by Rinda Elliott

    I have been fighting the urge to read this book since the moment I received it for review. I LOVED the first book in this series and have been DYING to find out what happens in this sequel, which overlaps with the events in FORETOLD. I can’t wait to meet Coral and Taran and see if things are even more deadly and exciting for them in Florida. And I will definitely be reading it next week, once I finish the review books I have to read this week.

    Courtesy of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers via NetGalley

    THE WALLED CITY by Ryan Graudin

    I was over the moon excited to have been approved for this title. I fell in love with it from the very first sentences of the description: “There are three rules in the Walled City: Run fast. Trust no one. Always carry your knife. Right now, my life depends completely on the first. Run, run, run.”

    It sounds dark and gritty and edge-of-your-seat exciting. And I can’t wait to dive in. It sounds like the perfect read for me right now.

    And while I’d love to be able to read all of the books I received this week, I can only add one of them to the pile.

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.

    {July 6, 2014 – July 12, 2014}


    Earthquake

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    First up on the pile is EARTHQUAKE (Earthbound #2) by Aprilynne Pike. I loved the first book in this series, it was so amazing and I was left hanging, desperately waiting to find out what happened with Tavia and a certain boy who I won’t name due to potential spoilers.

    While I don’t yet have a copy to read, I recently learned of its earlier release date, so I will be anxiously awaiting its arrival on my Kindle on Tuesday. I can’t wait to find out what new powers Tavia has. I can’t wait to learn why she’s different from other Earthbounds. I just can’t wait to continue this awesome story by an author I love.

    I will be on the tour in just over a week, so no matter what I will be reading it before my stop. This is an unputdownable story with characters I very much adore and I hope that the ending for this second book in the series won’t kill me.

    The Description…

    ***SPOILER-Y for Book One***

    Tavia Michaels has discovered that she’s an Earthbound—a fallen goddess with the power to remake the Earth—and that a rival faction of Earthbounds, the Reduciata, has created a virus that is literally wiping swaths of the planet out of existence.

    Tavia is captured and imprisoned before she can act on this information, along with her eternal lover, Logan. Huddled in a claustrophobic cell, they lose track of the days, their attempts to escape proving as ephemeral as Tavia’s newly gestating powers. But then Tavia and Logan are mysteriously rescued. . . .

    They’re brought to the underground headquarters of the Curatoria, another group of Earthbounds that Tavia doesn’t fully trust. There, she’s told that she can save the Earth before it disappears. She agrees.

    Tavia quickly realizes that she isn’t like other Earthbound, and as her abilities continue to awaken, they begin to threaten her centuries-long relationship with Logan. When Benson—Tavia’s former best friend and romantic interest—appears at Curatoria headquarters, Tavia will again have to make a choice about who to be with even as she tries to stop the virus that is destroying the world and uncover the truth about the two Earthbound organizations that have her tangled up in their webs.


    Wayfaring Stranger

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    Next up on the pile is WAYFARING STRANGER by James Lee Burke. I received a finished copy for review and I can’t wait to read it before my tour stop next week.

    It’s not a YA title, but as an American History junkie the description grabbed me immediately. I can’t wait to be transported first to 1934, then to the 1940s and beyond and meet Weldon Avery Holland. His story sounds exciting and danger-filled.

    I already took a peek at the first few pages and the writing immediately paints a picture. So I cannot wait to continue on later this week and learn just how things end for Weldon. It sounds like his story will be a sweeping tale, filled with adventure.

    The Description…

    In his most ambitious novel, master storyteller James Lee Burke tells a classic American story through one man’s unforgettable life—connecting a fateful encounter with Bonnie and Clyde to the Battle of the Bulge to the merciless frontier justice of the Wild West.

    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when sixteen-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile.

    Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp. Eventually, Weldon and Rosita fall in love and marry and, with Hershel, return to Texas to seek their fortunes.

    There, they enter the domain of jackals known as the oil business. They meet Roy Wiseheart—a former Marine aviator haunted with guilt for deserting his squadron leader over the South Pacific—and Roy’s wife Clara, a vicious anti-Semite who is determined to make Weldon and Rosita’s life a nightmare. It will be the frontier justice upheld by Weldon’s grandfather, Texas lawman Hackberry Holland, and the legendary antics of Bonnie and Clyde that shape Weldon’s plans for saving his family from the evil forces that lurk in peacetime America and threaten to destroy them all.


    Wishful Thinking Reads

    My wishful thinking read this week is FORECAST by Rinda Elliott. As I mentioned earlier I’ve been fighting the urge to pick it up, but I have must read books on the pile that must be read by a certain date. So I can’t read it now. Though I really, really, really wish I could. The first book was so exciting and interesting and different. I loved the Norse mythology the author incorporated into her story. I cannot wait to read more and hate that for now it’s just a wishful thinking read.


    Those Left Behind

    This week was a complete bust in terms of all things blog-related. I didn’t really get the chance to read anything and I barely had time to post. I’d taken a few days for vacation this week, and found that every waking moment was consumed.

    Vacay 1

    With views like that, I can’t be blamed, right?

    But I am so behind on reads and reviews. Though I will try to catch up before starting on this week’s reads. But as the weekend is already nearly over, I’m not sure when I’ll be able to do that. Especially since I want to and need to read this week’s reads before next week’s tours.

    I am, once again, keeping my fingers crossed. But I make no promises. I’ll have a ton of stuff to do for work this week to get caught up, so that’s my priority. If I can just stay away from TV or Netflix I might succeed.


    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds

    There are some awesome new books on NetGalley available for request, though I just put in a request for one. I have so many books I need to read – and even more that I want to read – that I really shouldn’t have even requested it. But it couldn’t be helped.

    Of course there were a few others that I’d have loved to request.

    Here are this week’s finds…

    LAILAH by Nikki Kelly (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Oct 7 2014)

    WHISPER THE DEAD (The Lovegrove Legacy #2) by Alyxandra Harvey (Bloombury USA Children’s Books, Oct 7 2014)

    JUST CALL MY NAME by Holly Goldberg Sloan (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Aug 5 2014)

    THE HIT (Unknown Assassin #1) by Allen Zadoff (Hachette Children’s Books, May 23 2013) ***A Read Now Title**

    FROZEN (Heart of Dread #1) by Melissa De La Cruz and Michael Johnson (Hachette Children’s Books, Oct 2 2014) ***A Read Now Title***

    CAN’T LOOK AWAY by Donna Cooner (Scholastic, Aug 26 2014)

    FACES OF THE DEAD by Suzanne Weyn (Scholastic, Aug 26 2014)

    A SONG FOR ELLA GREY by David Almond (Hachette Children’s Books, Oct 2 2014)

    IF YOU’RE READING THIS by Trent Reedy (Scholastic, Aug 26 2014)

    BREAKING BUTTERFLIES by M. Anjelais (Scholastic, Aug 26 2014)

    TAKEN by David Massey (Scholastic, Aug 26 2014)

    BLIGHTBORN (The Heartland Trilogy #2) by Chuck Wendig (Amazon, July 29 2014)

    HOLD TIGHT, DON’T LET GO by Laura Rose Wagner (Abrams, Jan 6 2015)

    BOMBAY BLUES by Tanuja Desai Hidier (Scholastic, Aug 26 2014)


    My plans for reading never seem to work out. I don’t quite know why I bother. Last weekend’s two days of docking class, my wrecked back along with a bout of pancreatitis threw everything out of the window.

    This holiday weekend was spent roasting in the HOT California sun, ailments be damned. It just wasn’t spent reading or blogging. Which was kind of nice, actually…

    Vacay

    …though the number of dead and desiccated fish on the shores of the Salton Sea weren’t quite as nice.

    Anyway, I hope you had an amazing Fourth of July weekend whether you celebrate it or not. I hope you were way more productive than I was and found a few good books to devour. And I hope you received some awesome books in your mailbox, at your local bookstore or online.

    And as ever… Happy reading!

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    Do you create a reading pile?

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

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