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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #180

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


    The Murder Complex
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    THE MURDER COMPLEX by Lindsay Cummings released in the U.S. today, June 10, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Greenwillow Books, the print edition is 416 pages.

    THE MURDER COMPLEX is the first full-length book in a new series by Author Lindsay Cummings. A prequel novella, THE FEAR TRIALS, released last week.


    I am so excited that THE MURDER COMPLEX releases today and that it is happily living on my Kindle just waiting for me to read it. I have been anxiously awaiting its release since I first read the description and while I didn’t get the chance to read it early, I will (hopefully) be reading it this weekend.

    Of course I want to read the prequel novella first.

    The premise of this story sounds awesome, as does everything about it. I can’t wait to find out just how “blood-soaked” this story and world are. I can’t wait to meat Meadow. And I really can’t wait to meet Zephyr. (Who doesn’t love an assassin?)

    The description promises a story that is action-packed. And I cannot wait to see just how dark and deadly this story is.

    Description…

    An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

    Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

    The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

    Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is a dark and compelling debut novel by Lindsay Cummings.


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    WINGS by Elizabeth Richards released in the U.S. today, June 10, 2014, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 400 pages.

    WINGS is the third and final full-length novel in Elizabeth Richards’ Black City trilogy.


    I can’t believe that WINGS, the final book in the series, is releasing this week. I loved the first book in this series and read just about half of the sequel before deciding to put it on hold when I found out that the second book’s ending had yet another killer cliffhanger.

    But now that this series is available in its entirety I’m super excited to pick it back up and take it to its end. I’ve heard (thanks Jaime!) that the third book is the best yet. And I cannot wait.

    I haven’t read the description for WINGS because I haven’t finished PHOENIX. So I don’t know what happened with Natalie and Ash. I don’t know what’s going on with the rebellion. I don’t know what became of the very creepy Purian Rose.

    If all goes as planned I’ll be reading this in the next couple of weeks after finishing PHOENIX, and I cannot wait.

    Description…

    Following the cliffhanger ending of Phoenix, Natalie finds herself separated from Ash and unexpectedly reunited with her parents, including the father she thought was dead. But she can only think of Ash. She hasn’t heard a word of him since she and Elijah were brought to the underground headquarters of the Sentry Rebellion. But she vows to find him.

    Ash, meanwhile is back in Black City; it’s the perfect place to hide from the Sentry government. But not for long. He won’t give up on Natalie or bringing an end to the terrible reign of Purian Rose.

    A pulse-racing end to an exciting series.


    Wicked Games
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    WICKED GAMES by Sean Olin released in the U.S. today, June 10, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 352 pages.

    WICKED GAMES is the first book in a new series by Author Sean Olin.


    Ever since I first saw the title for WICKED GAMES I knew that I had to pre-order it. And after reading the description I was thrilled that it was the first book in a series. And while I haven’t had the chance to read it before the finished copy downloaded to my Kindle, I definitely will be reading it this month.

    I’m in such a mood for a thriller, especially one that involves betrayal and bloodshed, and where lines are blurred. And if it has the “shocking, nail-biting” finish that the description promises, I think this will be the perfect read for me.

    I love stories about revenge. I can’t wait to see what wicked games are played. I can’t wait to find out who comes out on top, and who loses. And now, I’m thinking I might not be able to wait much longer than a couple of days before I dive in.

    Description…

    Wicked Games is the first book in a sexy thriller series where passion, lies, and revenge collide-perfect for fans of Simone Elkeles and Sara Shepard.

    To all the locals in the small beach town of Dream Point, Carter and Lilah seem like the perfect It Couple-but their relationship is about to brutally unravel before everyone’s eyes.

    Carter has always been a good guy, and while Lilah has a troubled past, she’s been a loyal girlfriend for the last four years. When smart, sexy Jules enters the picture at a senior-year bash, Carter succumbs to temptation. And when Lilah catches wind of his betrayal, she decides that Jules needs to pay.

    By the end of the summer, the line between right and wrong will be blurred beyond recognition. Blood will be shed. Nothing in Dream Point will ever be the same.

    This juicy summer read will keep readers turning pages until the shocking, nail-biting finale.


    Brazen
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    BRAZEN by Katherine Longshore will be released in the U.S. on June 12, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Viking Juvenile, the print edition is 528 pages.


    I can’t wait for BRAZEN to release later this week. I’ve been anxiously awaiting this story about Henry Fitzroy and Mary Howard. I love the history behind these characters, and I am super excited the author decided to tell their tale.

    I have no idea how much of the story will be historically accurate. I don’t know how much will veer from fact to fiction. But I am going to love finding out.

    As this doesn’t release until Thursday, I won’t even get the chance to take a peek until then. But if I’m between reads, this might just be a book I’m going to have to start reading right away. Because I’m just so curious.

    Description…

    Mary Howard has always lived in the shadow of her powerful family. But when she’s married off to Henry Fitzroy, King Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, she rockets into the Tudor court’s inner circle. Mary and “Fitz” join a tight clique of rebels who test the boundaries of court’s strict rules with their games, dares, and flirtations. The more Mary gets to know Fitz, the harder she falls for him, but is forbidden from seeing him alone. The rules of court were made to be pushed…but pushing them too far means certain death. Is true love worth dying for?


    My Last Kiss
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    MY LAST KISS by Bethany Neal released in the U.S. today, June 10, 2014, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), the print edition is 368 pages.


    I was so excited to get the chance to read MY LAST KISS a bit early. And I LOVED it and am totally stoked that the finished copy downloaded to my Kindle and is now a part of my permanent collection.

    This was a one-sit-read for me – which is very unusual for a print book – but I just couldn’t put it down. I loved the writing. It totally grabbed me from the very start. I loved the idea of the story from the moment I read the description. And the actual story was even better than I’d hoped.

    As I have read it, and hope to review it, I don’t want to reveal too much here. But I will just say that the description was not wrong in calling this debut novel suspenseful.

    Description…

    What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy?

    Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss vividly. It was on the old covered bridge the summer before her freshman year with her boyfriend of three years, Ethan Keys. But her last kiss–the one she shared with someone at her seventeenth birthday party the night she died–is a blur. Cassidy is trapped in the living world, not only mourning the loss of her human body, but left with the grim suspicion that her untimely death wasn’t a suicide as everyone assumes. She can’t remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she’s worried that she may have betrayed her boyfriend.

    If Cassidy is to uncover the truth about that fateful night and make amends with the only boy she’ll ever love, she must face her past and all the decisions she made–good and bad–that led to her last kiss.

    Bethany Neal’s suspenseful debut novel is about the power of first love and the haunting lies that threaten to tear it apart.


    Don't You Forget About Me

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    (DON’T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME by Kate Karyus Quinn released in the U.S. today, June 10, 2014, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 352 pages.


    I cannot believe that (DON’T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME released today and that I didn’t get the chance to read it early. When it downloaded to my Kindle at midnight, I was totally shocked. And majorly bummed.

    I love this author’s way of storytelling. It’s eerie and totally captivating. And I can’t wait to see if it will be the same for her new book.

    Gardnerville sounds majorly creepy – yes I’m creeped out by the idea of paradise. Especially when “paradise” requires a sacrifice in blood.

    I can’t wait to find out whether Skylar is able to stop whatever power is controlling the town. I can’t wait to see whether the power infects her and she ends up like her sister instead.

    I really hope to be able to read this in the next few weeks. If not, I’ll definitely be adding this to the pile over the Fourth of July weekend.

    Description…

    Welcome to Gardnerville.

    A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.

    Except…

    There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them.

    Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after leading sixteen of her classmates to a watery grave. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, struggling to forget her past and dull the pain of losing her sister. But the secrets and memories Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar—whispering that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle once and for all.


    Other Books of Note

    The Strange MaidTHE STRANGE MAID (The United States of Asgard #2) by Tessa Gratton

    Pub. Date: June 10, 2014

    Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Fans of Neil Gaiman, Holly Black, and Maggie Stiefvater will embrace the richly drawn, Norse-influenced alternate world of the United States of Asgard, where cell phones, rock bands, and evangelical preachers coexist with dragon slaying, rune casting, and sword training in schools. Where the president runs the country alongside a council of Valkyries, gods walk the red carpet with Hollywood starlets, and the U.S. military has a special battalion dedicated to eradicating Rocky Mountain trolls.

    Signy Valborn was seven years old when she climbed the New World Tree and met Odin Alfather, who declared that if she could solve a single riddle, he would make her one of his Valkyrie. For ten years Signy has trained in the arts of war, politics, and leadership, never dreaming that a Greater Mountain Troll might hold the answer to the riddle, but that’s exactly what Ned the Spiritless promises her. A mysterious troll hunter who talks in riddles and ancient poetry, Ned is a hard man to trust. Unfortunately, Signy is running out of time. Accompanied by an outcast berserker named Soren Bearstar, she and Ned take off across the ice sheets of Canadia to hunt the mother of trolls and claim Signy’s destiny.


    The Glass SentenceTHE GLASS SENTENCE (The Mapmakers Trilogy #1) by S.E. Grove

    Pub. Date: June 12, 2014

    Publisher: Viking Juvenile

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    She has only seen the world through maps. She had no idea they were so dangerous.

    Boston, 1891. Sophia Tims comes from a family of explorers and cartologers who, for generations, have been traveling and mapping the New World—a world changed by the Great Disruption of 1799, when all the continents were flung into different time periods. Eight years ago, her parents left her with her uncle Shadrack, the foremost cartologer in Boston, and went on an urgent mission. They never returned. Life with her brilliant, absent-minded, adored uncle has taught Sophia to take care of herself.

    Then Shadrack is kidnapped. And Sophia, who has rarely been outside of Boston, is the only one who can search for him. Together with Theo, a refugee from the West, she travels over rough terrain and uncharted ocean, encounters pirates and traders, and relies on a combination of Shadrack’s maps, common sense, and her own slantwise powers of observation. But even as Sophia and Theo try to save Shadrack’s life, they are in danger of losing their own.

    The Glass Sentence plunges readers into a time and place they will not want to leave, and introduces them to a heroine and hero they will take to their hearts. It is a remarkable debut.


    Born of DeceptionBORN OF DECEPTION (Born of Illusion #2) by Teri Brown

    Pub. Date: June 10, 2014

    Publisher: Balzer + Bray

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    Description:

    Budding illusionist Anna Van Housen is on top of the world: after scoring a spot on a prestigious European vaudeville tour, she has moved to London to chase her dream and to join an underground society for people like her with psychic abilities. Along with her handsome beau, Cole Archer, Anna is prepared to take the city by storm.

    But when Anna arrives in London, she finds the group in turmoil. Sensitives are disappearing and, without a suspect, the group’s members are turning on one another. Could the kidnapper be someone within the society itself—or has the nefarious Dr. Boyle followed them to London?

    As Cole and Anna begin to unravel the case and secrets about the society are revealed, they find themselves at odds, their plans for romance in London having vanished. Her life in danger and her relationship fizzling, can Anna find a way to track down the killer before he makes her his next victim—or will she have to pay the ultimate price for her powers?

    Set in Jazz-Age London, this alluring sequel to Born of Illusion comes alive with sparkling romance, deadly intrigue, and daring magic.


    PushPUSH (The Game #2) by Eve Silver

    Pub. Date: June 10, 2014

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    It’s either break the rules or die.

    Miki Jones lives her life by her own strict set of rules, to keep control, to keep the gray fog of grief at bay. Then she’s pulled into the Game, where she—and her team—will die unless she follows a new set of rules: those set by the mysterious Committee.

    But rules don’t mean answers, and without answers, it’s hard to trust. People are dying. The rules are unraveling. And Miki knows she’s being watched, uncertain if it’s the Drau or someone—something—else. Forced to make impossible choices and battling to save those she loves, Miki begins to see the Committee in a glaring new light.

    And then the Game crosses a new boundary, pushes harder into Miki’s and her friends’ lives, and there’s nothing in the rules that can save them now.

    Push is the sequel Rush fans will be screaming for.


    Lies My Girlfriend Told MeLIES MY GIRLFRIEND TOLD ME by Julie Anne Peters

    Pub. Date: June 10, 2014

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    When Alix’s charismatic girlfriend, Swanee, dies from sudden cardiac arrest, Alix is overcome with despair. As she searches Swanee’s room for mementos of their relationship, she finds Swanee’s cell phone, pinging with dozens of texts sent from a mysterious contact, L.T. The most recent text reads: “Please tell me what I did. Please, Swan. Te amo. I love you.”

    Shocked and betrayed, Alix learns that Swanee has been leading a double life–secretly dating a girl named Liana the entire time she’s been with Alix. Alix texts Liana from Swanee’s phone, pretending to be Swanee in order to gather information before finally meeting face-to-face to break the news.

    Brought together by Swanee’s lies, Alix and Liana become closer than they’d thought possible. But Alix is still hiding the truth from Liana. Alix knows what it feels like to be lied to–but will coming clean to Liana mean losing her, too?


    The MercilessTHE MERCILESS by Danielle Vega

    Pub. Date: June 12, 2014

    Publisher: Razorbill

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    Description:

    Forgive us, Father, for we have sinned

    Brooklyn Stevens sits in a pool of her own blood, tied up and gagged. No one outside of these dank basement walls knows she’s here. No one can hear her scream.

    Sofia Flores knows she shouldn’t have gotten involved. When she befriended Riley, Grace, and Alexis on her first day at school, she admired them, with their perfect hair and their good-girl ways. They said they wanted to save Brooklyn. They wanted to help her. Sofia didn’t realize they believed Brooklyn was possessed.

    Now, Riley and the girls are performing an exorcism on Brooklyn—but their idea of an exorcism is closer to torture than salvation. All Sofia wants is to get out of this house. But there is no way out. Sofia can’t go against the other girls . . . unless she wants to be next. . . .

    In this chilling debut, Danielle Vega delivers blood-curdling suspense and terror on every page. By the shockingly twisted end, readers will be faced with the most haunting question of all: Is there evil in all of us?


    GloryGLORY (Dust Chronicles #3) by Maureen McGowan

    Pub. Date: June 10, 2014

    Publisher: Skyscape

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    Description:

    Glory is a Deviant. That is what she was always taught, growing up in the domed city of Haven. She has the power to kill with her gaze, but she’s learned to control this power and use it only against the monstrous Shredders, who survive on the asteroid dust that mutated their DNA.

    Now living in a settlement Outside, Glory has the chance to embrace her “Gift” and reunite her remaining family. But she can’t hide from the threat of Shredder attacks or the knowledge of what Management is doing to the employees of Haven.

    Can she face losing everything she has left to bring freedom to Haven? Will she choose the familiar safety of Cal’s love or risk Burn’s dangerous passion? Ultimately, Glory must decide how far she is willing to go to keep her family safe, and what it really means to be a monster.

    This is the riveting finale to The Dust Chronicles trilogy.


    InlandINLAND by Kat Rosenfield

    Pub. Date: June 12, 2014

    Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

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    Description:

    The psychological labyrinth of a young woman’s insidious connection to the sea, from the Edgar Award nominated author of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone.

    Callie Morgan has long lived choked by the failure of her own lungs, the result of an elusive pulmonary illness that has plagued her since childhood. A childhood marked early by the drowning death of her mother—a death to which Callie was the sole witness. Her father has moved them inland, away from the memories of the California coast her mother loved so much and toward promises of recovery—and the escape of denial—in arid, landlocked air.

    But after years of running away, the promise of a life-changing job for her father brings Callie and him back to the coast, to Florida, where Callie’s symptoms miraculously disappear. For once, life seems delightfully normal. But the ocean’s edge offers more than healing air … it holds a magnetic pull, drawing Callie closer and closer to the chilly, watery embrace that claimed her mother. Returned to the ocean, Callie comes of age and comes into a family destiny that holds generations of secrets and very few happy endings.


    HexedHEXED (The Witch Hunter #1) by Michelle Krys

    Pub. Date: June 10, 2014

    Publisher: Delacorte Press

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    Description:

    If high school is all about social status, Indigo Blackwood has it made. Sure, her quirky mom owns an occult shop, and a nerd just won’t stop trying to be her friend, but Indie is a popular cheerleader with a football-star boyfriend and a social circle powerful enough to ruin everyone at school. Who wouldn’t want to be her?

    Then a guy dies right before her eyes. And the dusty old family Bible her mom is freakishly possessive of is stolen. But it’s when a frustratingly sexy stranger named Bishop enters Indie’s world that she learns her destiny involves a lot more than pom-poms and parties. If she doesn’t get the Bible back, every witch on the planet will die. And that’s seriously bad news for Indie, because according to Bishop, she’s a witch too.

    Suddenly forced into a centuries-old war between witches and sorcerers, Indie’s about to uncover the many dark truths about her life—and a future unlike any she ever imagined on top of the cheer pyramid.


    The Fallen CoverTHE FALLEN (The Enemy #5) by Charlie Higson

    Pub. Date: June 10, 2014

    Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The Enemy is among us . . . First the sickness rotted the adults’ minds. Then their bodies. Now they stalk the streets of London, hunting human flesh.

    The Holloway crew are survivors. They’ve fought their way across the city and made it to the Natural History Museum alive–just barely. But their fight will never end while the Enemy lives, unless there’s another way. . . .

    The kids at the museum are looking for a cure. All they need are medical supplies.To get them they must venture down unfamiliar streets, where it isn’t only crazed, hungry sickos who lurk in the shadows.

    In this fifth terrifying entry in Charlie Higson’s Enemy series, suddenly it’s not so clear who–or what–the enemy is.


    On the Road to Find OutON THE ROAD TO FIND OUT by Rachel Toor

    Pub. Date: June 10, 2014

    Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    A funny, uplifting debut about running, romance—and dealing with college rejection and other hurdles

    On New Year’s Day, Alice Davis goes for a run. Her first ever. It’s painful and embarrassing, but so was getting denied by the only college she cares about. Alice knows she has to stop sitting around and complaining to her best friend, Jenni, and her pet rat, Walter, about what a loser she is. But what doesn’t know is that by taking those first steps out the door, she is setting off down a road filled with new challenges—including vicious side stitches, chafing in unmentionable places, and race-paced first love—and strengthening herself to endure when the going suddenly gets tougher than she ever imagined.


    Starbird Murphy and the World OutsideSTARBIRD MUPHY AND THE WORLD OUTSIDE by Karen Finneyfrock

    Pub. Date: June 12, 2014

    Publisher: Viking Juvenile

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    In her sixteen years of life, Starbird has never touched a dollar bill. She’s never been in a car. She’s never used a cell phone. That’s because Starbird has always lived on the Free Family Farm, a commune in the woods of Washington State. But all that is about to change. When Starbird gets her “Calling” to be a waitress at the Free Family’s restaurant in Seattle, she decides to leave behind the only home she’s ever known.

    Nothing could have prepared Starbird for the World Outside, or for what it would teach her about the Family—and herself.

    From the author of The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door comes this hilarious and poignant story about finding your true calling in life.


    Other Releases

    WHEN MR. DOG BITES by Brian Conaghan

    CRATER TRUEBLOOD AND THE LUNAR RESCUE COMPANY (Helium-3 #3) by

    I BECOME SHADOW by Joe Shine


    It’s an amazing week for new releases. I have at least four books that I hadn’t pre-ordered that I plan on buying once I get my next paycheck – THE STRANGE MAID, BORN OF DECEPTION, PUSH and LIES MY GIRLFRIEND TOLD ME. And as THE MERCILESS sounds so creepy and awesome I’m probably going to be adding that to the collection, too.

    Oooh…. and maybe INLAND.

    Ugh… so many books!

    Okay, so I’m not really complaining. But still. Each week my Kindle flips two pages with all the new releases and review eBooks. And I definitely cannot read even close to that fast. But I’m trying.

    And on that note, so that I can get back to reading my current read, which releases next week, I’ll just wish you a happy book birthday to those with books releasing today and happy reading to those who just can’t wait to dive into these newly released books!

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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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    Cover Reveal: Wings + Giveaway

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    WINGS (Black City #3) by Elizabeth Richards

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    I was so super stoked when I saw the email from Good Choice Reading Blog Tours to participate in the reveal for the third book in the Black City trilogy by Elizabeth Richards. I absolutely loved the covers for the first two books in the series – BLACK CITY’s cover was my favorite – and I couldn’t wait to see what the cover for this third and final book in the series looked like.

    Each of the covers are amazing and have a connection with the story. So, sight unseen I signed up for this reveal. And…

    My Thoughts

    This is my favorite cover in the series. It is absolutely gorgeous. There is not one thing I don’t love about this cover.

    It ties in perfectly with the other two covers. The fonts are bold and the text layout is exactly that of PHOENIX’s cover. The image, with its form of destruction, is much more similar to that of BLACK CITY’s cover.

    And both its and BLACK CITY’s cooler tones make them the perfect bookends to the much warmer tones and softer look of PHOENIX’s cover with its golden backdrop and burning orangey-red feather.

    As someone who loves these particular shades of blue, I think the colors used for this cover are so pretty and incredibly visually appealing. And even though I’m not particularly fond of butterflies, I can’t help but love this one. The image makes such a statement. It’s strong but also fragile and breakable.

    But most of all, this cover makes me so curious as to what it means for the final book in the series. As the book’s description is not yet posted on Goodreads, and it’s not yet viewable at Amazon or Barnes & Noble, I have no idea what is in story for Ash and Natalie in this final installment.

    With a cover like this, I know it’s going to be awesome. And seeing it has made me that much more anxious for the next book in the series, which I hope is coming sooner in 2014 rather than later.

    Other Books in the Series

    Black City

    BLACK CITY (Black City #1)

    Released November 13, 2012

    A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.

    In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

    When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

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    Phoenix

    PHOENIX (Black City #2)

    Released June 4, 2013

    Ash and Natalie are just starting to build a life together when things in the United Sentry States go from bad to worse. Ash and Natalie find themselves at the center of turmoil when dictator Purian Rose threatens Natalie’s life unless Ash votes in favor of Rose’s Law—a law that will send Darklings and other dissenters to a deadly concentration camp known as the Tenth.

    When Ash can’t bring himself to trade Natalie’s life for those of millions of Darklings, her fate is sealed. Enter Elijah Theroux, the handsome Bastet boy Natalie once saved from her mother’s labs, where he’d been experimented on and tortured. It was his venom the Sentry used to create the lethal Golden Haze, the heart of the government conspiracy that led to Black City’s uprising and Ash’s rebirth as the Phoenix, the face of the rebellion. Elijah is back and Ash doesn’t like him; it’s clear he’s taken with Natalie, and Ash fears she may have feelings for him as well.

    But Elijah also may have the answer to taking down Purian Rose for good—a powerful weapon called the Ora. Ash, Natalie and Elijah just have to escape Black City undetected to find it. But fleeing the city and finding this weapon (if it even exists) are easier said than done, and the quest could tear Ash and Natalie apart, even pushing them into the arms of others.

    This enthralling sequel to Black City is just as absorbing, delicious and steamy as the first book, leaving readers hungry for the series conclusion.

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    About the Author

    Elizabeth Richards

    About Elizabeth Richards

    Elizabeth Richards is an award-winning journalist, who spent her early career reviewing videogames before making the bold (or crazy) move into travel writing, despite suffering from terrible travel sickness.

    In her spare time, she ran a successful lifestyle website aimed at teenage girls, where she got to interview many of her favourite bands, go to gigs and basically blag loads of free swag all in the name of ‘research’.

    Elizabeth lives in Buckinghamshire, England, with her husband. Black City is her debut novel.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #127

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

    These are books for the week of June 4th-June 10th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Elegy

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    ELEGY by Tara Hudson releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 400 pages.

    ELEGY is the third and final book in author Tara Hudson’s Hereafter trilogy.

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    I’m both happy and sad that ELEGY is releasing this week. I have been waiting for its release to get caught up on the series. But now that it has, I’m not sure I’m ready for it to end.

    I did end up reading the description – I couldn’t help myself – and it makes me nervous that maybe Amelia and Joshua won’t get their happily ever afterlife after all. The description mentions “impossible choices” and fighting back, so I’m still going to hold out hope for them both.

    I adored the first book in this series, I thought there was a sweetness to it, an innocence, and I cannot wait to find out how this series ends… well, just as soon as I’m able to make myself say goodbye, that is.

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    Phoenix

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    PHOENIX by Elizabeth Richards releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 368 pages.

    PHOENIX is the second book in author Elizabeth Richards’ Black City trilogy. The third and final book, currently untitled, is slated for release in 2014.

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    I only recently read BLACK CITY and I loved the world the author created with the Darklings and Purian Rose. And I loved that the story switched POVs between Ash and Natalie.

    I’d hoped to read PHOENIX before its release, but wasn’t able to, but I will definitely be reading it this week. Because I really want to know what happens after that shocking finish to book one.

    The description promises an even darker book than the first. And things in the United Sentry States definitely seem to have gotten more chaotic. But what makes me the most anxious is that it talks of a heartbreaking love story.

    So, of course, I cannot wait to read this middle book in the trilogy.

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    The Elementals

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    THE ELEMENTALS by Saundra Mitchell releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Harcourt Children’s Books, the print edition is 304 pages.

    THE ELEMENTALS is the third book in author Saundra Mitchell’s The Vespertine series.

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    I loved Saundra Mitchell’s THE VESPERTINE. And while I am not quite caught up on this series there is no way I wouldn’t add THE ELEMENTALS to my collection this week.

    I love how each book in this series involves a new main character. And I cannot wait to meet Kate Witherspoon in this book… and Julian Birch.

    I’m curious to see exactly what their powers entail and how they manage to “triumph over death, and over time.” And I’m even more curious to find out what price they’ll have to pay.

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    The Testing

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    THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, the print edition is 352 pages.

    THE TESTING is the first book in author Joelle Charbonneau’s new series of the same name. The second book in the series, INDEPENDENT STUDY, is slated for release on January 7, 2014. A prequel novella, THE TESTING GUIDE, was released in April.

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    I hadn’t heard of THE TESTING until Jaime of Two Chicks on Books told me I had to read it and that it was a must read book. As I hadn’t had an early copy I took her advice and pre-ordered it without actually having read the description.

    But now that I have I’m super excited to own it and even more excited to read it. I love the idea that in this future friends could just as easily be enemies and that the planet is a “charred wasteland.”

    I love that there are a “chosen few” who must pass a test in order to have the chance at a promising future but that this test might have a darker side. And I can’t wait to meet Cia and Tomas and find out whether Cia chooses “love without truth or life without trust.”

    I am now so intrigued by this description I might just have to try and sneak it in later this week.

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    Siege and Storm

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    SIEGE AND STORM by Leigh Bardugo releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Henry Holt and Co. Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 448 pages.

    SIEGE AND STORM is the second full-length book in author Leigh Bardugo’s The Grisha series. The third book, RUIN AND RISING, is slated for release in 2014. There are currently three novellas in this series: THE WITCH OF DUVA, THE TAILOR and THE TOO-CLEVER FOX.

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    I have heard nothing but amazing things about this series. I even had my hands on an early copy of SIEGE AND STORM due to a trade but passed it on when I knew I wouldn’t get to read the first book in the series before its release.

    But I definitely plan on reading this series – I own book one already – so I just had to purchase this second book in the series for when I do get the chance to dive in.

    This series sounds epic and a bit different from many of the books I typically read. But I am so very curious to meet Alina and Mal and see what being a Sun Summoner means and just what Alina’s destiny is.

    The description mentions a choice between country, power and love and I can’t wait to find out which one Alina chooses in this second book.

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    Tidal

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    TIDAL by Amanda Hocking releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 352 pages.

    TIDAL is the third book in author Amanda Hocking’s Watersong series. The fourth and final full-length book, ELEGY, is slated for release on August 6, 2013.

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    I am super stoked that TIDAL releases today. I had it pre-ordered for my Kindle but I can’t wait for the print edition to be delivered so that it can join the first two books on my book towers.

    I already rambled on quite a bit in my Book Watch post the other week, so I won’t go on and on here. This post is long enough already. But I will just say it sounds like things for Gemma are getting even more dangerous and dire so I can’t wait to find out what happens.

    Though I may read it closer to the release of ELEGY this August, so I won’t have to suffer from a potential cliffhanger ending.

    And I just have to add that this is my favorite cover of the series so far. It seems so much darker than its predecessors, which makes me just a little bit nervous about the direction of this third book.

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    The Keep

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    THE KEEP by Veronica Wolff releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by NAL Trade, the print edition is 336 pages.

    THE KEEP is the fourth book in author Veronica Wolff’s The Watchers series.

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    I only recently learned that THE KEEP was releasing this week so I ran to Amazon to pre-order it for my Kindle. I am majorly behind on this series but I own every single book and definitely plan on reading them all in a marathon read one of these days.

    While I’m not caught up on this series I have read each and every one of the descriptions – I just couldn’t help myself – and I can’t wait to read this installment. It talks of vengeance, deceits and a castle from which the living don’t return.

    It also mentions that there may be someone else out for revenge other than Drew. Someone after her.

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    Abandon

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    ABANDON by Elana Johnson releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in hardcover, paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 464 pages.

    ABANDON is the third book in author Elana Johnson’s Possession series.

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    I have not yet met Vi, Jag and Zenn but I own all the books in this series and I’m so excited to meet them all now that ABANDON has released. And having read the description for this third book in the series, I think it may be the most exciting one yet.

    I’m so very curious who the traitor is and if his choices bring about the “total destruction” of what Vi has fought for. And I’m super curious to see if Vi, Jag and Zenn are able to work together to help the Resistance.

    I seriously love the first three lines of the description. If I hadn’t been sold on this series already, they would have won me over. And they make me even more anxious to read each book and find out whether Vi, Jag and Zenn are successful or if their efforts end in failure.

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    Soul Taken

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    SOUL TAKEN by Katlyn Duncan releases in the U.S. today, June 4, 2013, in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online in eBook format at AMAZON.

    The eBook is published by Carina.

    SOUL TAKEN is the first book in author Katlyn Duncan’s The Life After trilogy.

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    I very recently learned of SOUL TAKEN by Katlyn Duncan. But with its amazing cover and interesting premise I just had to pre-order it for my Kindle. And I’m super excited to read it.

    Even though it’s the first book in the series, because it’s releasing in eBook format only, I won’t have to wait ages for the next installment. Which makes me very, very happy. Because I do not love waiting.

    However, I do love the idea that Maggie is a Soul Collector who gets caught in the body of a “mean girl.” I am super curious to see just what life will be like for her in the human world, whether she’ll be able to save the girl’s soul and whether she’ll be able to free her own.

    Other Books of Note

    Not a YA title (I pre-ordered)
    Gameboard of the Gods

    GAMEBOARD OF THE GODS (Age of X #1) by Richelle Mead

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Dutton Adult

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    An eNovella (I pre-ordered)

    A Dawn Most Wicked

    A DAWN MOST WICKED (Something Strange and Deadly #0.5) by Susan Dennard

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    PODs

    PODs by Michelle Pickett

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Moon and More

    THE MOON AND MORE by Sarah Dessen

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Viking Juvenile

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Impossibility of Tomorrow

    THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF TOMORROW (Incarnation #2) by Avery Williams

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    You Look Different In Real Life

    YOU LOOK DIFFERENT IN REAL LIFE by Jennifer Castle

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: HarperTeen

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    When You Were Here

    WHEN YOU WERE HERE by Daisy Whitney

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Wall

    THE WALL by William Sutcliffe

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Walker Childrens

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Confderates Don't Wear Couture

    CONFEDERATES DON’T WEAR COUTURE (Pilgrims #2) by Stephanie Kate Strohm

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Graphia

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Style: "Porcelain vivid"

    OVER YOU by Amy Reed

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Stormbringers

    STORMBRINGERS (Order of Darkness #2) by Philippa Gregory

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Compliance

    COMPLIANCE (Dust Chronicles #2) by Maureen McGowan

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Skyscape

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Tides

    TIDES by Betsy Cornwell

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Clarion Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    The Academy Game On

    THE ACADEMY: GAME ON by Monica Seles and James LaRosa

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Dusk

    DUSK by Eve Edwards

    Pub. Date: June 6, 2013

    Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd.

    (AMAZON)

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    Letting Ana Go

    LETTING ANA GO by Anonymous

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Insomnia

    INSOMNIA (The Night Walkers #1) by J.R. Johansson

    Pub. Date: June 8, 2013

    Publisher: Flux

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Gloss

    GLOSS by Marilyn Kaye

    Pub. Date: June 6, 2013

    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

    (AMAZON)

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    Underneath

    UNDERNEATH by Sarah Jamila Stevenson

    Pub. Date: June 8, 2013

    Publisher: Flux

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Previously self-published

    Breathe

    BREATHE (Sea Breeze #1) by Abbi Glines

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Reprint Edition

    Sun-Kissed

    SUN-KISSED (Beach Lane #3) by Melissa de la Cruz

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Reprint Edition

    Crazy-Hot

    CRAZY-HOT (Beach Lane #4) by Melissa de la Cruz

    Pub. Date: June 4, 2013

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    This week is more than insane with the number of books releasing. I am not going to say much here as I think I’ve already said more than enough already. But I’m super excited to read Richelle Mead’s new novel and check out Susan Dennard’s eNovella, both of which I pre-ordered.

    And I’m likely going to end up purchasing Sarah Dessen’s THE MOON AND MORE, Avery Williams’ THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF TOMORROW and Jennifer Castle’s YOU LOOK DIFFERENT IN REAL LIFE.

    Though I’m glad I didn’t pre-order them or I would never have finished putting together this post. And I’m not sure my Kindle could have handled all the downloads if I had. It was struggling enough when my books started downloading last night. But I’m one second away from clicking the links to buy those titles right now.

    I am hopeful I didn’t miss anything releasing this week. Amazon has been a little sketchy lately and I’m not sure I caught every title. But I didn’t forget any of the ones I had pre-ordered… at least I think I didn’t.

    But if there are a few awesome books releasing this week that I missed or ones that I did find that you can’t wait to read, I’d love know.

    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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    Review: Black City

    Black City

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    BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards was released in the U.S. on November 13, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats and will be releasing in paperback format on May 7, 2013.

    It is currently available to order online in hardcover and eBook formats and is available to pre-order in paperback format at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 384 pages.

    BLACK CITY is the first book in a series of the same name by author Elizabeth Richards. The second book in the series, PHOENIX, is slated for release on May 28, 2013 and the third book in the series, currently untitled, is due out in 2014.

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    A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.

    In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

    When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

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    BLACK CITY is a dark and intriguing post-apocalyptic story set in a chilling future where fear gives one man absolute power to rule with cruelty and violence and to oppress an entire race of beings. It is also a love story of two people forbidden to be together because of who they are, but who are willing to risk everything for love, including their lives.

    Ash Fisher is a twin-blood. Part-human, part-Darkling he doesn’t quite fit in with either race. Forced to live with his father on the human side of the Boundary Wall where he is looked upon by many with fear and repulsion, he is left to wonder if life in the Darkling ghetto, the Legion, would be better.

    Natalie Buchanan is the daughter of the Sentry Emissary. As part of the ruling class, she could have everything. But after what happened with her father and sister, moving to Black City and following her mother’s orders is the last thing she wants to do. Even though there’s nothing left for her in Centrum, she wishes she could return, because being back in Black City is so much worse.

    But everything changes when Ash and Natalie’s worlds collide.

    Instantly fearful of, distrusting and hateful toward one another, they hope their paths will never cross again. Even though their touch set off sparks. And even though they find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another.

    Because being together is forbidden and being branded a race traitor is a death sentence in the United Sentry States.

    Elizabeth Richards has created an imaginative and richly detailed world in BLACK CITY. A dark and gritty backdrop, a fascinating new race of beings – the Darklings – and a terrifying leader who is willing to exterminate an entire race to further his agenda, make for an immensely entertaining read.

    And with a star-crossed love story, told from both characters’ perspectives, this story is exciting, suspenseful and absolutely heartbreaking.

    In BLACK CITY, the author builds the foundation for what is to come in future books in the series. The world-building is elaborate, with much of it presented at the outset, which initially slows the pace and impedes the story’s flow. But once the information is laid out about the world and its characters, the pace picks up and has a nice cadence as it switches back and forth between the two main characters’ perspectives.

    Even with its paranormal element and futuristic setting, the story has a realistic feel, which gives it depth. The  world mirrors a real life dictatorship where people are governed by fear, driven to decisions that cause them to turn a blind-eye to oppression and are willing to turn their back on their loved ones if it means avoiding the wrath of those in power.

    BLACK CITY is a fantastic and incredibly engaging start to this series. With moments that are breathtaking in both their beauty and their cruelty and a build-up to an ending that can only be called riveting, this story will appeal to readers who like their stories a bit dark, who enjoy putting their emotions on a roller coaster and who want to be transported to a future that doesn’t in the least bit resemble a utopia.

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    It took me a dozen or so pages to get into BLACK CITY. While I was instantly intrigued by Ash, the world-building at the outset was a bit overwhelming. Especially as I was reading with a review in mind.

    I ended up having to stop and take notes every couple of sentences, which kept me from engaging with the story right from the start. As much of the information didn’t end up being necessary to an understanding of the story, and a lot of what was presented didn’t factor into this first book in the series, I would have preferred to have it introduced in smaller doses a bit further into the story rather than right at the beginning.

    That being said, I loved this world. It was dark and chilling and all sorts of horrible for most of its citizens. Its leader was the epitome of evil. Even his name, Purian Rose, gave me the heebie-jeebies. And yet I can’t wait to learn more about him and the rest of those in power in the United Sentry States in subsequent books in this series.

    I am also completely fascinated by the Darklings. While I still don’t fully grasp what they are – vampire/faerie hybrids perhaps or something altogether new? – they are so very interesting. And I’m just so curious what powers they would have if they weren’t so severely oppressed.

    I also loved that the story switched between Ash and Natalie’s perspectives. Which was a bit of a surprise because I’m usually a single POV kind of reader. While I would have loved to have more time discovering the world from Ash’s point-of-view, as Natalie was sometimes a bit clueless, I loved getting to see more of the world because of the dual perspectives.

    And while I don’t want to reveal too much, I just have to talk about the love story. It’s the reason why I picked up this book in the first place. The second I saw the description which called this “a dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story,” I knew it would be a book I just had to read.

    The love story had the right amounts of angst to make me feel all twisted up inside. Even though things sometimes felt rushed, I couldn’t help but fall in love with Ash and Natalie’s love story. It was the forbidden, star-crossed, Romeo and Juliet kind of love story. And it totally made me melt.

    And oh my gosh that ending! I just have to talk about that too. Well… that thing that happened right before the end. My heart broke. I totally knew what was going to happen – I accidentally read the first line of the description for the sequel – but the knowing actually made it that much more torturous to read. I kept waiting for the moment “it” would happen, wondering just how it was going to happen, which made me anxious long before I might have been had I not known.

    BLACK CITY was not at all what I expected it to be. I anticipated a typical dystopian setting with some kind of dictatorship. I expected a forbidden love story. I expected dark. But the story and setting were so much more interesting and elaborate than I thought they would be.

    The world the author created was much darker, more detailed and far more complex than I could have imagined. The dual perspectives allowed for a stronger connection to the two main characters and a longer look at their very disparate worlds. And its characters, the Darklings especially, were absolutely fascinating. Though Ash Fisher was totally in line with my expectations and just as swoon-worthy as I’d hoped he would be.

    This story was so very different from what I’d thought it would be, but its differences are what made it so incredibly appealing. And it took everything I had not to immediately start reading PHOENIX to continue the story and stay in this world.

    Favorite passage…

    I had a few favorite passages. Two that were a bit too long to include… and then there was this one…. It gives me chill bumps, too.

    His gaze is like a thrilling darkness sliding over my body, cold like winter’s frost, leaving a trail of goose pimples where his eyes have touched me.

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    My Reading Pile #109

    This was a really slow week at the mailbox. Well… maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. I decided to spend an entire week hiding from my mailbox. It’s very likely there were no books, as I wasn’t expecting any, but if there were, when I check tomorrow I’ll have a lovely surprise.

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    So, for this week I can only talk about the books I am reading, or plan on reading. As I have a visitor coming in from out of town later this week, I’ll likely not get much reading done. And if I want this post to go up next Saturday I’ll have to prep it in advance, so there may be another book-free mailbox in next week’s post, too.

    But I do have two great reads on the pile this week. Both were totally unplanned. But as I’ve been in such a mood to read dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels and multiple books in a series, I moved them to the top of the pile. So…

    Here are the books I have in my reading pile this week.
    (April 14, 2013 – April 20, 2013)

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    First up on the pile is BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards. I’d purchased a copy for my Kindle when it released last year. I hadn’t actually heard of it until the massive promotional blitz for it, which normally might have sent me running in the opposite direction, but the campaign was a good one and it did put a book that might not otherwise have been on my radar on it.

    And once I read the description I just had to have it. The first sentence completely sold me. But the rest – the Romeo and Juliet love story, the intrigue of these beings called Darklings, a “deadly conspiracy” – would have had me running to the eBookstore even if that first sentence weren’t there.

    Of course, it’s taken some time for me to actually get it on my reading pile. But now that I have an early copy of PHOENIX and the release date for the paperback version of BLACK CITY is nearly here, I just couldn’t resist putting it on the pile this week.

    And I actually may have already started reading it. Because I just couldn’t wait for Sunday. And I am LOVING it so far.

    A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.

    In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable—they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed—but their feelings are too strong.

    When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths.

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    Next up on the pile is PHOENIX by Elizabeth Richards. I am so excited to have received a couple of early review copies from the publisher, Putnam, and while it isn’t releasing until June, I just couldn’t resist the chance to read this sequel back-to-back with BLACK CITY.

    I have been in such a mood to read multiple books in a series back-to-back. Right now I almost don’t want to read any books, unless they’re series-ending books or standalones, without at least two books for me to dive into.

    So, I’m super excited to have this sequel to read immediately after finishing BLACK CITY. Of course I’m kicking myself for adding the book descriptions to these posts because I accidentally read the first line for this sequel and it’s really revealing. Granted, it’s not like I’d have to suffer a cliffhanger ending for very long, since I’d just have to pick up the sequel. But knowing how one part of the story ends just kills me.

    I am still excited to read this follow-up, though. And I might just be even more excited, because now I want to know just how what happened to the character happened and just what it all means. And even though I’ve been spoiled by the first line in this description, I will not read any more of it, as I want the rest to be a surprise.

    If all goes well, I will be able to start reading PHOENIX on Tuesday. As I know with my guest arriving on Thursday I won’t get any reading done after that.

    Weeks after his crucifixion and rebirth as Phoenix, Ash Fisher believes his troubles are far behind him. He and Natalie are engaged and life seems good. But his happiness is short-lived when he receives a threatening visit from Purian Rose, who gives Ash an ultimatum: vote in favor of Rose’s Law permanently relegating Darklings to the wrong side of the wall or Natalie will be killed.

    The decision seems obvious to Ash; he must save Natalie. But when Ash learns about The Tenth, a new and deadly concentration camp where the Darklings would be sent, the choice doesn’t seem so simple. Unable to ignore his conscience, Ash votes against Rose’s Law, signing Natalie’s death warrant and putting a troubled nation back into the throes of bloody battle.

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    Wishful Thinking Reads:

    I would love to read the next book in the Blood of Eden series. But given the fact that it’s not even close to its release date, I really can’t even justify wishing for it. And because I have so many books I should be reading right now, I probably shouldn’t even allow myself to wish for any.

    Of course, I’d also love to be reading the final book in the Southern Vampires series, DEAD EVER AFTER by Charlaine Harris. But as that doesn’t come out for a few weeks and I don’t have an early copy, it is only ever going to be a wish.

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    Those Left Behind:

    So I did read RISE from the previous week’s pile, so that is no longer left behind. I even reviewed it. And I am still reading UNBREAKABLE – I seem to have misplaced my book light temporarily so I switched things up and started reading a book on my Kindle instead. Without a doubt I will finish it this weekend.

    But I did not get the chance to read GODDESS. Which I am going to try and read after I finish the two books on this week’s pile if I do get some free time later in the week. Though I think it’s more likely it will be a back on the pile read next week.

    I am still not caught up on reviews, though I hope I’ll be able to get at least one of three long overdue reviews done this weekend. But as I have one more book to review and six other posts I need to create between now and Monday, I’m not entirely sure I’ll be able to. As always, I am hopeful.

    I’m just much more in a reading mood than a writing mood at the moment, so it is very difficult to go against the urge to pick up those books. But I’m trying to be good. I think I’m failing….

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    NetGalley Pile Adds & Finds:

    I may have gone a little crazy on NetGalley this week and requested four titles…

    Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

    BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Genevieve Tucholke (Penguin Young Readers Group, Aug 15, 2013)

    Belladonna

    BELLADONNA (Secrets of the Eternal Rose #2) by Fiona Paul (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jul 16, 2013)

    Earthbound

    EARTHBOUND by Aprilynne Pike (Razorbill, Jul 30, 2013)

    The Fury

    THE FURY by Alexander Gordon Smith (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Jul 23, 2013)

    While approval is pending on the three Penguin titiles I am keeping my fingers crossed and holding my breath. It’s not likely I’ll get approved for any of them, but a girl can dream.

    And it seems there are a ton of titles from the  Penguin Group’s catalog that have been added to NetGalley in the past week, along with some other interesting sounding books. And they are…

    STARCURSED (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2) by Jessica Spotswood (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jun 18, 2013)

    PHOENIX (Black City #2) by Elizabeth Richards (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jun 4, 2013)

    TARNISH (Gilt #2) by Katherine Longshore (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jun 18, 2013)

    THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Robin Palmer (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jun 27, 2013)

    OUR SONG by Jordanna Fraiberg (Penguin Young Readers Group, May 2, 2013)

    FLICKER & BURN (Cold Fury #2) by T.M. Goeglein (Penguin Young Readers Group, Aug 20, 2013)

    PROXY by Alex London (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jun 18, 2013)

    ALL I NEED by Susane Colasanti (Penguin Young Readers Group, May 21, 2013)

    THIS SIDE OF JEALOUSY (The Innocents #2) by Lili Peloquin (Penguin Young Readers Group, Aug 20, 2013)

    SYLO by D.J. MacHale (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jul 2, 2013)

    FIVE SUMMERS by Una LaMarche (Penguin Young Readers Group, May 16, 2013)

    IMPOSTOR (Variants #1) by Susanne Winnacker (Penguin Young Readers Group, May 23, 2013)

    BATTLE LINES (Department 19 #3) by Will Hill (Penguin Young Readers Group, Aug 29, 2013)

    45 POUNDS (MORE OR LESS) by Kelly Barson (Penguin Young Readers Group, Jul 11, 2013)

    INTUITION by C.J. Omololu (Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books, Jun 18, 2013)

    LOVE IN THE TIME OF GLOBAL WARMING by Francesa Lia Block (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Aug 27, 2013)

    ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? by Jordan Sonnenblick (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Sep 3, 2013)

    BROTHER, BROTHER by Clay Carmichael (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Aug 20, 2013)

    TIDES by Betsy Cornwell (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Jun 4, 2013)

    NOTHING BUT BLUE by Lisa Jahn-Clough (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 7, 2013)

    THE ELITE (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass (HarperCollins UK Children’s, Apr 11, 2013)

    GOOD FOR YOU (Between the Lines #3) by Tammara Webber (Penguin Books Australia, May 22, 2013) **ONLY for Australian Bloggers/Reviewers**

    There are a TON of books on this list. It took me forever to pull them together, and it was even more of a challenge not to request all of them. Though I did end up requesting two of the four titles listed above that I found while researching. Research is sooooo dangerous.

    Thankfully I have printed ARCs of PHOENIX, STAR CURSED and FLICKER & BURN or I’d have three more titles I’d be requesting. As it is, I’m fighting the urge not to request TARNISH, THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET and OUR SONG. It’s not easy.

    And while I only include YA titles on this list, if you like to read Middle Grade books, Penguin has a lot of new super cute sounding titles available to request, so be sure to check them out!

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    I didn’t get much reading done this week as I had a number of posts that I needed to create and I spent a little bit too much time playing around on my new “tester” blog. Which is no longer going to be a blog I test my posts on because my designer – Parajunkee Design – made it way too awesome…

    Book Blog Site

    Of course now that it isn’t going to be a tester, I’m having a few more tweaks done. And creating a new tester blog… which she’s designing. Uh oh.

    But I hope to be much more productive this weekend as far as reading and reviewing goes. Though with all those posts I need to create, I don’t know how much reading I’ll get done. I am still hopeful for the reviews, however.

    Anyway…

    I’d hoped to post this last night, but given the fact that I crashed at 10:30 and then woke up at Midnight only long enough to check that my post on The Annex went live, I had to wait until morning to finish and proofread it.

    And although I didn’t get any books in the mailbox – at least I don’t think I did – I hope you got some amazing titles and have a few you are planning on reading this week.

    If you’d like to share your book hauls or your planned reads, leave a comment – and if you blog, a link!

    As ever, happy reading!

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #98

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

    These are books for the week of November 13th-November 19th that I have pre-ordered.

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO by Rachel Vincent was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin Teen, the print edition is 704 pages.

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO includes the full-length novels MY SOUL TO KEEP and MY SOUL TO STEAL along with the novella REAPER.

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    Okay, so I’ve read all the stories that are contained in SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO. More than once. But it’s so gorgeous I just had to pre-order a copy… or two. I have all the other books in print and I just know it will look amazing tucked between SSV1 and IF I DIE.

    This is one of my favorite series of all time and my heart is already breaking that I will have to say goodbye to it next year. But I hope that there will be a third and fourth volume with perhaps a new novella added to that final volume. My fingers are already crossed.

    As I know just how both books and the novella end in this volume I can’t possibly pretend to guess. But between Avari’s wicked ways and Sabine’s evil scheming, both full-length novels are the stuff of awesome.

    And finally getting the chance to see REAPER in print is something I’ve been waiting, wishing and hoping for, for a long, long time. Now if that delivery man would only get here soon….

    RENEGADE by J.A. Souders was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Tor Teen, the print edition is 368 pages.

    RENEGADE is the first book in the author’s The Elysium Chronicles.

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    I hadn’t heard much about RENEGADE until Jaime of Two Chicks on Books insisted this was amazing and that I had to read it asap. While it was available on NetGalley, as I knew I wouldn’t be able to read it early I immediately headed to Amazon to pre-order it for my Kindle.

    I’m now so very curious to meet Evelyn Winters and see what life is like in Elysium, an “underwater utopia.” Especially as this may not be a utopian society at all, since the description mentions “everything she knows is a lie.”

    I’m dying to find out why her memories have been altered and just who she’s under the control of. And I want to find out just what secret her mother has that “will destroy them all.”

    This book was moved to the top of my reading pile and I hope to be able to dive into it tonight.

    EXECUTION by Alexander Gordon Smith was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), the print edition is 320 pages.

    EXECUTION is the fifth and final book in the author’s Escape from Furnace series.

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    I have been waiting for what seems like forever for EXECUTION to be released. It finally downloaded to my Kindle some time after midnight but I didn’t get the chance to read it yet. And I’m a little terrified of starting it.

    I am almost positive I’m going to be heartbroken when this series ends. I am still so unbelievably sad about what has happened to certain of the characters and about what Alex has become.

    I spotlighted this for my Book Watch post last month but I’m now terrified to find out who wins in the end. The world has taken a darker turn with each installment in the series. And with a title like EXECUTION, I can only imagine things will get even darker.

    I am hopeful the “executed” will be who I want it to be. But even if that happens, I’m not at all confident that means a happy ending for Alex or his friends. And I’m more than nervous about checking out the series epilogue on the author’s website.

    Now I just have to get over my “series ending” fears and pick this book up later this week. If only it downloaded last night when I was feeling daring.

    BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Putnam Juvenile, the print edition is 384 pages.

    BLACK CITY is the first book in the author’s Black City Chronicles. The second book in the series, PHOENIX, is slated for release on June 4, 2013 and the third book, currently untitled, will release in 2014.

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    I only fairly recently – in the past three months or so – heard about BLACK CITY. I’d seen it around the blogosphere but hadn’t realized it was a YA release until I saw it on Parajunkee’s blog. And my curiosity was piqued.

    I received an ARC of BLACK CITY from the awesome Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, but haven’t yet had the chance to read it. Though I do now also have the eBook happily residing on my Kindle from my pre-order. Decisions… decisions….

    I love the first line of the description for this book – “A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war.” It’s gotten me so interested in finding out more about both the love story and the war.

    I am dying to find out what a Darkling is and why they are at war with the humans. I am so curious as to what this “mysterious connection” is that bonds Natalie and Ash, causing Ash’s heart to beat. And I’m hopeful that the choices they make don’t result in either or both of their deaths.

    I had hoped to read this early, but as that didn’t happen as planned, I am now hoping to put this back on top of the pile next week.

    BAD HAIR DAY by Carrie Harris was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 240 pages.

    BAD HAIR DAY is the second book in the author’s Kate Grable series. Also releasing today is a short story in the series entitled BAD YETI.

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    I have not yet read the first book in Carrie Harris’ series but I desperately want to. So, of course I had to pre-order BAD HAIR DAY, since I already own book one.

    I was so tempted to start the series last night before this sequel downloaded to my Kindle. Because, though I probably shouldn’t have, I did end up taking a peek at the description.

    And I love that this sequel takes on a new, hairy, paranormal element… possibly… rather than continuing the zombie menace.

    I can’t wait to meet Kate Grable and find out whether she’s just as good at sleuthing other types of attacks as she is zombie attacks. I really hope she is for her sake and for her peers’ sakes.

    And I love the last line in the description that says – “It’s scary. It’s twisted. It’s sick. It’s high school.” Yep, that about sums it up.

    Hopefully I’ll get to read this series over the long holiday weekend here in the U.S.

    REACHED by Ally Condie was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Dutton Juvenile, the print edition is 384 pages.

    REACHED is the third and final book in author Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy.

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    I have not started this series and now it’s ending with REACHED. I can’t believe it! I officially now own all the books in this series so there’s no reason why I shouldn’t start reading them. Because now I don’t have to wait to find answers.

    I want to meet Cassia and Ky and find out just what happens with these characters – whether they get a happy ending or whether their story ends in heartbreaking loss.

    I have not taken too close a look at the descriptions for these last two books because I want the story to be a surprise. But I am so curious to see how things play out.

    This series is touted as a best-selling series. And the covers are totally amazing. And now that I’ve become a fan of dystopian novels this one ranks at the top of my list of must-reads. I hope I can read all three books this December.

    ECHO by Alyson Noel was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover, paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 352 pages.

    ECHO is the second book in author Alyson Noel’s Soul Seekers series. The third book in the series, MYSTIC, releases on May 7, 2013 and the fourth book, currently untitled, is slated for release in the fall of 2013.

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    I love Alyson Noel’s writing and the enchanting worlds she creates. And while I haven’t yet started this series I do own the first book and had pre-ordered ECHO which downloaded to my Kindle today.

    I am so very curious to meet the girl who can “navigate between the worlds of the living and the dead.” Although it sounds like things take a bit of a dark turn in this second book in the series. Dark sorcerers. An evil brother whose power is growing. The balance between good and evil at risk. The entire world in jeopardy. A horrifying prophecy. And an unthinkable sacrifice.

    Yes, this definitely sounds like it takes a turn. And with characters with super awesome names like Daire, Dace and Cade, this series is one I can’t wait to read about really, really soon.

    SPEED OF LIGHT by Amber Kizer was released in the U.S. today, November 13, 2012, in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 544 pages.

    SPEED OF LIGHT is the third book in the author’s Fenestra series. Originally dubbed a trilogy, a fourth book, COUNTING TENS is slated for release in the spring of 2013.

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    I am so devastated I’ve fallen so far behind on this series. I pre-ordered SPEED OF LIGHT as soon as it was made available for the Kindle and I had hoped to be caught up with the series before this third book released. But sadly that did not happen.

    I loved getting to know Meridian in the first book in the series. I’d waited for ages until book two was released but got so busy on the blog I didn’t have time to read it when it finally was available. And now book three is out. Which means I have much catching up to do.

    Especially as it seems there will be a fourth book in the series, according to Goodreads. Though I’m wondering if it is a spinoff book from Tens’ perspective. I suppose I’ll have to wait just a bit longer to find out as the author’s website didn’t clue me in.

    I am not checking out the description as I want zero spoilers when I finally get the chance to read this book. But I loved the author’s writing in book one, I loved the idea of the Fenestra and I loved the characters she created. And I really, really hope to be able to catch up on this series before COUNTING TENS is available next spring.

    WOLF PACT Part 3 by Melissa de la Cruz was released today, November 13, 2012, in eBook format only. It is currently available to order online as an eBook at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    The eBook is published by Disney Hyperion.

    WOLF PACT Part 3 is the third of four installments from author Melissa de la Cruz’s WOLF PACT. Part 4 is due out on December 4th.

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    I am waiting for all four parts of WOLF PACT to download before I start reading it. Because I don’t want to have to wait between each installment’s release. Though I probably then should have just purchased the completed eBook when it does release instead of pre-ordering each installment. Oh well.

    I did take a look at the description and it has piqued my curiosity. I want to know just what kind of trap Lawson lures Bliss into. And I want to know if they do fall in love. But as the description is vague about just what happens in this installment, I suppose I’ll have to read it to find out more.

    And once the final installment releases this December, I hope to find the answers I’ve been waiting for. But I can’t wait to read about Bliss in her very own novel, though I will always be partial to Schuyler and Jack and the rest of the Blue Bloods.

    Witch World by Christopher Pike

    Pub. Date: November 13, 2012

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    Available today for the Kindle…

    Greta and the Goblin King by Chloe Jacobs

    Kindle Pub. Date: November 13, 2012

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

    (AMAZON)

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    Forgot to pre-order this novella, but I will be ordering it today!

    Bad Yeti (Kate Grable #1.5) by Carrie Harris

    Pub. Date: November 13, 2012

    Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

    (AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE)

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    This was a huge week for releases. I don’t even know how I’ll be able to catch up on all these new books let alone the series that I’m so behind on. But I will be reading RENEGADE and EXECUTION and BLACK CITY in the next week or two.

    And I will be gently petting SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME TWO. No, I will not be breaking the spine on that book. The pretteh is only for looking at.

    Of course Amazon had to be difficult and instead of downloading all my books at nine o’clock local time, they waited until Midnight, at which time I was just about out cold and couldn’t possibly have read a thing.

    But I really must, must, must get caught up on Carrie Harris’s Kate Grable series and Amber Kizer’s Fenestra series. And if I don’t end up reading the Matched trilogy by year’s end, I’ll feel like a total fail.

    And though it’s not listed, I did end up pre-ordering Night’s Darkest Embrace by Jeaniene Frost which I am so very interested in reading later this week.

    Anyway…

    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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    My Reading Pile #85

    So it was a quiet week in the mailbox this week – as in I got no physical books in the mail. But I did cave last week and agree to a trade so I’m hoping that I’ll have a few books in next week’s mailbox to share.

    Especially as I am trying so hard to make it to year-end before reaching out to publishers for some of those coveted titles I so desire. But it’s been really, really hard. As there are so many seriously amazing books releasing this winter.

    And while I didn’t receive any physical books in the mail, I did receive an eARC for review and that is…

    [Credit for mailbox sharing goes to TSS]

    I am so super psyched to have an eARC of LUMINOSITY by Stephanie Thomas for review thanks to Entangled Teen. I received an early copy because I’m on the blog tour for LUMINOSITY in November and while my stop isn’t a review stop, I definitely plan on reading and reviewing this book prior to my stop.

    Because ever since I saw the amazing cover and read the description I’ve been dying to read it. And now I have it. Yay!

    And while I wish I could add it to the top of my reading pile this week, I do have a couple other titles ahead of it. But it just might end up on the pile next week.

    Anyway…

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

    (October 28 – November 3, 2012)

    First up on the pile is DARK TRIUMPH (His Fair Assassin #2) by Robin LaFevers. Thanks to the amazing Jaime of Two Chicks on Books, I received an ARC last week and I’ve been fighting the urge to pick it up ever since then.

    I know it’s super early and that I have a million and one other books I should be reading now, but the idea of an epic adventure with beautiful writing and setting, and a story that I already know and love is just too tempting to resist. Besides, I have been so curious to know more about Sybella, someone I wasn’t wholly certain I could trust when I first met her.

    But I can’t wait to read this story told from her perspective. I can’t wait to find out more about her backstory than was revealed in Grave Mercy. I can’t wait to see just who she meets imprisoned in the dungeons. If it’s who I hope it is, I will be so incredibly happy.

    And if all this wasn’t enough of a reason for me to be excited to read this book this week, the fact that the description calls this “heart-pounding” and promises “betrayal, treachery, and danger” that will keep me on the edge of my seat should just about do it.

    If this book is even half as amazing as Grave Mercy was, then I will be a very, very happy reader this week.

    Next up on the pile is BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards. I also received an ARC of this book from Jaime last week. And this is another book I’m so curious about that I just have to read it now.

    While I’d seen the cover across the blogosphere awhile back, I hadn’t checked out its description until very recently on Parajunkee’s blog and my curiosity was piqued. A post-apocalyptic forbidden love story with a “deadly conspiracy” and a “bloody war” sounded just so incredibly awesome I decided to pre-order it.

    But now that I have an advance reader’s copy, I can’t resist the chance to read it just a little bit early.

    I can’t wait to meet Ash Fisher and Natalie Buchanan. I’m so very curious about just what Darklings are and why there’s such animosity between the races. And I want to know just what it is about Natalie that causes Ash’s heart to beat. Especially since the description says it had been “long-dormant.”

    I hope this book is every bit as riveting as it sounds, that the two characters aren’t executed for being in love, and that the conspiracy is one they’ll be able to discover before it’s too late.

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    Wishful Thinking reads:

    Can I say EVERBOUND by Brodi Ashton again? I think I’m obsessed with this book. I might have been okay if I hadn’t thought I had an early copy coming to me. But when that didn’t pan out I became mildly obsessed with the idea of finding out just what happened after that “oh my gosh you’re kidding me I can’t believe you just did that what just happened there no no no no no no no no no” ending in EVERNEATH.

    And now that I heard this book is even more amazing than the first, I’m dying. Literally. Okay, maybe not literally but it feels a lot like it. So of course I have to add this to my wishful thinking reads this week. Because I’m wishing and hoping that the copy I traded for arrives. And if it does I am wishing and hoping that I will be able to squeeze in a few hours to read it.

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    Those left behind:

    It was another week where real life took over most of my spare time. And getting sick didn’t help, either. So I didn’t get a chance to read two books this week. And the book that I did read was one I went off-pile to read.

    I happened to be out and about with a Kindle that didn’t have SPLINTERED on it or the ability to download via 3G. So I ended up taking a peek at UNRAVELING by Elizabeth Norris. And once I did, I couldn’t possibly step away from that story. So, every free moment – not that there were many – I had this week I spent devouring that book.

    And while I haven’t finished it, I will be finishing it today and getting right back to SPLINTERED, which I hope to finish before I start on this new pile of reads I have. I am also hopeful that I’ll be able to squeeze in UNDER THE NEVER SKY because that book is one I want to read now and don’t want to become a “back on the pile” read.

    I also hope to finish those lingering reviews for STARLING and COVET. Because with NaNoWriMo starting this week, I just don’t know how much time or mental capacity I’ll have to write reviews this month.

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    NetGalley Pile Adds:

    I was so good this week, hiding from NetGalley. Until last night. And if I’d created this post earlier I could have said that I refrained from requesting anything.

    I can’t say that now. Because I did end up requesting two titles from Penguin – NATURAL BORN ANGEL by Scott Speer and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH by Maureen Johnson. Two books I don’t think I’ll be approved for. But I just had to try.

    I would have loved to spend last week reading. Sadly that didn’t happen. And I’d love to spend this week reading instead of doing all those things that I should be doing like working, sleeping, blogging, writing. But I won’t be able to avoid those responsibilities… except for sleeping, maybe.

    But the amount of books I’ve read this year has been atrocious. Embarrassing. Shocking. And the amount of books I’ve reviewed this year has been even more mortifying. Horrifying. Despicable.

    So, I’m really hopeful that with my new goals for my third year of blogging in place I’ll be able to refocus on the reading and reviewing. Because I miss all those hours I used to have to get lost in a book.

    Anyway… enough about me. What about you?

    Do you have anything exciting to read this week? A book that you’ve been waiting forever to move to the top of the pile and now you finally can? A book whose release date has arrived and it’s just begging to be read?

    I’d love to hear what books you’ve received and are planning on reading this week!

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

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